Primestock 23rd February 2022

23rd February 2022

On Wednesday 23rd February 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 56 cattle comprising 41 cull cattle and 15 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1200 prime sheep including 881 hoggs and 319 cast ewes and rams.

Prime cattle trade topped at 265ppk or £1637.70 for a super Limousin Heifer from Messrs Teasdale, Lowside, Troutbeck.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 239 Pickett Howe. Galloway- 200 Ellenbank.

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1522.43 Pickett Howe.  Holstein Friesian – 1136.11 Springfield Farm.  

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 265 Lowside Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 176, 174 Springfield Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1637.70 Lowside Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1281.28, 1230.18, 1181.84 Springfield Farm.  

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 234, 229 Oughterside Mill.  British Blue – 227 Ellenbank, 222 South View. Holstein Friesian – 192 South View.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1387.74, 1212.12 Oughterside Mill.  British Blue – 1352.92, 1320.90, 1153.30 Ellenbank.  Galloway – 1287, 1086 Ellenbank.   Holstein Friesian – 1175.04 South View. 

Cast cow trade shows no sign of slowing down with another bumper trade witnessed. Top of 212p or £1494.60 for a Limousin cow from D&MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall, Lamplugh. Native cows to 177p or £1309.80 for a Beef shorthorn from BJ Harrison, Beck Farm, Wigton.

Black and Whites topped at 188p for an OTM Friesian Heifer from JN&FC Walker, Harrington Parks. Older cows to 160p twice; both times for Holsteins from Donaldson’s Dairy Ltd, Threapthwaite Farm, Cleator. Top gross was £1276.08 for a British Friesian from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall, Uldale.

More required on a weekly basis.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 212 Lamplugh Hall, 179 Bent Ash Farm, 172, 151 High Nook, 155 Lowside Farm.  British Friesian – 188, 147 Harrington Parks, 180 Outgang Farm, 156(2) Uldale Hall. Beef Shorthorn – 177 Beck Farm, 172, 154, 148 Bent Ash Farm.  British Blue – 174 Lowside Farm, 159 Roan Croft. Montbeliarde – 161 Outgang Farm. Holstein – 160(2), 144, 128 Threapthwaite Farm. Hereford – 154 Roan Croft. Holstein Friesian – 154 Waites Farm, 148 Brackenbarrow Farm, 148(2) Waverbank, 147 Lamplugh Hall, 146, 142 Allerby Mill, 144 Waverbank, 142 Dundraw Farm, 142 Barnyard.       

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1494.60 Lamplugh Hall, 1081.16 Bent Ash Farm, 992.44 High Nook, 940.85 Lowside Farm. British Blue – 1359.45 Roan Croft, 1171.02 Lowside Farm. Beef Shorthorn – 1309.80 Beck Farm, 1247.40, 1164.44, 1136.64 Bent Ash Farm. British Friesian – 1276.08, 1235.52 Uldale Hall, 1038.60 Outgang Farm, 977.60, 940.80 Harrington Parks. Holstein – 1248, 1108.80, 927.36 Threapthwaite Farm. Hereford – 1182.72 Roan Croft.  Holstein Friesian – 1167.24 Barnyard, 1151.92 Waites Farm, 1143.18, 1100.50 Allerby Mill, 1065.60 Brackenbarrow Farm, 1041.92, 1038.33, 994.56 Waverbank, 1015.30 Dundraw Farm, 980.49 Lamplugh Hall.  Montbeliarde – 933.80 Outgang Farm.     

  Prime Sheep

An improvement in hogg trade on the week as numbers tighten nationally. Top of £187 for an outstanding Texel hogg from AE&VJ Errington, Beckhouse, Embleton purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth. Suffolk hoggs to £176 from Messrs Fraser, High Flatts, Gilcrux purchased by West Scottish Lamb. Beltex hoggs to £169 from TA Jefferson, Aspatria Hall purchased by Mr J Bosworth.

Top price per kilo was 337p for Beltex hoggs from I Powley, Green Marsh, Carlisle. Texel hoggs to 334.8ppk from Messrs G Wilkinson, Arkleby House purchased by Haighs Butchers, Pow Street, Workington.   

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex – 337, 335, 330.80, 317.40 Green Marsh, 331.40, 330, 313, 309.60 Aspatria Hall, 325 Riggingill, 312.50 Woodhall Brow, 310.40 Arkleby House, 310.20 New Hall Farm. Texel – 334.80, 324.40 Arkleby House, 318.90 Somerfield House, 313.60, 308.30, 302.20 New Hall Farm, 313, 306 High Flatts, 305 Scales Farm, 300 Arkleby House. Suffolk – 282 Swallow Heights, 268.3 Stone Croft, 265.10 Scales Farm. Texel X Herdwick – 276.30 Far End Farm, 271.30 Stone Croft, 268.60 Hinning House, 265 Foxhouse Farm, 263.40 Dearham Row. Cheviot – 266.30 Seathwaite Farm.  Herdwick – 245.70 Stybeck Farm, 236.10 Wilkinsyke Farm, 233.80 Stone Croft, 227.80 Hinning House.  Mule – 243 Sherriff, 240.90 Town End.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 187, 141 Beckhouse Farm, 154, 146, 140 Arkleby House, 151 Croft House, 149.50 Riggingill, 149, 148, 146(2), 144, 142, 139(2), 138(2) New Hall, 148, 144(2) High Flatts, 147, 143, 139 Moorside, 143.50 Somerfield House, 142 Braithwaite Farm, 142 Sherriff, 140 Aspatria Hall, 138 Cherry Lane, 138 Park House. Suffolk – 176 High Flatts, 127 Swallow Heights, 125, 117.50 Shatton Lodge, 123 Causeway Foot, 115 Croft House, 114 Scales Farm. Beltex – 169, 165, 162, 161, 155 Aspatria Hall, 155, 146, 134 Green Marsh, 152, 150 New Hall, 150 Riggingill, 149 Arkleby House, 144 Sherriff, 140 Seathwaite, 139 Braithwaite.   Charollais- 135 Overcroft. Mule- 121 Eirinntalla, 121, 120 Blue Dial, 115 Far End. Cheviot- 115 Stonecroft. TexelXHerdwick- 108.50 Stonecroft, 108 Dearham Row, 107 Riggingill, 106 Foxhouse, 105 Far End.  

Cast ewes continue to be a flying trade with no need to keep any passengers as all classes are in extreme demand. Top of £195 for a Beltex ewe from JJ Crichton, Loughrigg, Egremont. Cast rams top £150 for a Texel from WCG Holdings, Eirinntalla, Ennerdale. Fell ewes topped at £100 for a pen of Herdwick ewes from R Brown, Forge Farm, Eskdale whilst Swaledales to £91 from Wythop Farms.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Beltex – 195, 160, 144 Loughrigg, 178 Holmecroft Farm, 162 Green Marsh.  Texel – 157, 146 Seafield House, 150 Holmecroft Farm, 138 Green Marsh, 133 Todholes, 130 Arlecdon Hill Farm, 130, 126 Woodend Farm, 126, 118 East Lodge, 122 Littletown Farm. Suffolk – 146, 134 Clappers, 134 Woodend Farm, 129 Green Marsh.  Charollais – 128 Swallow Heights.  Mule – 119 Croft House, 108 East Lodge, 108 Aldenstone, 100 Littletown Farm. Bluefaced Leicester – 117 Swallow Heights.  Cheviot – 105 Stonecroft, 100 Seathwaite Farm. Herdwick – 100 Forge Farm, 74 Far Bank Farm, 72 Taw House, 72 Row Head. Texel X Herdwick – 98 Millbeck Hall, 98 Forge Farm, 97 Row Head.  Swaledale – 91, 86 Wythop Farms, 90, 81, 79 Littletown Farm, 85 Briery Moss, 78 Low Cockhow.

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 150 Eirinntalla, 112 Crossfield Farm.  Charollais – 130 Littletown Farm.