BANK HOLIDAY BONANZA AT NWA LANCASTER
OTM AND CAST CATTLE
No let up in trade today with the bank holiday sale average of 194p/kg for all sold.
Heavy well fleshed dairy cows led today’s sale achieving 229.5p/kg on 3 occasions from EW & R Towers, Hornby and J&M Robinson, Over Kellett. With others regularly selling 205p/kg-220p/kg. Medium dairy cows generally 185p/kg-195p/kg with only the very leanest 140p/kg-165p/kg.
Top grossing dairy cow today was Holstein Friesian from JM&TJ Livesey, Inskip achieving £1841 with Lawson Farm Ltd, Cockerham to £1786 and WN&D Smith & Sons, Cockerham to 1758.
Beef cows sold to 217.5p/kg and £1642 for British Blue from JM&TJ Livesey, Inskip with keen interest ringside for cows suitable for further finishing.
OTM Heifers sold to 239.5p/kg for Aberdeen Angus from Holgate Caravan Park, Silverdale with Holstein Friesian selling to £1441 from D Fox & Co, Bay Horse.
OTM Steers sold to 259.5p/kg and £1925 for a Simmental from A Kirkby & Co, Pilling.
Cull Bulls sold to 174.5p/kg and £1659 for a Hereford from D&E Whitaker, Quernmore.
NWA Lancaster requires 150 cull cows every week to fulfil buyer requirements. Please advise the office if you attend to bring cull cows to assist with contacting buyers.
A pair of nice fresh second calved cows from WH Gardner, Lytham sold to a keen interest both achieving £2000 to local repeat purchasers. The next sale is on the 21st April and will include the special spring sale of youngstock, to include the dispersal of 106 pedigree bred heifers ranging from 6 months old to in calf from WA Little & Son, Goosnargh- further entries invited to this popular fortnightly sale.
A small but sweet sale of quality over quantity calves. Leading the sale today was an angus steer calf and a British blue bull calf at £400 both from TN Pye & Partners, Lancaster, these were closely followed by a Hereford bull calf at £390 from JR Newsham & Son, Conder Green who sold others at £360. A consignment of British Blue heifers and bulls from AW & AM Park & Son, Ellel sold to £350, £320 twice and £310. Other Angus steers achieved £345 from TN Pye & Partners, Lancaster. Younger calves sold to £290 for a Charolais x heifer from JE & SM Seedall, Blackburn who also sold Beef Shorthorn x at £205, other young calves from C & J Smith, St Michaels sold at £280 and £270 for Aberdeen Angus x. Next week sees normal business resumed with an anticipated entry of over 100 rearing and weaned calves.
With the temperatures rising outside today, the thermometer inside was blown apart with the trade for all classes of store cattle, steers today averaged £1370 and heifers £1320. A few bigger fleshy cattle about today with PM&ST Entwistle, Abbeystead taking the top spot with a Limousin steer at 25 months old at £2040. Other Limousin stores from the same good home achieved £1980. Not far behind was TC Whiteside & Son, Pilling at £1950 for a pair of Aberdeen Angus steers, who also sold another pair at £1780. Limousin steers from RG&LR Holmes, Carnforth sold to £1820. British Blue steers today saw AG Stafford, Out Rawcliffe to £1820 with other British Blue steers to £1680 from WT Eastham, Goosnargh.
Younger steers today saw a lift in trade, as grazing men were out in force. JA&ME Mawson, Orton selling 17 month old British Blue steers to £1200 for a pen of three, with G&MA Smith, Samlesbury selling 16 month old Charolais steers to £1460.
WT Eastham & Son, Goosnargh continued their good day with their quality run of cattle, with a pair of Aberdeen Angus heifers to £1740. British Blue heifers sold to £1680 from the same home. Holgate Caravans saw Aberdeen Angus heifers to £1550, with numerous 20-24 month old Continental heifers £1450 to £1500. Younger grazing heifers achieved £1180 for 14 month olds from JA&ME Mawson, Orton for British Blues.
Vendors are urged to enter cattle for next Friday’s sale with confidence and take advantage of the current strong trade.