Primestock 2nd March 2022

2nd March 2022

On Wednesday 2nd March 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 45 cattle comprising 32 cull cattle and 13 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1831 prime sheep including 1603 hoggs and 228 cast ewes and rams.

Prime cattle topped at 250p for a Limousin Bull from TA Byers, Ellenbank, Boltongate. Top gross was £1739.58 for a Charolais again from TA Byers, Ellenbank. Heifers sold to 249p for a British Blue from Messrs Bowe, Hunday Farm, Workington.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 249, 215 Hunday Farm.  Limousin – 220 Pickett Howe.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1419.30, 1388.90 Hunday Farm. Limousin – 1381.60 Pickett Howe.  

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 250 Ellenbank, 230 Uldale Hall.  Charolais – 237 Ellenbank.  British Blue – 234 South View.  British Friesian – 217 Uldale Hall.  Holstein Friesian – 197 South View.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Charolais – 1739.58 Ellenbank.  Limousin – 1465 Ellenbank, 1352.40 Uldale Hall.  British Friesian – 1421.35 Uldale Hall.  British Blue – 1303.38 South View.  Holstein Friesian – 1162.30 South View, 1008.28 Lowside Farm.  

Up and up the cow trade goes. Every week seems to be the dearest yet with returns absolutely incredible. Top of 220p for a Limousin Cow from WB&SA Steele, Easthwaite, Wasdale. Others to 211p for a Limousin from DA Harrison, Hill House, Aldoth, Wigton. This super cow was also top gross at £1793.50 whilst the trailer load averaged an impressive £1561.21.

OTM Heifers to 209p or £1441.71 for a Norwegian Red from Messrs Bowe, Hunday Farm, Workington. British Friesian cows to a whopping 179p or £1334.50 from J Pattinson Son, Uldale Hall, Uldale. Holstein Friesian cows to 173p or £1280.20 from R&M Allison, Barnyard, Greysouthen.

New customers jumping aboard the Mitchell’s cow train every week but many more could be well sold.     

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 220, 177, 171 Easthwaite Farm, 211, 207, 190 Hill House Farm, 200 Lake View. Norwegian Red – 209, 193 Hunday Farm. British Blue – 202 Hill House Farm. British Friesian – 179, 170 Uldale Hall. Holstein Friesian – 173, 153 Barnyard, 171 Watson Hill, 157, 156 Dundraw Farm, 154, 150 Fleming Hall, 149 Hill Farm. Holstein – 162 Blue Dial, 160 Hill Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1793.50, 1500.75, 1417.40 Hill House Farm, 1580 Lake View, 1522.40, 1253.16, 1162.80 Easthwaite Farm. British Blue – 1533.18 Hill House Farm. Norwegian Red – 1441.71, 1228.92 Hunday Farm. British Friesian – 1334.50, 1321.02 Uldale Hall. Holstein Friesian – 1280.20, 1097.01 Barnyard, 1274.84, 1232.40 Dundraw Farm, 1116.50, 1074 Fleming Hall, 1020.65 Hill Farm.  Holstein – 1226.34 Blue Dial, 1190.40 Hill Farm.  

  OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beef Shorthorn – 159 Lowside Farm.  

OTM Bull (Top price per head -  Beef Shorthorn – 1535.94 Lowside Farm.

Prime Sheep

Top of £186 for Beltex hoggs from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth, Bewaldeth purchased by Haigh’s Butchers, Pow Street, Workington. Others to £183 from again Messrs Richardson, Low Garth and again purchased by Haigh’s Butchers. £183 also achieved by R Skelton, New Hall, Dearham purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth.

Top pence per kilo was 361p for Texel hoggs from D Eilbeck, Plumbland Farm, Plumbland.

A large entry of fell hoggs sold to £101 or 246.3p for a ring full of Herdwicks from Messrs Bland, Clea Hall, Wigton.   

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel- 361 Plumbland, 326.2, 322.2, 304.5, 300 New Hall, 323.9, 302.1 Nook Farm, 315.1 Hollins, 314.1, 300 Cherrytree House, 308 Hollins, 302.1, 302 Beckhouse, 300 East Mill. Beltex- 344.9, 335.6 Nook Farm, 332.1, 321.1, 311.5 Low Garth, 328, 321 The Wreay, 324.3 Chapel Howe, 320, 314.9 Cherrytree House, 317.1 High Moss, 310.2 New Hall. TexXHerd- 271.7 Nook Farm, 267.1 Middleton Place, 262.2 Stonecroft. Cheviot- 255 Riggingill, 248 Seathwaite, 245.1 Woodside Cottage. Charollais- 244.8 Outgang. Herdwick- 246.3 Clea Hall, 239, 238.5 East House. BFL- 242 Causeyview. Mule- 236.4 Elva Plain. Swaledale- 220 Sneckyeat.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Beltex- 186, 183, 162 Low Garth, 183, 151 New Hall, 169, 154.50(2), 151 Nook Farm, 148, 144 Cherrytree House. Texel- 168, 150 Kelmore Hills, 167, 158, 154 Hollins, 164, 150 High Flatts, 160 Grange Farm, 159(2), 150, 145(2) New Hall, 150, 148 Low Garth, 150 Overcroft, 149, 145 Nook Farm, 148, 142 Beckhouse, 142, 141 Sherriff, 139 Grange Farm, 139 Overcroft. Cheviot- 138 Lowfields, 112 Stonecroft, 109 Seathwaite. Suffolk- 132 Shatton Lodge, 122 Scalesmoor. Charollais- 126 Kirkhouse, 111 Scalesmoor, 110 High Flatts. TexXHerd- 121 Plumbland, 118, 109(3) Nook Farm. Mule- 112 Shatton Lodge, 110 Hunday, 110 Wilson Park. BFL- 106.50 Causeyview, 105 Eirinntalla. Herdwick- 101 Clea Hall, 98 East House, 97 High Snab, 93 East House. Swaledale- 93 High Snab.

Heavy and continental ewes a lump dearer on the week whilst fell ewes continue to be the same flying trade. Top of £200 for Texel ewes from G Butler, Moor Platt, Egremont. Others to £194 from R&L Hodgson, Woodside Cottage, Maryport. Suffolk ewes to £178 from DA Harrison, Hill House, Aldoth, Wigton. Fell ewes sold to £89 for Swaledales from RW&JH Emmott, Wythop Hall, Embleton whilst Herdwicks to £85 from AE&LK Harrison, Taw House, Eskdale. Cast rams sold to £195 for a Texel from BW Hewitson, Shatton Lodge, Cockermouth.

Many more could have been well sold and are required each week.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 200, 188, 180 Moor Platt, 194 Woodside Cottage, 190, 178, 176 Hill House Farm, 166 Newhouse Farm, 164 Hundith Hill, 164 Lowther Street. Suffolk – 178, 170, 144(2) Hill House Farm, 148 Woodside Farm. Charollais – 175 Overcroft. Bluefaced Leicester – 138 High Side Farm.  Beltex – 122 Parkhouse Farm. Mule – 117 Newhouse Farm. Cheviot – 102, 98 Croft House Farm, 97 Hollows Farm. Kerryhill – 96 Hundith Hill. Swaledale – 89 Wythop Hall, 84 Taw House. Herdwick – 85 Taw House, 84 Low Hall Farm, 79 Stool End Farm, 75 Lowther Street, 74 How Hall, 74 Church Stile Farm, 72 Croft House Farm. Scotch Blackface – 82 Rannerdale.  Zwartble – 80 Newhouse Farm.

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 195 Shatton Lodge Farm, 190(2) Grange Farm, 122 Hundith Hill.  Bluefaced Leicester – 140 Wythop Hall. Herdwick – 108 Millbeck Hall. Swaledale – 94 Wythop Hall, 94 High Side Farm.