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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Primestock Tuesday 26th December 2017

Prime Lambs

A smaller entry of prime lambs in the market but certainly plenty of interest from buyers with fresh buyer’s ringside. An entry of 609 lambs sold to a market average of 207p/kg with consignments of heavyweight and Beltex lambs selling to averages of over £100.

Heavyweight lambs topped the trade at £115 from LA & M Lambert of Brow Head with Suffolk lambs. This was followed by mid to late forty kilo Charollais lambs from J Stott Jnr selling to £110.50 twice. Beltex lambs sold to a top of £110 from Alistair and Bradley Thompson of Poppy Farm with Beltex lambs from George Harryman of The Galleon selling to a top of 256p/kg and 254p/kg with his consignment of lambs averaging well over the £100 mark and all Beltex lambs forward selling to a market average of 248p/kg. Best Texel lambs were often over £100 topping at £106 from F & SA Edmondson of Netherhouses.

A large quantity of lambs forward today were hill bred and met with plenty of demand. Mules selling to a top of £102.50 and £96 from F & SA Edmondson of Netherhouses for heavy weight lambs. Mules topped at 207p/kg from ST & SE Allen of Hillcroft with Mules often selling towards 200p/kg. All Mules in the market sold to an average of £81.24. Horned lambs sold to a top of £82 or 210p/kg for Scottish Blackface lambs from Williamson Brothers of Ulverston and Swaledales sold to £78 or 200p/kg from JF & AW Sutton of Nether Houses.

Herdwick lambs from Low Moor Howe sold to £77 or 201p/kg.

Cast Sheep

There was a smaller entry of cast ewes but certainly a strong trade with all specifications of ewes selling to the dearest trade seen for some time. Large continental ewes sold into the nineties topping at £97 and £95 from SH & PI Bowes of Harbarrow Farm.

Best Mule ewes sold over £70 selling to a top of £78 from J & M Wilson of Cooper House with plenty of stronger Mule ewes in the mid-seventies. Hill bred ewes were eagerly bid for with Herdwicks selling to £56 from TW & C Shepherd of Nook Farm. Swaledale ewes topped at £51 from JF & AW Sutton of Netherhouses with fit horned ewes often selling in the late forties.

Top Prices

PRIME LAMBS 

SUFFOLK: £115 Brow Head; £110 Netherhouses Farm; £100.50 Crook o’ Lune Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £110.50 Kingsland. BELTEX: £110 Poppy Farm; £105 The Galleon; £100 Keer Falls. TEXEL: £106 Netherhouses Farm; £105 Red Scar; £104 St Annes Farm. MULE: £102.50 Netherhouses Farm; £93 Nether House Farm; £90 The Borrans. CHEVIOT: £85 Brow Head. CONTINENTAL: £83 Sykes Farm. LEICESTER: £82 Sykes Farm. TEESWATER: £80 Keer Falls. SCOTCH BLACKFACE: £82 Greenhills Farm. SWALEDALE: £78 Nether House Farm. HERDWICK: £77 High House Farm.

CAST SHEEP

TEXEL: £97 Harbarrow Farm, £87 Holme Farm, £77 Ivy House. SUFFOLK: £83 Ivy House. MULE: £78 Cooper House, £77 Nook Farm, £76 Harbarrow Farm. CONTINETAL: £73 Fairbank Farm. HERDWICK: £56 Nook Farm. SWALEDALE: £51 Netherhouse Farm, £49 Nook Farm, £42 Harbarrow Farm. JACOB: £49 Harbarrow Farm. DALESBRED: £25 Fell End Farm.

CAST TUPS 

CHAROLLAIS: £84 Fairbank Farm. TEXEL: £70 Nook Farm. LEICESTER: £55 Fell End Farm, £36 Low Hall Farm.

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