Primestock 7th April 2021

7th April 2021

On Wednesday 7th April 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 36 cattle comprising 22 cull cattle and 14 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1546 prime sheep including 3 spring lambs, 1292 hoggs and 251 cast ewes and rams.

All classes of cattle meeting bonanza returns topping at 268p for a Limousin Heifer from RE Miller, West Farm, Aspatria purchased by Wilson Willis Butchers, Cleator Moor. Top gross was £1467.30 for a Limousin Heifer from Messrs H Thompson, Springfield, Bigrigg.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 268 West Farm, 219 Springfield, 218 Hunday Farm.  British Blue – 216 Hunday Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 178 Springfield Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1467.30 Springfield Farm, 1382.88 West Farm, 1273.12 Hunday Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1286.94 Springfield Farm. British Blue – 1181.52 Hunday Farm.   

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 225 Springfield Farm.  British Blue – 210 Springfield Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1461.60 Springfield Farm.  Limousin – 1399.50 Springfield Farm.

Bulls in short supply with many more required. Dairy bred Limousins from Messrs Bowe, Hunday sold to 221p whilst top gross was £1358.28 for a Holstein Friesian from AW Williamson, South View, Carlisle.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 221, 214 Hunday Farm, 219 Lamplugh Hall. Holstein Friesian – 198, 189 South View, 190 Lamplugh Hall.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):- Holstein Friesian – 1358.28, 1149.12 South View, 1174.20 Lamplugh Hall. Limousin – 1341.47, 1262.60 Hunday Farm, 1335.90, 1332.45 Lamplugh Hall.   

A poorer entry of cast cows however trade still on fire topping at 177p for a Limousin from Messrs Parkin, Home Farm, Maryport. Top gross £1355.36 for a British Blue from Messrs Taylor & Gill, Fell End, Bewaldeth. Black and Whites sold to 153p for a British Friesian from JN&FC Walker, Harrington Parks, Workington. Top gross £1136.80 for a Holstein Friesian from R&M Allison, Barnyard, Cockermouth.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 177, 144 Home Farm, 176 Seathwaite Farm. British Blue – 172 Fell End. British Friesian – 153 Harrington Parks. Holstein Friesian – 145, 117 Barnyard, 124, 119, 118 Home Farm, 119 Allerby Mill.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1355.36 Fell End.  Limousin – 1073.60 Seathwaite Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1136.80 Barnyard, 973.42 Allerby Mill, 855.50, 822.12 Home Farm.  British Friesian – 1089.36 Harrington Parks. 

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 167 Segbushwell, 162 Rowbrow Park, 140 Overcroft.  Charolais – 148 Mosser Mains Farm.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1560.06 Rowbrow Park, 1497.99 Segbushwell, 1150.80 Overcroft. Charolais – 1469.64 Mosser Mains Farm.

Prime Sheep

The first new season lambs of 2021 were forward meeting keen demand selling to £170 for 49kg Texels from DJ Lister, Woodend, Holmrook.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 346.90, 311.60 Woodend.  Suffolk – 317.10 Hyton Farm.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 170, 134 Woodend. Suffolk – 130 Hyton Farm.

A good entry of 1292 hoggs sold to the dearest trade of the season delighting all vendors. The days top price of £207.50 was paid for a Texel hogg from W&PA Walton, Low Kinmont, Bootle purchased by Mr J Blenkhorn. Beltex to £196.50 from TA Jefferson, Aspatria Hall.  Others to £187.50 for Texels from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Workington purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Cockermouth.

Top per kilo of 385.2p for Beltex hoggs from WH&F Wood, Well Head, Dean.

All hoggs sold averaged a staggering £122.90 with 59% of the sale being fell bred hoggs.

Mule hoggs topped at £154.50 for 61kg from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Workington who also sold 59kg for £152.50. 

Fell hoggs topped at £135 for a pair of 59kg Herdwicks from CI Hartley, Barfield, Bootle. Top per kilo was 345.8p from J Bland, Yew Tree, Borrowdale.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex- 385.2, 353.4, 341.7, 340.2, 335.2, 333.7 Well Head, 374.4, 367.5, 364.3, 361.1 Green Marsh, 359, 351.4 New Hall, 350.9, 332.4 Aspatria Hall, 345.8 Prospect House. Texel- 355.4, 351.4, 350, 332.9, 328.8, 325.6 New Hall, 350 Thornholme, 339.1, 329.5 Wood Farm, 337.5 Corney Hall, 335 Hollins, 333.8 Prospect House, 332.9 Bent Ash, 328.8, 328.4, 328.3, 325.7 Sherriff, 327.2 Greenlands, 326.1 Holmerigg, 325 East Mill. Herdwick- 345.8 Yew Tree, 321.4, 313.6 Knott Houses, 312.5, 298.4 Bowderdale, 312.2, 298.8 Seathwaite, 307.1 Hollin Head, 306.1, 298.8 Langhorn, 304.1 Hyton Farm, 298.6 Howes Farm, 298.4 Stybeck, 296.1 Stonecroft, 292.9 Howside, 291.4 Forge Farm, 291 Mill House. Cheviot- 330, 323.3, 322.8, 318.9, 317 New Hall, 315.3 Frizington Hall. Suffolk- 324 Sorrowstones, 292.7 Willows. TexelXHerdwick- 322.7 Bowderdale. Swaledale- 291.3 Gateghyll, 285.1 Hyton Farm, 276.4 Hollin Head, 274.4, 273.1 Baggra Yeat. Mule- 288.8 Stonecroft, 283 Kelmore Hills, 280.2 Shatton Lodge, 278.9 Hyton Farm, 277 Rowan Garth.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel- 207.50 Low Kinmont, 187.50, 185.50 Kelmore Hills, 179.50, 163.50, 161.50 High Flatts, 178.50, 176.50, 167.50(2), 166.50, 162.50, 159.50 Hollins, 170.50, 169.50, 167.50, 166.50, 165.50, 161.50, 159.50 Willows, 164.50, 161.50, 160.50 Shatton Lodge, 163.50 Bolton Wood Lane, 162.50 Thornholme, 161.50, 159.50 Corney Hall, 160.50 Scalesmoor, 159.50 Cragg Farm. Beltex- 196.50, 169.50 Aspatria Hall, 184.50, 180.50, 176.50, 169.50 High House, 169.50, 156.50(2), 155.50, 147.50, 143.50(2) Well Head, 166.50 Prospect House, 153.50, 147 Green Marsh, 140 New Hall. Suffolk- 166.50 Bolton Wood Lane, 155.50 Sorrowstones, 147.50, 140.50 Willows. Cheviot- 159.50 Fisherground, 148.50(2), 145.50, 143.50(2), 139.50 New Hall, 137.50 Seathwaite, 131.50 Low Stowbank. Mule- 154.50, 152.50, 141.50 Kelmore Hills, 148.50 Shatton Lodge, 138.50 Rowan Garth, 138.50 New Hall, 136.50 Hyton Farm, 131.50 Rook Farm. TexelXHerdwick- 143.50 Frizington Hall. Herdwick- 135, 118.50 Barfield, 125.50(2) Langhorn, 125.50, 115.50 Seathwaite, 116.50 Yew Tree, 113.50 Mill House, 113.50 Yew Tree, 112.50 Stonecroft, 112.50 Hyton Farm, 112.50 Knott Houses, 112.50, 106 Bowderdale, 110.50, 107.50 Hollin Head, 110 Sherriff, 107.50 Howes Farm, 106.50 Baggra Yeat.   Millenium Blue- 133.50 Well Head. Zwartble- 131.50 Stonecroft. Swaledale- 123.50, 106.50(2) Baggra Yeat, 116.50 Gateghyll, 110 High Bewaldeth, 110 Muncaster Head, 105.50 Hyton Farm, 103.50 Bowderdale, 103.50 Hollin Head.   Blackface- 109.50 Low Stowbank.

Cast ewes sold to the dearest trade ever seen being far in excess of other outlets. Top price of £232 was paid for a Texel ewe from W&PA Walton, Low Kinmont, Bootle. Others to £220 for Texel ewes from RJ&AY Armstrong, Terrace Farm, Lorton. Suffolk ewes sold to £190 from Messrs I Powley, Green Marsh, Carlisle whilst Cheviots topped at £142 from RG&D Cockburn, Stonecroft, Ireby. Fell ewes topped at £116 for Swaledales from A&D Smith, Kelmorer Hills, Workington.

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

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel (Avg 140.69) 232 Low Kinmont, 220, 208, 188 Terrace Farm, 200 Beechcroft, 190 Greenbank Close, 186, 172, 164 Mosser Mains, 176, 162 Greenlands, 164 Mechi Farm, 160 Overcroft. Suffolk (Avg 141.20) 190 Green Marsh, 164, 140 Mechi Farm, 150 Greenbank Close, 140 Bolton Wood Lane, 140 High Flatts.  Beltex (Avg 122) 150, 140 Well Head. Bluefaced Leicester (Avg 136) 150 Mosser Mains, 130 Baggra Yeat, 128 Broom Park. Cheviot (Avg 119.13) 142, 134, 128, 116 Stonecroft. Mule (Avg 108.38) 132, 110 Broom Park, 128 Terrace Farm, 126 Scalesmoor, 124 Riggingill, 124 Woodside Cottage, 122 Willows Farm, 120 Mosser Mains, 120 Kelmore Hills.  Swaledale (Avg 77.89) 116, 105, 102, 93 Kelmore Hills, 110, 108 Beechcroft, 98 Frizington Hall, 97 High Bewaldeth, 90 Cathow, 90 Gate Ghyll. Herdwick (Avg 69.84) 91 Miller Place. Welsh- 78 Low Stowbank.          

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Bluefaced Leicester – 181 Muncaster Head. Texel – 168 Greenlands, 150 Cragg Farm. Swaledale – 116, 112 Baggra Yeat.  Herdwick – 98 Howes Farm, 98 Low Kinmont.