J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly Sale of Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep, Tuesday 17th January 2023.

Prime Hoggs sell to £147 and 289p/kg. Cull ewes sold to £210

Prime Hoggs

All prime hoggs sold to a market average of 228p/kg with buyers showing a preference towards well finished and heavy weight hoggs. The market topped at £147 for heavy weight Texel x hoggs from JB Airey, Kendal with other Texel x achieving £145 from TA Teasdale, Newton in Cartmel with Suffolks to £146 from N Barker, Burton in Kendal. Standard weight hoggs sold to £132 for Texel x from N Barker, Burton in Kendal with Beltex selling to £130 from CM Jennings, Selside and Suffolk x to £126 from JH Towers & Son, Tunstall. Well finished medium weight hoggs sold to £118 from TMW& H Hodgson, Nibthwaite with Beltex x also achieving £118 from W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe. Lighter weight hoggs were a selective trade with well finished hoggs in this weight range meeting buyers requirements, selling to £101 for Beltex x from JG&PH Thompson, Selside with others at £95 from P&TL Edmondson Ltd, Kirkby in Furness. Under finished hoggs looking better suited to the store market.
The sale peaked at 289p/kg for pure Beltex hoggs from AR&BJ Thompson, Selside followed by 276p/kg achieved for a Beltex from CM Jennings, Selside with others at 274p/kg from TMW&H Hodgson, Nibthwaite and W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe. Other well finished hoggs pure and ¾ bred hoggs regularly sold at 240-260p/kg with first cross lambs 225-235p/kg depending on weight and finish.
Very few hill bred hoggs forward today, with those forward selling to £139 for heavy weight Cheviots from Stockdale Farms, Sedbergh. Mules sold to £117 from D Black, Milnthorpe. Cheviot sold to 250p/kg for medium weights from AR&BJ Thompson, Selside with heavy weights selling to 248p/kg from Stockdale Farms, Sedbergh. Mules sold to 222p/kg from P Whitton, Burneside with others at 216p/kg from P&TL Edmondson, Kirkby in Furness.
Well finished hoggs of all classes and types continue to attract the keenest buyer attention with caution shown towards under finished and lighter weight hoggs. Vendors are encouraged to enter well finished hoggs at our weekly prime hogg sale with the fortnightly sale of store hoggs perhaps worth considering for the lighter weighted and under finished hoggs.

Cast Sheep

The ewe trade was stronger on the week at J36 with pure bred Texel ewes flying way to £210 from RA Batty, Selside with other pure ewes selling to £178 from K Little & D McClure, Cartmel. The best pure bred Continental ewes were regularly selling at the £140-£180 mark. Beltex x ewes sold to £155 from RA Batty, Selside with Suffolk x ewes selling to £134 from RA&L Hodgson, Patton. Leicesters sold to £125 from DE&J Waine, Longsleddale. All Mule ewes sold to a keen interest dropping twice at £110 from Holgate Caravans and Clarke & Johnson, Windermere. Fit medium type Mule ewes were regularly either side of the ninety-pound mark. Hill ewes saw a top of £101 for a full pen of Cheviots from J Allonby & Son, Grayrigg with Swaledales selling to a top of £83 from DE&J Waine, Longsleddale with the best end regularly selling at Seventy pound plus. Rough Fells sold to £80 from W Beck & Son, Gaisgill.

Thirty cast rams forward with Texels selling to £150 from S Thompson, Flookburgh, Black Wensleydales sold to £138 from DE&J Waine, Longsleddale. Rams showing signs of the weather were still keenly bid for and selling to their full value.

Top Prices

Prime Hoggs:

Texel: £147 Mint Close, £145 Head House, £142 Mint Close, £136 Red Scar Farm, £132 Dalton Old Hall, £128 Middlebarrow Plain. Suffolk: £146 Dalton Old Hall, £138 High House Farm, £131, £126 Tunstall Hall, £124 Underhelm Farm, £112 Old Woodhouse. Cheviot: £139, £115 Bowers Farm, £95 Poppy Farm. Ryeland: £135 Tebay Ghyll. Charollais: £134, £115 Headhouse. Beltex: £130 Crake Hall, £118 Ackenthwaite Farm, £117.50 Oak Aveune, £107 Poppy Farm, £106.50 Cumbrae, £102 Poppy Farm. Continental: £117 Oak Aveune. Mule: £117 Cumbrae, £97.50 Barrowfield.

Cast Goat:

£88 Four Lane Ends Farm

Cast Ewes:

Texel: £210 Dugg Hill, £178 Wood Broughton Barn, £138, £134 Dugg Hill, £130 The Park, £126 Spital Farm. Beltex: £155 Dugg Hill, £138 Stubb Farm, £128 Old Woodhouse, £119 The Park, £106 Green Head. Suffolk: £134, £128, £110 Patton Hall, £112 Four Lane Ends Farm, £96 Patton Hall, £80 Bensons Farm. Leicester: £125 Murthwaite. Dorset: £122, £114 Four Lane Ends Farm. Continental: £110 The Park, £90 Somme Avenue. Mule: £110 Middlebarrow Plain, £110 Far Orrest, £108 Patton Hall, £106 High Tenement Farm, £105 Smithy Green Farm, £100 Cottam Farm. Cheviot: £102 Bensons Hall, £101, £100 Green Head, £98 Red Squirrel Terrace, £93 Nook Farm, £91 Red Squirrel Terrace, £90 Lane End. Cheviot Mule: £108 Stubb Farm, £104 Sunny Bank. Masham: £96 Bensons Farm, £92 High Borrans Farm. Zwartble: £94 Somme Aveune. Swaledale: £83 Murthwaite. Rough Fell: £80 Barugh House, £76 Somme Aveune, £70 Red Squirrel Terrace.

Cast Ram:

Texel: £150 Somme Avenue, £116 The Park. Wensleydale: £138 Murthwaite. Dorset: £122, £120 Four Lane Ends. Leicester: £86, £84 High Borrans Farm. Charollais: £80 Spital Farm.

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