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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Store Cattle - Friday 10th April

Store Cattle

The weekly sale of Store Cattle had 160 forward selling to a market average of well over a £100 a head. Grazing cattle continue to be a very strong trade with short term cattle slightly easier with the continued weekly drop in deadweight prices. Leading the way this week was a pair of Limousin bullocks from WS Burrow & Sons, Silverdale selling to £1260 this was followed by Angus bullocks to £1230 from JW Atkinson, Bentham and Simmentals to £1210 from J Prest & Son, Bay Horse, who sold a pen of five Simmental bullocks to £1190. Hitting the £1200 mark was Limousin from DE & SM Moorhouse, Natland, Angus’ from J Hesketh, Hutton, British Blue and Simmentals from WS Burrow & Sons. Plenty more pens of bullocks sold in the late eleven hundreds.

Heifers sold to a top of £1160 for Angus’ from I Atkinson & Son, Warton followed by £1140 from EJ Ward & Sons, Nether Kellet with Limousins. Plenty of best heifers sold around the £1100 mark. Black and white bullocks topped at £1110 from R & E Ladds, Kendal with others to £1020 from J & JM Walmsley, Pilling.

Due to the current restrictions in place due to Covid-19 we are operating on skeleton staff and request that all vendors have their cattle forward by 10am.

Cast Cows

The weekly sale of cast cows had an increased entry of 103 forward. A much larger entry than the previous week saw a slightly easier trade, but still stronger than the current deadweight price. Over 75% of the cows forward were dairy bred with an overall market average of 101p/kg. Leading the way this week was OTM Shorthorn steers selling to 159.5p/kg from WG Farms, Cockerham with other Shorthorn cast steers selling to £893 from the same home. Black and white steers from the same home sold to 154.5p/kg. Other Friesian bullocks from A Kirkby & Co, Pilling sold to 154.5p/kg or £857. OTM British Blue heifers sold to 154.5p/kg for British Blues from DJ Clarke Farming, Barnacre. Best beef cows sold to 144.5p/kg from AE Atkinson & Son, Endmoor with plenty other decent beef cows selling around the 140p/kg. Plenty of well-fleshed dairy cows sold between 115p/kg and 120p/kg.

Cast cows vendors are requested to enter their cows with the office by Thursday lunchtime to help with advising buyers.

Calves & Stirks

The weekly sale of calves had a slightly reduced entry forward of just 21 which saw beef calves in plenty of demand and sell to a strong trade. The consignment of British Blues from D Hargreaves & Son, Kirkham saw the bull calves sell to £360, £340, £335 and £325. Other notable prices for British Blues being £345 from T & EA Garth, Bleasdale. Beef heifer calves sold to £310 for a British Blue from J & G Thornley, Kirkham who sold an Angus bull calf to £305.

The rescheduled sale of Stirks had a 174 forward for the sale, the trade saw bullocks of all specifications in strong demand and eagerly bid for with yearling heifers getting away well and younger heifers slightly harder to place. Topping the market this week was a pair of yearling Angus bullocks from PA & D Slater, Barnacre this was closely followed by yearling Hereford bullocks from JF & D Hewitt, selling to £800. Followed by £750 from J Cooper, Penwortham. June/July 2019 born British Blue bullocks sold to £720 from D & J Hay, Cockerham closely followed by Limousin bullocks at a similar age selling to £710 from B Whittle, Bolton. Plenty more pens of yearling bullocks regularly sold around the £700 mark.

Heifers sold to a top of £740 for British Blues from JE Harrison, Greenhalgh closely followed by other British Blue heifers to £725 from B Whittle, who sold Limousin heifers to £700. The bull trade topped at £570 for September 2019 British Blues from JK & B Birkett & Son, Morecambe with younger British Blues from the same home to £550. Angus bulls sold to £560 from W Pinder, Newton in Bowland. Yearling black and white bullocks sold to £420 from J & CW Metcalfe & Son, Quernmore.

The next sale of Stirks will be on Friday 24th April.

Top Prices

Store Bullocks

LIMOUSIN: £1260 Gibraltar Farm, £1200 High House Farm, £1190 Benson Hall, £1180 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1170 Gibraltar Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1230 Batty Farm, £1200 Middle Grange Farm, £1180 Sowerby Lodge, Wyre Farm, Middle Grange Farm. SIMMENTAL: £1210 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1200 Gibraltar Farm, £1190 Foxholes Farm, £1170 Moss Cottage. BRITISH BLUE: £1200 Gibraltar Farm, £1180 Batty Farm, £1150 Stubb Hall Farm, £1130 Gibraltar Farm, £1090 Batty Farm. HEREFORD: £1160 New Parkside Farm, £1090 Stub Hall Farm, £1000 Squires Gate Farm, Windy Hill Farm, £910 The Bungalow. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £1110 Benson Hall, £1020 Staffords Farm, £940 Benson Hall, £930 Cheetham House Farm, £760 Bull Bank Farm. CHAROLAIS: £1110 Birch Croft, £700 West Lynn. FLEKVIEH: £820 West Lynn.

Store Heifers

ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1160 Boon Town Farm, £1110 Lathwaite Farm, £1080 Stubb Hall Farm, New Parkside Farm, Thorns Farm. LIMOUSIN: £1140, £990 Intack Farm, £850 Mill House Farm, £770, £690 Bull Bank Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £1090 Lathwaite Farm, £1070, £1050 Roseacre Hall, £1020 Batty Farm, £980 Roseacre Hall. CHAROLAIS: £1030 Mill House Farm, £780 Bull Bank Farm. HEREFORD: £810 Edenmount Well Lane.

OTM Cows

LIMOUSIN: 144.5 Stubb Farm, 139.5, 134.5 Fell End Farm, 124.5 Hawkrigg Farm, Fell End Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 141.5 Lathwaite Farm, 117.5 Holme House, North Farm, 114.5 Sweetings Farm, North Farm. STABILISER: 137.5, 134.5 Park House Farm. FLEKVIEH: 119.5 Hawkrigg Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: 104.5 Todds Farm. MONTBELIARDE: 99.5 Poplar Grove Farm, 94.5 Lathwaite Farm, 71.5 Walkers I’th Fields. SWEDISH RED AND WHITE: 97.5 Walkers I’th Fields.

OTM Heifers

BRITISH BLUE: 154.5 Kellbrick Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 139.5 Lathwaite Farm, 127.5 Marlholes Farm, 124.5 Tunstall Hall, 117.5, 104.5 Holme House Farm.

CAST STEERS

SHORTHORN: 159.5, 154.5, 124.5 Lathwaite Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 154.5 Gulf Farm, Lathwaite Farm.

Heifer Calves

BRITISH BLUE: £310 Derby Lodge Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £140 Poplar Grove Farm.

Bull Calves

BRITISH BLUE: £360 Poplar Grove Farm, £345 Bailey Hey Farm, £340, £335, £325 Poplar Grove Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £305 Derby Lodge Farm, £180 Bailey Hey Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £20 Westfield House Farm, Batty Hill, £10 Batty Hill, Westfield House Farm. NORWEGIAN RED: £50 Poplar Grove Farm.

BULL STIRKS

BRITISH BLUE: £570, £550 White Lund Farm, £525 Mearsbeck Farm, £515 Boldens Farm, £370 Hare Apple Tree. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £560 Longstripes Farm, £460, £430 White Lund Farm, £420 Mearsbeck Farm, £370 Gibsons Farm. LIMOUSIN: £535 Hare Apple Tree. FLEKVIEH: £450 White Lund Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £290 Hare Apple Tree, £250 The Bungalow, £200, £180, £175 Boldens Farm.

Heifer STIRKS

BRITISH BLUE: £740 Tunsteads Farm, £725 Chorley Road, £665, £650 Tunsteads Farm, £640 Slack Farm. LIMOUSIN: £700, £660, Chorley Road, £630 Whinney Carr Farm, £610 Springfield House. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £580, £540 Park Farm, £490 Slack Farm, £400 White Lund Farm, £390 Marlholes Farm. SHORTHORN: £520, £510 Parkside Farm. HEREFORD: £500 Lundholme, £430 Farmdale Road, £400 Fern Hill Farm, £390 Farmdale Road, £370 Gibsons Farm.

Steer Stirk

ABERDEEN ANGUS: £810 Slack Farm, £710 Park Farm, £680 Longstripes Farm, £660 Swainhead Farm, £540 Barrow Greaves Farm. HEREFORD: £800 Park Far, £750 Pollards Farm, £710 Slack Farm, £650 Pollards Farm, Lundholme Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £720 Birch House Cottage, £690 Slack Farm, Swainhead Farm, £680 Longstripes Farm, £670 Barrow Greaves Farm. LIMOUSIN: £710 Chorley Road, £700, £675, £660, £630 Whinney Carr Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £490 Fell End, £420 Hare Apple Tree, £365 Fern Hill Farm, £355 Marlholes Farm, £200 Hare Apple Tree.

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