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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly Sale of Prime Hoggs & Cast Sheep, Tuesday 7th March 2023

Prime Hoggs

The weekly sale of prime hoggs once again saw a wide range of weights from 26kg to 70kg forward. Buyers were showing the keenest interest in well finished hoggs and slight caution toward the heavy weights. The sale peaked at £142 for a Texel hoggs from N Barker, Boughton in Kendal with others at £135 from M&S Blease, Carnforth and £129 from JB Airey, Kendal. Other heavy weight hoggs were generally selling at £115 to £125, depending on the breed and finish. Standard weight hoggs sold to £120 for Texel x from FI&ME Little, Barrows Green with others at £119 from K Gregory, Silverdale and £111 from AEA Harrison, Kentmere. Well finished lighter weight hoggs experienced a sharp rise in interest, selling to £94 for Texel cross’s from LA&M Lambert, Lupton with others at £91 from R Thacker, Lupton and £88 from JR Metcalfe, Ravenstonedale. The sale topped at 276p/kg for Texel cross hoggs from K Gregory, Silverdale with others at 270p/kg from AEA Harrison, Kentmere. Well finished standard weight hoggs attracted the keen interest regularly selling at 230 to 250p/kg.
Over half the entry comprised of hill bred hoggs which sold to £117 from AA Bentham, Dent with Mules to £109 from JF&AW Sutton, Longsleddale, Scotch Blackface to £107 from GM&A Jackson, Little Eccleston and Rough Fells to £104 from H Chapman & Son, Middleton. Lighter wight hoggs sold to £88 for Herdwicks from AEA Harrison, Kentmere with Swaledales to £86 from Forrest Hall Farm, Selside. An overall market average of 225p/kg was achieved for a sale containing a large proportion of heavy weight and under finished lambs.

Cast Sheep

All classes and types of cull ewes were keenly bid for, with a real shortage of heavy weight ewes this week. The sale peaked at £168 for a Texel ewe from AJ Astwood, Morecambe with other heavy ewes regularly £130 to £145. Mules sold to £136 from Stockdale Farms, Sedbergh with others at £128 from R&J Dodgson, Natland. Hill bred ewes sold to £122 for Cheviots from GR Park & Sons, Whinfell, Rough Fells to £110 from TLB&J Knowles, Selside and Swaledales to £86 from JF&AW Sutton, Longsleddale. All medium ewes nicely sold at £85 to £100 with the leanest sorts, several bids less. All ewes forward today averaged £76.

Cull rams sold to £168 from Stockdale Farms, Sedbergh with others at £166 from TW Gorst, Crook. No real power and strength in the rams today, with an overall market average of £92 achieved.

Top Prices

PRIME HOGGS:

Texel: £142 Dalton Old Hall, £135 The Barn, £129 Mint Close, £128 Dalton Old Hall, £127 Halton Park Farm, £126 The Barn. Continental: £125 The Barn, £118 Mint Close, £102 Hill Park, £99 Gunnerwell. Charolais: £119 Longfield Manor. Cheviot: £117 Outrake Foot, £110 Outrake Foot, £109 Little Eccleston Hall, £108 Croziers Croft. Suffolk: £113 Dalton Old Hall, £112 Cracalt Farm, £112 Hill Park, £108 Helm Croft, £107 Hareden Farm, £107 Cracalt Farm. Mule: £109 Nether House Farm, £108 Newcross House Farm, £106 Nether House Farm, £105 Helm Croft, £104 Newcross House Farm, £99 Red Scar Farm. Leicester: £108 Hareden Farm, £105 Thursgill, £105 Hareden Farm. Scotch Blackface: £107 Little Eccleston Hall, £100 Halton Park Farm, £99 Adamthwaite, £98 Helm Croft. Dorset: £105 Cumbrae. Rough Fell: £104 Millbeck, £94 Millbeck, £90 Boundary Beck. Swaledale: £100 Hareden Farm, £86 Forest Hall Farm, 385 Nether House Farm, £79 Wilcocks Farm. Masham: £96 Mealriggs Farm, £90 Mealriggs. Herdwick: £88 Millriggws, £87 Tebay Ghylls, £81 Cockley Beck Farm, £76 Cockley Beck Farm. Horned: £65 Higher Slater.

CAST EWES:

Texel: £168 Nicholson Crescent, £148 Crosscake Farm, £146 The Barn, £146 Newcross House Farm, £138 Top Thorn Farm, £138 Endmoor Farm. Zwartble: £154 Arklid Farm. Cheviot Mule: £136, £84 Bowers Farm. Leicester: £132 Wilcocks Farm, £130 Arklid Farm, £128 Thorn Cottage, £104, £96 Crookfield, £90 Boundary Beck. Charollais: £130 The Borrans. Hampshire: £130 Endmoor Farm. Mule: £128 Cracalt Farm, £124 Wilcocks Farm, £124 Mint Close, £122 Hill Top Farm, £120 Cooper House, £116 Low Bundrigg. Suffolk: £126 Cumbrae, £110 Cracalt Farm, £100 Lundholme Farm. Cheviot: £122 Low Deepslack, £118, £114 Bowers Farm, £112 Ghyll Farm, £86 Bowers Farm, £82 High Borrowbridge. Dorset: £110 Cumbrae, £110 High Biggarsbank, £98 Cumbrae. Rough Fell: £110 High Borrowbridge, £86 Mealriggs Farm, £84 Boundary Beck, £84 Low Fold, £84 High Swinklebank Farm, £84 High Borrowbridge. Masham: £110 High Swinklebank Farm, £88 Millriggs Farm, £82 Adamthwaite. Continental: £106 Gilpin Farm. Swaledale: £86 Nether House Farm, £76 Arklid Farm, £73 High Borrowbridge. Gritstone: £72 High Borrowbridge. Goat: £60 Broadhead.

CAST RAM:

Continental: £168 Bowers Farm, £106 Gilpin Farm. Charollais: £166 Gilpin Farm, £130 Cooper House. Texel: £130 Cooper House, £112 Steps Farm, £96 Becknook. Lleyn: £126 Bowers Farm. Cheviot: £120, £116 Bowers Farm. Dorset: £112 Gaythorn Hall. Rough Fell: £82 Millbeck. Swaledale: £72 Wilcocks Farm. Leicester: £70 Owlnook.

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