J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Primestock - Tuesday 29th September

Prime Lambs

The weekly sale of Prime Lambs had a slightly smaller entry forward of 1471 selling to a slightly easier trade as seen nationwide, with an overall market average of 194p/kg. Well-fleshed lambs continue to be in strongest demand. Heavy weight lambs were a slightly easier trade as seen nationally selling to a top of £123 for Texels from A Holden, Burton in Kendal followed by £119 for Charollais from J Stott, Crosscrake. Other notable prices for heavy weight lambs, were Texel to £113.50 from A & CM Carter, Witherslack, £110.50 from E Dodgson, Kendal, £110 from CB Heald & Son, Ingleton and £109 from JE Wightman, Lupton, MA & JA Winn, Burneside, CB Heald & Son and F & CE Bently & Son, Shap. This was followed by £108 from E Dodgosn. Best conformation lambs sold to 242p/kg for Texels from G, GU & D Swarbrick, Meathop which grossed at £114. Shapley type lambs sold in excess of 220p/kg.

Mule lambs sold to £93.50 from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale. Plenty of pens of Mule lambs sold in the mid to late eighties. Light weight lambs continue to be in very strong demand with well-fleshed Continental lambs regularly flying past the 200p/kg mark.

Cast Ewes

There was a slightly smaller entry of cast sheep with 561 going through the ring. Strong Continental ewe continue to sell to a competitive trade with Beltex ewes leading the way selling to £121 from E & H Winder, Ravenstonedale. Charollais ewes topped at £117 from AR & BJ Thompson, Selside. Suffolk ewes sold to £111 from J & C Airey, Ulverston with of the best Continental ewes selling at £105+ mark.

Buyers were slightly cautious of over fat Mules toady with a peak of £79 from M Moorhouse, Grange Over Sands. Other twice sold to £73 from B Blee, Grange over Sands and JM Sanderson, Halton. Cheviot Mules continue to be easily sold at J36 with a top of £95 twice J & C Airey and for a full pen from R & J Moorhouse, Grange over Sands.

There was a bigger show of hill bred ewes, once again, at J36 with Cheviots leading the way at £74 from CF Hoggarth & Son, Burneside with Swaledales to £61 from R Morris-Eyton, Whicham. A strong pen of Rough Fell from TLB & J Knowles, Selside selling to £55.

The demand for cast rams was very strong, once again, with a top of £140 from J Stott Jnr, Crosscrake for a Charollais ram with Texel rams selling to £124 from W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe. All rams were keenly bid for.

Top Prices

Prime Lamb:

Texel - £123 Sandy Gap Cottage, £114 Kate Farm, £113.5 Black Bull Farm, £110.5 Spittal Farm, £110 Broats Farm. Charollais - £119 Kingsland, £100.5 Reed Garden, £96 Lentworth Farm, £89.5 Lower Hawthwaite, £86 Myers Farm. Suffolk - £101 Meadow Oaks, £100.5 Lane Ends Farm, £100 Seedfield, £100 Hawes Farm, £100 Weston Houses. Beltex - £109, £92.5 High Underbrow Farm, £86 Holgate Caravan Park, £84 Capplethwaite Hall. Continental - £98.5 Black Bull Farm, £98.5 Bouthwaite Farm, £97.5 Black Bull Farm, £94.5 Bouthwaite Farm, £89 Low House. Mule - £88 High Row, £88 Kate Farm, £88 Catshaw Hall Farm, £87.5 Middale Farm, £86.5 Holme House Farm. Masham - £87 Middale Farm, £65 Steps Farm. Cheviot Mule - £86, £78 Kate Farm. Cheviot - £85 Orchard House, £82.5 Green Lane End Farm, £80, 377 Orchard House. Hampshire - £84 Kate Farm. Zwartble - £75 Templand Farm.

Cast Ewe:

Beltex - £121 Little Close, £104 Poppy Farm, £98 Little Close, £88, £87 Laithwaite. Charollais - £117 Poppy Farm. Suffolk - £111 Reeds Garden, £102 Head House, £99 Reeds Garden, £90 Head House, £87 Ashbank. Texel - £109 Spittal Farm, £106 Laithwaite, £106 Lower Highfield, £104 Capplerigg Farm, £97 Poppy Farm. Cheviot Mule - £95 Reeds Garden, £95 Owlnook, £90 Cinder Barrow, £85 High Underbrow Farm, £78 Owlnook. Leicester - £94 Castle Syke Farm, £52 Barbon Fell House. Mule - £79 Hampsfield Hall, £73 Swimmers Farm, £73 Lower Highfield, £71 Park House Farm, £70 High Underbrow Farm. Cheviot - £74 Low Hundhowe, £67 Nook Farm, £59 Low Wood, £59 Beck Side. Masham - £74 Patton Hall. Teeswater - £69 Low Wood. Swaledale - £61 Beck Side, £58 Middale Farm, £52 Barbon Fell House. Dorset - £58, £50 Greenlands. Continental - £56 High Underbrow Farm, £47 High Hencroft. Rough Fell - £55 High Low Wood, £55 High Borrowbridge, £54 High Green Farm. Herdwick - £53 Poppy Farm, £49 Briar Fern. Jacob - £44 High Low Wood.

Cast Ram:

Charollais - £140 Kingsland, £117 Rose Cottage. Texel - £124 Ackenthwaite Farm, £117 High Cark Farm. Beltex - £100 Broad Oak. Suffolk - £85 Middle Birkby Farm. Hampshire - £83 Winterscales Farm.

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