Lancaster Livestock Auction: Easter Spring Lamb Show - Monday 15th April

Spring Lambs

Lancaster Auction held its annual show and sale of spring lambs today with our thanks going to our pre-sale judge Mr N Lomax for giving up his time and expertise. A special thank you also goes to our sponsors Natural Stockcare and Ribble Fuel Oils. The Championship Rosette was awarded to the first prize Continental sired lamb from W Bradley, Goosnargh, this 40kg Beltex lamb sold to 325p/kg or £130 to our judge. The Reserve Champion was awarded to E Needham, Kendal with a Suffolk Lamb which was first prize in the Native class sold to 293p/kg or £126 also purchased by the judge. There was a two tier trade which saw the best quality lambs in very strong demand and easily sold with other types in less demand. The consignment from PW & DW Roskell saw Beltexs sell to £118 or 295p/kg with Charollais from the same home achieving £118. S Wilson & Son, sold Charollais to £118 with Suffolks to £117 from E Needham and Beltex crosses to £116 from B & AC Barnes, Kirkby Lonsdale plenty of other pens selling around the £110. There was an overall market average of 240p/kg.

All lambs forward today sold to an average of £99.86.

Prime Hoggs

There was an entry of 467 Prime Hoggs which sold to another good trade at Lancaster with an overall market average of 187p/kg with an SQQ of 198p/kg. Leading the way today at £101 was T & L Kirkham, Eccleston with Texel hoggs with two further pens to £100 and £98. Other Texel hoggs achieved £99 from JA & MM Taylor, Brookhouse. Beltex hoggs sold to £100 from KA Purtill, Wigan and J Smith, Lancaster. A consignment from AG Butler, Hambleton saw Texels to £99 and £97, Suffolks selling to £98 with Charollais from the same good home achieving £97. Plenty of pens of Continental Hoggs sold easily into the nineties. Hill bred hoggs sold to a top of £91 for Gritstones from J Fryars, Kirkham with Cheviots to £90 from J & H Davis, Cabus and Mules also achieving £90 from AG Butler and horned hoggs topped at £87. Top price per kilo this week was 250p/kg from KA Purtill with others to 223p/kg from the same home. Ian Richardson sold Beltex hoggs to 231p/kg with J Smith achieving 223p/kg.

Cast Sheep

The weekly sale of Cast Sheep had an increased entry of 125 forward which saw all classes a sharper trade. The trade topped twice at £112 firstly for a Texel tup from H Birkett & Son, Overton and secondly for Suffolk ewes from TA Blair, Poulton Le Fylde. This was closely followed by a Beltex tup from J Smith, Lancaster and a Texel tup from GH Sanderson & Family, Catforth selling to £100. Texel ewes sold to £99 from H Birkett & Son, £98 from B & AC Barnes, Middleton and £97 from A Fare, Newton. Leicester ewes sold to £96 from G & K Richmond, Preston with Charollais to the same price from A Fare. S Wilson & Son from Scotforth sold Suffolks to £92 and £89 with G & K Richmond selling Suffolks to £87. Mule ewes sold to £84 from JT & B Fox, Quernmore with D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe selling Mules to £80. Dalesbred sheep sold to £65 from DM Easmes, Abbeystead who also sold a Teeswater to £85 and Swaledales to £52. A handful of Herdwick ewes in today topped at £63.

Sheep with Lambs at Foot

Once again, there was over a hundred lives for the weekly sale of sheep with lambs at foot. Leading the way this week was aged Mule Ewes with Twin Lambs selling to £175 from Myerscough College with others from the same home selling to £168. Aged Mule ewes with twins regularly sold between £160 and £165. Mule ewes with single lambs sold to a top of £115 from T Ayrton & Son, Over Wyresdale.

Easter Bank Holiday Monday, sale as normal with entries coming forward well for the sale and more entries invited.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs

BELTEX: £130 602A Whittingham Lane, £118 Springfield Farm, £116, £109 Hawkin Hall, £100 Warth Sutton Farm. SUFFOLK: £126, £117, £103 Birkrigg Park Cottages, £100 Post Office Farm, £96 Birkrigg Park Cottages. CHAROLLAIS: £118 Burrow Heights Farm, Springfield Farm, £112 Burrow Heights Farm, £110 Springfield Farm, £104 Burrow Heights Farm. TEXEL: £113, £109 Hill Top, £108 post Office Farm, £106 Cocker House Farm, £105 Hill Top. CONTINENTAL: £106 Hill Top, £101 Warth Sutton Farm, Cocker House Farm, £94 Warth Sutton Farm. DORSET: £104, £99 Hill Top, £97 Hawkin Hall. Hampshire: £102, £95 Endmoor Farm.

Prime Hoggs

TEXEL £101, £100 Ingrave Farm, £99 Lots House Farm, Park Farm Barn. BELTEX £100 Oak Avenue, Stanley Farm, £97 Deep Clough, £96 Stanley Farm, Lane House. SUFFOLK: £98, £96 Park Farm Barn, £90 Mill House Farm, Park Farm Barn. CHAROLLAIS: £97 Park Farm Barn, £92 Mill Housse Farm, £82.50 Herdsman House. CONTINENTAL: £97 Burrow Heights Farm, £94 Deep Clough, £86 Ingrave Farm, £75, £64 Tunstead Farm. GRITSTONE £91 Medlar Hall Farm. CHEVIOT: £90 Weaves Farm, £88 Medlar Hall Farm, £86 Moss House Farm, £84 Herdsman House, £82 Moss Side Farm. MULE: £90 Deep Clough, Park Farm Barn, £89 high House Farm, £87 Ingrave Farm, £86.50 Medlar Hall Farm. LLEYN £89, £80, £78.50 Low Foulshaw Farm. ZWARTBLE £87 North Farm. HORNED: £87 Deep Clough. SCOTTISH BLACKFACE: £78.50, £78 Tarnwater Farm. HERDWICK £78 Meadow Park, £72 Medlar Hall Farm. SWALEDALE: £73 Thornbush Farm, £70 Moss Side Farm, Herdsman House, £67, 60 Thornbush Farm.

Cast Sheep

Suffolk £112 Fleetwood Road South, £92, £89 Burrow Heights Farm, £87 Lodge Cottage, £74 Burrow Heights Farm. Texel £99 North Farm, £98 Hawkin Hall, £97 Norcross, £94 Post Office Farm. Bluefaced Leicester £96 Lodge Cottage. Charollais £96 Norcross. Teeswater £85 Middle Lee Farm. Mule £84 Blackwood End, £80 Bensons Farm, £76 Yeat House, £75 Blackleach House Farm, Ingrave Farm. Continental £77 Ingrave Farm, £64 Deep Clough. Dalesbred £65 Middle Lee Farm. Masham £55 Moorbottom Farm. Cheviot £54 Deep Clough. Swaledale £52 Middle Lee Farm, £48 Deep Clough, £47 Yates Farm, £45 Moorbottom Farm.

Cast Tup

Texel £112 North Farm, £100 Blackleach House Farm. Beltex £100 Stanley Farm, £98 Norcross, £80 Stanley Farm. Suffolk £62 Lyndale Farm.

More Info

Show Results

Judge Mr N Lomax

Sponsors Ribble Fuel Oils & Natural Stockcare

Class One: Single Continental Lamb
1st W Bradley, Whittingham Lane, Beltex, 40kg, £130
2nd S Wilson & Son, Burrow Heights Farm, Charollais, 44kg, £118
3rd PW & DW Roskell, Springfield Farm, Charollais, 45kg, £110

Class two: Single Native Lamb
1st E Needham, Birkrigg Park Cottage, Suffolk, 43kg, £126
2nd WN & D Smith, Cocker House Farm, Suffolk, 45kg, £95
3rd B & AC Barnes, Hawkin Hall, Dorset, 41kg, £116

Champion W Bradley, Whittingham Lane, Beltex, 40kg, £130

Reserve Champion E Needham, Birkrigg Park Cottage, Suffolk, 43kg, £126

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