Primestock 4th March 2020

4th March 2020

On Wednesday 4th March 2020 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 56 cattle comprising 41 cull cattle and 15 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1329 prime sheep including 1078 hoggs and 251 cast ewes and rams.

Clean cattle continue to be a pleasing trade topping at 204.5ppk for a Limousin Heifer from RG &J M Smith, Lake View. Top gross was £1214.82 from TB Stamper & Sons, Rose Farm.

Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 204.50 Lake view, 198.50 Rose Farm, 186.50, 180.50 Hunday Farm.

Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin- 1214.82 Rose Farm, 1100.21 Lake View. British Blue- 1192.75 Rose Farm.

Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Galloway – 184.50 Pickett Howe.
Steer (Top price per head - £):- Galloway- 913.28 Pickett Howe.

Bulls a similar trade to 209.5p or £1236.05 for a British Blue Bull from JP Lister, Oughterside Mill.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- British Blue – 209.50, 191.50 Oughterside Mill, 180.50 Threapland Lees. Limousin – 198.50 Lowside Farm, 180.50 Threapland Lees. Holstein Friesian – 159.50, 148.50 Threapland Lees, 149.50 Lowside Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue- 1236.05, 1068.57 Oughterside Mill, 1129.88 Threapland Lees.  Limousin- 1201.91 Lowside, 1064.95 Threapland Lees. Holstein Friesian- 925.10, 883.58 Threapland Lees, 897 Lowside.

Cast Cows a wonderful trade producing marvellous returns. Top price of 157.5p for a British Blue Cow from W Gray & Sons, East Mill, Aspatria. Top gross was for a super Charolais Cow from TB Stamper & Sons, Rose Farm totalling £1346.54. Black and Whites sold to 130.5p for a Friesian from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall or £976.69 for a Holstein from IR&JM Fearon, Frizington Hall.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- British Blue  - 157.50, 147.50, 146.50 East Mill. Charolais – 151.50 Rose Farm. British Friesian – 130.50, 124.50 Uldale Hall, 121.50 Weary Hall. Holstein – 126.50 Lowca Cottage, 114.50 Frizington Hall, 110.50 Threapthwaite. Holstein Friesian – 123.50, 111.50 Green Acres, 122.50 Threapland Lees, 121.50(2) Tallentire Hill, 117.50, 113.50 Woodside Farm, 114.50 Lodge Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Charolais - 1346.84 Rose Farm.
British Blue- 1147.55, 1126.13, 1004.99 East Mill.  Holstein- 976.69 Frizington Hall, 927.25 Lowca Cottage.  Holstein Friesian- 947.70, 939.20 Tallentire Hill, 943.25 Threapland Lees, 918.84 Green Acres, 917.08, 864.80 Woodside Farm.  British Friesian- 865.08 Weary Hall, 856.56, 816.93 Uldale Hall.

Prime Sheep
Prime Hoggs continue to be a flying trade. Top price per head today was £149 for Beltex Hoggs from T Trafford & Son, Peter House, Bassenthwaite. Pence per kilo topped at 308.5p for Beltex Hoggs from SJ Stoddart, Hillside, Wigton. Fell Hoggs met increased demand up to 242.5p for 40kg Herdwick Hoggs from G&T Tyson, East House.
Hoggs are a very buoyant trade with all classes in demand. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch regarding marketing your prime hoggs.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Beltex- 308.5, 281.3 Hillside, 284.8, 278.3, 264.8, 263.6 The Wreay, 266.7 High Bewaldeth. Texel- 285 Low Garth, 276.9, 272.7 Kelmore Hills, 272 Tallentire Hill. TexXHerd- 250, 241 Nook Farm, 245.8 Baysbrown, 244.4 Micklam Cottages. Herdwick- 242.5 East House, 240 The Wreay, 236.3 Easthwaite, 234.7 Baysbrown, 231 Bowderdale. Suffolk- 237.5, 232.1 Rook Farm, 230 Bowscale. Mule- 235.6 Kirkland House, 231.1 Swinside End, 227.5(2) Shatton Lodge, 227.4 Low Garth. Cheviot- 233.8 Cragg House.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Beltex- 149 Peter House, 145, 135(2), 131 Hillside, 143, 131, 129, 128 The Wreay, 131, 128, 127 Low Garth. Texel- 145, 144, 142, 139, 131, 127 Kelmore Hills, 143 Moorside, 141, 131 Cherrytree House, 140, 134, 128 Peter House, 133 Hollins, 130 High Bewaldeth. Suffolk- 125, 115 Bolton Wood Lane, 122, 120(2) Scalesmoor, 120 Frizington Hall, 116.50 Bell House, 115 Bowscale. Mule- 116, 114, 106.50 Kelmore Hills, 116(2) Shatton Lodge, 113 Frizington Hall, 111, 108.50 Peter House, 108 Rook Farm, 106 Kirkland House, 105 Swinside End. TexXHerd- 110, 105 Nook Farm. Herdwick- 107(2), 94.50 Easthwaite, 99.50 Knott Houses, 97 East House, 97 Bowderdale, 92 Plumbland. 

A very poor show of ewes forward with all classes up another gear and trade being as dear as ever. Top of £171 for Texel ewes from Woodhow Farm, Wasdale. Fell sheep to £84. Both times paid for Herdwicks, firstly from G Tyson, Skelsceugh and then again from AD&T Harrison, Brotherilkeld.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):- Texel – 171 Woodhow Farm, 161, 151, 149 Hill Farm, 158 Croftlands, 145 Skelsceugh Farm. Suffolk – 132 Woodside Farm, 131 Rook Farm, 127 Scalesmoor.  Mule – 120 High Bewaldeth. Cheviot – 104, 94 Lanefoot, 94 High Bewaldeth. Herdwick – 84 Brotherilkeld. 84 Skelsceugh Farm, 83, 73 Knott Houses, 77 Stool End Farm, 73 Frizington Hall, 70 Micklam Cottages. Swaledale – 70 Frizington Hall.

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Beltex – 139 Nook Farm. Blue Du Maine – 126 Kilndale.  Cheviot – 113(2), 100 Stonecroft. Kerry Hill – 97 Lanefoot Jacob – 80 Easthwaite Farm.  Herdwick – 72 Skelsceugh Farm, 70 Lanefoot. Swaledale - 70 High Bewaldeth.