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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock & Sheep with Lambs - Monday 9th March

Prime Hoggs

Lancasters weekly sale of Prime Hoggs had a slightly reduced entry of 531 forward this week selling to an overall market average of 225p/kg with 39-50kg hoggs averaging 230p/kg. Topping the market was 52kg hoggs selling to £145 from W & J Livesey, Inskip with Texel hoggs from the same home selling to £135 twice, £134, £133 and £131. Charollais hoggs from the same good achieved £135. Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe sold heavy weight Texels to £143 and £142. Other notable Texel prices including £132 from A & L Huddleston, Wray with £129 achieved several times by J Bargh & Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe, JW & SE Drinkwater, Quernmore and A & L Huddleston. The consignment of Texels from L & A Duckett, Higher Bartle sold to £129, £128, £127 and £122. Charollais hoggs sold to a top of £130 from AT Alcock, Inskip with Suffolk hoggs from the same home selling to £127. Other Charollais achieved £129 from AG Butler, Hambleton. There was plenty more pens of Continental and Suffolk hoggs selling around the £120 mark.

Prime Hoggs sold to 279p/kg for Beltex from W & J Livesey.

Hill bred hoggs saw Cheviots peak at £117 from J Bargh & Son. Mule hoggs sold to a top of £113 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale closely followed by £112 from JS & S Atkinson, Scorton. Plenty more pens of Mule and Cheviot hogg sold between £105 and £110. Horned hoggs saw Scottish Blackfaces weighing 43kg sell to £96.50 and £96 from WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday. Swaledale hoggs sold to £95.50 weighing 45kg from JS & S Atkinson.

Suffolks to £127 av. £98.16 or 204p/kg
Mules to £113 av. £100.11 or 225p/kg
Horned to £96.50 av. £86.09 or 210p/kg
Charollais to £135 av. £123 or 232p/kg
Cheviots to £117 av. £100.85 or 233p/kg
Texels to £143 av. £102.75 or 230p/kg
Beltex to £145 av. £145 or 279p/kg

Cast Sheep

The cast sheep trade continues to go from strength to strength at Lancaster. It was cast tups that topped the market today with Suffolks selling to £160 from WN & D Smith & Sons, Cockerham, Texels to £159 from J Burr, Quernmore and Charollais to £152 from JA Lambert, Out Rawcliffe. Texels ewes peaked at £143 from GR & A Foy, Conder Green. The consignment of ewes from TB Carter, Preesall saw Suffolks sell to £141 and Texels to £133. Beltex ewes sold to £131 with Texels from AG Butler to £129 followed by £127 from CD & HL Mason, Caton Green. Charolais ewes peaked at £126 from JA Lamert, Out Rawcliffe. Mule ewes sold to £114, £111 and £106 from WN & D Smith & Sons with plenty of others selling in the early one hundreds. Horned ewes saw Swaledales sell to £72 from DM Eames, Abbeystead.

All cast ewes forward averaged £105.71 with all tups averaging £157.

Suffolks to £141 av. £126.40
Mules to £114 av. £100.95
Swalesdales to £72 av. £72
Charollais to £126 av. £109.50
Cheviots to £113 av. £113
Texels to £143 av. £130
Beltex to £131 av. £131

Sheep with Lambs

The weekly sale of Sheep with Lambs at Foot had a bumper entry of 85 families or 231 lives. There was, once again, a strong trade for all the sheep forward leading the way this week was Continental ewes with Texel twin lambs selling to £265 and £260 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe followed by Continental ewes with twin lambs selling to £245 from J & A Heap & Sons, Barnacre. Mule ewes with strong Texel twice lambs sold to £232, £230 and £225 from D & K Swarbrick. Mule ewes with good Texel single lambs at foot sold to £210 from D & K Swarbrick.

The trade remains buoyant with good numbers required each week.

Top Prices

Prime Hoggs

Beltex £145 Walker House Farm. Texel £143, £142 Old Woodhouse, £135, £134 Walker House Farm. Charollais £135 Walker House Farm, £130 Carr House Farm, £129 Park Farm Barn, £120, £109 Jacksons Farm. Suffolk £127 Carr House Farm, £120 Cocker House Farm, £117 Tabley House Farm, £110 Cocker House Farm, North Farm. Continental £121 Walker House Farm, £116 Westfield Farm, £115 Carr House Farm, £111 Gibsons Farm, £110 Carr House Farm. Cheviot £117 North Farm, £107 Bowers Farm, £107, £105 Weavers Farm, £100 North Farm. Mule £113 Yates Farm, £112 Sykes Farm, £108 North Farm, £107 Low Kit Brow, £101 Little Fell. Zwartble £100 Millstones. Masham £97 Gibsons Farm. Scottish Blackface £96.50, £96 Tarnwater Farm, £78 The Hawthorns. Swaledale £95.50 Sykes Farm, £94 Yates Far, £92.50, £81 Millstones, £76.50 Sykes Farm. Herdwick £76 Castle O Trim. Rough Fell £75 Millstones.

Cast Ewes

Texel: £143 Parkside Farm, £133 Lyndale Farm, £129 Park Farm Barn, £127 Mearsbeck Farm, £121 Lyndale Farm. Suffolk: £141, £126, £123 Lyndale Farm, £101 Cockhill Park. Beltex: £131 Old Woodhouse. Charollais: £126, £93 Jacksons Farm. Mule: £114, £111 Cocker House Farm, £106 Lyndale Farm, Cocker House Farm, £104 Mearsbeck Farm. Cheviot: £113 Cross Farm. Masham: £86 Bensons Farm. Swaledale: £72 Middle Lee Farm. Continental: £70 Mearsbeck Farm.

Cast Tups

Suffolk: £160 Cocker House Farm. Texel: £159 Little Fell. Charollais: £152 Jacksons Farm.

Ewe & Lambs

Continental: £265, £260 Bensons Farm. Mule: £245 Burns Farm, £232, £230, £225 Bensons Farm, £225 Burns Farm. Suffolk: £201, £180, £168, £165, £161 Myerscough Hall.

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