Primestock 28th April 2021

28th April 2021

On Wednesday 28th April 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 66 cattle comprising 51 cull cattle and 15 prime bulls and clean cattle, 922 prime sheep including 30 spring lambs, 635 hoggs and 257 cast ewes and rams.

Cattle of all classes are a marvellous trade topping at 227p (£1527.71) for an OTM Heifer from G Gate, Hollins Farm, Eaglesfield. A British Blue cow from JP Lister, Oughterside Mill, Aspatria achieved the top gross of £1540.48. Black and Whites sold to a whopping £1334 for a Holstein Friesian from Messrs Carruthers, East Farm, Crosscanonby.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 224, 216 Foxhouse Farm.  British Blue – 215(2) Crooklands. Holstein – 173 Crooklands.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Holstein – 1280.20 Crooklands. British Blue – 1219.05, 1143.80 Crooklands. Limousin – 1200.64, 1140.48 Foxhouse.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 211(2), 200 Crooklands.  Aberdeen Angus – 200 Crooklands. Holstein – 207, 190, 189 Crooklands. 

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):- British Blue – 1401.04, 1365.17, 1334, 1136.84 Crooklands. Aberdeen Angus – 1232 Crooklands. Holstein – 1227.51, 1139.67 Crooklands.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 227 Hollins Farm, 200, 169 East Mill, 181, 174 Easthwaite Farm, 178, 170 Hill Top, 174 Croft End, 164 Beechcroft, 164 Oughterside Mill. Holstein Friesian – 174 Threapland Lees, 154, 144 Lamplugh Hall, 145 East Farm, 141, 134(2) Burton House, 140, 135 Gate Farm, 133, 129 Waites Farm. British Blue – 166 Oughterside Mill, 164 Overcroft, 158 Beechcroft. Charolais – 164 Brackendene. Montbeliarde – 120 Fairladies Farm.  Blue Grey – 119(2), 118 Thomas Dene.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):- British Blue – 1540.48 Oughterside Mill, 1308.24 Beechcroft, 1170.96 Overcroft. Limousin – 1527.71 Hollins Farm, 1372 East Mill, 1310.08, 1008.10 Hill Top, 1262.80 Oughterside Mill, 1262.80 Beechcroft, 1171.02, 1113.15 Easthwaite Farm, 1093.43 East Mill, 1030.08 Croft End. Holstein Friesian – 1334, 943.36 East Farm, 1134.72, 1011.78 Lamplugh Hall, 1104.03, 1010.36 Burton House, 1014.42 Threapland Lees, 960.40 Gate Farm.  Charolais – 1307.08 Brackendene. Blue Grey – 811.84, 797.30 Thomas Dene.

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Aberdeen Angus – 115, 113 Croft Farm.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Aberdeen Angus – 1026.95, 1000.05 Croft Farm.

Prime Sheep

30 spring lambs forward met a super enquiry and a great trade. Top price of £156 for Texel lambs from DA Harrison, Hill House, Aldoth purchased by Wilson Willis Butchers, Cleator Moor. Top per kilo was 372.5p for Texels from DJ Lister, Woodend, Holmrook.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 156, 155, 154, 153(2), 151, 146 Hill House,  152, 149, 140 Woodend, 146 Langhorn. Suffolk – 147, 136 Hill House, 140, 138, 131 Woodend.  

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):- Texel – 372.50, 366.70, 353.50, 333.30 Woodend, 369, 364.30(2), 359.50, 347.60, 347.50, 331.90 Hill House. Suffolk – 358.50, 331.70 Hill House, 336.60, 335.90, 318.20 Woodend.

A very mixed show of hoggs topped at £170 for Beltex from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Distington purchased by T Harrison, Butcher, Cockermouth. Top per kilo was 340.2 for Beltex hoggs from HD Ward, Home Farm, Aspatria.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex- 340.2, 336.3 Home Farm. Texel- 333.3 Kelmore Hills, 316.2 Home Farm, 307.1 Hollins, 303.1 Cherrytree House, 303, 302.1 High Farm. Charollais- 325, 301.1 High Farm. TexXHerdwick- 313.8 Strudda Bank. Mule- 290.2 Kelmore Hills.   Herdwick- 283.8 Hollin Head, 282.4, 272 East House, 277.9 Croft Farm, 275 Fold Head, 273.1 Langhorn, 272.4 Stonecroft, 270.8 Mill House Farm. Swaledale- 259.3 East House, 258.8 Gateghyll, 258.1 Boundary Beck.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Beltex- 170 Kelmore Hills, 150.50 Hollins, 139.50, 134.50 Home Farm. Texel- 166, 165(2), 160 Kelmore Hills, 163.50, 154.50(2), 153.50, 151.50 Croft End, 154.50, 151.50 High Farm, 154.50, 150.50, 148.50, 147.50 Hollins, 153.50, 148.50 Cherrytree House, 148.50 Aldenstone. Mule- 140, 133.50 Kelmore Hills, 132.50 High Farm, 125.50 Town End. Charollais- 135.50 High Farm. Bluefaced Leicester- 129.50 High Farm. TexXHerdwick- 125.50 Strudda Bank. Herdwick- 111.50, 107.50, 104.50 East House, 106.50(2) Langhorn, 104, 103.50 Stonecroft, 102.50, 101.50 Hollin Head, 100 Wha House.  Swaledale- 111.50 East House, 103.50 Gateghyll.

Cast ewes sold to a fantastic trade delighting vendors. Top of £180 for a Texel ewe from JW&VI Naylor, Hill Green, Drigg. Fell ewes topped at £106 for a pen of Swaledales from BW Hewitson, Shatton Lodge, Cockermouth.

Many more could have been well sold.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 180, 158 Hillgreen, 162, 156 Wardhall Guards, 142 Croft End, 140 High Low Hall, 131 The How, 130 Green Close, 130 Chapel Howe, 130 Bolton Wood Lane. Mule – 116 Town End, 115 East Townend, 114, 108 Shatton Lodge, 112 Jenkins Cross, 111 Thrimby Grange, 108 Aldenstone, 107 High Low Hall, 107 Hillgreen, 105 Old Hyton Farm. Bleu du Maine – 111 Byresteads.  Swaledale – 106, 90 Shatton Lodge, 103 Tortolocate, 98, 87 Thrimby Grange, 93 Town End. Jacob – 102 Easthwaite Farm. Cheviot – 100, 90 Thrimby Grange, 98 Hollows Farm, 92 Cragg House, 90 Fold Head. Texel X Herdwick – 99 Chapel Howe, 92 Woodhow Farm. Herdwick – 88 Winscales Farm West, 82 Woodhow Farm, 78 Knott Houses, 77 Fold Head.      

Cast Rams (per head - £):- Texel – 142, 124 High Low Hall, 136 Main Street, 130 Byresteads. Cheviot – 124 Moor Farm.