Primestock 12th May 2021

12th May 2021

On Wednesday 12th May 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 46 cattle comprising 39 cull cattle and 7 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1101 prime sheep including 172 spring lambs, 592 hoggs and 337 cast ewes and rams.

Clean cattle selling like hotcakes topping at £1449 for a Limousin Heifer from H Thompson, Springfield, Egremont. Young Bulls to 218p or £1199 for Beef Shorthorns from Woodhow Farm, Wasdale.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 225 Springfield Farm.  British Blue – 216, 209 Springfield Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1449 Springfield Farm. British Blue – 1316.70, 1287.36 Springfield Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Shorthorn – 218, 204, 200 Woodhow Farm.  

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  British Shorthorn – 1199, 1113.84, 1112 Woodhow Farm.

Cows were a phenomenal trade topping at 193p for a Limousin from JP Lister, Oughterside Mill, Aspatria. Top gross was £1384 for a Limousin from J Marrs, Elva Plain, Cockermouth. Black and Whites sold to 166p for a Holstein Friesian from CW&DE Bushby, Watson Hill, Egremont. Top gross was £1117.50 for a Holstein Friesian also from CW&DE Bushby, Watson Hill.

Cows are a superb trade and vendors are encouraged to take advantage of current rates.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 193 Oughterside Mill, 176, 162 Croft Farm, 176 Peter House, 173 Elva Plain, 170, 164 Gate Ghyll, 170 Whinnerah, 162 Easthwaite Farm, 151 Mid Farm. Holstein Friesian – 166, 149 Watson Hill, 148, 141, 137 Gate Farm, 148, 144 Lamplugh Hall, 140 Frizington Parks, 134, 130 High House. British Blue – 163 Elva Plain. British Friesian – 163 Harrington Parks, 156 Fairladies Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 152 Oughterside Mill.  Holstein – 134 Home Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1384 Elva Plain, 1312.40 Oughterside Mill, 1266.50 Whinnerah, 1166.88 Peter House, 1140.48 Croft Farm, 1126.68, 1088 Gate Ghyll, 1007.64 Easthwaite Farm. British Blue – 1154.04 Elva Plain. Aberdeen Angus – 1130.88 Oughterside Mill. Holstein Friesian – 1117.50, 853.24 Watson Hill, 1058.20, 1026.48, 845.29 Gate Farm, 982.72, 960.48 Lamplugh Hall, 975.80 Frizington Parks, 833.48 High House. British Friesian – 1120.08 Fairladies Farm, 937.25 Harrington Parks.

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Aberdeen Angus – 118 Croft Farm.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Aberdeen Angus – 1151.68 Croft Farm.

Prime Sheep

Prime Lambs sold to a top price of £197.50 from L Skelton & Son, Low House, Dearham purchased by W Lindsay & Sons, Butcher, Station St, Cockermouth. This fantastic consignment of lambs from L Skelton & Son averaged a staggering £181.33. 

Pence per kilo honours went to TT&GE Hodgson, Woodside, Broughton Moor with a Suffolk Lamb achieving 399ppk purchased by Wilson Willis, Butcher, High St, Cleator Moor.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Suffolk – 399 Woodside Farm, 360.20, 312.50 Frizington Parks, 328.10, 326.10 Meadow Farm, 322 Woodend. Texel – 390.80, 383.30, 377.20, 369.80, 365.70, 337.50 Low House, 382.10 Woodend, 371.60 Woodside Farm, 360.60 Hollins Farm, 360.20, 358 Croftside Farm, 358 Willows Farm, 352.10 Shepherd’s Hotel, 336 Meadow Farm, 333.30 Frizington Parks. Bleu du Maine – 364.30 Croftside Farm.  

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 197.50, 191.50, 177.50, 175.50, 173.50, 172.50 Low House, 189.50 Woodside Farm, 187.50 Hollins Farm, 165.50 Shepherd’s Hotel, 160.50 Woodend, 158.50, 157.50 Croftside Farm, 157.50 Willows Farm, 146.50 Croft House, 144.50 Meadow Farm. Suffolk – 191.50 Woodside Farm, 158.50 Frizington Parks, 157.50, 143.50 Meadow Farm, 138.50, 135.50, 134.50 Croft House, 132 Woodend. Bleu du Maine – 178.50 Croftside Farm.   

Meat in short supply but well fed hoggs still good to sell. Top of £148.50 for a pen of Texel hoggs from JE&A Wilson, Far End, Bootle purchased by Harold Birbeck. Mules to £143.50 also from JE&A Wilson, Far End. 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel- 313.8, 290 Cherrytree House, 303.4, 280 Far End, 292 Hollins, 284.9 Seathwaite, 283 Home Farm. Beltex- 293 Cherrytree House. Herdwick- 260.9(2), 258.6, 256.3, 253.9 Stonecroft, 256.9 Seathwaite, 253 Hollin Head, 252.6 Chance Cottages. Swaledale- 250 Seathwaite.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Texel- 148.50, 146.50, 133.50 Far End, 145.50 Nr Branthwaite Edge, 142, 140.50 Hollins, 141.50, 135.50 Home Farm, 139.50 Moorside, 130 Cherrytree House. Beltex- 120 Cherrytree House. Mule- 143.50 Far End. Herdwick- 110 Millbeck Hall, 105.50 Howes Farm, 102.50 Stonecroft, 101.50 Seathwaite, 100 Brimmer Head. Swaledale- 100 Seathwaite.

A very plain offering of ewes sold easier on the week in line with national trends. Top of £148 for a Texel Ram from EN Robinson, Peel Place, Holmrook. Beltex ewes to £134 from I Knight, Stephney Farm, Calderbridge.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Beltex – 134, 132, 120, 117, 109 Stephney Farm. Texel – 130 Low House, 124 Shepherds Hotel, 120 Willows Farm, 117 Stoney Howe, 117 Nr Branthwaite Edge, 114, 111 Croft End Farm, 113, 111 Croftside Farm, 111 Rose Farm. Suffolk – 110 Croft House. Bleu du Maine – 110 Croftside Farm. Bluefaced Leicester – 99 Low Priorscales. Mule – 99 Rose Farm, 94 Nr Branthwaite Edge, 94 Stockbridge Farm, 94 Strawberry How. Cheviot – 89 Cragg House Farm, 87 Seathwaite Farm. Swaledale – 79 Low Priorscales, 76 Willows Farm, 70 Mossergate Farm. Herdwick – 79, 72 Yew Tree, 78 Howe Cottages, 70 Chapel Farm, 70 Seathwaite Farm.

Cast Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 148 Peel Place, 112 Willows Farm, 110 Shatton Lodge, 100 Shepherd’s Hotel.