Caption: From left: Charles Butler and his father Andrew Butler with the First Prize Spring Lamb.
BUTCHERS MAKE THE EASTER TRADE AT LANCASTER
North West Auctions Lancaster Mart enjoyed a very brisk days trading at the last Monday sale before the Easter weekend. The sale included the Annual Prize Show & Sale of Spring Lambs and an excellent entry of almost 80 lambs were forward for judging. Michael Lomax performed the task admirably awarding first prize honours to Andrew Butler, Parks Farm Barn with a superb Texel x lamb which stood out from the field. This made £135 (365p/kg) and was purchased by Roy Schofield for Samuel Howarth Ltd butchers of Diggle.
Second prize went to R & MW Stirzaker, Station Hotel with a Suffolk x lamb selling at £121 to Lancaster Meat Co. Ltd and third prize was taken by ST Birkett, Hall Croft Barn securing £119 from Whittakers Butchers of Blackburn. Spring lambs were a marvellous trade to average 263p/kg.
A better than expected entry of prime hoggs were not as dear as last weeks sensational trade but still averaged a very respectable 211p/kg with many vendors now at the clean up stage. Good meaty hoggs were in great demand selling to a top of 237p/kg for Texel x hoggs from Andrew Butler, Parks Farm Barn and these were purchased by Whittakers Butchers of Blackburn. Hoggs also topped at £107 and this was twice achieved by J Bargh & Son, North Farm.
Cast ewes were once again a tremendous trade and the increased number certainly suited buyers. Ewes averaged £76 topping at £122 for Charollais bred from JA & R Geldard, Low Foulshaw. In the prime cattle ring all classes of cattle were good to sell. The sale began with an improved entry of prime bulls. There was plenty of quality about this week with a top price of 182.5p/kg achieved by Messrs Clark & Johnson, Far Orrest for a tremendous Limousin bull which was purchased at £1032 by Bowland Foods. Prime bulls also sold to £1067 for Limousin bull from JM & AG Swarbrick, Bensons Farm.
In the prime cattle section good butchers heifers were much sought after by local butchers and the top price 188.5p/kg went to J & ME Bateman, Lowgill Farm for a smart Limousin heifer purchased by MJ Birtwistle, butchers of Worsley. Prime bullocks sold to 175.5p/kg for a Limousin from TH Garnett & Son, New Close and this was purchased by Frank Towers of Wray.
PRIME SPRING LAMBS - Texel: £135 Parks Farm Barn; £119 Burrow Heights Farm; £118 Hall Croft Barn; £113 Springfield Farm, Brown Edge. Char: £124 Station Hotel; £122 Low Foulshaw Farm. Suffolk: £121 Station Hotel; £119 Hall Croft Barn; £118 Cocker House Farm; £117 Highfield Farm.
PRIME HOGGS - Texel: £107 North Farm; £100 Parks Farm Barn, Hall Croft Barn; £97 Cuerdale Hall. Mule: £95.50 Lower House Farm; £90 Hillam House Farm; £89.50 Cuerdale Hall; £85 Medlar Hall Farm. Horned: £96 Parks Farm Barn; £76 Medlar Hall Farm; £72 Brown Brook. Char: £106 Parks Farm Barn; £97 Cuerdale Hall. Cheviot: £81 Inverbervie; £83 North Farm. Texel: £105 Parks Farm Barn; £104 Sellerley Fields; £100 Moorville, Low Woodedge Farm, Hall Croft Barn, North Farm. Gritstone: £77 Medlar Hall Farm.
LIGHTWEIGHT HOGGS – Cheviot: £73 Inverbervie. Mule: £60 Brown Brook. Horned: £62 Gilberton; £54 Brown Brook. Herdwick: £68 Lee End Farm.
CAST SHEEP – Suffolk: £114 Maddison Avenue; £112 Burrow Heights Farm; £90 The Dell; £88 Ancliffe Hall Farm. Masham: £80 Medlar Hall Farm. Mule: £90 Tarnwater Farm; £87 Burrow Heights Farm; £85 Greenwoods, The Dell. Horned: £82 Brown Brook; £63 Hare Apple Tree; £55 Yates Farm. Char: £122 Low Foulshaw Farm. Texel: £113 Brown Brook; £110 Gibsons Farm; £106 Burrow Heights Farm; £94 Tarnwater Farm. Lleyn: £104 Low Foulshaw Farm.
PRIME HEIFERS – Lim: 188.5p/kg Lowgill Farm; 178.5p/kg Winston; 172.5p/kg Wild Boar Farm. Blonde: 183.5p/kg New Close; 148.5p/kg Winston. BB: 167.5p/kg New Close. AA: 158.5p/kg Winston. MRI: 131.5p/kg Fiddlers Farm. BRB: 154.5p/kg Fiddlers Farm.
PRIME BULLOCKS – Lim: 175.5p/kg New Close. Fr: 142.5p/kg Fiddlers Farm.
PRIME BULLS – Lim: 182.5p/kg Far Orrest; 175.5p/kg Northwoods Farm; 160.5p/kg Bensons Farm. Char: 167.5p/kg Stirzakers Farm; £161.5p/kg Northwoods Farm. Stabiliser: 168.5p/kg Low Foulshaw Farm. BRB: 159.5p/kg Bensons Farm. Brown Swiss: 117.5p/kg Parkside Farm. Fr: 118.5p/kg Parkside Farm.