Monday 9th November 2020
Lancaster Auction had an increased entry of 702 Prime lambs for its weekly sale. The trade remained strong throughout last week but the market average is less this week averaging 194p/kg with an SQQ of 198p/kg; buyers reporting back that due to ongoing uncertainties and a Bank Holiday in Europe there was less demand. It was noticeable that the heavy weight lamb trade was not as sharp as the previous week due to the closure of many catering outlets.
Leading the way was the consignment from AG Butler, Hambleton selling to £114 for Texel lambs with others selling to £107 with this consignment topping at 228p/kg. The consignment from R & DL Cornthwaite, Nateby sold Beltex lambs to £105 or 226p/kg purchased by Gregory Williams Butchers, Lancaster. Other Beltex lambs sold to £100 from J Smith, Brookhouse. Charolais lambs sold to £99 from M & C Huddleston, Wray. Plenty of pens of Continental lambs selling in the nineties and regularly selling in excess of 200p/kg with nicely bred, handy weighted lambs selling over 210p/kg.
As to be expected for the time of year a large proportion of hill lambs were forward today in Lancaster. Cheviot lambs sold to £90 from AG Butler, Hambleton. Mule lambs topped at £86.50 from T & CM Kelsall & Sons, Chipping with plenty of Mule lambs selling in the early eighties.
The Cast sheep trade remains very similar with 126 forward. Leading the way was a cast Texel tup from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe at £120. Plenty of Continental ewes sold in excess of the £100 mark topping at £106 from ST Birkett & Son, Carnforth with Beltex ewes. Texel ewes sold to £103 from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe with other ewes to £102 from P Lawrenson & Son, Chorley. Charolais ewes sold to £100 from E Lund & Son, Ingleton. Mule ewes sold to £82 from RW & FJ Rhodes & Son, Quernmore with other Mules selling to £78.
Hill tups sold to £98 from KM & KJ Curwen, Abbeystead with Cheviot ewes. Swaledlae tups from the same home sold to £70. Lonk ewes sold to £77 from S Crawford, Halton.