Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Prime Lambs, Cast Sheep and Store Lambs - Monday 26th October 2020

Prime Lambs
There was a slightly smaller entry of lambs forward in Lancaster of 559 which saw a slight improvement in trade with an overall market average 188p/kg and an SQQ average of 190p/kg. Light weight and handy weight lambs continue to be the best to sell with buyers cautious of heavy lambs.

Leading the way today was a Beltex lamb from Ian Richardson, Catforth that was sold for Charity for The Ridge Community Centre, Lancaster. This 41kg Beltex lamb went on to sell for £112 purchased by Nigel Wilkinson Butchers, Lancaster.

Beltex and butcher quality lambs are currently meeting plenty of demand in Lancaster with the consignment from R & DL Cornthwaite, Nateby selling to £100 or 233p/kg twice. Firstly purchased by Gregory Williams, Lancaster and then Kennedy Butchers, Morecambe. Other Beltex lambs from the same home sold to £98. This was followed by Beltex lambs to £97 from J & J Smith, Brookhouse. Texel lambs weighing 47kg sold to £97.50 from J Bargh and Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe with other Texel lambs to £96 from JT & A Armistead, Selside. Plenty more pens of better bred lambs selling into the nineties.  Mule lambs sold to a top of £81.50 weighing 43kg from B & SE Carter, Ellel.

Cast Sheep
Lancaster had another good offering of 166 cast sheep forward. Better Continental ewes sold in excess of the £100 mark. Topping the market was JE Parkinson and Son, Quernmore selling to £109 and £105 with other Texel ewes to £106 from RS & IM Kellet, Quernmore. Plenty more pens of Continental ewes sold into the nineties. Not as many Mule ewes in the market today saw them top at £69 from KA Purtill, Wigan.

A larger number of upland ewes in the market saw best Cheviot ewes sell to £84. Horned ewes saw Dalesbreds sell to £65 from S Bosworth, Burnley with plenty of stronger horned ewes selling into the fifties.

Store Lambs
Lancaster’s fortnightly sale of Store Lambs had an improved entry of 185 lambs forward. They sold to a two tiered trade. Good quality short keep lambs were in very strong demand and eagerly bid for with longer term lambs selling to a selective trade. Topping the market at £77.50 was Texel lambs from PD Anderton, Scorton. This was closely followed by Beltex lambs to £77 from J Gardner, Bay Horse, with plenty more pens of short keep Texel lambs selling in the seventies.
Upland lambs saw Mules sell to £65 from A & L Huddleston, Wray with Swaledale lambs selling to £40 from DM Eames, Abbeystead.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs: BELTEX: £112 West View Farm, £100, £98 Humblescough Farm, £97 Moorcock Hall Farm. TEXEL: £97.50, £90 North Farm, £96 Bouthwaite Farm, £93, £89 Lower Oakeneaves Farm. BLUE TEXEL: £95 Tarnwater Farm, £87.50 Humblescough Farm. CONTINENTAL: £91 8 Lapwing Close, £88 1 North Farm, £88West View Farm, 385, £84.50 Corney Hill Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £88, £86.50Corney Hill Farm, £79.50 11 Oak Avenue. SUFFOLK: £85.50 Low Bendrigg Farm, £85 Moorcock Hall Farm, £84, £82 Bouthwaite Farm, £83 Highfield Farm. MULE: £81.50 Cragg End, £80 Tarnwater Farm, £79.50 Highfield Farm, £76 Lower Brow Top, £70 Appletree Farm. ZWARTBLE: £80 22 Compley Avenue. HAMPSHIRE: 380 Lowcroft. DORSET: £80 Corney Hill Farm, £75 Yarlsber. SWALEDALE: £70 Lower Brow Top, £64 Appletree Farm.

Cast Ewes: TEXEL: £109, £105 Castle Mill Farm, £106 Mill House Farm, £96 The Hawthorns, £90Old Wood House. CHAROLLAIS: £90, £86 Carr House Farm. CONTINENTAL: £91, £90, £86 Carr House Farm, £90 The Hawthorns, £88 11 Oak Avenue. CHEVIOT: £84, £65 1 Dove Cote Farm, £65, £59, £54Lower Oakeneaves Farm. SUFFOLK: £80 11 Oak Avenue. MULE: £69, £59 11 Oak Avenue, £65 1 Dove Cote Farm, £64 Lower Oakeneaves Farm, £60 Mill House Farm. DALESBRED: £65, £49 Lower Oakeneaves Farm. KERRYHILL: £56 1 Dove Cote Farm. SCOTTISH BLACKFACE: £54 12 St Helens Road, £40 Dove Cote Farm. SWALEDALE: £46 Lower Oakeneaves Farm, £36 Yates Farm. Cast Ram: HORNED: £66 Overhouses.
Store Lambs: TEXEL: £77.50, £73 Wyre Farm, £75.50 West View Farm, £75 Merryfield, £73.50 Crosscrake Farm. BELTEX: £77, £58, £40 Haversham House Farm. MULE: £65 Overhouses. SUFFOLK: £60, £50 Haversham House Farm. SWALEDALE: £40, £30 Middle Lee Farm. HORNED: £30 Haversham House Farm.

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