Primestock 3rd March 2021

3rd March 2021

On Wednesday 3rd March 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 54 cattle comprising 27 cull cattle and 27 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1555 prime sheep including 1187 hoggs and 368 cast ewes and rams.

A marvellous Limousin Heifer from Messrs Miller, Allerby Hall, Aspatria topped the sale at 260p or £1560 selling to regular supporter Wilson Willis Butchers, Cleator Moor.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 260 Allerby Hall.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1560 Allerby Hall.

Bulls sold to £1397.99 for a Limousin from JP Lister, Oughterside Mill, Wigton. Black and Whites upto 183p or £1106.25 for a Holstein from Crooklands Farming, Wigton.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 214, 207 Crooklands, 210, 205, 203 Lowca Cottage, 205 Lodge Farm, 204 Hunday Farm. Limousin – 211 Hunday Farm, 209 Oughterside Mill, 205, 203 Lodge Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 195, 184, 180(2) Crooklands.  Holstein – 183, 177, 173 Crooklands.  Fleckvieh – 182 Acre Walls. Holstein Friesian – 180 Row Hall. Holstein – 177 Crooklands.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):- Limousin – 1397.88, 1327.15 Oughterside Mill, 1266 Hunday Farm, 1250.50, 1244.39 Lodge Farm, 1159 Row Hall. British Blue – 1318.24, 1210.95 Crooklands, 1301.75 Lodge Farm, 1242.30, 1155, 1173.34 Lowca Cottage, 1146.48 Hunday Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 1199.25, 1133.44, 1080, 1031.40 Crooklands. Holstein – 1106.25, 1105.32 Crooklands. Holstein Friesian – 1058.40, 1046.11 Row Hall.

Cast cows continue to be extremely good to cash producing fantastic returns with new vendors taking advantage of the great ring here at Cockermouth.

 Top price of 177p was paid for a Limousin from RE Miller, West Farm, Aspatria. Top gross was £1285.90 for a Limousin from DA Harrison, Hill House, Wigton. Holstein Friesian sold to 154p from CW&DE Bushby, Watson Hill, Egremont. Messrs Greening, Waverbank, Wigton sold a Holstein Friesian to 143p or £1148.29.

Many more could have been well sold.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 177 West Farm, 174, 167, 150, 145 Hill House. Holstein Friesian – 154 Watson Hill, 143, 139 Waverbank, 131, 120 Watson Hill, 125 Waites Farm, 125 Hunday Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 141, 138 Croft Farm. British Friesian – 135, 129, 128 Gutterby Farm, 127 Thornbank Farm. Holstein – 124 Blue Dial.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1285.90, 1247.58, 1017 Hill House, 1260.24 West Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1148.29, 979.95 Waverbank, 875 Hunday Farm, 847 Watson Hill, 837.50 Waites Farm. British Friesian – 931.50, 883.65, 855.04 Gutterby Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 869.40 Croft Farm. Holstein – 850.64 Blue Dial.

Prime Sheep

  A mountain of Fell hoggs met a sensational trade. Prices were airborne with 3 quarters of the sale or 75% consisting of Fell hoggs and all Herdwicks sold averaging £96.77.

Top price of £172.50 for a Texel hogg from Messrs R Brough, Langfauld, Aspatria purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main St, Cockermouth. Top per kilo was 370.2p for Beltex hoggs from Messrs I Powley, Green Marsh, Carlisle.

Mule hoggs topped at £138.50 for a pen weighing 52kg from BW Hewitson, Shatton Lodge, Cockermouth.

A mighty show of Herdwick hoggs topped at £114.50 from AS Edmondson, Randle Gate, Cockermouth. Top per kilo was 292.9p for a pen of 25 weighing 35kg (£102.50) from P Bland & J Barnes, Knott Houses, Grasmere whose run of 80 fed hoggs averaged a mind-blowing £104.70 or 289.63p.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-   Beltex- 370.2, 347.4, 328.9 Green Marsh, 317.6 Home Farm, 310.8, 304.2 Braithwaite.  Texel- 324.3 Hollin Head, 305.6, 295.3 Hilltop, 302.6 Langfauld, 298.9 Old Hyton, 298.1, 297.2 Hollins, 297.3 High Flatts, 295.7 Beck Farm, 293.4 Ewanrigg, 293.1 Randlegate. Herdwick- 292.9, 290.5(2), 284.3, 273.1 Knott Houses, 283.3, 271.2 Stybeck, 278.6 Brotherilkeld, 278.3 Burnthwaite, 273.1 High Snab, 271.2 Chapel Farm, 270.8 Churchstile, 270 Hollin Head. Cheviot- 290.3 Hollin Head, 282.4 Chapel Farm, 281.9 Fold Head. Suffolk- 270 Ewanrigg, 264.5 Stonecroft. Mule- 266.3, 261 Shatton Lodge, 262.5 Westray, 260.3 Low Stowbank, 257.6, 253.9 Town End, 253.6 Swinside End, 252 Beechcroft. Kerry Hill- 262.5 Fangs Brow. Swaledale- 256.9, 247.6(2) High Snab, 256.1 Low Stowbank, 250 Stockhow Hall, 248.6 Millriggs.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-   Texel- 172.50, 156.50, 137.50 Langfauld, 161, 157.50, 154.50(2) Hollins, 157.50, 140 High Flatts, 153.50, 147.50, 135 Beckhouse, 140.50, 136.50, 135.50 Shatton Lodge, 140, 134.50 Stargill, 137.50 Hilltop, 136.50, 133.50 Scales Farm, 135.50 Baggra Yeat, 134.50(2) Old Hyton. Beltex- 158.50, 142 Braithwaite, 155.50, 132, 125 Green Marsh. Mule- 138.50, 130.50 Shatton Lodge, 128.50 Beechcroft, 120.50 Far End, 118.50 Town End, 116.50, 114.50 Far End, 115.50 Westray.  Cheviot- 125.50 Lowfields, 117.50 Chapel Farm. TexXHerdwick- 117.50 Foxhouse, 117.50 Far End, 112.50(2) Sorrowstones, 108.50 Bridge End, 107.50 Randlegate, 105 Grange Grassings. Suffolk- 114.50 Low House, 113.50 Ewanrigg. Herdwick- 114.50 Randlegate, 110.50 Thorneythwaite, 107.50 Langhorn, 107.50(2), 106.50, 102.50, 99.50 Knott Houses, 106.50 Chapel Farm, 106.50, 97.50 Brotherilkeld, 106.50 High Snab, 99.50, 97.50 Church Stile, 95.50 Yew Tree, 95.50 Burnthwaite.   Swaledale- 101.50(2), 92.50 High Snab, 99.50 Far End, 96.50 Swinside End. Kerry Hill- 94.50 Fangs Brow.

An improved entry of Cast ewes sold to a superb trade being dearer again. All classes wanted. Top price of £179 for a Texel ewe from AH Ritson, Ireby Hall, Ireby. Fell ewes sold to £74 for Swaledales from JA Ritson, Baggra Yeat, Uldale.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 179 Ireby Hall, 152, 146, 139 Langfauld, 150, 136, 128, 124 Holmecroft Farm, 130, 128 Home Farm. Bleu Du Maine – 120 Holmecroft Farm, 110 Hundith Hill. Suffolk – 112 High Flatts, 110 Jenkins Cross.  Mule – 100 Ireby Hall, 100 Stargill Farm. Cheviot – 84 Millbeck Hall, 80 Hollins, 77 Fold Head Farm. Texel X Herdwick – 84 Cherrytree House. Swaledale – 74 Baggra Yeat, 70 Jenkins Cross, 66 Hill Top, 61 Thornholme. Herdwick – 69 Nook Farm, 69 Tenters Lane, 64 Baggra Yeat, 61 Sherriff, 61 Grange Grassings. Shetland – 60 Plumbland House.