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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: J36 Weekly Sale of Prime Lambs and Cast Sheep, Tuesday 31st October 2023

PRIME LAMBS

1400 lambs forward with trade being slightly sharper than expected, with the sale averaging 246p/kg. Less heavy lambs about today, with these adding up nicely. Texels sold to £150 from TMW&H Hodgson, Ulverston with other Texels selling to £147 from Clark & Johnson, Windermere. Once again heavy Continental lambs were selling at £125 to £130. A larger offering of medium weight lambs saw these regularly selling at 255p/kg to 265p/kg or £108 to £115 per head. Beltex lambs sold to 300p/kg from CA Jennings, Selside with a full ring selling to 288p/kg for Texels from RT Colbear, Appleby and Beltexs selling to £132 from WS Burrow, Silverdale. More hill bred lambs are coming forward now, with Cheviot Mules selling to £119.50 from R&J Moorhouse, Lindal, Cheviots to £118 from MW Parsley, Roundthwaite and Mules to £115 twice form TMW&H Hodgson, Ulverston and C Sayer, Longsleddale. Rough fells sold to £109 from A O’neill, Firbank and Dalesbred to £107 from C Sayer, Longsleddale.

CAST SHEEP

Another pleasing entry of 601 cull sheep sold to an improved trade, with heavy well fleshed sheep in the keenest demand and buyers requiring ewes fit not fat. Heavy pure ewes sold to £160 for Texels from GA Metcalfe, Kirkby Stephen with Charollais x achieving £146 from RJ Stott, Stainton with other first x heavy ewes £120 to £135. Cheviot Mules sold to £122 from RHM&S Boyren, Colton with North Country Mules selling to £79 form J&E Nuttall, Old Hutton. Heavy Mules achieved £80 to £92, with a large number of mediums £78 to £85. Pure hill bred ewes sold to £108 for a Cheviot from WL&F Richards, Kirkby Stephen with others at £96 from JR Handley, Whinfell. Rough Fells sold to £76 from BJ Bainbridge, Shap with Swaledales to £70 from GJ&J Ibbotson, Roeburndale and Herdwicks to £61 from DW Potter, Shap. A large number of well-worn hill ewes forward were generally £30 to £45, depending on quality.
Cull rams sold to £150 for a Texel from MW&M Hodgson, Cartmel Fell. Other rams were generally £95 to £110, with hill tups selling to £70 for a Swaledale PT&L Edmondson, Kirkby In Furness.

Top Prices

PRIME LAMBS:

Texel: £150 Arklid Farm, £147 Far Orrest, £143 Oak Tree Farm, £143 Arklid Farm, £142 Hill Park, £141 Low Brundrigg. Charollais: £131 Crosscrake Farm. Suffolk: £130.50 Fern Lea, £128, £122 Main Street, £119 Station Hotel Farm, £118 Meadow View, £118 Raw Head. Dutch Spotted: £130 Black Bull Farm. Beltex: £122 Fern Lea, £120 Crake Hall, £106 Heights Farm, £105 Fern Lea. Cheviot Mule: £119.50 Owlnook, £112 Bowers Farm, £111.50 Seedhowe Cottages. Cheviot: £118 Beckside Farm, £115 Well Foot, £115 Low Waterside, £112.50 Greenhills Farm, £109 Beckside Farm, £104.50 Greenhills Farm. Mule: £115 Ubarrow Farm, £115 Arklid Farm, £114.50 Hill Park, £114 Brown Brook, £112 Higher Core Farm, £110 Well Foot. Leicester: £114 Higher Core Farm. Continental: £111.50 Underhelm Farm, £109 Higher Core Farm, £98 Wall End Farm, £95.50 Bowness Farm. Rough Fell: £109 Shackla Bank Farm, £81 Steps Farm. Dalesbred: £107 Ubarrow Hall. Swaledale: £102 Higher Core Farm, £97 Wall End Farm, £85 Meadow View Park. Scotch Blackface: £92 Greenhills Farm. Teeswater: £82 Steps Farm.

CAST EWES:

Texel: £160 Quarry Close, £146 Crosscrake Farm, £138 White House, £132 Crabtree Farm, £132 The Borrans. Suffolk: £124 Hill Park, £120 New Close, £74 Patton Hall. Leicester: £122 White House. Mule: £116 Fairview House, £97 Low Bendrigg, £96 Low Brundrigg, £96 White House, £92 Cantsfield Hall. Cheviot Mule: £122 Hill Park, £94 Swallowmire. Cheviot: £110 Low Tarn Green, £108 Low Mill House, £96 Craketrees, £94 Bowers Farm, £94 High Arnside Farm. Dorset: £98 Burnhead Farm. Continental: £88 Crabtree Farm, £82 Far Highfield. Zwartable: £83 New Close. Charollais: £82, £76 Preston Patrick Hall. Teeswater: £78 Mosergh Farm. Lleyn: £77 Craketrees. Rough Fell: £76 Steps Farm. Swaledale: £70 Higher Salter, £60 (2) Higher Core Farm, £60 White House. Masham: £67 Grate Farm. Herdwick: £61 Fairview House.

CAST RAMS:

Texel: £150 Swallowmire, £106 Fairfield, £104 Thwaite End

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