Primestock 10th March 2021

10th March 2021

On Wednesday 10th March 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 62 cattle comprising 33 cull cattle and 29 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1520 prime sheep including 1308 hoggs and 212 cast ewes and rams.

Heifers topped at 210p for a dairy bred British Blue from G&I Carruthers & Son, Lowca Cottage.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 210, 209, 203 Lowca Cottage.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1136.96, 1121.40, 1051.54 Lowca Cottage.  

Bulls topped at 222p or £1691.64 for a Limousin from GA Stamper, Rowbrow Park. Friesian bulls topped at 184p from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall with Holstein Friesians upto 1179.80 from AW Williamson, South View. 

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 222 Rowbrow Park, 207 Uldale Hall, 206(2), 204 Hunday Farm. British Blue – 205 Ellenbank, 200, 199 Justicetown, 199 Threapland Lees. Simmental – 201 Ellenbank. Charolais – 191 Ellenbank. British Friesian – 184 Uldale Hall.  Holstein Friesian – 176, 173, 171 Threapland Lees, 172 Justicetown, 171 South View.  Holstein – 169 Justicetown.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1691.64 Rowbrow Park, 1376.55 Uldale Hall, 1253.24, 1234.20, 1221.76 Lodge Farm, 1240.12, 1211.28 Hunday Farm. Charolais – 1417.22 Ellenbank.  British Blue – 1332.50 Ellenbank, 1205.94 Threapland Lees, 1177.47 Lodge Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1179.80, 1176.48 South View. Simmental – 1099.47 Ellenbank. British Friesian – 982.56 Uldale Hall.

Cows sold again dearer on the week producing fantastic returns. Top of 176p or £1348.16 for a Limousin cow from A&L Gott, Prospect House with British Blues to 174p or £1310.22 from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft.

Black and Whites look the trade of the day upto the joint top of 176p for a British Friesian OTM Heifer from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall. A Holstein Friesian OTM Heifer from Brackenbarrow Farms sold to 170p. Top Friesian Cow was 152p again from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall. Top gross was £1172.16 from F Mattocks & Son, Row Hall who also sold a Holstein Friesian Stock Bull to 130p or £1404.

An OTM Steer sold to 195p or £1349.40 from Messrs Gray, East Mill. 

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 176, 164 Prospect House, 170 Rowbrow Park, 154 Beechcroft, 152 Hodgson Green. British Friesian – 176, 152 Uldale Hall, 119 Harrington Parks, 111(2) Fairladies Farm. British Blue – 174 Beechcroft. Holstein Friesian – 170 Brackenbarrow, 147, 126 High House(Freeman), 147, 133 Barnyard, 144 Row Hall, 118, 114 Woodside Farm, 116, 115 Hodgson Green, 114 Fairladies Farm. Swedish Red – 142 High House(Dixon).  Holstein – 131, 110 Blue Dial.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1348.16, 1154.56 Prospect House, 992.80 Rowbrow Park, 979.44 Beechcroft. British Blue – 1310.22 Beechcroft. Holstein Friesian – 1172.16 Row Hall, 1139.25, 941.64 Barnyard, 1011.36, 810.18 High House(Freeman), 952 Brackenbarrow. British Friesian – 1026, 992.64 Uldale Hall, 859.18 Harrington Parks. Swedish Red – 979.80 High House(Dixon). Holstein – 893.42 Blue Dial. 

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Holstein Friesian – 130 Row Hall.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Holstein Friesian – 1404 Row Hall.

OTM Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 195 East Mill Farm.

OTM Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1349.40 East Mill Farm.

Prime Sheep

A wonderful trade was witnessed with all classes selling to the dearest trade of the season. Top price of £180 was paid for a Texel Hogg from TA Jefferson, Aspatria Hall purchased by Wilson Willis Butchers, High Street, Cleator Moor. Others to £174.50 from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth purchased by Tony Harrison Butchers, Main Street, Cockermouth. Top per kilo was 345.9ppk for Beltex from Messrs I Powley, Green Marsh.

Fell hoggs topped at £129.50 for Herdwicks from AG&KF Nicholson, Swinside End and £128.50 from WB&SA Steele, Easthwaite. Top per kilo was 304.3ppk for a pen of 65 Herdwick hoggs from G&T Tyson, East House weighing 35kg and realising a staggering £106.50.

The superb consignment of 132 expertly fed Herdwick Hoggs from G&T Tyson, East House averaged a whopping £110.90 or 287.77p for 38.54kg.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel- 345.9, 343.9 High House, 338.9, 316, 315 Bolton Wood Lane, 328 High Low Hall, 324.3 Greengill, 323.3 Far End, 319.8 Yarnhill, 319.2 Home Farm, 316.7 Crooklands. Beltex- 348.7, 341.5, 325.6 Green Marsh, 341.5 High House, 338.3 Home Farm, 337.8 Mayfield, 337.8, 327.2 Nook Farm. Suffolk- 305.3, 303.7 Yarnhill. TexXHerdwick- 304.8 Brimmer Head, 301.2 Nook Farm. Herdwick- 304.3, 281.7 East House, 292.9 Clea Hall, 288.5, 286.3 Langhorn, 280.4 The Wreay.  Cheviot- 298.7 Moorside. Swaledale- 288.3 The Wreay. Mule- 280.7 Low Garth.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel- 180 Aspatria Hall, 174.50, 170.50, 168.50 Low Garth, 169.50, 168.50 High House, 166, 164.50, 150 Hollins, 161.50, 160, 151.50 Far End, 160, 153.50 Yarnhill, 160 Mayfield, 157.50, 152.50, 148.50 Bolton Wood Lane, 155.50 High Bewaldeth, 153.50 High Low Hall, 151.50 Shatton Lodge, 150.50 Woodhall Brow.  Beltex- 160.50, 140.50 High House, 156.50, 150.50, 147.50(2) Nook Farm, 146 Yarnhill, 140(2) Green Marsh. Suffolk- 143.50, 124.50 Yarnhill, 133 Greengill, 122 Beck Farm. TexXHerdwick- 138.50, 133.50, 128.50, 126.50, 120(2) Yew Tree, 132.50, 125 Far End, 126.50, 125.50, 123.50 Nook Farm. Mule- 137 Shatton Lodge, 130.50 Far End, 123.50 Low Garth, 119.50 Beck Farm. Charollais- 136 Stockhill. Cheviot- 136, 126.50 Stonecroft, 124.50, 120 Greengill. Herdwick- 129.50 Swinside End, 128.50 Easthwaite, 127.50, 118.50, 110.50 Stybeck, 115.50(3), 106.50 East House, 114.50, 112.50 Langhorn, 113.50 Stonecroft, 107.50 Brimmer Head. Swaledale- 100.50 Gateghyll, 100.50 Moorside.

A poor entry of Ewes sold to extreme rates. Top of £144 for a Beltex ewe from T Dixon, Hill House, Wilton. Fell ewes topped at £76 for Herdwicks from J&SD Hope, Orthwaite Hall.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):- Beltex – 144 High House. Texel – 140 Woodhall Brow, 138, 128 Easthwaite Farm, 134, 124 Kirkland Guards, 128 Home Farm, 122, 120 Briary Bank. Suffolk – 115 Woodhall Brow. Mule – 96 Arlecdon Hill Farm, 86 Easthwaite Farm. Herdwick – 76 Orthwaite Hall, 68 Glencoyne Farm, 67 Moorside, 66 Nook Farm, 66 Grange Grassings. Swaledale – 74 Orthwaite Farm, 69 Gate Ghyll, 68 Dyke Croft, 66, 63 Moorside, 60 High Bewaldeth.

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 136, 134 High Bewaldeth. Herdwick – 79 Miller Place, 79(2) Stybeck Farm.