Primestock

8th January 2020

On Wednesday 8th January 2020 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 55 cattle comprising 28 cull cattle, 15 prime bulls and 12 clean cattle, 1913 prime sheep including 1567 hoggs and 346 cast ewes and rams.

 

A good entry of clean cattle sold to a fast trade being in keen demand. Top of 200.5p for a Charolais Heifer from TB Stamper & Sons, Rose Farm. Top gross was £1279.81 for a dairy bred Limousin from Messrs Bowe, Hunday Farm.

 

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Charolais – 200.50, 196.50, 188.50 Rose Farm. Limousin – 194.50, 185.50 Hunday Farm. British Blue – 193.50 Hunday Farm, 184.50 Rose Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 188.50 Pickett Howe, 178.50 Rose Farm.  Beef Shorthorn – 178.50 Pickett Howe.

 

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1279.81, 1224.30, 1190.34 Hunday Farm.  British Blue – 1219.05 Hunday Farm, 1118.07 Rose Farm.  Charolais – 1200.75, 1182.95, 1145.60 Rose Farm, Aberdeen Angus – 1090.64 Rose Farm, 914.23 Pickett Howe.

 

Prime Bulls sold to a sharper trade topping at 214.5p from D&MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall. Top gross was £1376.58 for a Simmental from TA Byers, Ellenbank.

 

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin - 214.50, 210.50, 195.50, 194.50, 189.50 Lamplugh Hall, 203.50, 200.50 Lamport Street.  Simmental – 197.50,193.50 Ellenbank, 185.50 Seaview.

 

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Simmental – 1376.58, 1302.26 Ellenbank, 1239.14 Seaview.  Limousin – 1342.77, 1307.55, 1256.69, 1184.73, 1159.22 Lamplugh Hall, 1295.23, 1194.55 Lamport Street.  British Friesian – 906.53 Seaview.

 

A small entry of Cast Cows forward however returns proving very pleasing with all classes dearer than previous sales. A super British Blue Cow from RW&JH Emmott, Wythop Hall topped the days trading at 215.5p or £1379.20 proving all classes sell to optimum rates at this centre. Black and whites to 133.5p or £1094.70 for a Holstein Friesian from Bowness Farms, Threapland Lees. Many more could have been well sold and are required each week.

 

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-   British Blue – 215.50 Wythop Hall.  Limousin – 167.50 Hill Top, 155.50,138.50,129.50 East House.  Holstein Friesian – 133.50, 105.50 Threapland Lees, 127.50 Burton House,118.50, 117.50 Waites Farm, 115.50 Brackenbarrow, 114.50, 111.50, 107.50 Barnyard.  British Friesian – 117.50 Burton House, 114.50 Harrington Parks.

 

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1379.20 Wythop Hall.  Limousin – 1155.75 Hill Top, 1085.39, 919.64, 836.57 East House. Holstein Friesian – 1094.70 Threapland Lees, 1092.68 Burton House, 937.65, 838.98, 835.43 Waites Farm, 888.52, 821.76 Barnyard, 806.19 Brackenbarrow.  British Friesian – 848.35 Burton House, 739.67 Harrington Parks. Ayrshire – 604.46 Mains of Minnydown.

 

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- 132.50 Crakeplace Hall.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1294.53 Crakeplace Hall.

 

Prime Sheep

 

Prime Hoggs sold to the dearest trade of the season leaving vendors delighted and producing an SQQ of 217ppk. The days top price of £135 for 3 Beltex Hoggs from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth to Haighs Butchers, Workington. Top pence per kilo went to I Powley, Green Marsh with Beltex Hoggs selling at 300ppk to Vivers.

 

Mule Hoggs topped at £116.50 for a pen from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills; and pen after pen exceeding 200ppk.

 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-

Beltex – 300, 297.4, 288.4, 261 Green Marsh, 268.6 Hill Green, 259.6 Low Garth, 257 Beechcroft. Texel – 257.7 Low Garth, 252.4 Cherrytree House, 248.1 Overcroft, 246.2 High Moss, 246.1 Rose Farm, 245.6 High Bewaldeth, 245.1 Sandhills. Suffolk – 252.9 Scales Farm, 215.5 Westray. Dutch Texel – 238.2, 235.1 High House. TexXHerd – 219.5 Micklam Cottages, 219.2 Plumbland, 214.3 Brimmer Head, 212.8 Grange Grassings, 212.5 Row Brow Park, 211.4 Asby Farm.

Cheviot – 218.8 Stonecroft, 217.6 Thrang Cragg. Zwartble – 212.5 Armaside.

Swaledale – 206.8 Horsemoor Hills, 204.4 Highside, 198.5 Eirinntalla. Mule – 204, 203.9 Kelmore Hills, 203.6 Swinside End, 203.1 Hinning House, 202 Howbeck Lodge, 201.1 Hill Green, 201 Beechcroft. Herdwick – 203.8 Thornholme. Blackface – 201.2, 194.4 Ellenbank. 

 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-

Beltex – 135(2), 134 Low Garth, 129, 124, 116, 107 Green Marsh, 117, 115.50, 112, 110 Hill Green, 110.50 Beechcroft, 107, 106 Risehow Farm. Dutch Texel- 134, 131(2) High House. Texel – 134 Low Garth, 134 High Flatts, 134, 132 Overcroft, 131, 123(2) Risehow Farm, 128 Greenbank, 126, 125, 123 Hollins Farm, 124.50, 124 Beckhouse Farm. Rouge – 118 Far End Farm. Mule – 116.50, 104, 94 Kelmore Hills, 105.50, 99 Howbeck Lodge, 97.50 Hinning House, 96.50(2) Beechcroft, 93.50 Low Garth. Suffolk – 110 High Flatts, 108 Frizington Parks, 92 Strawberry How, 90.50 Westray Farm, 90 Brackendene. Charollais – 110 Hillgreen. TexXHerd- 104 Hinning House, 102 Plumbland, 94.50 Sneckyeat, 93 Asby Farm, 91.50 Grange Grassings, 91.50, 90 Micklam Cottages. Blackface- 92.50, 88, 87.50 Ellenbank. Bluefaced Leicester – 90.50 Hinning House. Cheviot – 90 Stonecroft.

Swaledale – 87 Sneckyeat Farm, 76.50(2) Horsemoor Hills, 75 Thornholme, 71 Wha House. Herdwick- 79.50 Thornholme.

 

Ewe trade could only be described as sensational being the dearest trade seen for many years. Top of £161 for Texels from FA&J Stockdale, Crosshow Farm. Suffolks to £153 also from Crosshow Farm. Mule ewes topped at £98 for a pen from J Jackson&Son, Frizington Parks. Fell ewes to £68 for Swaledales from Messrs Johnston, Horsemoor Hills.

 

Cull Ewes (per head - £):- Texel – 161, 140 Crosshow Farm, 154 Parsonage Farm, 141 High Moss, 135, 130 Terrace Farm, 136, 135 Ireby Hall, 133 Robin Hood. Suffolk – 153, 128 Crosshow Farm, 119 Frizington Parks, 109 High Flatts. Beltex – 149, 140 Terrace Farm, 140 Flimby Hall. Blue Texel – 145 Greenlands. Mule – 98 Frizington Parks, 97 Rose Farm, 96 Parsonage Farm, 95 Terrace Farm, 95 Ireby Hall, 92 Town Head, 92 Strawberry How, 90 High Moss, 88 Sandhills Farm, 87 East Townend. Cheviot – 86 Stybeck Farm, 79 Sunley Mill House. Herdwick x Texel – 81 Crosshow Farm. Swaledale – 68 Horsemoor Hills, 65 Strawberry How, 64 Hinning House. Herdwick – 67 Sneckyeat Farm, 66 Greenlands, 61.50, 61 Stool End Farm, 61 Ghyll Farm, 60.50 Stybeck Farm, 59 Sunley.

 

Cast Rams (per head - £):- Texel – 140 Horsemoor Hills, 139, 131,128 Terrace Farm, 110 Hill Top, 108 Mireside. Blue Faced Leicester – 109 Terrace Farm. Swaledale – 75 Terrace Farm, 71 Horsemoor Hills, 70, 60 Gill Brow. Herdwick – 70, 58 Sunley, 65 Mireside, 57, 52 Brimmer Head.  Rough Fell – 60 Ghyll Farm.