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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Auction Mart Sale of Calves, OTM and Store Cattle, Friday 23rd June 2023.

Another busy Friday sale at NWA Lancaster with 315 cattle sold in just over two hours through three sale rings. Store cattle to £1670, OTM to 269.5p/kg and £1802, Calves to £450.

OTM / CAST CATTLE

The sale commenced with cull cows which saw a top price of 234.5p/kg for an Aberdeen Angus X from GR Bargh & Co, Caton with others at 229.5p/kg for a Limousin x from A&P Hodgkinson, Stalmine and 224.5p/kg from Mason & Gardner, Ingleton. Other medium beef cows were generally 195p/kg to 215p/kg, depending on quality and type. Top grossing beef cow was a Limousin from Mason & Gardner, Ingleton totalling £1733, with A&P Hodgkinson, Stalmine achieving £1562. A much leaner show of dairy cows saw a top price of 201.5p/kg for a Holstein Friesian from H Halhead & Son, Nether Kellet with others at 197.5p/kg from TA&RM Dawson, Quernmore, 194.5p/kg from WE&G Hewitt & Sons, Cockerham and GA&A Atkinson, Cantsfield. A much plainer show of day cows saw those direct ex parlour selling at 165p/kg to 180p/kg, with the very leanest and lightest at realisation. Top grossing dairy cow as a Holstein Friesian from WE&G Hewitt & Sons, Cockerham achieving £1569 who also sold others at £1599 and £1511.
Heifers sold to 259.5p/kg for a British Blue x from M Shepherd & Sons, Pilling with others at 239.5p/kg for a Limousin from JH Atkinson & Partners, Selside and 237.5p/kg for a Hereford x from WS Burrow Ltd, Silverdale. Dairy heifers sold to 251.5p/kg for a Montbeliarde from JR Newsham & Son, Conder Green who sold others at 239.5p/kg. Holstein Friesian achieving 229.5p/kg from J&G Thornley Ltd, Kirkham. Beef heifers sold to £1655 for a British Blue x from MJ Shepherd & Son, Pilling with diary heifer selling to £1651 for a Holstein Friesian from WN&D Smith & Sons, Cockerham.
Steers sold to 269.5p/kg and £1802 for a British Blue x from A Kirkby & Co, Pilling with Aberdeen Angus x selling to 247.5p/kg and £1710 from WS Burrow Ltd, Silverdale. Other steers were generally 220p/kg to 230p/kg.
All culls today averaged 185.5p/kg and £1138.

CALVES & WEANLINGS

A smaller entry of 71 rearing and weaned calves saw a large crowd of farmer buyers, keen to secure replacement stock. Weaned calves sold to £450 for a British Blue x bull from RT Halhead, Cockerham with Hereford x selling to £410 and £400 from TE&M KLidd, Ellel. Aberdeen Angus x sold to £390 from J&G Thornley Ltd, Kirkham. Rearing bull calves sold to £365 for a British Blue x from Lawson Farm Ltd, Cockerham. Younger Continental bull calves were £260 to £300. A large number of native sired bull calves forward, sold to £350 on three occasions, with others at £340, £335 and £300 from Tom Barron Farms, Ltd Cockerham. Younger native sired bulls sold between £220 and £280.
Weaned heifer calves sold to £350 for a Hereford x from TE&M Kidd, Ellel with British Blue x at £340 from J&G Thornley Ltd, Kirkham. Rearing heifer calves sold to £310 on two occasions from EE Thornton & Sons, Thornton with Lawsons Farm Ltd, Cockerham selling British Blue x to £300 with others at £290 and £280. Native sired heifers sold to £280 for an Aberdeen Angus x from Tom Barron Farms, Catforth. Month old Herefords sold to £240 from MJ&H Atkinson, Quernmore. Other younger native heifers were £160 to £210.

STORE CATTLE

Despite the report of downward pressure on the beef price, buyers were ring side keen to secure replacement stock to keep sheds full. The sale peaked at £1670 for a trio of Aberdeen Angus x steers from J&H Davis, Cabus. British Blue x at £1650 from Mason & Gardner, Ingleton with Aberdeen Angus x achieving £1600 from RG&B Lewis, Kirkby Lonsdale and GT&GV Dobson, Clitheroe. Limousin x steers sold to £1560 from J Lamb, Glasson and WS Burrow Ltd, Silverdale. Closely followed by a trio of Limousin x form EJ&P Burrow, Storth achieving £1560. Dairy steers sold to £1290 for British Friesians from EE Thornton & Sons, Heaton with others at £1270 from EJ Hodgson & Son, Lambrigg. All steers forward averaged £1345.
Heifers sold to a top of £1490 for a pair of Simmental x from EW&A Bradshaw, Stalmine. Closely followed by British Blue x from GT&GV Dobson, Clitheroe at £1470 and Aberdeen Angus x also achieving £1470 from WS Burrow Ltd, Silverdale. Other stronger heifers were regularly £1300 to £1400. Yearling pure Limousin heifers from P Cummings, Burton in Kendal sold to £1220. All heifers forward today averaged £1171.

Top Prices

OTM COW:

Angus: 234.50 Rye Close, 229.50 Rye Close, 224.50 Rye Close, 184.50 Rye Close, 119.50 Mosergh Farm. Limousin: 229.50 Bank Field Farm, 224.50 Stoneybank Philpin Farm, 219.50 Hill Park, 219.50 Hill Park, 204.50 Cragg House farm, 204.50 Hill Park. Friesian: 201.50 Lawsons Farm, 197.50 Lower Brow Top, 194.50 Batty Hill, 194.50 Lawsons Farm, 194.50 Abbotson Farm, 194.50 Batty Hill. Simmental: 197.50 Far Orrest. Brown Swiss: 189.50 Lambrigg Head Farm, 181.50 Lambrigg Head Farm, 157.50 Sellery Farm. Montbeliarde: 179.50 Sellery Farm. Flekvieh: 169.50 Hilliam Lane Farm, 144.50 High House, 124.50 Walkers I’th Fields.

OTM HEIFER:

British Blue: 259.50 Pasture House Farm, 219.50 Station Hotel Farm. Montbeliarde: 251.50 Sellerley Farm, 239.50 Sellerley Farm. Limousin: 239.50 Mosergh Farm. Hereford: 237.50 Gibraltar Farm. Friesian: 229.50 Derby Lodge Farm, 227.50 Derby Lodge Farm, 224.50 Walkers I’th Fields, 214.50 Derby Lodge Farm, 214.50 Low Audlands, 211.50 Derby Lodge Farm. Flekvieh: 227.50 Sellerley Farm.

CAST STEER:

Angus: 247.50 Gibraltar Farm, 234.50 Black Bull Farm, 227.50 Black Bull Farm, 224.50 Station Hotel Farm, 219.50 Gibraltar Farm, 217.50 Black Bull Farm. Limousin: 247.50 The Granary. Friesian: 189.50 Black Bull Farm.

CAST BULL:

Angus: 211.50 Shorrocks Farm.

HEIFER CALF:

Hereford: £350 Booth Hall, £240 Westfield House Farm, £220 Westfield House Farm. British Blue: £340 Derby Lodge Farm, £300 Sweetings Farm, £290 Sweetings Farm, £290 Sweetings Farm, £280 Sweetings Farm, £250 Sweetings Farm. Angus: £310 Poultry Farm, £280 Poultry Farm, £235 Downlands Farm, £230 Poultry Farm, £210 Downlands Farm, £185 Poultry Farm. Charolais: £310 Downlands Farm, £310 Downlands Farm, £300 Dowlands Farm.

BULL CALF:

British Blue: £450 Norbreck Farm, £400 Sweetings Farm, £365 Sweetings Farm, £310 Walkers I’th Fields, £290 Tunstall Hall. Hereford: £410 Booth Hall, £400 Booth Hall, £400 Booth Hall. Angus: £390 Derby Lodge Farm, £390 Derby Lodge Farm, £380 Derby Lodge Farm, £350 Poultry Farm.

STORE BULLOCK:

Angus: £1670 Weavers Farm, £1600 Hill House Farm, £1600 Bainsbank Farm, £1590 Godson House Farm, £1540 North Farm. British Blue: £1650 Stoneybank Philpin Farm, £1560 Hill House Farm, £1480 Elston Old Hall, £1370 North Farm, £1300 Plumpton Hall Farm, £960 Lodge Hall. Limousin: £1560 Gibraltar Farm, £1560 Old Glasson Farm, £1550 Elston Old Hall, £1390 The Dingle, £1380 Downlands Farm, £1360 Thornton Barn Farm. Simmental: £1550 Hazelslack Tower Farm. Charolais: £1470 Old Glasson Farm. Parthenais: £1330 Half Way House. Friesian: £1290 Downlands Farm, £1270 Lambrigg Head Farm, £1160 Green Dragon Farm, £1080 Moss Gate Farm. Hereford: £1290 Windy Hill Farm.

STORE HEIFER:

Simmental: £1490 The Old Stable, £1330 The Old Stable. Angus: £1470 Gibraltar Farm, £1440 Fairfield, £1400 Staffords Farm, £1350 Hill House Farm, £1290 Snub Snape Farm, £1270 Staffords Farm. British Blue: £1470 Hill House Farm, £1450 Hill House Farm, £1430 Wood Nook Farm, £1370 Windy Hill Farm, £1360 Hill House Farm, £1340 Lowther Castle O Trim. Charolais: £1260 Downlands Farm. Parthenais: £1260 Half Way House. Paranthaise: £1260 Half Way House. Hereford: £1440 Gibraltar Farm, £1290 Pasture House Farm. Limousin: £1220 Peall House, £1180 Whittingham Lane, £1080 Peall House, £1000 Dowlands Farm. Blonde: £1160 Half Way House.

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