J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 New Year Show of Store Cattle. Fortnightly Sale of Calves, Stirks, OTM and Store Cattle, Thursday 5th January 2023.

Store Cattle

The New Year Show and Sale of Store Cattle had a wonderful entry of 400 forward. Some wonderful runs of cattle were forward which we congratulate our vendors on. Trade was seen to be electric from start to finish, with a ring full of buyers looking to fill the sheds after Christmas. The pre sale show was in the capable hands of Andrew Dyson who we thank for his time and expertise, we’d also like to thank our sale sponsors Rural Law Practice and Yan Farm Health.

Class 1- Best Store Bullock

1st MA&JA Winn with a British Blue selling to £1720
2nd SJ&AL Hargreaves with a British Blue selling to £1590
3rd N Cooper & Son with a Limousin selling to £1400

Class 2- Best Store Heifer

1st MA&JA Winn with a British Blue selling to £1900
2nd N Cooper & Son with a British Blue selling to £1320
3rd M&L Preece with a Limousin selling to £1540

Champion- MA&JA Winn with a British Blue selling to £1900

Reserve Champion- MA&JA Winn with a British Blue selling to £1720

The pre sale champion was awarded the Janet Gorst Perpetual Challenge Trophy, the much admired heifer from Martin and Julie Winn met fierce bidding and later went on to sale for the top price of £1900.

Store bullocks sold to a top of £1720 for British Blues from MA&JA Winn, Burneside with other Blue bullocks selling to £1590 from SJ&AL Hargreaves, Morecambe. A pen of 5 strong Charollais bullocks from M&SM Robinson, Lowgill sold to £1580 with Limousin bullocks selling to £1550 twice from RG&LR Holmes, Carnforth. The best end of strong continental bullocks were regularly selling £1450-£1600. A smaller show of yearling bullocks were forward with all meeting strong demand with Limousins selling to a top of £1390 from JG&PH Thompson, Selside. Native bullocks saw Whitebred Shorthorn sell to £1270 from PE&KA Sowerby, Barras.

Store Heifers would be the trade of the day with new buyers around the ring keen to purchase, also plenty of men looking for heifers for further breeding. Out of the show heifers sold to a top of £1600 for a Limousin from M&L Preece, Kirkby Lonsdale with other Limousin heifers selling to £1570 from RG&LR Holmes, Carnforth. M&L Preece, Kirkby Lonsdale rounded off a good day for them in the ring selling other Limousin heifers to £1540. Charollais heifers sold to £1490 from M&SM Robinson, Lowgill with Blues selling to £1470 from B&D Willison & Son, Penrith. A keen interest was show for all Angus heifers forward selling to a top of £1490 from TJ Robinson, Milnthorpe with others to £1400 from J Twigge, Grange over Sands. Well meated strong continental heifers were regularly selling between £1300-£1400. With yearling grazing types selling between £950-£1050 mark.


The opening sale of calves of the year at J36 had a good entry of 115 calves. There was a very two-tier calf trade with strong types in very good demand and eagerly bid for with younger and plainer calves difficult to place especially young native calves. British blue bull calves lead the way selling to a top of £380 from W Stamper, Chipping with others from the same home to £330. This was followed by the consignment of British Blue calves from A Pickthall, Kendal to £350 and £320 with heifers from the same home to £300. At £310 were British Blue bulls from DR & C Galbraith, Grayrigg. British blue heifers peaked at £360 from JR Handley, Whinfell. Other leading prices for continental bulls was £305 for Simmentals from M & S Blease, Carnforth. A consignment of strong Angus bull calves from RF & CE Hodgson, Ulverston sold to £350, £340 and £330. Plenty of calves in the two hundreds. It was the young calves and native heifers today that met a sticky trade.


40 stirks forward with all types selling to full value, the sale topped at £900 for Charollais bullocks from R&BJ Cleasby, Broughton in Furness. Limousin bullocks sold to £890 from JH Atkinson & Partners, Selside who sold other full pens of Limousin bullocks to £880. The heifer trade saw 5 month old Charollais heifers sell to a top of £670 from R&BJ Cleasby, Broughton in Furness with Limousin selling to £600 from M&S Blease, Carnforth.

OTM and Cast Cattle

The opening sale of cull cows saw a competitive ringside of buyers competing for all classes and types with an overall market average of 171.2p/kg achieved for 79 sold. Heavy well fleshed and well finished beef cows sold to a top price of 221.5 p/kg for a Limousin from T Atkinson, Ulverston. With other Limousin cross cows achieving 209.5p/kg from PR Escolme, Gatebeck and B Heyes, Mossboroug with British Blue cross also achieving 209.5p/kg from N Cooper &Sons, Broughton in Furness. Well bred beef cows regularly achieving 180p/kg – 190p/kg with keen interest in those suitable for further finishing. Dairy cows sold to a top price of 189.5p/kg for a Holstein Friesian from Jenkin Cragg Farms, Kendal and S&M Cooper, Leece. Other heavy well fleshed dairy cows generally selling at 165-175p/kg with medium 145-155p/kg with leanest parlour types at 115-125p/kg.
Top Grossing cow today was a Limousin from T Atkinson, Ulverston achieving £1665 with a Hereford cross from M&S Blease, Carnforth achieving £1461 with dairy cows peaking at £1451 for a Holstein Friesian from S&M Cooper, Leece. All cull cows averaged £1093.
OTM heifers sold to 199.5p/kg on several occasions for dairy bred heifers from Jenkin Cragg Farms, Kendal, R&J Dodgson, Natland and JG&BJ Escolme, Killington.
Top Grossing heifer also came from JG&BJ Escolme, Killington being a Holstein Friesian totalling at £1222.
Several cull bulls forward sold to 209.5p/kg for an Aberdeen Angus from J Twigge, Lindale with a Hereford from JA & DE Batty, Burneside achieving £1474.

The next sale of cull cows Thursday 19th January with another large entry required to satisfy buyers command.

Top Prices

Bull Calf:

British Blue: £380 Coldcotes Farm, £350 Borrans Farm, £330 Coldcotes Farm, £320 Borrans Farm, £310, £290 Sunny Bank. Angus: £350, £340, £330, £285 Rowe End Farm, £150, £145 Cinderbarrow. Simmental: £305, £290 The Barn. Fleckvieh: £190 Kitchlow Farm. Limousin: £155 Low Stangerthwaite.

Heifer Calf:

British Blue: £360 Craketrees, £300 Borrans Farm, £295 Moss House Farm, £290 Kitchlow Farm, £280 Coldcotes Farm, £280 Borrans Farm. Simmental: £250 The Barn. Angus: £235, £230 Rowe End Farm, £115 Wall End Farm, £100 Cinderbarrow.

Bull Stirk:

Limousin: £650, £610 Hopestead, £590, £560, £540 Beckside Farm. British Blue: £560 Beckside Farm.

Heifer Stirk:

Charollais: £670 Lower Hawthwaite. Angus: £630 Lower Hawthwaite, £550 Nether Hall Farm, £430 The Barn, £430 Moss End Farm. Limousin: £600 The Barn, £550, £470 Hopestead, £460 Beckside Farm, £440, £410 Hopestead. British Blue: £480 Moss End Farm, £410 Beckside Farm.

Steer Stirk:

Charollais: £900 Lower Hawthwaite. Limousin: £890, £880, £860, £830 Mosergh Farm. Angus: £640 Nether Hall Farm, £500 Moss End Farm.

OTM Cow:

Limousin: 221.50 Newland View, 209.50 Land Improvements, 209.50 Audlands Park, 199.50 Newland View, 194.50 Land Improvements, 194.50 Nun House. British Blue: 209.50 Troughton Hall, 164.50 Aisgill Farm. Blonde: 204.50 Newland View, 197.50 Causeway Farm, 194.50 Newland View, 181.50 Causeway Farm. Friesian: 199.50 Jenkin Cragg, 189.50 Tarnside Farm, 189.50, 181.50, 177.50 Jenkin Cragg. Angus: 191.50, 187.50 Forgelands Estate, 167.50 Croft Foot Farm, 159.50 Causeway Farm. Hereford: 184.50 The Barn, 181.50, 179.50 Riddings, 179.50 Gowan Bank Farm, 174.50 The Barn, 174.50 Riddings. Shorthorn: 179.50 The Barn. Continental: 169.50 Wasdyke Farm, 151.50 Nether Hall Farm. Devon: 149.50 Nether Hall Farm. Fleckvieh: 137.50 Newland View. Dairy Shorthorn: 129.50 Newland View.

OTM Heifer:

Friesian: 199.50 Low Stangerthwaite, 144.50 Stirzaker House Farm. Norwegian Red: 199.50 Cracalt Farm.

Cast Steer:

Highland: 139.50 Grange Farm.

Cast Bull:

Angus: 209.50 Holmelands, 134.50 Low House. Hereford: 169.50 Laithwaite Farm. Belted Galloway: 144.50 Scar Sykes Farm.

Store Bullock:

British Blue: £1720 High Underbrow, £1590, £1430 The Grange, £1390 High Underbrow, £1310 The Grange. Charolais: £1580 Mountain View, £1360 Holmelands. Limousin: £1550, £1520 Croftlands, £1490 Holmelands, £1440, £1420 Croftlands. Parthenaise: £1310 Croftlands, £1310 High Underbrow Farm. Shorthorn: £1300 Holmelands. Hereford: £1290 Holmelands. Whitebred Shorthorn: £1270, £1100, £1080 Oak Bank Farm. Angus: £1250 Holmelands, £1200 Hartsop Hall, £1180, £1150 Holmelands, £1060 Mireside Farm, £1060 Hartsop Hall. Blonde: £1100 Nook Farm, £1100 Poppy Farm.

Store Heifer:

British Blue: £1900 High Underbrow Farm, £1470 Bybeck, £1380 High Underbrow Farm, £1320 Troughton Hall, £1280 Low Waterside, £1170 Moss Side Farm. Limousin: £1600 High House Farm, £1570 Croftlands, £1540, £1470 High House Farm, £1470 Croftlands, £1470 Bybeck. Angus: £1490 Rowell Farm, £1400 Holmelands, £1380, £1340, £1300 Rowell Farm, £1280 Bybeck. Charollais: £1490 Mountain View, £1290 Holmelands, £1290 Rydal Farm, £1160, £1120 Poppy Farm. Hereford: £1400 Rowell Farm, £1010 Mansergh Hall Farm. Blonde: £1180 Nook Farm, £1120 Poppy Farm.

More Info

NWA New Year Show of Store Cattle.
Judge- Andrew Dyson
Sponsors- Rural Law and Yan Farm Vets

Class 1- Best Store Bullock

1st MA&JA Winn with a British Blue selling to £1720
2nd SJ&AL Hargreaves with a British Blue selling to £1590
3rd N Cooper & Son with a Limousin selling to £1400

Class 2- Best Store Heifer

1st MA&JA Winn with a British Blue selling to £1900
2nd N Cooper & Son with a British Blue selling to £1320
3rd M&L Preece with a Limousin selling to £1540

Champion- MA&JA Winn with a British Blue selling to £1900
Reserve Champion- MA&JA Winn with a British Blue selling to £1720

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