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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Annual Grass Day Show and Sale of Store Cattle

Some tremendous, quality cattle were presented before the judge, Miss Rachel Graham, Carlisle, this morning and after much deliberation she awarded the Championship rosette to N Cooper & Sons with a British Blue heifer which went on to set a J36 record selling to £1850 and going on for further breeding. Reserve champion was awarded to JG & PH Thompson, Selside which later flew to £1720, also going on for further breeding.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all vendors for showing a quality run of store cattle today.

STORE CATTLE

Strong dairy bred cattle were once again in very keen demand at J36 with Angus bullocks from JW & HM Metcalfe & Son, Gatebeck topping this section at £1490 with others from the same home selling to £1480. Blue bullocks, once again out of dairy cows, from MJ Waller, Lupton selling to £1340 and Herefords also the same way bred, selling to the same price from TA & DH Knipe, Oxen Park.

Suckler bred Limousin bullocks from JA & KJ Allen, Ings topped their wonderful run of cattle at £1430, with yearling Limousin bullocks from N Cooper & Sons selling to £1280. There was a massive demand for all grazing bullocks at J36 today with the best, selling between £1100 and £1200 and the next level down selling at well over £1000.

Bullocks averaged £1001.

Yearling heifers were the strongest trade seen for some time at J36 with many vendors leaving very impressed with their returns. Outside the show N Cooper & Sons sold Limousin heifers to £1390 and other Limousin heifers from JA & J Harper, Killington sold to £1360 with British Blues from S Procter, Selside topping at £1340. The best butcher type heifers were regularly selling at between £1250 – £1300 with the best grazing heifers between £1000 and £1100 and the next level down selling well into the late £900s.

Heifers averaged £960.

OTM CATTLE

The fortnightly sale of cull cows saw another fast trade for all classes and types with buyers keen to secure cows suitable for both further finishing and immediate slaughter. Heavy well fleshed beef cows sold to a top price of 179.5p/kg for a Limousin x from JW & HM Metcalfe & Son, Gatebeck. Other beef cows sold to 174.5p/kg for a Limousin x from Fishwick Bros, Longsleddale with an Aberdeen Angus x selling to 171.5p/kg again from JW & HM Metcalfe & Son, Gatebeck. Cows for further finishing sold to 169.5p/kg for a Limousin x from SW Atkinson & Son, Crook with a British Blue x from PW Clarke, Crosthwaite selling at 167.5p/kg.

Dairy cows saw a top price of 171.5p/kg for a young British Friesian from R & A Galbraith, Crooklands with other Hlstein Friesian selling to 164.5p/kg from Messrs Ellwood, Grizebeck with Friesians selling to 161.5p/kg from RJ & ML Lowery, Holker. Medium dairy cows sold to 157.5p/kg for a Shorthorn from JR Handley, Whinfell and 151.5p/kg for a Friesian from DE & SM Moorhouse, Natland.

All cull cows forward today averaged 148.9p/kg. Top grossing cull cow today was an Aberdeen Angus x from JW & HM Metcalfe & Son grossing £1346 with a Limousin x from Fishwick Bros, Longsleddale close behind at £1312. Over half the entry today exceeded £1000 to include the top dairy cow achieving £1218 from Messrs Ellwood, Grizebeck.

OTM Heifers sold to a top price of 181.5p/kg for a Holstein Friesian from RA & E Edmondson, Levens with other dairy heifers selling to 174.5p/kg. Top grossing OTM dairy heifer achieved £908 from RG & J Clarke, Endmoor. An OTM Hereford heifer from JT Procter, Flookburgh sold at 177.5p/kg and £1469.

A single OTM Hereford steer from C & B Capstick, Low Gill achieved 179.5p/kg and £879.

Another good entry of cows is required in a fortnight on Thursday 13th May 2021.

CALVES AND STIRKS

The fortnightly sale of calves had an entry of 95 forward, selling to a very strong trade with many buyers leaving empty handed and some not even getting a bid in. Weaned Aberdeen Angus calves saw bulls sell to £500 from WH Kitching & Sons, Milnthorpe with Angus heifers from the same home to £490. British Blue bulls were in strong demand especially for the best quality, the trade twice topping at £470, firstly from A Pickthall New Hutton whom sold others to £460. Also achieving the £470 mark was JW & TE Shape, Lyth with others selling to £450 from the same good home. Charolais bull calves sold to £460 and £440 from Bambers Farm, Thurnham with Simmental and Hereford bull calves selling to £430 once again from Bambers Farm. With plenty of beef bull calves easily selling in the region of the £400 mark. Beef heifer calves sold to £385, £380 and £375 for British Blues from A Pickthall, with other British Blue heifers to £380 from Bambers Farm. Plenty of younger beef calves easily sold in excess of the £300 mark. Dairy bull calves saw Fleckvieh sell to £265 and £240, Friesian bull calves sold to £175 and £170 twice from Lawkland Hall Farm, Austwick with other Frisian bull calves to £125 from Bambers Farm.
A bumper entry of 123 stirks were forward meeting a large amount of demand with more required for this ever-growing sale. Leading the way was DJ Townley, Lancaster selling 10-month-old Limousin and Angus bullocks to £1000 and £990 with others from the same good home selling to £910, £900 and £890. Pens of Limousin heifer stirks from the same home twice sold to £850, with others to £840 and Angus heifers achieving £830. Other Angus heifers sold to £820 from RT & ME Sutton, Stainton. British Blues peaked at £810 for heifers from PD & P Mason, Burton in Kendal. Charolais peaked at £800 for 9-month-old bullocks from J & E Lancaster, Ulverston. British Blue bullocks at 7 months old sold to £780 from WR Clark & Partner, Carnforth. The bull trade peaked at £770 for 7 month-old Herefords from RJ & J Gardner, Kendal with other Herefords to £710 from the same home. Dairy stirks saw Montbeliarde bullocks sell to £840 from Colby Farms, Appleby. 6 month-old Montbeliarde bullocks sold to £670 from Ross Greenwood, Carlton.

Top Prices

Bull Calf:
Aberdeen Angus - £500 Broomfield, £305 Bambers Farm, £300 Craketrees, £280 Bambers Farm. British Blue - £470 Flodder Hall, £470, £460 Borrans Farm, £450 Lawkland Hall Farm, £450 Flodder Hall. Charolais - £460, £440 Bambers Farm. Hereford - £430, £340 Bambers Farm, £320 Broomfield, £310 Bambers Farm. Simmental - £430, £400 Bambers Farm. Limousin - £360 Old Hall Farm, £350, £345, £3135 Bambers Farm. Flekveih - £265, £240 Hawkrigg Farm. Friesian - £175, £170 Lawkland Hall Farm, £165 Bambers Farm.

Heifer Calf:
Aberdeen Angus - £490 Broomfield, £260, £250 Bambers Farm. British Blue - £385, £380 Borrans Farm, £380 Bambers Farm, £375, £370 Borrans Farm. Limousin - £350, £290 Bambers Farm, £280 Old Hall Farm. Hereford - £335, £250 Bambers Farm, £250 Lawkland Hall Farm. Simmental - £250 Bambers Farm.

Bull Stirk:
Hereford - £770, £710, £660, £580 Natland Mill Beck Farm. Charolais - £650 Carlingwha. Aberdeen Angus - £570 Moss House Farm, £480 Moss Side Farm. Friesian - £560, £520 Westwood, £390 Moss House Farm, £340 Moss Side Farm. Montbeliard - £560, £520 Westwood. Swedish Red & White - £560 Westwood. British Blue - £540 Moss Side Farm, £530 Moss House Farm. Continental - £410 Westwood.

Heifer Stirk:
Limousin - £850, £840 Whinney Carr Farm, £820 Crosscrake Farm, £720 Longrigg. Aberdeen Angus - £830, £770 Whinney Carr Farm, £690 Sella Farm, £670 Whinney Carr Farm, £600 Coat Green Farm. British Blue - £810, £760 Coat Green Farm, £710 Moss House Farm, £690 Moss End Farm, £680 Sella Farm. Charolais - £700 Carlingwha. Montbeliard - £620 Colby Laithes.

Steer Stirk:
Aberdeen Angus - £1000 Whinney Carr Farm, £800 Newland Farm, £770, £760 Whinney Carr Farm, £710 Sella Farm. Limousin - £1000, £990, £910, £900, £890 Whinney Carr Farm. Montbeliard - £840 Colby Laithes, £670, £630 Westwood. British Blue - £780 Cinder Barrow, £770 Crosscrake Farm, £770 Sella Farm. Charolais - £710, £670 Newland Farm. Continental - £620 Westwood. Friesian - £540, £510 Westwood.

OTM Cow:
Limousin – 179.5 Low Bracken Hall, 174.5 Middle Sadghyll, 169.5 Capplerigg Farm, 164.5 Bowston Hall, 159.5 Middle Sadghyll. Aberdeen Angus – 171.5, 161.5 Low Bracken Hall, 157.5 The Howes, 149.5 Croft Closes Farm, 139.5 Bowston Hall. Friesian – 171.5 Carter House, 164.5 Heathwaite Farm, 161.5, 159.5 Shorthorn Farm, 154.5 Carter House. British Blue – 167.5 Woodside Farm. Shorthorn – 157.5 Craketrees. Belgium Blue – 151.5 Woodside Farm Hereford – 147.5 High House Farm, 134.5 Low Fold. Swedish Red & White – 134.5 Wall End Farm.

OTM Heifer:
Friesian – 181.5, 174.5 High Barnes, 139.5 Far Audlands. Hereford – 177.5 Mire side Farm

Cast Steer:
Hereford – 179.5 High House Farm.

Store Bullock:
Aberdeen Angus - £1490, £1480, £1420 Low Bracken Hall, £1400 Carlingwha, £1360 Low Bracken Hall. Limousin - £1430 St Annes Farm, £1295 Stubb Farm, £1280 Troughton Hall, £1280, £1250 Woodside Farm. British Blue - £1340 Carlingwha, £1260 Howriggs, £1260 Nook Farm, £1210 Moors Farm, £1210 Handlesteads Farm. Hereford - £1340, £1190 Hullater Farm, £1100, £1070 Lane Ends Farm, £1040 The Bungalow. Blonde - £1260 High Biggarsbank, £1145 Beck House, £990, £960 Causeway Farm. Shorthorn - £1230, £1150 Hullater Farm, £1035 Beck House, £1000, £910 Meathop Park Farm Lodge. Simmental - £1190 Holmelands, £1050 Aynsome Manor Farm. Charolais - £1180 Holmelands, £1180 Low Moor Head Farm, £1140 Low Hall Farm, £1130 Tock How Farm, £1120 Low Moor Head Farm. Friesian - £1000 Gaskell House, £970 Tarnside Farm, £900, £890 Park House Farm, £880 Birks Farm. Flekvieh - £920 Aynsome Manor farm, £880 Cautley Farm. Belted Galloway - £900, £830 Forest Hall. Saler - £850, £840 Fell House. Stabilizer - £815 Perrymoor Farm.

Store Heifer:
British Blue - £1850 Troughton Hall, £1340 High Biggarsbank, £1270 High Bracken Hall, £1250 Greenside Farm, £1240 Tarnside Farm. Limousin - £1720 Poppy Farm, £1390 Troughton Hall, £1360 Capplethwaite Hall, £1330 Troughton Hall, £1330 St Annes Farm. Blonde - £1280, £1240 Capplethwaite Hall, £1190 Mount Pleasant Farm, £1070 Low Fell End, £990 Causeway Farm. Charolais - £1190 Troughton Hall, £1040 Low Hall Farm, £1040 Low Moor Head Farm, £980 Holmelands, £970 Tock How Farm. Aberdeen Angus - £1110 West Lynn, £1110 Carlingwha, £1020 Gaskell House, £1010 Cautley Farm, £970 Troughton Hall. Montbeliard - £1070 High Bracken Hall. Simmental - £1070, £1040, £1010 Aynsome Manor Farm, £990 Bleaswood Road, £945 Somme Avenue. Shorthorn - £1010 Aynsome Manor Farm, £1000 Low Greenside, £990, £970 Meathop Park Farm Lodge. Friesian - £800 Cautley Farm. Hereford - £800 Cautley Farm.

Store Bull:
Limousin - £1060 Howriggs, £1000 Troughton Hall, £925 Crossgates Farm. Charolais - £980, £960 Bowderdale Head. Hereford - £890 Meathop Park Farm Lodge.

More Info

Class 1 – Limousin Heifer
1st lot 397 JG&PH Thompson, Poppy Farm £1140
2nd lot 431 N Cooper & Son, Troughton Hall £1330
3rd lot 437 N Cooper & Son, Troughton Hall £1390

Class 2 – Limousin Bullock
1st lot 117 JA&KJ Allen, St Annes Farm £1430
2nd lot 468 N Cooper & Son, Troughton Hall £1280
3rd lot 818 A&P Hodgkinson, Bank Field Farm £1220

Class 3 – British Blue Heifer
1st lot 443 N Cooper & Son, Troughton Hall £1850
2nd lot 362 S Procter, High Biggarsbank £1340
3rd lot 368 S Procter, High Biggarsbank £1100

Class 4 – British Blue Bullock
1st lot 364 S Procter, High Biggarsbank £1140

Class 5 – Any Other Breed Heifer
1st lot 20 JA&J Harper, Capplethwaite Hall £1280
2nd lot 21 JA&J Harper, Capplethwaite Hall £1290
3rd lot 23 JA&J Harper, Capplethwaite Hall £1360

Class 6 – Any Other Breed Bullock
1st lot 369 S Procter, High Biggarsbank
2nd lot 741 J Twigge, Holmelands £1190

Champion: N Cooper & Sons – Lot 443
Reserve Champion – JG & PH Thompson – Lot 397

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