Calves & Weanlings
A bumper entry of 111 calves were forward this morning, well above numbers in other local centres. Two month old British Blue bulls from JM&MH France & Son, Littledale sold to £595 with other British Blues selling at £475 from Tom Barron Farms. All British Blue bulls forward averaged £335. Charolais bull calves sold to a top of £575 from WG Farms, Cockerham with six Charolais bull calves forward averaging £432. A run of weaned Hereford bull calves from JR Newsham & Son, Conder Green peaked at £430.
Heifer calves were keenly sort after at Lancaster, Charolais’s sold to £485 from WG Farms, Cockerham. A run of well grown Aberdeen Angus heifers from AW&AM Park & Son, Ellel sold to £355 with British Blue heifers selling to £340 twice from Wallbank Farms, Over Wyresdale and JR Newsham & Son, Conder Green. RE&P Miller, Barnacre sold a run of weaned Black and White bulls to a top of £380 with other full pens selling to £320.
A smaller show of dairy heifers forward with all selling above vendors expectations. No real show stoppers on the market today, a pedigree heifer from AE&A Swale, Blackburn sold to £1900 and the ongoing dispersal from R&K Jenkinson, Piling achieved a top price of £1850.
The weekly sale of stores saw 195 through the main ring with buyers eager to fill orders. The trade yet again up a gear on the week, with steers averaging a tremendous £1330 and heifers a fantastic £1260.
A very good show of well fleshed cattle throughout the sale saw R&E Butterfield, Bentham hit the top spot this week in both the steer and heifer section. Firstly, with a tank of a Limousin steer realising £1880 and then their stylish Limousin heifer at £1680. It was good to see R Collinge & Son, Newton back at Lancaster, they were not far behind at £1860 for a Limousin steer, this home also sold Aberdeen Angus steers at £1860. R&E Butterfield, Bentham continued their good day with two more Limousin steers at £1820 and £1800. Regular Lancaster supporters SH&LE Birkett, Carnforth saw his 32 month old British Blue steer at £1780 with JC Prickett, Mewith at the same price for Aberdeen Angus’s.
T&E Garlick, Freckleton run of quality cattle saw Aberdeen Angus heifers to £1560 with KH&D Holden & Son, Pilling not far behind at £1520, J&JM Walmsley, Pilling achieving the same price for British Blues and Charolais heifers were at £1500 from EJ Ward & Son, Intake. Vendors are urged to enter cattle with confidence for next Friday’s sale.
OTM & Cast Cattle
Not “99 red balloons” as the song goes but 99 OTM cattle through the bottom ring. A good show of well meated cattle were on offer, for a full ringside of buyer with an out of this world average of 190.07p/kg for all forward.
Dairy OTM cattle by the lump today saw Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale achieve £1847 for a Friesian, MD Close & Son, Arkholme £1765 and Lawson Dairy, Cockerham not far behind at £1738. Lawson Dairy also had the top per kilo, for a Friesian at 221.5p/kg with WN&D Smith, Cockerham achieving the same price. A good show of beef bred OTM cows today saw Herefords from JE&AC Clark & Son, Melling sell to £1803.95, this home also had others Herefords at £1706. HR&KA Hodgson, Barbon sold Limousins to 219.5p/kg with JE&AC Clark continuing their good day with Aberdeen Angus’s at 214.5p/kg and Herefords to 214p/kg.
OTM heifers in Lancaster today saw HR&KA Hodgson, Barbon sell to 269.5p/kg or £1980.83 for a British Blue with other beef bred heifers to 209.5p/kg for an Aberdeen Angus from C Hargreaves & Son, Sunderland Point. Dairy bred heifers from ME&B Mason & Son, Tatham achieved £1354 or 229.5p/kg for a Friesian, who also had others at £1289 or 231.5p/kg. Other Friesian heifer prices included £1229 or 219.5p/kg from AB&J Parkinson & Sons, Out Rawcliffe.
Just a handful of OTM steers in today saw A Kirkby & Co, Pilling sell to £1911.99 or 244.5p/kg for an Aberdeen Angus and JC Prickett, Mewith at 249.5p/kg or £1521.
A small number of bulls sold to £1893 for a Hereford from W&S Airey, Whittingham with J Gerrard & Son, Thurnham to £1657.50 also for a Hereford.
More OTM cattle are required every week at Lancaster to satisfy buyers demand.