There a flying trade at Lancaster with an increased entry of 609 hoggs forward selling to an overall market average of 243p/kg or £108.71 per head. Topping the market was 58kg Beltex hoggs from AG Butler, Hambleton selling to £ 138. The consignment of Texel hoggs from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe saw 59kg hoggs sell to £137, 52kg hoggs to £134, 52kg hoggs to £132 and 46kg hoggs to £129. The consignment of Texel hoggs from L & A Duckett, Higher Bartle, saw 55kg hoggs to £133, 47kg to £133, 46kg hoggs to £131 and 46kg hoggs to £128. Janet Simpson, Barnacre sold 53kg to £130 with Zwartbles from the same home selling to £127. AT Alcock, Inskip sold Texel hoggs to £128.50 three times and £128. This was closely followed by Texel hoggs from PJ & SM Woodhouse, Forton selling to £127. Suffolk hoggs peaked at £128.50 for 54kg hoggs from G Riley, Bolton le Sands. Charollais hoggs twice sold to £122 weighing 48kg from P Lawrenson & Son, Chorley. This was closely followed by Cheviots selling to £120 from J Bargh & Son, Morecambe weighing 48kg. Hill bred hoggs saw Mules top at £118 from JA Simpson with Mashams achieving the same price from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. Other Mules sold to £115 and £113 from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton. Swalesdales sold to a top of £97 or 243p/kg from JA Simpson.
Top pence per kilo was 295p/kg for Beltex hoggs from Bargh Contractors, weighing 39kg grossing £115. This was followed by Texels to 291p/kg or £128 from DM Cardwell, Stalmine. Ian Richardson, Catforth sold 40kg Beltex hoggs to 285p/kg or £114. Other Betlex hoggs weighing 42kg sold to 281p/kg or £118. The consignment from L & A Duckett, sold to 285p/kg, 283p/kg and 278p/kg with the run of hoggs from AT Alcock peaking at 284p/kg. There was numerous more pens of good conformation hoggs selling between 260p/kg and 280p/kg.
Suffolks sold to £128.50 av. £114.02 or 242p/kg
Mules sold to £118 av. £100.99 or 228p/kg
Swaledales to £97 av. £92.17 or 234p/kg
Charollais to £122 av. £120.14 or 253p/kg
Cheivots to £120 av. £109.55 or 249p/kg
Texels to £137 av. £111.88 or 247p/kg
Beltex to £138 av. £112.83 or 264p/kg
Not only were prime hoggs a strong trade but cast ewes continue to be in demand. Market topper today was a Beltex ewe selling to £135 from Ian Richardson, Catforth. This was closely followed by Charollais tups from P Lawrenson & Son, Chorley selling to £134. The consignment of Texel cast ewes from J France, Pilling sold to £129 and £119, this was closely followed by £118 from P Lawrenson & Son also for Texels. Suffolk ewes peaked at £116 from J Lamb, Old Glasson with Continental ewes topping at £113 from DM Cardwell, Stalmine. Plenty more Continental ewes sold around the £110 mark. Big Mule ewes sold to a top of £107 from A & FM Bolland & Sons, Ellel. Plenty of pens of Mule ewes regularly sold in the nineties. Cheviot ewes sold to £99 from R Doran, Winmarleigh with Gritstones to £89 from Cardwell Farms. Swaledale cast tups sold to £85 from AC & K Pye, Abbeystead with Dalesbred ewes to £85 from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton.
All cast ewes forward averaged £92.70.
Suffolk to £116 av. £116
Continentals to £113 av. £96
Mules to £107 av. £89.41
Swaledales to £70 av. £50.50
Texels to £129 av. £101.92
Dalesbred to £85 av. £85
Gritstones to £89 av. £86.50