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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Spring Lambs, Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep

SPRING LAMBS
Lancaster Auction has its largest entry of spring lambs so far this season, with an entry of 846 forward. Leading the way this week were 55kg Suffolk lambs selling to £184 from T & H Drinkall, Oakenclough. This was closely followed by the consignment from A & E Clarkson, Thurnham twice selling to £170 and £164, with this consignment averaging £156. This was closely followed by Texel lambs selling to £168 from P & AJ Whittaker & Son, Quernmore. The consignment from J S Hornet, Ingleton sold Suffolks to £166 and Beltex and Texel lambs to £165, £163 and £160 twice. This was followed by the consignment from Wannop Farms, topping at £158, with other Texels to £152 from J & R Waller, Killington. Best bred lambs today easily selling in excess of the 350p/kg mark, Topping at 390p/kg from J S Hornet, Ingleton. Today saw more light weight lambs on the market with buyers looking for lambs between 30-34kg, the best types in this weight range sold to 350p/kg. There was an overall market average of 318p/kg, with 45-50kg lambs averaging 351p/kg. Those who have invested in better quality tups have seen the benefits in their prices today. It was noted today that those lambs with plenty of meat sold to a premium, with leaner types not reaching their full potential.
PRIME HOGGS
Just a handful of hoggs on the market today, selling to a top of £142 for Mules from J Rhodes, Ellel.
CAST SHEEP
Lancaster continues to enjoy a strong trade for all cast ewes with an overall market average of £114.90. Leading the way today was a Teeswater tup selling to £168 from T & D Wright, Roeburndale East. Other tups sold to £148 for a Suffolk from TM Townley, Over Wyresdale. Cast ewes peaked at £164 for Texels from CD & HL Mason, Caton Green. Leicester ewes topped at £162 from S Park, Middle Highfield. Plenty of continental Suffolk ewes easily selling between £130-£150. Mule ewes peaked at £127 from Wannop Farms, followed by £121 from D & D Huddleston, Wray. With plenty of pens of strong Mule ewes selling between £110-£120. Hill bred ewes saw Dalesbreds sell to £112 from T & D Wright, with Gritstone ewes to £106 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe.

Top Prices

SPRING LAMBS

Suffolk - £184 Calderside Farm, £166 Ingleborough Park Drive, £148 Hallbeck, £140 Knowsley Farm, £137 Burrow Heights Farm, £130 Knowsley Farm. Texel - £170 Cock Hall Farm, £168 Greenwoods, £165 Ingleborough Park Drive, £164 Cock Hall Farm, £160 Ingleborough Park Drive. Beltex - £163, £160 Ingleborough Park Drive, £137 Stubbins Farm, £132, £125 Head Farm. Continental - £131 Ackenthwaite Farm, £127.50 Little Fell Farm, £125, £123 Burrow Heights Farm, £122.50 Little Fell Farm, £121 Burrow Heights Farm. Charollais - £128 Stubbins Farm, £124 Jacksons Farm, £115.50 Little Fell Farm, £115 Jacksons Farm, £103 Field House. Dorset - £94 Field House. Horned - £90 Hard Berry Hall.

PRIME HOGGS

Mule - £142, £108, £80 Chapelside Drive. Texel - £96 Mearsbeck Farm. £66 Bensons Farm.

CAST EWES

Texel - £164 Mearsbeck Farm, £148, £145 Walmsley Fold Farm, £138 Calderside Farm, £136 Arna Wood Farm, £134 Walmsley Fold Farm. Bluefaced Leicester - £162 Highfield Farm. Suffolk - £138 Old Glasson Farm, £132 Arna Wood Farm, £103 Appletree Farm. Continental - £138, £108 Botton Hall Farm. Teeswater - £132 Allcocks Farm. Mule - £127 Heaton Hall Farm, £121 Botton Hall Farm, £120 Burrow Heights Farm, £116 Lee End Farm, £111 Old Glasson Farm, £110 Bensons Farm. Dalesbred - £112, £98, £84 Allcocks Farm. Gritstone - £106 Bensons Farm. Scottish Blackface - £99 Old Glasson Farm.

CAST TUPS

Teeswater - £168 Allcocks Farm. Suffolk - £148 Knowsley Farm. Texel - £50 Mearsbeck Farm.

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