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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly sale of Sheep with Lambs at Foot, Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep. 15th March 2022

Sheep with Lambs at Foot
There was an increased entry of sheep with lambs at foot with seventy families forward. The ever spiralling costs is the first things on many buyers lips with many waiting for the grass to appear. The trade for powerful ewes with strong lambs was very good, with buyers cautious of purchasing outfits with younger lambs. Aged Continental ewes with twins lambs at foot lead the way with the consignment from J & R Waller, Killington selling to £250, £248 and £245. Other leading consignments saw Texel ewes with young Beltex lambs selling to £250 from Chris Slinger and Laura Eaton, Middleton whose Continental ewes with singles selling £208 and £190. Mule ewes aged with strong Texel twins sold to £238 from TW Gorst, Crook and £230 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. Plenty of pens of aged Mule ewes with younger twin lambs selling between £190 and £200.
Entries now being for next weeks sale. Please inform Ian Atkinson 07766 521472 or the office 015395 66200.

Prime Hoggs
There was a much-improved hogg trade then what had been anticipated with an entry of 775 forward selling to an overall market average of 248p/kg. Handy weighted hoggs continue to be in strongest demand selling to an average of 260p/kg. Best conformation hoggs sold in excess of the 300p/kg mark today. They peaked today at 335p/kg or £146 from CI Briggs, Ambleside for shapely Beltexs. This was followed by other Beltex hoggs selling from JA Alderson, Barras. The Texel hogg trade today was topped by DA Wilcock, Wigan selling to £136 or 302p/kg, with Charollais hoggs from the same home selling to £132 and £131. The heavy weight hogg trade continues to be sticky with a large number currently on the market peaking at £135 from JB Airey, Kendal with plenty more selling in the one hundred and twenties. Hill bred hoggs saw heavy Cheviots peak at £121 from J Allonby and Son, Grayrigg. Mule hoggs peaked at £117 from RJ & R Holden, Millom with others to £114.50 from G Beresford and Son, Hellifield. Hill hoggs saw Dalesbreds to £113 from R Capstick & Son, Ingleton, Lonks to £111.50 from DA Wilcock, Wigan, Herdwicks to £110.50 from M Cliff, Carnforth and Swaledales to £110 from JA Alderson, Barras. Nine active buyers looking for hoggs today in which more could have been handled to the advantage of vendors.

Cast Ewes
There was a nice entry of 300 ewes forward with all selling to another buoyant trade at J36. Pure bred Texel ewes led the way selling to an impressive £210 from R&E Ladds, Kendal. Other Texel ewes sold to £176 from J Twigge, Lindale. Many of the best continental bred ewes were regularly selling between the £160 - £170 mark. The next level down between £125 - £130. Mule ewes saw another jump in trade with the best selling well into the £130’s, topping at £143 from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale. Medium fit Mule ewes sold between the £115 - £120 mark. Hill ewes saw keen bidding from all buyers with Cheviots selling to a top of £126 from HR&KA Hodgson, Barbon, with others too £117 from RW Nicholson, Lupton. Rough Fells sold to £111 from WB Kellet, Pilling. Swaledales sold to a top of £108 for a ring full from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale.
A bumper entry of over 40 cast rams forward, with all selling to a massive premium. B&D Willison & Son, Levens lead the way with their impressive run of tups, selling Charollais too £214. Texel tups sold to £208 from JA & CA Gibson, Selside, with Cheviots to £136 from K Gregory, Carnforth and Herdwicks topping at £110 from A Hartley, Broughton In Furness.

Top Prices

Ewe & Lamb:

Continental - £250 Hallbeck. Texel - £250 Holme Farm, £248, £245 Hallbeck, £230, £208 Holme Farm. Mule - £238 Gilpin Farm, £230 Bensons Farm, £200, £195 Gilpin Farm. Charollais - £180, £175 The Borrans.

Prime Hogg:

Beltex - £146 High Wray Farm, £132 Barras Farm. Texel - £136 Gladden Hey Farm, £135 Mint Close, £134 Hill Top Farm, £128.5 Newcross House Farm, £128 Halton Park Farm. Charollais - £132, £131, £123.5 Gladden Hey Farm, £122.5 High Wray Farm, £120 Gladden Hey Farm. Continental - £127 Halton Park Farm, £119 Cracalt Farm, £111.5, £110.5 Hodgsons Green Farm, £108 Paddock View. Cheviot - £121 Green Head, £114 Stubb Hall Farm, £113.5 Fleet Croft, £109 Stubb Hall, £108 Howriggs. Suffolk - £120 Halton Park Farm, £120 Mint Close, £118.5 Gladden Hey Farm, £118 Halton Park Farm. Mule - £117 Newcross House Farm, £114.5 Tenley Farm, £113 Thursgill, £113 Tenley Farm, £111 Catshaw Hall Farm. Horned - £113.5 Tenley Farm, £111.5 Gladden Hey Farm, £104 Old School House. Dales Bred - £113, £94 Fell End Farm. Herdwick - £110.5 Howriggs, £107.5 Byre Cottage, £99 Bowkerstead Farm. Swaledale - £110, £100 Barras Farm, £94 Old School House, £92 Flakebridge. Rough Fell - £98 Boundary Beck, £97 Old School House, £90 Low Deepslack, £89 Bridge Stone.

Cast Ewe:

Texel - £210 Benson Hall, £176 Holmelands, £166, £150 Benson Hall, £146 Hollins Farm. Suffolk - £162 Moss Side Farm, £159 Head House, £154 Moss Side Farm, £142 Holme Farm, £100 Ninezergh. Zwartble - £157 Catshaw Hall Farm. Beltex - £144 Crake Hall. Mule - £143 Catshaw Hall Farm, £136 Holmelands, £136 Woodside Farm, £134 Hodgsons Green Farm, £133 Cantsfield Hall. Charollais - £134, £100 Dawson Fold. Leicester - £129 Benson Hall. Cheviot Mule - £128 Broad Oak, £126 Hill Top Farm, £112 Broad Oak. Cheviot - £126 Howriggs, £117 Green Lane End Farm, £110 Hill Top Farm, £96 Green Lane End Farm. Dorset - £126 The Old Parsonage. Rough Fell - £111 Low Croft, £105 Low Deepslack, £77 Bridge Stone. Swaledale - £108 Catshaw Hall Farm, £89 Thursgill, £74 Tuner Hall Farm. Herdwick - £91 Bowkerstead Farm, £88 Tuner Hall Farm, £80 Far Kiln Bank. Continental - £82 Lower Hawthwaite, £76 Slack Farm. Horned - £69 Higher Salter.

Cast Ram:

Charollais -£214, £178 Cinderbarrow Farm. Texel - £208 Longwell, £172 Cinderbarrow Farm, £168 Croziers Croft, £144 High Birk Howe Farm, £142 Cinderbarrow Farm. Beltex - £158 Marsh Grange Farm, £100 High Wray Farm. Suffolk - £144 Ninezergh. Cheviot - £136 Croziers Croft, £114 Sella Farm. Leicester - £120 Longwell. Whitefaced Woodland - £120 Crook Hall Farm. Herdwick - £110 Tuner Hall Farm.

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