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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Primestock - Tuesday 5th May

Spring Lambs

Lambs spring to new heights at J36!

Texel lambs topped the market at £130 from JR Robinson & Son, Nook which was purchased by Plumgarths Farm Shop. The top price per kilo was 322p/kg for 40kg Beltex x lambs selling to £129 from FE & CM Robinson & Son, Crooklands, these were also purchased by Plumgarths Farm Shop. This was closely followed by 297p/kg or £125 for Texels from W Garnett & Sons, Milnthorpe. 290p/kg was achieved numerous times firstly for Hampshires from J & O Galbraith & Son, Endmoor, achieving £122, Texels from MJ Waller, Lupton achieving £119 and lastly from JE Wightman, Lupton selling to £119 and £116 for Charollais. Other notable prices were £121 for a Texel from R Lawrence, Grange over Sands.

There was an overall market average of 264p/kg with an SQQ average of 268p/kg. All spring lambs forward averaged £110.66.

Prime Hoggs

There was a strong number of Prime Hoggs forward for the time of year of 994, that sold to an SQQ average of 205p/kg and an overall of 193p/kg. Well-fleshed handy weighted hoggs were in demand and good to sell. The market topped with heavy weight Texel hoggs from EJ & AM Fox, Biggar selling to £116, £114 and £113. It was Texel hoggs from the same home that sold to a top of 239p/kg and 237p/kg.

Hill bred hoggs saw Cheviots sell to a top of £101 from S Whitehead, Kirkby Lonsdale with Mules topping at £96.50 from WI & A Atkinson & Son, Blesdale and £96 from DC Miller, Claughton on Brock. Cheviot hoggs sold to a top of 221p/kg from M & YS Barker, Halton with Scottish Blackfaces topping at 218p/kg from Williamson Bros, Ulverston.

There was plenty of well meated handy weighted hoggs selling between 210p/kg and 220p/kg.

Vendors are required to ensure are forward clean with buyers complaining about mucky back ends.

Cast Ewes

There was a slightly smaller entry of Cast Ewes, selling to a much-improved trade. Leading the way this week was EJ & AM Fox, Biggar twice selling to £120 firstly for Leicesters and secondly for Cheviots. This was closely followed by Texel ewes selling to £114 from JR Robinson & Son, Nook and Suffolks to £113 from BR Harrison, Staveley. Texel ewes from Harry Geldard, Levens sold to £110. Mule ewes peaked at £89 from NJ Strickland & Son, Whinfell with best Mule ewes selling into the early eighties. Hill bred ewes saw Cheviots top at £80 twice from S Crawford, Staveley and JR Handley, Whinfell. Horned ewes topped at £77 for Rough Fells from JE Read, Hutton Roof with Swaledale ewes twice topping at £69 from CR Alderson & Son, Kirkby Stephen and Fishwick Bros, Longsleddale.

The cast ewe trade looks set to remain decent for the upcoming weeks with the Ramadan festival ending at the end of May.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs

Texel: £130 Hollins Farm, £129 Warth Sutton Farm, £125 Ackenthwaite Farm, £121 Holme Farm, Ackenthwaite Farm. Hampshire: £122, £110, £108, £107.50 Endmoor Farm. Charollais: £119 Crabtree Farm, £117 Warth Sutton Farm, £116 Crabtree Farm, £115 The Old Vicarage, £114 Crabtree Farm. Dorset: £114 Warth Sutton Farm, £108 Hallbeck, £108, £104 Warth Sutton Farm. Suffolk: £113 Low Brundrigg, Dove Nest Lane, £111 Carlingwha, £108 the Old Vicarage, £106 Carlingwha. Continental: £113, £112 Ackenthwaite Farm, £111 Hollins Farm, £111, £106.50 Ackenthwaite Farm.

Prime Hoggs

Texel £116, £114, £113, £109, £107 St Johns Kirk. Cheviot £101 Low Waterside, £95 St Johns Kirk, £89, £88.50 halton Park Farm, £88 St Johns Kirk. Suffolk £98 Cobble Hey Farm, £91.50 Dane Hill Farm, £90 Hareden Farm, Mealrigg. Lleyn £96.50, £96, £91.50, £90, £80 Low Foulshaw Farm. Mule £96.50 Holme House Farm, £96 Cobble Hey Farm, £88 Medlar Hall Farm, £82 Keskadale, Millriggs. Beltex £96 Windhill. Leicester £96, £94 St Johns Kirk. Continental £92, £89, £85.50 Medlar Hall Farm, £85, £84 Hareden Farm. Charollais £89 Dane Hill Farm, The Borrans, £80 Fairbank Farm. Masham £87 Cobble Hey Farm. Horned £85 Walker House Farm, £77.50, £70 Higher Salter. Rough Fell £83 Boundary Beck. Scottish Blackface £83 Greenhills Farm. Swaledale £82.50 Holme House Farm, £80 Wads Howe, Aisgill Farm, £78.50 Holme House Farm, £78 Ellerbeck. Herdwick £82 Greenhills Farm, £79 Millriggs, £76.50, £75 Stone Croft. Dalesbred £77 Dane Hill Farm, £75 Cobble Hey Farm. Rough Fell £75 Medlar Hall Farm. Gritstone £70 Low Waterside. Jacob £62 Medlar Hall Farm.

Cast Ewes

Cheviot £120 St Johns Kirk, £80 Craketrees, Seedhowe Cottage, £78 St Johns Kirk. Texel £114 Hollins Farm, £110 Low Foulshaw Farm, £96 Steel Croft, £87 Mireside Farm. Suffolk £113 The Old Vicarage, £98 Farleton House, £91 The Old Vicarage, £89 Head House, £81 Ackenthwaite Farm. Charollais £98 Low Row Farm, £96 Meathop Park Farm. Mule £89 The Borrans, £83 St Johns Kirk, £82 Hagg Farm, £80 Steel Croft, Mireside Farm. Hampshire £88 Endmoor Farm. Masham £80 Mealrigg. Rough Fell £77 Mealrigg, £69 Boundary Beck, £68, £64 Steps Farm. Lleyn £76, £74 Low Foulshaw Farm. Swaledale £69 Aisgill Farm, Middle Sadghyll, St Johns Kirk, £68 Overthwaite Farm, £67 Low Hall Farm. Beltex £68 Farleton House. Cheviot Mule £68, £66, £66 Fairbank Farm. Herdwick £57, £56 Middle Fell, £50 Strictley, £48, £46 Town Head. Dalesbred £56 Holme House Farm, Higher Salter.

Cast Tups

Texel £110 Low Foulshaw Farm, £98 Castle Garth, £85 Low Foulshaw Farm.

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