Primestock 29th July 2020

29th July 2020

On Wednesday 29th July 2020 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 64 cattle comprising 38 cull cattle and 26 prime bulls and clean cattle, 2753 prime sheep including 2014 prime lambs and 739 cast ewes and rams.

Leading the sale in price per head and per kilo was a tremendous Limousin bull from G & AE Marrs & Son, Cathow selling for 219 pence per kilo (£1217.64) to G Moor.  A smart Charolais heifer from TA Byers, Ellenbank sold for 205 pence per kilo achieving £1102.90.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Charolais – 205 Ellenbank.  British Blue – 191 Lowca Cottage Farm.  Limousin – 194, 189 Hunday Farm, 193 Overcroft.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Charolais – 1102.90 Ellenbank.  Limousin – 1061.18, 1020.60 Hunday Farm, 970.79 Overcroft.  British Blue – 926.35 Lowca Cottage Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 1217.64, 1167.27 Cathow, 1181.16 Lamplugh Hall.  Holstein Friesian – 1157.67, 972.76 Row Hall, 1132.08, 1071 Lamplugh Hall, 883.20 East Mill Farm.  British Blue – 1155.66, 998.82 Lowca Cottage Farm, 947.94 Threapland Lees.  Holstein Friesian – 899.08, 885.09 Threapland Lees, 874.50 Hodgson Green.  Holstein – 803.40 East Mill Farm.  

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 219 (x2) Cathow, 193 Lamplugh Hall.     British Blue – 187, 186 Lowca Cottage Farm, 183 Threapland Lees.  Holstein Friesian – 178, 170 Lamplugh Hall, 171, 166 Row Hall, 169, 163, 150 Threapland Lees, 159 Hodgson Green, 140 East Mill Farm.

Cast cows again were a seriously dear trade with returns and prices exceeding all sellers’ expectations.  Leading price per kilo was a fabulous Limousin cow from J & E Scott, Mid Farm selling for 160 pence, top price in this section was achieved for an outstanding Charolais cow from AJ Wood, Woodhall Brow Farm achieving £1404.48.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 160 Mid Farm, 137 Hollins Farm.  Charolais – 154 Woodhall Brow Farm.  British Blue – 154 Mid Farm, 146 Gibbtarn Farm.  British Friesian – 144, 138 Stainburn Hall Farm, 118 Causeway Foot.  Holstein Friesian – 144, 136, 133 Springfield Farm, 139 (x2) Barnyard, 136 Outgang Farm, 136 Waverbank, 124 Hodgson Green.  Holstein – 134 Blue Dial, 131 Gibbtarn Farm, 105 Outgang Farm.  

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Charolais – 1404.48 Woodhall Brow Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1219.03, 1206.52 Barnyard, 1139.68, 908.60 Waverbank, 920.72 Outgang Farm, 868.49, 856.80 Springfield Farm.  Limousin – 1088 Mid Farm, 959 Hollins Farm.  British Blue – 1039.52 Gibbtarn Farm, 1028.72 Mid Farm.  British Friesian – 1003.68, 957.72 Stainburn Hall Farm.  Holstein – 966.78 Gibbtarn Farm, 901.82 Blue Dial.  

 Prime Sheep

The weekly sale of lambs attracted a cracking entry of 2014.  Lambs a fabulous trade on the week achieved an SQQ average of 223.83 pence per kilo.  More buyers again present supporting our ring.

Leading the sale in price per kilo was a tremendous pen of Beltex lambs from I Powley, Green Marsh selling for 308.10 pence to Vivers Scotlamb.  Top price of the day of £138 was achieved for a smart Texel lamb from J Hunter, Fieldside Farm purchased by Wilson Willis Butchers, Cleator Moor.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex – 308.10, 295.10, 283.80 Green Marsh, 296.20, 268.30, 260 Wood Farm, 257 Harley Croft, 250 Hill House, 248.80 High Moss, 240.90 Meadow Farm.  Texel – 287.20 Green Marsh, 271.70, 261.20 High Moss, 268.80 Terrace Farm, 265.40 Fieldside Farm, 265.20 Summerhill, 262.20 Greenbank Close, 260.70 Salter Hall, 258.50 Irton House, 258.30 East Townend, 257.90 Wood Farm, 257.50 Mid Farm, 256.50 Home Farm.   Suffolk – 246.70 Meadow Farm, 231.90 High Bewaldeth, 228.30 Fairfield Farm, 228.30 Croft House, 227.40 Fieldside Farm, 225 Sneckyeat Farm, 223.50 Scalesmoor, 222 Home Farm, 221.60, 220 Greenbank Close, 221.30 Westray Farm, 219.80 East House, 216.70 Strudda Bank, 215.40 Hill House, 213 Whinnah Lodge, 212.50 Ryhola Meadow.  Texel X Herdwick – 223.90 Grange Grassings, 220 Row Brow Park, 214.60 Wood Farm, 200 Low Whitebanks.  Cheviot – 213.10 Strudda Bank.  Mule – 212.50, 204.80 Swinside End Farm, 204.80 Eirinntalla, 200 Orchard Farm.    

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 138, 123 Fieldside Farm, 136 Mayfield, 129 Terrace Farm, 128, 125 (x2) High Moss, 128 Scalesmoor, 125 Beckhouse Farm, 124 Strudda Bank, 124 East Townend, 123 Hollins Farm.      Beltex – 121, 114, 105 Green Marsh, 115.50, 110, 104 Wood Farm, 110.50 Harley Croft, 106 Meadow Farm, 102 High Moss.  Suffolk – 114 Scalesmoor, 113 Greenbank Close, 111 Meadow Farm, 109 High Bewaldeth, 105 Fairfield Farm, 105 Croft House, 104 Westray Farm, 103.50 Sneckyeat Farm, 100 Aldoth Farm.  Mule – 102, 86 Swinside End Farm, 87 Whinnah Lodge, 86 Eirinntalla.  Texel X Herdwick – 98.50 Grange Grassings, 88 Row Brow Park, 88 Wood Farm.  Cheviot – 89.50 Strudda Bank.

With an increase in numbers more buyers were present around the ring, prices were up on the week selling to £150 for a Texel ewe from Woodhow Farm.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 150 Woodhow Farm, 131, 105 Parsonage Farm, 125, 115, 109, 106 Mayfield, 114, 110 Hill Crescent, 111 Meadow Farm, 104 Fieldside Farm.  Beltex – 110 Fieldside Farm, 90 Parkhouse Farm. Suffolk – 100 Meadow Farm, 98 Croft House, 92 Woodside Farm.  Bleu du Maine – 90 Parsonage Farm.  Bluefaced Leicester – 89 Hazel Head Farm.  Mule – 86 Elva Plain, 85 Fieldside Farm, 83 Parkhouse Farm, 81 Parsonage Farm, 75 Summerhill, 75 Acrewalls, 74 Riggingill, 74 Croft House, 73 Hundith Hill.  Kerry Hill – 76 Hundith Hill, 66 Kirkgate Farm.  Texel x Herdwick – 68 Whinnah Lodge, 60 Stone Croft.  Swaledale – 67 Hill Top, 64 Kirkgate Farm, 60 Whinnerah, 50 Howbeck Lodge.  Herdwick – 62, 61, 53 Brotherilkeld, 60, 55 Barfield.  Cheviot – 50 Outgang Farm.  

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Charolais – 101 Cherry Tree Farm.  Texel – 99 Cherry Tree Farm, 99 East House, 83 Terrace Farm, 65 Irton House.  Bluefaced Leicester – 95 Shatton Lodge Farm.  Cheviot – 80 Hazel Head Farm.  Herdwick – 76 Barfield, 54 Low Whitebanks.  Beltex – 70 Parkhouse Farm.  Kerry Hill – 66 Kirkgate Farm.