Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Weekly Sale of Spring Lambs, Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep, 11th April 2022

Spring Lambs
The annual show and sale of spring lambs at Lancaster had an entry of 85 forward, a special mention goes to Grace Dobson of Laurence Pierce Wool Merchants for her continued support in sponsoring the sale, it is greatly appreciated. The judging was in the capable hands of renowned local sheep buyer George Blacklidge. He awarded the championship rosette to the first prize Continental lamb, a Beltex from WA&LM Jenkinson, Stalmine weighing 41kg selling to £148 or 361p/kg. The reserve champion came from the same home weighing 41kg selling to £142. First prize in the native class, was awarded to Charnleys, Chipping with Dorset x lamb weighing 41kg selling to £129. Leading prices saw the consignment from FE&CM Robinson & Son, Crooklands sell to £144, £137 and £136 with other noted prices being £140 from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe, with the run from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth to £135 twice and £134.50. The market today saw buyers looking for better bred lambs which were keenly sort after and regularly selling between 320-350p/kg. Buyers slightly shied away from heavy weights. An overall market average was achieved of 302p/kg.

Prime Hoggs
The number of hoggs coming forward remains good with 656 going through the ring, as handy weights sold to 258p/kg, with an overall market average of 249p/kg achieved with the entry forward being mixed best quality hoggs sold in excess of 300p/kg. Leading the way today was the consignment from Andrew Butler selling to £152 or 362p/kg with others from the same home to £144, £143, £142, £140, £139 and £137. The consignment from F&SG Sanderson & Son, Woodplumpton peaked at £150 for a 52kg Beltex hogg. It was wonderful to see RJ Byron, Woodplumpton back in Lancaster today with a great run of Beltex and Texel x hoggs selling to £148, £144 twice, £140 and £139. A run of heavy weight hoggs from G H Sanderson & Family, Catforth sold to £140.50 and £140. Plenty of pens of Continental hoggs sold around the £130 mark. Upland hoggs saw a run of Cheviots from SH&LE Birkett, Nether Kellet sell to £124.50 and £124. Mules peaked at £119.50 from TM Townley, Over Wyersdale. Horned hoggs peaked at £116.50 for Swaledales from DC Miller, Claughton on Brock with 44kg Swaledales from the same home selling to £109.

Cast Sheep
The cast ewe trade remains very similar to the previous week as big tups led the way, a Suffolk from WN&D Smith & Sons, Cockerham sold to £208 with Texels selling to £188 from PD Anderton, Scorton. Continental ewes led the way at £174 from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. Texel x ewes peaked at £164 from J Bargh, Heaton with Oxcliffe with others to £160 from R Collinges & Son, Kirkham. Plenty of Continental and Suffolk ewes sold around the £160 mark. Masham ewes peaked at £138 from DC Miller, Claughton on Brock. Mule ewes sold to £138 from R Collinges & Son, Kirkham with others to £136 from TM Townley and £135 from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth. Plenty of big Mule ewes sold around the £130 mark. Horned ewes continue to be in big demand with Swaledales selling to £120 from DC Miller and Lonks to £116 from A Brown, Littledale. Plenty of good Horned ewes sold around the £100 mark.

Sheep with Lambs at Foot
A smaller entry of sheep with lambs at foot following last weeks big entry saw Charollais with single lambs sell to £192 from E&J Farming, Littledale.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs:
Beltex: £148 Woodlands Farm, £144 Warth Sutton Farm, £142 Woodlands Farm. Texel: £142 Woodlands Farm, £140 Bensons Farm, £139.50 Woodlands Farm, £136 Warth Sutton Farm, £135 Burrow Heights Farm. Dorset: £137, £134, £133 Warth Sutton Farm, £132 Burrow Heights Farm, £131 Warth Sutton Farm, £131 Boundary Farm. Continental: £134.50, £120 Burrow Heights Farm, £111 Halsall Farm. Charollais: £131 Woodstock, £115 Halsall Farm, £110 Woodstock. Suffolk: £130.50, £125 Cocker House Farm, £120 Lodge Cottage, £119 Woodstock, £117.50, £117 Halsall Farm. Dutch Spotted: £115, £108 West View Farm.

Prime Hoggs:
Beltex: £152 Park Farm Barn, £150 Cross House Farm, £148, £144, Moorville, £142 Park Farm Barn. Texel: £144, £143 Park Farm Barn, £140.50, £140 Blackleach House Farm, £139, £137 Park Farm Barn. Continental: £127 Swinside Farm, £125 Balderstone Hall Farm, £120, £119 Hardhead Farm, £114 Balderstone Farm, £110 Deep Clough Farm. Suffolk: £126 Cross House Farm, £123 Tabley House Farm, £115 Deep Clough Farm, £112 Salisbury Farm. Cheviot: £124.50, £124 Stubb Hall Farm, £115 Stonehead. Mule: £119.50 Knowsley Farm, £115, £114 Cross House Farm, £110 Deep Clough, £100 Deep Clough Farm, £100 Moss Gate Farm. Swaledale: £116.50, £109 Cobble Hey Farm, £108.50, £105 Holme House Farm, £100 Millstone. Dorset: £108 Salisbury Farm. Horned: £100 Moss House Farm. Leicester: £100 Appletree Farm. Dalesbred: £99 Cobble Hey Farm, £95 Holme House Farm.

Cast Sheep:
Continental: £174 Bensons Farm, £140 Burrow Heights Farm, £120, £114 Haversham House Farm, £112 Middle Lee Farm, £110 Bensons Farm. Texel: £164 Old Woodhouse, £160 The Dingle, £150 Hill Top Farm, £148 The Dingle, £142 Stonehead. Suffolk: £156 Lodge Cottage, £139 Hill Top Farm, £100 Corney Hill Farm. Charollais: £142 Moss Gate Farm, £102 Haversham House Farm. Masham: £138, £126, £100 Cobble Hey Farm. Mule: £138 The Dingle, £136 Knowsley Farm, £135 Burrow Heights Farm, £130 Bensons Farm, £124 Old Woodhouse. Leicester: £122 Holme House Farm. Swaledale: £120 Cobble Hey Farm. Dalesbred: £106 Cobble Hey Farm. Cheviot: £96 The Bungalow.

Cast Rams:
Suffolk: £208, £154 Wyre Farm. Dorset: £130 Corney Hill Farm. Swaledale: £114 Holme House.

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Easter Spring Lamb Show

Kindly Sponsored by Grace Dobson of Laurence Pierce Wool Merchants

Best Continental Lamb.

1st WA&LM Jenkinson with a Beltex Lamb weighing 41kg selling for £148 (361p/kg).
2nd WA&LM Jenkinson with a Beltex Lamb weighing 41kg selling for £142 (346p/kg).
3rd G&D Ball and Son with a Charollais weighing 42kg selling for £131 (312 p/kg).

Best Native Lamb

1st Charnleys with a Dorset lamb weighing 41kg selling for £129 (315p/kg)
2nd FE&CM Robinson with a Dorset lamb weighing 44kg selling for £134 (305p/kg)
3rd Jack Egglesden with a Dorset lamb weighing 42kg selling for £131 (312p/kg)

Champion went to WA&LM Jenkinson.
Reserve Champion went to WA&LM Jenkinson.

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