J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Sale of Pigs, Prime Lambs and Cast Sheep. Tuesday 11th July 2023


Strong competition was experienced for all pigs at NWA J36 with prime pigs selling to a top price of £232 for Pietrain x from C Woodhouse, Nateby. This was closely followed by others at £222 from W Stamper, Chipping and hoggs at £212 from J Stott Jnr, Crosscrake. Other well finished pigs were regularly £170 to £200, to include Saddleback x gilts from H Kent, Cockerham achieving £182.
Lighter weight pigs sold to £160 for Pietrain x hoggs from W Stamper, Chipping with Duroc x gilts at £102 from DC Morley, Chapelton.
Top pence per kilo of 212p/kg was achieved by John Stott Jnr, Crosscrake with others regularly 175p/kg to 205p/kg.
Cull sows sold to £115 and 46p/kg for Saddlebacks from DC Morley, Chapelton.
50 prime pigs are required every sale to satisfy buyer demand, vendors are encouraged to enter pigs to assist with advertising.


A pleasing entry of 1130 prime lambs were forward, as seen nationally trade was a little less than previous weeks. Once again Junction 36 saw heavy meated lambs sell to a big premium. The sale topped at £160 for a Texel from TE&A Galbraith, Crooklands. Suffolks sold to £155 from G Riley, Bolton le Sands. Closely followed by a full pen of Texels selling to £154 from WT Whittaker & Son, Nether Kellet. Many pens of 50kg plus lambs sold at over £150. There is always a keen interest in butcher type lambs at Junction 36 with Beltexs selling to £151 from WS Burrow, Silverdale. A pair of Dutch Spotted lambs sold to £147 from R&E Ladds, Kendal. Once again creep fed lambs and those full of meat were achieving good returns, with leaner sorts harder to place on the day and buyers showing caution towards under finished lambs.
Another big show of light lambs was forward with these lambs needing to be full of meat. 36kg Beltex lambs sold to £109 from AE Atkinson & Son, Endmoor. A full ring of first cross Texel lambs at 35kg sold to £102.50 from Hornby Hall Farms, Penrith.


Vendors responded to the call for ewes with 399 forward today, with them selling to a fast and competitive trade as buyers are keen to fulfil orders. The sale peaked at £170 for a Beltex ewe from M Allen, Carnforth closely followed by another at £167 from AM Blackwell, Preston Patrick. Heavy first cross ewes sold to £142 for a Suffolk cross from R&J Dodgson, Natland with Texel cross achieving £138 from D Black, Milnthorpe. Others were regularly £128 to £135. Medium continental cross ewes were keenly competed for and generally selling at £90 to £116. Mules sold to £119 for a pen of ten from S&A Bland, Tebay with others at £118 from J Bargh & Son, Morecambe and Cheviot Mules at £116 from P&MR Carruthers, Penrith. Medium Mules nicely sold at £90 to £105. Hill ewes sold to £108 for Cheviot from K Purtill, Wigan, Rough Fells to £94 from S&A Bland, Tebay, Swaledales to £90 from GA Guy, Tebay and Herdwicks £90 from Messrs Edmondson, Ambleside. A large proportion of recently weaned hill ewes, generally sold at £60 to £80 depending on quality and type.

Top Prices


Texel: £160 The Coach House, £154 Lane Ends Farm, £152 Yoad Pot, £148 High House Farm,£147 High House Farm, £146 The Plough Inn. Suffolk: £155 Maddison Avenue, £144 Lane Ends Farm, £143 Lane Ends Farm, £143 High House Farm, £140 Marsh House Farm, £137 Hallbeck. Beltex: £151 Gibraltar Farm, £115 Moss Side Farm, £115 Holmelands. Dutch Spotted: £147 Bensons Hall, £121 Bensons Hall. Charollais: £143 Kingsland, £140 Crosscrake Farm, £133 Crosscrake Farm, £117 The Grange, £114 Moss Side Farm. Dorset: £140 Hallbeck, £121 Howriggs. Hampshire: £116 The Grange. Mule: £109 Hollins Farm.


Beltex: £170 Yealand Manor, £167, £130, £108 Lackslost. Suffolk: £142 Cracalt Farm, £128 Oak Avenue, £112 Ackenthwaite Farm, £96 Cockrigg Farm. Texel: £138 Cumbrae, £138 Yealand Manor, £134 Arklid Farm, £132 Oak Avenue, £130 Station Hotel, £130 North Farm. Continental: £134 Raw Foot, £110 Cotegill Farm, £90 Lackslost. Mule: £119 Cotegill Cottage, £118 North Farm, £114 Oak Avenue, £112 Station Hotel Farm, £110 Bensons Farm, £108 Head House. Cheviot Mule: £116 Raw Foot, £108 Howriggs, £104 Lackslost, £95, £94 Howriggs. Cheviot: £108 Oak Avenue. Charollais: £98 Kirket Nook. Rough Fell: £94 Cotegill Farm, £90 Marsh House Farm. Dorset: £90 Yealand Manor, £86 Leighton Drive. Masham: £90 Middale Farm. Swaledale: £90 Lunesdale House, £80 North Farm. Herdwick: £90 Wall End Farm.

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