Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock - Monday 4th May

Spring Lambs

A stronger trade than anticipated for Spring Lambs at Lancaster with an overall market average of 248p/kg and an SQQ of 252p/kg. There was plenty of demand for Spring Lambs in which more could have been sold to the advantage of vendors. Topping the market this week was the consignment from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe selling Texel lambs to £128, £122 twice, £121 and £117 with this consignment topping at 303p/kg.

This week’s top pence per kilogram was 310p/kg for a shapely Texel lamb from T & S Blades, Arkholme selling to £124 with others from this home selling to £117. This was followed by 298p/kg or £122 from James Burr, Quernmore for Texel lambs. EM Cooper, Thornton Cleveleys sold to £119 for their consignment of Texel lambs. Suffolk lambs sold to £117 from WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday. All spring lambs forward averaged £105.15

Prime Hoggs

The weekly sale of Prime Hoggs at Lancaster saw a reduced entry, as to be expected this time of year. There was a sharper trade for all classes of hoggs today with handy weight hogs in the strongest demand and best to sell. There was an overall market average of 174p/kg, an SQQ average of 201p/kg with hoggs weighing between 39kg and 45kg averaging 206p/kg.

It was Texels that dominated the top prices today with the trade topped by AT Alcock, Inskip selling heavy weight Texels to £105. This was closely followed by AG Butler, Hambleton selling heavy weight Texels to £105. This was closely followed by AG Butler selling Texels to £101 with RM Gornall, Forton and A Birchall, Dolpinholme both achieving £100. Plenty more pens of Texels sold in the mid to lake nineties. Cheviot hoggs peaked at £97 today from J & H Davis, Cabus who sold others to £95. Charollais hoggs from BD Wood, Out Rawcliffe sold to £93 or 211p/kg who sold others to £90 along with JA Lambert, Out Rawcliffe.

Top pence per kilo today was achieved by AG Butler selling a pair of 42kg Texels to 233p/kg. This was followed RM Gornall selling 44kg Texels to 227p/kg.

Cast Sheep

There was an increase in cast ewes forward this week which sold to a sharper trade than the previous week with buyers showing a lot more interest. Leading the trade today was CM & CA Jackson, Caton selling a Texel to £123. WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday sold Continentals to £90 with Suffolks to £87 from JR & J Webster, Halsall. Mule ewes were in demand today selling to £79 twice from PM & ST Entwistle, Abbeystead with other Mules selling to £76 from T & ME Longton & Son, Quernmore, £74 twice from CM & CA Jackson and £72 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale. All Mule ewes forward averaged £75.23. Swaledale ewes this week peaked at £68 from PM & ST Entwistle with others selling in the early sixties.

A couple of cast tups on offer today saw Texels sell to £114 from JR & J Gorst, Quernmore.

More cast sheep are required each week to fulfil buyer demand.

Top Prices

Sping Lambs

TEXEL: £128 Bensons Farm, £124 Hill Top, £122 Little Fell, Bensons Farm. SUFFOLK: £117 Tarnwater Farm, £112 Cocker House Farm. CONTINENTAL: £113 Cocker House Farm, £112 Rivers Hill Farm, Cocker House Farm, £110 Hill Top, Rivers Hill Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £110 Little Fell, £108 Burrow Heights Farm, £105 Jacksons Farm, £104, £100 Burrow Heights Farm. DORSET: £105 Hill Top. HAMPSHIRE: £102 Hill Top.

Prime Hoggs

Texel: £105 Carr House Farm, £101 Park Farm Barn, £100 Corless Mill, West View, £98 Park Farm Barn. Cheviot: £97, £95 Weavers Farm. Continental: £95 Middle Ridge Farm, £90, £86, £85 Carr House Farm, £81 Tabley House Farm. Charollais: £93 Middle Ridge Farm, £90 Jacksons Farm, Middle Ridge Farm, £89 Jacksons Farm. Suffolk: £84 Middle Ridge Farm, £82, £80 Tabley House Farm. Mule: £75, £71 Low Kit Brow. Scottish Blackface: £58 Tarnwater Farm.

Cast Ewes

Texel: £123 Forgelands, £85 West View, £73 Carr House Farm. Continental: £90 Tarnwater Farm, £81 Lower House Farm, £21 West View. Suffolk: £87 Lower House Farm, £83 Tarnwater Farm. Dorset: £83, £81, £80, £79 Lower House Farm. Teeswater: £81 Middle Lee Farm. Mule: £79 Lentworth Farm, £76 Lee End Farm, £74 Forgelands. Swaledale: £68 Lentworth Farm, £60 Stanley Farm, £54, £50 Yates Farm, £47 Stanley Farm.

Cast Tups

Texel: £114 Appletree Farm, £70 Forgelands.

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