Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Spring Lambs, Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep, 25th April 2022

Lancaster enjoyed a much improved trade for spring lambs today with more interest and enquires for lambs. A pleasing overall market average of 332p/kg or £137.36 a head. The consignment from David and Karen Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe topped the market at £158 or 367p/kg with others from the same home to £148, £146 and £144. The consignment from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth sold Suffolks to £141 and Texels to £140 twice. More are required each week as buyers show a lot more interest.

Prime hoggs have seen a lift in trade with Lancaster’s SQQ 272p/kg with the overall market average of 263p/kg. Numbers remain buoyant with 611 forward today. Andrew Butler led the way selling Beltex hoggs to £150 or 360p/kg, Texel hoggs from the same consignment sold to £146 and £140. A cracking run of Texel x hoggs from T Taylor, Woodplumpton sold to £147, £141 and £140. Texel hoggs from Barker Farms, Cockerham sold to £141. A consignment of Cheviot hoggs from SH&LE Birkett, Nether Kellet sold to £140 at 55kg, £135 at 49kgs. Mule hoggs peaked at £122 from M&L Preece, Kirkby Lonsdale. Lonk hoggs led the way for horned hoggs selling to £117.50 and £117 from L Jenkinson, Poulton le Fylde. Swaledales twice peaked at £115 from RH&C Ayrton, Abbeystead and M&L Preece, Kirkby Lonsdale.

The cast sheep trade shows no sign of slowing down, with an impressive overall market average of £122.22 to include a good number of horned and upland bred sheep. George Hargreaves of Scotforth led the way selling Texel x ewes to £224 with two pens from the same home selling to £190. At £208 was a Texel ewe from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe followed by other Texel ewes to £206 from GR&A Foy, Conder Green. Plenty of Continental ewes sold between £160 and £200 today at Lancaster. Leicester ewes peaked at £168 from RH&C Ayrton, Abbeystead. Cheviot Mules sold to £162 from George Hargreaves. Big Mule ewes peaked at £150 from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth with other pens of Mule ewes to £132 from D&K Swarbrick, with plenty of pens selling in the £130’s. Horned sheep saw Swaledale tups sell to £126 from JS&S Atkinson, Scorton whom sold Swaledale ewes to £114. Horned ewes peaked at £122 for Dalesdbred from S&J France, Over Wyresdale. Vendors are urged to cash in any cast sheep and take advantage of the good trade.

A nice offering of sheep with lambs at foot forward today was met by a good buzz ring side, selling to an overall market average of £81.83 a head. Continental shearlings with twin lambs led the way selling to £130 from D&J Hay, Cockerham whom sold Continentals with single lambs to £198 and £190. Mules with twin lambs sold to £228 from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs:
Texel: £158, £148, £146, £144 Bensons Farm, £140 Burrow Heights Farm, £140 Bensons Farm, £140 Burrow Heights Farm, £138 Bensons Farm. Suffolk: £141 Burrow Heights Farm.
Continental: £137, £134, £130 Burrow Heights Farm.

Prime Hoggs:
Beltex: £150 Park Farm Barn, £130 Oak Avenue, £126 Park Farm Barn. Continental: £147, £141, £140, £138 Midge Hall Farm, £135.50 Stubb Hall Farm, £132 Hillam House Farm. Texel: £146 Park Farm Barn, £141 Hillam Lane, £140 Park Farm Barn, £140 Parkside Farm, £137, £136 Park Farm Barn. Cheviot: £140, £135, £133.50 Stubb Halll Farm, £133, £128 Hillam House Farm, £125.50 Hoskingshire Farm. Charollais: £138 Park Farm Barn, £120 Winmara, £119 Throstle Grove Farm. Suffolk: £136.50, £134.50, £131.50 Park Farm Barn, £129.50, £129 Hillam House Farm, £126 Rose Hill Farm. Horned: £117.50, £117 Crombleholme, £111.50 Moss House. Swaledale: £115 High House Farm, £115, £106.50 Ouzelthorn Farm, £100.50 High House Farm. Dorset: £112.50 Winmara. Mule: £122 High House Farm, £102 Ouzelthorn Farm. Herdwick: £92 Moss House Farm.

Cast Goat:
Goat: £62, £60 Cockerham Boars.

Cast Sheep:
Texel: £224 Ivy Bank Farm, £208 Bensons Farm, £206 Parkside Farm, £190 Ivy Bank Farm, £174 Parkside Farm. Leicester: £168 Ouzelthorn Farm, £128 High House Farm, £128 High House Farm, £116 Marl House. Cheviot: £162 Ivy Bank Farm, £142 Cross Farm, £130 Ivy Bank Farm, £130 Rosehill, £116 Herdmans House. Continental: £162 Rose Hill Farm, £160 Burrow Heights Farm, £150 Rose Hill Farm, £144, £136 Burrow Heights Farm, £122 Sellerley Fields. Mule: £150 Burrow Heights Farm, £142 Bensons Farm, £137 Rosehill Farm, £128 Parkside Farm, £126 Burrow Heights Farm, £116 Bensons Farm. Suffolk: £150 Burrow Heights Farm, £148 Rosehill Farm. Dalesbred: £122 Kays Farm. Dutch Spotted: £114 West View Farm. Swaledale: £114 Sykes Farm.

Cast Rams:
Continental: £142 Parkside Farm. Leicester: £140 High House Farm. Swaledale: £126 Sykes Farm. Texel: £110 Lundholme Farm.

Sheep with Lambs at Foot:

Shearling with Lambs: Continental:
Twins: £230 Birch House Cottage
Singles: £198, £190 Birch House Cottage

Ewes with Lambs:
Continental: Twins: £195 West View Farm.
Mule: Twins: £228 Bensons Farm.
Mule: Singles: £165 West View Farm.
Texel: Singles: £165, £140 West View Farm,

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