J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Spring Lambs, Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep, Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Junction 36’s weekly sale of prime lambs had a larger offering of 1032 spring lambs, selling to an overall market average of 242p/kg. This market average is very much in line with the national centres on the day.

The trade today saw well finished lambs selling to a premium with the best average being 255p/kg for 45kg upward lambs. It was heavy weight lambs which led the way with a cracking consignment of Suffolks from Helen Newton, Levens selling to £149, £142.50, £139 and £137. The consignment of heavy weight Texels from John Stott Jr, Crosscrake sold to £143 and £139. The run of heavy weight Texels from E Dodgson, Kendal sold a pen of 10 to £141 with other pens to £140. Plenty of heavy weight lambs still easily selling in excess of the £130 mark. Top p/kg this week was 283p for Texels from John Stott Jr with others to 282p/kg from AE & PC Capstick, Heversham. Plenty of pens of Farm Assured commercial lambs between 41-44kg continued to easily sell in excess of the £100 mark.

There is still plenty of demand for prime hoggs, with well finished hoggs selling in excess of 200p/kg easily with proper fed hoggs selling between 230p/kg – 240p/kg. Heavy weight Texel hoggs sold to £116 from T Sharp, Oxenholme. Handy weighted hoggs sold to 249pkg or £104 for Texels from GM & A Jackson, Little Eccleston with others from the same good home selling Herdwicks to £101, Scotch Blackfaces to £99 and Swaledales to £97.

The weekly sale of cast sheep saw 350 forward, with all types selling to a competitive trade. Leading the way were pure Texel ewes selling to £142 from I L Dixon, Cantsfield with many of the pure-bred Texel ewes selling round the £130 mark, with an overall average for Texel ewes of £106. Zwartbles ewes from W B Winder & Co, Broughton-in- Furness sold to £136. Mule ewes were keenly bid for with the best regularly selling to the £110 mark, topping at £112 from W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe, with others selling to £110 from TM W & H Hodgson, Ulverston. Medium type, fit Mule ewes, regularly sold to the £110 mark.

A run of Cheviot Mule ewes from C Wilson, Witherslack sold to £110. Hill ewes once again sold to a strong trade with Cheviots selling to £125 from J Allonby & Son, Grayrigg with others selling to £114 from T Ellis, New Hutton. A wonderful run of Rough Fell ewes from H Chapman & Son, Middleton sold to £116 with other Rough Fell ewes selling to £97 from W J Dawson, Dent.

Strong Swaledale ewes were the strongest trade of the day with a top of £113 from TM W& H Hodgson, Ulverston with others selling to £105 from R Lawrence, Grange-Over-Sands. Medium Swaledale ewes regularly selling at the mid £70 mark.

A smaller show of cast rams were forward with all rams easily sold and many more are needed to fulfil our buyers’ requirements. Beltex sold to £138 from G C L Stephenson, Kirkby Lonsdale who also sold Texels to £130. Hill bred tups topped at £95 for a Herdwick from A E A Harrison, Kentmere.


Top Prices

Prime Lamb:
Suffolk - £149, £142.5, £139, £134 Low Levens, £128 Station Hotel Farm. Texel - £143 Kingsland, £141, £140 Spital Farm, £139 Kingsland, £137 Low Levens. Beltex - £121, £119 Head House, £105, £103 Stubb Farm. Charollais - £119 Thistle House, £105 Crabtree Farm, £104.5 Thistle House, £95 Warth Sutton Farm, £85 Crabtree Farm. Dorset - £110.5 High Biggarsbank, £93, £90 Warth Sutton Farm, £86.5, £84 Corney Hill Farm. Dutch Spotted - £96, £90 Small Holdings. Hampshire - £95 High Farm. Continental - £78 Patton Mill Farm. Mule - £70 Burnhead Farm. Swaledale - £70 Hall Farm.

Prime Hogg:
Texel - £104 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £95 Tock How Farm. Herdwick - £101, £96 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Scotch - £99, £94 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Horned - £97 Laverock Bridge. Swaledale - £97, £94 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Continental - £95 Swainshead Hall Farm. Cheviot – £90 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Jacob - £86 Old Station Lane. Rough Fell - £85 Millbeck. Leicester - £82 Laverock Bridge.

Cast Ewe:
Texel - £142 Cantsfield Hall, £130 Endmoor Farm, £126, £125 Low Stangerthwaite, £123 Bouthwaite Farm. Zwartble - £136, £108 Wall End Farm. Cheviot - £125 Green Head, £114 Woodside, £111 Moss End Farm, £106 Moser Hill. Dorset - £117 High Biggarsbank. Suffolk - £117 The Height, £110 Ingleborough Park Drive. Rough Fell - £116 Millbeck, £97 Rash Mill Cottage, £90 Over Elf Howe. Hampshire - £115 High Farm. Swaledale - £113 Arklid Farm, £105, £97 Holme Farm, £89 Strickland Hill. Mule - £112 Ackenthwaite Farm, £110 Arklid Farm, £110 Wall End Farm, £109 High Farm, £109 Low House. Cheviot Mule - £110, £104 Nether Hall Farm. Continental - £110 Thistle House. Jacob - £94 Old Station Lane. Charollais - £86 Moss End Farm. Masham - £82 Hawes Farm.

Cast Ram:
Beltex - £138 Deansbiggin. Texel - £130 Deansbiggin. Herdwick - £95 Millriggs.

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