Primestock 6th January 2021

6th January 2021

On Wednesday 6th January 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 36 cattle comprising 29 cull cattle and 7 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1192 prime sheep including 923 hoggs and 269 cast ewes and rams.

Bulls topped at 216p for a Charolais from TA Byers, Ellenbank. Top gross was £1400.80 for a British Blue again from TA Byers, Ellenbank. Steers to £1353.30 for a British Blue from Messrs Thompson, Springfield Road.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Charolais – 216, 211 Ellenbank. British Blue – 206 Ellenbank. Limousin – 202 Lowside Farm. 

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1400.80 Ellenbank.  Charolais – 1339.20, 1291.32 Ellenbank. Limousin – 1084.74 Lowside Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 195 Springfield Farm.  Limousin – 190 Springfield Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1353.30 Springfield Farm.  Limousin – 1197 Springfield Farm.

Cows a strong trade topping at 182p or £1219.40 for a Limousin from J&HD Langcake, Sandhills. Black and Whites to 125p for a Friesian from D&KI Clemetson, Outgang Farm and 125p for a Holstein Friesian from D&MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall. Top gross £959.53 for a Holstein Friesian from CW&DE Bushby, Watson Hill.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 182 Sandhills Farm, 135 Strawberry How. British Blue – 137 Sandhills Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 134 Shatton Lodge Farm. British Friesian – 125 Outgang Farm. Holstein Friesian – 125, 116 Lamplugh Hall, 124, 111 Barnyard, 121, 119, 118 Watson Hill, 119, 114 Row Hall, 115 Mayfield. Ayrshire – 121 Strawberry How. Holstein – 118 Threapthwaite Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):- Limousin – 1219.40 Sandhills Farm, 1080 Strawberry How. British Blue – 989.14 Sandhills Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 959.53 Watson Hill, 954.80, 849.15 Barnyard, 920.40 Watson Hill, 912.50, 909.44 Lamplugh Hall, 877.45 Mayfield, 849.66 Row Hall, 812.77 Watson Hill. Aberdeen Angus – 928.62 Shatton Lodge.  Holstein – 846.06 Threapthwaite Farm.

Prime Sheep

Hogg numbers grow tight nationally forcing trade to previously unseen levels being the dearest yet. Vendors delighted as returns far exceed all predictions and other marketing options.

The days top price of £144 was achieved for a Texel lamb from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Workington purchased by T Harrison Butcher, Main St, Cockermouth. Pence per kilo honours went KJ&CS Wilson, Wood Farm, Carlisle with Beltex Lambs selling for 314.6ppk.

Messrs Holliday & Graham, Bolton Wood Lane sold 15 Texel hoggs to average an incredible £134 or 282.3ppk.

AJ Wood, Woodhall Brow sold 10 Texel hoggs to average a wondrous £134.60.

Messrs Cottam, Wardwarrow sold 20 Texel hoggs to average £124.90.

A large entry of Mule lambs topped at £122 from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills or 245.7ppk from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft.

Lightweight hoggs again in extreme demand topping at 260.6ppk for TexelXHerdwick lambs from CI Postlethwaite, Rainors Farm (33kg £86) with pen after pen in excess of 250ppk.

Fell hoggs topped at 247.1p for a pen of Herdwicks and a pen of Swaledales both times from MJ&SW Mawson, Highside (34kg £84).

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex- 314.6, 265.9 Wood Farm, 287.5 Overcroft, 267.5 Sandhills. Texel- 298.9, 282, 268.1 Bolton Wood Lane, 281.3, 257.4 Low Garth, 279.5 High Bewaldeth, 268.8 Riggingill, 268.6 Parsonage, 268.1 High Low Hall, 267.6 Strawberry How, 266.7 Hollins, 263.9 Smaithwaite, 263.4 Greenbank Close, 262.4 High Flatts, 259.8 Riggingill, 259.3 Woodhall Brow, 258.5 Wood Farm, 257.5 Greengill, 257.1 Hill Green. Suffolk- 276.9 Wood Farm, 240.4 Strudda Bank, 240 Sneckyeat. TexXHerd- 262.5, 257.4, 252.7 Riggingill, 260.6, 243.2 Rainors Farm, 254.3 Foxfield Road, 252.7 Stonecroft, 247.6 Foxhouse, 243.6 Outgang, 241.7 Smaithwaite. Cheviot- 250 Stonecroft, 248.5 Thornholme. Mule- 245.7 Beechcroft, 245.5, 238.3 Kelmore Hills, 243.2 Hundith House, 237.5 Muncaster Head, 234.1 Rook Farm, 233 Hayborough, 231.3 Low Garth, 231 Strudda Bank, 230.8 Highside, 230.2 Foxfield Road. Herdwick- 247.1 Highside, 241.7, 237.9 Whinnerah, 235.5 Foxfield Road, 234.3, 233.8 Thornholme, 233.3 Birkett Mire, 232.9 Smaithwaite. Swaledale- 247.1 Highside, 235.1 Whinnerah, 233.3 Thornholme, 227.9 Rook Farm, 223.7 Smaithwaite. Dutch Spotted- 243.2 Hill Green.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel- 144, 138 Kelmore Hills, 141, 139, 135, 134.50, 126 Bolton Wood Lane, 140, 135 Sally Hill, 140, 134(2), 133, 123 Woodhall Brow, 139, 135 Low Garth, 136, 130, 126 Hill Green, 135, 134, 124 High Flatts, 130, 127, 125 Wardwarrow, 128, 126 Hollins, 126, 123 High Low Hall. Beltex- 138, 128, 123 Overcroft, 129, 124 Wood Farm. Mule- 122, 112, 108 Kelmore Hills, 113 Beechcroft, 112 Wilson Park, 111 Low Garth, 109.50 Hayborough, 107 Hundith House, 104.50 Muncaster Head, 103 Rook Farm. Suffolk- 119, 116 East Townend, 113 Strudda Bank, 111 High Bewaldeth, 108 Sneckyeat, 108 Wood Farm. Dutch Spotted- 116, 112, 107 Hill Green. Cheviot- 111 Row Head, 104 Lindow End. TexXHerd- 110 Row Head, 110 Hill Green, 105 Riggingill, 101.50 Foxhouse, 95 Outgang. Bluefaced Leicester- 100 Tortolocate, 100 Highside. Swaledale- 91 Thornholme, 88 Muncaster Head, 87 Whinnerah, 87 Hilltop, 85 Smaithwaite, 84 Highside. Herdwick- 88.50 Smaithwaite, 87 Whinnerah, 84 Highside, 83.50 Row Head, 82 Thornholme.

Cast ewes a roaring trade being much dearer on the week. Again no superstars forward but a top of £136 for a Texel ewe from Messrs Mounsey, Wardhall Guards. Fell ewes topped at £74 for Swaledales from NW Graham & Son, Tortolocate.

Many more could have been well sold and are required.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 136, 132, 120 Wardhall Guards, 135, 118 Hill Green, 115 Rose Farm, 110, 105, 103 Lake View, 108 Parsonage Farm, 108 High Blaithwaite. Beltex – 120 Highfield Farm, 103 Dockray Nook. Suffolk – 100 Holebeck House. Bluefaced Leicester – 100 Wilson Park. Mule – 98 Rose Farm, 97 Aldenstone, 95 East Townend, 94 Highfield Farm, 94 Elva Plain. Lleyn- 91 Lamplugh Hall. Cheviot – 80 Strudda Bank. Swaledale – 74 Tortolocate, 71 Beechcroft, 70 Strudda Bank, 65 Elva Plain, 64 Rook Farm, 64 High Bewaldeth. Scotch Blackface – 73, 71, 70 Ellenbank. Herdwick – 66 Glencoyne Farm, 60 Rook Farm.

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Beltex – 126 Hill Green. Texel – 114, 110 Summerhill, 106 Rowbrow Park, 105 High Low Hall. Scotch Blackface – 80 Ellenbank.  Swaledale – 74, 70 Hundith House.