J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: May Fair Day - Thursday 17th May

Breeding Bulls, Beef Breeding Cattle, Calves, Cast Cows & Store Cattle

New Market Record Achieved at Inaugural 'May Fair Day’ Beef Breeding Sale

North West Auctions held its inaugural 'May Fair Day’ sale of beef breeding cattle which attracted buyers from throughout the Northern Counties keen to secure replacement stock. A feature of the sale was the pedigree and pure bred breeding bulls. A quality catalogued entry offered purchasers a wide variety of bulls with this sale format proving very popular.

The sale topped at £4000 which also set a new market record price achieved for a breeding bull at J36. This was for a pedigree Limousin bull ‘Wanthwaite Mighty’ from TW Bell, Keswick. The next top price was for another Limousin bull ‘Wanthwaite Morgan’, again from TW Bell, selling for £3000 which was closely followed by MA & JA Winn, Burneside who sold a home bred Limousin bull at £2800. JE Bellas & Son, Appleby travelled down with a pedigree British Blue bull ‘Croftends Lennox’ which sold for £2500. A pedigree Blonde from WR Nelson, Carnforth found a new home at £2400 and they also sold a Simmental at £1700.

Several native bred bulls sold to keen interest to £1900 for a pedigree Angus from RG Robinson, Farleton; also achieving this price was TLB & J Knowles, Selside for a pure Hereford bull.

Mature bulls sold to £1750 for a 5 year old Blonde from JA & G Gardner, Kirkham and a 5 year old Beef Shorthorn from J & MT Miller sold at £1100.

The sale of cows and calves attracted strong buyer interest with all keen to secure replacement stock and many leaving empty handed. The annual draft of Limousin x cows with Limousin calves at foot from KM & KJ Curwen of Abbeystead, sold to a top price of £1750 for a second calver, with others selling to £1600 and £1500. Older cows sold to £1320 for a Charolais x with an Angus calf from BJC Ltd Sedbergh. Others were achieving £980 - £1200.

There was only a handful of heifers forward today, selling to £1680 for a Limousin x followed by a British Blue x at £1600 and £1500, all with Limousin calves at foot.

An entry of bulling heifers from I & AJ Armer, Burneside sold to £1050 for British Blue x with others at £1030 and £1020.

The next sale of Beef Breeding Cattle is the “Great Annual Sale of Cows and Heifers with Calves at Foot” on Thursday 7 June. Also this day Breeding Bulls, In-calf cows/heifers and Bulling Heifers.

Store Cattle

The fortnightly sale of store cattle saw an entry of predominantly younger suckler bred sorts forward with buyer’s ringside looking for grazing cattle to take advantage of the recent grass growth. Best steers sold to £1070 for a Limousin x from MW & MR Black, Staveley with others to £980 from GH Jones, Ambleside, others were generally £820 - £950 with smaller sorts at £750 - £800. Several native bred steers sold to £900 for a Hereford x from JL Bird, Flookburgh and £890 for Longhorns from A Bond, Sedbergh. Young Angus x from R Cowin & Sons, Mansergh sold to £550.

Heifers topped at £950 for Limousin x from JG & PJ Escolme, Killington. Nice yearlings generally sold to £750 - £820 selling to £890 for a Limousin x from HR & KA Hodgson, Barbon. An entry of Galloways from MB & JE Meredith, Coniston sold to £710 with others at £670.

The next sale of cattle is “Whitsuntide Fair” on Thursday 31st May.
Entries for the catalogue close on Wednesday 23rd May.


The strongest trade for some time was seen for calves at J36, with more desperately needed each week. The trade topped twice at £375 for heifers, firstly for a Blonde from CR Alderson and Son of Kirkby Stephen and secondly for British Blues from B Mallinson and Son of Levens. Bull calves topped at £360 for Herefords from Barker Farms of Warton. Beef calves saw strong calves regularly selling in excess of the £300 mark. Dairy Shorthorns topped at £110 from J Handley of Whinfell and black and white bulls to £100 from HJ Robinson and Son of Preston Patrick.

A larger entry of stirks created plenty of interest this week, Limousin heifers topped at £600 from R Gibson and Son of Kendal. Angus bullocks sold to £580 from Masons of Birkland Barrow with Angus bulls selling to £560 from RJ & J Gardner of Kendal, with British Blue steers to the same price from JK & A Bowness and Son of Milnthorpe.

Cast Cows and OTM Cattle

There was a similar number of cast cattle forward in the market today selling to a sharp trade with all keenly sought after. Topping the trade today at 149.5p/kg was a Limousin cow from J & M Wilson of Selside, closely followed by 141.5p/kg for a Limousin cow from GH Jones of Sawrey. Black and white cows sold to a top of 137.5p/kg from RG & J Clark of Endmoor. There was an overall market average of 123.5p/kg in which more could have easily been sold to the advantage of vendors.

Top Prices

Bull Calf:

Hereford - £360, £250 Cotestone Farm. Limousin - £300 Strickley, £280, £270 Sunny Bank. Shorthorn - £110 Craketrees. Friesian - £100 Elm Tree Farm, £95, £90, £80 2 Netherbeck Barn.

Heifer Calf:

British Blue - £375 Ravens Lodge, £365 Strickley, £335 Craketrees. Blonde - £375 Aisgill Farm. Limousin - £240, £235 Sunny Bank. Hereford - £145 Cotestone Farm.

Bull Stirk:

Aberdeen Angus - £560 Natland Mill Beck Farm. British Blue - £560 Cautley Farm, £330 Kitchlow Farm. Friesian - £280 Longlands, £240 Cautley Farm, £210, £150, £120 Longlands.

Heifer Stirk:

Limousin - £600 Singleton Park, £500, £450, £340 Toadpool. Hereford - £450 27 Somme Avenue.

Steer Stirk:

Aberdeen Angus - £580 Birkland Barrow. Hereford - £450 27 Somme Avenue.

Store Bullock:

Limousin - £1070 Scroggs Farm, £1030 Carter House, £980 Fold Farm, £910 Carter House, £850 Broughton House Farm. Hereford - £900, £750, £600 West Plain Farm. Longhorn - £890, £680 2 Low Oaks. Charollais - £820 High Wray Farm. Flekvieh - £630 Hawkrigg Farm. Aberdeen Angus - £550 Hawkrigg Farm.

Store Heifer:

Limousin - £950 Low Stanger Thwaite, £890 Howriggs, £820 Bramaskew, £800 Cooper House, £780 St Annes Farm. Blonde - £820 Sunny Brow Farm. Other - £720, £670, £650 High Arnside Farm. Continental - £710 High Arnside Farm. Aberdeen Angus - £600 Cooper House. Simental - £550 Low Garths Farm, £540 Low Garths.

Store Bull:

Friesian - £760 Cater House.

Breeding Bull:

Limousin - £4000, £3000 Hill Top Farm, £200 High Underbrow Farm, £2250 Meadow View. British Blue - £2500 Croft End. Blonde - £2400 Waltons Farm, £1750 Moss House Farm. Aberdeen Angus - £1900 Ellers Farm. Hereford - £1900 High Borrowbridge, £1700, £1000 Hall Carleton Farm. Simental - £1700 Waltons Farm. Shorthorn - £1100 High House Farm.

In Calf Cow:

Blonde - £1080 Mouse Syke.

Bulling Heifer:

British Blue - £1050, £1030, £1020, £970 Bowston Hall. Limousin - £970 Bowston Hall.

Cow & Calf:

Limousin - £1735 Marshaw Farm, £1680 Low Newton Farm, £1585 Marshaw Farm, £1580 Low Newton Farm. Charolais - £1320 Birks Lane. Aberdeen Angus - £1200 Birks Lane. Saler - £1000, £850 Mouse Syke. Hereford - £1200 Lower Hawthwaite.

In Calf Heifer:

British Blue - £1200 Summerlands, £1080 High Borrowbridge.

Heifer & Calf:

Limousin - £1665 Marshaw Farm, £1200 Low Garths Farm, £1050 Holgate Caravan Park. British Blue - £1600 High Borrowbridge, £1500 Summerlands. Aberdeen Angus - £1280 High Borrowbridge.

OTM Cow:

Limousin – 149.5 Cooper House, 141.5 Fold Farm, 134.5 St Annes Farm, 124.5 Hollowmire Farm. British Blue – 137.5, 127.5 Swallowmire. Friesian – 137.5 Far Audlands, 129.5 Sunny Bank, 127.5 Low Stanger Thwaite, 114.5 2 Netherbeck Barn, 109.5 Far Audlands. Aberdeen Angus – 131.5 Crook Hall Farm Ltd, 121.5 Natland Mill Beck Farm, 117.5 Kate Farm. Hereford – 129.5 West Plain Farm. Simental – 129.5 West Plain Farm, 129.5 Singleton Park. Belgium Blue – 127.5 High Farm. Ayton – 119.5 Sunny Bank. Stabilizer – 119.5 Hollowmire Farm. Blonde – 111.5 Aisgill Farm.

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