J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Primestock - Tuesday 23rd June


The fortnightly sale for all classes of pigs at NWA J36, saw a fast trade with buyers keen to secure all types of pigs to fulfil orders.

The sale commenced with prime pigs which saw a top price of £115 achieved for a pair of Saddleback x Pietrain hogs from PK & R Woof, Stainton who sold prime gilts of the same breeding at £112. BR Harrison, Windermere sold a trio of Pietrain x gilts at £110, with JM Navesey, Darwen selling Saddleback gilts to £88. Top pence per kilo was 118p/kg from BR Harrison and PK & R Woof with other prime pigs generally 90–95p/kg depending on breed and weight, with buyers cautious of over fat pigs and showing a preference for gilts and hogs.

An increased entry of weaner and store pigs saw a top price of £41 achieved for Duroc x stores from AJ & EJ Platt, Barrow in Furness with others achieving £31. Weaners sold to £28 for Large White x again from AJ & EJ Platt, with youngest weaners selling to £15 from M Bennett, Penrith.

The next sale for all classes of pigs will be held on Tuesday 14th July, please contact the office with entries to assist with promotion.

Spring Lambs

There was a pleasing show of 1365 lambs forward today at J36, that sold to an improved trade on the week, averaging 233p/kg. Thanks must go to our vendors for the quality and finish lamb presented for todays sale.

Heavy weight lambs continue to sell to a strong trade with a top of £122 for a Suffolk from DM & D Cook, Ulverston, others Suffolks closely followed from M Cook at £120. Well-meated 45kg to 55kg lambs selling between £108 and £115. Charollais lambs from J & M Wilson, Selside topped the pence per kilo market selling to 269p/kg or £113 a head. Many consignments of fed and good conformation lambs sold in the region of 250p/kg with some of the better runs of lambs selling to 260p/kg range. Beltex lambs were, once again, in strong demand topping at £110 from RW & SA Nicholson, Carnforth with this pen of lambs sired by a Paul Slater tup. Other Beltex lambs from the same home sold £109. Light weight lambs weighing between 34-38kg were well sought after, with numerous outlets for them. A top price of £101 was achieved for 37kg Beltex lambs from R Lawrence, Grange over Sands, others sold to £100 from J & O Galbraith, Endmoor. There was more Mules coming forward today with these selling excess of 210p/kg topping at 220o/kg from JH Atkinson & Partners, Selside.

Cast Ewes

There was a larger show of cast sheep on offer with 336 going through the ring this afternoon, selling to a much sharper trade. Leaner types of ewes were the trade of the day with buyers still cautious of over fat ewes. Topping the market at £110 was a Texel ewe from Harry Geldard, Gilpin, with pens of Charollais ewes from JA & R Geldard & Sons, Levens selling to £106 and £105. Strong Suffolk ewes peaked at £102 from J Twigge, Grange over Sands with 15 pens selling over the £100 barrier. Continental ewes were regularly selling in the high eighties with the best topping at £100 for a Texel from GB Holt, Elmshaw. A run of Cheviot Mule ewes from JJ & M Metcalfe, Kirkby Lonsdale topped at £85 with many more pens selling in the eighties. Mule ewes were the trade of the day with strong Mule ewes selling in the high seventies with a top of £82 from RF & CE Hodgson, Pennington.

Horned ewes peaked at £75 for Rough Fells from WJ Dawson, Sedbergh, with others from the same home to £71. Strong Swaledale ewes saw a top of £65 from the Inman Family, Witherslack with plenty of Swaledales selling into the late fifties.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs

Continental £122 Smithy Green Farm, £109.50 Mosergh Farm, £108 Underhelm Farm, £108, £104 Smithy Green. Suffolk £120 Hollin Hall, £114.50 High House Farm, £112, £111.50 Rowe End Farm, £110 Smithy Green Farm. Texel £118 Johnson House Farm, £116 Hallbeck, £114.50 Smithy Green Farm, £114 High House Farm. Beltex £117 Benson Hall, £110, £109, £107 Green Lane End Farm, £107 Beckfoot Farm. Charollais £113 Cooper House, £107 Holmelands, £102.50 Crosscrake Farm, £102 Holmelands, £101 Head House. Dorset £112 Brow Head. Lleyn £100 Low Foulshaw Farm. Hampshire £89 Endmoor Farm, £82 High Farm. Mule £85.50 Mosergh Farm, £85 Underhelm Farm.

Prime Hoggs

Texel £97, £80 Stoney Gill. Mule £73, £71 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Herdwick £62 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Masham £61 Mosergh Farm.

Cast Ewes

Texel £110 Low Foulshaw Farm, £100 Great House Farm, £98 High Farm, £91 Deansbiggin, £89 Endmoor Farm. Charollais £106, £105, £91, £90 Low Foulshaw Farm. Suffolk £102 Holmelands, £94 Great House Farm, £88 Deansbiggin, £70 Great House Farm. Beltex £94 Endmoor Farm. Masham £82 Deansbiggin. Cheviot Mule £85 Orchard House, £83 Farleton House, £80, £79 Orchard House. Mule £82 Rowe End Farm, £79 Great House Farm, Deansbiggin, £77 Yoad Pot, Deansbiggin. Lleyn £77 Birch Bank, £73, £72 Low Foulshaw Farm. Rough Fell £75, £71, £62 Rash Mill. Swaledale £65 Strickland Hill, £64 Yoad Pot, Low Stennerley, £61 Strickland Hill, £57 Rash Mill.

Cast Tup

Texel £78 Warth Sutton Farm.

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