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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Store Cattle - Friday 24th January

Store Cattle

The weekly sale of Store Cattle had a similar number of cattle forward. The quality of cattle forward this week was very mixed with a lot less quality cattle on offer than seen the previous week. It was Limousin bullocks topped the market today peaking at £1340 from H Chapman & Son, Middleton with others to the same home selling to £1270. This was closely followed by other Limousins selling to £1300 from DE & SM Moorhouse, Natland. Native bred bullocks sold to a top of £1290 for Shorthorns from PM & ST Entwistle, Abbeystead, this week Angus’ sold to a top of £1270 from J & JM Walmsley, Pilling and £1220 from L Parsons & Sons, Levens. Black and white bullocks sold to a top £1140 for Friesians from JM & AG Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. 41 bullocks sold for £1100 or more.

The heifer trade peaked at £1140 for Angus’ from K & DE Woodhouse, Ellel. This was closely followed by Limousin heifers selling to £1120 from R Collinge & Son, Kirkham.

It was noticeable today that 17-22-month-old bullocks sold very well and in strong demand.

OTM Cattle

There was a shortage of OTM & Cast Cows today at Lancaster with 115 forward, in which more are required each week but sold to a good trade selling to an overall market average of 120p/kg. Cast steers sold to a top of 194.5p/kg or £1332 for Limousins from DE & SM Moorhouse, Natland. Angus steers sold to a top of 179.5p/kg or £1208 from RJ Cardwell, Esprick. OTM Limousin heifers sold to 174.5p/kg or £1125 from S Kellet & Sons, Pilling. Black and white steers and heifers regularly sold around the 170p/kg mark, topping at £1144 from AT Burrow & Son, Gressingham with a heifer.

Cast cows sold to a top of 147.5p/kg and 144.5p/kg from Lucas Breeding, Adlington for South Devons. This was followed by Limousin cows from S Kellet & Sons selling to 141.5p/kg or £1049. Dairy cows saw Fleckviehs sell to 134.5p/kg from EW & RM Towers, Hornby. Plenty of strong dairy cows selling towards the 130p/kg mark.

Cast bulls sold to a top of £1266 for a Charolais from J Drinkall Ltd, Chorley.

Black and white cast cows topped at £1136 from L Burrow & Sons, Lancaster with Limousin cows to £1125 from S Kellet & Sons, Pilling with others Limousin cows to £1089 from RW & FJ Rhodes & Son. Closely followed by black and white cows to £1083 from AW & AM Park & Sons, Ellel.

18% of the cattle in the cast cow ring sold over £1000.

Calves & Stirks

The weekly sale of calves of stirks this week had an entry of 90 forward that saw strong well-grown calves a good trade with those younger beef calves a noticeably sharper trade today. It was, once again, the consignment from J & G Thornley, Kirkham leading the way selling to £390 and £360 for British Blue bull calves, with Angus bull calves from the same good home selling to £350. Other British Blue bull calves from C & J Smith, St Michaels sold to £365. British Blue bull calves from RT Halhead, Cockerham sold to £340. Charolais bull calves sold to £350 from TM Townley, Over Wyresdale with Charolais heifers from the same home selling to £270. Plenty of good beef bull calves sold in the early three hundreds. Beef heifer calves saw British Blues from AW & AM Park & Sons sell to £265 with other British Blue heifer calves selling to £245 twice and £240 from RT Halhead, Cockerham.

Black and white bull calves saw a young show forward with young rearing types regularly £40 to £60.

Stirks today saw sold to £440 for 5-month-old Montbeliarde steers from GR & B Mason, Preston with British Blue weanling steers selling to £375 and £370 from PS & H Eckersley, Mellor.

Top Prices

Store Bullock

Limousin £1340 Millbeck, £1300 High House Farm, £1270 Millbeck, £1230 The Dingle, £1180 Ghyll Beck Farm. Aberdeen Angus £1270 Staffords Farm, £1220 Low Levens, £1180 Kitchen Ground Farm, £1160 Church Farm, £1090 Hawkrigg End. Shorthorn £1290 Lentworth Farm, £1120 Fell End Farm, £1000 Moss House Farm, £970 Fell End Farm. British Blue £1200 High House Farm, £1190 Walmsley Fold, £1120 Low Hundhowe, £1090 Shaws Farm. Hereford £1140 Old Glasson Farm, £1000 Windy Hill Farm, £890 Mearsbeck Farm, £870 Lee End Farm. Friesian £1140, £1090 Bensons Farm, £1080 Low Levens, £1060 Walmsley Fold, £1050 Low Levens. Welsh Black £1120 Masongill Hall. Meuse Rhine Issel £1080 Littlewood Hall Farm. Montbeliarde £1090 Bensons Farm, £1020 Moss House Farm, £1010 Staffords Farm, £940 Church Farm. South Devon £1000 Ellers Farm. Stabiliser £950 Park House Farm.

Store Heifer

Aberdeen Angus £1140 Kitchen Ground Farm, £1070 Kays Farm, £1000 Church Farm. Limousin £1120 The Dingle, £1100 Stubbins Farm, Ghyll Beck Farm, £1000 Stubbins Farm, £980 Gunnerthwaite. British Blue £1040 Masongill Hall, £1030 Lower Swainhead Farm, £980 Windy Hill Farm, £940 Cautley Farm. Simmental £1000 Masongill Hall, £820, £800 Herdman House Farm. Stabiliser £970 Park House Farm. Friesian £920 Holme Head. Hereford £900 Brow Foot Farm.

OTM Cow

Limousin 174.5 Pilling Hall, 141.5 Rye Close, Adlington Hall Farm, Pilling Hall, 139.5 Low Moor Head Farm. South Devon 147.5, 144.5, 141.5 Adlington Hall. Hereford 141.5 Rye Close, 121.5 Moss View. Aberdeen Angus 139.5 Lambrigg Head, 129.5 Manor House Farm, 127.5 Bazil Farm, Manor House Farm. Fleckvieh 134.5 Holme Head, 127.5 Heversham, Holme Head. Stabiliser 129.5 Park House Farm. Friesian 129.5 Downlands Farm, Ackenthwaite Farm, 127.5 Mealbank Farm, Tunsteads Farm. Montbeliarde 124.5, 121.5 White Lund Farm. Ayrshire 117.5 Rose Farm. Swedish Red & White 117.5 Holme Head. Norwegian Red 101.5 Holme Head.

OTM Heifer

Friesian 169.5, 164.5 High Snab, 149.5 Blackwood Edge, 147.5 High Snab, Downlands Farm. Ayrshire 154.5 Rose Farm. Montbeliarde 131.5 White Lund Farm.

Cast Steer

Limousin 194.5 High House Farm, 147.5 Upper Foxholes. Bazadaise 179.5 Ghyll Beck Farm. Aberdeen Angus 179.5, 149.5, 139.5 Croft House. Friesian 171.5 Downlands Farm, 171.5, 169.5 Higher Knowehill, 159.5 Well House Farm, 149.5 Upper Foxholes Farm. British Blue 154.5 Throstle Grove. Simmental 149.5 Upper Foxholes Farm. Swedish Red & White 139.5 Lathwaite Farm. Hereford 119.5 Lathwaite Farm.

Cast Bull

Hereford 144.5 Holmfields. Charolais 119.5 Manor House Farm.

Heifer Calf

Charolais £270 Knowsley Farm. British Blue £265 Walkers I’th Fields, £245, £240, £200 Norbreck Farm. Simmental £240 Sellerley Farm. Aberdeen Angus £165 Pasture Barn Farm, £145 Derby Lodge Farm, Pasture Barn Farm, £140 Knowsley Farm, £95 Brown Brook. Limousin £140 Brown Brook, Hall Farm.

Bull Calf

British Blue £390 Derby Lodge Farm, £365 Wyre Bank, £360 Derby Lodge Farm, £340 Norbeck Farm, £335 Walkers I’th Fields. Aberdeen Angus £350 Derby Lodge Farm, £310 Norbreck Farm, £230 Brown Brook, Forton Hall, £225 Pasture Barn Farm. Charolais £350 Knowsley Farm. Simmental £280 Sellerley Farm. Friesian £62, £55 Walkers I’th Farm, £55 Cotestone Farm.

Heifer Stirk

Aberdeen Angus £230 Higher Brundhurst Farm.

Steer Stirk

Montbeliarde £440 Hillock Farm. British Blue £375, £370 Higher Brundhurst. Hereford £365 Hillock Farm. Aberdeen Angus £355 Higher Brundhurst Farm. Limousin £355 Higher Brundhurst Farm.

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