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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly Sale of Prime Lambs and Cast Sheep, Tuesday 3rd October 2023.

PRIME LAMBS

1262 lambs sold to a fast trade with all keenly bid for, in front of our ringside of ten active buyers. Heavy lambs once again sold to a premium at J36, with Texels selling twice to £157 from M&RW Stirzaker, Milnthorpe with Beltexs selling to £154 from JD&M Capstick, Bootle. Meny pens of well meated heavy lambs were regularly selling at £130 to £135. Smart bred lambs sold to a sharper trade with 41kg Beltexs selling at £128 from WS Burrow, Silverdale with other pens selling to £126 for 40kg lambs from RT Colbear, Appleby. More hill bred lambs were on offer today with Mules selling to £117 from JD&M Capstick, Bootle with others pens to £112 twice from JF&AW Sutton, Longsleddale. Cheviots sold to £110 from JG&PH Thompson & Sons, Selside with Swaledales topping at £108 from JD&M Capstick, Bootle. Best bred lambs sold to 300p/kg from WS Burrow, Silverdale with Texels to 292p/kg from Messrs Young, Lindale. Continental export type lambs were regularly 260p/kg to 270p/kg.

CAST SHEEP

654 cull ewes were forward being a noticeably leaner entry of pronominally hill bred ewes. Heavy well bred ewes were in short supply, selling to £158 for a Texel cross ewe from DJ&A Douthwaite, Penrith with others at £156 from D&C Middleton, Carnforth and £148 from JM&NJ Strickland, Kendal. Heavy cross bred ewes sold to £128 for a Suffolk cross from S&B Capstick, Old Hutton. Texel cross sold to £117 from JG&PH Thompson & Sons, Selside. Mules sold to £94 from GR Wilson, Natland, with an entry of predominately light weight to medium ewes £70 to £85. Hill ewes sold to £99 for a pen of Cheviots form C Wilson, Witherslack with Lleyns to £92 from RJ&R Holden, Millom. Gritstones sold to £80 from CG&KE Heeley, Penrith, Swaledales sold to £73 from N Burton, Sedbergh and Rough Fells £67 from W Beck & Son, Tebay. A large proportion of the sale today comprised of lean head work Swaledale and Herdwick ewes with the best selling to £46 from Messrs Clegg & Bennett, Broughton in Furness, with the better end £40 to £30 and smallest £18 to £25. A special mention to a pen of nanny goats from CM Crayton, Seascale which sold at £98.

Top Prices

PRIME LAMBS:

Continental: £152 Ashbank, £149 Poppy Farm, £117 Benson Hall, £111 Poppy Farm, £105 Ashbank, £103 Cracalt Farm. Texel: £157 Station Hotel Farm, £154 Fellside Farm, £147 Ashbank, £144 Stubb Farm, £143 Far Orrest. Suffolk: £146 Mill Cottage, £133 Low Groves Farm, £132 Poppy Farm, £128 Smithy Green Farm, £128 Meadow View, £128 Meadow View. Dutch Spotted: £137, £127 Grayrigg Foot, £127 Curlew Rock, £119 Grayrigg Foot, £117 Crook Hall Farm, £117 Curlew Rock. Beltex: £137 Gibraltar Farm, £126 Heights Farm, £126 Gibraltar Farm, £126 Heights Farm, £126 Low House, £125 Holmelands. Charollais: £130 Head House, £91 Brown Brook. Mule: £117 Fellside Farm, £112 Nether House Farm, £107 Brown Brook, £105 Middle Sadgyhll, £104 Overthwaite Farm. Cheviot Mule: £110 Seedhowe Cottages. Cheviot: £110 Poppy Farm, £100 Low Waterside. Swaledale: £108 Fellside Farm. Zwartble: £107 High Farm. Horned: £106 Low Deepslack. Masham: £105 Mealriggs Farm. Hampshire: £98 Endmoor Farm.

CAST EWES:

Texel: £158 Red Squirrel House, £156 Johnson House Farm, £148, £125 The Borrans, £117 Poppy Farm, £108 High Wray Farm. Suffolk: £128 Low House. Leicester: £100 Benson Hall, £98 Tongue House Farm. Cheviot: £99 Nether Hall Farm, £90 Ashstead, £80 The Park, £76 Nether Hall Farm, £76 Johnson House Farm, £71 Low Waterside. Mule: £94 Larkrigg, £84 Burnt House Farm, £84 Ashbank, £81 Red Scar Farm, £81 Johnson House Farm. Zwartble: £93 Crook Hall Farm. Lleyn: £92, £84 Newcross House Farm. Cheviot Mule: £88 Tottlebank. Continental: £81 Tarnside Farm, £75 Hall Farm. Gritstone: £80, £78 Town Head Farm. Swaledale: £73 Low Haygarth Farm. Rough Fell: £67 Barugh House, £66 Howes Lodge.

CAST RAMS:

Texel: £101 Tottlebank, £90 Cantsfield. Cheviot: £94 Forest Hall.

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