Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Spring Lambs and Cast Sheep, 30th August 2021


There was a reduced entry of 647 prime lambs forward, with less about due to the bank holiday but this had no effect on the trade. Good well finished lambs sold to a sharper improved trade this week. Heavy weight Texels took top spot this week selling to £140 from WJ & EA Woodhouse, Nateby, with other heavy weight Texels selling to £136 from S Bosworth, Burnley. Heavy weight Suffolks sold to £128 from WJ & EA Woodhouse, with others to £122 from Ivan Slater, Claughton on Brock. Plenty more pens of late 40kg lambs regularly sold between £112 and £120. Lancaster continue to have plenty of butcher buyers, looking to purchase well finished and good confirmation lambs with these frequently selling in excess of 250p/kg. This week peaked at 280p/kg from T&L Kirkham, Eccleston with others selling to £270p/kg from T&E Burrow, Slyne. Beltex lambs sold to a top £118 and £117 twice from PF Lee, Over Wyresdale. Mule lambs this week twice topped at £93 from RH & C Ayrton, Abbeystead and B & SE Carter, Ellel. Well meated lightweight lambs continued to be in strong demand, with leaner types making store price.


For the time of year the cast sheep trade remains very buoyant and the demand high. AC & K Pye, Abbeystead led the way selling Leicester tups to £128. Teeswater ewes sold to a top of £118 from DM Eames, Abbeystead followed by Texel x ewes to £116 from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof and £112 for Dutch Spotted from K P Dagger, Catterall. Mule ewes regularly selling around the £90 mark with buyers showing caution towards over fat sheep. Horned ewes sold to a top of £99 for Lonks from S Bosworth, Burnley with Dalesbred ewes selling to £66 from DM Eames, Abbeystead.


Lancaster enjoyed a fantastic trade for store lambs with an overall market averaged of £83.84, in which more could have easily been sold with purchasers leaving empty handed. A smart run of Texel lambs from the Executors of DM Cardwell, Stalmine sold to £89, £88.50 and £88 three times. A consignment of Mule lambs from AC & K Pye, Abbeystead sold to £82.50 and £80. Longer keep Beltex x lambs sold to £80 and £79.50 from J Gardner, Bay Horse.

Top Prices

Fat Lambs:
Texel: £140 Gibson Farm, £136 Lower Oakeneaves Farm, £118 New Elmridge Farm, £117 Throstle Grove Farm, £117 Gibson Farm, £117 Ingrave Farm. Suffolk: £128 Gibsons Farm, £122 Hudsbrook Farm, £118 New ElmridgeFarm, £117 Walnut Tree Cottage. Beltex: £118, £117 (2) Lower Swainhead Farm. Continental: £111 Oakeneaves Farm, £105 School Lane, £100 West View, £100 Mill House Farm. Charollais: £102 Herdmans House, £95.5 Castle O Trim, £88 Mill House Farm. Dutch Spotted: £99, £92 Conway Close. Mule: £93 Ouzelthorn Farm, £93 Cragg End, £92 Ouzelthorn, £90, £88 Botton Hall Farm. Horned: £90 Ouzelthorn. Dorset: £81 Field House. Jacob: £80 Bensons Farm.

Cast Ewes:
Teeswater: £118, £99 Middle Lee Farm. Texel: £116 Hutton Roof Hall, £95 New Elmridge Farm, £76 Smithy Lane Farm, £68 Ingrave Farm. Dutch Spotted: £112, £82 Conway Close. Continental: £ 109 Dolphinholme House, £95 Lower Oakeneaves Farm, £80 Smithy Lane Farm, £70 (2) New Elmridge Farm. Horned: £99 Lower Oakeneaves Farm, £56 Field House. Mule: £90 Greenbank Farm, £90 New Elmridge Farm, £87 Dolphinholme House, £84 Yeat House, £81, £80 Walnut Tree Cottage. Leicester: £70 Hudsbrook Farm. Masham: £76 Cobble Hay Farm. Dalesbred: £66 Middle Lee Farm. Swaledale: £56 Smithy Lane Farm, £47 Middle Lee Farm, £44 Low Moor Head Farm.

Cast Rams:
Leicester: £128, £102 Dunkenshaw. Texel: £112 Conder Mill.

Store Lambs:

Texel: £89, £88.5, £88 (3), £81.5, Moss Side Farm, £80, £79.5 Haversham House Farm. Mule: £82.5, £80 Dunkenshaw.

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