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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly sale of Prime Lambs and Cast Sheep, 9th November 2021

PRIME LAMBS

The weekly sale of prime lambs saw a spike in numbers this week with the trade going from strength to strength. An entry of 1849 sold to an overall market average of 270p/kg.
Leading the way this week was the consignment from Hannah Sowerby, Appleby selling heavy weight Beltex lambs to £172 and £165. This was closely followed by heavy weight Texel lambs selling to £160 twice from JN & DJ Bowes, Crook and E Dodgson, Kendal followed by others selling to £158 from Long and Knipe, Grange Over Sands and £156 from DW Hodgson, Cartmell Fell. Heavy weight Suffolk lambs peaked at £155.50 from M & YS Barker, Halton. Plenty of good quality heavy weight lambs sold around the £150 mark. All lambs forward weighing over 52kg averaged £138, with 45kg to 51kg lambs averaging £130.78. Handy weighted export Continental lambs were in big demand with well finished lambs regularly selling in excess of 280p/kg.
Top pence per kilo this week saw Beltex lambs peaked at 340p/kg from KJ Knight, Kirkby in Furness, with others to 338p/kg from AR & BJ Thompson, Selside and 335p/kg from Alan Thompson, Carnforth with plenty pens of good quality Beltex lambs selling in excess of the 300p/kg mark.
Mule lambs saw plenty of demand and eagerly bid for selling to a top of £128 for 50kg Mule lambs from John Twigge, Lindale followed by 49kg Mules selling to £127.50 from R Capstick, Ingleton. All Mules forward averaged up at £116 or 258p/kg. Horned lambs sold to £98 for Swaledale lambs from PE & KA Sowerby, Kirkby Stephen.

CAST SHEEPS

A larger entry of 700 ewes were forward with a mixed show on offer, with meated ewes being £5-£10 dearer on the week. Pure bred ewes were keenly bid for and sold to a top of £145 for a Texel from FE&CM Robinson & Son, Crooklands, followed by other Texels to £138 from AW Crowe, Grange Over Sands. Beltex ewes sold to £134 from RA Batty, Selside. Suffolk ewes sold to £127 from MJ Shepherd, New Biggin. Many of the best Continental ewes were regularly selling well into the £130 mark, with medium types selling well over the £100 mark. Mule ewes saw another lift in trade today with a top of £109 from TM&G Dobson, Crossthwaite. Cheviot Mules sold to £104 from TH&DM Cornthwaite & Son, Grange over Sands. Medium meated Mule ewes were regularly selling to the £80-£85 pound mark. A run of Masham ewes from RL&OB Simpson, Longsleddale sold to a top of £97.
Hill ewes continue to a see the biggest lift in trade with Cheviots topping at £109 from R&J Moorehouse, Grange over Sands. With Dalesbreds selling to £82 from JA Bennett, Longsleddale. Herdwicks sold to £79 from JG&PH Thompson, Selside. A lean show of Swaledale ewes were forward, with meat selling to a massive premium, a top of £76 twice from JA&CA Gibson, Selside and J Bennett, Longsleddale. Medium type Swaledale ewes sold at the £40-£50 pound mark.
More cast rams were on the market today with Texel rams selling to £166 from K Armer, Kendal. Other Texel rams sold to £124 from TM&D Dodgson, Crossthwaite.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs

Beltex - £172, £165, £155 Townhead Farm, £150 Southways, £141.50 Middlebarrow Plain, £141 Corner Cottage. Texel - £160 Low Brundrigg, Spital Farm, £158 Summer Hill, £156 Swallowmire Farm, £153 Ashtree Cottage, Little Guards. Suffolk - £155.50, £140 Halton Park Farm, £140 Green Close, £137.50 Summer Hill, £131 Burnt House Farm. Leicester - £148, £122 Fell End Farm. Continental - £129.50 Underhelm Farm, £118.50 Low Croft, £114 Moss Side, £106.50Winterscales Farm, £93 Brow Head, £80 Underhelm Farm. Cheviot Mule - £128.50 Strickland Hill, £128 Poppy Farm, £124.50 Swallowmire Farm, £113 Seedhowe Cottages. Mule - £128 Holmelands, £127.50 Fell End Farm, £124 Strickland Hill, Low Newton Farm, £123.50 Barrowfield, £123 Nook Farm. Charollais - £125 Myers Farm, £120 Lower Hawthwaite, £70 Ackenthwaite Farm. Cheviot - £121 Stub Hall Farm, £118 Low Newton Farm, Stubb Hall Farm, £117.50 Howriggs, £115.50 Stubb Hall Farm, £111.50 Howriggs. Masham - £120 Middale Farm. Hampshire - £107 Kate Farm. Dorset - £100 Brow Head. Swaledale - £98, £91 Mossdale Farm, £87.50 Middale Farm, £86 Mossdale Farm, £79 High Greenside. Jacob - £81, £80 High Mill Farm. Rough Fell - £80.50 Seedhowe Cottages.

Cast Ewes

Texel - £145 Warth Sutton Farm, £138 Ashtree Cottage, £135 Hill Park, £134 Oldfield End, Spital Farm, £128 Poppy Farm. Beltex - £134 Western Houses. Suffolk - £127 Gaskell House, £107 Low Sizergh Farm, £94 Rankthorn, £92 Killington Drive, £57 Woodyard, £36 Howe Farm. Lleyn - £118, £115, £80 Owlnook. Bluefaced Leicester - £117 Town End, £110, £91 Ashstead, £78 Town End, £70, £40 Owlnook. Cheviot - £109 Owlnook, £88 Rankthorn, School House, Hutton Roof Hall, £79 High Borrowbridge, £68 Rankthorn. Mule - £109 Broad Oak, £100 Stonethwaite Farm, Broad Oak, Millbeck, £96 Longwell, £94 Middale Farm. Cheviot Mule - £104 Low Tarn Green. Zwartble - £99 Town End, £89 Millstones, £50, £41, £25 Bowston Hall. Masham - £97, £89 High Swinklebank Farm, £88, £44 Killington Drive. Dorset - £94 Warth Sutton Farm. Continental - £94 Moss Side, £88 Low Sizergh Farm, £80 Woodyard, £79 Brow Head, £58 Black Bull Farm, £50 Causeway Farm. Dalesbred - £82 Middale Farm. Herdwick - £79 Poopy Farm, £59, £52 High Borrans Farm, £45 Low Newton Farm. Rough Fell - £78 The Park, £76 High Swinklebank Farm, £75 The Park, £74 Millbeck, £72 Sowermire, £67 High Swinklebank Farm. Jacob - £77, £66, £60 High Mill Farm. Swaledale - £76 Longwell, Middale Farm, £70 High Borrowbridge, £67 Overthwaite Farm, £56 High Borrans Farm, £55 Longwell. Gritstone - £75 Sowermire. Charollais - £47 Oldfield End.

Cast Tups

Texel - £166 Bowston Hall, £125 Broad Oak, £115 High House Farm, £100 Farleton House, £98 Stonethwaite Farm, £46 Low Woodhouse. Suffolk - £109, £80 New Hall. Jacob - £102, £89 High Mill Farm. Rough Fell - £74 High Swinklebank Farm, £56 Sowermire, £40 High Swinklebank Farm. Bluefaced Leicester - £69 High Swinklebank Farm. Swaledale - £60 Overthwaite, £36 Flakebridge.

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