Christmas Show & Sale of Prime Cattle and Butchers Lambs

27th November 2021

Mitchells Auction Mart held their Annual Christmas Prize Show & Sale of 180 Prime Cattle and 52 Butchers Lambs on Saturday 27th November 2021.

A record number was entered this year, and this came with one of the best trades to date. Our area and industry truly wanting to show case what the Agricultural Sector supplies to this Country. “They Feed the nation”.

The Cattle Show was judged by Mr Chris Bell, Far Broom, Appleby a well-known and renowned stocksman who farms Beef & Sheep to an exceptional standard with his Family - We were in very capable hands.

Anyone who had travelled, went home having seen one of the best Christmas shows of Butchers animals for many a decade, and a trade which left sellers buzzing. After two hours of intense judging in the Cattle Section the championship was upon us, with no fewer than 17 outstanding first prize cattle to pick from. It must be pointed out that 6 out of the 17 cattle forward had previously been bought and sold through Mitchells Store Cattle Ring.

With all eyes in awe of the quality, the championship was awarded to Lot 111 (Heavy Weight Limousin Heifer) shown by JJ Crichton, Loughrigg, Egremont, receiving the Mitchells Silver Challenge Trophy and £400 the heifer later went on to weigh 704kg, making 700ppk, grossing £4928.00 purchased by Browns Quality Meats, Ulverston.

Reserve honours was closely followed by Lot 2 (Haltered Limousin Steer) shown by A McGowan, Broughton Park receiving the Mr&Mrs Peter Greenhill Trophy and £100, the Limousin steer later sold for 460ppk grossing £3091.20 also purchased by Browns Quality Meats, Ulverston.

The British Charolais Cattle Society Plaque and Rosette for the best Charolais Beast was awarded to the Charolais Heifer shown by TW West, Pickett Howe, Egremont. This heifer was bred in Cumbria at David Bells, Low House, Low Row sired by Leckaway Lucias. She weighed 667kg realising 282ppk or £1880.94 and was purchased by Mr G Nutter.

Steer (£ per head):- Limousin:- 3091.20 Broughton Park, 2317.36 Brinns Farm, 2286.90, 2234.68 Kirklands Farm, 2254.56 Loughrigg, 2236.50 Bothel Parks, 2236.50, 2171.20 Lesson Hall, 2180.85, 2096.70, 2094.40, 1976.40, 1950.00, 1835.80  Hunday Farm, 2142.00, 1943.00 Low House, 2060.64, 1869.56, 1633.70 Lamplugh Hall, 1994.24 Kendal Collage, 1958.80, 1894.05, 1890.95, 1780.80 Allerby Hall, 1932.00 Hundith House, 1897.28 High Plaskett Lands, 1888.04, 1818.96 Newbiggin, 1632.00 High Aketon. British Blue:- 2197.80 Langhorn, 2060.10 Lesson Hall, 1933.70 Brinns Farm, 1641.75 High Aketon. Charolais:- 1938.00 Hunday Farm. Galloway:- 1900.00 Loughrigg, 1662.78, 1487.25 Howside, 1189.76, 1163.34 Norman Farm. Piedmontease:- 1829.00 Seaview. Beef Shorthorn:- 1636.80 Seaview.

Heifer (£ per head):- Limousin:- 4928.00, 2333.10, 2176.72, 2134.08, 2064.60, 2043.60, 1995.84 Loughrigg, 2763.05, 2136.64, 2128.00, 2082.08, 2061.80, 2029.80 Brinns Farm, 2523.50, 2275.55 Kirklands Farm, 2456.80, 2142.00, 1972.08, 1939.80 West Farm, 2291.52, 2205.90, 1977.60 Hundith House, 2086.20, 1964.20, 1950.30 East House, 2038.40 Shatton Lodge, 2034.76 Lesson Hall, 1950.00, 1926.00 High Plaskett Lands, 1946.88 Langhorn. British Blue:- 2582.32, 2137.52, 2079.00, 1996.60 Loughrigg, 2221.80 Kirklands Farm, 1973.40 Slack Farm, 1925.56 Brow Top Farm, 1836.16, 1708.05 High Plaskett Lands, 1830.00, 1796.45 High Aketon,1626.00 Greenhill Farm. Charolais- 1880.94, 1504.50 Pickett Howe, 1830.90 Loughrigg, 1745.80 Greenhill Farm. Aberdeen Angus:- 1794.00 Loughrigg, 1420.00 High Plaskett Lands. Galloway:- 1793.40 Aspatria Hall. Blonde:- 1712.85 Pickett Howe. Beef Shorthorn:- 1703.70 High Plaskett Lands.

Heifer (Pence per kilo):- Limousin:- 700, 385, 340, 338, 312 Loughrigg, 370, 332, 320, 315 West Farm, 365, 352, 340, 338(2) Brinns Farm, 355, 350 Kirklands Farm, 352, 342, 320 Hundith House, 340 Old Hyton, 338 Lesson Hall, 330, 318 Greenhill Farm, 330 East House, 325, 318 High Plaskett Lands, 325 Brow Top, 320 Pickett Howe, 315(2) Hunday Farm. Galloway:- 305 Aspatria Hall Aberdeen Angus:- 300 Loughrigg, 250 High Plaskett Lands. Charolais:- 290 Greenhill Farm, 282, 255 Pickett Howe, 255 Loughrigg. Blonde:- 285 Pickett Howe, 248 High Plaskett Lands. Beef Shorthorn:- 270 High Plaskett Lands.

Steer (Pence per Kilo):- Limousin :- 460 Broughton Park, 340, 335 Low House, 335(2), 325, 308, 305, 290 Hunday Farm, 332 Brinns Farm, 328 Kendal College, 322, 315 Kirklands Farm, 318, 310, 308 Lamplugh Hall, 318, 308 Newbiggin, 308 High Plaskett Lands, 315 Bothel Parks, 308 Loughrigg, 305, 295(2), 265 Allerby Hall, 300 Hundith House, 300 High Aketon, 315, 295 Lesson Hall. British Blue:- 345 Slack Farm, 345 Kirklands Farm, 338, 315, 308, 298 Loughrigg, 330 Langhorn, 322 Brow Top, 315 Lesson Hall, 305 Brinns Farm, 305(2), 275 High Aketon, 302, 295 High Plaskett Lands, 300 Greenhill Farm, 295 Branthwaite Rigg Barn. Piedmontease:- 310 Seaview. Galloway:- 250 Loughrigg, 225, 222 Howside. Charolais:- 300 Hunday Far. Beef Shorthorn:- 220 Seaview.

Prize Winners: -

Limousin Steer Haltered:

1st            A McGowan, Broughton Park                            460ppk (£3091.20)              Browns Quality Meats

2nd           BJ Park, Kirklands Farm                                       315ppk (£2286.90)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers  

3rd           Kendal Collage                                                      328ppk (£1994.25)              T Harrison Butchers

Limousin Heifer Haltered:

1st            JA Barnett, Brinns Farm                                      365ppk (£2763.05)              B&T Kitson Ltd

2nd           JA Barnett, Brinns Farm                                      340ppk (£2029.80)              B&T Kitson Ltd

3rd           JG&M Little, Greenhill Farm                               330ppk (£1762.20)              Bowland Foods

British Blue Heifer Haltered:

1st            L Hopwood, Slack Farm                                       345ppk (£1973.40)              B&T Kitson Ltd     

2nd           BJ Park, Kirklands Farm                                       345ppk (£2221.80)              B&T Kitson Ltd

3rd           JA Barnett, Brinns Farm                                      305ppk (£1933.70)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

Native Bred Heifer:

1st            T Pearson, High Plaskett Lands                          270ppk (£1703.70)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

Limousin Steer Heavy Weight:

1st            JA Barnett, Brinns Farm                                      332ppk (£2317.36)              B&T Kitson Ltd

2nd           BJ Park, Kirklands Farm                                       322ppk (£2234.68)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

3rd           J Dixon&Sons, Lesson Hall                                  315ppk (£2236.50)              Taylors Farm Shop  

Limousin Steer Light Weight:

1st            L Skelton&Son, Low House                                 340ppk (£2142.00)              Browns Quality Meats

2nd           M/s Bowe, Hunday Farm                                    325ppk (£1950.00)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

3rd           T Pearson, High Plaskett Lands                          308ppk (£1897.28)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

Limousin Heifer Light Weight:

1st            JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                         340ppk (£1917.60)              Wilson Butchers Ltd

2nd           JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                         310ppk (£1785.60)              T Harrison Butchers

3rd           P&A Jarman, Brow Top                                       305ppk (£1680.55)              Bowland Foods Ltd

Limousin Heifer Medium Weight:

1st            JA Barnett, Brinns Farm                                      352ppk (£2136.64)              B&T Kitson Ltd

2nd           JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                         385ppk (£2333.10)              B&T Kitson Ltd

3rd           T Pearson, High Plaskett Lands                          325ppk (£1950.00)              Millard, Old Hyton

Limousin Heifer Heavy Weight:

1st            JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                         700ppk (£4928.00)              Browns Quality Meats

2nd           M/s W Miller, West Farm                                   370ppk (£2456.80)              T Harrison Butchers

3rd           BJ Park, Kirklands Farm                                       350ppk (£2523.50)              Browns Quality Meats

British Blue Steer:

1st            T&MD Beaty, Langhorn                                      330ppk (£2197.80)              Wilson Butchers Ltd

2nd           J Dixon&Sons, Lesson Hall                                  315ppk (£2060.10)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

3rd           M/s W Miller, West Farm                                   275ppk (£1641.75)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

British Blue Heifer:

1st            JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                          338ppk (£2582.32)              B&T Kitson Ltd

2nd           JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                         315ppk (£2079.00)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

3rd           JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                         298ppk (£1996.60)              Taylors Farm Shop

Charolais Steer:

1st            M/s Bowe, Hunday                                              300ppk (£1938.00)              Bowland Foods Ltd

Charolais Heifer:

1st            TW West, Pickett Howe                                      282ppk (£1880.94)              Penny & Sons

2nd           JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                         255ppk (£1830.90)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

3rd           JG&M Little, Greenhill Farm                               290ppk (£1745.80)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers                                            

Any Other Continental Steer:

1st            BJ Park, Kirklands Farm                                       310ppk (£1829.00)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

Any Other Continental Heifer:

1st            TW West, Pickett Howe                                      285ppk (£1712.85)              Pearson Wholesale Butchers

3rd           T Pearson, High Plaskett Lands                          248ppk (£1346.64)              Penny & Sons

Native Bred Steer:

1st            JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                         250ppk (£1900.00)              Haighs Workington Ltd

2nd           A&C Park, Seaview                                               220ppk (£1636.80)              Bowland Foods Ltd             

3rd           R&A Maxwell, Howside                                       225ppk (£1487.25)              Bowland Foods Ltd

Native Bred Heifer:

1st            JJ Crichton, Loughrigg                                          300ppk (£1794.00)              T Harrison Butchers

2nd           TA Jefferson, Aspatria Hall                                  305ppk (£1938.00)              W Lindsay & Sons Ltd

3rd           T Pearson, High Plaskett Lands

Champion:

JJ Crichton, Loughrigg  - 1st prize in the Heavy Limousin Heifer Class, selling for 700ppk (£4928.00) to Browns Quality Meats

Reserve Champion:

T McGowan, Broughton Park – 1st prize in the Limousin Steer Haltered Class, selling for 460ppk (£3091.20) to Browns Quality Meats

In the prime lamb’s section, we were delighted to welcome Mr James Whiteford, Tercrosset, West Hall, Walton to judge. James is well known as a great judge of stock and for breeding outstanding continental rams and females which breed this type of butcher’s lambs for the top end of the butcher’s market.

Local breeder Adam Brown, Parkhouse was awarded the Championship with an outstanding pair of Texel sired lambs weighing 56kg £200 and was purchased by Tony Harrison, Main Street, Cockermouth.

Reserve honours was given to the same vendor Mr Adam Brown, Parkhouse with his pair of Beltex sired lambs.

They weighed 53g £180 and was later purchased by W Lindsay&Sons Butchers, Station Street, Cockermouth.

A wonderful show of lambs was very well judged by James.

A highlight of every Christmas Show is the young handler’s section to encourage the next generation. As always this section was well supported with the future seemingly in safe hounds.

Champion young handler was awarded to Mr M Benson, Horrace Farm and Reserve Honours were awarded to Miss B Marrs, Elva Plain.

We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors for the day: - Carrs Billington Ltd. Hundith Hill Hotel, Marsh Commercial and Brockbank Solicitors.

Prize Winners: -

Pair of Texel Sired Lambs:

1st            AJ Brown, Parkhouse                           56kg £200 per head                             T Harrison Butchers

2nd           J Nichol, Whinnerah                            48kg £145 per head                             Bowland Foods Ltd

3rd           WE&DE Litt, Greengill                         48kg £148 per head                             W Lindsay & Sons Ltd

 

Pair of Beltex Sired Lambs:

1st            AJ Brown, Parkhouse                           53kg £180 per head                             W Lindsay & Sons Ltd

2nd           S&JL Sanderson, Swallowdene          44kg £148 per head                             Bowland Foods Ltd

3rd           AE&VJ Errington, Beck House            47kg £160 per head                             Bowland Foods Ltd

Pair of Dutch Texel Sired Lambs:

1st            AJ Brown, Parkhouse                           57kg £178 per head                             T Harrison Butchers

Pair of Suffolk Sired Lambs:

1st            WE&DE Litt, Greengill                         54kg £150 per head                             Bowland Foods Ltd

2nd           M Benson, Horrace Farm                   45kg £132 per head                             Bowland Foods Ltd

Pair of Any Other Continental Sired Lambs:

1st            M Benson, Horrace Farm                   50kg £150 per head                             Bowland Foods Ltd

2nd           GS&B Barwise, Bell House                  38kg £116 per head                             Walker

3rd           GS&B Barwise, Bell House                  37kg £104 per head                             Walker

Champion: AJ Brown, Parkhouse – 1st Prize Pair of Texel Lambs Class, selling for £200 per head to T Harrison Butchers, Cockermouth.

Reserve Champion: AJ Brown, Parkhouse – 1st Prize Pair of Beltex Lambs Class, selling for £180 per head to W Lindsay & Sons Ltd, Cockermouth.

Young Handlers Prize Winners: -

Under 8:

1st            Miss Z Sanderson, Swallowdene       51kg                       £180                       W Lindsay & Sons Ltd

2nd           Miss J Marrs, Elva Plain                       43kg                       £155                       Bowland Foods Ltd

3rd           Miss J Litt, Greengill                             47kg                       £160                       W Lindsay & Sons Ltd

8 to 11 Years:

1st            Miss R Marrs, Elva Plain                      48kg                       £170                       Bowland Foods Ltd

12 to 16 Years:

1st            Mr M Benson, Horrace Farm             48kg                       £180                       Bowland Foods Ltd

2nd           Mr J Scott, Crooklands                        34kg                       £122                       Bowland Foods Ltd

Champion: Mr M Benson, Horrace Farm – 1st 12-16 Years Class, selling for £180 to Bowland Foods Ltd.

Reserve Champion: Miss R Marrs, Elva Plain – 1st 8-11 Years Class, selling for £170 to Bowland Foods Ltd.