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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Auction Mart Sale of Calves, OTM, Dairy and Store Cattle, Friday 11th August 2023.

OTM / CAST CATTLE

A rise in the cull cow trade saw an overall market average of 160p/kg achieved, with 80% of the entry being dairy cows. Beef cows sold to a top price of 249.5p/kg and £1634 for a British Blue x from AT Burrow & Son, Gressingham with other British Blue x selling at 229.5p/kg from S Barton, Radcliffe who also sold Aberdeen Angus at 219.5p/kg. Medium beef cows were generally 180p/kg to 200p/kg, with a keen interest shown in those suitable for feeding. Dairy cows sold to 234.5p/kg and £1403 for a Fleckvieh form JR Newsham & Son, Conder Green who sold others at 224.5p/kg and £1339. An entry of predominately parlour type dairy cows sold to 174.5p/kg for a Holstien Friesian from JT&B Fox, Quernmore and a Norwegian Red and White from J&S Hartley, Clitheroe. Other Holstein Friesians sold to £1343 from SH&M Batty & Son, Quernmore. Medium dairy cows were generally 150p/kg to 165p/kg, with lighter weight and leaner cows 120p/kg to 140p/kg.
OTM dairy heifers sold to a top of 211p/kg and £1338 for a Holstien Friesian from SH&M Batty & Son, Quernmore with others achieving 199.5p/kg from M&E Forshaw & Son, Longridge and £1139 from TA&RM Dawson, Quernmore.
OTM steers sold to 174.5p/kg and £1237 for a Holstien Friesians from TM Gardner, Bentham.

STORE CATTLE

A quality show of store cattle saw steers sell to a top price of £1700 for an Aberdeen Angus x from R Townsend, Freckleton with British Blue x and Charolais x steers achieving £1600 from BW&G Robinson, Ingleton, SW&K Metcalfe & Son, Whittington and H&JA Gorst, Calder Vale. Other heavy well grown steers were regularly selling at £1400 to £1550, with buyers keen to keep the sheds full. Dairy bred steers sold to £1190 for Fleckviehs and Holstien Friesians from A&E Clarkson Ltd, Thurnham and British Friesians sold to £1180 from EE Thornton & Sons, Thornton.
Heifers sold to a top price of £1570 for a British Blue x from BW&G Robinson, Ingleton with other selling at £1560 from AT Burrow & Son, Gressingham and £1400 from AJ&D Knowles, New Hutton. Native sired heifers sold to £1390 for a trio of Aberdeen Angus x from M Shepherd & Son, Pilling with other at £1340 from T Robson & Son, Poulton Le Fylde. Stronger end of heifers were generally £1200 to £1350.
Buyers looking for longer keep cattle today with a ring full of British Blue x (16 months old) from TH Wensley & Son, Kirkham achieving £900.
Just a single British Blue x feeding bull from H Hesketh & Son, Longton sold at £1100.

CALVES & WEANLINGS

NWA Lancaster once again proved to be a popular choice for calf customers, with several new and returning customers in attendance. Bull calves sold to £530 for a nine week old British Blue x bull from JP&C Robson, Garstang who sold younger British Blue x bulls at £410. Other stronger rearing bull calves sold to £340 for British Blue x from RE&P Miller, Barnacre with others generally £300 to £320. Nice to see young rearing calves in today, which were met by keen buyer interest with sixteen day old Aberdeen Angus x bulls selling to £165 from T&G Dobson, Appleby. An entry of weaned bull calves from J&G Thornley Ltd, Kirkham saw Aberdeen Angus x selling to £455, with others generally £410 to £440. Holstien Friesian sold to £255.
Weaned heifer calves sold to £485 for a British Blue x from AW&AM Park & Son, Ellel with seven week old British Blue x heifers from JP&C Robson, Garstang selling to £335 with others at £320. A month old Charolais x heifer from GJ&G Billington achieving £295 with younger rearing calves selling to £220 from AD&R Milner, Claughton on Brock for a twenty eight day old Limousin, £200 for a eighteen day old Charolais from EE Thornton & Sons, Morecambe and sixteen day old Aberdeen Angus selling to £165 from T&G Dobson, Appleby.

DAIRY

The popular sale continues to attract new and returning customers, with buyers in attendance today from as far afield as Cheshire and Carlisle, alongside strong local support. The sale peaked at £2050 for a fresh second calved Friesian type cow from R&K Jenkinson, Pilling with other cows regularly selling at £1700 plus, to include a fresh third calved cow from Barber Farms, Claughton on Brock achieving £1880 and a fourth calved from the same home achieving £1800. Heifers sold to £1750 for a two year old Holstien Friesian from Barber Farms, Claughton on Brock. Closely followed by R&K Jenkinson achieving £1720. A large proportion of lighter weight heifers sold to an active ringside of buyers generally £1500 to £1750.
Vendors are encouraged to enter cattle for this popular sale to allow for advertising purposes.

Top Prices

HEIFER CALF:

British Blue: £485, £410 Walkers I’th Fields, £335, £320 Roe Farm, £295 Tills Farm. Charolais: £295 Myerscough House, £200 Downlands Farm. Hereford: £280 Lower Lingart Farm. Limousin: £220 Lane Head Farm. Angus: £200 Tills Farm, £185 Lane Head Farm, £165, £160, £110 Bank Wood.

BULL CALF:

British Blue: £530 Roe Farm, £410 Roe Farm, £340, £330, £320 Lower Lingart Farm. Angus: £455, £450, £435, £430, £425, £415 Derby Lodge Farm. Friesian: £255, £115 Derby Lodge Farm. Hereford: £220 Lower Lingart Farm.

OTM COW:

British Blue: 249.50 High Snab, 229.50 Shore Top Farm, 209.50 Boon Town Farm, 177.50 Low Groves Farm, 174.50 Park Lane Farm, 161.50 Nook Farm. Fleckvieh: 234.50, 224.50 Sellerley Farm. Angus: 219.50 Shore Top Farm, 159.50 Scarfoot. Limousin: 181.50 Hazelslack Tower Farm, 174.50 Pain Hill, 164.50 Whinney Garth. Montbeliarde: 179.50 Sellerley Farm. Friesian: 174.50 Blackwood End, 164.50 Pain Hill, 164.50 Mill Farm, 161.50 Friars Moss, 159.50 Mill Farm, 159.50 Little Town Farm. Hereford: 174.50 Whinney Garth, 169.50 Shore Top Farm. Norwegian Red: 174.50 Mason House Farm, 139.50 Old Holly Farm. Ayrshire: 144.50 Rose Farm.

OTM HEIFER:

Friesian: 211.50 Friars Moss, 199.50 Little Town Farm, 197.50 Lower Brow Top, 109.50 Ackenthwaite Farm.

CAST STEER:

Friesian: 174.50 Greenside Farm.

STORE BULLOCK:

Angus: £1700 Kirkham Road, £1580, £1540 Manor House Farm, £1520 Kirkham Road, £1510 Godson House Farm, £1500 Kirkham Road. British Blue: £1600 Shaws Farm, £1600 Burnt House Farm, £1500 Pasture House Farm, £1480 Bainsbank Farm, £1450 Kitchen Ground Farm. Charolais: £1600, £1570 Holme House Farm, £1500, £1460 Manor Farm, £1380 Downlands Farm, £1360 Manor Farm. Limousin: £1520 Hill House Farm, £1500 Pilling Hall Farm, £1350 Downlands Farm, £1240 Middlebarrow Plain, £1110 Hall Bank. Shorthorn: £1400 Parkside Farm. Hereford: £1350 Windy Hill Farm, £1240 Corney Hill Farm, £1160 Hall Bank. Simmental: £1320 Corney Hill Farm. Friesian: £1190 Cock Hall Farm, £1180 Downlands Farm, £1140 Cock Hall Farm, £1140 Kitchen Ground Farm, £1080 Parrox Hall Farm, £1080 Plumpton Hall Farm. Fleckvieh: £1190 Cock Hall Farm, £1150 Corney Hill Farm. Continental: £1080 Parrox Hall Farm.

STORE HEIFER:

British Blue: £1570 Burnt House Farm, £1560 High Snab, £1400 Windy Hill Farm, £1360 Wood Nook Farm, £1260, £1250 Kitchen Ground. Angus: £1390 Pasture House Farm, £1340 Fairfield, £1270 Staffords Farm, £1260 Greenalls Farm, £1260 Wood Nook Farm. Limousin: £1280 Hill House Farm, £1250 Nook Farm.

STORE BULL:

British Blue: £1100 Thornton Barn Farm.

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