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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Store Cattle - Friday 3rd April

Store Cattle

The weekly sale of Store Cattle at NWA Lancaster saw a good entry of strong cattle forward with buyers present for all classes and types. Cattle continue to be a competitive trade with vendors suited with prices achieved. Steers sold to a top price of £1300 for both British Blue x and Simmental x from WS Burrow & Sons, Silverdale closely followed by L Parsons & Son, Levens selling Limousins at £1290 with £1280 achieved on several occasions by J Oddie & Son, Blackburn, W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe, EJ Ward & Son, Nether Kellet. Other strong steers generally sold between £1080 to £1200. Younger cattle continue to sell to a competitive trade at Lancaster Auction selling to £1020 for Limousin x from Blacklidge Bros, Bolton with others achieving £850 to £920.

Dairy bred steers sold to £1160 for Montbeliardes from D & N Davis, Garstang with British Friesian selling to £1150 from WS Burrow & Sons, Silverdale and Holstein Friesian to £1110 from L Parsons & Sons, Levens. All steers today averaged £1044.

Store Hefiers sold to a top price of £1230 for both Aberdeen Angus and British Blues from R & DM Rossall & Son, Pilling with other stronger heifers generally selling at £1050 to £1200. Plenty of interest in younger heifers for summer grazing selling to a top price of £890 for Limousin x from EJ Ward & Son, Nether Kellet with other younger grazing heifers selling between £700 and £850. All heifers forward today sold to a market average of £918.

The sale next week will include the monthly catalogued sale of stirks with an anticipated entry of 150. Vendors encouraged all classes of cattle promptly by 2pm Monday to assist with canvassing buyers for the sale as it will be bank holiday Friday.

Cast Cows

A much larger entry of cull cows sold to a competitive trade with buyers present for all classes and types. Only a small number of beef cows forward today sold to 129.5p/kg for a Limousin x from M & RW Stirzaker, Milnthorpe with the top-grossing beef cow being £762 for a Limousin x from Cote Farm Partnership.

Heavy well-fleshed dairy cows sold to a top price of 129.5p/kg for a Friesian from D Hargreaves & Son Ltd, Kirkham with others generally selling between 119.5p/kg to 125.5p/kg. Medium dairy cows were generally selling at 105p/kg to 115p/kg with the leaner parlour types 85p/kg to 100p/kg depending on age and quality. Top-grossing dairy cow was £982 again from D Hargreaves, Kirkham.

OTM Heifers sold to a top price of 149.5p/kg for a Holstein Friesian from Lawsons Farm Ltd, Cockerham with others to 147.5p/kg from Tomlinson Bilsrow Ltd, Bilsrow. Top-grossing OTM heifer this week was £953 from a Holstein Friesian from Holstein Friesian from Lawsons Farm Ltd.

A good show of cull cows were forward today and selling above vendors expectation with an overall market average of 106p/kg achieved for all sold.

Calves

There was a smaller entry of calves on offer today, however the quality of calves were very well sold.

J & G Thornley, Roseacre sold British Blue 3-month-old bull calves £400. The same vendor also sold Angus heifers at 3 months old to £240. AW & AM Park & Sons, Ellel sold a run of Blue calves with bulls to £315, £305 and £300. Wallbank Farms, Over Wyresdale sold Blue bulls at 1 month old to £300.

T & G Parkinson, Out Rawcliffe sold Charolais heifers to £235. JE & SM Seedall, Mellor sold Limousin heifers to £190 and Angus heifers to £160.

Top Prices

Store Bullocks

BRITISH BLUES: £1300 Gibraltar Farm, £1090 Foredales Farm, £1080 Barnfield Farm. SIMMENTAL: £1300 Gibraltar Farm, £1150 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1140 Little Fell Farm, £1080 Foredales Farm, £980 Herdman House Farm. LIMOUSIN: £1290 Low Levens, £1280 Ackenthwaite Farm, Intack Farm, £1250, £1190 Upper Foxholes Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1280 Cheetham House Farm, £1250 Raw Head, £1200 Low Levens, £1190 New Parkside Farm, £1180 Yealand Manor. HEREFORD: £1210 Bensons Farm, £1140 The Old Stable, £1080 Old Glasson Farm, £1020 Staffords Farm, £820 Dove Cote Farm. CHAROLAIS: £1180 Thornham Fold Farm, £970 Yealand Manor, £820 Thornham Fold Farm. MONTBELIARDE: £1160, £1040 Cragg Farm, £940 Pilling Lane, £900 Mill House Farm . SHORTHORN: £1160 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1020 Herdman House Farm, £1020, £980 Summerlands, £820 Dove Cote Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £1150 Gibraltar Farm, £1110 Low Levens, £1090, £1060, £1000 Upper Foxholes Farm. SALERS: £1120 Yealand Manor. BAZADAISE: £1090 Oakhead Farm.

Store Heifers

BRITISH BLUE: £1230 Abrahams Farm, £1100 Rowell Farm, £1090 Swainhead Farm, £1060 Nether Hall Farm, £850 Brown Edge. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1230 Abrahams Farm, £1200 Raw Head, £1190 New Parkside Farm, £1030 Thorns Farm, Lower Swainhead Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £1140 Higher Knowehill. LIMOUSIN: £980, £890 Intack Farm, £860 Dove Cote Farm, £810, £800 Brown Edge. HEREFORD: £930 Windy Hill Farm, £740 The Bungalow, £680, £660 Dove Cote Farm.

OTM Cows

HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 129.5 Poplar Grove Farm, 121.5 Yew Tree Farm, 119.5 Sellerley Farm, Walkers I’th Fields, 117.5 North Farm. LIMOUSIN: 129.5 Station Hotel Farm, 111.5 Cote Farm. MONTBELIARDE: 114.5, 111.5, 104.5 Poplar Grove Farm. LONGHORN: 89.5 Cobble Hey Farm. JERSEY: 79.5 Greenalls Farm, 64.5 Quakers Farm. HIGHLAND: 39.5 Cobble Hey Farm.

OTM Heifers

HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 149.5 Sweetings Farm, 147.5, 139.5 Bilsborrow Hall, 129.5 Sweetings Farm, 121.5 Halforth Farm.

CAST STEER

HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 139.5 Poplar Grove Farm, 129.5 Staffords Farm.

HEIFER CALVES

ABERDEEN ANGUS: £240 Derby Lodge Farm, £160 Bolton Fold Farm, £105 Tills Farm. CHAROLAIS: £235 Quakers Farm. LIMOUSIN: £190 Bolton Fold Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £120, £100 Stanley Farm.

BULL CALVES

BRITISH BLUE: £400 Derby Lodge Farm, £315, £305 Walkers I’th Fields, £300 Tills Farm, Walkers I’th Fields. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £130 North Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £98 Quakers Farm, £14 Stanley Farm, £8 Derby Lodge Farm.

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