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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Primestock - Tuesday 5th March

Prime Hoggs

The weekly sale of Prime Hoggs had an entry of 771 forward with a lot of out of specification hoggs on offer. There was a major shortage of good quality well-fleshed hoggs, but hoggs that were finished and within specification were in the strongest demand but a less trade as seen at other markets at the start of this week.

Leading the way this week, was 46kg Beltex hoggs from JG Harryman, Hawkshead selling to £105 or 228p/kg with others from the same home selling to 229p/kg and 227p/kg. Other leading prices for Beltexs was £100 from R Braithwaite, Low Bentham. Suffolks sold to a top of £96 for heavyweight hoggs from TW Nelson & Son, Stainton, with plenty of heavyweight hoggs selling into the eighties. There was an overall market average of 173p/kg.

Cast Sheep

There was a slightly smaller entry of cast ewes with all types selling to a sharper trade with leaner ewes especially dearer. There were less heavyweight Continental ewes today, but those forward were in strong demand topping at £119 for a Suffolk from D Metcalfe, Dalton-in-Furness with Beltex ewes from R Braithwaite, Low Bentham selling to £115, others from the same home sold to £108. Strong Mule ewes were good to sell topping at £71 from M Blease, Carnforth with others to £70 from JW & TE Sharp, Lyth. Hill bred ewes continue to be a good trade at J36 with Cheviots to £65 from WL & F Richards, Beckside. A strong pen of Swaledale ewes from Calderside Farms, Garstang topped the horned section at £58, with others to £55 from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale.

More cast rams forward today sold another competitive trade topping at £85 for a Suffolk CG Birkett, Carnforth with Texels to £80 from TH & D Cornthwaite & Son, Cartmel Fell.

More heavyweight ewes are needed to fulfil buyer’s requirements.

Top Prices

Prime Hogg:

Beltex - £105 The Galleon, £100 Hill Top, £95.5 The Galleon, £72 Poppy Farm, £70 High House Farm. Texel - £99.5, £96 The Galleon, £95.5 Crooklands Brow, £90.5, £90 The Galleon. Suffolk - £96, £85, £84 Cockrigg Farm, £84 Catshaw Hall Farm, £82 Netherbeck Barn. Mule - £87.5, £78 Guides Farm, £76.5 Springs Farm, £75 Netherbeck Barn, £75 Holme House Farm. Charollais - £83 Catshaw Hall Farm. Herdwick - £80 Rydal Farm, £66 High House Farm, £65 Middle Fell, £65 Rydal Farm. Continental - £79.5 Moss Side, £77.5 The Barn, £75 Broomfield, £73.5 Station Hotel, £66.5 Poppy Farm. Cheviot - £79, £78, £71.5 Low Mill House, £70.5 Holmelands, £67.5 High House Farm. Scotch - £72.5, £65.5 Moss House Farm. Horned - £68, £55.5 Higher Salter, £54.5 Springs Farm, £54.5 Higher Salter. Rough Fell - £67 Millriggs, £55 Millbeck. Swaledale - £65.5 Holme House Farm, £62 Moss House Farm, £62 Re Braida Garth, £62 Overthwaite Farm, £62 Holme House Farm. Dales Bred - £61.5 Re Braida Garth.

Cast Ewe:

Suffolk - £119, £97 Crooklands Brow, £79 Crabtree Farm, £63 Smallholdings, £50 Crabtree Farm. Beltex - £115, £108, £92 Hill Top Farm. Texel - £95 The Barn, £90 Causeway Farm, £83, £80 Holmelands, £79 Crabtree Farm. Zwartble - £95 Catshaw Hall Farm. Charollais - £87 Brow Head. Leicester - £75 Whelpside Farm, £65, £55 White House. Mule - £71 The Barn, £70 Flodder Hall, £67 Causeway Farm, £66 White House, £66 The Barn. Cheviot - £65 Low Mill House, £60 Smallholdings, £58 Ghyll Farm, £54 Hill Top Farm. Continental - £58, £51 Brow Head. Swaledale - £58 Calderside Farm, £55 Catshaw Hall Farm, £54 White House, £53 Catshaw Hall Farm, £47 Whelpside Farm. Rough Fell - £54 High Borrowbridge, £52 Smallholdings, £50 Low Deepslack. Herdwick - £51 Hodgsons Green Farm, £49 White House.

Cast Ram:

Suffolk - £85, £70 Hall Croft Barn, £61 Guides Farm. Texel - £80 Low Tarn Green, £77 Guides Farm, £76 Low Tarn Green. Charollais - £75 Flodder Hall. Leicester - £75 Matson Farm, £70 Low Newton Farm, £69 Boundary Beck. Rough Fell - £50 Boundary Beck.

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