Lancaster Livestock Auction: Young Handlers Show - Monday 18th February

Prime Hoggs

Lancaster Auction Mart hosted the annual Young Handlers Show and Sale of Prime Hoggs on Monday 18th February. A big thank you goes to our pre-sale Judge Mr Joe Bosworth and sponsors Country Style Meats, Lancaster Leisure Park and Myerscough College. Thanks also go to the young handlers for taking part and their families. It was great to have the youth of tomorrow in the auction market and everyone eagerly taking part. A special congratulations go to Lily Bargh, Heaton-with-Oxcliffe who was awarded overall Best Young Handler with her Beltex x Hogg that went on to sell for £128 to the Judge.

There was a larger entry of hoggs this week selling to a sharper trade, with nearly 50% of the hoggs forward weighing in excess of 50kg. There was an overall market average of 182p/kg which was a strong average considering the amount of weight about with an SQQ average of 196p/kg with handy weight hoggs regularly selling in the region of 200p/kg. Texel hoggs sold to a top of £105 from R Philips, Killington with others to £100 and £98 from Bargh Contractors with other Texels achieving £99, twice, from AG Butler, Hambleton. Charollais sold to £96 and £95 from V & EJ Chadwick & Sons, Sowerby with Gritstones from the same home achieving £92. Leading the way in the Suffolks at £91 was Bensons Farm, Claughton-on-Brock. Mules sold to a top of £89 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale. Plenty of pens of sheep sold in excess of the 200p/kg mark, leading the way at 238p/kg was Daniel Pye, Over Wyresdale, with others to 228p/kg from R Philips. Swaledale hoggs topped at £81 from Laura Simpson, Garstang.

Cast Sheep

Cast Ewes sold to a top of £88 for Continentals from JM & MH France & Son, Littledale with Suffolks to £78 from A & E Clarkson, Thurnham. In general cast ewes continue to be a strong trade with nothing selling under £60 today at Lancaster and more are needed to fulfil buyers requirements.


Top Prices

Prime Hoggs

TEXEL: £128 Old Woodhouse, £105 High Hall Beck, £100 Old Woodhouse, £99 Park Farm Barn. CHAROLLAIS: £96 Sowerby Lodge, £87, £79, £73 Jacksons Farm. CHEVIOT: £95, £93 Sowerby Lodge, £65 Marshaw Farm. GRITSTONE: £92, £79 Sowerby Lodge. SUFFOLK: £91 Westfield Farm, £88 Throstle Grove, £87 Westfield Farm, £86 Throstle Grove. MULE: £89 Yates Farm, £85 Overhouses, £84, £82 Yates Farm. SWALEDALE: £81, £74.50 Millstones, £73.50 High House Farm. SCOTTISH BLACKFACE: £78, £74.50 Tarnwater Farm.

Cast Ewes

TEXEL: £88 Newhouse Farm, £61 Lee End Farm. SUFFOLK: £78 Cock Hall Farm, £69 Burrow Heights Farm.

Cast Tup

CHAROLLAIS: £66 Burrow Heights Farm.

More Info

Young Handlers Prime Hogg

Judge: Mr J Bosworth
Sponsors: Country Style Meats & Myerscough College

Class one: Single Lowland Hoggs – 12 & Under
1st Lily Bargh, Old Woodhouse, £128
2nd Rachel Philips, High Hall Beck, £105
3rd Daniel Pye, Marl House, £93

Class two: Single Upland Hogg – 12 & Under
1st Adam Ayrton, Yates Farm, £89
2nd Ann-Marie Huddleston, Overhouses, £85
3rd Grace Chadwick, Sowerby Lodge, £92

Class three: Single Lowland Hogg – 13-26
1st Jonathan Ayrton, Yates Farm, £89

Class four: Single Upland Hogg – 13-26
1st Amy Ayrton, Yates Farm, £82
2nd Jonathan Ayrton, Yates Farm, £84
3rd Laura Simpson, Millstones, £81

Best Young Handler
Lily Bargh, Old Woodhouse, £128

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