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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Sheep with Lambs & Primestock 17th April

Sheep with Lambs at Foot

There was the largest entry of sheep with lambs at foot to date this year. The trade was buoyant throughout with younger breeding sheep in very strong demand and more could have easily been sold to the advantage of the vendor. The sale included the annual show and sale of shearings and ewes with twin lambs at foot. Thanks must go to our judge Mr William Pye of Lancaster who we thank for his time and expertise. There was a great line up of sheep put before the judge who awarded the championship rosette to G & KM Atkinson, Colby with his pen of Five Mule Shearlings with Texel twin lambs, selling to £250 to the judge, with 2nd Prize Mule shearlings selling to £245. The reserve champion rosette went to the same good home for a pen of five Continental Shearlings with Texel twin lambs at foot, this later sold to the top price of the day of £255.

Two crop Mules which won the Ewe class sold to £230 from G & KM Atkinson with second prize from E Parker, Crag Bank selling to £228. Numerous pens of nice quality shearlings and 1 crop sheep with twin lambs at foot regularly sold in excess of £200. Older Ewes with strong lambs were easily selling in excess of £57 a life. Strong sheep with single lambs saw a Suffolk shearling and strong Texel lamb from Mrs Atkinson of Colby sell to £190 or £95 a life, with Mule Shearlings with singles selling to £160 from AT Threlkeld of Satterthwaite.

The first hoggs with lambs at foot on the market today saw Texel Hoggs with Beltex Lambs sell to £170 from P Cummings, Holme.

Spring Lambs

A similar number of spring lambs on the market today saw the edge slightly off this week, as seen with all Primes sheep throughout the Country at the start of this week. Topping the trade was J Stott Jnr, Crosscrake selling Charollais lambs to £135 or 270p/kg, also selling to 270p/kg was Dorset lambs from S Proctor, Selside.

Prime Hoggs

There was less hoggs in the market today, which saw a reduced trade as other markets have endured at the start of this week. There was an overall market average of 209p/kg with many consignments of end of season hoggs forward. Topping the trade at £150 were heavy weight Texel Hoggs from WS Burrow & Sons of Silverdale. Heavy weight Suffolk hoggs sold to £139 from F & SA Edmondson, Ulverston with other Suffolks to £137 from DM & D Cook, Ulverston with Texels from the same home achieving the same price. Best meated conformation hoggs were still 240p/kg plus with Charollais 265p/kg GM & A Jackson, Little Eccleston closely followed with Texels to 260p/kg from GM Strong of Penrith.

Cast Sheep

There was a bumper entry of cast sheep forward today with well over 500 going through the ring. As seen nationally, the trade was slightly easier but still very good for the time of year. Topping the trade today was WS Burrow & Son of Silverdale, with Suffolk Ewes selling to £124 from R & J Dodgson, Natland and £120 from S Proctor, Selside. Leicester Ewes topped at £118 from RI Dixon of Grange-over-Sands. Best Mule ewes were £100 or more selling to a top of £103 from A Pickthall of New Hutton. Horned Ewes topped at £79 for Rough Fells from S Mawson & Son of Orton with Swaledale Ewes selling to £76 from RI Dixon.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs

Charollais - £135, £127, £126, £120 Kingsland. Dorset - £108 High Biggarsbank. Suffolk - £104 High Biggarsbank, £96 Low Brundrigg. Texel - £104 Kingsland, £95 Low Brundrigg.

Prime Hoggs

Texel - £150 Gibraltar Farm, £137 Smithy Green Farm, £121, £118.5 5 Mint Close. Suffolk - £139 Netherhouses Farm, £137 Smithy Green Farm, £122 Cracalt Farm, £119 Bouthwaite Farm, £117 Smithy Green Farm. Continental - £132 Dawson Fold, £105, £94 Highgate Farm, £92 Cockrigg Farm, £89 Highgate Farm. Charollais – £119, £117 Dawson Fold, £114 Kingsland, £109 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £100 Kingsland. Beltex - £102, £98, £80 Moorland Cottage, £75.5, £74.5 Laithwaite. Masham - £101 Low Audlands. Mule - £99 Rydal Farm, £88 Barrowfield, £82 Low Newton Farm, £82 Longlands, £82 Cockrigg Farm. Herdwick - £96 Wall End Farm, £88 Millriggs, £84 Rydal Farm, £80 Hartrigg, £77.5 Silverhow Farm. Cheviot - £94 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £86.5 Ghyll Farm, £80 Hall Bank, £76.5, £75.5 Hartrigg. Swaledale - £92.5, £86 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £83 Wall End Farm. Dales Bred - £89 Low Audlands, £88, £77, £74.5 Ghyll Farm. Rough Fell - £89 Millriggs, £85 Millbeck, £80 High Borrowbridge, £76 Millbeck, £76 High Borrowbridge. Hampshire - £87.5 Greenbank Farm. Scotch - £85 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Horned - £62.5 Higher Salter.

Cast Ewes

Texel - £138 Gibraltar Farm, £119 Low Woodedge Farm, £113, £111 Benson Hall. Suffolk - £124 Cracalt Farm, £120 High Biggarsbank, £114 Ackenthwaite Farm, £98 Cracalt Farm, £91 Broomfield. Leicester - £118 Low Newton Farm, £106 Wilcock Farm, £55 Cragg House Farm, £53 Boundary Beck. Mule - £103 Borrans Farm, £101 Cockrigg Farm, £100 Grayrigg Foot, £99 Crook O Lune Farm, £95 Benson Hall. Beltex - £90 Silverhow Farm, £79, £44 Laithwaite. Dorset - £86 School Hill, £75 Brow Head. Cheviot - £86 Brow Head, £85 Nook Farm, £71 Howriggs, £70 Nook Farm, £68 Orchard Cottage. Charollais - £86 High Hallbeck, £80 Garnett House Farm, £64 Low Stanger Thwaite, £47 Hodgsons Green Farm. Lleyn - £85 Cragg Farm. Continental - £84 Hampsfield Hall, £79 School Hill, £66 Beechfield, £65 Brow Head. Rough Fell - £79 Moor House, £61 High Borrowbridge, £55 Ashbank, £46 Moor House. Scotch - £76 Flodder Hall. Swaledale - £76 Low Newton Farm, £75 Netherhouses Farm, £68 Low Newton Farm, £67 Middle Sadghyll, £67 Sykes Farm. Herdwick - £72 Rydal Farm, £65 Wall End Farm, £60 Cragg House Farm, £42 Middle Fell. Kerry Hill - £70 Garnett House Farm. Zwartble - £70 Orchard Cottage. Dales Bred - £56, £37 Higher Salter. Masham - £46 Mosergh Farm.

Cast Rams

Suffolk - £109 Borrans Farm, £81 Low Stanger, £62 Borrans Farm. Charollais - £106 Myers Farm, £99 Moor House. Texel - £109 School Hill, £101 Moor House, £59 Ashbank. Herdwick - £61 Wall End Farm, £61 Tilberthwaite. Leicester - £55 High Borrowbridge. Swaledale - £47 Tilberthwaite.

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Show Results

Judge
Mr W Pye

Class one – Five Mule Shearlings with Twin Lambs
1st G & KM Atkinson, Green Farm
2nd G & KM Atkinson, Green Farm
3rd JA Alderson, Barras Farm

Class two – Five Continental Shearlings
1st G & KM Atkinson, Green Farm

Class three – Five Ewes with Twin Lambs
1st G & KM Atkinson, Green Farm
2nd E Parker, Marsh House Farm

Champion
G & KM Atkinson, Mule Shearlings

Reserve Champion
G & KM Atkinson, Continental Shearlings

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