J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Pigs, Sheep with Lambs & Primestock - Tuesday 1st May


There was a smaller entry of Pigs forward today due to the change of date, but all sold to full value.

Prime pigs sold to 122 for a Gloucester Old Spot gilt from C Blackshaw, with J Stott selling Pietrain x pigs to £120 and £110 twice. Lighter weight pigs were £85 for boars from NJ Wilkinson. Cull sows sold to £100 with others at £98 and £95.

A pen of strong white weaners from M Carefoot achieved £50.

The next monthly sale of all classes of pigs will be on Tuesday 12th June.

Sheep with Lambs at Foot

A larger entry this week of over 215 outfits, or 548 lives of sheep with lambs, which were met with a sharper trade with all age groups selling to a strong demand. The trade was topped by a consignment from G & KM Atkinson of Colby selling Mule shearlings with Texel twins to £240 and £235. Continental shearlings with twins from the same good home sold to £210. Two crop Mule ewes with Texel twins topped at £218 from JA Alderson of Kirkby Stephen. There was plenty of good young outfits, with good lambs selling in excess of the £200 mark. The first major consignment of hoggs with lambs at foot forward this week from G & ID Postlethwaite of Howgill sold to a top of £172, twice, for Texel hoggs with single lambs at foot. The older sheep trade was very dependent on the quality of the outfits, with big Suffolk 4 shear ewes with young Suffolk lambs selling to a top of £185 from JR Corlett of Cockermouth. Aged Mules with Texel lambs sold to a top of £175 from Matson Ground Farms of Windermere.

Spring Lambs

The largest entry of spring lambs to date saw an entry of 70 forward selling to a strong average of 307p/kg. Topping the trade today, and winning a cash prize of £5 for the highest priced pen of four lambs or less was a 49kg Texel lamb selling to £151 from MJ Waller of Lupton. Winning the £10 cash prize for the highest priced pen of 5 or more spring lambs was FE & CM Robinson and Son of Crooklands selling 36kg Dorsets to £109. Suffolks sold to a top of £147 for a pen of three weighing 45kg from S Proctor of Selside. There was plenty of lambs selling in excess of £140. Texels sold to a top 340p/kg, once again, from S Proctor of Selside.

Prime Hoggs

There was a larger entry of hoggs forward selling to a stronger trade then the previous week, with an overall market average of 245p/kg achieved with 45-52kg hoggs selling to an average of 261p/kg. Best conformation Beltex and Continental hoggs easily sold in excess of 300p/kg. Topping the trade was P Cummings of Holme selling 40kg Beltex hoggs to 367p/kg or £147, with others from the same home selling to 322p/kg. Heavy weight Beltex hoggs topped at £161 from, again from, P Cummings closely followed by JG Harryman of Hawkshead selling Texels to £160. The Mule trade topped at £145 for 64kg from S & M Cooper of Ulverston with Scotch Blackfaced hoggs from the same good home selling to £126 weighing 51kg.

Cast Sheep

A smaller entry of cast sheep in the market today saw 364 forward sell to a continued strong trade at J36. The trade was topped by John Stott Jnr of Crosscrake selling Charollais ewes to £145 and £133. Texel ewes sold to £139 from JG & BJ Escolme of Killington with other Texel ewes to £131 from E & J Postlethwaite of Old Hutton. Suffolk ewes sold to a top of £129 from JR Corlett of Cockermouth. Plenty of pens of heavy weighing Continental and Suffolk ewes selling either side of the £110 mark, depending on size and condition. Mule ewes topped at £95 from G, GU & D Swarbrick of Grange over Sands with plenty of good Mule ewes selling around the ninety pound mark. Herdwick cast ewes sold to a top of £90 from WG & D Wilkinson of Coniston with others to £83 from Messrs Edmondson of Great Langdale.

Top Prices

Prime Lamb

Texel – £151 Carlingwha, £146 Low Brundrigg, £143, £140 High Biggarsbank, £132 Stubb Farm. Suffolk - £147 High Biggarsbank, £146 Hollins Farm, £132 Cockrigg Farm, £131 Hawkrigg End. Charollais - £137, £118 Crabtree Farm. Dorset - £126, £124, £121 High Gateside, £117 Warth Sutton Farm. Hampshire - £121, £110 Endmoor Farm.

Prime Hogg

Beltex - £161 5 Holme Field, £123 The Galleon, £122 5 Holme Field, £120 The Galleon. Texel - £160 The Galleon, £157 5 Holme Field, £147 Larkrigg, £147, £146 5 Holme Field. Mule - £145, £126 Tarnside Farm, £117.5 Low Levens, £116 Tarnside Farm, £114.5 Tullithwaite Hall Office. Suffolk - £145, £129 Gowan Bank Farm, £120 Crook O Lune Farm, £115 Carlingwha, £111 Gowan Bank Farm. Charollais – £136 West Plain Farm, £110 Brow Head, £109.5 High Greenside, £100, £95 Crook O Lune Farm. Scotch - £126, £109, £104 Tarnside Farm, £99.5 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Continental - £115 Carlingwha, £97 Spout House, £85 Tullithwaite Hall Office. Cheviot - £108.5, £105 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £103.5 Hall Bank, £89.5, £85.5 Nibthwaite Grange Farm. Hampshire - £100 Brow Head, £90 The Borrans. Horned - £100 Crook O Lune Farm, £95 Tullithwaite Hall Office, £94 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £80 Bridge End Farm. Swaledale - £99.5, £95.5 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £94 Tullithwaite Hall Office, £93.5 Old School House, £87 High Greenside. Teeswater - £96 Moss House Farm. Herdwick - £94.5 Rydal Farm, £94 Hartrigg, £89.5, £77 Wall End Farm. Jacob - £69 Moss House Farm.

Cast Ewe

Charollais - £145, £133 Kingsland, £98 West Plain Farm, £83 Kingsland, £82 Beechfield. Texel - £139 Low Stanger Thwaite, £131 Middleshaw Hall, £120 Stubb Farm, £114 Ashtree Cottage, £110 Millom Castle. Suffolk - £129 Skiddaw View, £108 Millom Castle, £68 28 Blea Tarn Road. Leicester - £111 Barrowfield, £78 Skiddaw View, 358 Flodder Hall. Cheviot Mule - £110 Low Tarn Green, £109, £93, £76 Kate Farm. Cheviot - £97 North Farm, £82 Crake Trees, £67 Nibthwaite Grange Farm, £65 North Farm, £56 Poole Bank Farm. Mule - £95 Kate Farm, £91 North Farm, £89 Longlands, £88 Low Chapel Farm, £87 Flodder Hall. Horned - £83 Spout House. Herdwick - £78 Tarnside Farm. Scotch - £77, £46, £43 Skiddaw View. Masham - £72, 340 Mosergh Farm. Continental - £71 Fairbank Farm, £71 Kate Farm, £48 Crake Trees. Rough Fell - £66 Croft Foot Farm, £45 Mosergh Farm. Swaledale - £65 Barrowfield, £64 Eskew Beck, £60 Red Scar, £55 Low Newton Farm, £43 Bridge End Farm.

Cast Ram

Texel - £117 The Borrans. Swaledale - £84 Re Braida Garth. Rough Fell - £77 Spout House. Leicester - £60 Flodder Hall, £52 Re Braida Garth.

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