J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly Sale of Prime Lambs and Cast Sheep, Tuesday 27th December 2022

Prime Lambs
The weekly sale of prime lambs at Junction 36 had an increased entry of 2023 forward, selling a very similar trade with a market average of 242p/kg achieved. A mixed entry forward in terms of quality saw best type butchers’ lambs easily selling in excess of 300p/kg. Heavy weight lambs continue to be in big demand and well sold at junction 36 with this type regularly selling in the region of 260p/kg. Handy weight well fed commercial lambs were regularly 250-260p/kg with the upland lamb trade dependant on size and finish.
Leading the way was 52kg Beltex lambs selling to £157 from TLB&J Knowles, Selside. Heavy weight Texel lambs peaked at £156 From F&SA Edmondson, Ulverston followed by £154 from RC Billington & Son, Claughton on Brock and then £150.50 from KE Richards & Son, Howgill with plenty of pens of heavy weight Texel lambs in the one hundred and forties. Heavy weight Suffolk lambs peaked at £145 from DE&SM Moorhouse, Natland. Heavy weight Cheviots peaked at £149 from LA&M Lambert, Lupton with others to £140.50 from Stockdale Farms, Sedbergh. Mashams peaked at £134.50 from WI&A Atkinson & Son, Bleasdale with Mules peaking at £126.50 from EW&JR Parkinson, Dunsop Bridge followed by £125.50 from WI&A Atkinson & Son, Bleasdale. Butch quality lambs were in demand today peaking at 363p/kg or £134 from JG&PH Thompson, Selside followed by 340p/kg and £139 from Robyn Allen, Staveley and 338p/kg or £145 from Tony Ellis, New Hutton, then 336p/kg or £131 from AR&BJ Thompson, Selside and 332p/kg or £146 from RA Batty, Haversham.
As to be expected at this time of year, a larger number of Horned lambs are coming forward with heavy weight Rough Fells to £119 from PE Allen, Ings with Swaledales to £110 from F&SA Edmondson, Ulverston.

Cast Sheep
450 ewes were forward selling to the usual full ring side of buyers at Junction 36 with trade was very similar to previous weeks. Pure Texel ewes sold to £228 from PK&R Woof, Stainton with others to £222 twice from T&CM Kelsall & Sons, Chipping. Beltex ewes sold to £144 from RC Billington & Son, Claughton on Brock. Leicester ewes sold to £142 from R Harker & Son, Greyrigg. Mule ewes saw the best regularly selling at one hundred and ten plus topping at £118 twice from S&B Capstick, Old Hutton and F&ME Little, Barrows Green. Mashams sold to £115 from DC Miller, Claughton on Brock. A big show of hill ewes was forward, Dalesbreds sold to £110 from Calderside Farms with Cheviots selling to £106 from BD Willison & Son, Tebay. Swaledale ewes sold to a top of £92 from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale with others selling to £89 from Calderside Farm, Oakenclough. 200 Swaledale ewes forward averaged £70. Rough Fells sold to a top of £90 from GR Park & Sons, Whinfell.
Forty cast rams forward saw Leicester sell to a top of £156 from R Harker & son, Greyrigg with others to £146 from JS&S Atkinson, Scorton. Charollais rams sold to £132 from TW&C Shepherd, Underbarrow with Teeswaters selling to the same price from JA Bennett, Longsleddale.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs Top Prices:
Beltex: £157 High Borrowbridge, £146 Corners Cottage, £146 Candyslack, £145 Corner Cottage, £145 Woodside. Texel: £156 Ntherhouses Farm, £154 Netherhouses Farm, £150.50 Crook O Lune Farm, £148 Red Scar Farm, £148 Steel Croft. Cheviot: £149 Brow Head, £140.50 Bowers Farm, £130.50 Bowers Farm, £129.50 Bowers Farm, £114.50 Bowers Farm. Suffolk: £145 High House Farm, £141 Netherhouses Farm, £135 Grindelwald, £135 Netherhouses, £132.50 Netherhouses. Continental: £139 Head House, £129 Helm Croft, £125 Milestones, £118 Yoad Pot, £110 Greaves Farm. Masham: £134.50 Holme House Farm, £105.50 Cobble Hey Farm. Horned: £133 Holmelands, £88 Holmelands. Mule: £126.50 Hareden Farm, £125.50 Holme House Farm, £125 Sykes Farm, £123 Red Scar Farm, £121.50 Netherhouses Farm. Charollais: £122 Low House. Rough Fell: £119 St Annes Farm, £96.50 Boundary Beck, £87.50 Millrggs, £80 Low Deepslack. Dorset: £115 Cumbrae. Leicester: £110 Yoad Pot, £97 Brown Edge Farm, £97 Low Newton Farm. Swaledale: £110 Netherhouses Farm, £104 Netherhouses Farm, £102 Wilcocks Farm, £95 Yoad Pot, £91.50 Sykes Farm. Scotch Black face: £102 Helm Croft. Cheviot Mule: £96 Poppy Farm. Hampshire: £89 Main Street. Herdwick: £68 Cockley Beck Farm.

Cast Sheep Top Prices:
Texel: £228 Stroth End Farm, £222 Brown Brook, £222 Brown Brook, £195 Stroth End Farm, £172 Brown Brook. Beltex: £144 Stubbins Farm. Leicester: £142 Grayrigg Hall. Suffolk: £126 Netherhouses Farm, £108 West Plain Farm. Zwartble: £120 Catshaw Hall Farm. Mule: £118 Helm Croft, £118 Low House, £110 Nether House Farm, £106 Bybeck, £106 Brown Brook. Masham: £115 Cobble Hey Farm. Dalesbred: £110 Calderside Farm, £94 Brown Brook, £80 Brown Brook. Cheviot Mule: £110 Stubbins Farm, £100 Stubbins Farm. Cheviot: £106 Bybeck, £77 Low Deepslack, £74 Oak Avenue. Swaledale: £92 Catshaw Hall Farm, £89 Calderside Farm, £85 Nether House Farm, £79 Catshaw Hall Farm, £76 Brown Brook. Rough Fell: £90 Low Deepslack. Dorset: £84 Old Parkside. Scotch Black Face: £74 Riddings. Horned: £72 Higher Salter. Herdwick: £36 Bybeck.

Cast Ram Top Prices:

Leicester: £156 Grayrigg Hall, £146 Sykes Farm, £112 Arklid Farm, £102 Saddlers Croft, £100 Calderside Farm. Charollais: £126 Nook Farm. Teeswater: £132 Middale Farm. Texel: £126 Calderside Farm,  £120 Bybeck, £110 Poppy Farm, £98 Fairfield. Dalesbred: Cobble Hey Farm. Swaledale: £86 Grayrigg Hall, £86 Grayrigg Hall, £72 Bybeck. Horned: £86 Higher Salter. 

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