J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Show & Sale of Bluefaced Leicester Rams & Females - Monday 2nd October

Record Breaking Bluefaced Leicester Sale at J36

It was a recording breaking year for the annual show and sale of Leicesters at J36 with the previous highest price being smashed.

The pre-sale show was judged by Stephen Thompson, Leyburn of the Cherry Tree Flock. An entry of over 20 ram lambs for the show class saw the first prized rosette being awarded to E Fairburn and Son of Marriforth. The Shearling Ram class saw in to the teens forward for judging which saw Ian Dixon of Low Newton take home the first and second prize rosette with his powerful shearlings. The overall championship rosette was awarded to Chris Raven of Staveley with his modern, stylish gimmer shearling sired by a Low Tipalt ram. The champion later went onto to sell for £950 to Messrs Hodgson of Rydal Farms.

The females saw a very selective trade with purchases looking to buy modern, stylish females with well-known crossing bloodlines. Antony Price of Penrith sold a gimmer shearling to £620 with gimmer shearlings selling to an overall average of £403. Gimmer lambs topped at £450 from W Watson of Sanders Close, Slaggyford.

A strong ram trade was seen during the course of the sale with buyers present from throughout the north of England and Scotland with many fresh faces present for the sale. There had been much anticipation regarding Nether Newton J001 Dancer from Ian Dixon, who had a much-admired run of lambs at this year’s NEMSA Gimmer Lamb sale with this tup siring many in his top pen. The shearling, standing second place in the pre-sale show, achieved £4,000, a new centre record for a Leicester ram at J36, selling to AJ Mason of Oddacres. Other shearling rams from the same good home sold to £1,500 and £1,350. Ashley and Rachel Caton of Otterburn, who sold Leicester rams for the first time at J36, sold to £1,800 for their shearling ram. Records were also broken for the highest priced ram lamb at J36 with Messrs Lords of West Dowgill selling the second prized ram lamb, sired by H45 Hewgill, for £2,500. The reserve champion and first prized ram lamb from E Fairburn and Son of Marriforth sold for £1,250 to local breeders J & JA Burrow of Thursgill.

Aged rams sold to a top of £750 from M Bateman and Son of Moors farm with a home bed ram. All aged rams forward sold to a market average of £365, shearling rams averaged £526 and ram lambs £436.


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    Champion Bluefaced Leicester at J36

    Highest Priced Bluefaced Leicester to be Sold at J36

Top Prices

Gimmer Lamb

£450 Sanders Close, £250 2 Park Cottages, £100 Castle Hill Farm.

Ram Lamb

£2500, £1000 West Dowgill, £1250 Marriforth, £900.00 Brown Edge, £900 2 Park Cottages, £800 Longwell, £750 Scargill Farm, £600 West Dowgill, Marriforth, £550 2 Park Cottages.

Shearling Ram

£4000, £1500, £1350, £1300, £900 Low Newton Farm, £1800 Otterburn Lodge Farm, £950, £900 Cinderbarrow Farm, £950 Brow Top, £950 Gamswell Farm.

Aged Ram

£750 Moors Farm, £480 Yoad Pot, £450 Cinderbarrow Farm, £400 Winter Hill Farm, £380 Moss Head Farm, £380 Longwell, £320 Strickland Hill, £320 Marsh House Farm, £300 Sykes Farm, £300 Hill Croft.


£380 Castle Hill Farm, £200 14 Crookfield, £100 Sunningdale.

Gimmer Shearling

£950 14 Crookfield, £620 2 Park Cottage, £320 Castle Hill Farm, £250, £180 Longwell, £100 Sunningdale.

More Info

Show Results

Stephen Thompson

Westmorland Accountants

Class 1: Aged Ram
1st Lot 139 D Bateman, Moors Farm - £750
2nd Lot 189 ST & SE Allen, Hillcroft - £300
3rd Lot 183 PD & PJ Ellis, Moss Head Farm - £380

Class 2: Shearling Ram
1st Lot 112 RI Dixon, Low Newton Farm - £1500
2nd Lot 109 RI Dixon, Low Newton Farm - £4000
3rd Lot 133 RW Tarbett, Winter Hill Farm - £420

Class 3: Ram Lamb
1st Lot 127 E Fairburn & Son, Marriforth - £1250
2nd Lot 124 Messrs Lord, West Dowgill - £2500
3rd Lot 180 TLB & J Knowles, High Borrowbridge

Class 4: Aged Ewe
1st Lot 6 PA Fell, Castle Hill - £380
2nd Lot 1 K Smith, Cooperage View
3rd Lot 2 K Smith, Cooperage View

Class 5: Gimmer Shearling
1st – Lot 24 – C Raven, 14 Crookfield - £950
2nd – Lot 3 – K Smith, Cooperage View
3rd – Lot 9 – SJ & M Richardson & son, High Row

Class 6: Gimmer Lamb
1st Lot 25 W Watson, Sanders Close - £45
2nd Lot 4 K Smith, Cooperage View
3rd Lot 8 PA Fell, Castle Hill - £100.00

Lot 24, C Raven, 14 Crookfield - £950.00

Reserve Champion
Lot 127, E Fairburn & Son, Marriforth - £1250.00

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