J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly sale of Prime Lambs and Cast Sheep, 5th October 2021


The weekly sale of prime lambs saw an entry of 1242 forward, selling to a fast and competitive trade with buyers keen to secure lambs in a well finished condition. Three quarter and pure-bred lambs continue to sell to a premium, with a top price of 263p/kg achieved for Texel x lambs from NJ Strickland & Sons, Whinfell. Other Texel x lambs achieving 258p/kg from HR & KA Hodgson, Barbon and Suffolk x Texel lambs to 252p/kg from C Preston, Whicham. Well finished lambs regularly selling at 225-240p/kg, depending on weight. Hill bred lambs sold to a top price of 228p/kg for Cheviots from AR&BJ Thompson, Selside, with Mules selling to 227p/kg from A &M Skidmore, Tebay.
A large entry of heavy weight lambs today attracted keen interest, selling to £150 for Texel x lambs from TA Teasdale, Newton in Cartmel, Other heavy weight Continental x lambs (47-52kg) regularly selling at £138-£145pph. Mules sold to £108.50 from TMW&H Hodgson, Nibthwaite. Cheviots sold to £107.50 from M Allen, Carnforth. Vendors are encouraged to draw lambs in a well finished condition to achieve maximum return, with under finished lambs looking more suited to the store market. Next weeks sale includes the ‘Bonny Boys’ show for pens of five Mule wether lambs.


The weekly sale of cast ewes saw a planer show of ewes forward with all types once again selling to their full value. A run of pure-bred Texel ewes from RG Blackburn, Penrith sold to £138, with other Texels selling to £132 from Chris Head, Garth Row. DM & D Cook, Ulverston sold Suffolks to £125. Lleyn ewes from SE Coar, Preston sold forty four ewes to £125. Leicester ewes sold to a top of £122 from G Capstick, Ingleton. Mule ewes would be sharper on the day with Cheviot Mules selling to a top of £101 from TH&DM Cornthwaite, Cartmel Fell. The best Mules sold to £99 from DM & D Cook, Ulverston. Less hill ewes forward today, with Rough Fells selling to a top of £93 from A&M Mills, Pennington, Cheviots to £89 from MB Meredith, Coniston, with Swaledales to £64 from JF Cook, Natland and Herdwicks to £53 from P Dixon, Longsleddale.

Top Prices

Prime Lamb:

Texel - £150, £141 Head House, £140 Arklid Farm, £139 Lane Ends Farm, £137 Red Scar Farm. Suffolk - £144, £143, £142 Cockrigg Farm, £138 Meadow Oaks, £136 Lane Ends Farm. Dorset - £141 Red Syke Lodge. Continental - £126 Cracalt Farm, £97.5 The Borrans, £97 The Howes, £91 Garnett Folds, £90 Silverdale Drive. Beltex - £111.5 Poppy Farm, £103, £96 Kate Farm, £95 Cracalt Farm. Zwartble - £110 Arklid Farm, £84 Crook Hall Farm. Mule - £108.5, £106 Arklid Farm, £104 Holmelands, £103 Fell End Farm, £101.5 Flakebridge. Charollais - £107.5 Garnett Folds, £103.5 Yealand Manor, £102.5 The Borrans. Cheviot - £107.5 Yealand Manor, £104 Poppy Farm, £93, £92 Seedhowe Cottages. Cheviot Mule - £102 Holmelands. Horned - £97 Yealand Manor, £69.5 Crook Hall Farm. Masham - £89 Steps Farm. Ryeland - £87.5 Abbots Reading Farm, £84 Drovers Way.

Cast Ewe:

Texel - £138 Chapel House, £132 Killington Drive, £127 Low Tarn Green. Continental - £125 Anderton Fold Farm, £85 Gilpin Farm, £70 Tarnside Farm. Suffolk - £125 Smithy Green Farm, £118 Hollowmire Farm, £117 Head House, £99, £90 The Old Parsonage. Leicester - £122 Fell End Farm, £119, £87 Ashstead. Zwartble - £117 Tarnside Farm. Cheviot Mule - £101 Low Tarn Green, £99 Guides Farm, £97 Low Tarn Green. Wensleydale - £100 Tarnside Farm. Mule - £99 Smithy Green Farm, £93 Low Tarn Green, £89 Birch Bank, £88 Lane Ends Farm. Rough Fell - £93, £70 Red Syke Lodge, £61 Boundary Beck. Cheviot - £89 High Arnside Farm, £86 Forest Hall, £74 Springs Cottage, £68 Poppy farm, £66 Whelpside Farm. Masham - £80 Killington Drive. Lleyn - £73 Birch Bank. Swaledale - £64 Yewbarrow, £62 Forest Hall, £59 Garnett House Farm.

Cast Ram:

Suffolk - £116 The Old Parsonage.

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