J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Christmas Calves & Dairy - Thursday 13th December


The Christmas Show of Calves saw a strong entry forward with quality present throughout. Judging was kindly undertaken by Alasdair Prickett, Farleton who awarded the Championship rosette to a British Blue heifer from JC Hodgson, Dent which later sold for £360. Beef calves were keenly bid for topping at £480 for a Limousin x bull from B Wilson, Crosthwaite. Stronger bulls were generally selling between £280 and £340, with younger sorts £210 to £270. Heifers were easily sold with farmers looking for suckler replacements. Limousin x and British Blue calves were nicely selling at £260 to £320, with younger milk calves £180 to £220.

Dairy bulls sold to £170 for Holstein Friesians from T & J Pritt, Millom. Young Shorthorn calves to £105 from Messrs Robinson, Old Hutton. Dairy bulls averaged £43 to include a large number of young black and whites.

Cast Cows

Cull cows sold to a top price of 124.5p/kg for a Limousin x from JE Read, Hutton Roof who sold a Hereford x at 119.5p/kg. Top priced dairy was 109.5p/kg from RG & J Clarke, Endmoor. Meated dairy cattle generally were 78p/kg to 90p/kg, with leaner parlour sorts 65p/kg to 75p/kg.

A cast bull from SJ & M Richardson & Son, Lupton sold at 114.5p/kg and was also the top grossing OTM at £956.

Don’t forget last sale of all classes of cattle for 2018 is Thursday 20th December. VENDORS MUST ADVISE THE OFFICE OF ENTRIES.


North West Auctions held its Christmas Prize Show and Sale of Dairy Cattle which saw a quality entry of cattle forward, with the judging kindly and ably undertaken by Bob and Pam Miller, Claughton on Brock. The Championship rosette was awarded to the first prize cow, Milnthorpe Pegwire Vall 2, from W Garnett & Son, Ackenthwaite, bred from 6 generations of VG/Excellent cows and giving 45l fresh on to her 2nd lactation; she sold for a final bid of £2000. Other cows sold to £1750 from JM Barton & Son, Lupton.

Heifers achieved a top price of £2100 for a pedigree heifer from PW & D Swindlehurst, Underbarrow. A Friesian type heifer from R & J Dodgson, Natland caught the eye of several bidders and sold for a final bid of £1850. In-calf mature cows, due January to a Limousin bull, sold to £920 from T & J Pritt, Millom.

Heifers sold to £2100, averaging £1740, cows to £2000 averaging £1480 and in-calf cows to £920 averaging £900.

Beef Breeding Cattle

The herd dispersal of Highland cattle on behalf of MS & RH Davies, Hambleton, attracted a large crowd of bidders keen to secure breeding stock. A top price of £580 was achieved for in-calf cows with £410 paid for cows with calves. Heifer stirks achieved £340.

Store Cattle

The sale of store cattle saw several returning faces ringside, keen to secure replacement stock. All types sold to full value with many buyers leaving short of requirements.

Steers sold to £780 for Limousin x from MW & MR Black, Staveley with others £680 to £740 for younger wintering sorts. Suckler steers sold to £720 for British Blue from I & AJ Armer, Burneside. Dairy bred steers sold to £700 for Fleckvieh from GM Strong, Penrith.

Heifers achieved £770 for Blonde x from GM Strong. Suckler heifers sold to £630 with younger sorts £520 to £600.

Top Prices

Bull Calf:

Limousin - £480 Spout House, £190 Elm Tree Farm. British Blue - £395 Sowerby Lodge, £350 Dillicar, £340 Elm Tree Farm, £330 Sowerby Lodge, £320 Lupton Hall. Hereford - £240 Birkland Barrow. Aberdeen Angus - £215 Sunny Bank, £195 Craketrees, £160, £140 Strickley. Shorthorn - £105, £95 Strickley. Flekvieh - £65 Far Audlands. Friesian - £62 Elm Tree Farm, £62 Cotestone Farm.

Heifer Calf:

Limousin - £380 Spout House, £370 Dillicar. British Blue - £360, 3300 Dillicar, £210, £205 Sunny Bank, £200 Craketrees. Aberdeen Angus - £140, £130 Craketrees. Hereford - £120 Strickley.

Bull Stirk:

Friesian - £170 Middle Bank Farm.

OTM Cow:

Friesian – 109.5 Far Audlands, 107.5 Moss House Farm, 87.5 High House, 84.5 Hawes Farm. Limousin – 84.5 Hill Top Farm. Montbeliard – 81.5, 74.5 Low Sizergh Farm. Other – 81.5, 74.5 High Row, 74.5 Craketrees, 71.5 High Row. Shorthorn – 77.5, 74.5 Strickley, 71.5 Craketrees.

OTM Heifer:

Hereford – 119.5 Low Sizergh Farm.

Cast Steer:

Limousin – 124.5 Mealrigg.

Cast Bull:

Blonde – 114.5 High Row.

Dairy Cow:

Friesian - £2000 Ackenthwaite Farm, £1750, £1500 Lupton Hall, £850 Middle Bank Farm.

Dairy Heifer:

Friesian - £2100 Tranthwaite Hall, £1850 Cracalt Farm, £1600, £1550 Ackenthwaite Farm.

In Calf Dairy:

Friesian - £920, £880 Middle Bank Farm.

Breeding Bull:

Highland - £330 Rosebank.

In Calf Cow:

Highland - £580, £340, £310 Rosebank.

Cow & Calf:

Highland - £410, £400 Rosebank.

In Calf Heifer:

Highland - £360 Rosebank.

Store Bullock:

Blonde - £780 Scroggs Farm. Limousin - £780 Scroggs Farm, £740 School Hill, £650 Bowston Hall, £610 Troughton Hall, £600 Dufton Wood. British Blue - £720 Bowston Hall, £570 Grace Mire Farm. Flekvieh - £700 School Hill. Hereford - £630 Holme Farm, £600 Dufton Wood, £450 Holme Farm. Aberdeen Angus - £540 Grace Mire Farm.

Store Heifer:

Blonde - £770, £700 Scroggs Farm. Limousin - £770 Scroggs Farm, £600 Bowston Hall, £590 High Skelghyl, £560 Dufton Wood. Aberdeen Angus - £740, £650 School Hill, £580 Holme Farm, £470 Grace Mire Farm. Simmental - £680 School Hill. British Blue - £630 Bowston Hall. Hereford - £550 Holme Farm. Highland - £340 Rosebank.

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Calf Show Results

John Cornthwaite Machinery, Road Runner Tyres, Ben Shaw Training, Westmorland Accountants

Alasdair Prickett

Class one – Beef Bred Bull Calf
1st Lot 307 JM Barton & Son, Lupton Hall £320
2nd Lot 330 V & EJ Chadwick & Sons, Sowerby Lodge £330
3rd Lot 346 JC Hodgson, Dillicar £350

Class two – Beef Bred Heifer Calf
1st Lot 345 JC Hodgson, Dillicar £360
2nd Lot 344 JC Hodgson, Dillicar £300
3rd Lot 347 JC Hodgson, Dillicar £370

Class three – Dairy Bred Bull Calf
1st Lot 333 HJ Robinson & Son, Elm Tree £62
2nd Lot 320 B Wilson, Spout House £50

Lot 345 JC Hodgson, Dillicar £360

Reserve Champion
Lot 307 JM Barton & Son, Lupton Hall £320

Highest Priced Cast Cows

Highest Pence Per Kilo Beef
Lot 902 JE Read, Mealriggs, Limousin Steer, 124.5p/kg

Highest Pence Per Kilo Diary
Lot 920 RG & JA Clark, Far Audlands, Friesian Cow, 109.5p/kg

Highest Price Per Head Overall
Lot 906, SJ & M Richardson & Son, High Row, Blonde Bull, £956

Dairy Show Results

John Cornthwaite Machinery, Road Runner Tyres, Ben Shaw Training, Westmorland Accountants

Robert & Pam Miller

Class one – New Calved Heifer
1st Lot 4 W Garnett & Son, Ackenthwaite Farm £1600
2nd Lot 7 PW & D Swindlehurst, Tranthwaite Hall £2100
3rd Lot 5 W Garnett & Son, Ackenthwaite Farm £1550

Class two – New Calved Cow
1st Lot 3 W Garnett & Son, Ackenthwaite Farm £2000
2nd Lot 1 JM Barton & Son, Lupton Hall £1500
3rd Lot 2 JM Barton & Son, Lupton Hall £1750

Lot 3 W Garnett & Son, Ackenthwaite Farm £2000

Reserve Champion
Lot 4 W Garnett & Son, Ackenthwaite Farm £1600

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