Primestock

5th August 2020

On Wednesday 5th August 2020 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 64 cattle comprising 46 cull cattle and 18 prime bulls, 1364 prime sheep including 1038 prime lambs and 326 cast ewes and rams.

 

A good entry of dairy bred prime bulls topped at 195p for a British Blue from Messrs Coulthard, Justicetown, Carlisle. This was also the top gross at £1234.35. The pick of the Frieisan Bulls topped at 179p, firstly for WE&DE Litt, Greengill, Aspatria and again for A&C Park, Seaview, St Bees; this being the top gross Friesian Bull at £1163.50. 

 

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- British Blue – 195, 186, 183 Justicetown, 189 Hunday Farm, 187, 185 East Mill. British Friesian – 179, 175, 169 Greengill, 179, 171 Seaview. Holstein – 169 Greengill. Holstein Friesian – 169, 158 Lamplugh Hall, 158 Hunday Farm.

 

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):- British Blue – 1234.35, 1002.54 Justicetown, 1194.48 Hunday Farm, 1170.62, 1150.70 East Mill. British Friesian - 1163.50 Seaview, 1127.70, 1116.50, 1051.18, 1012.65, 955.83 Greengill. Holstein - 1103.57 Greengill. Holstein Friesian – 1024.14 Lamplugh Hall, 1011.20 Hunday Farm.

 

Cast cows are a captivating trade being as dear as ever. The top of 196p was paid for a 35 month old Limousin from G Gate, Hollins Farm, Eaglesfield. The top gross of £1274.21 (169p) was paid for a Limousin Cow from RE Miller, West Farm, Aspatria. Black and Whites topped at 150p for a Holstein Friesian from R&M Allison, Barnyard, Greysouthen. Top gross of £1125.60 for a Holstein Friesian from Messrs Bowe, Hunday Far, Workington. Many more cows could be well sold each week with returns achieved being far in excess of other outlets. 

 

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 196 Hollins, 169 West Farm, 147 Cockley Gill. British Blue – 167 West Farm, 158, 140 Woodside, 154 Wood End, 141 Knott Houses. Holstein Friesian – 150, 139, 126 Barnyard, 140, 130 Hunday Farm, 138 Woodend, 136, 132, 131 Waverbank, 135, 129, 127 West House, 131 Lodge Farm, 119 Burton House. Simmental – 142 Newhouse. British Friesian – 138, 127 Stainburn Hall, 129 Aldoth. Shorthorn – 138 Ireby Hall. Aberdeen Angus – 132 Hawkbarrow.

 

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):- British Blue – 1274.21 West Farm, 1231.10, 1011.20 Woodside, 1008.70 Wood End, 954.57 Knott Houses. Simmental – 1221.20 Newhouse. Limousin - 1219.12 Hollins, 1211.73 West Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1125.60 Hunday Farm, 1056.40, 1044 Barnyard, 1042.32, 962.55 West House, 1015.68 Woodend, 1006.08, 1003.20, 981.92 Waverbank. Aberdeen Angus – 884.40 Hawkbarrow. British Friesian – 873.54 Stainburn Hall. Shorthorn – 841.80 Ireby Hall.

 

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Hereford -   139 Crossrigg.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):- Hereford – 1107.83 Crossrigg.

 

Prime Sheep

 

A smaller entry forward as expected but trade not cooling off as much as some had forecast with fantastic returns being witnessed to produce an SQQ average of 214ppk. The days top of £134 was paid twice, firstly for a single Texel Lamb from RM&ER Jackson, Scalesmoor, Lamplugh purchased by Tony Harrison Butchers, Main Street, Cockermouth. And then again for a super pair of Beltex Lambs from J&JK Spedding, Salter Hall, Frizington purchased by Haighs Butchers, Pow Street, Workington. This pair were also the days top pence per kilo at 297.8p. 

 

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Beltex- 297.8 Salter Hall, 294.6, 286.8(2), 274.4 Green Marsh. Texel- 272.5, 242.9 Bolton Wood Lane, 262 Meadow Farm, 257.8 Parsonage, 251.1 Robin Hood, 251 High Low Hall, 250.9, 242.6 Hollins, 250 East House, 250 Riggingill, 247.9, 239.3 Scalesmoor, 242.2 High Flatts, 240.2 Crossfield, 238.8 High Moss. Suffolk- 236.2 Wright Green, 231.1 Crossfield. TexXHerd- 220.3 Clea Hall. Cheviot- 217.9 Clea Hall, 216.2 Cragg House. Mule- 200 Ferndale.

 

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):- Texel- 134, 119 Scalesmoor, 133, 131, 114 Hollins, 131, 125, 110 Meadow Farm, 130 East House, 128 High Low Hall, 123 Kirkland House, 120 Town Head, 119, 114, 109 Bolton Wood Lane, 118 Robin Hood, 116 Parsonage, 114 Salter Hall, 111 Crossfield, 110 Riggingill, 109 High Flatts, 109 Asby Farm. Beltex- 134 Salter Hall, 112.50, 109(3) Green Marsh. Suffolk- 111 Wright Green, 104 Cross Field, 101 High Bewaldeth, 98 Westray. TexXHerd- 90.50 Grange Grassings, 87 Lucy Close. Cheviot- 85 Clea Hall.

 

Cast Ewe trade was no less on the week with heavy ewes seen to be dearer. Top of £115 Texels from I Powley, Green Marsh, Carlisle. Fell ewes to £61 D&C Crowe, Woodend, Ulpha.

 

Cull Ewes (per head - £):- Texel – 115 Green Marsh, 110, 95 Ryhola Meadow, 106, 104 Parsonage, 103 Ladywath, 101 Asby, 97 Rose Farm, 95 Crossfield. Mule – 92 Ladywath, 91 Rose Farm, 87 Ryhola Meadow, 85 Parsonage, 82 High Moss. Cheviot – 72, 63 Plumbland. Herdwick – 61 Wood End, 56, 51, 47 Plumbland, 44 Ponsonby Old Hall. Swaledale – 58 Burnside, 52 Tortolocate, 48 Plumbland.

 

Cast Rams (per head - £):- Texel – 101, 99 Summerhill, 90 Ladywath. Herdwick – 62 Wood End.