Lancaster Livestock Auction: Christmas Show & Sale of Prime Lambs

Monday 4th December

Prime Lambs

The annual Christmas show and sale of prime lambs had a larger entry of over 600 prime lambs forward. The pre-sale show judging was in the capable hands of David Stamper of Chipping who had a large entry forward to judge. The championship was awarded to GR & A Foy and Son of Parkside Farm with reserve champion, again, being awarded to GR & A Foy and Son with Dutch Texel prime lambs.

There was a buoyant trade throughout the sale with all lambs keenly bid for with a busy ring of buyers looking to purchase lambs leading to an overall market average of 172p/kg with 39-45kg lambs selling to an average of 175p/kg. The champion pen sold to £100 or 238p/kg for 42kg lambs with the reserve champions selling to £103 or 219p/kg for 47kg lambs selling to Alam.

Beltex lambs sold to a top of £95 from CA & J Alty & Son, Moss House Farm with the first prize pair of Beltex Lambs from Johnathan & Josie Smith of Stanley Farm, selling to £86. All Beltex lambs sold to a market average of 206p/kg.

Heavy weight Texel lambs topped at £96 from Andrew Butler of Park Farm Barn, with heavy weight Suffolks topping at £92 from HJ & BE Kelsall at £92. It was great to have plenty of lambs selling in the mid to late eighties.

A large entry of Mule lambs forward at Lancaster were in plenty of demand and saw the first prize pen from WI & A Atkinson & Son of Holme House Farm sell to £79 for 49kg lambs. Mule lambs were generally selling £30 above their weight, with all Mule lambs forwarding averaging just short of £73.

Cast Sheep

A few less cast ewes in the market today were generally a good trade and eagerly bid for, selling to a top of £150 for Texel Tups from S Wilson & Son of Burrow Heights. Texel Ewes topped at £93 from GA Haston & Son of Lane House with Mule Ewes topping at £67 from WM Pye, Tarnwater Farm.

Prime Cattle

The annual Christmas Prime Beef show saw the first prize awarded to P & A Bell of Village Farm with a British Blue selling to 204.5p/kg to CJ Bowkers Butchers, Bolton-le-Sands.


Top Prices

Prime Lambs:

Dorset: £55 Corney Hill Farm. Suffolk: £92 Walnutt Tree; £87 5 Maddison Avenue; £84 Humblescough Farm. Masham: £72.50 Holme House Farm. Mule: £79 Holme House Farm; £78 Park Farm Barn; £76.50 Low Kit Brow. Swale: £59 Ouzelthorn Farm. Charolais: £77 Braides Farm. Cheviot: £77 5 Maddison Avenue; £70 Cragg Farm. Texel: £103 £100 Parkside Farm; £96 Park Farm Barn; £91 Hallbeck. Beltex: £95 Moss House Farm; £86 Stanley Farm; £77.50 28 Northgate.

Cast Ewes:

Suffolk: £60 Walnut Tree. Mule: £67 Tarnwater Farm; £66 Walnut Tree; £60 Braides Farm. Swale: £30 Holme House Farm. Charolais: £28 Stirzakers Farm. Texel: £130 Burrow Heights Farm; £93 Lane House; £77 Tarnwater Farm. Leicester: £54 Holme House Farm.

Prime Cattle:

British Blue: 204.50 199.50 Village Farm

More Info

Prime Lamb Show Results

Class one: Five Texel Sired Prime Lambs
1st GR & A Foy, Parkside Farm £100
2nd GR & A Foy, Parkside Farm £103
3rd J & R Waller, Hallbeck £91

Class two: Two Beltex/Beltex x Prime Lambs
1st J Smith, Stanley Farm £86
2nd IT Richardson, 28 Northgate £77.50

Class three: Five Mule/Masham Prime Lambs
1st WI & A Atkinson, Holme House Farm £79
2nd S Park, Highfield Farm £75
3rd T Ayrton & Son, Over Wyresdale £75

Class four: Five Horned/Herdwick Prime Lambs
1st RH & C Ayrton, Ouzelthorn Farm £59
2nd RH & C Ayrton, Ouzelthorn Farm £59

Class five: Five Suffolk Prime Lambs
1st HJ & BE Kelsall, Walnut Tree £84
2nd G Riley, 5 Maddison Avenue £87
3rd G Riley, 5 Maddison Avenue £86

GR & A Foy, Parkside Farm £100

Reserve Champion
GR & A Foy, Parkside Farm £103

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