Primestock 1st July 2020

1st July 2020

On Wednesday 1st July 2020 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 81 cattle comprising 48 cull cattle and 33 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1517 prime sheep including 1268 prime lambs and 250 cast ewes.

Leading the sale in price per kilo and per head was a tremendous Limousin heifer from I & CL Richardson, Greenlands, Cockermouth selling for 240 pence per kilo to Wilson Willis Butchers of Cleator Moor. Another super heifer from the same home topped per head at £1415.70.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 240, 234 Greenlands, 190 Hunday Farm.  British Blue – 188 Lowca Cottage Farm, 180 Hunday Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1415.70, 1334.40 Greenlands, 957.60 Hunday Farm.  British Blue – 1094.16 Lowca Cottage Farm.  

An improved entry of prime bulls sold to 206p for a British Blue from Crooklands Farm. Another Blue bull from Crooklands bull was top gross at £1126.90. A wonderful entry of Friesian Bulls topped at 171p or £1113.21 from WE&DE Litt, Greengill. 

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 206, 192, 191, 190, 186 Crooklands, 188 Lowca Cottage Farm.  British Friesian – 171, 164, 161, 160, 156 Greengill Farm. Holstein – 167, 166, 165, 164 Crooklands.  Holstein Friesian – 161 Greengill Farm, 154, 150 Row Hall.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1126.90, 1113.60, 1097.98, 1067.80, 1060.20 Crooklands.    British Friesian – 1113.21, 1006.96, 975.66 Greengill Farm.  Holstein – 1043.04, 990, 911.82 Crooklands.  Holstein Friesian – 1028.72, 982.50 Row Hall, 953.12 Greengill Farm, 940.80, 910.45 Threapland Lees, 929.50 East Mill.

A lesser entry of Cast cows still in keen demand and producing great returns. Top price of 164p or £1221.80 for a Limousin from J&HD Langcake, Sandhills, Bassenthwaite. British Blues to 156p or £1029.60 from Messrs Fell, Stanger Hill, Wigton. Dairy Cows sold to 147p for a Holstein Friesian from CW&DE Bushby, Watson Hill, St Bees. Top gross for Black and Whites £1100.80 from R&M Allison, Barnyard, Greysouthen.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 164 Sandhills Farm, 146 Stanger Hill, 139 Acrewalls, 137 Roan Croft.  British Blue – 156 Stanger Hill, 146 Elva Plain.  Holstein Friesian – 147, 119 Watson Hill, 135, 116 Seat Hill Farm, 128, 119 Barnyard, 117 Aikbank, 112 Hodgson Green.  Beef Shorthorn – 144, 136 Sneckyeat Farm, 140 Sandhill Farm, 127 Croft House Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 138 Croft House.  British Friesian – 135 Causeway Foot, 113, 106 Thornbank Farm, 109 Yew Tree Farm. MRI – 130 Sneckyeat Farm.  Belted Galloway – 125, 114 Croft House Farm.  Holstein – 115 Hodgson Green.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1221.80 Sandhills Farm, 1024.76 Roan Croft, 969.44 Stanger Hill, 931.30 Acrewalls.  Holstein Friesian – 1100.80, 865.13 Barnyard, 1023.30, 867.24, 846.93 Seat Hill Farm, 887.88, 877.03 Watson Hill, 833.28 Hodgson Green.  British Blue – 1029.60 Stanger Hill, 1016.16 Elva Plain. Beef Shorthorn – 991.20 Sandhills Farm, 982.08 Sneckyeat Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 916.32 Croft House, 908.80, 801.04 Hollins Farm.  British Friesian – 880.20 Causeway Foot, 793.52 Yew Tree Farm.  MRI – 826.80 Sneckyeat Farm.  Belted Galloway – 677.50 Croft House Farm.

Prime Sheep

A pleasing entry of 1268 lambs sold to another roaring trade producing an average of 236ppk. Leading the sale in price per kilo were a smart pen of Texel lambs from J & JK Spedding, Salter Hall, Frizington selling for 273.90 pence per kilo to Tommy Bradley.  Top price per head was a shapely Texel lamb from KJ & CS Wilson, Wood Farm, Thursby achieving £139 purchased by Wilson Willis Butchers of Cleator Moor.

Heavy Lambs good to sell with all lambs in the 45.6-52kg bracket averaging £117.82. Lambs over 52kg averaged £125.50.

Light Lambs in extreme demand with vendors encouraged to get amongst lambs whilst the trade is here. A pen of 34kg Texel x Mule lambs from Hinning House Farm, Bootle sold to £80.

A larger entry of Mule lambs was forward topping at £99 from DA Harrison, Hill House, Wigton.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 273.90, 266, 264.70 Salter Hall, 269.40, 266.70 Blue Dial, 276, 264.60 Braithwaite Farm, 272.50 Wood Farm, 269.40 Hill House, 268 Home Farm, 267 West Moor End, 257.80 Croftlands, 265 Nr 261.40 Woodhall Brow, 258.50, 257.80 Crofthouse Farm, 256.90 Mosser Mains Farm, 256.50 Grange Grassings, 256.30 The How.  Beltex – 270 Parkhouse Farm, 266.70, Low Stowbank, 256.30 South View, 250 Wood Farm, 250 Woodhall Brow.  Suffolk – 266.70 Scalesmoor, 262.20 Greenbank Close, 250 Woodhall Brow, 250 Hollins Farm, 248 Hill House, 244.90 Ryhola Meadow, 243.80 Aldoth Farm, 241.70 Sneckyeat Farm, 238.10 Croft House.  Texel X Herdwick – 229.10 Grange Grassings.  Mule – 225 Hill House, 209.50 Millstone Moor, 208.60 Low Stowbank, 204.70 High Farm.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 139 Wood Farm, 136, 134 Home Farm, 135 Salter Hall, 133 Burthwaite Farm, 132, 128 Blue Dial, 132 Hill House, 131 Mosser Mains, 128 West Moor End Farm, 128, 126 Hollins Farm, 127 Braithwaite Farm, 127 Shatton Lodge Farm, 126 Salter Hall, 126 High Farm, 126 Home Farm.  Suffolk – 130 Hollins Farm, 128, 107 Scalesmoor, 124 Hill House, 120 Ryhola Meadow, 118 Greenbank Close, 117, 107 Aldoth Farm, 116 West Moor End Farm, 116 Sneckyeat Farm, 112 Home Farm, 110 Woodhall Brow.  Beltex – 108 Parkhouse Farm, 107.50, 103 Woodhall Brow. Mule – 99 Hill House, 88, 78 High Farm, 77.50 Millstone Moor, 73 Low Stowbank. Texel X Herdwick – 98.50 Grange Grassings.     

More cast ewes could be well sold every week with trade buoyant and being dearer on the week. A poor show of Texels to £108 from DA Harrison, Hill House, Wigton. Fell ewes to £63 for a pen of Swaledales from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft whose run of Swaledale Ewes averaged £62.05.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 108, 98 Hill House, 103 Ryhola Meadow, 103 Woodhall Brow, 102, 100 Newhouse Farm, 100, 98 Croft End, 100 Parkhouse Farm, 99 Salter Hall.  Beltex – 106 Hill House, 91 Summerhill. Suffolk – 98 Asby Farm, 93 Parkhouse Farm, 91 High Flatts, 89 Hill House.  Bleu du Maine – 95 Woodside Cottage.  Mule – 82 Parkhouse Farm, 81 Nr Branthwaite Edge, 80 Summerhill, 79 Salter Hall.  Cheviot – 65 Hollins.  Swaledale – 63, 62, 61 Beechcroft, 59 Cathow, 50 Mosser Heights.  Herdwick – 58 Hollins, 43 Tarn Cottage.