FANTASTIC LAMB TRADE IN LANCASTER
North West Auctions Lancaster Mart had a tremendous trade for all livestock last Monday.
The market began to rise late in the previous week and with the heavy weekend snowfall, all buyers were very short of stock and keen to buy as much as possible at Lancaster first thing on Monday. Standard weight lambs were in great demand throughout to average a seasons best of 187p/kg. Top price of 214p/kg went to TR Prickett, Hutton Roof Hall whose lambs were purchased at £85.50 by B Riley & Sons butchers of Rottenstall. The top price per head for lambs was £87.50 to P Lawrenson, Walmsley Fold. The lambs were Texel bred and were purchased by Michael Lomax for Lancaster Meat Co. Ltd. Throughout the sale there were several pens of lambs making in excess of £80 per head and many pens at over 200p/kg. A total of seven buyers were in attendance.
In the cattle ring as is the case every Monday there were plenty of butcher’s orders around the ring. A top price of 179.5p/kg was twice achieved. Both animals were produced by JA & J Harper, Capplethwaite Hall and both were purchased by MJ Birtwistle & Co., butchers of Worsley. Prime bulls topped at 159.5p/kg for a Limousin bull from J Collinson & Sons, Gift Hall. This was purchased at £925 by Bowland Foods. Bulls also sold to £1070.50 per head for a Limousin from J & D Barton & Son, Calcads Farm, purchased by Blacklidge Bros butchers of Chorley.
A small entry of cast sheep sold to a top of £84 for Texel ewes from S Rossall, Stonehead Farm.
PRIME LAMBS - Texel: £87.50, £86, £85 Walmsley Fold; £86 Ivy House; £85.50 Hutton Roof Hall; £85, £84.50 North Farm; £84.50 Mearsbeck Farm; £84 Underley Estate, Yeat House. Suff: £86.50, £80, £79, £78.50 North Farm; £84 Mearsbeck Farm; £80 Brown Edge; £78 Tarnwater Farm. Cont: £81, £79 Fell End Farm. Masham: £80 Fell End Farm; £76.50 Allcocks Farm. Mule: £84 Fell End Farm; £80 Bank Farm; £78.50 Allcocks Farm; £74 Hare Apple Tree, Isle of Sky Farm; £73 Brown Edge, Yates Farm. Chev: £81 Underley Estate; £77.50 North Farm. Leic.: £75 Brown Edge; £73 Cragg End. Char: £78.50 Tarnwater Farm. Tees: £69 Middle Lee Farm. Horned: £59, £57 Hare Apple Tree.
CAST SHEEP – Texel: £84 Stonehead Farm; £65 Ivy House. Mule: £62 Ivy House. Horned: £43 Isle of Sky Farm. Leic.: £40 Catshaw Hall Farm.
PRIME CATTLE - BB: 179.5p/kg, 164.5p/kg Capplethwaite Hall, 173.5p/kg New Close. Lim: 159.5p/kg, 149.5p/kg, 147.5p/kg New Close. Stab: 144.5p/kg, 141.5p/kg Low Foulshaw Farm. Saler: 137.5p/kg Gift Hall Farm. Fr: 126.5p/kg, 123.5p/kg Gift Hall Farm.
PRIME BULLS - Lim: 159.5p/kg Gift Hall Farm; 146.5p/kg, 144.5p/kg Calcads Farm. Char: 151.5p/kg, 149.5p/kg Stirzakers Farm. Stab: 146.5p/kg Low Foulshaw Farm. BB: 149.5p/kg Larbreck Hill Farm. Fr: 134.5p/kg Lane House Farm.