Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock - Monday 27th April

Spring Lambs

There was an increased entry of 105 spring lambs at Lancaster, meeting plenty of demand and selling to a strong trade with an overall market average of 247p/kg and an SQQ of 255p/kg. It was Texel lambs from A & E Clarkson, Thurnham that topped the market selling to £130 or 289p/kg. Suffolk lambs from the same home sold to £120 with other Texel lambs to £119. Beltex lambs peaked at £127 or 318p/kg from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth. Texel lambs from PD Anderton, Scorton sold to £123 or 293p/kg. Continental lambs peaked at £115 from EM Cooper, Thornton in Cleveleys. Plenty of better conformation spring lambs sold in excess of the 270p/kg with a strong demand for these types of lambs at Lancaster.

Prime Hoggs

A smaller entry of prime hoggs forward this week saw the trade very similar to the previous week. There was little demand for heavy weight hoggs due to catering outlets not operating but handy weight and butchers’ type hoggs met plenty of interest. Beltex hoggs sold to a top of £115 or 245p/kg from JE Parkinson & Son, Quernmore who sold others to £110. The consignment of hoggs from GM & A Jackson, Little Eccleston saw Beltex sell to £110 or 234p/kg with other hoggs from this consignment selling to £100 three times. Beltex hoggs from W & J Livesey, Inskip selling to £110 or £234p/kg, with two further pens from the same home achieving £100. AG Butler, Hambleton sold hoggs sold to £108, £105 and £100 twice with Beltex hoggs from this consignment topping at 222p/kg. Helme & Procter, Grimsargh sold heavy weight Charollais to £101 and Continentals to £100.

Hill bred hoggs saw Cheviots sell to 202p/kg or £92 from GM & A Jackson, Little Eccleston. Horned hoggs sold to £80 for Lonks from Cardwell Farms, Stalmine.

Cast Sheep

There were fewer ewes on the market today but met a sharper trade to the previous week. Three quarter bred Texel ewes sold to £120 from JE Parkinson & Son, Quernmore. This was closely followed by other Texel ewes to £96 from JM Sanderson, Halton. Suffolk ewes topped at £89 from T Smith, Pilling. Mule ewes topped at £78 from JM Sanderson with Mashams to £76 from T Smith.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs

TEXEL: £130 Cock Hall Farm, £123 Wyre Farm, £119, £113 Cock Hall Farm, £110 Hill Top. BELTEX: £127 Burrow Heights Farm. SUFFOLK: £120, £110 Cock Hall Farm, £110 Rivers Hill Farm, £109 Hill Top. CONTINENTAL: £115 Rivers Hill Farm, £105 Cocker House Farm, £102.50 Wyre Farm, £100 Hill Top, £98 Cocker House Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £106 Lathwaite Farm, £105, £100 Burrow Heights Farm.

Prime Hoggs

BELTEX: £115 Castle Mill Farm, £110 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, Walker House Farm, Castle Mill Farm, £100 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. TEXEL: £108, £105 Park Farm Barn, £100 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, Park Farm Barn, Walker House Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £101, £95 Brabiner House Farm, £90 Park Farm Barn, £86 Throstle Grove Farm. CONTINENTAL: £100 Brabiner House Farm, £95, £90 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £90 Park Farm Barn. CHEVIOT: £92, £91 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £71 Herdmans House. SUFFOLK: £92 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £85 North Farm, £80 Low Moorhead. HORNED: £80, £73 Moss Side Farm, £46 Bibbys Farm. MULE: £78.50 Low Kit Brow, £75 Low Moorhead, £60 Low Kit Brow. ROUGH FELL: £70 North Farm. SWALEDALE: £65, £58 Moss Side Farm. SCOTTISH BLACKFACE: £58 Bibbys Farm.

Cast Ewes

TEXEL: £120 Castle Mill Farm, £96, £89 Lower Highfield, £86 Lots House Farm, £80 Castle Mill Farm. SUFFOLK: £89 Herdmans House. MULE: £78 Lower Highfield, £71 Rooten Brook, £54 Forgelands. MASHAM: £76 Herdmans House. SWALEDALE: £51 Lots House Farm, £48 Rooten Brook.

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