J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly Sale of Sheep with Lambs at Foot, Spring Lambs, Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep, Tuesday 2nd May 2023.


The largest entry of sheep with lambs at foot to date, saw 859 forward with an overall market averaged of £73.24 achieved, with an ever-increasing ring side of buyers all keen to secure additional stock and take advantage of the fast-growing grass.
Younger sheep are now coming forward in greater numbers this week, selling to £305 for a pen full of Texel x shearlings with twin Texel x lambs from G&KM Atkinson, Appleby who also sold Mule shearlings with twin Texel lambs at £270. Other Texel x shearlings with twin lambs sold to £300 on two occasions from J&M Wilson, Selside. Texel x shearlings with young Texel x lambs from RT Colbear, Appleby sold to £260. Two and three crop ewes continue to attract interest, selling to £250 for a Texel x with twin lambs from Messrs Buckle, Kirkby Stephen with others at £245 from JM&NJ Strickland, Whinfell and CR Alderson & Son, Kirkby Stephen. Older ewes sold to £240 on two occasions for Mules with Twin Texel lambs from TW Gorst, Crook with others at £230 from M Grunhill, Ayside, who also a sold Suffolk x at £225. An eye catching ring full of Mule hoggs with Suffolk lambs from RC Wharton & Son, Appleby sold at £200. Hill ewes are now coming forward, selling to £195 for Cheviot ewes with Beltex lambs from Messrs Buckle, Kirkby Stephen with others at £170 from R Heath, Bootle. Aged Lonk ewes with single Texel lambs sold to £125 from AJ Ellis, New Hutton with other Horned ewes selling to at £115 from JR Metcalfe, Ravenstonedale.


Numbers and demand are increasing week on week, with an overall market average of 345p/kg for all sold. Well bred lambs continue to sell to a premium, a tremendous Suffolk x Texel from M&RW Stirzaker, Milnthorpe raced away to a final bid of £200. This home also sold others at £192 and £186. A consignment of heavy weight lambs from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe sold to £192 with Suffolk x lambs form JBL&I Ellis, New Hutton selling at £182. Three quarter Texel x lambs from J&O Galbraith & Son, Endmoor sold to £180. Dorset x lambs from FE&CM Robinson, Crooklands sold to £160. Well-bred lambs regularly sold at 280p/kg to 410p/kg. Peaking at 417p/kg for Texel x from M&RW Stirzaker, Milnthorpe followed by others at 414p/kg from JBL&I Ellis, New Hutton. First x lambs were 314p/kg to 360p/kg depending on breed and weight.


A seasonal entry of prime hoggs saw an overall market average of 282p/kg for hoggs ranging from 25kg to 86kg. Well bred, well finished hoggs attract the keenest interest selling to 385p/kg from KA Purtill, Wigan who sold others at 370p/kg. A tremendous run of fed hoggs from GM&A Jackson, Little Eccleston saw Cheviots sell to 316p/kg, with others at 315p/kg and Scotch Black Face at 311p/kg. Well finished hoggs were nicely selling at 290p/kg to 310p/kg, depending on breed and weight.
Hoggs sold to a top price of £185 for a pen of Beltex x from KA Purtill, Wigan. Closely followed by Texel x achieving £176 from AG Butler, Hambleton with others achieving £173 from SH&LE Birkett, Nether Kellet and CA&M Jackson, Caton. Other heavy weight hoggs regularly achieved £150 to £165.
Hill bred hoggs sold to £143 for Cheviots from GM&A Jackson, Little Eccleston with others at £141 from JE Atkinson, Ulverston, Scotch Blackface £141 from B&JI Williams, Kirkby Stephen, Herdwicks £125 from Ingleborough Farming, Ingleton and Rough Fells £120 from Stockdale Farms Ltd.


An increased entry of ewes, as farmers now look to clear the sheds of unwanted passengers. Heavy weight and pure bred ewes were in short supply with those forward selling to £174 for a Texel from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. Others sold to £170 from JE Wightman, Luton and £168 from MA&JA Winn, Burneside. Heavy weight Mules sold to £168 from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe with others at £130 from the IOM. Hill ewes sold to £138 for a Cheviot from CI Briggs, Ambleside with others at £126 from JR Handley, Whinfell. Swaledales sold to £102 from JW Bentham & Son, Dent with others at £98 from RI Dixon, Low Newton. Scotch Black face ewes sold to £85 from the IOM.
Cull rams sold to £200 for a Teeswater from DE & J Waine, Longsleddale with a large number of medium Continental rams selling to £174 from M&YS Barker, Halton with others at £168 from T Ellis, New Hutton.

Top Prices


Mule: £200 High Field, £125 Old Hutton Farm.


Mule: £305, £270 Green Farm, £245, £240 Riddings, £240 Green Farm, £235 The Borrans. Texel: £300 Cooper House, £260, £240 Heights Farm, £225 Riddings, £215 Green Farm. Continental: £245 The Borrans, £152 Midtown Farm. Cheviot: £170 Midtown Farm.


Texel: £250 Buckles Farm, £245 Aisgill Farm, £180 Fell View Farm. Mule: £240, £235 Gilpin Farm, £232 Aisgill Farm, £232 West Birkrigg, £230 Black Syke. Suffolk: £225 Fell View Farm. Cheviot: £195 Buckles Farm. Continental: £185 The Borrans.


Suffolk: £200, £186 Station Hotel Farm, £182 Hawkrigg End, £170, £157 Station Hotel Farm. Texel: £192 Station Hotel Farm, £192 Bensons Farm, £183 Station Hotel Farm, £180 Station Hotel Farm, £172 Bensons Farm, £163 Station Hotel Farm. Charollais: £175 Bensons Farm. Continental: £160 Hawkrigg End, £153 Bensons Farm, £134 Hawkrigg End. Dorset: £160, £139 Warth Sutton Farm, £138 High Biggarsbank, £136 Warth Sutton Farm, £135, £132 High Biggarsbank. Hampshire: £141 Endmoor Farm.


Texel: £176 Park Farm Barn, £173 Forgelands Estate, £173 Stubb Hall Farm, £171 Park Farm Barn, £165 Stubb Hall Farm, £165 Park Farm Barn. Continental: £185 Oak Aveune, £154 Helks Farm, £139 High Wardses Farm, £132 Halton Park Farm, £127 Red Scar Farm, £127 Oak Aveune. Beltex: £158 Oak Aveune. Cheviot: £143, £142, £141 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £141 Nibthwaite Grange Farm, £138 Bowers Farm, £133 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage. Scotch Blackface: £141 Adamthwaite, £139, £137 Little Eccleston Hall Cottage, £136, £116 Halton Park Farm. Mule: £138, £132 Red Scar Farm, £116, £97 Bybeck, £91 Yewbarrow. Charollais: £132 High Underbrow Farm. Herdwick: £125 Ingleborough View Barn, £115, £108 Murthwaite, £106, £99 Tongue House Farm. Suffolk: £124 Low Woodedge Farm, £121 Helks Farm, £120 Nibthwaite Grange Farm, £102 Carlton House. Rough Fell: £120 Bowers Farm, £114, £112 Boundary Beck. Zwartble: £118 Low Foulshaw Farm. Swaledale: £112 Lunesdale House, £106 High Wardses Farm, £106, £91 Tongue House Farm.


Texel: £174 Bensons Farm, £170 Crabtree Farm, £168 High Underbrow Farm, £156 Coat Green Farm, £154 Ashtree Cottage, £150 Bybeck. Suffolk: £150 Ashtree Cottage, £144 Warth Sutton Farm, £140 Black Syke, £102 Warth Sutton Farm. Mule: £148 Bensons Farm, £132 Moorhouse Farm, £126, £120 Low Newton Farm, £118 Mireside Farm. Continental: £139 Raw Foot, £130 Coat Green Farm. Cheviot: £138 High Wray Farm, £126 Craketrees, £106 High Wray Farm, £100 Keen Ground Bungalow. Beltex: £126 Coat Green Farm. Dutch Spotted: £118 Black Syke. Zwartble: £110 Coat Green Farm. Swaledale: £105 Bridge End, £98 Low Newton Farm. Cheviot Mule: £104 Moss Side. Leicester: £86 Bybeck. Scotch Blackface: £85 Moorhouse Farm.


Teeswater: £200 Murthwaite. Texel: £174 Halton Park Farm, £168 Woodside, £150 Black Bull Farm, £100 Woodside. Lleyn: £120 Low Foulshaw Farm. Swaledale: £84 Barbon Fell House.

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