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Saturday, 28 March 2015

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Numbers need beefing up


AUCTION ACTION: Stephen Garnett, of Stank, selling one of his cattle SUBMITTED

Prime Lambs

AN excellent number of more than 1,300 lambs were forward to a similar trade to that of previous weeks with the day’s top being 168.59ppkg for a pen of fantastic 43.3kg Texels exhibited by S Cunliffe, Linden Lea, being purchased by Woodhead Bros, Colne. Top pounds per head realised £89.50 for a meaty pen of 68kg Suffolks exhibited by F and S A Edmondson, Netherhouses, being purchased by M Lomax Ltd, Milnthorpe.

Other Leading Prices: £89(suf) Sheep Parks; £86.50(suf) Woodside (Urswick); £85(cha) Sheep Parks; £82.50(tex) Stewner Bank; £81(tex) Plumpton Cottage; £77(cha) Linden Lea; £76.50(cha) Horrace; £75(suf) Linden Lea; £75(tex) Netherhouses; £74(tex) Gatehouse; £73(cha) Black Beck; £72(btex) Close Foot; £69(mule) Rathvale; £68(mule) Stable Harvey.

  Avppkg Topppkg Av£/hd Top£/hd
Black 157.03 157.03 64.00 70.00
Beltex 160.00 160.00 72.00 72.00
Charolais 157.04 167.86 71.17 85.00
Cheviot 149.10 153.76 58.00 71.50
Mule 144.56 150.11 63.79 69.00
Suffolk 149.69 162.22 72.07 89.50
Swaledale 131.71 131.71 54.00 54.00
Texel 153.47 168.59 68.32 82.50

Prime Cattle and OTM Cattle

A small entry forward of Prime Cattle met a brisk trade with both Steers and Heifers peaking at 194.50ppkg. Firstly for a well fed 548kg Limousin Heifer reaching a high of £1,065.86 for vendor T H Garnett and Son, New Close, being purchased by P Smith, Penrith.

Also reaching 194.50ppkg was a very well finished 640kg Limousin Steer reaching £1,244.80 for vendor W and M M Case and Sons, Plumpton Cottage, being purchased also by P Smith, Penrith. Top pounds per head reached a marvellous £1,327.50 (187.50ppkg) for an outstanding 708kg Limousin Steer exhibited by W and M M Case and Sons, Plumpton Cottage, being purchased by S Mason and Sons Quality Butchers of Barrow. With only a small entry forward, buyers are leaving disappointed with not fulfilling orders. More are needed to meet buyer requirements. Topping the market at 175.50ppkg was a very strong Limousin Heifer exhibited by JL Coward, Skells Lodge, being purchased by L Fell, Settle.

Other Leading Prices: Limousin Steer 188.50ppkg Plumpton Cottage; Limousin Hfr 179.50ppkg Skells Lodge; British Blue St 185.50ppkg Holmefield; Hereford Hfr 158.50ppkg Skells Lodge; OTM Lim Cow 114.50ppkg Slop Lane.

Store Lambs

A pleasing entry met a buoyant trade with prices peaking at £58 and £55 for strong Texels exhibited by D R Rigg, High Flan. Mules topped at £49 and £42 for the same vendor.

Cast Ewes/Rams

An excellent number forward to large ringside of buyers met a similar trade following the national trends. Topping the market were good Texels reaching £74 for W P Thompson, Great Knott, being purchased by D Kirby, Bishop Thornton, and D Nicholson, Birch Bank, being purchased by A Thompson, Burton.

Other Leading Prices: Texels £56 Stable Harvey; Suffolks £58 Moor Green; Mules £64 Dendron Farm; Mules £61 High Farm; Swaledales £44 Standish Cote; Swaledales £43 Stable Harvey; Cheviots £46 Ashlack Hall; Cheviots £40 Ashlack Hall; Herdwicks £41 Far Kiln Bank; Herdwicks £32 Rathvale; Roughs £30 Lane End; Wiltshire £60 Parsonage Fields; Wiltshire £55 Parsonage Fields.


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