Primestock 5th January 2022

5th January 2022

On Wednesday 5th January 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 58 cattle comprising 40 cull cattle and 18 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1611 prime sheep including 1244 hoggs and 367 cast ewes and rams.

Leading the sale in price per kilo was a tremendous Limousin heifer from Messrs Bowe, Hunday Farm selling for 254 pence (£1480.82) purchased by Harold Birkbeck.  Top price of the day was a shapely Limousin bull from TA Byers, Ellenbank selling for £1666.08 to Les Fell.

  Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin- 254 Hunday Farm. British Blue- 206 Hunday Farm. Hereford- 191 East Townend.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):- Limousin- 1480.82 Hunday Farm. British Blue- 1244.24 Hunday Farm. Hereford- 1061.96 East Townend.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin- 234, 223 Ellenbank, 226, 220 Hay Close, 221(2), 220, 217 Lamplugh Hall, 207, 204 Hunday Farm. Aberdeen Angus- 203 Hay Close, 202 South View. 0Holstein Friesian- 196, 190 Lamplugh Hall, 194 South View.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):- Limousin- 1666.08, 1213.12 Ellenbank, 1524.90, 1466.92, 1429.87, 1392.60 Lamplugh Hall, 1276.90, 1181.40 Hay Close, 1215.84, 1128.15 Hunday Farm.  Aberdeen Angus- 1457.54 Hay Close, 1393.80 South View.  Holsten Friesian- 1321.04, 1235 Lamplugh Hall, 1202.80 South View.

  This years opening sale of cast cows and bulls proved that there is know need to go searching for better returns elsewhere in the county, trade was outstanding for all types with sellers purring with delight.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin- 198 Brookfield, 189 Beechcroft, 146, 131, 123, 120 Corn How, 113 Muncaster Head. Holsten Friesian- 175 Brackenbarrow, 149, 135(2), 129 Row Hall, 136, 116 Barnyard, 131, 129 Lamplugh Hall, 124 Waites Farm. British Blue- 159 Beechcroft, 126 Corn How. Simmental- 155, 136 Rakefoot. Aberdeen Angus- 131 Sneakyeat, 125 Corn How. British Friesian- 129, 124, 121, 117, 108 Wellington Farm. Blue Grey- 128 Corn How. Luing- 116 Muncaster Head.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin- 1479.87 Beechcroft, 1419.66 Brookfield, 1058.48, 817.60, 762.60 Corn How. Holsten Friesian- 1181.25 Brackenbarrow, 1124.95, 1111.98, 1066.50, 1008.45 Row Hall, 989.05, 909.45 Lamplugh Hall, 938.68 Waites Farm, 900.32 Barnyard, 830.56 Hunday Farm. British Blue- 1135.26 Beechcroft, 745.92 Corn How. Aberdeen Angus- 1108.26 Sneakyeat, 735 Corn How. Simmental- 1047.80, 874.48 Rakefoot. British Friesian- 855.27, 807.07, 776.24 Wellington Farm.

Prime Sheep

Prime hoggs averaged a wonderful 274.44ppk with a mixed show of grass and fed hoggs forward.

Trade was equally as dear for hoggs weighing up to 46kg on the week, heavy weight sorts rather harder to cash with the restaurant and hotel trade much quieter.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 346.90, 315.40, 310.90, 308.80 New Hall Farm, 332.70 Swinside End Farm, 321.40 Green Marsh, 309.80, 307.70 Aspatria Hall, 304.80 Hay close, 298.80 Low Garth, 298.70 Cherrytree House.  Beltex – 343.20, 341 Green Marsh, 331.40 New Hall Farm, 325 Whinnerah, 323.10 Swinside End Farm, 318.90, 317.90 Parkhouse Farm, 309.50 Rietfontein, 306.80 Chapel Howe, 304.80 Hay Close.  Texel X Herdwick – 300, 295, 286.90 Knott Houses, 285.10 Outgang Farm, 273.80 Foxhouse Farm, 270.50 Burnthwaite Farm.  Cheviot – 290.50 Moorland Close, 283.80, 278.80 Pasture House, 268.10, 252.30, 220.80 Stonecroft, 267.40 Langhorn.  Suffolk – 267 Hay Close, 265.70, 242.60 Wood Farm, 264 Stone Croft, 263.30 Causeway Foot, 224.30 High Flatts.  Bluefaced Leicester – 263.20 Peel Place, 258 Causeyview, 256.10 Tortolocate.  Mule – 264.30 Swinside End Farm, 262.80 Moorland Close, 262.20 Hundith House, 262 Greengill Farm, 259.50 East House, 252.90 Briery Moss, 250 Sorrowstones, 249 Wood Farm.  Swaledale – 241.30, 222.20 Muncaster Head Farm, 215.80 Moorland Close, 207.10 Hinning House.  Herdwick – 235.40 Swinside End Farm, 203.10 Hinning House.   

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 191 High Flatts, 176, 170, 164, 147, 144 New Hall Farm, 163 Swinside End Farm, 160, 158, 148.50 Aspatria Hall, 146.50 Whinnerah, 143 Swinside End Farm.   Beltex – 169 Whinnerah, 169 New Hall Farm, 150, 146 Low Garth, 137 Crakeplace Hall, 135.50 Swinside End Farm, 135 Chapel Howe, 134.50 Cherrytree House, 133 Hay Close, 133 Green Marsh, 130 Rietfontein.  Suffolk – 157 High Flatts, 148, 135.50 Wood Farm, 125.50 Hay Close, 118.50 Causeway Foot.  Texel X Herdwick – 132, 120.50, 118 Knott Houses, 110.50 Burnthwaite Farm, 109.50 Foxhouse Farm.  Mule – 124.50 Wood Farm, 122 Whinnerah, 121, 111 Swinside End Farm, 120.50 Greengill Farm, 120 Sorrowstones, 118 Hundith House, 109 East House.  Cheviot – 123 Langhorn, 117, 111 Stonecroft, 107.50 Moorland Close.  Bluefaced Leicester – 113.50 Causeyview, 105 Tortolocate, 100 Peel Place.  Swaledale – 100 Thornholme, 96.50 Muncaster Head Farm.  Herdwick – 96.50 Swinside End Farm.  

Cast ewes and ram trade was air born.  Much dearer than a lot of other centres.  Many more numbers could be handled with ease.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Beltex – 210, 178 Loughrigg, 168 Segbushwell, 136 Moor Platt Farm, 130 Stephney Farm.  Texel – 210, 182 Loughrigg, 190 Segbushwell, 172, 151 Moor Platt Farm, 157, 141, 140 High Low Hall, 157, 146 Orchard House, 143 High Blaithwaite, 136 Causeyview.  Suffolk – 166 Clappers, 139 Orchard House, 115 Hay Close.  Mule – 124, 113 Clappers, 118, 110 Highfield Farm, 117 Parsonage Farm, 115 Corn How, 110 High Low Hall.  Herdwick – 82, 71 Stephney Farm, 66 Rook Farm.  Cheviot – 79 Hay Close, 69 Watergate Farm.  Cheviot – 74 Hay Close.  Swaledale – 74 Uldale Hall, 72 Beechcroft, 72, 64 Rook Farm, 69 Tortolocate.   

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 170 Hollins, 165, 110 Summerhill, 130, 117 Meade Cottage.  Bluefaced Leicester – 128, 109 Tortolocate.  Suffolk – 110 Clappers.  Herdwick – 88 Hollins.