Primestock 17th November 2021

17th November 2021

On Wednesday 17th November 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 53 cattle comprising 44 cull cattle and 9 prime bulls and clean cattle, 2342 prime sheep including 1756 lambs and 586 cast ewes and rams.

Leading the sale in price per kilo and per head was a tremendous Limousin bull from TA Byers, Ellenbank selling for 244 pence (£1590.88) to Thomas Fell. Friesian Bulls sold to 208p or £1179.36 from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall, Uldale.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 244, 240 Ellenbank, 219 Uldale Hall.  British Friesian – 208 Uldale Hall. British Blue – 202 Lowca Cottage Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1590.88, 1497.60 Ellenbank, 1379.79 Uldale Hall.  British Friesian – 1179.36 Uldale Hall.  British Blue – 1163.52 Lowca Cottage Farm. 

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 226, 216 Lowca Cottage Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1215.88, 1213.92 Lowca Cottage Farm. 

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Beef Shorthorn – 189 Swinside End Farm. 

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Beef Shorthorn – 1073.52 Swinside End Farm. 

Cows sold dearer on the week to a top price of 198p for an OTM Limousin Heifer from GD Strawson, Muncaster Head, Eskdale. Older cows sold to 179p or £1444.53 for a Limousin from W Atkinson & Son, Demesne Farm, Whitehaven. Top gross was £1504.15 for a super British Blue cow from JP Lister, Oughterside Mill, Aspatria.

Black and Whites sold to 173p or £1288.85 for an OTM Holstein Friesian Heifer from Tallentire Hill Farm, Tallentire. A 10 year old Friesian cow from M Irving & Sons, Weary Hall, Mealsgate sold to 139p or £1038.33.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 198 Muncaster Head, 179 Demesne Farm, 172, 138 Strawberry How, 162 Gatesgarth, 158 Beechcroft, 150 Oughterside Mill, 141 High Moss, 137 Moor Platt Farm. Holstein Friesian – 173, 152 Hill Farm, 164, 146 East Farm, 137 Waites Farm, 131, 114, 110 Lamplugh Hall, 120 Segbushwell, 114 Barnyard, 113 Waites Farm. British Blue – 158 Oughterside Mill. Simmental – 146 Muncaster Head. British Friesian – 139 Weary Hall.  Blonde – 138 High Moss.  Holstein – 115 Blue Dial. 

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1504.16 Oughterside Mill. Limousin – 1444.53 Demesne Farm, 1300.50 Oughterside Mill, 1289.52 Gatesgarth, 1166.04 Beechcroft, 1100.80 Strawberry How, 1089 Muncaster Head, 1017.91 Moor Platt, 972.90 High Moss.  Holstein Friesian – 1288.85, 983.44 Hill Farm, 1134.46, 861.30, 752.40 Lamplugh Hall, 1078.19, 881.40 Waites Farm, 854.40 Segbushwell, 820.80 Barnyard, 803 East Farm, 756 Waverbank.  British Friesian – 1038.33 Weary Hall Farm.  Simmental – 1001.56 Muncaster Head Farm, 877.92 Outgang Farm.  Blonde – 943.92 High Moss.  Holstein – 871.70 Blue Dial. 

  Prime Sheep

Another week and another fantastic prime lamb trade. Yet again dearer with no signs of stopping. Leading the charge was G Gate, Hollins Farm, Eaglesfield with a Texel lamb selling for £180 to W Lindsay & Son, Butchers, Station Street, Cockermouth. G Gate also sold others to £178 whilst RA Rawling, Overcroft, Greysouthen sold Beltex lambs at 52kg to £179. A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Workington sold Texel lambs to £175 purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth.

Top pence per kilo was 351.1p (47kg £165) for Beltex lambs from Messrs Lamb, The How, Seascale. Texel lambs to 351ppk from AG&KF Nicholson, Swinside End, Lorton again purchased by regular supporter W Lindsay & Sons Butchers, Cockermouth.

Mule lambs very good to sell topping at £138 twice; firstly from AG&KF Nicholson, Swinside End and then again from Messrs P&PI Walker, Beechcroft, Mockerkin.

A large entry of Texel X Herdwick lambs topped at £135 from D Eilbeck, Plumbland, Aspatria. Lightweight lambs weighing 35kg sold to £102.50 or 292.9ppk from P Bland & J Barnes, Knott Houses, Grasmere.    

Fell lambs coming forward in greater numbers upto £95.50 or 232.9ppk for Herdwicks from CI Hartley, Barfield, Bootle.

Leading averages:

A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills sold 3 to avg £170.67

G Gate, Hollins Farm sold 3 to avg £167.33

Tallentire Hill sold 8 to avg £151.50

Messrs Fraser, High Flatts, sold 21 to avg £146.52

RA Rawling, Overcroft sold 10 to avg £141.05

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex – 351.10, 328.80 The How, 348.60, 337.50, 316.70, 309.50 Green Marsh, 344.20 Overcroft, 325.50, 306.60 Greengill Farm, 315.90 Cherrytree House, 309.20 Randle Gate.  Texel – 351, 324.50 Swinside End, 339.60, 335.80 Hollins Farm, 326.10 Green Marsh, 324.40, 319.10 High Moss, 320, 313 Hill Farm, 312.50 Stephney Farm, 311.10 High Flatts, 310.90 Kelmore Hills.  Texel X Herdwick – 292.90, 282.10, 270.50 Knott Houses, 290, 275.60, 270.50 Greenhouse Farm, 272.80 Plumbland Farm, 272.10, 271.40, 270.30 Randle Gate.  Charollais – 289.80 Overcroft, 288.90, 287.80, 285 Streetgate, 267.80 Randle Gate. Cheviot - 288.60 East Townend, 271.40 Plumbland Farm. Suffolk – 286.70, 275.5 Croft House, 283 Stephney Farm, 280, 278.30 Sneckyeat Farm, 277.30 Waites Farm, 273.50, 272.80, 272.20 Greengill Farm, 270.60 Sneckyeat Farm, 268.80 Randle Gate. Lleyn – 286.30 Streetgate. Mule – 263.50, 262.20 Swinside End, 263 Frizington Hall, 262.50, 260.30, 259 Far End, 259.50 Moorland Close, 259.10 Sneckyeat Farm, 257.30 Kirkland House, 256.10 Ellenbank.  Badgerface – 257.10 Randle Gate. Herdwick – 232.90 Barfield, 219.10 Cockley Beck.   Swaledale – 229.40 Muncaster Head. 

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 180, 178 Hollins Farm, 175, 171 Kelmore Hills, 172(2) Swinside End, 172 High Flatts, 169 Green Marsh, 169 Hill Farm, 169 Eirinntalla. Beltex – 179 Overcroft, 171, 165 The How, 166, 149, 144 Greengill Farm, 140 Riggingill, 140 Swinside End, 139 Cherrytree House, 135 Green Marsh. Suffolk – 150 Stephney Farm, 140, 138, 128, 126 Sneckyeat Farm, 134, 126.50, 125.50 Greengill Farm, 129.50 Randle Gate, 129 Croft House. Mule – 138, 124 Beechcroft, 138, 126.50 Swinside End, 131.50 Frizington Hall, 129.50 Far End Farm, 123.50 Kirkland House, 122 Ellenbank. Texel X Herdwick – 135, 125.50 Plumbland Farm, 119 Riggingill, 118.50, 116, 112 Greenhouse Farm, 118.50 Grange Grassings, 110 East House, 110 Knott Houses. Cheviot – 133 Plumbland Farm, 127 East Townend, 106 Stonecroft. Charollais – 127.50 Overcroft, 120.50 Randle Gate, 119, 114, 106.50, 104 Streetgate, 105 Outgang Farm.  Lleyn – 114.50 Streetgate. Herdwick – 95.50 Barfield, 80 Cockley Beck Farm. Badgerface – 90 Randle Gate. Swaledale – 85.50 Muncaster Head.

Cast ewes another rampant trade being very dear for the time of year. Top price of £230 was achieved for an outstanding Texel ewe from L Smith, Low Wreah Farmhouse, Whitehaven who sold two others at £200. Another Texel from Tallentire Hill Farm sold to £190. Fell ewes sold to £83 for Scotch Blackface ewes from TA Byers, Ellenbank, Ireby. Texel rams sold to £158 from Messrs Lawson, Hundith Hill, Cockermouth.

More could have been well sold with all classes in keen demand.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 230, 200(2), 138, 124(2) Low Wreah, 190, 160, 130 Tallentire Hill Farm, 160, 134 Summerhill, 126 Muncaster Head, 126 High Moss, 121 Ellenbank. Charollais – 132 High Low Hall.  Suffolk – 132 Low Wreah, 125 Ellenbank, 109 Far Reach, 102, 100 Croft House. Bluefaced Leicester – 114 Cherrytree House, 103 Muncaster Head. Mule – 110 Kelmore Hills, 109 Low Wreah, 104 Aldenstone, 104 Sorrowstones, 103 Hill Top, 100 Sneckyeat Farm, 99 Ullock Mains, 98 Ellenbank. Zwartble – 107 Low Wreah. Beltex – 120 High Low Hall, 118 Cherrytree House. Scotch Blackface – 83 Ellenbank. Jacob – 78 Seaview. Cheviot – 75 Plumbland Farm, 68 Muncaster Head. Swaledale – 69 How Hall, 69 Plumbland Farm, 64 Frizington Hall, 61 Muncaster Head, 60 Cockley Beck Farm. Herdwick – 69 How Hall, 63 Low Hall, 62 Willows Farm. 

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 158, 148 Hundith Hill. Beltex – 135, 132 Terrace Farm.  Bluefaced Leicester – 132 Terrace Farm, 100 Kelmore Hills.