Primestock 11th August 2021

11th August 2021

On Wednesday 11th August 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 84 cattle comprising 52 cull cattle and 32 prime bulls and clean cattle, 2,182 prime sheep including 1684 spring lambs and 498 cast ewes and rams.

All cattle sold to a wonderful trade being as dear as ever. Top of 241p or £1453.23 for a Limousin Heifer from Messrs Bowe, Hunday Farm, Workington purchased by MJ Wharton.

Bulls topped at 240p or £1593.60 for a Charolais from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft, Mockerkin purchased by Mr T Fell. Black and Whites to 203p or £1293.10 for a British Friesian from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall, Uldale. 

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 241, 226 Hunday Farm.    

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1453.23, 1240.74 Hunday Farm.  

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Charolais – 240, 233 Beechcroft.  Limousin – 233 Uldale Hall, 224, 212 Lamplugh Hall, 213, 203 Pickett Howe, 204 Threapland Lees. British Blue – 214 Threapland Lees, 210 South View. British Friesian – 203, 202, 193 Uldale Hall, 188 Seaview, 185, 184, 177 Greengill Farm.  Holstein – 190, 189 Lowca Cottage. Holstein Friesian – 188, 181 Threapland Lees, 186, 184(2) Row Hall, 181 Seaview. Jersey – 178 Greengill Farm. Cross Bred Dairy – 185, 176 Greengill Farm.  

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Charolais – 1593.60, 1446.93 Beechcroft.  Limousin – 1547.60, 1460.48 Lamplugh Hall, 1430.62 Uldale Hall, 1252.56 Threapland Lees, 1154.46 Pickett Howe. British Blue – 1337.50 Threapland Lees, 1232.70 South View. British Friesian – 1293.10, 1201.76, 1115.04 Uldale Hall, 1193.80 Seaview, 1052.65, 1037.76 Greengill Farm. Holstein – 1154.79, 1121 Lowca Cottage. Holstein Friesian – 1143.92 Seaview, 1074.39, 1067.20, 1060.20, 1039.60 Row Hall, 1066.09, 1030.24 Threapland Lees. Cross Bred Dairy – 1073 Greengill Farm. Jersey – 911.36 Greengill Farm. 

A bumper entry sold to a bumper trade being superb for all classes. Top of 203p for a Limousin from Messrs Thirlwall, Bothel Craggs, Bothel. Top gross was £1443.20 for a Limousin from J Walker, Oxenriggs, Egremont. Black and whites sold to 159p for a Holstein Friesian from D&KI Clemetson, Outgang, Workington. Top gross was £1331.10 for a Holstein Friesian from W&M Miller, Jenkins Cross, Wigton.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 203, 187, 179 Bothel Craggs, 196 Isel Old Parks, 176, 164 Oxenriggs, 170(2) Shatton Lodge, 169 East Mill.  Charolais – 177 Isel Old Parks. British Friesian – 152 Uldale Hall, 149 Causeway Foot. Holstein Friesian – 159 Outgang Farm, 153 Jenkins Cross, 148, 129 Threapland Lees, 132 Hunday Farm, 132, 122, 115 Watson Hill, 125 Jenkins Cross.  Montbeliarde – 158 Pelutho Grange, 154 Outgang Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 144 Crosshow Farm. Holstein – 144, 138 North Lodge, 128 Outgang Farm. Ayrshire – 124 Outgang Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1443.20, 1063.04 Oxenriggs, 1407.28 Isel Old Parks, 1306.70, 1246.42, 1159.40 Bothel Craggs, 1237.08 East Mill, 1130.50, 1033.60 Shatton Lodge. Charolais – 1430.16 Isel Old Parks.  Holstein Friesian – 1331.10 Jenkins Cross, 1198.80 Threapland Lees. Holstein – 1260, 1120.56 North Lodge, 983.72 Outgang Farm. Montbeliarde – 1210.28 Pelutho Grange. Aberdeen Angus – 1061.28 Crosshow Farm. British Friesian – 1002.77 Causeway Foot, 946.05 Outgang Farm, 916.56 Uldale Hall.

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 165 Uldale Hall.

OTM Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1704.45 Uldale Hall.  Simmental – 1018.34 Pica Cottages.  

OTM Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 214 Springfield Farm.  British Blue – 209 Springfield Farm.  

OTM Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1326.80 Springfield Farm.  British Blue – 1231.01 Springfield Farm.  

Prime Sheep

A good entry of 1684 lambs sold dearer on the week producing fantastic returns. The days top price of £159.50 or 339.4ppk was paid for a Texel lamb from E Clark & Son, Braithwaite Farm, Keswick purchased by Mr R Skelton. Others to £157.50 for Texels from Messrs Lawson, Hundith Hill, Cockermouth purchased by Mr J Blenkhorn.

23 pens sold in excess of 300ppk.

WH&F Wood, Well Head sold 10 lambs to average 305.99ppk or £122.70.

T Pearson & Sons, High Plaskettlands sold a run of 26 lambs to average 293.08ppk.

Light lambs continue to be good to cash. 35kg Texel crosses from AW Williamson, South View, Blackford sold for £96.50 or 275.7ppk.

The first fell lambs of the season were forward today. Pure Herdwick lambs weighing 34kg sold to £78.50 or 230.88p from G Tyson, Skelsceugh, Winder.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel- 339.4, 308.1 Braithwaite Farm, 321.3 High Plaskettlands, 316.7 Fieldside, 315.6, 299 Hundith Hill, 311.3 Rook Farm, 305.1 Moor Platt, 303.8 Woodside Cottage, 303.4 Rose Farm, 303, 302.9 Hundith Hill, 301.3 Chapel Howe, 301.2 Fieldside, 301.1 Howbeck Lodge, 298.8 Parkhouse, 296.7 Salter Hall. Beltex- 310.5, 309.2, 306.6, 303.8 Well Head, 309, 298.6, 287.5 High Plaskettlands, 305.4, 280.5 High Moss, 303.8 Solway House, 303.7, 282.1 Corn How. Suffolk- 264.7 High Flatts, 256.4, 253.9 Scalesmoor, 255 Moor Platt, 253.4 Corney Hall. TexelXHerdwick- 264.1 Rainors Farm. Charollais- 263 Scalesmoor. Herdwick- 230.88 Skelsceugh.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):- Texel- 159.50 Braithwaite Farm, 157.50, 151.50(2), 149.50 Hundith Hill, 149.50 Moor Platt, 147.50 High Flatts, 145.50 Aldenstone, 143.50 Green Marsh, 143.50 Ullock Mains, 141.50, 140 Shepherd’s Hotel, 140 Plumbland, 140 Shatton Lodge, 138.50 Riggingill, 138.50, 136.50 Briary Bank, 136.50 Salter Hall, 135.50 Howbeck Lodge, 135.50 Nr Branthwaite Edge. Suffolk- 153.50 High Flatts, 129.50, 120.50 Scalesmoor, 127.50 Moor Platt, 123.50 East House, 119.50 Sneckyeat, 115.50 Aldoth. Beltex- 151.50, 133.50 Well Head, 140.50, 115 High Moss, 124.50 Parsonage, 121.50, 118.50 Solway House, 120.50 High Plaskettlands, 118.50 Cornhow, 116.50 Well Head, 116.50 South View. Charollais- 131.50 Scalesmoor. TexelXHerdwick- 105.50 Grange Grassings. Mule- 92 Rook Farm. Herdwick- 78.50 Skelsceugh.   

A good entry of Cast ewes sold to a marvellous trade topping at £165 for Texels from KA&R Campbell, Shepherd’s Hotel, Cockermouth. Fell ewes topped at £84 for Swaledales from B Mansergh, Sneckyeat, Brandlingill.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 165 Shepherds Hotel, 158 Springhill Farm, 154 Summerhill, 148 Moor Platt, 140 Grange Farm, 138 Springhill Farm, 138 Ireby Hall, 134 Seaview, 132 Ireby Hall. Bleu du Maine – 130 Summerhill, 124 Corney Hall.  Suffolk – 121, 119 High Flatts. Beltex – 116 Rainors Farm. Charollais – 116 Moor Platt. Mule – 112 Oughterside Mill, 108 Syke Beck, 108, 106 Rose Farm, 105 Woodside Cottage, 103 Parsonage Farm. Bluefaced Leicester – 109 Tortolocate.  Cheviot – 96, 94 Woodside Cottage, 92 Flimby Hall, 90 Cragg House. Texel X Herdwick – 94 Orthwaite Hall, 89, 86 Thornholme, 88 Swinside End. Swaledale – 84 Sneckyeat Farm, 80 Syke Beck. Herdwick – 80 Skelsceugh Farm, 78 Dearham Row, 76 Nook Farm.     

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 150, 138 Sneckyeat Farm, 145 Terrace Farm, 110 Tenters Lane.  Herdwick – 90 Wha House Farm, 88 NookFarm.  Kerryhill – 70 Spring Bank.