J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Store Cattle - Thursday 23rd July


There was a good entry of 82 calves and stirks at J36. Leading the way was WH Kitching & Sons, Hale selling a British Blue bull to £465 with other British Blue bulls to £420 from A Spence, Consett. All British Blue bulls forward averaged £398.

Native bred bull calves were in strong demand, with a top of £350 from HJ Robinson & Son, Preston Patrick with 4-week-old Aberdeen Angus bulls selling to £330 from MJ & K Ayrton, Lancaster. Month old Stabiliser x bull claves sold to £300 from DR & C Galbraith, Grayrigg. Strong Aberdeen Angus heifer calves from CM & CS Chapplehow, Clifton Dykes peaked the heifer section at £405. A young show of British Blue heifer calves were forward but all sold well with a top of £305 from JR Handley, Whinfell. Many more strong beef calves sold in the mid to late three hundreds with the medium type beef calves selling between £220 and £280.

There continues to be a very strong trade for all dairy bred bull calves at J36 with Fleckvieh bull calves from R & J Dodgson, Natland selling away to £225. A run of Dairy Shorthorn bull calves from Messrs Robinson, Old Hutton sold to £153 and £143. Black and White bull calves were the trade of the day with 10 black and white bull calves selling over £150, with a top of £195 from JM Barton & Son, Lupton and others to £182 from RG & JA Clark, Endmoor and £180 from MJ & K Ayrton, Lancaster. Medium types were selling between £50 and £75. All dairy bull calves averaged £125 for 45 sold.

A run of weaned calves sold to £500 for a Limousin bull (4 months old) black and whites to £365 (5 months old).

Cast Cows

Cull cows continue to be a fast and competitive trade with more needed at each sale to fulfil buyers’ requirements. Beef cows sold to 157.5p/kg for a Limousin x from GM Redmayne, Ings who sold others at 154.5p/kg. Other beef cows generally 130p/kg to 145p/kg with keen interest in cows suitable for further feeding.

Dairy cows sold to a high of 147.5p/kg from JM Barton & Son, Lupton who sold others at 141.5p/kg. A run of cross bred cows from JJ & MA Park & Son, Helsington sold to 137.5p/kg, Fleckvieh x and 134.5p/kg for Montbeliarde x. All cows averaged 128p/kg with two thirds of the sale being dairy cows.

Top grossing cow today was a Holstein Friesian from JM Barton & Son reaching a total of £1185.

Several OTM heifers forward today sold to 181.5p/kg and £972 for a Dairy Shorthorn from JR Handley, Whinfell.

Store Cattle

Another strong trade was experienced for store cattle with a large number of buyers in attendance keen to secure cattle. Once again, it was a pleasure to see both new and returning customers both buying and selling today.

Steers sold to a top price of £1110 for an Aberdeen Angus x from MJ Shepherd, Newbiggin with other first cross steers sold to £1050 for a Limousin x from S & M Cooper, Ulverston and £1000 for an Aberdeen Angus x from G Cuthbertson, New Hutton. A pair of yearling Limousin x suckler bred steers from JT Procter, Flookburgh sold to £1060. Suckler bred Aberdeen Angus x steers (13 months old) from RG Robinson, Farleton sold to £860. Younger cattle were extremely well sold with 12 month old British Blue x steers to £860 from FP & G Slater, Witherslack who sold Hereford x at £770. A 10 month old Simmental x steer from PD & P Mason, Burton in Kendal sold at £710 with British Blue x steers achieving £680.

Heifers sold to £1040 for a Limousin x from S & M Cooper, Ulverston with Aberdeen Angus x £1010 from MJ Shepherd, Newbiggin. The heifers today were predominantly yearling suckler bred sorts with a super run of pure Aberdeen Angus x from RG Robinson, Farleton sold to £870 with others £790. Other Aberdeen Angus x sold to £870 from R Cowin & Sons, Mansergh with 10 month old Limousin x £830 from I & AJ Armer, Burneside. Other heifers generally sold between £720 and £800.

An entry of young feeding bulls from FW Park, Windermere sold to a competitive trade with Charollais x selling to £920 and Limousin x £910, £890 and £880.

The next sale of store cattle is on Thursday 6th August within the ‘August Fair’. Vendors are encouraged to enter cattle with confidence to take advantage of the current high demand and strong trade.

Breeding Cattle

A Simmental in-calf cow due to a Limousin bull for early September sold at £1040 from A Spence Farming, Consett. The next sale on Thursday 6th August includes the ‘August Fair’ sale of 100 Beef breeding cattle.

Top Prices

Bull Calves

BRITISH BLUE: £465 Broomfield, £420 Low Brooms Farm, £390 Elm Tree Farm, £375 Townhead Farm, £340 Flodder Hall. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £350 Elm Tree Farm, £330, £180 Bambers Farm, £135 Wyke Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: £300 Bambers Farm, £195 Lupton Hall, £182 Far Audlands, £180, £170 Bambers Farm, £160 High Grounds Farm. STABILISER: £300 Sunny Bank. FLEKVIEH: £225 Cracalt Farm, £175 Wyke Farm. SHORTHORN: £218, £165, £160 Far Audlands. DAIRY SHORTHORN: £155, £145, £135, £92, £70 Strickley.

Heifer Calves

ABERDEEN ANGUS: £405 High Grounds Farm, £170 Strickland Hill. BRITISH BLUE: £305 Craketrees, £295 Flodder Hall, £285 Broomfield, Ravens Lodge, Flodder Hall, £275 Elm Tree Farm. LIMOUSIN: £295 Flodder Hall. STABILISER: £280, £270 Sunny Bank. SHORTHORN: £205 Strickley. HOSLTEIN FRIESIAN: £115 Bambers Farm, £80 Cracalt Farm. HEREFORD: £85 Wyke Farm.

Steer Stirks

LIMOUSIN: £500 Poppy Farm. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £430 Poppy Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESAIN: £365 Poppy Farm.

OTM Cows

LIMOUSIN: 157.5, 154.5 Gowan Bank Farm. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 147.5, 141.5 Lupton Hall, 131.5 Far Audlands, 129.5 Low Sizergh Farm. SIMMENTAL: 139.5 Crabtree Farm. FLEKVIEH: 137.5 Low Sizergh Farm. MONTBELIARDE: 134.5 Low Sizergh Farm. HEREFORD: 134.5 Crabtree Farm, 121.5 Low Brooms Farm, 104.5 Sandham Farm. SHORTHORN: 129.5 Strickley. DAIRY SHORTHORN: 111.5 Strickley. CONTINENTAL: 111.5 Low Sizergh Farm.

OTM Heifers

DAIRY SHORTHORN: 181.5 Craketrees. HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: 139.5 Lupton Hall. HEREFORD: 129.5 Low Brooms Farm.

Store Bullocks

ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1110 Gaskell House, £1000 Capplerigg, £980 Tarnside Farm, £860 Ellers Farm. LIMOUSIN: £1060 Mireside Farm, £1050 Tarnside Farm. BRITISH BLUE: £870, £840, £810 Bellart Howe, £680 Coat Green Farm, Bellart Howe. HEREFORD: £770 Bellart Howe, £750 Coat Green Farm. SIMMENTAL: £710 Coat Green Farm.

Store Heifers

LIMOUSIN: £1040 Tarnside Farm, £830, £810, £790 Bowston Hall. ABERDEEN ANGUS: £1010 Gaskell House, £870 Hawkrigg Farm, £870, £770 Ellers Farm, £730 Bellart Howe. BRITISH BLUE: £980 Tarnside Farm, £630 Coat Green Farm. HEREFORD: £600 Coat Green Farm.

Store Bulls

CHAROLAIS: £920, £850 The Howes. LIMOUSIN: £910, £890, £880, £840 The Howes.

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