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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Store Lambs and Breeding Sheep

Store Lambs

Records were smashed at J36 with the largest entry of store lambs seen in July with 3,123 forward. A proper store lamb sale with many consignments of upland lambs forward meeting plenty of demand from local and travelled buyers, resulting in an overall market average of £67.85.

Texel gimmer lambs lead the way from RA Batty, Selside selling to £110. Cheviot lambs sold to £91 from Messrs Ellwood, Kirkby in Furness. Other leading prices for Texel and Beltex lambs were £90 from J & E Lancaster, Ulverston followed by £89 from JC & E Pedley & Sons, Sedbergh. Selling well into the mid-eighties were Texel lambs also from RA Batty to £88 & £87 followed by £85 from JC Dunning, Orton and £84.50 from L Potter, Orton.

Suffolk lambs sold to a top of £84 from RI Dixon, Low Newton closely followed by £83 from JR Robinson & Son, Nook. Plenty of pens of short keep Suffolk and Continental lambs selling in the mid to late Seventies. Medium keep lambs were regularly selling towards the £70 mark, with smaller continental lambs looking very well sold around the £60 mark.

There was a larger quantity of hill bred lambs forward which met strong demand, Mule lambs peaking at £75 from RI Dixon, Low Newton with plenty of pens of Mules selling in the mid to late sixties with all mules forward averaging £65.78. A large entry of horned lambs forward this week, considering how early it is in the season and meeting plenty of demand, Rough Fells selling to £63 from L Potter, Orton, and others to £58.50 from G & ID Postlethwaite, Howgill.

Breeding Sheep

The opening sale of the season of early breeding ewes and shearling at J36 had 500 forward selling to plenty of demand and a strong trade. This was to be expected following a strong lamb trade throughout the summer and the cull sheep trade remaining strong. It was a consignment of Pedigree Blue Texel Gimmer shearlings that stole the show today, selling to £900 and £700 from C Cochram, Darwen. Miss S Waller from Killington showed her annual consignment of Dorset breeding sheep with gimmer shearlings to £190 twice and breeding ewes selling to £160. Texel x Shearlings today sold to £180 from DV Carrick, Kirkby Stephen, also selling to £180 was Cheviot Mule Gimmer Shearlings from J Stott, Crosscrake, with other pens from the same home selling to £160. Mule Gimmer Shearlings peaked at £140 from M & YS Barker, Halton and Mule 1 crop sold to £135 from EI, EA & TW Wilson, Grange-over-Sands, with plenty more 1 crop ewes selling around the £130 mark.

Top Prices

Breeding Ewes:
Dorset - £160 Beckside Farm. Mule - £135, £132, £130, £128 Guides Farm. Rough fell Mule - £130 Riddings. Texel - £130 Guides Farm, £120, £115, £110, £98 The Coach House. Cheviot Mule - £122 The Coach House. Cheviot - £118, £115 High Bracken Hall. Charollais - £112 Hyde Park Farm. Suffolk - £92 The Coach House.

Gimmer Shearlings:
Texel - £900, £700 Higher Wenshead Farm, £180 Riverside House. Dorset - £190 Beckisde Barn. Cheviot - £180, £160 Kingsland. Mule - £140, £135, £130 Halton Park Farm.

Store Lambs:
Texel - £110 Western Houses, £90 Newland Farm, £89 Yore House, £88, £87 Western Houses. Cheviot - £91 Heathwaite Farm, £75.5Low Newton Farm, £68.5, £67 Rathvale Farm. Suffolk - £84 Low Newton Farm, £83 Hollins Farm, £80.5 Low Stanger Thwaite, £78.5 Heahwaite Farm. Continental - £82, £75.5 Lane House Farm, £65 Guides Farm, £64 Keen Ground Farm, £63 Guides Farm. Zwartble - £80, £61 Lane House Farm, £53 Ellergill. Charollais - £76 Fairbank Farm, £75.5 Nook Farm, £75.5 Newland Farm, £70 Fairbank Farm, £69 Gowan Bank Farm. Mule - £75 Low Newton Farm, £72 Cinderbarrow Farm, £71 Low Garths, £71 Riddings, £70 High Borrowbridge. Hampshire - £72, £58 Bank End. Dorset - £67 Marsh House Farm. Cheviot Mule - £65 High Borrowbridge, £54 Lane House Farm. Rough Fell - £63 Howes Lodge, £58.5, £54.5, £52 Riddings. Beltex - £58, £53 Swinside Farm. Jacob - £57 Coat Green Farm. Swaledale - £43 Low Garths, £37 Keskadale.

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