J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Primestock - Tuesday 30th June

Spring Lambs

The weekly sale of Spring Lambs had 1551 forward selling to another strong trade at J36 with an overall market average of 231p/kg. All weight ranges of lambs were in strong demand today with 32-39kg lambs averaging 232p/kg and 39-45kg averaging 229p/kg. Heavy weight lambs continue to be in demand with 45-52kg lambs averaging 238p/kg.

Topping the market today at £133 were 55kg Texel lambs from D & C Middleton, Burrow. This was closely followed by Continental lambs to £128 from DM & D Cook, Ulverston with other Texel lambs selling to £125 from W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe, £122 from IL Dixon, Cantsfield and £120.50 from J Woodburn & Partners, Ulverston. Suffolk lambs sold to a top of £121 from JD, EM & JA Atkinson, Skelsmergh, with Charollais lambs also achieving £121 from SJ Middleton, Dent. There were many more pens of 47-50kg selling in the mid to late one hundred and teens.

Beltex lambs sold to a top of 297p/kg grossing £110 from J Twigge, Lindale who sold others to 272p/kg. E & J Postlethwaite, Old Hutton sold Texels to 280p/kg. Many pens of better conformation lambs sold in excess of 250p/kg.

There were more Mule lambs on the market this week which topped at £91 weighing 43kg from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale. Light weight lambs between 32-36kg sold in strong demand today with more required each week.

A special mention goes to our vendors and buyers for supporting us through June which has seen an impressive increase in through put from the same month last year of 77%.

Cast Ewes

There were 381 cast sheep forward today that sold to an improved trade with all specification of ewes in strong demand. Cast ewes from S & A Bland, Tebay lead the way selling to a top of £110 closely followed by other Texels to £109 from S Kellet & Sons, Pilling followed by £108 from J Twigge, Lindale. £106 was achieved twice from Mrs C Bousfield & Sons, Appleby and EW Parsons, Ackenthwaite. Plenty of pens of Continental ewes regularly sold around the £100 mark. All Continental ewes forward averaged £91.86. Leicester ewes this week topped at £97 from the Inman Family, Witherslack.

Big Mule ewes were a much-improved trade this week, selling to a top of £86 from DW Hodgson, Cartmel Fell followed by other Mules to £84 from J & O Galbraith & Son, Endmoor. Plenty of pens of stronger Mule ewes sold around the £80 mark. All Mules forward this week averaged £71.48.

There was a larger proportion of hill sheep on the market today that saw horned sheep sell to a top of £70 for Scotch Blackface from OR Hodgson, Old Hutton with Swaledale ewes selling to £69 from the Inman Family closely followed by £65 from J Taylor, Carnforth. Rough Fell ewes this week peaked at £65 from E & K Bland, Gaisgill. There was plenty of pens of fit Swaledale ewes selling into the fifties.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs

TEXEL: £133 Johnson House Farm, £125 Ackenthwaite Farm, £124 Johnson House Farm, £122 Cantsfield Hall, £120.50 Mansrigg Hall, £119 Cockrigg Farm. CONTINENTAL: £128, £118 Smithy Green Farm, £106 Low Barrows Green, £103 Pilling Hall, The Old Vicarage, £92.50 Brown Edge. CHAROLLAIS: £121 Dale View, £107.50 Low Foulshaw Farm, £102 Dale View, £101 Rowe End Farm, £98 Myres Farm, £95 Green Lane End Farm. SUFFOLK: £121 Low Groves Farm, £117.50, £116.50 Mansrigg Hall, £116 Smithy Green Farm, Hodgsons Green Farm, Meadow Oaks. BELTEX: £110 Back O’ The Fell Road, £98.50 Capplethwaite Hall. MULE: £91 Catshaw Hall Farm, £87 Tullithwaite Hall Office, £86 Strickland Hill, £85 Thursgill. CHEVIOT: £75 Barker Knott.

Prime Hoggs

MASHAM: £66, £20 Low Audlands. CHEVIOT: £65 Greenbank Farm. TEXEL: £63 Low Carlingill. ROUGH FELL: £61 Low Carlingill. HORNED: £58, £41 Low Carlingill. JACOB: £55 Archers Hill.

Cast Ewes

TEXEL: £110 Cotegill Cottage, £109 Pilling Hall, £108 Back O’ The Fell Road, £106 Holme Farm, Highfield, £103 Low Foulshaw Farm. CONTINENTAL: £104, £99 Ackenthwaite Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £99 Ackenthwaite Farm, Back O’ The Fell Road, £85 Ackenthwaite Farm. BLUEFACED LEICESTER: £97 Strickland Hill, £91 Castle Cottage. SUFFOLK: £96, £92 Ackenthwaite Farm, £91 Low Barrows Green, £87 Woodside, £85 Swallowmire Farm, £79 Garnett Folds. ZWARTBLES: £87 Low Foulshaw Farm, £84 Nether Hall Farm. MULE: £86 Swallowmire Farm, £84 Endmoor Farm, £80, £79 Ackenthwaite Farm, £78 Back O’ The Fell Road, £77 Hawkrigg End. LLEYN: £82, £81 Low Foulshaw Farm. MASHAM: £81 Low Audlands. CHEVIOT – MULE: £77 Low Moor Howe Farm. CHEVIOT: £70 Low Garths Farm, £56 Brow Head. SWALEDALE: £69 Strickland Hill, £65 Castle Cottage, £63 Holme Farm, £60 Cotegill Farm, £59 Low Newton Farm, £58 Cotegill Cottage. ROUGH FELL: £65 Cotegill Farm. DORSET: £61 Marsh House Farm.

Cast Tups

BELTEX: £98 Hardrigg Farm.

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