Primestock 24th February 2021

24th February 2021

On Wednesday 24th February 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 62 cattle comprising 46 cull cattle and 16 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1334 prime sheep including 1060 hoggs and 274 cast ewes and rams.

Heifers topped at 205p or £1254.60 for dairy bred British Blue x from G&I Carruthers, Lowca Cottage.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 205(2) Lowca Cottage Farm, 195 Pickett Howe.     

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1254.60, 1148 Lowca Cottage Farm, 1166.10 Pickett Howe.

Bulls topped at 220p for a Limousin from JP Lister, Oughterside Mill. Top gross was £1429.56 for a Stabiliser from CJ Hartley, Stoney Howe.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 220, 208 Oughterside Mill, 206, 204 Lowside Farm. Simmental – 206 Ellenbank. Stabiliser – 198 Stoney Howe. Aberdeen Angus – 197 Ellenbank. Holstein Friesian – 179, 170 South View.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Stabiliser – 1429.56 Stoney Howe.  Limousin – 1353, 1235.52 Oughterside Mill, 1305.60, 1248.36 Lowside Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 1272.62 Ellenbank.  Holstein Friesian – 1204.67, 1139 South View.  Simmental – 1102.10 Ellenbank.   British Blue – 1051.05 East Mill.  Holstein – 852, 813.75 Lowca Cottage Farm.

Cows again a magnificent trade topping at 164p for a Limousin from RJ&AY Armstrong, Terrace Farm. Top gross was £1382.16 for a British Blue from IR&JM Fearon, Frizington Hall. Black and Whites topped at 140p or £1099 for a super Holstein Friesian from Mark Freeman, High House. Friesian upto 134p twice, from W&EV Walker, Newbiggin.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 164, 150 Terrace Farm, 157 East Mill, 155 Parkhouse Farm, 148 Easthwaite Farm. British Blue – 156 Frizington Hall, 152 Parkhouse Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 140 Croft Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 140 High House, 120, 115 Barnyard, 118, 117 Watson Hill, 116 East Farm, 114 Waverbank, 113 Fairladies, 111 Waites Farm. Beef Shorthorn – 135 Easthwaite Farm. British Friesian – 134(2), 126, 125, 121 Newbiggin Farm, 129, 123 Harrington Parks. Holstein – 123 East Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1382.16 Frizington Hall, 1057.92 Parkhouse Farm. Limousin – 1227.74 East Mill, 1119.10 Parkhouse Farm, 1068.56 Easthwaite Farm, 1033.20 Terrace Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1099 High House, 1072.80 Barnyard, 801.42 Waverbank. Holstein – 1036.89 East Farm. Beef Shorthorn – 942.30 Easthwaite Farm. British Friesian – 913.88, 853.58 Newbiggin Farm, 853.98 Harringrton Parks. Aberdeen Angus – 893.20 Croft Farm.

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Hereford – 120 Parkend.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Hereford – 1167.60 Parkend.

Prime Sheep

Hogg trade continues to be marvellous leaving vendors delighted.

The days’ top price of £168.50 was paid for a pair of Texel Hoggs from Messrs Nevinson, High House purchased by Wilson Willis Butchers, Cleator Moor.

Pence per kilo honours went to I Powley, Green Marsh with 2 pens of Beltex hoggs that sold to 350ppk.

Fell hoggs forward in large numbers meeting keen demand. Top of £113.50 for a pen of Herdwicks from Messrs Beaty, Newton Field. Top per kilo for Herdwicks was 275.7p (35kg £96.50) from BK&J Rowand, Stool End.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex- 350(2), 290.7 Green Marsh, 326.9 Greengill, 319.2, 311.5 Home Farm, 315 High House, 311.50 Braithwaite Farm, 305.9, 293.3 Swinside End. Texel- 321.4 Green Marsh, 321.1, 317.4 Bolton Wood Lane, 316.3 High House, 313.8 Rook Farm, 309.8, 293.8 Prospect House, 307.9 Whinnerah, 299.1, 291.2, 290.2 Braithwaite, 298.9 Bolton Wood Lane, 298.7 High Bewaldeth, 292.6 Swinside End, 291.3 Mossergate. TexXHerdwick- 285.1 Prospect House, 274.3 Lucy Close, 270.8 Stool End. Cheviot- 277.8 Hollin Head, 274.4, 265.5 Newton Field, 272.4 Greengill, 263.3 Sorrowstones. Herdwick- 275.7, 273.1, 259.5 Stool End, 269.1, 261.4 Burnthwaite, 256.6 Smaithwaite, 255.4 Whinnerah, 251.4 Penny Hill, 250 Gill Brow, 248.6 Hollin Head. Charollais- 275 Orchard Farm. Suffolk- 275 Stonecroft, 262.9 Sneckyeat. Mule- 267.9 Greengill, 254.4 Gill Brow, 252.6 Orchard Drive, 251.1 Sneckyeat, 251.1 Hayborough, 251.1 Swinside End. Scotch Blackface- 262.2 Mossergate. Swaledale- 235.5 Gateghyll, 234.3 Sneckyeat, 231.7 Rook Farm, 231.3 Smaithwaite, 229.3 Gill Brow.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel- 168.50, 145.50, 143.50 High House, 158.50, 148.50 Braithwaite Farm, 158 Prospect House, 157.50, 152.50 Green Marsh, 152.50, 134.50 Bolton Wood Lane, 148.50, 144.50 Hollins, 137.50 Shatton Lodge, 137.50 Swinside End, 136, 134 High Flatts, 134.50 Chapel House, 134.50 Stool End, 134.50 Riggingill. Beltex- 157.50 High House, 149.50 Braithwaite, 140(2), 125 Green Marsh, 132 Swinside End, 127.50 Greengill, 124.50, 121.50 Home Farm. Suffolk- 144.50, 126.50 Sneckyeat, 126.50 Baysbrown, 120.50 Greengill, 117 Stool End. Mule- 126.50, 125.80 Shatton Lodge, 125 Beechcroft, 116.50 Swinside End, 115.50 Sneckyeat. TexXHerdwick- 121.50, 116.50, 116 Sorrowstones, 115 Newton Field, 113.50 Mill House, 111.50 Bent Ash. Cheviot- 118.50 Sorrowstones, 115.50 Stool End, 115.50 Seathwaite, 112.50, 111.50 Newton Field, 110 Mill House. Herdwick- 113.50 Newtonfield, 107.50 Burnthwaite, 106.50, 100, 96.50, 96 Stool End, 105, 97.50 Smaithwaite, 99.50 Seathwaite. Swaledale- 109.50 Eirinntalla, 107.50 Mossergate.   Scotch Blackface- 107.50 Mossergate.

A very poor entry of Ewes sold to the same good trade as witnessed last week. Top of £145 for a Texel ewe from Messrs Bowe, Bothel Parks. A large entry of fell ewes topped at £70 for Herdwicks from DW Crowe, Wha House.

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

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 145, 120 Bothel Parks, 137 Chapel House, 124, 116, 110, 104 High Bewaldeth, 114 Riggingill, 112 Prospect House, 109 Sneckyeat Farm. Mule – 101 Frizington Hall, 88 Riggingill, 86 Swinside End Farm, 85 High Bewaldeth. Bluefaced Leicester – 87 Chapel House. Cheviot – 81 Wha House, 77 Mireside, 77 Seathwaite Farm. Swaledale – 68 Seathwaite Farm, 66 Sneckyeat Farm, 66 High Bewaldeth, 60, 58 Chapel House, 60 Swinside End, 59 Wythop Hall, 58 Eirinntalla. Herdwick – 70 Wha House, 63 Riggingill, 59 Seathwaite Farm, 59 Mireside. Scotch Blackface – 62 Wha House.

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 119(2) Eirinntalla. Bluefaced Leicester – 106, 100 Chapel House. Charollais – 100 South View. Herdwick – 70 Wha House, 69 Stool End. Swaledale – 67 Eirinntalla.