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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Store Cattle - Friday 21st August

Store Cattle

There was a full variety of cattle on offer with something to suit all long and short keep cattle purchasers. The well-meated short keep cattle continue to reach the dizzy heights of the previous weeks but with the weather now going a little bit trashy there were more weathered cattle on the market nationwide.

The trade rocketed past the £1400 mark six times topping at £1460 for a pair of Angus bullocks from JM & AG Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe with British Blue bullocks from the same home selling to £1410. A pair of Limousin bullocks from R Collinge & Son, Newton sold to £1440 with an Angus bullock from V & EJ Chadwick & Son, Sowerby selling to £1400 with others from the same home selling to £1390. Angus bullocks from JS Clark & Sons, Catforth sold to £1390 for a pen of four with British Blue bullocks selling to £1350 for a pen of four from P Lawrenson & Son, Chorley. Dairy bullocks saw Montbeliardes sell to £1340 from JM & AG Swarbrick. Plenty of pens of bullocks sold in the twelve hundreds.

Heifers this week topped at £1320 for Limousins from R Collinge & Son with a pen of four British Blue heifers sold to £1270 from P Lawrenson & Son. Plenty of pens of well-fleshed heifers sold over the £1200 mark.

Black and white bullocks sold to a top of £1180 from Cowell & Moore, Woodplumpton. Younger cattle continue to demand plenty of interest with 10-month-old British Blue bullocks selling to £730 from JR & A Thornton, Winmarleigh.

All cattle forward averaged £1053.

Cast Cows

There was a bumper entry of cast cows with 163 going through the ring today with an overall market average 125p/kg. Of the cattle forward 117 were dairy cows with, in general, a much plainer offering. OTM heifers led the way this week selling to a top of 217.5p/kg from D & DW Prickett, Farleton. This was closely followed British Blue steers to 199.5p/kg from JD, EM & JA Atkinson, Skelsmergh. Pure Limousin heifers sold to 194.5p/kg and 189.5p/kg from W Salisbury, Kirkham these also achieved the market top price per head of £1379 and £1288.

Other noted high prices were £1244 for Limousin OTM heifers from JM Capstick, Ashton with Stodday and cast steers to £1238 from J Bargh & Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe. Dairy cows sold to a top of £1180 for Fleckviehs from EW & RM Towers, Hornby and £1170 for Black and whites from PA & D Slater, Barnacre with Swedish Red Cows to £1156 from AW & AM Park & Sons, Ellel. Beef cows sold to £1148 and £1112 from A Dixon & Son, Selside. Best meated beef cows sold between 150p/kg and 170p/kg with best dairy cows between 140p/kg and 150p/kg.

Calves & Stirks

The weekly sale of calves this week saw a reduced entry on the week of 56 forward with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity.

Topping the sale today was E Tuer, Windermere with a strong 3-month-old Simmental bull at £615 with others at £610 and £550. Not far behind was JG Thornley Ltd, Roseacre with their usual quality from this good home selling to £475 for a British Blue heifer. Other Blue heifers today topped at £225 from D & K Howarth, Hambleton with others at £215 from B & MJ Nelson & Son, Heversham. Angus heifer calves from TL Baldwin & Son, Forton made £240 with others from the same home at £270.

British Blue bulls sold to £405 from G & ME Woodhouse & Sons, Ellel with others to £360 from JH Towers & Sons, Tunstall. Angus bulls from G & ME Woodhouse & Sons saw them top at £370 with others at £340 from Wallbank Farms, Over Wyresdale with other younger bulls to £335 from Lawsons Farms, Cockerham.

Friesian bull calves in Lancaster today saw reared bulls making £165 from G & ME Woodhouse with younger calves to £120 from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale.

Top Prices

Store Bullocks

ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1460 Bensons Farm, £1400 Sowerby Lodge, £1390 Godson House Farm, Sowerby Lodge, £1280 Cheetham House Farm. LIMOUSIN: £1440 The Dingle, £1200 Kirkland Hall Farm, £1190 Thornton Barn Farm, £1160 Rowell Farm, £1150 The Grange. BRITISH BLUE: £1410 Bensons Farm, £1350 Walmsley Fold, £1240 Trapp Farm, £1180 Scotch Green Farm, £1150 Squires Gate Farm. MONTBELIARDE: £1340 Bensons Farm, £1200 Newsham Hall Farm, £1100, £1070 Squires Gate Farm, £900 Bradley Farm. HEREFORD: £1270 Middlebarrow Plain, £990 Holme House Farm, £780 Singleton Grange Farm, £670 Coventry Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £1180 Newsham Hall Farm, £1040 Downlands Farm, £1000 Park House Farm, £900 Trapp Farm, £850 Cockrigg Farm. SIMMENTAL: £1180 Thornton Barn Farm. CHAROLAIS: £1160 Challon Hall Farm, £1050 Gunnerthwaite. SHORTHORN: £1100 Thornton Barn Farm. SWEDISH RED AND WHITE: £900, £840 Bradleys Farm. CONTINENTAL: £860 Thornton Barn Farm. FLEKVIEH: £830, £790 Singleton Grange Farm.

Store Heifers

LIMOUSIN: £1320 The Dingle, £1260, £1170 Kirkbeck, £1150 Endmoor Farm, £1120 Kirkland Hall Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £1270 Walmsley Fold, £1190 Pasture House Farm, £1160 Thornton Barn Farm, £1150 Braddup House Farm, £1120 Kirkland Hall Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1260 Newsham Hall Farm, £1250 Chestnut House Farm, £1200 Middlebarrow Plain, £1180 Outerthwaite Farm, £1150 Low Levens. SHORTHORN: £1120 Barrowfield. NORWEGIAN RED: £1120 Holme Head. CHAROLAIS: £1090 Challon Hall Farm. SIMMENTAL: £1050 Rowell Farm, £930 Park House Farm, £800 Common Farm. HEREFORD: £1040 Middlebarrow Plain, £980 Holme House Farm, £930 Hawkrigg End, £400 Coventry Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £1040 Chestnut House Farm, £600 Roe Farm. MONTBELIARDE: £720 Bradley Farm. SWEDISH RED AND WHITE: £720 Bradley Farm. LONGHORN: £570 Kate Farm.

OTM Cows

LIMOUSIN: 189.5 Church View Farm, 154.5 Thornton Hall, 151.5 Common Farm, 149.5 Thornton Hall, 141.5 Common Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: 169.5, 149.5 Plantation Farm, 124.5 Common Farm, 121.5, 89.5 Plantation Farm. STABILISER: 159.5, 154.5, 174.5, 144.5 Kit Cragg, 107.5 Common Farm. BLONDE D’AQUITAINE: 149.5 Braida Garth, 124.5 Plantation Farm, 121.5 Millbeck Bungalow. SOUTH DEVEN: 147.5 Thwaite Farm. FLEKVIEH: 147.5, 139.5, 94.5 Holme Head, 79.5 Brackenfold. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 144.5 Bank End Farm, Slack Farm, Blackwood End, Downlands Farm, 141.5 Holme Head. BRITISH BLUE: 144.5 Plantation Farm, 100 Millbeck Bungalow. CHAROLAIS: 144.5 Plantation Farm. SWEDISH RED AND WHITE: 144.5 Walkers I’th Fields, 131.5 Newfield, 114.5, 107.5 Docker Hall, 74.5 Walkers I’th Fields. MONTBELIARDE: 141.5 Hatters Farm, 137.5, 134.5 Holme Head. SIMMENTAL: 131.5 Common Farm. AYRSHIRE: 99.5 Bank End Farm. JERSEY: 91.5 Newhouse Farm.

OTH Heifers

LIMOUSIN: 217.5 Farleton House, 194.5 Kirkview, 194.5, 189.5 Brantbeck Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: 169.5 Challon Hall Farm, 159.5 Plantation Farm. HOLSTEIN FRISIAN: 161.5 Stubb Place Farm, 157.5 Liscoe Farm, 154.5 Holme House Farm, Tunsteads Farm.

Cast Steers

BRITISH BLUE: 199.5 Low Groves Farm, 177.5, 164.5 Upper Foxholes Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: 179.5 Holme House Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 171.5, 159.5, 154.5 Upper Foxholes Farm. SHORTHORN: 139.5 Old Woodhouse. LIMOUSIN: 137.5 Old Woodhouse.

Cast Bulls

HOSLTEIN FRISIAN: 111.5 Richmond Hall. ABERDEEN ANGUS: 129.5 Simpsons Farm.

Heifer Calves

BRITISH BLUE: £475 Derby Lodge Farm, £380 Lane Head Farm, £355, £300 Tunstall Hall, £250 Wyre Bank. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £240, £230, £200 Forton Hall Farm, £185 Sweetings Farm. LIMOUSIN: £225 Rose Farm, £215 Halforth Farm, £175, £155 Hall Farm, £140 Rose Farm.

Bull Calves

SIMMENTAL: £615, £610 Common Farm, £320 Sellerley Farm. LIMOUSIN: £550 Common Farm, £265, £235, £230, £200 Halforth Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £405 Boldens Farm, £360, £350 Tunstall Hall, £250 Sweetings Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £370 Boldens Farm, £340 Tills Farm, £335, £240 Sweetings Farm, £200 Forton Hall Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £315 Sellerley Farm, £165 Netherbeck Barn, Boldens Farm, £145 Boldens Farm, £120 Catshaw Hall Farm.

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