J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Prime Hoggs & Cast Sheep, Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Prime Hoggs

Weather conditions didn’t help for numbers in the market today but the trade in the ring was on fire, with an overall market average of 263p/kg and an SQQ of 269p/kg. There was an impressive market average of £111.86p per head.

Charollais hoggs topped the market today selling to £127 from DJ Clarke, Underbarrow and purchased by Plumgarths Farm Shop, with other Charollais to £124 from M Archer & Son, Bolton le Sands also purchased by Plumgarths Farm Shop and the same price and breed from JG Harryman, Hawkshead.

Beltex hoggs peaked at £126 from JS & KM Wilson & Son, Helsington. Texel hoggs twice sold to £122.50 from DJ Clarke, Underbarrow. A large quantity of hoggs sold around the £120 mark. The consignment from AR & BJ Thompson, Selside sold Texel and Beltex hoggs to 311p/kg, 307p/kg, 305p/kg, 304p/kg and 300p/kg twice. John Twigge’s consignment of hoggs peaked at 305p/kg.

There were plenty of pens of Continental handy weighted hoggs regularly selling in excess of the 280p/kg mark.

Mule hoggs peaked at £118, weighing 47kg from R & EA Gardner, Brigsteer with 42kg Cheviots selling to £116 from EW & JR Parkinson, Dunsop Bridge. Horned hoggs peaked at £110 for 41kg Scotch Black Face from M & YS Barker, Halton with Herdwicks selling to £109 from S Procter, Selside and Rough Fells achieving the same price from VR Guy, Tebay.

Suffolk hoggs sold to £120, averaging £114.58 or 251p/kg
Continental hoggs sold to £120, averaging £107.59 or 260p/kg
Mule hoggs sold to £118, averaging £112.22 or 256p/kg
Swaledale hoggs sold to £105, averaging £92.62 or 253p/kg
Routh Fells sold to £109, averaging £104.83 or 242p/kg
Scotch Black Face, sold to £110, averaging £110 or 268p/kg
Charollais sold to £127, averaging £114.68 or 276p/kg
Cheviots sold to £116, averaging £107.58 or 274p/kg
Texels sold to £122.50, averaging 114.74 or 270p/kg
Herdwicks sold to £109, averaged £109 or 237p/kg
Beltex sold to £126, averaging £121.60 or 297p/kg

Cast Sheep

There was a bigger show of cast sheep forward at J36 today with trade remaining very strong but buyers were still cautious of over-fat ewes. Texel ewes once again topped the market at £125 from K Little & D McClure, Cartmel with Beltex ewes selling to the same price from T Oyston, Carnforth. A good show of 200 Mules were forward with the best ewes selling around the £90 mark and topping at £93 from J Handley, Heversham with the next level down selling well into the 80s with an overall average of £80 for all forward.

All hill sheep were keenly bid for with Rough Fell ewes selling to £102 from VR Guy, Tebay with others from the same home selling to £92. Swaledales topped at £78 from A Dixoin & Son, Yoad Pot with medium Swaledale ewes selling around the £60 – £65, with leaner types being the trade of the day selling around the £30 – £40 mark. A pen of Herdwick ewes from B & D Willison & Son, Levens sold to £70.

Cast rams continue to be a strong trade with many more needed to fulfil buyers requirements topping with Charollais at £129 from G M Metcalfe, Underbarrow.

Top Prices

Charollais: £127 Tullithwaite Hall Office, £124 Redbank Farm, The Galleon, £115 Poppy Farm, College Green, £113 Ashtree Cottage. Beltex: £126, £122 High House, £120 Poppy Farm. Texel: £122.50 Tullithwaite Hall Office, Woodside Farm, £122 Luneside, £121 Holmelands, High House, Hill Top Farm. Suffolk: £120, £118 Smithy Green Farm, £117.50 Tullithwaite Hall Office, £117 Halton Park Farm, £115 Swallowmire, £113 Smithy Green Farm. Continental: £120 Hartsop, High House, £116 Hazelslack Tower Farm, Head House, £114 Brow Head, Ashtree Cottage. Horned: £118.50 Hazelslack Tower farm. Mule: £118 Barrowfield, £116 High House, £115.50 Tullithwaite Hall Office, £115 Harden Farm, £114 Woodside Farm, £113 Paddock View. Cheviot: £116, £114 Hareden Farm, £111 Swallowmire Farm, £105 Luneside Farm, £99 Poppy Farm. Scottish Blackface: £110 Halton Park Farm. Herdwick: £109 High Biggarsbank. Rough Fell: £109 Whinfell Terrace, £108, £100 Luneside. Swaledale: £105 The Borrans, £95 Nether House Farm, £92 Yoad Pot, £87 School Cottage. Dorset: £97 Brow Head.

Beltex: £125 Coat Green Farm. Texel: £125 Wood Broughton Barn, £109 Causeway Farm, High Wray Farm, £108 Swallowmire Farm, £106 Cinderbarrow Farm. Rough Fell: £102, £92 Whinfell Terrace, £84 Borrow Bridge House, £75 High Swinklebank Farm, £74 Luneside, £73 Borrow Bridge House. Charollais: £97 High Foulshaw Farm. Suffolk: £97 Deep Clough, £96 High Biggarsbank, £94 Ackenthwaite Farm. Continental: £97 High Foulshaw Farm, £66 Low Borrowbridge. Mule: £93, £88 College Green, £87 Causeway Farm, £86 High Wray Farm. Swaledale: £78 Yoad Pot, £67 Cinderbarrow Farm, £60 Moors Farm, £59 Holme Farm, £57 Moors Farm, £48 Chapel House. Masham: £75 High Swinklebank Farm. Cheviot: £71 Home Farm. Herdwick: £70 Cinderbarrow Farm, £68 Holmelands, £60 High Standen Drive, Holmelands, £57 High Standen Drive, £46 Rydal Farm. Jacob: £56 Coat Green Farm.

Charollais: £129 Low Gregg Hall, £106 College Green. Rough Fell: £109 Luneside. Texel: £108 Swallowmire Farm, Owlnook, £98 Poppy Farm. Bluefaced Leicester: £105, £74 Yoad Pot. Suffolk: £81 High House Farm, £76 Yoad Pot. Continental: £75 Low Borrowbridge. Jacob: £70 Coat Green Farm.

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