Calves and Weanlings
A slightly reduced entry of 57 calves forward, which met a strong demand with more beef calves required, which could have easily been sold. The consignment from JP&C Robson, Garstang led the way selling British Blue bulls to £435, £420 and Aberdeen Angus bulls to £420. All British Blue bull calves forward today averaged exactly £400. Limousin bull calves at three weeks old sold to £350 from D&K Howarth, Poulton Le Fylde. A large proportion of dairy bull calves forward today saw the consignment from JR Newsham & Son, Conder Green lead the way selling Montbeliardes to £395 and £380, with Fleckviehs to £330. Holstein Friesian calves peaked at £180 from Karen Parkinson, Out Rawcliffe, with others selling to £135 twice. This was followed by others to £120 from A&MI Robinson, Penrith. New Zealand type grazing bull calves at two weeks old sold to £55 from B&JC Carr & Son, Forton.
The weekly sale of store cattle at Lancaster saw 170 going through the ring, with a number of cattle missing due to storm Eunice. There was no let up in trade as the majority of buyers braved the elements to attend Lancasters popular weekly sale. Leading the way was PM&ST Entwistle, Abbeystead with a cracking pair of Limousin bullocks at £1580, not far behind was L Parsons & Son, Levens at £1540 also with Limousins. Hereford bullocks continued to be a strong trade, topping at £1400 from J Prest & Son, Bay Horse, with others to £1370 from J Tattersall, Preston. Aberdeen Angus steers are always good to sell at Lancaster, with consignment from FJ&R Coar, Cow Ark topping at £1360.
Dairy steers topped at £1290 for a pen of five Friesians from J Prest & Son, Bay Horse, with others at £1210 from EE Thornton & Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe. Numerous steers today sold in excess of the £1250 mark, with all forward averaging £1160.
The store heifer trade saw Aberdeen Angus’s once again top the leader board with a trio at £1370 from L Parsons & Son, Levens. A pair of Charolais heifers from WA Hodgson, Whinfell sold at £1350, with others from the same good home to £1240. A pen full of British Blues from G Atkinson & Son, Lancaster achieved £1290, with others at £1280 from H&JA Gorst, Calder Vale. All heifers forward averaged £1135.
Just a handful of store bulls on the market today, topping at £1340 for Aberdeen Angus’s from G Metcalfe & Son, Gressingham.
Lancaster once again boasted a strong average of 152p/kg. It was British Blue OTM steers which led the way today, selling 217.5p/kg and 214p/kg or £1265 from T&E Burrow, Slyne. The OTM dairy heifer trade continues to be very buoyant as Holstein heifers sold to 204.5p/kg or £1216 from J Bargh & Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe whom sold others to 199.5p/kg. Holstein OTM heifers topped at £1224 from J&I Whittaker, Clapham. OTM Black & White bullocks peaked at £1219 from TM Gardner, Tattham. Beef cast cows today reached hights not seen for some time, with an eight year old Charolais selling to 194.5p/kg or £1596 from T&P Metcalfe, Wennington. Dairy cows peaked at 171.5p/kg for a Holstein from RG&B Lewis, Kirkby Lonsdale, with the same price achieved for a Montbeliarde from A&FM Bolland & Son, Ellel. Numerous of the best dairy cows regularly selling in between 160-170p/kg. Holstein cows today peaked at £1423 for an eight years old from J&G Thornley, Roseacre. Noted prices for dairy cows being £1358 for Holsteins, £1287 for Montbeliards both from A&FM Bolland & Sons, Ellel, £1337 for a Holstein from RG&B Lewis, Kirkby Lonsdale and £1274 from J Burrow & Son, Barton, with many more selling in excess of the £1200 mark.