Lancaster Livestock Auction: Lancaster Auction Mart Sale of Calves, Dairy Cattle, OTM and Store Cattle, Friday 9th February 2024.

Despite the cold weather outside a red hot days trading across all four sales at NWA Lancaster.


The day commenced with cull cows which saw an overall market average of 165p/kg for cull cows, with OTM steers and heifers averaging 248p/kg. With prime heifers averaging 230p/kg and prime steers averaging 260p/kg.
Beef cows sold to 217p/kg and £1591 for a British Blue x from Mason & Gardner, Chapel Le Dale with other beef cows generally 185-205p/kg with keenest interest for those suitable for further finishing.
Dairy cows sold to 184p/kg on several occasions for Holstein Friesian from J Bargh & Son, Morecambe, GR Park & Sons, Whinfell and MD Close & Son, Arkholme with this price also achieved for Norwegian Red for EW&R Towers, Hornby and Montbeliarde from A & FM Bolland & Sons, Ellel. Other stronger end dairy cows regularly 165-180p/kg with medium 150-162p/kg with leaner parlour types 125-140p/kg. Top grossing dairy cow was a Holstein Friesian from Lawsons Farm Ltd, Cockerham achieving £1587, with well fleshed dairy cows regularly £1200-£1350.
OTM heifers sold to 259p/kg for a British Blue x from D & DW Prickett, Farleton and £1808 for an Aberdeen Angus x from WG Farms Ltd, Cockerham. Dairy heifers sold to 239p/kg from GR Park, Whinfell with other at £1573 from GA&A Atkinson, Cantsfield.
OTM beef steers sold to 279p/kg for an Aberdeen Angus x from J Drinkall Ltd, Chorley, with other Aberdeen Angus selling to £2000 from JH Woof & Sons, Oxenholme. Other beef bred steers regularly 230-250p/kg and £1300-£1500.
Cull bulls sold to 179p/kg and £1763 for a Charolais from T Longton & Son, Quernmore.
Several prime cattle forward today greeted with keen buyer interest, with heifers selling to 259.5p/kg for a British Blue from Pilling Hall, Pilling. With Black and White selling £1593 from WG Farms Ltd, Cockerham. Prime steers sold to 279.5p/kg for a British Blue from J Prest & Son, Bay Horse who also sold Aberdeen Angus x at £1946. More prime cattle needed each week to fulfil buyers requirements.


Store cattle continue to sell to higher rates of recent sales with British Blue x steers topping todays market at £1870 from MJ Shepherd & Sons, Pilling who sold others at £1840 as did J Prest & Son, Bay Horse with Limousins selling to £1820 from JB Moore, Allithwaite and £1810 for British Blue x from Pilling Hall, Pilling. Other stronger steers regularly £1650-£1800 with native sired steers peaking at £1740 for Aberdeen Angus x from L Parsons & Sons, Levens with others at £1720 from EW & CR Clegg & Sons, Stalmine who also sold Beef Shorthorns at £1720. Dairy bred steers sold to a top of £1420 for Fleckvieh from A & E Clarkson Ltd, Cockerham, with British Friesian selling to £1340 from EE Thornton & Sons, Morecambe and Montbeliarde to £1310 from J & JM Walmsely, Pilling.
Heifers sold to a top price of £1740 for an Aberdeen Angus x from FA Nowell, Low Bentham who sold other at £1670 with SW & K Metcalfe & Son, Whittington selling Aberdeen Angus to £1660, British Blue x to £1650 from AJ & D Knowles, New Hutton and Charolais x to £1590 from WA Hodgson, Whinfell. Other stronger heifers regularly £1350-£1500.
All steers forward averaged £1413 and all heifers averaged £1204 with keen interest ringside from farmer buyers keen to secure younger cattle to fill sheds and ahead of turnout.


Strong buyer attendance at the weekly calf sale saw another fast trade with all vendors leaving suited with prices achieved.
Strong rearing calves sold to £475 from British Blue x from I Slater, Claughton on Brock with others at £400 from JP&C Robson, Garstang with nice rearing sorts selling to £385 from Pickervance Farm Ltd, Kirkham with others regularly £320-£370, young Charolais sold to £340 from GJ&G Billington, Garstang with native sired calves at £330 for Aberdeen Angus from D Fox & Co, Bay Horse who sold month old Herefords to £250. Dairy bulls sold to £240 for a month old Montbeliarde from GJ & G Billington, Garstang who sold others at £210. With black and whites selling to £200 from D & K Haworth, Hambleton and younger end black and whites generally £80-£110. Heifer calves sold to £395 for British Blue x from I Slater, Claughton on Brock with other nice rearing sorts to £330 from JP & C Robson, Garstang and Pickervance Farm Ltd, Kirkham, with others generally £240-£270. Young Aberdeen Angus x sold to £225 from Barber Farms, Claughton on Brock. Weaned calves sold to £575 (x3) for 4 month old British Blue heifers from SH & M Batty & Son, Quernmore who sold other Aberdeen Angus and British Blue x regularly £520-£570.


A much-admired Fleckvieh x heifer from R & K Jenkinson, Pilling achieved a final bid of £1580, being 3 weeks new calved.

Top Prices


British Blue: £575 (x3) Friars Moss, £395 Hudsbrook Farm, £330 Roe Farm, £285 Roseacre Hall. Angus: £440 Friars Moss, £225 Manor House Farm, £185 Holly House Farm. Charolais: £240 Myerscough House.


Angus: £570 Friars Moss, £330 Holly House Farm, £310 Myerscough House, £280 Holly House Farm, £280 Manor House Farm, £245 Myerscough House. British Blue: £545 Friars Moss, £475 Hudsbrook Farm, £415 Friars Moss, £400 Roe Farm, £385 Roseacre Hall, £380 Hudsbrook Farm. Charolais: £340 Myerscough House. Hereford: £250, £225, £170, £140 Holly House Farm. Montbeliarde: £240, £210 Myerscough House. Friesian: £200, £105 Rose Farm.


British Blue: 217.50, 207.50 Stoneybank Philpin Farm, 199.50 Rose Hill Farm, 189.50 Farleton House. Charolais: 191.50 Howriggs. Limousin: 189.50 Howriggs, 184.50 Rose Hill Farm, 181.50 Howriggs, 149.50 Rotten Brook. Norwegian Red: 184.50 Holme Head. Friesian: 184.50 Docker Hall Farm, 184.50 North Farm, 184.50 Low Deepslack, 179.50 North Farm, 179.50 Lathwaite Farm, 179.50 Sweetings Farm. Montbeliarde: 184.50 (x2). 177.50 Yeat House, 149.50 Lathwaite Farm. Angus: 179.50, 174.50 Bazil Farm, 139.50 Rooten Brook. Ayrshire: 169.50 Friars Moss. Other: 164.50 Docker Hall Farm. Fleckvieh: 159.50, 149.50 Holme Head. Continental: 117.50 Higher Salter.


British Blue: 259.50 Farleton House. Angus: 244.50 (x2), 239.50, 234.50 Lathwaite Farm, 189.50 Helks Farm. Friesian: 239.50 Low Deepslack, 219.50 Abbotson Farm, 199.50, 194.50 Lathwaite Farm, 139.50 Ackenthwaite Farm.


Angus: 279.50 Manor House Farm, 249.50, 239.50 Underhelm Farm. British Blue: 274.50, 269.50 Upper Foxholes Farm. Continental: 249.50 Higher Salter.


Charolais: 179.50 Rooten Brook.


British Blue: 259.50 Pilling Hall Farm. Friesian: 224.50 Lathwaite Farm. Jersey: 209.50 Lathwaite Farm.


British Blue: 279.50 Upper Foxholes Farm. Angus: 259.50 Upper Foxholes Farm. Friesian: 254.50 Gulf Farm.


British Blue: £1870 Pasture House Farm, £1840 Pasture House Farm, £1840 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1810 Pilling Hall Farm, £1770 Stubb Hall Farm, £1710 Yew Tree Farm. Limousin: £1820 Outerthwaite Farm, £1650 High House Farm, £1500 Carlingwha, £1440 High Tenement Farm, £1400 High Tenement Farm, £1370 Mill House Farm. Charolais: £1800 Upper Foxholes Farm, £1710 Carlingwha, £1660 Carlingwha, £1460 Lee End Farm. Simmental: £1750 Stubb Hall Farm, £1740 Toulbrick Farm, £1730 Toulbrick Farm, £1710 Toulbrick Farm, £1600 Toulbrick Farm. Angus: £1740 Downlands Farm, £1740 Low Levens, £1720 Yew Tree Farm, £1680 Higher Lees Farm, £1680 Chestnut House Farm, £1620 Low Levens. Shorthorn: £1720 Yew Tree Farm, £1370 Cock Hall Farm, £1220 Sproat Ghyll, £1170 Sproat Ghyll, £1080 Sproat Ghyll. Welsh Black: £1610 Upper Foxholes Farm. Hereford: £1520 Edenmount, £1250 Well House Farm, £1220 Staffords Farm. Flekvieh: £1420 Cock Hall Farm. Friesian: £1340 Downlands Farm, £1310 Downlands Farm, £1260 Thornton Barn Farm, £1180 Plumpton Hall Farm. Montbelliarde: £1310 Staffords Farm.


Angus: £1740 Kirkbeck, £1670 Kirkbeck, £1660 Holme House Farm, £1510 Low Levens, £1400 Staffords Farm, £1340 Outerthwaite Farm. British Blue: £1650 Windy Hill Farm, £1560 High House Farm, £1400 Outerthwaite Farm, £1290 Plumpton Hall Farm, £1230 Pump House Farm. Charolais: £1590 Whelpside Farm, £1370 Lee End Farm, £1040 The Granary. Simmental: £1540 Stubb Hall Farm. Limousin: £1500 Low Levens, £1290 Mearsbeck Farm, £1150 Lee End Farm. Shorthorn: £1300 Sproat Ghyll, £1270 Sproat Ghyll. Friesian: £1050 High Tenement Farm.

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