Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Auction Mart Sale of Calves, OTM, Dairy, Store Cattle and Stirks, Friday 28th July 2023.

North West Auctions once again proved to be the place to sell all classes of stock on a Friday, with buyer and sellers all keen to do their business on one day and reaping the rewards of this NWA Service. 512 cattle were sold today in all three sale rings, with several new faces in attendance.


The day commenced with cull cows which saw a much leaner show forward, with prices reflecting the current falling level of demand. Beef cows sold to 174.5p/kg for a Stabiliser from RW & FJ Rhodes & Son, Quernmore with others at 171p/kg for a Hereford x from The Isle of Man. Other feeding type cows were generally 150p/kg to 165p/kg, depending on breed and quality. Top grossing beef cow achieved £1245 followed by another a £1222, both being Stabilisers from RW & FJ Rhodes & Son, Quernmore. Dairy cows sold to 159.5p/kg for a British Friesian from WT Whitaker & Son, Nether Kellet, with Holstien Friesians selling to 157.5p/kg from I Atkinson & Son, Warton and Fleckviehs to 154.5p/kg from EW & RM Towers, Hornby. Over 75% of the sale comprised of leaner parlour type cows, generally selling at 120p/kg to 135p/kg, with the very smallest and leanest at realisation. Top grossing dairy cow was a Fleckvieh from EW & RM Towers, Hornby achieving £1239 with Holstien Friesians to £1219 from I Atkinson & Sons, Warton.
OTM heifers sold to 207.5p/kg and £1207 for an Aberdeen Angus x from JM Capstick, Lancaster.
OTM steers sold to 211.5p/kg and £1321 for a British Blue x from DR Preston, Caton with other beef steers generally 190p/kg to 205p/kg.
Younger bulls sold to 189.5p/kg and £1027 for a Charolais x from the IOM, with dairy stock bulls selling to 129.5p/kg and £1023 for a Holstien Friesian from Richmond Hall Farm, Cockerham.


A packed ring side of buyers ensured all calves once again sold to their full value, with many commenting on being ahead of other local centres. Eight week old British Blue x bull calves sold to £450 from JP&C Robson, Garstang with Aberdeen Angus x also achieving £450 from G&ME Woodhouse & Son, Ellel. Month old bull calves sold to £380 from AD&R Milner, Claughton on Brock with Charolais at £340 from GJ&G Billington, Garstang with three week old British Blue x selling to £290 from Walmsley Beef, Cockerham. Rearing heifer calves sold to £400 from JP&C Robson, Garstang who sold others at £400, £390 and £370 with young Aberdeen Angus x heifer to £200 from G&ME Woodhouse & Son, Ellel.
Several pens full of weaned calves sold to £670 for British Blue x bulls from JS&KM Wilson & Son, Kendal who sold Fleckvieh at £600 and Aberdeen Angus at £570. Charolais and Simmental x bulls from GJ&G Billington, Garstang sold at £585.


The fortnightly sale of dairy cattle continues to attract interest with new calved cows, heifer and in-calf heifers all selling today, with more needed to satisfy buyers demand. Third calved cow sold to £1850, with heifers to £1750 and in calf to £1420.


A top price of £1650 was achieved on several occasions for both British Blue x steers from JD&GM Bracken, Garstang and Charolais x from J&H Bland & Son, Levens. Other well grown short keep steers were regularly £1450 to £1550, to include Aberdeen Angus x at £1440 from J Prest & Son, Bay Horse. Dairy bred steers sold to £1480 for a Fleckvieh from J Prest & Son, Bay House with Montbeliarde to £1450 and Norwegian Red and White to £1410.
Heifers sold to £1510 for Charolais x from J&H Bland & Son, Levens with others at £1460 from the IOM. Stronger heifers were generally £1300 to £1450, to include Aberdeen Angus x achieving £1420 from T Robson & Son, Poulton le Fylde.
The monthly sale of stirks saw another increase in numbers forward, attracting buyers from far and wide. Bulls sold to £940 for seven month old British Blue x from JS&KM Wilson & Son, Kendal who sold others at £920. Aberdeen Angus x bulls sold to £810 from P&ME Higginson, Pilling who also sold Holstien Friesian and Montbeliardes at £800. Younger Continental bulls were generally £600 to £700, with young bulls required every week to fulfil buyer requirements.
Steers sold to £900 for British Blue x from RH&RA Fawcett, Carnforth with D&M Foster selling Aberdeen Angus x and Hereford x steers at £800. Other well grown steers at 6 to 8 month old generally £700 to £800. Dairy bred steers sold to £620 for 10 month old British Friesians from R&J Parkinson, Preesall.
Heifers achieving a top price of £900 for a pair of British Blue x from FW Rhodes & Son, Ellel with others at £880 from G Rawlinson, Astley. Native sired heifers sold to £850 for Aberdeen Angus x with Herefords to £780. Younger Continental heifers sold to £700 for 6 month old Charolais x from EE Thornton & Son, Heaton with other younger heifers £600 to £660.

Top Prices


British Blue: £460, £440 Boldens Farm, £400, £390, £370, £360 Roe Farm. Angus: £200 Boldens Farm, £190 Tills Farm.


British Blue: £670 High House, £560 Boldens Farm, £450, £430 Roe Farm, £400 Boldens Farm, £385 Lane Head Farm. Fleckvieh: £600, £570, £500 High House. Charolais: £585, £340 Myerscough House. Simmental: £585 Myerscough House. Angus: £570 High House, £450, £295 Boldens Farm. Friesian: £400 High House.


Stabiliser: 174.50, 169.50 Low Moor Head Farm. Hereford: 171.50 Mount Murray, 164.50 Sunderland Brows Farm, 154.50 Mount Murray. Angus: 164.50 Sunderland Brows Farm, 159.50 Mount Murray, 159.50 Sunderland Brows Farm, 111.50 Biggins Lodge Farm. British Blue: 161.50 Longwood House, 159.50 Netherbeck Barn. Friesian: 159.50 Lane Ends Farm, 157.50, 154.50 Boon Town Farm, 154.50 Stubb Place Farm, 149.50 Richmond Hall, 149.50 Lathwaite Farm. Charolais: 159.50 Cragg House Farm, 144.50 Mount Murray. Simmental: 159.50 Docker House. Limousin: 154.50 Mount Murray. Fleckvieh: 154.50 Holme Head. Continental: 117.50 Aughton Hall Farm. Highland: 119.50 Cragg House Farm. Dairy Shorthorn: 104.50 Aughton Hall Farm.


Angus: 207.50, 199.50 Brantbeck Farm. Hereford: 207.50, 199.50 Middlebarrow Plain.


British Blue: 211.50 Ellers Farm. Angus: 209.50, 194.50, 187.50, 184.50, 179.50 Black Bull Farm, 179.50 Old Glasson Farm. Limousin: 189.50 Upper Foxholes Farm.


Charolais: 189.50 Mount Murray. Hereford: 167.50 Willow Tree Cottage. Friesian: 164.50, 159.50 Willow Tree Cottage, 129.50 Richmond Hall.


British Blue: £1650 Greenlands Farm, £1510 Ninezergh, £1500 Bowlands Gardens, £1480, £1450 Ninezergh. Charolais: £1650, £1590 Ninezergh, £1580 Barrowfield, £1500 Carlingwha, £1340 Birch House Cottage, £1240 Carlingwha. Limousin: £1570 Barrowfield, £1450 Downlands Farm, £1400 Wood Nook Farm, £1400 Fellside Farm, £1380 Pilling Hall Farm, £1190 Mount Murray. Angus: £1540 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1500 Cheetham House Farm, £1500 Staffords Farm, £1460 Ninezergh, £1420 Raw End Farm. Hereford: £1480 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1280 Carlingwha, £1220 Greenalls Farm. Fleckvieh: £1480, £1390 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1340 Hall Bank. Montbeliarde: £1450 Ninzergh, £1410 Ellers Farm, £1180 Parrox Hall Farm. Norwegian Red: £1410 Ellers Farm. Parthenaise: £1350 Hall Bank. Friesian: £1330, £1280 Downlands Farm, £1140 Plumpton Hall Farm, £1070 Willow Tree Cottage, £1070 Barn Hill Farm, £1070 Willow Tree Cottage. Continental: £1180 Parrox Hall Farm.


Charolais: £1510 Ninezergh, £1460 Mount Murray, £1330 Birch House Cottage, £1180 Mount Murray. British Blue: £1450 High Snab, £1450 Greenlands Farm, £1390 Windy Hill Farm, £1390 Pasture House Farm, £1300 Raw End Farm, £1300 Wood Nook Farm. Angus: £1420 Fairfield, £1360, £1350 Rowell Farm, £1280, £1270 Kirkbeck, £1250 Rowell Farm. Hereford: £1200 Pasture House Farm, £1200 High Road. Limousin: £1010 Ancliffe Hall Farm.

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