Christmas lambs in fine fettle

From the left, champion vendor Ian Lancaster, of Wiswell, with sponsors Thomas Hill, Matt Bolton and Frank Barnes, representing sponsors Barnes and Bolton Trailer Servicing of Samlesbury.
From the left, champion vendor Ian Lancaster, of Wiswell, with sponsors Thomas Hill, Matt Bolton and Frank Barnes, representing sponsors Barnes and Bolton Trailer Servicing of Samlesbury.
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A FANTASTIC show of good quality lambs were forward at the annual Christmas show at Clitheroe Auction Mart and with nearly 1,000 lambs forward for sale, judging was no easy task.

The overall championship was awarded by pre-sale show judge David Pennington, of Chaigley, to Ian and Mary Lancaster, of Wiswell, for their superb pen of four Beltex lambs weighing in at 37kgs a head. These went on to sell to Lancashire Direct Halal, based in Blackburn, at £130 a head (351ppkg).

The reserve championship was also awarded to the Lancaster family for another pen of exceptional Beltex lambs, weighing a much heavier 49kgs a head. These later sold at £120 a head (245ppkg) to Yorkshire Halal Meat Suppliers, from Keighley.

Auctioneer Joe Worthington commented: “It was great to see two long-established, well-known family firms supporting the local auctions in order to supply their own shops. I dealt with both purchasers’ fathers over 30 years ago and both businesses seem to be going from strength to strength.”

Pre-sale show sponsors were Smiths Gore of Clitheroe and Barnes and Bolton Trailer Servicing of Samlesbury

In the regular sale of commercial lambs, which followed the Christmas show and sale, trade was very similar to previous weeks with the best quality, meaty sorts selling well. Mule lambs were improved on recent prices and good export lambs were around 160ppkg and above.

Top lamb prices were: Texels to £73.20 (172ppkg), Beltex to £130 (351ppkg), Mules to £64.20 (148ppkg), Suffolks to £67.00 (143ppkg), Cheviots to £65.00 (144ppkg), Gritstones to £63.50 (144ppkg) and Lonks to £62.50 (134ppkg).

Nearly 350 cull ewes were also forward at this sale and still in demand with many of the buyers. Top breed prices were: Suffolks to £49.50, Texels to £80.00, Cheviots to £61.50, Mules to £70.00, Lonks to £66.50, Gritstones to £58.50, Masham to £63.50 and Dalesbred to £47.50.

Show results (all pens of four) were: Continental lambs over 42kg – 1 and 2 I. & M. Lancaster, Pendleton, 3 B. Breaks, Newton-in-Bowland; under 42kg – 1 I. & M. Lancaster, Pendleton, 2 B. Breaks, Newton-in-Bowland, 3 Fox Farms, Withgill. Suffolk Lambs – 1 and 3 K. E. & A. Pilkington, Rimington, 2 H. E. Airey & Sons, Longridge. Mule lambs – 1 T. Whitwell & Sons, Pendleton, 2 G. J. & M. Walker, Dunsop Bridge, 3 K. E. & A. Pilkington, Rimington. Hill going lambs – 1 and 2 S. M. Collinson, Clayton-le-Dale, 3 T. Whitwell & Sons, Pendleton. Horned lambs – 1 M. & E. Hartley, Roughlee, 2 K. E. & A. Pilkington, Rimington, 3 T. Whitwell & Sons, Pendleton. Mule ewes – 1 G. H. Rawcliffe, Hoghton. Continental/down ewes – 1 K. E. & A. Pilkington, Rimington. Hill ewes – 1 H. E. Airey & Sons, Longridge, 2 J. Lord, Littleborough, 3 K. E. & A. Pilkington, Rimington.