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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Store Cattle - Friday 28th August

Store Cattle

There was a bumper entry of Store Cattle forward at Lancaster. The trade saw well-meated store cattle continue to be a good trade with, as to be expected with the current weather, a larger quantity of weathered cattle on the market with trade slightly easier for these sorts but still plenty of punters for these types of cattle. The market topped at £1410 was a British Blue steer from JM & AG Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe closely followed by £1400 for Charolais bullocks from R & C Parkinson, Hambleton, this beast was originally purchased out of J36 Grass Day Sale 2019. Limousin steers sold to £1370 from T & M Halhead, Priest Hutton with Angus bullocks from the same home selling to £1340. Other Continental bullocks saw British Blues sell to £1350 from JM & AG Swarbrick with Charolais selling to £1330 from R & C Parkinson.

Heifers today sold to £1300 for Charolais from Ballacutchel Farms, Isle of Man with Angus heifers peaking at £1280 from KH & D Holden & Son, Pilling. Plenty of pens of well-meated bullocks and heifers sold in excess of £1200.

Dairy bullocks sold to a top of £1160 for Montbelairdes and Fleckviehs from J Prest & Son, Bay Horse with Friesian bullocks this week topping at £1080 from JM & AG Swarbrick.

Cast Cows

There was a smaller entry of cast cows of 111 selling to a sharper trade at Lancaster Auction. Despite the predicted drop in dead weight price, live weight, once again, excels and is the way to market your stock. There was an overall market average of 121p/kg.

Leading the way this week was young Limousin cows selling to 184.5p/kg from D & E Whitaker, Quernmore with other Limousin cows to 167.5p/kg from SM Watson, Finsthwaite with British Blue cows selling to 167.5p/kg from A & P Hodgkinson, Stalmine. Plenty more beef cows sold around 160p/kg mark.

Cast heifers and steers topped at 164.5p/kg for black and whites from Wannops Farms Ltd, Heaton with Oxcliffe with black and white steers to the same price from GJT & V Parkinson, Preesall. Also at 164.5p/kg was OTM Continental heifers from RS & BA Harker, Carnforth.

Black and white cows sold to a top of 144.5p/kg from GA & A Atkinson, Cantsfield with the best dairy cows selling around the 140p/kg mark. Dairy cows peaked at £1000 a head from K, SD & JA Ward, Arkholme.

Calves & Stirks

There was an entry of 72 calves forward this week selling to a slightly sharper trade. Leading the way this week was weanlings Angus steers from AHS & A Raby, Preesall selling to £480, with others from the same home selling to £455. Closely behind this was the consignment from J & G Thornley, Roseacre selling Angus bull calves to £470, £460 and £450 with British Blues from the same home achieving £410. Plenty of beef bull calves sold between £340 and £360. Heifer calf trade this week topped at £350 twice for Charolais from WG Farms, Cockerham with British Blue heifers from DW Cottam, New Hutton achieving the same price. Plenty nice beef heifer calves sold in the early three hundreds.

Weanling bull calves sold to a top of £290 from RE & P Miller, Barnacre. Bull calves on milk sold to a top of £240 from JR Newsham & Son, Conder Green. Plenty of the best young rearing calves selling in the mid one hundreds. Bobby calves are in plenty of demand selling between £20 and £40.

The August monthly sale of stirks at Lancaster was met with mixed demand, as some buyers are cautions of the prospect of a long winter with this current weather. Stronger grazing and well-grown stirks continue to be in strong demand with younger softer cattle that have not been grazed, meeting a mixed trade. Leading the way this week was ME & J Swarbrick, Stalmine selling yearling name sire Angus bullocks to £820 and £780. This was followed by British Blue yearling bullocks selling to £725 from M & J Waller, Killington. CB Heald & Son, Ingleton sold 11-month-old Angus bullocks to £705.

The heifer trade today peaked at £700 for Herefords from PA & D Slater, Barnacre with Angus heifers selling to the same money from ME & J Swarbrick. Charolais heifers sold to a top of £680 from DC Miller, Claughton on Brock.

14-month-old Friesian bullocks sold to a top of £680 from ME & J Swarbrick, Stalmine. A quantity of 3-4-month-old suckler bred calves topped at £630 for Simmental bulls from FW Park, Windermere with Limousin steers from the same home to £605. Dairy bulls sold to a top of £640 from O & H Melling, Kirkham with Fleckviehs with others from the same home selling to £610.

Top Prices

Store Bullocks

BRITISH BLUE: £1410, £1350 Bensons Farm, £1240 Endmoor Farm, £1220 Upp Hall, £1180 Staffords Farm. CHAROLAIS: £1400, £1330 Toulbrick Farm, £1280 Old Hall Farm, £960 Toulbrick Farm, £730 Cobble Hey Farm. LIMOUSIN: £1370 Upp Hall, £1280 Rooten Brook, £1190 Middle Grange Farm, £1160 Fellside Farm, £1130 Clawthorpe Lodge, £1080 Old Glasson Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1340 Upp Hall, £1260 Kilburn House, £1240 Sowerby Lodge, £1200 New Ridge Farm, £1190 Old Hall Farm, Middle Grange Farm. SIMMENTAL: £1280 Old Hall Farm, £940 Clawthorpe Lodge, £850 Ballacutchel Farms. CONTINENTAL: £1280, £1170, £1090 Old Hall Farm. HEREFORD: £1190 Middle Grange Farm, £1150 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1130 Old Glasson Farm, £1120 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1090 Old Hall Farm, £1080 Lathwaite Farm. MONTBELIARDE: £1160 Upper Foxholes Farm, £830 Lathwaite Farm, £790 Sunderland Brows Farm. FLEKVIEH: £1160, £1120 Upper Foxholes Farm. BAZADAISE: £1140 Old Glasson Farm. BLONDE D’AQUITAINE: £1090 Daniel Fold Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £1080 Bensons Farm, £1070 Foxholes Farm, £1020 Old Hall Farm, Foxholes Farm, £1000 Billing Hall. SALERS: £960, £790, £770 Ballacutchel Farms. OTHER: £880, £790 Haylot Farm. SOUTH DEVEN: £770 Lathwaite Farm. SWEDISH RED AND WHITE: £770 Lathwaite Farm. DEVON: £720 Lots House Farm.

Store Heifers

CHAROLAIS: £1300 Ballacutchel Farm, £1230 Toulbrick Farm, £1110 Rye Close, £1070 Toulbrick Farm, £770 Ballacutchel Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1280 Chestnut House Farm, £1140 Stubb Hall Farm, £1120 Staffords Farm, Kirkbeck, Trapp Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £1270 Ballacutchel Farm, £1200 Rye Close, £1120 Wood Nook Farm, £1090 Tunstall Hall, Nether Hall Farm, £1070 Barker Knott. LIMOUSIN: £1200 Kirkbeck, £1100 Low Stangerthwaite, £1000 The Hill, £930 Cobble Hey Farm, Toulbrick Farm. SIMMENTAL: £1110 Rye Close, £940 Kate Farm, £850, £770 Ballacutchel Farm, £710 Bouthwaite Farm. HEREFORD: £1080 Chestnut House Farm, £880, £790 Ballacutchel Farm, £710 Bouthwaite Farm, £700 Ballacutchel Farm. SHORTHORN: £1060 Rye Close, £780 Bouthwaite Farm, £700, £600 Ballacutchel Farm. HOLSTEIN FRISIAN: £970 Grange Farm, £950 Trapp Farm. SALERS: £790 Ballacutchel Farm.

OTM Cows

LIMOUSIN: 184.5 Little Fell Farm, 167.5 Old School House, 154.5 Riddings, 149.5 Ballacutchel Farm, 139.5 Hall Croft Barn. BRITISH BLUE: 167.5 Bank Field Farm, 154.5 The Howes, 154.5 Riddings, 139.5 Little Fell Farm, 134.5 Ballacutchel Farm. BAZADAISE: 154.5 Yarlsber. CHAROLAIS: 151.5, 144.5 Ballacutchel Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: 149.5, 139.5, 129.5 Ballacutchel Farm, 124.5 Plantation Farm, 117.5 Hall Croft Barn. HOLSTEIN FRISIAN: 144.5 Abbotson Farm, 141.5 Spital Farm, Higher Broomfield, 139.5 White Lund Farm, Low Levens. SIMMENTAL: 139.5 Station Hotel Farm, 127.5 The Howes, 114.5 Station Hotel Farm, 104.5 Common Farm. SHORTHORN: 137.5 Ballacutchel Farm, 129.5 The Howes, Ballacutchel Farm, 117.5 Common Farm. CONTINENTAL: 131.5 Overthwaite Farm, 127.5 Old School House, 114.5 Overthwaite Farm. HEREFORD: 129.5 The Howes, 124.5 Cobble Hey Farm, 94.5 Riddings. MONTBELIARDE: 114.5, 107.5 White Lund Farm. AYRSHIRE: 107.5 Lathwaite Farm. STABILISER: 94.5 Common Farm. JERSEY: 91.5 Batty Hill.

OTM Heifers

HOLSTEIN FRISIAN: 164.5, 154.5 Heaton Hall Farm, 144.5 Halforth Farm. CONTINENTAL: 164.5 Overthwaite Farm. HEREFORD: 161.5 Moss View. ABERDEEN ANGUS: 159.5, 129.5, 107.5 Plantation Farm. SHORTHORN: 139.5 Ballacutchel Farm.

Cast Steers

HOLSTEIN FRISIAN: 164.5 Moss View. CHAROLAIS: 159.5 Brow Head. ABERDEEN ANGUS: 134.5 Ballacutchel Farm. LIMOUSIN: 131.5 Ballacutchel Farm.

Cast Bulls

ABERDEEN ANGUS: 121.5 Greenalls Farm.

Heifer Calves

CHAROLAIS: £350 Lathwaite Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £350 Hagg Farm, £340, £335, £330 Roe Farm, £315 Tills Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £330 Fern Hill Farm. SIMMENTAL: £300 Heaton Hall Farm. HEREFORD: £240 Sellerley Farm. LIMOUSIN: £230, £225, £220 Gibsons Farm.

Bull Calves

HEREFORD: £500 Booth Hall, £315 Lathwaite Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £470, £460, £450 Derby Lodge Farm, £330 Heaton Hall Farm, £320 Lathwaite Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £455 Richmond Hall Farm, £410 Derby Lodge Farm, £350 Roe Farm, Belmont Farm, £330 Roe Farm. CHAROLAIS: £360 Lathwaite Farm. SIMMENTAL: £345 Common Farm. HOLSTEIN FRISIAN: £290 Lower Lingart, £240 Sellerley Farm, £215, £210 Lower Lingart.

Steer Calf

STABILISER: £630 Greenways Farm. MONTBELIARDE: £530 Greenways Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £500 Greenways Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £480, £455 Fern Hill Farm.

Bull Stirks

FLEKVIEH: £640 Grange Farm. SIMMENTAL: £630 The Howes, £520 Common Farm. LIMOUSIN: £625, £610 Ivy Farm. MONTBELIARDE: £610 Grange Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £600 Ivy Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £555, £480 Grange Farm, £305 Lower Lingart. NORWEGIAN RED: £555 Grange Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £475, £445, £340 Appletree Farm.

Heifer Stirks

ABERDEEN ANGUS: £780, £700, £670 Bridge Farm, £610 Slack Farm, £540 Broats Farm. HEREFORD: £700 Slack Farm. CHAROLAIS: £680 Cobble Hey Farm. LIMOUSIN: £550 Hare Apple Tree, £490 Greenways Farm. SIMMENTAL: £510 Fern Hill Farm, £410, £400 Common Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £510 Blackwood End, £350 Toad Hall Farm.

Steer Stirks

ABERDEEN ANGUS: £820, £780 Bridge Farm, £705 Broats Farm, £660, £620 Hare Apple Tree. BRITISH BLUE: £725 Hallbeck, £670 Crook Farm, £580, £545 Barrow Greave Farm, £460 Rash Mill Cottage. HOLSTEIN FRISAIN: £680 Bridge Farm, £640 Hill Crest Farm. CHAROLAIS: £660 Cobble Hey Farm. LIMOUSIN: £640, £630 Hare Apple Tree, £620 Crook Farm, Hare Apple Tree, £605 The Howes. SIMMENTAL: £510 Rash Mill Cottage. HEREFORD: £500 Rash Mill Cottage. NORWEGIAN RED: £220 Toad Hall Farm Lodge.

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