Primestock 9th March 2022

9th March 2022

On Wednesday 9th March 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 53 cattle comprising 42 cull cattle and 11 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1621 prime sheep including 1273 hoggs and 348 cast ewes and rams.

Prime cattle topped at £1540.30 for a Limousin Heifer from H Thompson, Springfield, Bigrigg.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 220 Springfield Farm. 

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin –1518 Springfield Farm. 

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 211(2) Springfield Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 201 Crosshow Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1540.30, 1514.98 Springfield Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 1085.40 Crosshow Farm. 

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 236, 233 Uldale Hall, 235 Ellenbank, 232, 228 Row Hall.  Charolais – 229 Ellenbank.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1453.76, 1404.99 Uldale Hall, 1424.48, 1338.36 Row Hall, 1170.30 Ellenbank.  Charolais – 1131.26 Ellenbank.

Supersonic. Cows the dearest trade yet witnessed with no signs of slowing. Tremendous returns produced topping at 219p for a Limousin Cow from WB&SA Steele, Easthwaite, Wasdale. Others to 212p from E Clark & Son, Braithwaite Farm, Keswick. A 5 year old British Friesian cow from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall, Uldale sold for a whopping 188p and the top gross of £1475.80. Simmental cows sold to £1470.60 from JW Scott, Crooklands Farm, Dearham.

A cast bull sold to 172p or £1757.84 from RB Pritt & Co, Langley Farm, Bootle. 

Many onlookers commented that cows were the dearest trade ever seen. Vendors are encouraged to take advantage of this bumper trade.

Charity also was given today, with WCG Holdings donating the whole of his proceeds of his limousin cow to RABI North cumbria , £1269

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 219 Easthwaite Farm, 212 Braithwaite Farm, 205 West Moor End, 200 Cathow, 185 Eirinntalla. British Blue – 195 Easthwaite Farm, 188 Drigg Moorside, 188 Wood End Farm, 162 Thornholme. Simmental – 190 Crooklands.  British Friesian – 188, 184 Uldale Hall. Holstein – 185, 159 Lowca Cottage, 169, 159 Blue Dial. Holstein Friesian – 181 Frizington Parks, 174, 169 Barnyard, 160 Pelutho Grange, 157 Hill Farm, 155, 149 Waverbank, 147 Waites Farm. South Devon – 176 High Boonwood. Dairy Shorthorn – 174, 168 Ireby Hall. Aberdeen Angus – 168 Fold Head. Beef Shorthorn – 151 West Moor End. Swedish Red – 151 Frizington Parks. Galloway – 146 Thornholme. Ayrshire – 138, 130, 129 Plaskett Lands.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Friesian- 1475.80, 1422.32 Uldale Hall. Simmental- 1470.60 Crooklands. Limousin- 1419.12 Easthwaite, 1290 Cathow, 1269.10 Eirinntalla, 1191.44 Braithwaite Farm, 1152.10 West Moor End. Holstein Friesian- 1374.60, 1213.42 Barnyard, 1290.54 Tallentire Hill, 1241.66 Frizington Parks, 1125.30, 1000.50 Waverbank, 1024 Pelutho Grange. Holstein- 1355.38, 1022.37 Blue Dial, 1140.03, 1100.75 Lowca Cottage. British Blue – 1341.60 Easthwaite, 1197.56 Drigg Moorside, 1133.64 Wood End Farm. Dairy Shorthorn- 1183.20, 1061.76 Ireby Hall. Swedish Red & White- 1124.95 Frizington Parks. Aberdeen Angus – 1115.52 Fold Head. South Devon- 1003.20 High Boonwood. Galloway- 839.50 Thornholme.

  OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 172 Langley Farm. 

OTM Bull (Top price per head – 1757.84 Langley Farm.

Prime Sheep

Export type hoggs saw a firmer enquiry with meat in keen demand. Top of £195 for a Beltex hogg from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth, Bewaldeth purchased by Haighs Butchers, Pow Street, Workington. Others to £192 again from Messrs Richardson and again purchased by Haighs Butchers. A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Workington sold Beltex to £185 purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth.

Top pence per kilo was 360p for Beltex hoggs again from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth and purchased by Haighs Butchers.

Mule hoggs from T&S Wilson, Scales Farm sold to 258.1ppk.

Herdwick hoggs to £102 from MG&M Fox, Crosbythwaite, Ulpha.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Beltex- 360, 349.1, 348.2 Low Garth, 333.3, 312.5, 306 New Hall, 329.6, 323.5, 318.9 Aspatria Hall, 325(2), 321.8, 317.5 High House, 312.3 Kelmore Hills, 308.3 Chapel Howe. Texel- 344.4 Blue Dial, 332.6, 314.9 Bolton Wood Lane, 324.4 New Hall, 317.3 Low Garth, 313.6 Kelmore Hills, 309.1 Scales Farm, 304.8 Crooklands. TexelXHerdwick- 266.7 Stonecroft, 265.1 Greengill, 264.3 Dearham Row.  Suffolk- 258.3 West Moor End, 257.4 Bolton Wood Lane, 251.2 Stonecroft. Mule- 258.1 Scales. Blackface- 254.7(2), 252.3 Greengill. Herdwick- 233.3, 226.7 Crosbythwaite, 230 Cockley Beck, 222.2 Stybeck.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Beltex- 195, 192, 180 Low Garth, 185, 178 Kelmore Hills, 181, 177, 166(2) High House, 178, 169, 165, 158, 150(2), 144 Aspatria Hall, 160, 153, 151, 150, 148 New Hall, 148 Chapel Howe, 143 Nook Farm. Texel- 179, 150, 148, 147, 143 Bolton Wood Lane, 167, 154, 150(3) Hollins, 165, 161, 151 Low Garth, 162, 149 Kelmore Hills, 155 Blue Dial, 154 High Flatts, 146, 141 New Hall. Suffolk- 139 Bolton Wood Lane, 127 Shatton Lodge, 123 Causeway Foot. Mule- 123, 119 Beechcroft, 119 Kelmore Hills. TexelXHerdwick- 114 Greengill, 112.50 Blue Dial. Cheviot- 114 Knott Houses. Blackface- 113.50(2), 111, 109.50(2) Greengill. Herdwick- 102, 98 Crosbythwaite, 100, 92 Cockley Beck.

Ewes again very dear being a rip-roaring trade. Top of £198 for Texel ewes from GS Bell, New House, Flimby. Beltex ewes sold to £192 from Messrs Knight, Stephney Farm, Calderbridge who averaged a wonderful £167.63. Fell ewes upto £90 for Swaledales from JR Vickers, Mosser Heights, Cockermouth. Cast rams sold to £180 for a Texel from BW Hewitson, Shatton Lodge, Cockermouth.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel- 198, 188, 148 Newhouse, 160 Fitz, 155 Seafield House, 150, 130 Hundith Hill, 136(2) Flimby Hall, 130 Row End, 130 Stonethwaite. Beltex- 192, 178, 175, 170, 156, 150 Stephney Farm, 152 Seafield House. Charollais- 178 Stonethwaite. Bluefaced Leicester- 138 Bennet Head. Mule- 119 Bleabank, 114 High Boonwood. TexelXHerdwick- 114 Boon Cragg, 106 High Boonwood.  Swaledale- 90 Mosser Heights, 84 Seafield House, 80 Woodhow. Herdwick- 81 Knott Houses, 74 Stonethwaite.

Cull Rams (per head - £):- Texel- 180 Shatton Lodge, 155 Kiln Croft. Herdwick- 88 Boon Cragg.