J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Primestock - Tuesday 29th October

Prime Lambs sell to 211p/kg and £94 at NWA J36

Prime Lambs

The weekly sale of Prime Lambs saw an entry of 1230 selling to an improving trade with a full complement of buyers in attendance keen to compete for all classes and types. The sale peaked at £94 for heavyweight Texel x lambs from Drinkall Bros, Lancaster with Beltex lambs selling to £93 from Wannop Farms Ltd, Morecambe. Plenty of well-bred, well-finished heavyweight lambs weighing in the 46-52kg category achieving £85 to £90. Standard weight lambs sold to £85 for Beltex x from P & TL Edmondson Ltd, Kirkby in Furness with others selling between £78 and £84. Lightweight sold to £68 for Texel x from R Capstick & Son, Ingleton with others generally £58 to £65. Hill bred lambs sold to £69 for Rough Fells from A & H Watson, Middleton who also sold Swaledales to £68. Mules sold to £75 from M Robinson, Low Gill with Masham to £70 from BJ Bainbridge, Shap.

The top price of 211p/kg was achieved for a pen of Beltex x lambs from SP Pease, Underley with these lambs sired by a Paul Slater bred tup, previously purchased from NWA J36. Other ¾ and pure-bred continental lambs nicely sold at 190p/kg to 205p/kg with first cross lambs nicely selling at 172-18p/kg depending on breed and weight.

All classes of lambs experience a competitive trade with buyers keenest to secure well-finished lambs. Vendors are considered giving a bit of feed to the lambs to achieve the final finish, allowing for maximum return.

There was an SQQ market average of 167p/kg.

Cast Sheep

Cull ewes sold to a top price of £90 for Texels from TR Prickett, Carnforth with other heavyweight ewes selling between £75 and £88. Mules sold to £67 from JG & BJ Escolme, Sedbergh with other heavy Mules £60 to £65. Medium ewes sold between £52 and £65 depending on breed and quality. Hill ewes sold to a top price of £57 for Swaledales from Drinkal Bros, Lancaster with Cheviots selling to £66 from CC Chin, Ulpha and Rough Fells sold to £54 from JM Sedgwick, Sedbergh. Leaner ewes would perhaps be a slightly more selective trade today with an abundance of these on the market nationally.

Cull rams sold to £148 for a Bluefaced Leicester ram from PE & M Capstick, Whicham who sold others to £108. Well-meated heavy rams generally £85 to £100 with horned rams selling to £54 from RS & BA Harker, Carnforth.

The sale today also contained an entry of goats from TE & J Wadsworth & Son, Sedgwick which saw a top price of £82 achieved. Customers are requiring more goats over the next few weeks, please contact Ian Atkinson on 07766 521472.

Top Prices

Prime Lamb:

Texel - £94 Catshaw Hall Farm, £89 Heaton Hall, £88.5 Millom Castle, £88.5 Gibraltar Farm, £87.5 Millom Castle. Beltex - £93, £92.5 Heaton Hall Farm, £91 Underley Estate Office, £89 Gibraltar Farm, £89 Heaton Hall Farm. Suffolk - £90 Meadow Oaks, £84.5 Low Brundrigg, £81 Swallowmire, £79.5 Dunningwell Farm, £76 Mountain View. Charollais - £81, £79 Black Bull Farm, £76 Dunningwell Farm, £74.5 Broats Farm. Leicester - £78 Middleton Hall. Mule - £75 Mountain View, £72.5 Middleton Hall, £70.5 Middale Farm, £70 Yates Farm, £70 Middleton Hall. Cheviot - £70.5 Howriggs. Masham - £70 Steps Farm, £69.5 Middale Farm, £57 Steps Farm. Rough Fell - £69 Middleton Hall. Swaledale - £68 Middleton Hall, £56 High Bracken Hall. Dales Bred - £65 Yarlsber, £64.5 Fell End Farm, £62 Yarlsber. Continental - £58 Steps Farm, £54 Trees Farm.

Cast Ewe:

Texel - £90 Hutton Roof Hall, £79 Low Woodedge Farm, £78 Sunny Bank, £78 Mountain View, £77 Underley Estate Office. Leicester - £87 Whelpside Farm, £74 White House, £64 Castle Syke Farm, £52 White House. Suffolk - £77 Underley Estate Office, £63 Ashbank. Zwartble - £77, £60 Bouthwaite Farm, £50 Heaton Hall Farm. Lleyn - £73 Birch Bank, £59 Low Gregg Hall. Continental - £72 Mountain View, £45 Whetstone Croft. Hampshire - £69 High Butterbent. Mule - £67 Low Stanger Thwaite, £64 Raines Hall, £64 Catshaw Hall Farm, £64 Nook Farm, £63 Beckfoot Farm. Swaledale - £57 Catshaw Hall Farm, £50 Yates Farm, £50 Overthwaite Farm, £48 Whicham Hall. Cheviot - £56 High Wallabarrow Farm, £46 Castle Green Lane, £36 Forest Hall. Rough Fell - £54 Ashbank, £52 Low Deepslack, £44 Low Fold, £42 Croft Foot Farm, £40 Mosergh Farm. Dales Bred - £53 Fell End Farm, £35 Mosergh Farm. Masham - £51 Mosergh Farm. Herdwick - £38 Bowkerstead Farm, £38 High Wallabarrow Farm.

Cast Ram:

Leicester - £148, £108 Whicham Hall. £88 Strickland Hill. Texel - £75 Oakfield Farm. Swaledale - £54 Overthwaite Farm. Suffolk - £53 Mountain View.

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