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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly sale of Prime Lambs and Cast Sheep, 31th August 2021

PRIME LAMBS
The weekly sale of prime lambs had an entry of 1459 forward, selling to an overall market average of 229p/kg with the quality of lambs on offer mixed, well finished consignments gaining the financial benefits. Heavy weight lambs continued to be in strong demand at Junction 36, this week they peaked at £134 for Texels from T&M Halhead, Priest Hutton, followed by other heavy weight Texels to £130 from J Stott, Crosscrake. Suffolk lambs peaked at £132 from JG &BJ Escolme, Killington, with other Suffolk lambs to £128 from WT Whittaker & Son, Nether Kellet, £127 from M&SM Robinson, Lowgill, £126 from DM & D Cook, Ulverston and £124 from DE & SM Moorehouse, Natland. Plenty of lambs weighting in the region of 50kg regularly selling around the £120 mark. Heavy weight Mules this week topped at £129 from Damien Wightman and Amy Mason, Milnthorpe. Standard weight commercial lambs saw well fleshed lambs selling regularly in excess of 230p/kg. Well finished light weight lambs continue to be in strong demand and eagerly bid for.
This weeks sale included the ‘Belting Beltex’ pair of lambs, kindly supported by the Northern Beltex Club. The first prize rosette was awarded to Sally Jackson, Nook with her smashing pair of Beltex lambs selling to 300p/kg or £126 to the judge, Michael Lomax backing his judgement and purchasing the lambs. The second and third prize rosette was awarded to Abigail Winn, Burneside, the second prize lambs at 38kg sold for £110 and third prize lambs at 43kg sold for £111.

CAST SHEEP
The weekly sale of cull ewes saw 550 forward, all types once again were keenly bid for with all buyers showing keen demand for ewes full of meat. Texel ewes peaked at £140 from E&H Winder, Ravenstonedale, closely followed at £138 from GA Metcalfe, Kirkby Stephen. Many of the best Texel ewes selling well into the £130 mark. A bigger show of Mule ewes forward this week, which saw all keenly bid for and selling to a top of £113 from D Cottam, New Hutton. The best regularly sold well over the £100 mark, medium types full of meat were selling between £80 and £90. A lot more hill ewes forward today with Cheviots leading the way at £80 from HR & KA Hodgson, Barbon. A full pen of Rough Fell sold at £80 from AJ & JL Sandsom, Windermere. Swaledales peaked at £77 from HE Lister, Windermere, the best Swaledales today regularly sold in the eighties.
Cast rams saw another strong trade at Junction 36 with Charollais selling to a top of £168 from RM&PM Simpson, Troutbeck. Herdwicks sold to £110 from JG Harryman, Harkshead.

Top Prices

Prime Lamb:

Texel - £134 Upp Hall, £130 Kingsland, £122 High House Farm, £120 High Street, £120 Tranthwaite Hall. Suffolk - £132 Low Stangerthwaite, £128 Lane Ends Farm, £127 Mountain View, £126 Smithy Green Farm, £124 High House Farm. Mule - £129 Moss Side Farm, £100 Fell End Farm, £100 Rowe End Farm, £96 Cooper House, £90 Gunner Fleet Farm. Beltex - £126 Hollins Farm, £111, £110, £105 High Underbrow Farm. Continental - £111 Howriggs, £93.5 Low Hawthwaite. Charollais - £104.5 Rowe End Farm, £104 Myers Farm, £103.5 Cooper House, £102 Myers Farm, £100 Meadow Oaks. Cheviot Mule - £102 Cooper House. Cheviot - £101.5 Howriggs. Hampshire - £92 Endmoor Farm. Ryeland - £92, £88 Old Byre Barn. Horned - £78 Low Haygarth Farm.

Cast Ewe:

Texel - £140 Little Close, £138 High Street, £135 Small Holding, £132 Tranthwaite Hall, £130 Small Holding. Beltex - £118 Moss Side Farm. Suffolk - £116 Lambrigg Head Farm, £110 Moss Side Farm, £108 Lowfield Cottage. Mule - £113 Hagg Farm, £107 Moss Side Farm, £106 Far Orrest, £102 High House, £99 Barrowfield. Whitefaced Woodland - £110 North Lodge, £99 Crook Hall Farm. Cheviot - £98, £79 Howriggs, £67 Re Braida Garth, £63 Howriggs. Masham - £98 Lambrigg Head Farm. Ryeland - £93 The Old Parsonage. Dorset - £88 Lowfield Cottage, £67 Lapwing Close. Continental - £82 Gilpin Farm. Dutch Spotted - £81 Small Holding. Rough Fell - £80 Blackmoss Farm, £76 Lambrigg Head Farm, £75 Blackmoss Farm, £74 Millbeck, £68 Howes Lodge. Swaledale - £77 Near Orrest, £70 Gilpin Farm.

Cast Ram:

Charollais - £168 Poole Bank Farm. Herdwick - £110 The Galleon. Suffolk - £105 The Old Parsonage. Texel - £90 Lowfield Cottage.

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