Primestock 3rd February 2021

3rd February 2021

On Wednesday 3rd February 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 47 cattle comprising 32 cull cattle and 15 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1921 prime sheep including 1496 hoggs and 425 cast ewes and rams.

A super Limousin Heifer from RE Miller, West Farm, Aspatria topped the market today at 258ppk or £1558.32 purchased by Haighs Butchers, Workington. Another great Heifer from J Brown & Sons, Crakeplace Hall sold to 244ppk or £1434.72 purchased by Wilson Willis Butchers, Cleator Moor.

A great Charolais Bull from TA Byers, Ellenbank grossed £1540.30 and Holstein Friesians to £1108.40 from D&MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 258 West Farm, 244 Crakeplace Hall.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1558.32 West Farm, 1434.72 Crakeplace Hall.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Charolais – 211 Ellenbank. British Blue – 195 Crooklands. Simmental – 194 Ellenbank. Aberdeen Angus – 184, 179 Crooklands. Holstein – 179, 176 Crooklands. Holstein Friesian – 170 Lamplugh Hall.   

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Charolais – 1540.30 Ellenbank. Simmental – 1412.32 Ellenbank. Limousin – 1296.42, 1186.68 Lamplugh Hall. British Blue – 1177.80 Crooklands.  Aberdeen Angus – 1142.02, 1072.72, 1047.20 Crooklands.  Holstein Friesian – 1108.40 Lamplugh Hall.  Holstein – 1074, 980.32 Crooklands.

An improved entry of Cast cows met a super trade. The days top price of 161p was paid for a Limousin Cow from WCG Holdings, Eirintalla purchased by Mr G Chapman with the proceeds going to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. A British Blue cow from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft sold to 160p and amassed £1350.40 to claim the top gross. Black and Whites topped at 139p for a Holstein Friesian from Messrs Greening, Waverbank. Top gross £1004.30 from R&M Allison, Barnyard.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 161, 141 Eirinntalla, 157 Seathwaite Farm, 147 Croft House, 135 East Mill. British Blue – 160 Beechcroft, 147 East Mill. Holstein Friesian – 139, 129 Waverbank, 121 Barnyard, 120, 118 East Farm, 115 Woodhall Brow. Blonde – 138 Woodhall Brow, 136 Eirinntalla. Holstein – 125, 100 Lowca Cottage. British Friesian – 124, 118 Uldale Hall.  

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1350.40 Beechcroft, 1211.28 East Mill. Limousin – 1139.88, 1026.48 Eirinntalla, 1109.99 Seathwaite Farm, 926.10 East Mill, 894.26 Lamport Street. Holstein Friesian – 1004.30 Barnyard, 959.10, 967.50 Waverbank, 960, 932.20, 875.52 East Farm, 828 Woodhall Brow.   Blonde – 996.88 Eirinntalla, 977.04 Woodhall Brow. British Friesian – 847.24 Uldale Hall.

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 139 Hollin Head.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1107.83 Hollin Head.

Prime Sheep

Sheep trade spectacular.   1500 prime hoggs sold to average a staggering £112.73 with 58% of the entry forward being fell bred.

Top price of £157.50 was achieved twice; firstly for a Texel from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth, purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main St, Cockermouth. And then again for a Texel from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills again purchased by Tony Harrison. Texel Hoggs from Messrs Nevinson, High House sold to £155.50 twice, purchased by W Lindsay & Son, Butcher, Cockermouth and Wilson Willis Butchers, Cleator Moor respectively.   

Pence per kilo honours went to Messrs Knight, Stephney Farm selling Beltex Hoggs to 335.4ppk.

54 pens of hoggs sold in excess of £130 per head.

Mule Hoggs topped at £127.50 for a pen from BW Hewitson, Shatton Lodge. Top per kilo was 266.3p from A Fearon, Kirkland House.

Fell Hoggs forward in large numbers topping at £111.50 for Herdwicks from Messrs Knight, Stephany.

Light Hoggs again providing fantastic returns with Herdwicks from G&T Tyson, East House upto at 277.9ppk (34kg £94.50). Swaledales to 262.9ppk from J Ireland & Son, Stockhow Hall (31kg £81.50).

All classes wanted.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-   Beltex- 335.4, 327.1 Stephney, 333.7, 331.3, 316.3 Green Marsh, 325 Cherry Tree, 317.6, 296.1 High Moss, 296.2, 292.2 Whinnerah, 292.9 Swinside End, 292.6 Mossergate. Texel- 318.6, 295.8 Grange Farm, 308.8 Mid Farm, 301.4 Thornholme, 301.3 Greenbank Close, 301.3 Woodside Cottage, 300 Moorside, 298.9 Corney Hall, 298.7 High Low Hall, 298.5, 290.5 Gateghyll, 295.9 East Mill, 292.2 Risehow, 291.3 High Flatts. TexXHerd- 281.7 Orthwaite Hall, 278.9 Burnthwaite, 275, 272.1 Seafield House, 268.6 Plumbland, 267.1 Riggingill. Dutch Spotted- 280.3 Rainors Farm. Herdwick- 277.9, 263.5 East House, 261 Stybeck, 260.9 Churchstile, 256.9 Whinnerah, 256.1 Welcome Nook, 255.7 Thornholme, 255.7 Foxfield Road, 251.6 Hollins, 251.3 Row Head, 250 Langhorn, 248.4 Branthwaite Rigg, 247.8 Stephney. Cheviot- 276.8 Greengill, 270.3 Whinnerah, 270 Sorrowstones. Charollais- 271.3 Sun Farm, 266.2 Stybeck. Blackface- 268.8 Mossergate. Mule- 266.3 Kirkland House, 265.6 Shatton Lodge, 260.2 Town End, 260 Low House, 258.2 Kelmore Hills, 252.1 Horsemoor Hills. ouH Suffolk- 263.3 Low House. Swaledale- 262.9 Stockhow Hall, 259.7 Whinnerah, 256.6, 252.9 Horsemoor Hills, 254.4 Rannerdale, 251.3 Gateghyll, 247.3 Thornholme, 246.8 Gill Brow, 245.6 Low Kinmont, 245.3 Moorside.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-   Texel- 157.50, 149.50, 145.50(2), 142.50 Kelmore Hills, 157.50, 146.50, 135.50, 133.50 Low Garth, 155.50(2), 142.50 High House, 147.50, 137.50, 133.50 Hollins, 144.50, 139.50, 138.50 High Flatts, 143.50, 137.50(3), 136.50, 135.50, 133.50, 132.50, 131.50 Risehow, 139.50 Hilltop, 138.50 Wardwarrow, 137.50 Mossergate, 137.50 Corney Hall, 137.50 Old Hyton, 135.50 High Low Hall, 135 Moorside, 134.50 Lynedraw, 133.50 Plumbland, 132.50 Mosser Mains, 131.50 Branthwaite Rigg. Beltex- 150.50, 130 Wood Farm, 143.50, 132.50 Green Marsh, 143.50 Swinside End, 140.50(2), 136.50 High Moss, 137.50 Stephney, 133.50, 131.50 Whinnerah, 132.50 Riggingill, 130.50 Mossergate. Suffolk- 128.50 Old Hyton, 118.50 Low House, 113.50 Stybeck. Mule- 127.50 Shatton Lodge, 126.50, 124.50 Kelmore Hills, 122.50 Kirkland House, 118.50 Horsemoor Hills, 117 Low House, 115.50 Swinside End, 115.50 Coach House, 114.50 Town End. TexXHerd- 126.50, 118.50, 115.50 Plumbland, 126.50, 125.50 Burnthwaite, 124.50 East House, 123.50, 115.50 Orthwaite Hall, 120 Swinside End, 117.50 Sorrowstones. Kerry Hill- 121.50, 119.50 Moorside. Cheviot- 121.50 Sorrowstones, 116.50, 113.50 Greengill, 113.50 Riggingill, 112.50 Sun Farm. Herdwick- 111.50 Stephney, 100 Langhorn, 97.50, 94.50 East House, 95.50 Row Head. Charollais- 108.50 Sun Farm. Badgerface- 108.50 Moorside. Blackface- 107.50 Mossergate. Dutch Spotted- 106.50 Rainors Farm. Swaledale- 105.50 Moorside, 102.50 Swinside End, 102.50 Whinnerah, 97.50 Horsemoor Hills, 95.50 Gateghyll.

Ewes topped at £148 for a Texel from WW&D Boow, Corney Hall. Fell ewes topped at £63 for Swaledales from AS&C Hodgson, Glencoyne.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 148 Corney Hall, 100 Old Hyton Farm, 100 Woodside Cottage. Bluefaced Leicester – 95 Mosser Mains. Suffolk – 106 Woodside Farm, 94 Mosser Mains. Charollais – 93 Corney Hall. Mule – 82 Riggingill, 80 Old Hyton Farm. Swaledale – 63 Glencoyne Farm, 61 Mosser Mains, 60 Horsemoor Hills, 60 Muncaster Head. Herdwick – 60 Gatesgarth, 59 Prospect House, 55 Grange Grassings.  

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Beltex – 140 Stephney Farm, 110 Nook Farm. Herdwick – 64 Hollin Head, 60 Millbeck Hall, 60 Gatesgarth. Swaledale – 63 Low Kinmont, 63 Horsemoor Hills.