Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock - Monday 20th April

Spring Lambs

Lancaster had its largest entry of spring lambs so far this season with 89 forward selling to an overall market average of 242p/kg and an SQQ of 245p/kg. Leading the way this week was Texel lambs from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth selling to £132 or 307p/kg. This was followed by Texel lambs from S Blades selling to £120 or 286p/kg with other Texel lambs from the same home selling to £118 and Suffolks to £114. Also achieving £120 was PW & DW Roskell, Pilling with others selling to £115. Other notable prices for Texels was £118 achieved twice, firstly from G & D Ball, Little Eccleston and secondly from WN & D Smith & Sons.

Lancaster had a strong demand for butcher’s quality spring lambs. For more information about marketing spring lambs please contact Ian Atkinson on 07766 521472.

Prime Hoggs

There was an increased entry of prime hoggs forward this week selling to an overall market average of 180p/kg with an SQQ average of 190p/kg. A large number of heavy weight and hill bred hoggs were forward on the market today. Our market average has very much been inline with the national average, there was a large number of heavy weight hoggs which met limited demand due to shortage of catering trade. Handy weight hoggs between 35-45kg were still in strong demand and very good to sell.

Leading the way this week was 50kg Texel hoggs from W & J Livesey selling to £114 with other hoggs from the consignment selling to £109 twice, £107 twice and £106. The consignment of Charollais and Bleu de Maine hoggs from T Taylor, Woodplumpton sold to £113 and £111 twice. Beltex hoggs sold to a top of 246p/kg from M & R Standham & Sons, Lancaster. Plenty of pens of handy weighted hoggs selling in excess of 210p/kg. Horned hoggs sold to a top of £89 from Cardwell Farms, Stalmine. Mule hoggs twice topped at £86 from JR & J Gorst, Quernmore and RG & H Prest, Roeburndale West.

Cast Sheep

There was a larger entry of cast ewes forward this week that sold to an easier trade with buyers very cautious of fat sheep. The market topped at £106 for Texel cast tups from W Barnes, Lancaster. Texel ewes topped at £106 from M & R Standham & Sons, Lancaster with Charollais ewes to £100 from G & H Sanderson & Family, Catforth. Plenty other Continental ewes sold around the £90 mark. Horned ewes topped at £66 from RW & FJ Rhodes & Son, Quernmore with Swaledale ewes to £60 from RH & C Ayrton, Abbeystead.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs

TEXEL: £132 Burrow Heights Farm, £120 Hill Top, Springfield Farm, £118 Woodstock, Hill Top. SUFFOLK: £114, £106 Hill Top, £103, £101 Brown Edge, £101, £98 Cocker House Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £110 Springfield Farm, £110, £104 Burrow Heights Farm, £103 Springfield Farm, £100 Burrow Heights Farm. DORSET: £110 Hill Top. CONTINENTAL: £108 Burrow Heights Farm, £98 Cocker House Farm, £97 Springfield Farm, £95 Burrow Heights Farm.

Prime Hoggs

TEXEL: £114, £109, £107 Walker House Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £113 Midge Hall Farm, £95 Walmsley Fold, £89 Blackleach House Farm, £88 Knotts Farm, £85 Walmsley Fold. BELTEX: £96, £61 Daisy Bank. CHEVIOT: £95 Knotts Farm, £88 Hoskingshire Farm, £86.50 Ashford Close. SUFFOLK: £90 Walker House Farm, £89 Blackleach House Farm, £87 Low Moorhead, £82 Rye Close, £80 Blackleach House Farm. HORNED: £89, £88 Moss Side Farm, £80 Crombleholme, £78 Fell End Farm, £76 Crombleholme. CONTINENTAL: £88.50 Moss Side Farm, £85 Park Farm Barn, £83, £82.50 Rye Close, £79 Blackwood End. MULE: £86 Appletree Farm, Thornbush Farm, £84.50 Holme House Farm, £80 Low Kit Brow, Rye Close. GRITSTONE: £82 Moss Side Farm. SWALEDALE: £80, £77 Holme House Farm, £75 Appletree Farm, Holme House Farm, £68 Shaws Farm. SCOTTISH BLACKFACE: £71 Dove Cote Farm.

Cast Ewes

TEXEL: £106 Daisy Bank, £85 High Hallbeck, £84 Millstones, £82 Old Woodhouse, Marl House. CHAROLLAIS: £100 Blackleach House Farm, £90 Whittingham Lane, £80 Nateby Hall Farm, £75 Carr House Farm. SUFFOLK: £88 Beaumont Gate, £84 Blackleach House Farm, £80 Whittingham Lane, £80, £70 Dove Cote Farm. BELTEX: £87, £80 Parkside Farm, CONTINENTAL: £81 Carr House Farm, £80 Blackleach House Farm, Blackwood End, Walmsley Fold. TEESWATER: £80 Middle Lee Farm. CHEVIOT: £70 Cragg End, £58 Daisy Bank, £40 Marshaw Farm. MULE: £70 Nateby Hall Farm, Longlands Road, £68 Blackwood End, Beaumont Gate, £66 Ellers Farm. DALESBRED: £66 Low Moor Head Farm. SWALEDALE: £60 Ouzelthorn Farm, £50 Holme House Farm, £47 Yates Farm, £42 Marshaw Farm, £41 Low Moor Head Farm. HERDWICK: £50 Moss House Lane. ROUGH FELL: £39, £35 Longstripes Farm.

Cast Tups

TEXEL: £106 Longlands Road, £92 Blackleach House Farm, £85 Bensons Farm. CONTINENTAL: £84 Dove Cote Farm. BELTEX: £60 Daisy Bank. BLUEFACE LEICESTER: £53 Marl House. HORNED: £40 Dove Cote Farm.

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