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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock - Monday 23rd March

Prime Hoggs

The weekly sale of Prime Hoggs was bet by a savage drop in demand and price as experienced throughout the country. There was an overall market average of 181p/kg, as many companies did not want sheep today. The trade peaked at £108 for heavy weight Texel hoggs from J & DE Mitchell & Son, Cabus closely followed by £106 from R Parks, Cockerham. Heavy weight hoggs sold around the £100 mark. Hill bred hoggs saw 44kg Cheviots sell to a top of £94 from J & H Davis, Cabus. Mule hoggs peaked at £85 three times from W & A Cornall, Caldervale & J Burr, Quernmore. Hoggs sold to a top of 221p/kg for Beltex hoggs from GM & A Jackson, Little Eccleston followed by 220p/kg and 217p/kg from KA Purtill, Wigan with Texels selling to 219p/kg twice from AG Butler, Hambleton.

Cast Sheep

There was a bumper entry of cast ewes forward this week that also saw a dramatic drop trade compared to the recent flying heights. The trade topped for Texel rams selling to £100 from W & A Cornall, Barnacre with others to £97 from T & CM Kelsall & Sons, Chipping. Texel ewes topped at £90 from A Fare, Newton. Continental ewes regularly sold in the eighties. Mule ewes sold to a top of £80 from G Blacklidge, Chorley. Horned ewes twice peaked at £67 for Dalesbred ewes from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton and T & CM Kelsall & Sons.

Sheep with Lambs

The weekly sale of sheep with lambs at foot had a reduced entry forward selling to a marginally easier trade. The trade twice peaked at £210 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe for Texel ewes with Texel twin lambs at foot. Suffolk ewes with twin Texel lambs sold to £208 and £200 from TM Townley, Over Wyresdale. Mule ewes with twin Texel lambs peaked at £185 from D & K Swarbrick.

Top Prices

Prime Hoggs

Texel £108 Snapewood Farm, £106 Hardhead Farm Cottage, £101, £100 Old Woodhouse. Charollais £102 Deep Clough, £96 Sussex Drive. Beltex £102, £99 The Dingle, £90, £89 Oak Avenue. Cheviot £94, £80 Weavers Farm. Mule £90 Kellbrick, £85 Little Fell Farm, Bank Farm, £80 Gibsons Farm. Suffolk £86 North Farm, £80 Park Farm Barn, £68 Middle Lee Farm. Continental £85 Middle Ridge Farm, £83, £80, £70 Hillam House Farm, £70 Middle Ridge Farm. Masham £80 Fell End Farm. Zwartble £80 Conder Mill. Swaledale £65 Marshaw Farm, £60 Botton Hall.

Cast Ewes

Texel £90 West View Farm, £88 Blades Street, £74 Middle Ridge Farm, £73 Sussex Drive. Beltex £83 West View Farm. Leicester £80 Ouzlethorn, £70 Appletree Farm, Botton Hall, £60 Highfield Farm. Mule £80 Dove Cottage, £65 Ingrave Farm, £61 Brown Brook, £60, £58 Little Fell. Continental £69 Fell End Farm, £53 Cliftons Farm. Dalesbred £67 Brown Brook, Fell End Farm. Charolais £65 Sussex Drive. Masham £64 Fell End Farm. Cheviot £61 Dove Cote Farm. Swaledale £61 Brown Brook, £53 Bank Farm. Rough Fell £60 Gibsons Farm. Suffolk £57 Cliftons Farm. Gritstone £59 Middle Ridge Farm. Jacob £50 Gibsons Farm.

Cast Rams

Texel £100 Bank Farm, £97, £87 Brown Brook, £81 Ouzlethorn, £80 Straights Farm. Charollais £90 Brown Brook, £88 Sussex Drive. Suffolk £82 Cliftons Farm.

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