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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Sheep with Lambs at Foot, Spring Lambs, Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep, Monday 12th March 2021

Prime Hoggs

Lancaster’s weekly sale of Prime Hoggs saw another blistering trade but numbers are short of buyers requirements and more are needed each week. There was an impressive overall market average of 302p/kg with handy weights averaging 322 p/kg.

Dutch Texel hoggs from GR & A Foy, Conder Green sold to a top at £169. The consignment of Continental hoggs from Andrew Butler saw Texel’s sold to £168, £163 and £156. Cheviot hoggs sold to a top of £163 from J & H Davis, Cabus. Other noted prices were Texels to £155 from T & E Burrow, Slyne. Charollais also achieved £155 from T Taylor, Woodplumpton; with other Charollais to £154 from P Lawrenson & Son, Brindle.

Spring Lambs

Lancaster Auction continues to have a strong trade for Spring Lambs, with the demand increasing each week from our buyers. An entry of 37 were forward averaging 358p/kg or 148.78 pence a head. A consignment from WA & LM Jenkinson & Son, Stalmine led the way selling 44kg Texel lambs to £176, with others from the same home selling to £164 and £162. This was closely followed by S Wilson & Son selling Texel lambs to £170 purchased by Gregory Williams Butchers of Lancaster, who sold others to £162. Texel lambs from S Wilson & Son sold to 415p/kg, with WA &LA Jenkinson twice achieving 400p/kg.

Cast Sheep

A much improved entry saw the trade for Cast Sheep as strong as ever. Taking top spot this week was GA & A Foy, Conder Green selling Dutch Texel ewes to £171. Charollais cast ewes sold to £170 from A V Bailey, Cheshire. Texel ewes to £168 from J & SJ Riseborough, Warton, followed by £167 from J Smith, Brook House. Plenty more pens of Continental ewes sold around the £160 mark.

Cast tups sold to a top of £168 for a Texel from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. Leicester ewes sold to £148 from R H & C Aryton, Abbeystead. Big Mule ewes from G Riley, Bolton-le-sands sold to £144, with others to £139 from P Lawrenson & Sons, Brindle. Plenty of pens of Mule ewes easily selling in excess of the £130 mark. Horned ewes saw Swaledales sell to £80 from J & CW Metcalfe & Son Quernmore.

Sheep with Lambs at Foot

North West Auctions held its Spring Show of sheep with Lambs at Foot; the show being very kindly sponsored by Massey Feeds, who we thank for their continued support. The judging was in the able hands of James Wannop, who we also thank for his time and expertise.

Winning the first prize rosette was Vicky Woodhouse of Scorton with five Mule one crops sucking Texel twins. These went on to sell to £245. This cracking run of Mules from Vicky sold to £240 twice and £230. The Second prize rosette was awarded to a pen of two crop Mule ewes from RG & H Preece, Roeburndale which sold to £230. Texel shearlings with smart Texel twin lambs sold to £245 from K & LA Woodhouse, Scorton. Mixed aged Texel ewes with single Texel lambs to £228 from J France, Pilling. Other singles saw Suffolk ewes with single lambs sell to £195 from the same home.

Top Prices

Shlg & Lambs at Foot
Texel - £245 Yew Tree Cottage.

Ewe & Lambs at Foot
Mule - £245, £240 Yew Tree Cottage, £230 Thornbush Farm, Yew Tree Cottage, £208 Merryfield, £200 Bensons Farm, £185, £178, £155 New Bungalow. Texel - £228 Merryfield, £225 Thornbush Farm, £220 Merryfield. Suffolk - £195 Merryfield. Swaledale - £118, £115, £98, £70 Caw House.

Prime Hoggs
Beltex - £169, £156, £152 Parkside Farm, £141, £140, £137 Castle Mill Farm. Texel - £168, £163, £156 Park Farm Barn, £155 Throstle Grove Farm, £154 Park Farm Barn, Weavers Farm. Cheviot - £163, £146 Weavers Farm, £141.50 Hillam House Farm, £130 Oak Avenue, £126 Park Farm Barn. Charollais - £155, £151, £150 Midge Hall Farm. Continental - £143.50, £140 Hillam House Farm, £139 Chapelside Drive, £136 Park Farm Barn, Hillam House Farm. Suffolk - £130 Maddison Avenue, £119 Beaumont Gate, £93 North Farm, £90 Beaumont Gate. Jacob - £120 Oak Avenue. Mule - £120 Hillam House Farm, £115, £111.50 Moorcock Hall Farm. Swaledale - £68 Ouzelthorn Farm, £50 Dunkenshaw Farm.

Spring Lambs
Texel - £176 Woodlands Farm, £170 Burrow Heights Farm, £164, £162 Woodlands Farm, £162 Burrow Heights Farm, £150 Woodlands Farm, £149, £144 Burrow Heights Farm, £143 Cocker House Farm, £142 Burrow Heights Farm. Continental - £150, £145 Cocker House Farm. Dorset - £145 Cocker House Farm. Suffolk - £143 Cocker House Farm.

Cast Ewes
Texel - £171 Parkside Farm, £168 Grange Rise, £167 Moorcock Hall Farm, £165 Parkside Farm, £164 Walmsley Fold, £156 Woodlands Farm. Charollais - £170, £160, £139, £136 Arderne Holme Farm House. Beltex - £150, £144 Parkside Farm. Bluefaced Leicester - £148 Ouzelthorn Farm. Continental - £146, £118 Beaumont Gate, £24 Scronkey Farm. Mule - £144 Maddison Avenue, £139 Walmsley Farm, £135 Bensons Farm, £134 Blackwood End, £130 Bensons Farm, £127 Beaumont Gate. Suffolk - £138 Oak Avenue, £129, £118 Burrow Heights Farm. Swaledale - £80, £79 Hare Apple Tree Farm, £67, £65 Dunkenshaw Farm, £45, £42 Moorcock Hall Farm. Dalesbred - £76 Moorcock Hall Farm.

Cast Tup
Texel - £168 Bensons Farm, £136 North Farm, £124 Dunkenshaw Farm. Continental - £148 Arderne Holme Farm House. Beltex - £80 Ouzelthorn Farm, £46 Dove Cote Farm.

More Info

Judge – James Wannop

Sponsor: Massey Feeds

Class 1 – Best Pen of 5 Ewes with Twin Lambs

1st – Vicky Woodhouse, Scorton – 1 crop Mule Ewes £245.
2nd – R G & H Preece, Rroeburndale - 2 crop Mule Ewes £230.
3rd – D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe – Aged Mule Ewes £200.

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