Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primstock - Monday 18th May

Spring Lambs

No Monday Morning Blues at Lancaster!

There was the largest entry of Spring Lambs forward so far this season with 872 which were met by a continued strong trade at Lancaster. There was an overall market average of 263p/kg with an SQQ 267p/kg.

Top price per head this week was Beltex lambs from JS Horner, Clapham selling to £140 with others from the same home selling to £138 or 345p/kg. Texel lambs from this home sold to £131. Texel lambs from JE Harrison, Forton sold to £135, £133.50 and £131 with this consignment topping at 338p/kg. WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday sold Texel lambs to £131 which was closely followed by A & E Clarkson, Thurnham selling to £130 with W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe twice peaking at £130. Numerous vendors achieved £129 by Ripley St Thomas School with Texels, RC Billington & Son, Claughton on Brock with Texels with two pens of Beltex lambs from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth with others from the same selling to £128. A further fifteen pens of Beltex and Texel lambs selling in excess of the £120 mark. Suffolk lambs topped at £120 from WN & D Smith & Sons, Cockerham.

Top pence per kilo today was 351p/kg for a 37kg Beltex lamb from KA Purtill, Wigan selling to £130.

Best conformation lambs are in very strong demand at Lancaster with 26 pens selling in excess of 300p/kg.

Prime Hoggs

As the end of Ramadan approaches there was a good number of 275 prime hoggs forward which saw ‘in-specification’ and well-meated hoggs in strong demand. Over weight and thin hoggs were met by realisation. There was an SQQ of 210p/kg and an overall market average of 192p/kg. The market topped at £107 for Texels from the Exors of DM Cardwell, Stalmine. This was closely followed by Texel hoggs selling to £106 from AG Butler, Hambleton with T & L Kirkham, Eccleston achieving the same price. Plenty other pens of Texel hoggs sold in excess of the £100 mark.

Upland hoggs saw Cheviots sell to £101 from T & L Kirkham, with others selling to £100 from Cardwell Farms, Stalmine. Mules topped at £99 for 45kg hoggs from A & L Huddleston, Wray. Herdwicks topped at £97 from Cardwell Farms.

Cast Sheep

The was a larger entry of 175 ewes and rams forward this week. The trade saw lean and fit sheep in plenty of demand with buyers extremely cautious of over fat ewes. Topping the market this week was Texel ewes selling to £112 from R Collinge & Son, Kirkham closely followed by Charollais tups selling to £110 from JR & J Webster, Ormskirk. This was closely followed by Beltex ewes selling to £109. Also selling in excess of £100 was J Lamb, Old Glasson selling Texels to £105 with other Texels to £101 from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth. Mule ewes topped at £88 from D & D Huddleston, Wray with others selling to £87 from KA Purtill, Wigan. Best Mule ewes sold in excess of the £80. Horned ewes saw Lonks sell to a top of £92 from S Bosworth, Burnley. Swaledale ewes peaked at £79 from AC & K Pye, Abbeystead.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs

BELTEX: £140, £138 Turner Fold Farm, £130 Ackenthwaite Farm, Oak Avenue, £129 Burrow Heights Farm. TEXEL: £136 Hill Top, £135, £133.50, £131 Greenways Farm, £131 Tarnwater Farm, Turner Fold Farm. SUFFOLK: £120 Cocker House Farm, £119 Turner Fold Farm, £116 Knowsley Farm, £115 Cocker House Farm, £114 Old Glasson Farm, Cock Hall Farm. CONTINENTAL: £120, £117 Ackenthwaite Farm, £117, £116 Cocker House Farm, £115 Oak Avenue, £112 Hill Top. CHAROLLAIS: £119 Little Fell, £116 Lower House Farm, £114 Old Glasson Farm, £110, £108 Lower House Farm, £107 Yarlsber. DORSET: £102 Yarlsber, Lower House Farm, £99 Field House.

Prime Hoggs

TEXEL: £107 Moss Side Farm, £106, £105.50 Park Farm Barn, £105 The Dingle, £103 Swainshead Hall Farm, £101 The Dingle. CONTINENTAL: £106 Ingrave Farm, £100 Overhouses, £99 Deep Clough, Ingrave Farm, £96, £94 Low Moor Head Farm. CHEVIOT: £101 Ingrave Farm, £100 Moss Side Farm, £98.50, £91, £90 Longfield house Farm, £72 Dove cote Farm. MULE: £99 Pedder Grove, Overhouses, £98, £97 Ingrave Farm, £92 Conder Mill, Low Kit Brow. SUFFOLK: £98 Cobble Hey Farm, £94 Longfield House Farm, £82, £79 Cobble Hey Farm. HERDWICK: £97, £93.50, £86 Moss Side Farm. MASHAM: £93, £90, £83 Cobble Hey Farm. SWALEDALE: £92 Moss Side Farm, £81.50 Dove Cote Farm, £77 Moss Side Farm, £76 Cobble Hey Farm. HORNED: £85 Overhouses, £81 Rooten Brook, £80 Park Farm Barn, £73 Overhouses, £70, £69 Rooten Brook. KERRYHILL: £80 Overhouses. GRITSTONE: £79 Moss Side Farm.

Cast Ewes

TEXEL: £112 The Dingle, £105 Old Glasson Farm, £101 Burrow Heights Farm, £96 Cock Hall Farm, £95 Old Glasson Farm, £92 Lower Oakeneaves Farm. CONTINENTAL: £99 Brabiner House Farm, £98 Oak Avenue, £93 Moss Side Farm, Burrow Heights Farm, £91 Old Glasson Farm, £90 Lower House Farm. SUFFOLK: £90 Cock Hall Farm, £80 Oak Avenue, Old Glasson Farm, £77 Dockensall Farm, £76 Knowsley Farm. MULE: £88 Botton Hall Farm, £87 Oak Avenue, £81 Tarnwater Farm, Old Glasson Farm, £77 Askew Hill, £76 Old Glasson Farm. ZWARTBLES: £80 Cock Hall Farm. SWALEDALE: £79 Dunkenshaw Farm, £73 Appletree Farm, £72 Catshaw Hall Farm, £69 Botton Hall Farm, £66 Overhouses, £60 Catshaw Hall Farm. BLUEFACED LEICESTER: £78 Overhouses. CHEVIOT: £72 Cock Hall Farm. JACOB: £70 Deep Clough. KERRYHILL: £60 Overhouses.

Cast Tups

CHAROLLAIS: £110, £80 Lower House Farm. TEXEL: £90 Catshaw Hall Farm, Askew Hill. CONTINENTAL: £85 Brabiner House Farm, £70 Dockensall Farm. SWALEDALE: £70 Overhouses.

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