Primestock 6th May 2020

6th May 2020

On Wednesday 6th May 2020 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with the new drop and go system working well.  It was obvious today that all our leading abattoirs, wholesale butchers and local butchers were delighted to see us open for competitive business.  We had forward 43 cattle comprising 31 cull cattle and 12 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1070 prime sheep including 112 spring lambs, 656 prime hoggs and 302 cast ewes and rams.

 

With a tremendous show of prime cattle forward the leading price per kilo and per head was a Limousin bull from Messrs Taylor & Gill, Fell End achieving 200 pence (£1280) selling to T Fell. 

 

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 200, 183 Fell End, 188, 179 Hunday Farm, 186 Uldale Hall, 183 Lamplugh Hall.  Simmental – 180 Ellenbank.  British Friesian – 176 Uldale Hall. 

 

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1280, 1165.71 Fell End, 1222, 1211.83 Hunday Farm, 1147.41 Lamplugh Hall, 1138.32 Uldale Hall.  Charolais – 1273.44 Ellenbank.  Simmental – 1195.20 Ellenbank.  British Friesian – 1038.40 Uldale Hall.

 

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 179 Rose Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1124.12 Rose Farm.

 

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 167 Rose Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 148 East Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1122.24 Rose Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 917.60 East Farm.

 

Cast cows and bulls were exceptional to sell with many more needed to meet buyers’ requirements.  Fleshy dairy bred cows were regularly making the 120 pence per kilo barrier.  Most notable was the plain lean dairy bred cows 80 pence to 100 pence per kilo.  Sell live and thrive.

 

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 137 Sandhills Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 134, 115 Threapland Lees, 129, 115 Waverbank, 120, 112 Barnyard, 119 (x2) East Farm, 117 Row Hall.  Charolais – 131 Crooklands Farm.  British Friesian – 130, 126 Uldale Hall.  Hereford – 126 Nr Branthwaite Edge. 

 

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Holstein Friesian – 1141.68, 809.60 Threapland Lees, 973.95, 762.45 Waverbank, 928.20, 850.85 East Farm, 870.48 Row Hall, 836.64, 746.40 Barnyard.  British Friesian – 1007.50, 860.58 Uldale Hall, 515.52 Outgang Farm.  Charolais – 763.73 Crooklands Farm, 715.30 Croft Farm.  Limousin – 898.72 Sandhills Farm.  Hereford – 695.52 Nr Branthwaite Edge. 

 

Prime Sheep

With the start of the new season lambs coming forward and all abattoirs making the change to requiring lamb’s prices were outstanding with export type weights 35 – 44kg the optimum weight.  Leading our sale in this section was a shapely Texel lamb from TT & GE Hodgson, Woodside Farm achieving 295 pence per kilo and purchased by R Skelton.  Top price per head was a tremendous Charollais lamb from RW Carr, Croftside Farm selling for £126 to WillsonWillis Butchers, Cleator Moor.

 

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 295, 276.70, 255.60 Woodside Farm, 273.30, 268.30, 266.70, 261.90, 260, 257.10, 256.50, 251.20,  Woodside Cottage, 261.90, 260.90, 257.10, 256.50 Croftside Farm, 247.60 Oughterside Mill.  Charollais – 252 Croftside Farm, 241.30 Kirkhouse.  Suffolk – 235.40 (x2) Croft House, 230.80 Home Farm. 

 

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Charollais – 126 Croftside Farm, 111 (x2) Kirkhouse.  Texel – 123, 120, 118, 110 (x2) Woodside Cottage, 120 (x2), 118, 114, 112, 110 Croftside Farm, 119, 116 Home Farm, 119, 118, 115 Woodside Farm, 114, 112, 109 (x2) Croft House.  Suffolk – 120 Home Farm, 114, 113, 111 Croft House.

 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 220 Bleawath Farm, 220 Green Marsh, 218.20 Plumbland Farm, 216.70 Crossfield Farm, 216.70 Crakeplace Hall, 213.80 (x2) Bothel Craggs, 213.30 Dancing Gate, 208.90 Chapel Howe, 205 High Farm.  Texel X Herdwick – 215.50 (x2), 207.80 Crakeplace Hall, 211.10, 210.70, 207.10 Plumbland Farm, 206.30 Howside, 204.90 Wha House Farm, 204.50 Wilkinsyke Farm.  Swaledale – 211.40, 204.70, 204.50 Seathwaite Farm, 204.20, 197.60 Far End Farm, 195.30 Whinnerah.  Herdwick – 210, 209.10 Seathwaite Farm, 210 Wha House Farm, 207.70 Far End Farm, 205.40, 202.60 Wilkinsyke Farm, 203.50 Brotherilkeld, 202.80 Whinnerah.  Suffolk – 204.50 Far End Farm.  Cheviot – 202.80 Hollin Head.  Mule – 192.70 Weary Hall Style.

 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 104, 95, 94 Chapel Howe, 99 Bleawath Farm, 99 Green Marsh, 97.50 Crakeplace Hall, 96, 94 Dancing Gate Farm, 96 Plumbland Farm.  Texel X Herdwick – 95 Plumbland Farm, 93.50, 90.50 (x2) Crakeplace Hall, 90 Wilkinsyke Farm, 90 Plumbland Farm.  Suffolk – 90 Far End Farm, 85 Scalesmoor, 74 Strawberry How.  Swaledale – 90, 88 Seathwaite Farm, 84 Whinnerah, 81 Hollin Head, 81 Far End Farm, 80 Wha House Farm.  Herdwick – 88 Thornholme, 87.50 Brotherilkeld, 87 Plumbland Farm, 84 Wha House Farm, 82.50 Howside.  Cheviot – 88 Seathwaite Farm, 78 Stybeck.  Mule – 79 Weary Hall Style.

 

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 141 Greenbank Close, 130, 126 Bothel Craggs, 116 High Flatts, 116 Croftside Farm, 111 Crooklands, 107 Beckhouse Farm, 106 Crossfield Farm,  Beltex – 111 Bothel Craggs.  Bleu du Maine – 110, 96 Croftside Farm.  Charollais – 109, 94, 90 Kirkhouse, 98 Croftside Farm, 90 Byresteads.  Mule – 98, 93 Oughterside Mill, 88 Sherriff, 86 Stargill Farm, 85 Home Farm, 84 Parkside Road, 84 Home Farm, 84 Hundith Hill Farm, 81 Scalesmoor.  Suffolk – 95 High Flatts.  Zwartble – 93 Crooklands.  Hampshire – 83 Byresteads.  Texel X Herdwick – 80 Sherriff.  Cheviot – 70 Hollows Farm.  Swaledale – 68, 66, 65 Wilson Park Farm, 67 Carlisle Gate, 66 Row Farm, 65 Whinnerah, 65 Swinside End, 61 Cathow.  Herdwick – 66 Stybeck Farm, 59 Whinnerah, 54, 50 Clea Hall, 51 Easthwaite Farm. 

 

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 111 Easthwaite Farm, 105 Chapel Howe, 104 Parkside Road, 104, 99 Aldoth Farm.  Suffolk – 106 Greenbank Close, 91 Aldoth Farm.  Herdwick – 70 (x2), 66 Easthwaite Farm.