CALVES AND STIRKS
Lancaster’s weekly sale of calves saw a strong and buoyant trade throughout the sale, with no drop in trade as seen at other local centres. All our vendors today left well satisfied with their trade.
Weanling British Blues from G & ME Woodhouse & Son, Ellel sold to £620 and £580 with heifers twice selling to £490. A consignment of weanlings from DC Miller, Claughton-on-Brock saw Angus bullocks sell to £600 with Charolais bullocks to £600, £550 and £520. Another cracking weekly consignment from J & G Thornley, Roseacre sold British Blue heifers to £470 with Angus bull calves to £420 and heifers to £395 from the same home. Charolais bull calves from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale sold to £455 and £435 with Hereford bull calves from the same home selling to £430. Plenty of beef calves today sold easily between £300-£400. Black and White calves this week peaked at £140 from JE & J Pye & Son, Quernmore.
British Blue bull stirks today sold to £550 from PA & D Slater, Barnacre with Limousins to £490 from A Rigby, Wigan.
The trade today in Lancaster for store cattle was the best seen for some while, with vendors strongly urged and encouraged to keep selling while the going is good and while buyers are
fighting for cattle.
Today saw ten cattle selling in excess of £1500. Regular consignors JM & AG Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe sold Angus bullocks to £1580 and Montbeliardes to £1520. Also matching the top price of £1580 was a pair of Charolais bullocks from RH Dodgson, Burton-in-Kendal whom sold others to £1490. Native cattle always meet plenty of demand in Lancaster with a pair of Angus bullocks selling to £1570 from J&H Davis, Cabus followed by a pen of three Angus bullocks to £1520 from WA Cardwell, Stalmine. Other Native bullocks saw a pair of Herefords sell to £1450 from JD & GM Bracken, Catterall with a pair of Angus from the same home to £1440. A pen of four Angus bullocks sold to £1440 from S Kellet & Sons, Pilling. Plenty of pens of short-term bullocks easily and regularly selling into the £1300’s.
The heifer trade this week peaked at £1400 for a Limousin from SH & LE Birkett, Nether Kellet. Followed by £1390 for an Aberdeen Angus from MS & G Mason, Kirkby Lonsdale and £1370 and £1350 for British Blues from M Southern, West Orton. Once again plenty of heifers easily selling around the £1300 mark. All steers forward today averaged an impressive £1242 with heifers averaging £1042.
The demand remains very high for cast cows and OTM cattle at Lancaster with once again an impressive market average of 152p/kg for the 63 forward. More are needed each week to fulfil the many orders of our busy ring of active buyers, we highly recommend that you cash in those waifs and strays and take advantage of this good trade. OTM heifers led the way today as British Blues from CB Heald & Son, Ingleton sold to 241.5 p/kg or £1321.
OTM Black and White heifers sold to 187.5p/kg or £1293 from R Packham & Son, Docker with other black and white heifers to 184.5p/kg or £1208 from R & E Ladds, Kendal. Cast cows peaked at 189.5p/kg for Limousins from AE Atkinson & Son, Endmoor. Beef cows topped at £1258 a head for an Angus from EJ Ward & Son, Nether Kellet. Plenty of good dairy cows today selling between 160-170p/kg with leaner types of dairy cows straight out of the parlour regularly achieving 130-135p/kg. Dairy cows sold to a top of £1169 from L Parsons & Sons, Levens followed by others at £1192 from A B & J Parkinson & Son, Out Rawcliffe and £1198 from JK & B Birkett & Son, Morecambe. With plenty of good dairy cows selling in excess of the £1100 mark.