FUN IN THE SUN AT LANCASTER
The Good Friday sale of store and breeding stock at Lancaster saw the sun shining bright throughout the sale. There was an auction full of buyers and sellers and an excellent atmosphere in all sale rings. A very pleasing Bank Holiday catalogue entry of 337 store cattle with an almost full complement of buyers including one or two fresh faces around the ring. Bullocks averaged £722 topping at £1110 to RF Tyson, Beck Farm for a British Blue bullock. Heifers also sold well on the day to a top of £1040 to Capernwray Parkland Farm with trade staying strong to the end.
There were plenty of bidders for cows & calves and these topped at £1300 for a heifer with bull calf at foot. More units can easily be sold each week at this sale.
There were 32 calves and stirks forward on the day with bull calves averaging £222 and heifer calves an excellent £311 including some very strong Continental calves. Black & White bull calves continue to improve in value and it is hoped this encourages more numbers to come forward each week.
In the cast cow ring the reduced entry was expected due to the disruption to abattoir operations as a result of the Bank Holiday weekend. Nevertheless cows averaged an excellent 113p/kg selling to 139.5p/kg to P Taylor, High Platt Farm for a Limousin cow. Cows also sold to £900 to JE & AC Clarke, Cringleber. OTM heifers averaged 149.43p/kg topping at 141.5p/kg to JK Birkett, White Lund Farm for a Swedish Red & White heifer. Cast steers sold to 154.5p/kg to TJ Robinson, Rowell Farm for an Angus bullock.
Best quality entry of sheep with lambs at foot saw 350 lives through the ring averaging an excellent £168 per unit. All the outfits were dearer on the week with young sheep selling at similar levels to recent sales. A top price of £240 went to B & SE Carter, Cragg End for Texel x ewes with Twin lambs at foot. It was good to see so many pens selling to well in excess of £200 reflecting the strong confidence in the industry at the moment.
STORE BULLOCKS – Lim: £1100 High House Farm, Millbeck; £1080 Church Street; £1040 Carlingwha; £1020 Holly House Farm. Char: £1030 Aynsome Manor. Hfd: £860 Bouthwaite Farm; £710 Slack Farm; £690 Low Bank House; £650 Aynsome Manor Farm. Sim: £840 Lower Castle O’Trim; £640 Langthwaite Heights. Blonde: £1040 The Dell. BB: £1080 Bradlow Farm; £870 Mount Pleasant; £790 Clawthorpe Lodge. AA: £860 Myerscough Hall; £780 Woodside Farm; £760 Brandwood Fold; £740 White Cross Farm. Brit Blue: £1110 Beck Farm; £1000 Wood Lane Farm; £770 Well House Farm; £760 Birks Farm. Mont: £910 Braeslacks. Fr: £810 Isle of Sky Farm; £760 Raw Head; £740 Roe Farm; £730 New Hall Farm.
STORE HEIFERS – Char: £1040 Capernwray Hall; £920 Gaskell House; £770 Cropper Farm; £760 Charoland Farm. Lim: £890 Myerscough Hall; £860 Capernwray Hall; £840 Manor House Farm. Hfd: £770 Cropper Farm; £730 Slack Farm; £700 Billinge Hall; £690 Brandwood Fold Farm. Sim: £910 Carlinwha; £710 Charoland Farm; £660 Sandham Farm. Blonde: £870 Cross House Farm; £860 The Dell; £760 Hallbeck. BB: £950 Lower Castle O’Trim; £880 High House Farm; £870 Bouthwaite Farm; £860 Cross House Farm. AA: £890 Myerscough Hall; £860 The Dell; £840 Church Street; £800 Roseacre Hall. Brit Blue: £990 Wood Lane Farm; £820 Roseacre Hall; £650 Cotestones Farm.
STORE BULLS – Lim: £610 Hollovenbeck Farm. AA: £470 High Hedley Hope Farm.
BREEDING CATTLE – BB Heifer with Lim Bull Calf: £1300 Hall Croft Barn.
CAST COWS – Fr: 117.5p/kg Stirzakers Farm; 111.5p/kg Moss House Farm; 104.5p/kg Halforth Farm. Lim: 139.5p/kg High Platt Farm; 129.5p/kg Cringlber. Sim: 121.5p/kg Cringleber. Blonde: 121.5p/kg Cringleber. BB: 117.5p/kg Green Close, Cringleber. AA: 117.5p/kg Cringleber. MRI: 121.5p/kg Village Farm.
OTM HEIFERS – Swedish R&W: 141.5p/kg White Lund Farm. Lim: 139.5p/kg Rowell Farm. AA: 139.5p/kg Rowell Farm; 139.5p/kg White Lund Farm.
OTM STEERS – AA: 154.5p/kg Rowell Farm. BULL CALVES – AA: £450 Church Style Farm; £370 Lower Langthwaite Farm. Brit Blue: £365 Lower Langthwaite Farm; £312 Barrow Greaves Farm; £280 Barrow Greaves; £145 Manor House Farm. Blonde: £410 Church Style Farm. Lim: £260 Beech House; £250 Church Style Farm. Fr: £105 Manor House Farm; £50 Rose Farm; £45 Gibsons Farm.
HEIFER CALVES– Lim: £395 Church Style Farm; £290 Lower Langthwaite Farm; £120 Manor House Farm. Sim: £420 Church Style Farm. AA: £430 Church Style Farm; £325 Lower Langthwaite Farm. Brit Blue: £285 Lower Langthwaite Farm; £190 Sandvilla.
EWES & LAMBS – Texel Ewes with Twins £240 Cragg End. Mule Ewes with Twins £230 Cooper House; £180 Cragg End; £175 Beckfoot & Askew Hill. Suffolk Ewes with Twins £150 Mill Cottage. Texel Shlgs with Twins £220 Hall Croft Barn. Charollais Shlgs with Twins £215, Mule Shlgs with Twins £195 & Texel Shlgs with Twins £180 Bank Farm. Texel Hoggs with Singles £190 Far Mount Barrow Farm. Mule Hoggs with Singles £165 The Dell & £155 Highfield Farm. Suffolk Hoggs with Singles £140 Hall Croft Barn.