Primestock 30th December 2020

30th December 2020

On Wednesday 30th December 2020 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 1,581 prime sheep including 1398 lambs and 183 cast ewes and rams.

Prime Sheep

Prime lamb trade electric leaving vendors delighted. Last weeks top rates easily maintained with a market average of 229ppk. Top price of £134 for a pair of Dutch Texel lambs from TA Jefferson, Aspatria Hall purchased by W Lindsay & Sons, Butchers, Cockermouth.

Top pence per kilo went to Messrs I Powley, Green Marsh soaring to 318.9ppk.

Light lambs the flavour of the day being in extreme demand and achieving premium prices. A ring full of Cheviot lambs from TJ Postlethwaite, Hollin Head sold to 245.7ppk (35kg £86).

Fell lambs came forward in much greater numbers and sold to the trade of the season topping at £90 for Swaledales from J&E Nichol, Whinnerah; and also £90 for Herdwicks from Messrs Beaty, Langhorn. Top pence per kilo was 230.6p for a ring full of Herdwicks from Messrs Bland & Barnes, Knott Houses (31kg £71.50).

Also notable was a ring full of Mule lambs shown by Messrs A&D Smith Kelmore Hills weighing 46kg selling for £103.50.

Next week sale times back to normal. Cast Cows at 10.30am followed by prime bulls and clean cattle. Cast ewes at 12 noon followed by prime hoggs.  

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-   Beltex- 318.9, 310.5, 284.6, 273.5, 262.2 Green Marsh, 278.4, 257.9 Bothel Parks, 269.2, 258.8 Park House, 265 Swinside End, 258.1 Prospect House. Dutch Texel- 285.1, 246.8 Aspatria Hall. Texel- 278.9, 256.3, 250 New Hall, 264.7 Middleton Place, 260, 247.5 Cherrytree House, 256.4, 252.4 Beck Farm, 255.7 Randlegate, 248.8 Greengill, 248.7 Prospect House. Suffolk- 253.5 Green Marsh, 233.7 High Flatts, 230 Sorrowstones. Cheviot- 245.7 Hollin Head, 232.4 Foxhouse, 228.9 Middleton Place, 228.6 New Hall, 228.1 Rannerdale. Charollais- 244.3 Randlegate, 228.9 Hollin Head. TexXHerd- 244.1, 236.5 Amazon House, 242.2 Cockley Gill, 235.1, 234.2 Clea hall, 231.9 Foxhouse, 231.3 Randlegate, 229.7 Outgang, 229.7 East House. Herdwick- 230.6, 229, 227.4 Knott Houses, 228.1 Hollins, 226.3, 214.3 Langhorn, 225 Whinnerah, 223, 221.4 Hollin Head, 220.6 Rannerdale, 212.8 Stonecroft.   Swaledale- 227.6 Middleton Place, 218.8 Stockhow Hall, 218.8 Whinnerah, 214.3 Hinning House, 207.5 Smaithwaite. Mule- 225 Kelmore Hills, 221.6 Greengill, 221 Mosser Heights, 220.5 Hinning House, 217 Aspatria Hall, 216 Beechcroft, 214.6 Frizington Hall. Blackface- 212.5 Winscales West.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-   Dutch Texel- 134, 122, 116 Aspatria Hall. Texel- 123(2), 122, 119, 114, 112(2) Bolton Wood Lane, 118, 115 Sherriff, 117(2), 116 High Flatts, 117 New Hall, 114 Prospect House, 113 Beck Farm, 113 Greengill, 113 Causeway Foot, 112 Kelmore Hills, 110.50 Sorrowstones. Beltex- 121, 102 Swinside End, 118(2), 111 Green Marsh, 111 Prospect House, 105 Park House, 104, 103 Bothel Parks.   Suffolk- 109 Green Marsh, 109 West Moor End, 107.50 High Flatts, 103.50 Sorrowstones, 96.50 New Hall. Mule- 109, 103.50 Kelmore Hills, 103 Frizington Hall, 102 Aspatria Hall, 101.50 Beechcroft, 97.50 Greengill. TexXHerd- 105 Frizington Hall. Cheviot- 96 New Hall, 93 Middleton Place, 91 Aspatria Hall. Swaledale- 90, 87.50 Whinnerah, 86.50 Middleton Place, 83 Smaithwaite, 80 Stockhow Hall. Herdwick- 90, 86 Langhorn, 86.50, 82.50 Hollin Head, 85.50 Whinnerah, 83 Stonecroft. Blackface- 85 Winscales West.

Ewes maintained high rates with a lesser quality show forward. No superstars forward to grab the headlines but a strong Texel ewe from J Blackburn, Greenbank Close topped at £135. Fell ewes topped at £70 for a pen from IR&JM Fearon, Frizington Hall.

Many more could have been well sold and are required.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel- 135, 110(2) Greenbank Close, 119, 118, 117 Park House, 118 Holmerigg, 116 Hollins, 112 Woodside Cottage, 111 Croftlands. Charollais- 120 Rook Farm. Beltex – 111, 107 Parkhouse Farm, 107 Woodside Cottage.  Suffolk – 108 Green Marsh. Mule- 86 Park House, 80 Shatton Lodge, 80 Rook Farm. Swaledale- 70, 59(2) Frizington Hall, 65, 61 Rook Farm, 64(2) Shatton Lodge, 58 Sherriff. Herdwick- 58 East House, 57 Frizington Hall, 55, 53 Smaithwaite, 54 Rook Farm.

Cast Rams (per head - £):- Texel- 120 Stonecroft, 106 Chance Cottages. Herdwick- 66 Knott Houses, 64(2) Hollins, 60 Whinnerah.