Primestock 31st March 2021

31st March 2021

On Wednesday 31st March 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 61 cattle comprising 49 cull cattle and 12 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1189 prime sheep including 1011 hoggs and 178 cast ewes and rams.

Cattle trade continuing to go from strength to strength with clean cattle upto 228p for a Limousin Steer from W Gray & Sons, East Mill, Aspatria. Holstein Friesian Steers upto 191p or £1348.46 for H Thompson, Springfields, Bigrigg who also sold dairy bred Blue heifers to £1397.76.  Prime Bulls sold to 226p for Messrs Gray, East Mill, Aspatria and top gross of £1525.14 from JP Lister, Oughterside Mill, Aspatria. 

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 215 Hunday Farm, 206 Bracken Howe. British Blue – 213, 208 Springfield Farm.  

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):- British Blue – 1397.76, 1295.04 Springfield Farm. Limousin – 1199.70 Hunday Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 228 East Mill. Holstein Friesian – 191, 189 Springfield Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Holstein Friesian – 1348.46, 1279.53 Springfield Farm. Limousin – 1333.80 East Mill.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 226 East Mill, 222, 206 Oughterside Mill. Holstein Friesian – 189 Row Hall.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1525.14, 1303.98 Oughterside Mill, 1392.16 East Mill. Holstein Friesian – 1086.75 Row Hall.

A good entry of cows sold to a super trade being the dearest so far witnessed. Top of 205p or £1459.60 for a Limousin from J Brown & Sons, Crakeplace Hall, Ullock. Others to 196p or £1360.65 from D&MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall. Black and Whites sold to a furious trade and topped at 165p or £1209.45 from Messrs Carruthers, East Farm, Crosscanonby. A grand entry of Friesian cows sold to 157p twice, both times for JH Fell, Gutterby, Whitbeck who’s journey up was made very worthwhile when their trailer load averaged 155p or £1112.43.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 205 Crakeplace Hall, 196, 193, 179 Lamplugh Hall, 148 Outgang Farm, 148, 146 Wood End Farm. Holstein Friesian – 165, 136 East Farm, 155 Row Hall, 148 Hunday Farm, 141 Brackenbarrow Farm, 129 Barnyard, 126 Watson Hill. British Friesian – 157, 154 (2) Gutterby Farm, 141, 136 Wellington Farm, 139 Dean Farm, 137 Harrington Parks, 136 Stainburn Hall. Shorthorn – 155 Mosser Mains. Holstein – 154 Bouch House, 144 Threapthwaite Farm, 140, 122 Lowca Cottage. Hereford – 144 Mosser Mains. Brown Swiss – 134 Frizington Parks.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1459.60 Crakeplace Hall, 1360.65, 1250.48, 1247.63 Lamplugh Hall. Shorthorn – 1283.40 Mosser Mains.  Holstein Friesian – 1209.45 East Farm, 1124.80 Hunday Farm, 1085 Row Hall, 1020 East Farm, 998.28 Brackenbarrow Farm. British Friesian – 1167.32, 1133.54, 1036.42 Gutterby Farm, 1002.32 Stainburn Hall, 963.27 Dean Farm. Holstein – 1093.40 Bouch House, 984.20, 829.60 Lowca Cottage, 941.76 Threapthwaite Farm. Brown Swiss – 1027.78 Frizington Parks. Hereford – 989.28 Mosser Mains.

Prime Sheep

Hoggs sold dearer on the week delighting vendors despite a poorer entry on offer. Top price of £176.50 for a Texel from G Gate, Hollins Farm, Cockermouth purchased by Mr J Blenkhorn. Others to £172.50 also from G Gate, Hollins Farm purchased by Wilson Butchers, Main Street, Egremont. Top per kilo went to AE&VJ Errington, Beck House, Embleton at 317.4ppk.  

Mule Hoggs to £143.50 for a pen from BW Hewitson, Shatton Lodge, Cockermouth who sold others at £140.

A large quantity of fell hoggs forward topped at £133.50 for Herdwick Hoggs from J Bland, Yew Tree, Borrowdale. Top per kilo was 304.2p for Herdwicks from Messrs Bland & Barnes, Knott Houses, Grasmere.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel- 317.4 Beckhouse, 315.7, 306.6 Greengill, 312, 309.6, 308 Hollins. Cheviot- 312.9 Thornholme, 306.9 Baysbrown, 301.3 Greengill. Lleyn- 306.4 Streetgate.  TexelXHerdwick- 306.9 Stonecroft, 301.4 Yew Tree, 298.7 Rannerdale. Herdwick- 304.2 Knott Houses, 298.6 Rowbrow Park, 295.3 Hinning House, 293.6, 291.3, 289.7, 289.1 Yew Tree, 293.2, 289.7 Whinnerah, 289.7 Seatoller, 287.8 Westhead, 287.1(2) Baysbrown, 285.5 Gill Bank, 285.5 Town Head. Suffolk- 303.8 Baysbrown, 301.3 Greengill. Swaledale- 290 Fell End, 270.8 Seatoller, 268.8, 261.1 Gateghyll, 268.1 Hinning House, 267.9 Thornholme, 267.1 Low Snab, 262.5 Outgang. Mule- 289.5 Far End, 281.7 Swinside End.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 176.50, 172.50, 168.50, 167.50, 161.50 Hollins Farm, 157.50 Far End Farm, 149.50, 148.50, 144.50 Shatton Lodge Farm, 145.50(2) Littletown Farm, 143.50 The Fitz. Mule- 143.50, 140 Shatton Lodge, 128.50, 124.50 Far End, 120.50 Hayborough. Herdwick- 133.50, 116.50, 114.50(2), 107.50, 106.50 Yew Tree, 114.50 Outgang, 113.50 Clea Hall, 112.50 Knot Houses, 110.50 Whinnerah, 110.50 Rowbrow Park, 109.50(2) Knott Houses, 108.50 Whinnerah, 106.50 West Head. Charollais – 130.5 Outgang Farm, 116.50 Stonecroft. Suffolk – 121.50, 103.50 Baysbrown Farm, 114.50 Greengill Farm, 107.50 Stonecroft. Cheviot – 120, 118.50 Hollins, 117.50 Greengill Farm, 110.50 Baysbrown Farm. TexelXHerdwick- 119.50 Outgang, 113.50 Rannerdale, 110.50 Stonecroft, 110 Armaside.  Swaledale – 117.50, 107.50 Gate Ghyll, 104.50, 103.50 Thornholme, 101.50 Fell End.

A smaller entry of ewes however trade extremely good and many more could have been well sold. Top of £158 for Texel ewes from Messrs Bowe, Bothel Parks, Wigton. A poor show of Fell ewes topped at £77 for two pens of Swaledale ewes from LG Sibson, Hole House, Bassenthwaite.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 158, 144 Bothel Parks, 150, 128 The How, 148 Clea Hall, 138 Easthwaite Farm. Bleu du Maine – 138 Bothel Parks. Suffolk – 118 Croft House. Mule – 99, 96 Bleabank, 98 Fairladies Farm, 95 Hinning House, 94 Asby Farm, 94 Croft House. Cheviot – 90 Fisherground. Swaledale – 77(2) Hole House, 71 Swinside End. Herdwick – 61 Hinning House.

Cast Rams (per head - £):- Bluefaced Leicester – 120, 115 Manor Farm.  Charollais – 107 Todholes. Beltex – 101 Fairladies Farm. Swaledale – 87 Baystone Bank.