Primestock 24th November 2021

24th November 2021

On Wednesday 24th November 2021 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 54 cattle comprising 46 cull cattle and 8 prime bulls, 2034 prime sheep including 1655 lambs and 379 cast ewes and rams.

Prime Bulls topped at 220p or £1526.80 for a Limousin from D&MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall, Lamplugh.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 220(2), 218 Lamplugh Hall.  British Blue – 208 Lowside Farm.  Beef Shorthorn – 216 Lowside Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 180, 170 Row Hall.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1526.80, 1496, 1345.06 Lamplugh Hall.  Beef Shorthorn – 1442.88 Lowside Farm.  British Blue – 1277.12 Lowside Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1209.60, 1043.80 Row Hall.

Cows again proved good to sell producing impressive returns topping at 181p or £1435.33 for a British Blue from Lane Head, Plumbland who also sold Limousins to 179p or £1405.15. Black and Whites topped at 180p for an OTM Heifer from Bowness Farms, Threapland Lees. Cows sold to 143p from JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial, Allonby whilst top gross was £1232.93 from Tallentire Hill Farm, Tallentire.  

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 181 Lane Head, 164 Shatton Lodge, 160 Sandhills.  Holstein Friesian – 180 Threapland Lees, 139 Hill Farm, 135, 125 Mayfield, 134, 129 Barnyard, 131(2) Threapland Lees, 129 Fairladies Farm. Limousin – 179 Lane Head, 166, 162 Sandhills, 158 Beechcroft, 150 Glencoyne, 147 Demense Farm, 144 Mosser Heights.  Aberdeen Angus – 154 Shatton Lodge, 140 Old Kiln Farm. Luing – 153 Fold Head, 137 Muncaster Head.  Charolais – 152 Sandhill Farm.  Holstein – 143 Blue Dial.  Simmental – 139 Muncaster Head.  Galloway – 137, 136, 118 Howside.  Beef Shorthorn – 130 Glencoyne Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1435.33 Lane Head, 1325.12 Shatton Lodge, 1272 Sandhills. Limousin – 1405.15 Lane Head, 1252.44 Demesne Farm, 1135.44, 1069.20 Sandhills Farm, 1121.80 Beechcroft, 1008 Mosser Heights. Holstein Friesian – 1232.93 Hill Farm, 1122.92, 1006.20 Barnyard, 1093.85, 1029.66, 990 Threapland Lees, 954.45 Mayfield, 941.70 Fairladies Farm. Charolais – 1209.92 Sandhills Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 1204.28 Shatton Lodge, 1015 Old Kiln Farm. Holstein – 1123.98 Blue Dial.  Luing – 1078.65 Fold Head, 964.48 Muncaster Head.  Simmental – 931.30 Muncaster Head Farm. Galloway – 928.88, 794.60, 752.84 Howside.

  Prime Sheep

Lambs sold to another marvellous trade with the lighter lambs being much dearer on the week. The days top price of £176 was paid for Texel lambs from Messrs Fraser, High Flatts, Gilcrux purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth. Messrs Fraser also sold others to £174. Messrs Richardson, Low Garth, Bewaldeth sold Texel lambs to £173 or the days top pence per kilo price of 346ppk purchased by Haighs Butchers, Pow Street, Workington.

A good entry of Mule lambs topped at £130 for a ring full weighing 49kg from WE&DE Litt, Greengill, Gilcrux.  

More fell lambs forward again and trade for these types much sharper topping at £106 for a pen of 28 Herdwick Wether lambs weighing 38kg from P Bland & J Barnes, Knott Houses, Grasmere. The same good home also sold a pen of 28 Herdwick wethers weighing 36kg for £103.50.

Leading Averages:

TW Johnstone, Briary Bank sold 5 to avg £159.40

G Gate, Hollins Farm sold 3 to avg £147.33

Messrs Fraser, High Flatts sold 25 to avg £141.76

AE&VJ Errington, Beck House sold 5 to avg £138.80

JE&A Wilson, Far End sold 11 to avg £134.55

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 346 Low Garth, 342.90 Parkhouse Farm, 340.40, 311.30 Swinside End, 331.90 Croftfield House, 320 High Flatts, 319.40 Randle Gate, 309.2 Knott Houses, 309.1 Briary Bank, 309 Park House, 307.9 Burnthwaite, 304.7 Baggra Yeat, 304.1 Blue Dial, 302.1 High Low Hall, 302 Croftfield House. Beltex – 340.50, 336.60, 333.30, 330 Park House, 325.70, 304.80, 304.70, 303.7 Green Marsh, 311.40 Riggingill, 318.9, 309.8 High Moss, 300 High Low Hall. TexelXHerdwick- 308.3 Randle Gate, 288.9 Burnthwaite, 280.8 Low Hall. Cheviot- 292.1, 283 Woodside, 271.1 Greengill. Herdwick- 287.5, 278.9, 255.4 Knott Houses, 252.9 Burnthwaite. Suffolk – 283, 275, 273.40, 271.70 Greengill Farm, 282.50 Stone Croft, 268.20 Hurlbarrow, 267 Corney Hall, 262.20 Low House, 260 Causeway Foot, 256.40 Jenkins Cross. Charolais- 280.7 Greengill. Mule- 265.9 Tortolocate, 265.3 Greengill, 263.8 Swinside End, 262.8 Baggra Yeat, 261.4 Sherriff. Bluefaced Leicester – 255.80 Tortolocate.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-

Texel- 176, 174, 168, 152, 149, 140 High Flatts, 173 Low Garth, 172, 156, 152 Kelmore Hills, 170, 165, 146 Briary Bank, 165, 160, 157 Swinside End, 156, 148 Croftfield House, 154, 147, 141 Hollins, 153 Greengill, 151, 142 Beckhouse, 149, 140 Blue Dial, 146 Chapel House, 146 Corney Hall, 146 Cherrytree House, 140 Hayborough, 140 High Boonwood, 140 Stargill.  Beltex- 161, 158, 151, 140, 137.50 High Moss, 144, 142 High Low Hall, 138, 132(2) Park House, 137, 135 Riggingill, 136 Croftfield House, 131 Green Marsh. Suffolk- 132.50, 125 Causeway Foot, 128.50 Low House, 128.50, 125, 124.50, 121 Greengill, 125.50 Corney Hall 122 Stonecroft. Mule- 130 Greengill, 124.50 Shatton Lodge, 124 Jenkins Cross, 124 Swinside End, 123.50 Baggra Yeat, 121.50 Hilltop, 120 Kirkland House, 117 Low House, 117 Gateghyll, 117 Tortolocate. Cheviot- 125.50, 122 Greengill, 124.50, 111 Woodside Cottage, 111 Fisherground. Charollais- 123.50 Greengill. TexelXHerdwick- 119, 109.50 Low Hall, 118.50 Grange Grassings, 113.50 Blue Dial, 111 Randle Gate, 107.50 Asby. Bluefaced Leicester- 110 Tortolocate. Herdwick- 106, 103.50, 94.50 Knott Houses, 101, 90, 88.50 Burnthwaite. Swaledale- 79.50 Low Priorscales.

Cast ewes maintained recent high rates with fell types looking dearer on the week. No real stars forward this week and a top of £138 achieved for Texel X ewes from EPM Lawson, High Boonwood, Gosforth. Fell ewes topped at £79 for a ring full of Swaledales from P&PI Walker & Son, Beechcroft, Mockerkin. Cast Rams topped at £152 for a Texel from Dundraw Farms, Wigton.  

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 138, 118 High Boonwood, 136, 129 Riggingill, 134, 126 Whins Farm, 126 Salter Hall, 126 Oulton Hall, 124 Cherrytree House, 122 Sherriff, 121 Strudda Bank, 118 Green Marsh. Bluefaced Leicester – 130 Tortolocate, 114 Stockhow Hall. Blue Texel – 130 High Boonwood.  Mule – 116, 110 Stargill Farm, 110 Whins Farm, 100 Ullock Mains, 99 Riggingill. Swaledale – 79 Beechcroft, 69 Sherriff, 68, 66 Strudda Bank, 66 Kirkgate Farm. Herdwick – 74 Stybeck Farm, 73 Bowderdale, 70 Harrow Head, 68 Strudda Bank, 63 Orthwaite Hall.

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Beltex – 152 Dundraw Farm. Texel – 150, 125, 100 Dundraw Farms, 130, 120 Whins Farm, 120 Shatton Lodge, 104 Riggingill.  Charollais – 130 Far End Farm.