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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Prime Lambs & Cast Sheep - Monday 7th December 2020

Prime Lambs

Lancaster Auction today hosted its annual Christmas Show and Sale of Prime Lambs. There was a tremendous entry of forty pens of lambs forward for our judge, Michael Lomax to cast his expert eye over. The championship rosette was awarded to GR & A Foy, Conder Green for impressively the seventh year running. This pen of five Dutch Texel lambs weighing 43kg sold to 307p/kg or £132 with the Reserve Champions, also from the same home weighing 42kg sold to £121 purchased by Michael Lomax on behalf of Gregory Williams Butchers of Lancaster. The first prized pair of Beltex sired lambs was also consigned by GR & A Foy, Conder Green weighing 40kg selling to £123 with the second prize pair being awarded to PD Pye, Abbeystead selling to £121 purchased by Michael Lomax on behalf of Kennedy Butchers, Morecambe who also purchased the third prized pair of Beltex lambs from GR & A Foy, Conder Green for £119. The upland classes saw the Mule class won by RH & C Ayrton, Abbeystead selling 45kg mules to £93.50. The Horned lambs first place rosette was awarded to Swaledale lambs from T Ayrton & Son, Over Wyresdale selling to £80 weighing 39kg. The Cheviot lamb class was won by Nathan Allen of Low Moor Howe selling 42kg Cheviots to £90.
A bumper entry of 925 lambs forward was met by strong demand from buyers with an overall market average of 208p/kg with many consignments of hill lambs forward this week. There was an SSQ average of 212p/kg.
The trade saw plenty of pens of continental heavy weight lambs regularly selling in excess of 200p/kg. Handy weight lambs continue to be in strong demand with continental lambs often selling in excess of the 200p/kg mark. Mule lambs regularly selling over the 200p/kg mark with horned lambs selling in the region of 200p/kg.

Cast Sheep

Lancaster enjoyed a strong trade once again with cast sheep. Leading the way was Beltex ewes from A Fare, Blackpool selling to £137 and £123. Texel ewes peaked at £129 from J & H Huddleston, Brookhouse. Plenty of strong continental ewes selling between £105 and £120. Mule ewes sold to £77 from MJ & LC Lund, Quernmore followed by £76 from HJ & BE Kelsall, Gressingham. Horned ewes sold to £77 for Rough Fells from G Blacklidge, Chorley.
More tups coming forward which topped at £120 for Texel’s from Fred Carr, Arkholme. Cheviot tups sold to £109 and £106 from A & J Smith, Ingleton.

Store Lambs

The fortnightly sale of store lambs at Lancaster consisted mainly of forward short keep lambs selling to a very buoyant trade as seen at many store lamb sales with an average of £80.61. It was Suffolk lambs that lead the way selling to £94 from PG Thornton, Scorton with others to £90.50 from HJ & BE Kelsall, Gressingham. Texel store lambs sold to £89 from PD Anderton, Scorton with Continental lambs selling to £86.50 from JM Kelsall and Son, Quernmore. Cheviot lambs sold to £74.50 from SE & J Gorst, Littledale.

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Christmas Champion Prime Lambs from GR&A Foy

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Christmas Show & Sale of Prime Lambs

Results

Judge:- Mr Michael Lomax

Class 1 – Five Lowland Sired Prime Lambs

1st – G R & A Foy & Son, Parkside Farm 43kg £132
2nd – G R & A Foy & Son, Parkside Farm 43kg £121
3rd – A G Butler, Park Farm Barn 43kg £99

Class 2 – Pairs of Beltex Prime Lambs

1st – G R & A Foy & Son, Parkside Farm 40kg £123
2nd – P D Pye, Marl House 47kg £121
3rd – G R & A Foy & Son, Parkside Farm 44kg £119

Class 3 – Five Mule/Masham Prime Lambs

1st – R H & C Ayrton, Ouzelthorn 45kg £93.50
2nd – A & L Huddleston, Over Houses 45kg £86
3rd – D Gardner, Quarry House 45kg £94.50

Class 4 – Five Horned/Herdwick Prime Lambs

1st – T Ayrton, Yates Farm 39kg £78
2nd – W J & EA Woodhouse, Gibsons Farm 50kg £88.50
3rd – R H & C Ayrton, Ouzelthorn 41kg £80

Class 5 – Five Cheviot & Other Hill Bred Lambs

1st – Low Moore Howe, High House 42kg £90
2nd – T R Prickett, Hutton Roof 50kg £101
3rd – T R Prickett, Hutton Roof 46kg £92

Champion

G R & A Foy & Son, Parkside Farm 43kg £132

Reserve Champion

G R & A Foy & Son, Parkside Farm 43kg £121

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