Primestock 17th February 2021

17th February 2021

On Wednesday 17th February 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 71 cattle comprising 42 cull cattle and 29 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1451 prime sheep including 1133 hoggs and 318 cast ewes and rams.

Bulls sold to £1407.60 for a British Blue from TA Byers, Ellenbank with Limousins to £1339.60 from D&MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall. Black and White Bulls upto £1046.40 again from D&MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 200, 194 Lowside Farm, 195, 192 Hunday Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):- Limousin- 1123.20 Hunday, 1120 Lowside.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 205, 204 Ellenbank, 195, 193, 190, 189 Threapland Lees, 188 Lowca Cottage. Limousin – 201, 199 Hunday Farm, 199, 197 Lamplugh Hall, 199, 192 Row Hall. Holstein – 167 Lowca Cottage Farm. Holstein Friesian – 163, 160 Lamplugh Hall, 162, 161, 160, 140, Threapland Lees, 146, 144 Row Hall.   

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):- British Blue- 1407.60, 1266.90 Ellenbank. Limousin- 1339.60, 1219.87 Lamplugh Hall, 1321.36 Hunday. Holstein Friesian- 1046.60 Lamplugh Hall. Holstein- 1002 Lowca Cottage.

Cows a fearsome trade with great returns being achieved. Top of 168p for a Limousin from CWJ Clark, Quarry Bank. Top gross for cows was £1096.20 for a Hereford from RB Pritt & Co, Langley Farm.

Overall top gross was a Blonde Stock bull from I Fisher, Croft End amassed £1547.36 (152ppk) whilst a Limousin Stock bull from WG&D Wilkinson, Brookfield totalled £1422.72 (152ppk).

Black and Whites topped at 159p for a British Friesian from RB Pritt & Co, Langley Farm whilst Holstein OTMs sold to 156p and 153p from WW&D Boow, Corney Hall. A Holstein cow from JD Hetherington, Blue Dial sold to 137p. 

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 168 Quarry Bank, 153, 148, 140, 137 Langley Farm, 141 Elva Plain. British Friesian – 159 Langley Farm, 130, 128 Uldale Hall. British Blue – 148 Quarry Bank. Hereford – 140(2) Langley Farm, 111 Burnt House. Holstein – 156, 153 Corney Hall, 137 Blue Dial, 125 Lowca Cottage. Holstein Friesian – 131, 130 Barnyard, 129 Watson Hill, 129, 123 Prospect House, 125 Woodend, 125 Allerby Mill, 122 Burton House, 120 Blue Dial, 120 Pelutho. Montbeliarde – 127 Pelutho Grange. Beef Shorthorn – 118 Burnt House. Norwegian Red – 118 Burton House.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):- Hereford- 1096.20 Langley Farm. British Blue- 1071.52 Quarry Bank. Limousin- 1051.68 Quarry Bank, 1037.34, 1006.40 Langley Farm. Beef Shorthorn- 923.92 Burnt House.   Holstein Friesian- 1060.26 Prospect House, 1008.70, 985.40 Barnyard, 963.63 Watson Hill, 960.48 Allerby Mill, 952.26 Pelutho Grange. Holstein- 1034.84, 989.91 Corney Hall, 950 Lowca Cottage, 945.30 Blue Dial.   Montbeliarde- 1021.08 Pelutho Grange. British Friesian- 1017.90, 876.80 Uldale Hall, 949.23 Langley Farm. Norwegian Red- 969.96 Burton House.

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin- 152 Brookfield. Blonde- 152 Croft End.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):- Blonde- 1547.36 Croft End. Limousin- 1422.72 Brookfield.

Prime Sheep

Hogg trade again fantastic with quality lacking as many vendors appear to clean up the end of their runs. Top price of £161.50 for a Texel from Messrs Nevinson, High House purchased by Mr P Burton. Messrs Nevinson also sold others to £158.50 purchased by Wilson Butchers, Main St, Egremont. Beltex hoggs upto £155 from CP Nixon, Seafield House.

Pence per kilo honours went to HD Ward, Home Farm, Aspatria with a super pen of 23 Beltex hoggs weighing 39kg selling to 360.3p.

Mule hoggs topped at £130.50 from P Bland & J Barnes, Knott Houses.

Fell hoggs accounted for 63% of the show and topped at £110.50 for Herdwicks from JT Hinde, Winscales West with other pens to £107.50 from P Naylor, Bowderdale. A pen of 52 Herdwicks from JJ&C Hodgson, Stybeck Farm sold to £94.50 for 34kg (277.9p).

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel- 161.50, 158.50, 143.50 High House, 151.50, 138.50 Corney Hall, 146.50 Rowbrow Park, 142, 135.50, 131.50, 130.50 Beck House, 139.50, 133.50 Hollins, 139.50 Hill Crescent, 138.50 Knott Houses, 138.50, 132 High Flatts, 135.50 Brow Top, 134 Howbeck Lodge, 133.50(2) The How, 131.50 Barn View, 130 Wardhall Guards, 129.50(2) Moorside, 129.50 Plumbland, 129.50 Low Priorscales. Beltex- 155, 135 Seafield House, 140.50, 128.50 Home Farm, 134.50, 130, 125 Scales Farm, 134.50, 127.50 High Moss, 133.50, 128.50 Hill Crescent, 132.50, 131.50 Cherrytree House, 124.50 Wardhall Guards, 120.50 Cherrytree House. Suffolk- 143.50 High Flatts, 124.50 Clappers, 118.50 Scales Farm, 118.50 Rainors Farm.  Mule- 130.50 Knott Houses, 122.50, 115.50 Far End, 121.50(2) Shatton Lodge, 116.50 Beck Farm, 113 Low Place, 112.50 Low House, 112 Moorside, 110 Town End. TexXHerdwick- 128 Foxhouse, 121.50 Rowbrow Park, 116.50 Orthwaite Hall, 112.50 Seafield House, 111.50 Parkside Road, 110.50 Grange Grassings, 108.50 Low Place, 108 Scalesmoor. Zwartble- 127.50 Barn View, 125 Howbeck Lodge.  Charollais- 119.50 Brow Top, 112 Rainors, 102 Kirkhouse. Cheviot- 119.50 Chapel Farm, 109.50 Plumbland, 100.50 Stonecroft. Herdwick- 110.50 Winscales West, 107.50 Bowderdale, 106.50, 98 Swinside End, 104.50 Clea Hall, 99.50(2) Knott Houses, 97.50 Stonecroft, 96.50 Kirkland House, 96.50 East House, 96.50 Far End, 94.50 Stybeck. Kerry Hill- 109.50, 100 Moorside. Swaledale- 95.50, 94.50 Beck Grange, 93.50 Far End, 93.50 Low Priorscales, 93 Millriggs.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Beltex- 360.3, 329.5 Home Farm, 333.3, 328, 297.6, 294.1 Scales Farm, 303.9 Cherrytree House, 298.9, 289.8 Highmoss, 296.4 Wardhall Guards, 292.5 Seafield House. Texel- 317.1, 307.8 Corney Hall, 312.2 Greenbank Close, 311 Hill Crescent, 307.1 High Flatts, 295.5 Wardhall Guards, 292.7 Home Farm, 292.7 Scales Farm, 283.8 Scalesmoor, 283 High House.   TexXHerdwick- 282.3 Rowbrow Park, 273.1, 270.9 Orthwaite Hall, 271.6 Rainors Farm. Cheviot- 281.4, 270.5 Foxhouse, 272.9 Low Place, 271.6 Stonecroft, 271 Rannerdale. Herdwick- 277.9 Stybeck, 275.7, 264.3 East House, 268.9(2) Knott Houses, 268.1 Far End, 267.9 Clea Hall, 264.3 Bowderdale, 263.5 Stonecroft, 260.9 Plumbland, 260.8 Kirkland House. Charollais- 273.2 Rainors. Swaledale- 270, 265.3 Beck Grange, 257.8 Rannerdale, 251.4 Millriggs. Suffolk- 269.3 Scales Farm. Mule- 262.5 Far End, 255.7 Low House, 253.3 Beck Farm.

Cast ewes dearer again on the week to an extended ringside of buyers. Top of £146 for Texel ewes from Messrs Crozier & Langcake, High Moss with Beltex ewes to £141 twice for GW Whitfield & Son, Low Stowbank. Cast tups to £140 from CWJ Clark, Quarry Bank. Mule ewes to £95 from EJ Lister, Cockley Gill. Fell ewes in keen demand with Herdwicks averaging £60 and topping at £75 for a pen from CI Hartley, Barfield.

Many more could have been well sold and are required each week.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):- Texel- 146, 116 High Moss, 140, 126 Beck Farm, 139, 129, 120, 118 The How, 138 Wardhall Guards, 126 Chapel Farm, 123 East Lodge. Beltex- 141(2), 110 Low Stowbank, 128, 122, 120 Green Marsh. Suffolk- 111, 110 Woodside Farm. Mule- 95 Cockley Gill, 91 Clappers, 90 East Lodge, 90 Green Marsh, 88 High Low Hall. Cheviot- 95 Croft Farm, 88 Chapel Farm, 82 Stockbridge. TexXherd- 80 Rook Farm, 78 Stockbridge. Herdwick- 75 Barfield, 65, 60 Howside, 65 Grange Grassings, 58 Stockbridge, 58 Seaview, 57(2) East House. Swaledale- 68 Horsemoor Hills, 62 Low Stowbank, 62 Bennett Head, 59 Swinside End, 58 Elva Plain, 58 Askhill. Blackface- 56 Croft House. Welsh- 54 Low Stowbank.

Cast Rams (per head - £):- Texel- 140 Quarry Bank, 114 Clappers, 112 Moorside.  Charollais- 112 Kirkhouse. Suffolk- 107 Clappers. Leicester- 101 Kirkland House, 101 Low Priorscales, 101 Howbeck Lodge. Swaledale- 75, 72 Stockbridge.