LANCASTER LAMB TRADE EASIER ON THE WEEK
Another excellent entry of more than 1800 prime sheep were forward at Lancaster on Monday together with 37 prime cattle & prime bulls.
After last weeks national chart topping trade it was always going to be the case that lambs were cheaper, lthough the overall average of 174p/kg was reasonable on the day. Standard weight lambs up to 40 kilos averaged 180p/kg, but heavier lambs were cheaper. A top price of £85 per head went to James Whitton, Low Lodge for an excellent pen of Texel lambs purchased by Roy Schofield for Samuel Howarth Ltd butchers of Diggle. Lambs also sold to 210p/kg for 39 kilo Texel lambs from D Cockett, Wilson Wood which were purchased at £82 by Dunbia, Preston. An improved entry of cast ewes continue to sell very well with trade topping at £100 per head for twice for Texels from JK & BE Townley, Mearsbeck and C & B Lowther, Lower Castle O’Trim.
BEEF TRADE RISING AGAIN
A small but high quality entry of prime butchers cattle were a superb trade to average 187p/kg. A top price of 200.5p/kg went to TH Garnett & Son, New Close for a superb Limousin heifer purchased by Samuel Howarth Ltd of Diggle. Close behind at 194.5p/kg were Messrs Carruthers of Red Scar whose British Blue steer was purchased for £1001.68 by Frank Towers of Wray. The best entry of prime bulls for some considerable time were an excellent trade topping at 208.5p/kg for a British Blue from FI & ME Little, Helm Croft which was purchased by Bowland Foods of Preston. Messrs Little also sold bulls to £1219.52 again for a British Blue purchased by Bowland Foods. There were several bulls making in excess of £1100 on the day with all vendors highly satisfied and all buyers pleased to see more bulls through the ring.
PRIME LAMBS – Texel: £85 Low Lodge; £84 Rooten Brook; £83 Mearsbeck Farm; £82 Wilson Wood, Foredales Farm; £80 Intack Farm. Suff: £77.50 Lentworth Farm; £76.50 Low Lodge; £76 North Farm (Heaton); £74.50 North Farm (Overton); £74 Lower Highfield. Cont: £65 Low Woodhouse. Masham: £71 Yarlsber. Mule: £76 Fell End Farm; £71 Ingrave Farm; £70 Holme House; £69.50 Isle of Skye Farm; £68 Over Houses. Horned: £59 Holme House. Char: £75 Ingrave Farm; £71 Burrow Heights Farm, Gaskell House; £68 Old Glasson; £66 Low Kit Brow. Chev: £62.50 Longstripes Farm. Jacob: £68 Stockabank.
CAST SHEEP – Texel: £100 Mearsbeck Farm, Lower Castle O Trim; £87 Farleton House; £86 Ancliffe Hall; £85 Conder Green Farm; £83 Kitchen Ground. Suffolk: £92 The Dingle; £80 Ivy Farm; £64 Hazelslack Tower. Char: £84 Kitchen Ground Farm. Lleyn: £70 Low Foulshaw Farm. Leicester: £81 Mearsbeck Farm. Cont: £55 Cockerham Hall. Mule: £78 Kitchen Ground Farm; £74 Yeat House; £73 Ancliffe Hall; £72 Mearsbeck Farm; £72 The Dingle; £71 Lee End Farm; £70 Hall Croft Barn. Rough Fell: £54 Longstripes Farm. Horned: £42 Hall Croft Barn; £40 Isle of Skye Farm; £35 Ouzelthorn Farm. Gritstone: £51 Ouzelthorn Farm. Herdwick: £53 Lee End Farm.
PRIME HEIFERS – Lim: 200.5p/kg, 188.5p/kg, 185.5p/kg New Close.
PRIME BULLOCKS – Brit Blue: 194.5p/kg Red Scar. Lim: 190.5p/kg, 189.5p/kg Red Scar.
PRIME BULLS – Brit Blue: 208.5p/kg, 194.5p/kg Helm Croft; 183.5p/kg Calcalds Farm; 174.5p/kg Far Orrest; 164.5p/kg Newhouse Farm. Bazadaise: 196.5p/kg, 191.5p/kg Calcalds Farm. Lim: 194.5p/kg, 186.5p/kg Far Orrest; 189.5p/kg, 185.5p/kg Lowgill Farm; 179.5p/kg Wild Boar Farm; 176.5p/kg Lane House. Sim: 176.5p/kg, 171.5p/kg Larbreck Hill Farm. Stab: 167.5p/kg Low Foulshaw Farm. Fr: 156.5p/kg Allcocks Farm; 141.5p/kg Fiddlers Farm; 139.5p/kg Boldens Farm.