Primestock 2nd February 2022

2nd February 2022

On Wednesday 2nd February 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 48 cattle comprising 41 cull cattle and 7 prime bulls, 1592 prime sheep including 1293 hoggs and 299 cast ewes and rams.

Prime bulls sold to 221p for a Limousin or £1476.60 for a British Blue both consigned by TA Byers, Ellenbank, Bolton Gate.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 221 Ellenbank, 220 Hunday Farm. British Blue – 221, 214 Lowca Cottage, 214 Ellenbank.  Norwegian Red – 201 Hunday Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1476.60 Ellenbank, 1258.32, 1237.60 Lowca Cottage.  Norwegian Red – 1314.54 Hunday Farm.  Limousin – 1310.53 Ellenbank, 1282.60 Hunday Farm. 

Cows were a flying trade being the dearest rates seen for some time. Top of 201p or £1394.94 for a Limousin from J Bell, The Fitz, Aspatria. OTM Heifers sold to 184p for a Holstein Friesian from Messrs Wharton, Segbushwell, Longtown. Black and White cows topped at 150p twice; firstly for a Holstein Friesian Dundraw Farms, Wigton and then again for a Friesian J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall, Uldale. Top gross was £1277.80 again from Dundraw Farms, Wigton.

Stock bulls topped at 151p or £1439.08 for a Montbeliarde from D&KI Clemetson, Outgang, Workington.

Holstein Friesian cows averaged a whopping 133.5p per kilo.

Vendors are urged to take advantage of the current brilliant cow trade where the ring is king.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 201 The Fitz, 141, 130 Cumblands Farm. Holstein Friesian – 184 Segbushwell, 171 Mayfield, 150, 149 Watson Hill, 150, 140, 137 Dundraw Farm, 142 Threapland Lees, 140, 136 Burton House, 136 Prospect House. British Friesian – 150, 149 Uldale Hall, 127 Weary Hall Farm. Montbeliarde – 140 Green Acres. Aberdeen Angus – 139 Hawkbarrow. Jersey – 104 Prospect House.  

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1394.94 The Fitz. Holstein Friesian – 1227.80, 1099.50, 1032.98 Dundraw Farm, 1185.80, 1160.08 Burton House, 1158, 1092.17 Watson Hill, 1124.64 Threapland Lees, 1078.48 Prospect House, 1055.07 Mayfield. British Friesian – 1128, 1113.03 Uldale Hall, 1079.50 Weary Hall Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 1112 Hawkbarrow. Montbeliarde – 904.40 Green Acres. 

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Montbeliarde – 151 Outgang Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 148 Waites Farm. 

OTM Bull (Top price per head):-  Montbeliarde – 1439.03 Outgang Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1161.80 Waites Farm.

Prime Sheep

Prime hoggs sold dearer on the week with more momentum around the ring. Top of £189 for a Beltex hogg from TA Jefferson, Aspatria Hall, Aspatria purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth. Texel hoggs to £184 from G Gate, Hollins Farm, Eaglesfield purchased by West Scottish Lamb.

Top pence per kilo was 350p for Beltex hoggs from I Powley, Green Marsh, Carlisle.

Leading Averages

TA Jefferson, Aspatria Hall sold 6 to avg £178.50

A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills sold 2 to avg £171

G Gate, Hollins sold 3 to avg £168.33

RA Rawling, Overcroft sold 13 to avg £144.54

AE&VJ Errington, Beckhouse sold 15 to avg £140.17

Holliday & Graham, Bolton Wood Lane sold 20 to avg £139.63

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex – 350, 343.60, 341.20, 340.90, 339.50 Green Marsh, 346.20, 339.20 Low Garth, 339.50 Harley Croft, 335.30, 332.70 Aspatria Hall, 331.40 Swinside End.    Texel – 332 Bolton Wood Lane, 330.80 Harley Croft, 328.60 High Flatts, 325.50, 318.10 Swinside End Farm, 323.30 Hundith Hill Farm, 320.80 High Flatts, 320.40 Hollins Farm, 320 New Hall Farm, 317.40 Crakeplace Hall. Texel X Herdwick – 290.50 Stone Croft, 278.80 Low Kinmont, 277.80 Plumbland Farm, 267.90 Meade Cottage, 267.10 Dearham Row, 265.20 Outgang Farm. Suffolk – 276.10 Scales Demesne Farm, 273.50 New Hall, 271.10 Scalesmoor. Cheviot – 272.20 Plumbland Farm, 270.60 Rook Farm.  Charollais – 271.40 Streetgate. Mule – 259.10 Low Kinmont, 258.70 Sorrowstones, 258.50 Low Garth, 257.80 Sherriff, 252.10 Swinside End, 249 Shatton Lodge. Swaledale – 246.30 Swinside End.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Beltex- 189, 183, 175, 171, 170 Aspatria Hall, 180, 173, 164, 158,  Low Garth,156 Overcroft, 150, 146 Green Marsh, 149 New Hall, 148 Rietfontein, 146 Harley Croft. Texel- 184 Hollins, 179, 164 Swinside End, 173 Hollins, 172 Harley Croft, 172, 170 Kelmore Hills, 168 Beckhouse, 166, 161 Bolton Wood Lane, 161 High Flatts, 160 Low Garth, 160, 156 Overcroft, 156 Hards Cottage. Suffolk- 137, 134 Hards Cottage, 134(2) New Hall, 127 Scales Demesne, 126(2) Scalesmooor, 124 Outgang, 123.50 Streetgate, 120 Hilltop. Mule- 130, 129 Beechcroft, 124 Kirkland House, 122 Shatton Lodge, 121.50 Low Garth, 121 Swinside End, 120.50(2), 118.50, 117 Far End, 119 Sorrowstones, 116 Sherriff. TexXHerd- 125 Plumbland, 111.50 Low Kinmont. Cheviot- 122.50 Plumbland. Swaledale- 104 Far End, 101 Swinside End, 95 Stool End, 94 High Bewaldeth. Herdwick- 81 Stool End.

Ewes sold to an improved trade with all classes dearer on the week. Top of £178 for a Texel ewe from RJ&AY Armstrong, Terrace Farm, Lorton. Others to £168 from J Marrs, Elva Plain, Setmurthy. Fell ewes topped at £90 for Swaledales from JA Ritson, Baggra Yeat, Uldale. Cast tups to £140 for a Bluefaced Leicester from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft, Mockerkin.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 178, 160, 150, 148, 144 Terrace Farm, 168 Elva Plain, 140, 132, 131, 126 Hundith Hill, 126 Riggingill. Bluefaced Leicester – 132, 124 Baggra Yeat, 120 Low Kinmont. Mule – 112 Fairladies Farm, 108 Terrace Farm, 106 Riggingill, 102 Hundith Hill, 100 Scales Demesne. Swaledale – 90 Baggra Yeat, 88, 76 High Side, 84 Low Kinmont, 82, 72 Kelmore Hills, 80 Wythop Hall, 76 Elva Plain, 74 Beechcroft. Grey Faced Dartmoor – 80 Woodbank. Herdwick – 72 Low Kinmont, 70 Seathwaite Farm, 69 Stybeck Farm, 68 Stone Croft, 64 Crosbythwaite Farm, 64 Stool End Farm.   

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Bluefaced Leicester – 140 Beechcroft, 130 Low Kinmont, 110 Wythop Hall.