Primestock 20th January 2021

20th January 2021

On Wednesday 20th January 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 56 cattle comprising 42 cull cattle and 14 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1467 prime sheep including 1099 hoggs and 368 cast ewes and rams.

A lesser quality entry of Clean Cattle were well bid for topping at 205p for a Limousin Heifer from Messrs W Gray & Sons, East Mill, Aspatria. Bulls top gross at £1336 for a British Blue from Messrs Bowe, Hunday, Workington.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 205, 202 East Mill, 200 Row Hall. Charolais – 192 Hayborough.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Charolais – 1297.92 Hayborough.  Limousin – 1193.10, 1179.68 East Mill Farm, 1103.20 Row Hall.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 191 Bracken Howe.

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1006.57 Bracken Howe.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 200 Hunday Farm.  Limousin – 196 Hunday Farm. Holstein Friesian – 165 Row Hall.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):- British Blue – 1336 Hunday Farm.  Limousin – 1219.12 Hunday Farm, 1085.80 Bracken Howe. Holstein Friesian – 1067.55, 1013.10 Row Hall.

A better entry of Cast cows and a good trade pleasing vendors. Top price of 159p for a Holstein Heifer from Donaldsons Dairy Ltd, Threapthwaite Farm with others to 156p from WW&D Boow, Corney Hall.

Limousin Cows sold to 154p or £1265.88 from TM&BA Place, Strawberry How and British Blues also to 154p from EW&R Fawkes, Hayborough.

Top gross for dairy types was £1166.88 from CW&RW Gott, Burton House with a 816kg Holstein Friesian selling for 143p.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Holstein – 159 Threapthwaite Farm, 156 Corney Hall, 120 Blue Dial. Limousin – 154 Strawberry How, 148 Hayborough, 137 Arkleby House, 132 Elva Plain, 122 Fold Head Farm. British Blue – 154 Hayborough. Holstein Friesian – 143, 120 Burton House Farm, 128, 124 Barnyard, 128 Watson Hill, 118, 114 Croft House Farm, 114, 112 Waverbank. British Friesian – 140, 135, 123 Newbiggin Farm, 126 Frizington Hall, 114, 110 Harrington Parks.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1265.88 Strawberry How, 1163.28 Hayborough, 1013.80 Arkleby House. Holstein Friesian – 1166.88, 942 Burton House, 1116 Barnyard, 1107.20, 1054.72 Watson Hill, 938.22 Waverbank, 917.70, 888.54 Croft House. British Blue – 1082.62 Hayborough. Holstein – 1073.28 Corney Hall, 985.80 Threapthwaite Farm, 900 Blue Dial. British Friesian – 992.88 Frizington Hall, 981.45, 879.20, 861 Newbiggin Farm.

Prime Sheep

A smaller show of prime hoggs and a much poorer quality entry. Prices still very strong however less on the week in line with national trend. 65% of the entry consisting of fell bred lambs.

Top price of £152 achieved for a Texel hogg from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth purchased by Mr J Blenkhorn with others to £151 also from Messrs Richardson. Top per kilo was 314ppk for a Dutch Texel from Mr Matt Stockdale, Crosshow Farm. Others to 310.4p for Texels from Messrs Nevinson, High House.

Fell lambs keenly sought after and seeing little change on the week. Top of 252.9ppk for Herdwicks from J&E Nichol, Whinnerah. Swaledales upto 252.7ppk from JE&A Wilson, Far End. Herdwick Hoggs to £94 for a ring full from T&MD Beaty, Langhorn.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Dutch Texel- 314 Crosshow. Texel- 310.4, 308.3, 271.2 High House, 290.4, 281.5, 266.7 Low Garth, 275 Riggingill, 275 Whinnerah, 272.7 Crosshow, 271.8 Rietfontein, 271.4 Woodside Cottage, 269.4 Beckhouse, 266.7 Prospect House, 266.7, 265.3(2), 260.4 Risehow, 263.4 Greenbank Close, 261.5 Fern Close. Beltex- 291.7, 271.4 Prospect House, 285.7 Woodside Cottage, 279.1 Rook Farm. Herdwick- 252.9 Whinnerah, 245.8 East House, 245.6 Stybeck, 240.5 Kirkland House, 236.4 Hinning House, 230 Stone Ends, 230, 229.3 Langhorn. Swaledale- 252.7, 228 Far End, 246.4 Howbeck Lodge, 242.4 Low Priorscales, 235.5 Howbeck Lodge, 233.3 Stockhow Hall, 228.6 Rook Farm. Mule- 248.4 Howbeck Lodge. TexXHerd- 247.3, 240 Stybeck, 246.3 Crosshow, 243.2 Stonecroft, 241 Orchard Farm, 240 Low Hall. Cheviot- 244.7 Stonecroft. Jacob- 239.7 Rosegarth.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Texel- 152, 151, 144 Low Garth, 149, 148, 141 High House, 147, 139, 133 Corney Hall, 135, 125, 122, 120 Woodhall Brow, 135, 130(4), 128, 125(2) Risehow, 132, 130, 128 Hollins, 132 Beckhouse, 130 Crosshow, 127(2), 120 Hundith Hill, 125 Scalesmoor, 125(2), 122 High Flatts, 123 High Bewaldeth, 120 Orchard Farm, 120 Crosshow, 120 Howbeck Lodge. Dutch Texel- 135 Crosshow. Rouge- 135 Stockhow. Beltex- 120 Rook Farm, 114, 112 Prospect House. Suffolk- 118, 110 High Flatts, 107 Westray, 105 Plumbland. Mule- 111 Far End, 108, 101 Hilltop, 104 Whinnerah, 103 Highside, 100 Howbeck Lodge, 100 Stockhow Hall, 100 Kirkland House. Charollais- 110 Plumbland. Cheviot- 110, 107 Stonecroft, 103 Plumbland. TexXHerd- 105.50 Frizington Hall, 104 Plumbland. Herdwick- 94, 92 Langhorn, 92, 85.50 Yew Tree, 90, 86 Whinnerah, 89 Kirkland House, 88.50 East House, 83.50 Stybeck. Swaledale- 93.50(2) Far End, 91 Hilltop, 89.50 Howbeck Lodge, 88 Low Priorscales. Dorset- 90 Orchard Farm.

Cast ewes a strong trade. Best ewes good to sell upto £160 for Texels from WW&D Boow, Corney Hall. Beltex ewes to £155 from AJ Wood, Woodhall Brow, Overfat ewes harder to place with Mules to £98 from DJ Lister, Woodend. Fell ewes every bit as dear upto £72 for Herdwicks from DW Crowe, Wha House.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 160, 140 Corney Hall, 151, 146, 144, 139 Bothel Parks, 151, 138, 134 Woodhall Brow, 150 Riggingill, 140(3) Thrimby Grange. Beltex – 155 Woodhall Brow, 152, 134, 120 Bothel Parks, 131 Riggingill, 130 Cornhow, 130 Corney Hall, 128 Well Head, 121 High Low Hall. Suffolk – 103 Scalesmoor. Mule – 98 Woodend, 97 Howbeck Lodge, 91 East Townend.  Zwartble – 98 Rook Farm. Herdwick – 72 Wha House, 68 Low Hall, 67 Howbeck Lodge, 67 Greenlands, 66 Rainors Farm. Swaledale – 71, 70 Thrimby Grange, 68, 67 Manor Farm, 68, 67 Howbeck Lodge, 66 Bennet Head, 64 Woodend, 61 Low House.

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 116 Low Priorscales, 110 Isel Old Parks. Swaledale – 70 Low Priorscales.