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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock - Monday 31st August

Prime Lambs

The bank holiday weekend sale saw an increased entry of 721 forward with buyers looking to purchase well-fleshed lambs, lean lambs were noticeable less money and probably worth more in the store ring. There was an overall market average of 203p/kg with 45kg+ lambs averaging 208p/kg. Topping the market today at £120 was 51kg Texel lambs from JS Horner, Ingleton. This was closely followed by Beltex lambs to £119 from P Kaye, Chorley with Texels from the same home to £118, £114 and £110. The consignment of lambs from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton sold to £119, £114 with Suffolks from the same home selling to £116 and £106. Plenty of pens of heavy weight lambs easily selling in excess of £100 mark.

Better conformation lambs today were met with strong demand with Beltex lambs topping at 264p/kg from P Kaye followed by 263p/kg from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe with plenty of pens of good conformation selling in excess of 238p/kg.

Mule lambs topped at £88 from KA Purtill, Wigan with Cheviots peaking at £86 from A & J Smith, Ingleton.

Cast Sheep

There was an increased entry of cast sheep with over 100 forward selling to a strong trade for the time of year but slightly easier on the fast trade in Lancaster last week. Leading the way this week was a Hampshire tup from JM Sanderson, Halton selling to £103. Texel x ewes topped at £494 twice from JM Sanderson and Bargh Contractors with plenty of Continental sheep selling around the £90 mark. Mule ewes sold to a top of £82 from CD & HL Mason, Caton Green with others to £80 and £79 from JM Sanderson. Plenty of pens of strong Mule ewes sold in the mid to late seventies.

Store Lambs

Lancaster Auction held its fortnightly sale of 200 store lambs selling to a strong trade for a broad spectrum of short and long term lambs. There was an overall market average of £68.17. Topping the market this week was the consignment from R Doran, Winmarleigh selling Charollais to £80, Cheviots to £75 and Cheviot Mules to £72.50. Texel lambs sold to a top of £75 from A Brown, Littledale with Beltex lambs from J Gardner, Bay Horse selling to £75 and £72.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs

Texel £120 Ingleborough Park, £119 Fell End Farm, £118, £114 Breworth Fold Farm, £114 Fell End Farm. Beltex £119 Breworth Fold Farm, £100 Old Woodhouse, £97.50 Ingleborough Park, £92 Oak Avenue, £85 Herdsmans House. Suffolk £116 Fell End Farm, £108 Ingleborough Park, £106 Fell End Farm, £105 Walnut Tree Cottage, £102 Fell End Farm. Mule £88 Oak Avenue, £79 Yates Farm, £78 High House Farm, £73.50 Botton Hall Farm, £70 Whittingham Lane. Cheviot £86, £77 Cross Farm. Charollais £84 Merryfield. Continental £84 Burrow Heights Farm, £77 Holme Farm, £76 Oak Avenue, £64 Field House. Masham £72 Field House. Swaledale £61 Yates Farm.

Cast Ewes

Texel £94 Old Woodhouse, £93, £88 Mearsbeck Farm, £85 Old Woodhouse. Continental £90 Heversham House Farm. Beltex £89 Forgelands Estate. Mule £82 Mearsbeck Farm, £80, £79 Lower Highfield, £77 North Farm, Old Woodhouse. Masham £79 Oak Avenue. Swaledale £31 Lunholme, £30 Rooten Brook.

Cast Tups

Hampshire £103 Lower Highfield.

Store Lambs

Charollais £80 School Lane. Cheviot £75 School Lane. Beltex £75, £72 Heversham House. Texel £75 Deep Clough, £71 Wyresdale Park, £70 Heversham House Farm, £67.50, £66.50 Wyredale Park. Cheviot Mule £72.50 School House. Suffolk £69.50 Heversham House Farm, £67 Thornbsuh Farm. Continental £66 Heversham House Farm, £65.50 Deep Clough, £63 Merryfield. Mule £58 Deep Clough.

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