J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Store Cattle & Suckled Calves - Thursday 31st October

Suckled Calves

The second show and sale of suckled calves at NWA J36 saw a catalogued entry of over 300 which attracted a full ringside of both regular and new customers from throughout the Northern Counties. The pre-sale show was kindly judged by Mr C Schofield, Cheadle and was kindly sponsored by Agri Lloyd, TA Broderick & Sons Hay & Straw Merchants, WCF Fuels and Rural Energy Saving Grants.

The Championship rosette was awarded to a 6-month-old British Blue x steer from TW Gorst, Crook with the Reserve Champion rosette awarded to a Limousin x Bullock from R Gibson & Son, Kendal. The heifer class was won by PW Clarke, Crosthwaite showing a 6-month-old Red Limousin x heifer.

The sale topped at £870 for the show Champion with other strong Continentals x steers selling between £800 and £860 and younger sorts, 4-6-month-old selling between £680 and £740. Native bred steers sold to £700 for a pen of five Aberdeen Angus x steers from J Scott & Co, Cark in Cartmel with Shorthorns selling to £670 from Messrs Hodgson, Windermere and Herefords to £660 from CI Briggs, Ambleside. All suckler steers averaged £691.

Suckler heifers sold to a top price of £830 for a Blonde x from MJ Whitworth, Bolton-le-Sands with the stronger end of heifers selling between £680 and £740 depending on breed. An entry of predominately younger heifers sold to £760 for a 6-month-old black Limousin x Heifer from Messrs Hodgson, Windermere. All suckler heifers forward averaged £580.

Several suckler bulls forward sold to £685 for Blonde x from CR Alderson & Son, Kirkby Stephen with Limousin x to £670 from AJ & SE Burrow, Beetham.


There were 81 calves forward at today’s sale. Beef calves continue to be a strong trade at J36 with British Blue bulls continuing to be the best to sell topping at £300 from DR & C Galbraith, Grayrigg, with others from the same good home to £290. Charolais bulls sold to £275 from Colby Farms, Appleby. Native bred bull calves were a solid trade, with Herefords selling to £255 and £250 from Lawkland Hall Farm. Augus bulls sold to £225 from Colby Farms. Topping the Heifer section was a British Blue Heifer from JM Barton & Son, Lupton at £300, with other Blues to £295 from JW & TE Sharp, Lyth. MH & AR Robinson’s run of Limousin Heifers hit the heights at £220. Dairy Shorthorn bulls were good to sell topping at £120 from Messrs Robinson, Old Hutton. Fleckviehs peaked at £90 from RF & CE Hodgson, Pennington. There were 6 men ringside for Black and Whites. A weaned calf from RJ & P Metcalf, Crook hit £135 with the others, being a younger show, selling around the £60-£65 mark, with the next draw £45-£50 and the smallest £18-£25.

Cast Cows

There was one of the largest entries to date with 88 being sold. The sale topped at 127p/kg for a Limousin cow from K Thomas, Sedbergh. Other heavy beef cows sold to 119p/kg, twice, firstly from JF Batty & Son, Coniston selling Aberdeen Angus and secondly for Blondes from NP & CE Buckley, Ings. Beef bred cows, for further finishing, generally sold between 105-118p/kg depending on age and condition. Top grossing cow was £963 for a Limousin from K Thomas, Sedbergh with the best finished cows between £800 ad £920.

Dairy cows sold to 94p/kg for a Holstein Friesian from JJ & MA Park & Son, Helsington with other meated cows 85-92p/kg. Parlour cows sold between 70-80p/kg with the leanest sorts less. Top grossing cow sold to £652 from Messrs Dennison, Ulverston. OTM Heifers sold to 114p/kg or £699 from R & J Dodgson, Natland.

Cull bulls sold to 89p/kg or £694 for a Red Poll from J Mark, Barrow-in-Furness.

All cows sold to full value with new buyer enquires being received for the next sale on 14th November.

Store Cattle

There was a seasonal entry of Store Cattle forward with buyers keen to secure well-bred in-spec cattle with those falling out of spec and much harder trade. Top price of £900 was achieved for a Limousin x heifer from K Thomas, Sedbergh with other heifers selling to £760 for Aberdeen Angus x from MJ & JD Handley, Sedbergh. Steers sold to £850 for a South Devon from AT Threlkeld Ltd, Ulverston with Aberdeen Angus’ selling to £745 from JF Batty & Son, Coniston.
The next sale of Store Cattle is on Thursday 14th November, please forward entries to office in good time to assist the auctioneers and fieldsman in contacting buyers ahead of the sale.

Top Prices

Suckler Bullock

British Blue £870, £830, £805, £725 Gilpin Farm, £710 Woodside Farm. Blonde £860, £750, £745 The Bungalow. Limousin £830 Gilpin Farm, £820 Singleton Park, £800 High Borrans Farm. Charolais £805, £760 High Wray Farm, £725 Tock How Farm, £720 The Ashes, £715 Lower Hawthwaite. Simmental £790, £765 Town End, £655 High Skelghyl, £590 Singleton Park. Aberdeen Angus £700 Middle Birkby Farm, £640 Raines Hall, £595, £565, £540 Broad Heys Farm. Hereford £660 High Wray Farm. Muse Rhine Issel £630 Piked Howe. Continental £600 Poole Bank Farm.

Suckler Heifer

Blonde £830 The Bungalow, £755, £750 Aisgill Farm. Limousin £760 High Borrans, £725 Woodside Farm, £685 Mill Barn, £680 Hill Farm. Aberdeen Angus £730, £620, £535 Natland Mill Beck Farm, £505 Middle Birkby Farm. British Blue £700, £655, £635, £625 Gilpin Farm, £615 Piked Howe. Hereford £680 Natland Mill Beck Farm. Charolais £655 High Wray Farm, £650 Lower Hawthwaite, £635, £590 High Wray Farm, £585 The Ashes. Simmental £565, £530 Singleton Park.

Suckler Bull

Blonde £685, £665, £655 Aisgill Farm. Limousin £670 Low Woodedge Farm, £650 Marsh House Farm, £640 Holden Fold Farm, £585 High Skelghyl. British Blue £655 Folly Villa.


Limousin 127.5 Hill Top Farm, 114.5 Low Woodedge, 111.5 Old Croft, Capplerigg Farm, Old Croft. Aberdeen Angus 119.5, 114.5 Bank Ground, 111.5 Broad Heys Farm, 109.5 Bank Ground. Blonde 119.5, 117.5 Hill Farm. Hereford 99.5, 94.5, 91.5 Broad Heys Farm. Shorthorn 94.5 High Farm, 84.5 Crake Trees, 79.5 Cockley Beck Farm, 77.5 Broad Oak. Friesian 94.5 Low Sizergh Farm, 87.5 Laithwaite, Cracalt Farm, 84.5 Laithwaite, Holmescales. British Blue 91.5 Hill Farm. Montbeliarde 89.5 Low Sizergh Farm.

OTM Heifer

South Devon 151.5 Bowkerstead Farm. Limousin 137.5 Capplerigg Farm. Simmental 117.5 Capplerigg Farm. Friesian 114.5 Cracalt Farm, 111.5, 99.5 Low Sizergh Farm.

Bull Calf

British Blue £300, £290, £245 Sunny Bank, £235 Grace Mire Farm. Charolais £275 Colby Laithes. Hereford £255, £250 Lawkland Hall Farm. Limousin £235 Strickley, £185 Holmescales Farm. Aberdeen Angus £225 Colby Laithes, £160 Raisgill Hall. Saler £150, £120 Colby Laithes. Shorthorn £120 Strickley. Fleckvieh £90 Rowe End Famr, £78, £70 Townhead Farm. Friesian £65, £60, £58 Moor House, £50 Scales Park Farm.

Heifer Calf

British Blue £300 Lupton Hall Farm, £295, £270 Flooder Hall, £265 Sunny Bank, £250 Lupton Hall. Limousin £220 Holmescales, £210 Moor House, £170 Strickley, £160 Moor House, Holmescales. Simmental £200 Colby Laithes. Hereford £170 Colby Laithes, £135 Lupton Hall Farm, £105 Far Audlands. Aberdeen Angus £185 Sunny Bank.

Store Bullock

South Devon £850 Bowkerstead Farm. Aberdeen Angus £745 Bank Ground. Continental £635 Old School House.

Store Heifer

Limousin £900 Hill Top Farm. Aberdeen Angus £760, £740, £690 Archers Hall, £615 Bank Ground.

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Show Results 

Sponsors Agri Lloyd, TA Broderick & Sons, WCF Fuels, Rural Energy Saving Grants
Judge Mr C Schofield

Class one – Suckler Heifer Calf
1st Lot 259 PW Clarke, Woodside
2nd Lot 303 TW Gorst, Gilpin Farm
3rd Lot 305 TW Gorst, Gilpin Farm

Class two – Suckler Bullock Calf
1st Lot 301 TW Gorst, Gilpin Farm
2nd Lot 174 R Gibson & Son, Singleton Park
3rd Lot 302 TW Gorst, Gilpin Farm

Class three – Suckler Bull Calf
1st Lot 111 W Hull, Folly Villa
2nd Lot 163 E Parker, Crag Bank

Champion Lot 301 TW Gorst, Gilpin Farm
Reserve Champion Lot 174 R Gibson & Son, Singleton Park

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