The weekly sale of prime hoggs at Lancaster saw a reduced number forward, followings last weeks bumper entry. A mixed show on offer with some vendors coming to an end of their hoggs, an overall averaged of 247p/kg and SQQ of 253p/kg. Topping the trade this week was a super Beltex hogg at 46kg achieving 359p/kg or £165 from AG Butler, Hambleton, with others from the same home to £150 or 313p/kg also for Beltexs, proving that butcher quality hoggs are in demand at Lancaster. Heavy weight Texels sold to £138 from JS Horner, Ingleton. Quality hoggs from JE Parkinson, Quernmore saw Texels to £130 for a trio, with others at £130 from JW Cornall, Bleasdale. A consignment of well fed hoggs from R Collinge, Newton saw Beltex hoggs to £129 or 280p/kg. Handy weighted hoggs were in demand selling to £107 or 274p/kg for 39kg Continental bred hoggs. Suffolk hoggs today topped at £128 from J France, Garstang with others at £127.50 from TM Townley, Over Wyresdale. Mule hoggs saw heavy weights to £115 from AG Butler, Hambleton with others at £109 from M&L Preece, Kirkby Lonsdale.
More hoggs could have easily been sold to our regular ring full if buyers to fulfil their orders books.
The cast sheep trade shows no signs of steading up with an overall average of £122. Ewes topped at £160 for Texels from GR&A Foy, Conder Green with others from the same home to £148. Mule ewes from S Wilson, Scotforth sold to £130 and £122, who also had Cheviots to £100. Swaledale ewes were in demand to £105 from JA Simpson, Calder Vale.
A large entry of cast tups saw Texels to £176 from JE Parkinson & Son, Quernmore with others to £152 from the same home. Cheviot tups saw a pen of five to £145 from P&M Ashbury, Abbeystead while Leicesters sold to £142 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale.
Sheep with Lambs at Foot
The weekly sale of ewes with lambs saw a quieter entry than seen in recent weeks which saw a show of mainly older Mule ewes with lambs. Regular Lancaster supporters David and Karen Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe sold Mules with twins Texel lambs to £210 and £208, with Continental with twins to £200 from the same home.