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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Primestock - Tuesday 24th March

Prime Pigs

It was business as usual today with 54 Prime Pigs selling to a competitive trade with buyers keen to secure stock to fulfil orders.

Prime gilts sold to £122 for superb Pietrain x Middle White gilts from D Baldwin, Satterthwaite with a run of well finished Large White x gilts from D & E Monk, Ormskirk selling at £110 and £102. Large White gilts from W Stamper, Chipping sold at £112. Duroc x gilts from DC Morley, Laurencekirk, sold at £100.

Prime boars sold to £124 for a Pietrain x from F Gibson, Kirkby Lonsdale with others £114 from D Baldwin, Satterthwaite. Lighter weight boars to £88 for Large White x from W Stamper, Chipping.

Prime hoggs sold to £95 for a Large White x.

The market topped at 136p/kg for Pietrain x gilts from D Baldwin, Satterthwaite with other well finished pigs 105p/kg – 130p/kg with leaner sorts 85p/kg – 95p/kg with gilts and hoggs selling at a premium.

A cull sow sold at £118 (67p/kg) from J & L Tyson, Carnforth.

Prime Hoggs

The weekly sale of Prime Hoggs, as seen nationwide due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19, saw a reduced entry and a reduced trade. There was an overall SQQ average of 186p/kg and an overall market average of 182p/kg for the small number of 432 hoggs forward.

Trade for hoggs topped at £98 for 49kg Texel hoggs from CR Alderson & Son, Kirkby Stephen, closely followed by £95 for Texel hoggs from AR & BJ Thompson, Selside with other consignments selling to £93.50 and £91 and plenty around the ninety-pound mark. Mule hoggs sold to £89 from AM & AW Clarke, Windermere and £87.50 from EW & JR Parkinson, Clitheroe. Cheviot hoggs from the same home sold to £85. Horned hoggs peaked at £78 twice from RJ & OB Simpson, Longsleddale and RH Thexton, Sedbergh.

Cast Sheep

There was a smaller entry of cast sheep forward selling to a reduced trade as seen throughout the country. The trade topped at £110 for Texel ewes from E Dodgson, Kendal with others from the same home selling to £90, twice. Other Texel ewes sold to £94 from E & J Postlethwaite, Old Hutton. Charollais ewes twice sold to £85 from J Stott, Crosscrake. Cheviot mule ewes sold to £78 from RW Nicholson, Lupton with Mule ewes topping at £67 from JA & J Harper, Killington and other Mule ewes in the early sixties. Horned ewes saw Swaledale cast ewes sell to £57 from Forest Hall Farm, Selside. Fit horned ewes sold around the fifty pound mark.

Top Prices

Prime Hogg:

Texel - £98 Aisgill Farm, £95, £91 Poppy Farm, £90 Mint Close. Continental - £93.5 Poppy Farm, £90 Home Farm, £85 Poppy Farm, £75 Strickland Tenement, £68 Main Street. Beltex - £90 Poppy Farm. Mule - £90 Home Farm, £89 Low Longmire, £87.5 Hareden Farm, £85 Poppy Farm, £84.5 Home Farm. Suffolk - £90 Home Farm, £86 Crabtree Farm, £85 Low Longmire, £80, £67 Strickland Tenement. Cheviot - £85 Hareden Farm, £84, £79.5 Poppy Farm. Rough Fell - £78 High Swinklebank Farm, £78 Luneside, £72.5 High Swinklebank Farm, £70 Boundary Beck, £63.5 Luneside. Leicester - £75 Forest Hall. Swaledale - £72 The Borrans, £70.5 Low Longmire, £60, £59 Rydal Farm. Herdwick - £65 Crabtree Farm, £64.5 Rydal Farm.

Cast Ewe:

Texel - £110, £90 Spittal Farm, £85 Howe Farm, £85 Spittal Farm. Charollais - £85 Kingsland, £60 Town House, £50 Kingsland. Cheviot Mule - £78 Green Lane End Farm. Leicester - £76 Ghyll Farm. Mule - £67 Capplethwaite Hall, £64 Summer Close Farm, £60 Hallbeck, £60 Town House, £57 Low Longmire. Cheviot - £65 Town House, £55 Brow Head, £45 Black Syke. Swaledale - £57 Forest Hall, £52 Park Avenue, £51 Howe Farm, £51 Low Longmire. Continental - £52 Brow Head. Kerry Hill - £50 North Lodge. Rough Fell - £38 Low Deepslack.

Cast Ram:

Texel - £94 Middleshaw Hall, £78, £70 Gaitbarrow Farm. Beltex - £80 The Borrans, £50 Capplethwaite Hall. Leicester - £75, £70 Castle Syke Farm. Lleyn - £68 Dubside. Continental - £51 Abbey Drive.

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