J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Show and Sale of Draft Ewes Friday 22nd September

The annual show and sale of Draft Ewes at J36 had an impressive catalogued entry of 5546 Swaledale, Rough Fell, Herdwick, Cheviot and other hill bred females.

The largest entry of draft ewes at J36, for some years, was met by demand from all over the North of England and further afield. The Swaledale pre-sale show was expertly judged by Mr M Crocker from Greystoke and Mr K Ireland from Frizington. They had an impressive line-up of Swaledale females put before them which is a testament to the improving quality of ewes at J36. The championship rosette was awarded to a tremendous pen of Swaledale ewes from E & A Wear, Hartsop which sold for £210.

The Swaledale average for ewes was £5 back on last year, with many consignments showing the effects of a wet summer, but good quality ewes were still in strong demand and selling as well as in previous years, with others being a more realistic trade.

There was a larger quantity of Swaledale shearlings in the market this year and therefore trade was not as fast as in previous years with the trade topping at £160 a pen of 10 from JA Alderson, Kirkby Stephen. The best shearlings got away nicely but second quality types were harder to place.

Swaledale gimmer lambs were the best seen throughout the North of England this year. A lot more were forward and following the wet autumn, many purchasers were concerned about winter forage. Strong gimmer lambs were still in high demand, topping at £75 from J Hunter, Tebay. Smaller, younger lambs were harder to place though.

North West Auctions are proud to keep their close working relationship with the Rough Fell Sheep Breeders Association which, again, saw good support and a strong entry from local breeders. Unfortunately a tougher trade was suffered, as reflected throughout the breeding sheep season.

The Rough Fell pre-sale judging was kindly carried out by Mr G Allison who had a strong line up of sheep to choose from. He awarded the championship to a pen of 10 ewes from SL Hoggarth, Birkhaw, Sedbergh, receiving the North Sheep Trophy. They later went on to sell for £92 to H Kelly, Staveley.

The Gimmer Lamb Trophy was won by W J Dawson and the Rayne Cup, presented on behalf of the Capstick family, was awarded to G & J Allan for the best pen of 10 Rough Fell ewes, 3 crop upwards.

There was also a tremendous show of sheep from W Beck & Son, Barugh House, selling for £105, £100 and £95 a head.

Following on from the Swaledales and Rough Fell females, there was a large entry of other hill breeds this year with Cheviots being in great demand, as they increase in popularity in the area, and more could easily have been sold. Cheviot Shearlings sold to a top of £102 from M & C Booth, Hartrigg with Ewes selling to £103 KM & KJ Curwen, Marshaw Farm.

There was also a greater number of Herdwicks in the Mart which always creates plenty of interest in a Lake District Auction Auction.

Top Prices


Gimmer Lambs: £75 Galloper Park, £50 Middle Lee Farm, Brockstones, £48 Mouse Syke, Flakebridge, £45 Brockstones
Gimmer Shearlings: £160 Barras Farm, £145 High Lane, £140 Grove Farm, £135 Barras Farm, £132 Dry Howe, £130 High Lane, Hebblethwaite Hall, £128 High Lane, £125 Grove Farm.
Ewes: £210 Grove Farm, £188 Hebblethwaite Hall, £180 Grove Farm, £150 Barras Farm, £145 Barbon Fell House, £142 Grove Farm, £140 Fellside Farm, £138 Barras Farm, High Green.

Rough Fell

Gimmer Lambs: £62 Brunt Hill, £58 Galloper Park, £50 Cotegill Farm, Woodside, £44 Cotegill Farm
Gimmer Shearlings: £88 Birkhaw, £85 Syke Farm, £78 Riverside House, Birkhaw, Manor Court, £76 Birkhaw, £73 Hardendale Hall, Flakebridge, £72 Flakebridge, Riverside House.
Ewes: £105 Barugh House, Manor Court, £100, £95 Barugh House, £95 Brockstones, Syke Farm, £92 Manor Court, £90 Barugh House.


Gimmer Shearling: £102, £95 Hartrigg, £89 Marshaw Farm.
Ewes: £103, £101, £99, £98, £93 Marshaw Farm.

More Info

Swaledale Show Results

Mick Crocker & Keith Ireland

Lake District National Park & Bluefin

Class one: Best Pen of 10 Swaledale Draft Ewes
1st E & A Wear, Grove Farm
2nd JE & DJ Hutchinson, Hebblethwaite Hall
3rd JA Alderson, Barras Farm

Class two: Best Pen of 10 Swaledale Gimmer Shearlings
1st JA Alderson, Barras Farm
2nd MP & A Capstick, High Lane
3rd JE Hudson, Whetstone Croft

Class three: Best Pen of 10 Swaledale Gimmer Lambs
1st J Hunter, Galloper Park

E & A Wear, Grove Farm

Rough Fell Show Results

Gilbert Allison

PV Dobson & Sons

Class one: Best Pen of 10 Rough Fell Draft Ewes
1st SL Hoggarth, Birkhaw
2nd G & J Allan, Syke Farm
3rd NC & S Dodd, Manor Court

Class two: Best Pen of 10 Rough Fell Gimmer Shearlings
1st SL Hoggarth, Birkhaw
2nd SL Hoggarth, Birkhaw
3rd NC & S Dodd, Manor Court

Class three: Best Pen of 10 Rough Fell Gimmer Lambs
1st WJ Dawson, Rash Mill
2nd E & K Bland, Cotegill
3rd E & K Bland, Cotegill

Class four: Best Pen of 3 Rough Fell Breeding Sheep
1st VR Guy, Whinfell Terrace
2nd AR & BJ Thompson, Poppy Farm

Best Pen of 10 Rough Fell Ewes – 3 Crop Upwards
Awarded the Rayne Cup on behalf of the Capstick Family
G & J Allan, Syke Farm

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