North West Auctions, Lancaster had forward a pleasing catalogue entry of 322 store cattle, together with an excellent entry of 96 cast cows and over thirty months cattle, 18 rearing calves and several pens of ewes with lambs at foot.
Store cattle were an excellent trade on the day, averaging well in excess of £700 for the whole of the sale. Top price of £1,120 went to Messrs D E & S M Moorhouse, High House Farm for Limousin bullocks. Heifers sold to a top of £1,000 to J T & A Armitstead, Bouthwaite Farm. In the Cast Cow ring the overall sale average was very pleasing at 118p/kg. Most classes and grades were dearer on the week. Drinkall Brothers, Catshaw Hall enjoyed a very successful day selling the two top price cows at £1,084 and £1,062 respectively. These were Holstein Friesian Cows. Cows also sold to 154.5p/kg to D & J Sutcliffe, Throstle Nest. Cast Heifers averaged 144.2p/kg, topping at 157.5p/kg to I Holden, Wyre Farm. OTM Steers were in great demand selling to 167.5p/kg (£1298) to W A Hodgson, Whelpside. A small entry of Rearing Calves could not satisfy a ring full of buyers. Bull calves sold to £345 for Angus x bulls from A Coates, Stirk Hey. Young Friesian bulls continued to sell very well, averaging over £50 per head, selling to a top of £70 for calves under one month of age. A small entry of ewes and lambs, mainly consisted of hoggs with young lambs at foot. Strong hoggs with quality lambs were very good to sell but plainer and younger outfits were cheaper. Top price of £205 went to W & A Cornall, Bank Farm for quality Mule hoggs with single Texel lambs at foot.
STORE BULLOCKS – Lim: £1120,£1090,£1010 High House Farm; £1070,£1050 High Green; £1040 Lentworth Farm; £1010,£980 Intack Farm. BB: £1040 High House Farm; £950 West Lynn; £830 Mount Pleasant Farm. SD: £1040 Lentworth Farm. Brit Blue: £1000 Wood Lane Farm; £850 Fairfield Farm; £750 Yates Farm. Ang: £990 Moss View; £980 Ivy Bank; £940 Benson Hall; £910 Fiddlers Farm; Sim: £980 West Lynn. Char: £970 Cross House Farm; £840 Stubb Place Farm; £780 Market St. Here: £890 West Lynn; £810 Old Glasson Farm. Fr: £890 Staffords Farm; £850 New Hall Farm; £780 Breedy Butts Farm, Poplar Grove Farm; £770 Lower Lingart; £720 Benson Hall; £710 Mount Pleasant Farm. Blo: £850 Cross House Farm; £700 Yates Farm. Shor: £850 Turnover Hall. Here: £840 Mont: £780 Moss View.
STORE HEIFERS – Blo: £1000, Bouthwaite Farm; £790 Cross House Farm. BB: £960,£950 Bouthwaite Farm; £840 Intack Farm; £750 Park Farm. Char: £910 Cross House Farm; £750 Market St. Brit Blue: £880, Roe Farm; £820 Wood Lane Farm; £800 Yew Tree Farm; £750 Park Farm. Ang: £850 Sandholme Mill Farm; £800 High Green; £750 Moss View; £670 Turnover Hall. Here: £800 Fiddlers Farm.
STORE BULLS – AA: £540 Green Close.
CAST COWS – Blo: 154.5p/kg, 137.5p/kg Throstle Nest Farm; 149.5p/kg Kelleth Rigg. Gelb: 149.5p/kg Millbeck. Sim: 137.5p/kg, 134.5p/kg Throstle Nest Farm. Fr: 137.5p/kg Allcocks Farm; 131.5p/kg Boldens Farm, Ravenscar; 129.5p/kg Cocker House Farm, Catshaw Hall Farm; 127.5p/kg Low Levens. Lim: 137.5p/kg, 131.5p/kg Millbeck. 134.5p/kg Intack Farm, Holme House. BB: 134.5p/kg Farleton House. Sw R&W: 131.5p/kg White Lund Farm. Here: 124.5p/kg Intack Farm.
OTM HEIFERS – Lim: 157.5p/kg, 141.5p/kg Little Moss Side; 139.5p/kg Wyre Farm. Sim: 157.5p/kg Wyre Farm; 139.5p/kg Little Moss Side; BB: 147.5p/kg Wyre Farm. Here: 147.5p/kg Wyre Farm. Fr: 147.5p/kg Milton Moor Farm; 144.5p/kg Deerslet Farm, Catshaw Hall Farm; 139.5p/kg Whinney Carr Farm. Ang: 144.5p/kg Little Moss Side.
OTM STEERS/BULLS – BB: 167.5p/kg, 144.5p/kg Whelpside Farm, 151.5p/kg, 147.5p/kg Tewitfield Farm. Blo: 157.5p/kg Little Moss Side. Fr: 129.5p/kg, 127.5p/kg Whinney Carr Farm; 127.5p/kg Abbotson Farm; 124.5p/kg Cliftons Farm.
BULL CALVES – Ang: £345 Stirk Hey Farm. Here: £335,£310,£305, Bank End Farm. Sim: £275 School House. Brit Blue: £190 Stanley Farm. Shor: £162 School House. Fr: £70, £60 Tills Farm; £50 Low Gregg Hall, Lower Brow Top.
HEIFER CALVES– Brit Blue: £295 Bank End Farm
EWES & LAMBS – Mule Ewes (b/m) with Twins: £160 Marsh House.
HOGGS & LAMBS – Mule with Singles: £205, £190 Bank Farm; £185 Thornbush; £170 Isle of Skye Farm; £160 Dillicar, Deepclough; Mule Hoggs with Twins: £185 Isle of Skye Farm; £170 Bank Farm.