Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock - Monday 13th April

Spring Lambs

The weekly sale of Spring Lambs had a reduced entry of 12 forward which were met by a strong demand, which was good due to the bank holiday. The market topped at £118 numerous times, firstly for Suffolks from E Needham, Stainton weighing 45kg purchased by Gregory Williams Butchers Lancaster. Also heading to the butcher shop in Lancaster was Beltex x lambs at the same price from FE & CM Robinson & Son, Crooklands who also had Dorsets at the same price. Texels sold to £117 weighing 43kg from Cockerham. There was an SQQ of 260p/kg with an overall of 253p/kg or £113.58.

Prime Hoggs

There was a reduced entry of hoggs forward this week that met a strong trade handy weight hoggs between 38-45kg were in strongest demand with an SQQ average of 223p/kg. Heavy weight hoggs, as seen nationwide, were harder to place due to the lack of catering outlets. 47kg Texel hoggs from GR Newsham, Galgate sold to £130 or 277p/kg with others hoggs from the same home selling to 275p/kg or £121. Also achieving 275p/kg or £121 was Texel hoggs from A Birchall, Dolphinholme. Heavy weight Texel sold to £125 from L & A Duckett, Higher Bartle. Beltex hoggs to £120 from P & S Robinson, Claughton-on-Brock who sold Texel hoggs to £118. Plenty more pens of Texel hoggs sold at £110+.

Hill bred hoggs saw Cheviot sell to £98 weighing 43kg from PJ & P Mason, Out Rawcliffe with others to same home selling to £96.50 and £96, twice. Mule hoggs topped at £90 from P & S Robinson.

Cast Sheep

The cast sheep remains very strong, but perhaps not as strong as last week at Lancaster, which had a roaring trade. Charollais cast ewes from R Swarbrick, Inskip sold to £146 and £144 with Charollais tups from the same home selling to £138. Texel cast ewes sold to a top of £144 from A Birchall, Dolphinholme. There was plenty of Continental ewes selling excess of the £120 mark. Leicester tups sold to £120 and £112 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale. Mule ewes sold to £110 from R Swarbrick. Horned sheep saw Rough Fells sell to £112 from DJ Hay, Cockerham with Swaledale ewes selling to £88 from T Ayrton & Sons.

All cast sheep forward averaged £99.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs

Dorset £118, £116, £114, £110 Warth Sutton. Suffolk £118, £112, £110, £100 Birkrigg Park Cottage. Texel £117 Cock Hall Farm.

Prime Hoggs

Texerl £130 Sellerley Fields, £125 Tabley House Farm, £121 Sellerley Fields, Corless Mill, £118 Park Farm Barn. Beltex £120 Park Farm Barn. Suffolk £98 Tabley House Fam, £96 Park Farm Barn, £91 Tabley House Farm. Continental £95 Higher Slip Inn Farm. Cheviot £98, £96.50, £96, £95.50 Hoskingshire Farm, £94 Higher Slip Inn Farm. Mule £90 Park Farm Barn, £87 High House Farm, £85 Higher Slip Inn, £83 High House Farm, £81 Ash Nott Farm.

Cast Sheep

Charollais £146, £144 Higher Slip Inn. Texel £144 Corless Mill, £132 Cock Hall Farm, £124 Longfield House, £118, £116 Swainshead Hall Farm. Rough Fell £112 Birch House Cottage. Mule £110 Higher Slip Farm, £90 Park Farm Barn, Cock Hall Farm, Barnacre Close. Lleyn £104, £96 Cock Hall Farm. Continental £90 Cock Hall Farm, £80 Longstripes Farm. Swaledale £88, £60 Yates Farm. Horned £71 Longstripes Farm.

Cast Tups

Charollais £138, £114 Higher Slip Inn Farm. Texel £128 Higher Slip Inn. Bluefaced Leicester £120, £112 Yates Farm.

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