J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly sale of Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep, 4th January 2022


A smaller entry of 955 prime hoggs were forward this week which sold to a stronger trade than expected with an overall market average of 267p/kg, to include a large proportion of upland bred lambs today. As per usual J36 had a strong trade for heavy weight lambs with the consignment from F&SA Edmondson, Ulverston leading the way once again with Suffolk lambs from this home selling to £155, £148 and £145. Heavy weight Texel lambs this week peaked at £144 from MW&M Hodgson, Cartmel Fell. Other Texel lambs sold to £142 from TA Teasdale, Newton in Cartmel and TH&D Cornthwaite & Son, Cartmel Fell. Plenty more pens of heavy weight lambs easily sold into the late £130’s. Heavy weight Mule lambs sold to £134.50 from TE, JS, SA Carruthers, Underbarrow with two pens selling to £131 from F&SA Edmondson, Ulverston. Followed by £129 from EW&JR Parkinson, Clitheroe. Handy weighted Continental lambs were eagerly bid for with best Beltex types regularly selling in excess of the 300p/kg mark, peaking at 340p/kg from JG&PH Thompson, Selside. Plenty of commercial handy weighted lambs regularly selling into 280-290p/kg. Well fleshed light weight lambs continue to be in big demand.


The opening cast sheep sale of 2022 saw a smaller show on offer with all types selling to a fast trade to set the tone for the year. A run of pure bred Texel ewes from R&E Ladds, Kendal sold to an impressive top of £228, with others from the same home selling to £182. The best Texel ewes regularly sold above the £150 mark, with the next level down selling between the £120-£130 mark. Beltex ewes sold to £150 from W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe with Suffolks selling to £141 from RHM&S Boyren, Colton. Mule ewes stepped up a gear with a delightful ewe from RA Batty, Selside selling to £142, with the best Mule ewes selling to the £120’s and the next level down selling either side of the £100 mark. Hill ewes saw some good returns with Rough Fells selling to £109 from WJ Dawson, Sedbergh and a full pen of Swaledale ewes from R&EA Gardner, Brigsteer selling to £83 with the best Swaledale ewes selling towards the £80 mark.
Another good entry of over 50 cast rams were forward, with all types selling to a strong trade at Junction 36. Texel saw a top of £160 from R Colbear, Appleby. Charollais sold to £158 from GA Metcalfe, Kirby Stephen. Hill bred rams saw a top of £129 for a Rough Fell from NW&EM Mason & Son, Middleton.

Top Prices

Prime Hogg:

Suffolk - £155, £148, £145, £136 Netherhouses Farm, £134 Low Shaw Farm. Texel - £144 Swallowmire, £142 Low Tarn Green, £142 Head House, £139 Netherhouses Farm, £139 Mint Close. Mule - £134.5 Red Scar Farm, £131 Netherhouses Farm, £129, £128 Harden Farm. Cheviot - £127.5 High Tenement Farm, £119 Croziers Croft, £116 Poppy Farm, £114 Brow Head, £100 Low Deepslack. Beltex - £127 Poppy Farm, £115 Low Hall Farm, £114 Kirket Nook, £112 Oak Avenue. Zwartble - £125 Arklid Farm, £100 Birks Farm. Continental - £118.5 Croziers Croft, £115 Holmelands, £112 Croziers Croft, £111, £99.5 Low Levens. Charollais - £117.5, £116 Myers Farm, £112 Tranthwaite Hall, £108.5 Far Orrest. Swaledale - £104 High Borrans Farm, £102 Bramaskew, £100 Middle Sadghyll. Horned - £100 Low Borrowbridge Farm.

Cast Ewe:

Texel - £228, £182 Benson Hall, £152 High Street, £150 Little Close, £138 Oakfield Farm. Beltex - £150 Ackenthwaite Farm. Cheviot Mule - £147 Stubb Farm, £114 Green Lane End Farm, £109 Sunny Bank. Suffolk - £144 Hill Park, £99 Ackenthwaite Farm, £80 Holmelands, £69 Ackenthwaite Farm. Mule - £142 Dugg Hill, £125 Low Barns Farm, £120 Beaumont Gate. Rough Fell - £109 Rash Mill Cottage, £80 Low Deepslack. Dorset - £108 Warth Sutton Farm. Charollais - £107 Beaumont Gate. Zwartble - £104 Rinkfield. Scotch - £90 Holmelands. Leicester - £87 Moss Howe Farm, £82 Holgate Caravan Park. Swaledale - £83 Barrowfield, £80 Benson Hall, £73 Moors Farm, £71 Yoad Pot. Cheviot - £76 Brow Head, £74 Moor Cottage. Herdwick - £60 Holmelands.

Cast Ram:

Texel - £160 Heights Farm, £148 Little Close, £127 Knott End Farm, £122 Keer Falls, £120 Moss End Farm. Charollais - £158 High Street. Hampshire - £136 High Farm. Rough Fell - £129, £100 High Green Farm. Leicester - £126, £115 High Borrans Farm. Beltex - £118 Keer Falls, £118 Tock How Farm, £100 High Underbrow Farm. Suffolk - £110 High Underbrow Farm. Dorset - £109 Keer Falls. Herdwick - £92 Knott End Farm. Swaledale - £90 High Green Farm

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