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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Spring Lambs and Cast Sheep, Monday 1st August 2022.

Prime Lambs
The weekly sale of prime lambs in Lancaster sold to a stronger traded than anticipated with an overall market average of 238p/kg which saw spring lambs weighing 39-45kg averaging 242p/kg, 45-51kg averaged 254p/kg and heavy weights averaging 255p/kg. Well finished lambs were demanding a premium with buyers airing on the side of caution toward leaner types. Heavy weight Texels peaked at £142 from B&M Slater, Chipping with the consignment of Texels from J&CG Redmayne, Salisbury selling to £141 and £132. Other leading prices saw Texels to £136 from Joe and Emily Bargh, Heaton with Oxcliffe with Suffolks from the same home topping at £129. Beltex lambs peaked at £131 or 298p/kg from EJ Ward & Sons, Nether Kellet with other Beltex lambs to £126 or 290p/kg from JS Horner, Ingleton. Trade today saw better bred lambs regularly selling in excess of 270p/kg with well finished commercial type lambs selling between 250-270p/kg. Less hill bred lambs were forward today, saw 41kg Masham sell to £95 from S&J France, Over Wyresdale.

Cast Sheep
The trade for cast sheep remains very strong with vendors urged to continue selling them, with a strong overall market average of £113 a head. The consignment from Joe and Emily Bargh led the way selling Texel x ewes to £218 and Suffolk ewes to £158. Beltex x ewes peaked at £162 from JS Horner, Ingleton. A run of Texel x ewes from B&SE Carter, Ellel sold to £154 and £152 twice. Mule ewes peaked at £148 from DJ Casson & Son, Slyne with others to £141 from GF&EE Holt, Chipping and £137 from Myerscough College with plenty of pens of strong Mule ewes in the early one thirties. Some good horned sheep on offer today saw well fleshed Swaledales sell to £108 from B&SE Carter, Ellel with others to £104 from RW&FJ Rhodes & Son, Quernmore. Billy goats sold to £76 from D Hough, Dolphinholme.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs:

Texel: £142 Daub Hall Farm, £141 Cuerdale Hall Farm, £136 North Farm, £135 Daub Hall Farm, £132 Cuerdale Hall Farm, £126 Daub Hall Farm. Beltex: £131 Intack Farm, £126 Ingleborough Park Drive. Suffolk: £129 North Farm, £110 New Elmridge Farm. Continental: £126 Plantation Farm, £116 Low Bendrigg Farm, £108 Long Barn, £103, £100, £99 Plantation Farm. Charollais: £99 Castle O Trim, £89, £80 Rose Hill Farm. Masham: £95 Kays Farm.

Cast Sheep:

Texel: £218 North Farm, £154, £152 Cragg End, £152 North Farm, £136 Ingleborough Park Drive. Beltex: £162 Ingleborough Park Drive. Suffolk: £158 North Farm. Mule: £148 Beaumont Gate, £141 New Elmridge Farm, £137 Myerscough Hall, £134 New Elmridge Farm, £132 Beaumont Gate, £130 New Elmridge Farm. Continental: £136 Low Moor Head Farm, £122 New Elmridge Farm, £112 Beaumont Gate, £103 Greenwoods. Swaledale: £108 Cragg End, £104 Low Moor Head Farm.

Cast Ram:

Herdwick; £92 Wellington Crag Farm.

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