Primestock

12th February 2020

On Wednesday 12th February 2020 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 67 cattle comprising 45 cull cattle, 8 prime bulls and 14 clean cattle, 1421 prime sheep including 1107 hoggs and 314 cast ewes and rams.

An improved entry of Clean Cattle were again a pleasing trade. Top price per kilo of 195.5p was paid for a British Blue Heifer from G&I Carruthers, Lowca Cottage. Top gross for clean was £1268.38 for a Limousin Heifer from G Gate, Hollins Farm. 

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 195.50, 182.50 Lowca Cottage, 185.50 Hunday Farm, 185.50, 181.50 Rose Farm. Limousin – 193.50, 185.50 Hunday Farm, 188.50 Rose Farm, 182.50 Hollins Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 188.50 Pickett Howe.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):- Limousin – 1268.38 Hollins Farm, 1144.20 Rose Farm, 1083.60, 1046.22 Hunday Farm. British Blue – 1187.20, 1139.82 Rose Farm, 1092.85 Lowca Cottage, 1090.74 Hunday Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 1180.38 Rose Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beef Shorthorn – 186.50 Pickett Howe.  Galloway – 176.50, 175.50 Howside. 

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Galloway – 1059, 942.44 Howside.

Bulls good to sell to a top of £1468 for a Simmental from TA Byers, Ellenbank. Many more could have been well sold. 

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Simmental – 183.50, 181.50 Ellenbank. British Blue – 180.50 Lowca Cottage, 180.50 Ellenbank. Holstein – 168.50, 164.50 Seaview.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):- Simmental – 1468, 1128.93 Ellenbank. British Blue – 1214.77 Ellenbank, 927.77 Lowca Cottage. Holstein – 993.28, 924.49 Seaview. Holstein Friesian – 979.18, 894.43 South View.
A good show of Cows sold to a very fast trade producing great returns. The top price of 171.5p was paid for a super Limousin Cow from ME&JJ Fell, Stanger Hill who also sold British Blue Cows to 160.5p. Top gross for Cows was £1209.83 for a Limousin cow this time from Messrs Miller, Allerby Hall. Black and Whites sold to 144.5p for a Holstein Friesian from J Mounsey & Son, Grange Farm. Top gross for Holstein Friesians was £1085.83 from B Burrough, Waites Farm. 

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 171.50 Stanger Hill, 162.50 Hill Top, 153.50 Lodge Farm, 142.50, 137.50 Allerby Hall. British Blue – 160.50 Stanger Hill, 139.50 Ullock Farm, 132.50 Lodge Farm. Blonde – 151.50 Stanger Hill. Holstein Friesian – 144.50 Grange Farm, 128.50, 123.50 Watson Hill, 128.50 Waites Farm, 127.50, 124.50, 119.50 Waverbank ,123.50 Threapland Lees, 120.50 Branyard, 120 Hodgson Green. British Friesian – 127.50 Weary Hall, 127.50, 125.50 Uldale Hall. Swedish Red – 119.50 Grange Farm. Holstein – 116.50 Threapland Lees.
 
Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):- Limousin – 1209.83, 1083.13 Allerby Hall, 1137.50 Hill Top, 1107.89 Stanger Hill, 1100.60 Lodge Farm, 874.38 Cumblands. Blonde -1143.83 Stanger Hill.  British Blue - 1123.50 Stanger Hill.  Holstein Friesian – 1085.83 Waites Farm, 1066.55, 973.18 Watson Hill, 988.13, 935.69, 871.50 Waverbank, 963.82 Grange Farm, 913.90, 853.95 Therapland Lees, 891.70 Barnyard. British Friesian – 923.10, 865.95 Uldale Hall, 800.70 Weary Hall Farm. Holstein – 835.31 Threaplands Lees. Swedish Red – 831.72 Grange Farm.

Prime Sheep
Prime Hoggs an electric trade being far in advance of last weeks high rates. The days top price of £143 was paid for a Beltex Hogg from M Stockdale, Crosshow Farm. Top pence per kilo was 359p for a pen of 5 Beltex Hoggs from I Powley, Green Marsh. 
Many pens of heavy hoggs sold in excess of £130. 
Mule hoggs topped at £125 from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills or 250ppk from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth. 
Fell hoggs to £101 for Swaledales from RC&PE Beard, Rannerdale or 227.9ppk for Herdwicks from AG&KF Nicholson, Swinside End. 
With a large proportion of Fell sheep forward; an amazing average was achieved of £99.55 per head or 233ppk.  
As numbers tighten nationally please do not hesitate to get in touch regarding marketing of prime hoggs. 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex- 359, 340.2, 336.6, 285.7 Green Marsh, 300 Swallow Dene, 291.5 Prospect House, 280 Low Garth. Texel – 282.9 High Moss, 276.3 East Mill, 272.1 Plumbland, 270.8, 268 Kelmore Hills, 269.7, 268.1 Brimmer Head, 268.8 Hollins, 265.3, 263.8 Hill House. Suffolk – 265.90 Hill House, 240.20 Strudda Bank, 239.70 Brackendene. TexXHerd- 257.5 Strudda Bank, 254.8 East House, 246.4 Church Stile, 243.9 Prospect House, 243.2 Rowbrow Park. Charollais- 254.7 High Flatts, 247.1 Far End. Cheviot- 251.2 Hollins, 242.9, 241.9 Plumbland. Mule- 250 Low Garth, 248.9 Beechcroft, 243.2 Kirkland House, 241.3 Kelmore Hills. Herdwick- 227.9 Swinside End, 225.6 Beechcroft, 220.5 Thornholme. Swaledale- 223.2 Far End, 222.4 Swinside End, 221.4 Thornholme. 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Beltex- 143 Crosshow, 141, 140, 139 Low Garth, 140, 139.50, 138 Green Marsh, 137, 136 Bolton Wood Lane, 137 Prospect House. Texel- 140, 134(2), 130(2) Kelmore Hills, 136. 135 Risehow, 133 Crosshow, 131 High Flatts, 130 Hill House. Charollais- 126 Far End, 119 Bolton Wood Lane. Suffolk- 125 High Flatts, 117, 110 Hill House. Mule- 125, 120, 111 Kelmore Hills, 117 The Fitz, 116 Far End, 114.50, 110.50 Peter House, 113 Low Garth, 112.50 Shatton Lodge, 109.50 Beechcroft. TexXHerd- 110 Far End, 107 East House, 103.50 Churchstile, 103 Strudda Bank, 100 Prospect House, 100 Grange Grassings. BFL- 109.5 Muncaster Head. Cheviot- 106, 105.50, 101 Hollins, 104, 102 Plumbland. Swaledale- 101 Rannerdale, 98 Swinside End, 93 Thornholme, 91.50 Far End, 90 Forge Farm. Herdwick- 98 Swinside End, 98 Millbeck Hall, 97 Beechcroft, 97 Thornholme. 

Cast ewes sold dearer on the week to a top of £131 for Texel Ewes from A&L Gott, Prospect House. Fell ewes topped at £73 for Swaledale Ewes from GW Whitfield, Low Stowbank. All Swaledale Ewes sold averaged an impressive £61.51. Many more could have been well sold and are required. 

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-   Texel – 131 Prospect House, 126 High Flatts, 123 Crosshow, 121, 118 Braithwaite Farm, 120 Low Stowbank, 116 High Moss. Beltex – 130, 125 Stephney Farm. Suffolk – 115 East House. Bluefaced Leicester – 100 Stockhow Hall. Berrichon – 106 High Flatts. Mule – 94 Riggingill, 94, 93 Old Hayton Farm, 93 Thornholme, 89 Peel Place. Cheviot – 86 Cragg House. Texel X Herdwick – 83 Thornholme. Swaledale – 73 Low Stowbank, 70 Muncaster Head, 69 Peel Place, 67 Birkett Mire, 66 Hollin Head. Herdwick – 72, 69 Nook Farm, 70 Stephney Farm, 69 Taw House, 68 East House, 62 Burnthwaite, 61, 60 Randle Gate. 

Cast Rams (per head - £):- Bluefaced Leicester – 124 Stockhow.  Texel – 110 Randle Gate, 97 Rose Farm, 96 Brimmer Head, 95 Prospect House.  Swaledale – 82 Forge Farm, 76 Muncaster Head.  Herdwick – 72 Sword House, 71 Randle Gate, 70 Hollin Head, 69, 65 Stone Croft, 63 Ponsonby Old Hall.