Primestock 23rd March 2022

23rd March 2022

On Wednesday 23rd March 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 49 cattle comprising 36 cull cattle and 13 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1571 prime sheep including 1356 hoggs and 215 cast ewes and rams.

Prime cattle sold to £1663.74 or 237p for a Heifer from H Thompson, Springfield, Bigrigg. Bulls to £1658.80 from WE&DE Litt, Greengill, Gilcrux.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 224, 221, 216 Springfield Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1573.52, 1453.68, 1426.88 Springfield Farm.  

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 237 Springfield Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1663.74 Springfield Farm.  

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 232 Greengill Farm, 230 Hunday Farm.  British Blue – 229 South View.  Aberdeen Angus – 226 South View, 218, 210 Crosshow Farm.  British Friesian – 220, 217 Uldale Hall.  Holstein Friesian – 198 South View.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1658.80 Greengill Farm, 1398.40 Hunday Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 1482.56 South View, 1407, 1399.56 Crosshow Farm. British Friesian – 1326.60, 1321.53 Uldale Hall. British Blue – 1312.17 South View.  Holstein Friesian – 1275.12 South View.   

Incredible. Unbelievable. Tremendous. Cows are the dearest ever seen. Top of 211p or £1757.63 for a Limousin from J&HD Langcake, Sandhills, Bassenthwaite. Black and Whites to 195p and 194p for OTM Holstein Friesians from WE Callion & Son, Lodge Farm, Workington. Cows to 190p or £1360.40 from a British Friesian from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall, Uldale. Native cows to 187p or £1518.44 for a Beef Shorthorn from AS&C Hodgson, Glencoyne Farm, Glenridding.

Top gross of the day was £1895.38 (202p) for a Limousin Cast Bull from JT&EM Fox, Snellings, Egremont.    

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 211, 184, 174 Sandhills Farm. Holstein Friesian – 195, 194 Lodge Farm, 178, 155 Woodside Farm, 168 Hunday Farm, 156, 153 Watson Hill, 152 Outgang Farm, 148 Barnyard, 146 Row Hall. British Friesian – 190 Uldale Hall, 167 Prospect House. Beef Shorthorn – 187 Glencoyne Farm, 144 Fangs Brow.  British Blue – 185 Lodge Farm. Simmental – 174 Prospect House. Aberdeen Angus – 152 Prospect House. Holstein – 151 Threapthwaite Farm.  

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1757.63, 1195.38, 1034.08 Sandhills Farm.  Beef Shorthorn – 1518.44 Glencoyne Farm. British Friesian -  1360.40 Uldale Hall. British Blue – 1328.30 Lodge Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1295.84 Woodside Farm, 1287, 1154.30 Lodge Farm, 1201.20, 1101.60 Watson Hill, 1081.92 Hunday Farm, 954.56 Outgang Farm. Simmental – 1282.38 Prospect House.  Holstein – 1011.70 Threapthwaite Farm.

  OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 202, 195, 194, 192 Snellings Farm.   

OTM Bull (Top price per head -  Limousin – 1895.38, 1813.96, 1762.80, 1580.16 Snellings Farm.

Prime Sheep

Prime sheep sharper on the week topping at £185 for a Beltex hogg from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Workington purchased by Mr J Bosworth. Others to £178 twice; firstly for a Beltex from Messrs Holliday & Graham, Bolton Wood Lane, Wigton purchased by Haighs Butchers, Pow Street, Workington. And then again from a Beltex hogg from J&E Nichol, Whinnerah, Gosforth purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth. Top pence per kilo was 395.3ppk for a Beltex from I Powley, Green Marsh, Carlisle.

All Beltex hoggs sold averaged £148.69

Fell hoggs came forward in large numbers and met a bonanza trade being much dearer than any other marketing options. Top of £120.50 for Herdwicks from P Naylor, Bowderdale, Wasdale Head. Others to £120 for Herdwicks from JA Ritson, Baggra Yeat, Uldale. Top pence per kilo was 289ppk for Herdwicks from MG&M Fox, Crosbythwaite, Ulpha. Others to 285.4ppk from AD&T Harrison, Brotherilkeld, Eskdale.

All Herdwick hoggs sold averaged 251ppk.

Leading Averages

A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills sold 3 to avg £167

G Gate, Hollins sold 6 to avg £151.67

I Powley, Green Marsh sold 11 to avg £148.65

CW Gott, Prospect House sold 9 to avg £145.44

Holliday & Graham, Bolton Wood Lane sold 14 to avg £140.43

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Beltex- 395.3, 353.3 Green Marsh, 357.1, 352.4, 348.9, 333.3, 331.9, 315 New Hall, 354.5, 337 Allerby Hall, 340 Harley Croft, 331 Woodhall Brow, 329.6 Bolton Wood Lane, 325.9 Aspatria Hall, 316 Beckhouse.   Texel- 354.5, 341.5 Green Marsh, 340.9, 314.6(2) Bolton Wood Lane, 338.6 Woodhall Brow, 333 Beckhouse, 330.4, 319.3 Allerby Hall, 324.4 New Hall, 323 Prospect House, 319 Aspatria Hall, 315.9 Whinnah Lodge. Herdwick- 289, 266.7 Crosbythwaite, 285.4 Brotherilkeld, 279.1 Baggra Yeat, 271.4 Langhorn, 258.1, 256.4, 241.9 Whinnerah, 256.3 Bowderdale, 256.1, 255.7 Stybeck, 255, 254.3 Far End, 251 Bowderdale, 244.4, 241.9 Yew Tree, 241 Hollin Head, 240 Wasdale Head Hall. Cheviot- 267.5 Brotherilkeld, 267.5 Stonecroft. Suffolk- 267.5 Stonecroft, 255.6 Croft House, 254.1 Hollin Head. TexXHerd- 264.5 Foxhouse, 264.1 Stonecroft, 261.5 Greengill. Blackface- 255.8, 252.3 Greengill. Swaledale- 244.3 Aspatria Hall. Mule- 240.4 Plumbland.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Beltex- 185, 172, 144 Kelmore Hills, 178 Bolton Wood Lane, 178, 160, 158 Whinnerah, 176(2), 170 Aspatria Hall, 175, 164, 156, 151, 148, 140 New Hall, 170, 159 Green Marsh, 160 Harley Croft, 158 Beckhouse, 156, 155 Allerby Hall. Texel- 161, 158, 151, 150, 149 Hollins, 158 Aspatria Hall, 156 Green Marsh, 155 Prospect House, 153 Aspatria Hall, 152 Allerby Hall, 151(2), 150 Bolton Wood Lane, 150 Beechcroft, 150 Ireby Hall, 149 Woodhall Brow, 146, 144 New Hall, 143 Whinnah Lodge, 142 High Flatts, 141 Harley Croft. Suffolk- 133 New Hall, 126 Bolton Wood Lane, 123 Allerby Hall. Cheviot- 130, 123 Fisherground. Herdwick- 120.50 Bowderdale, 120 Baggra Yeat, 118.50, 104 Crosbythwaite, 118, 117, 115(2) Brotherilkeld, 114 Langhorn, 112, 110, 104 Yew Tree, 111 Whinnerah, 105 Stone Ends, 105 Stybeck. Mule- 117 Baggra Yeat, 117 Beechcroft, 116.50, 116 Far End, 115 Foxhouse, 115 Whinnerah, 115 Hayborough, 114.50 Wilson Park, 114.50 Plumbland, 114 Baggra Yeat. TexXHerd- 114.50 Langhorn, 114 Plumbland, 112.50, 110 Whinnah Lodge, 112 Prospect House, 111 Grange Grassings. Blackface- 111, 110 Greengill. Swaledale- 107.50 Aspatria Hall, 104.50 Far End.

Cast ewes the dearest yet topping at £260 for a Beltex ewe from JJ Crichton, Loughrigg, St. Bees with the proceeds of this ewe being very kindly donated to the Ukraine Appeal. Texels to £220 from Messrs Miller, Allerby Hall, Aspatria. Rams sold to £198 for a Texel from AH Ritson, Ireby Hall, Wigton.  

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Beltex – 260, 212 Loughrigg, 210 Seaview. Texel- 220, 180, 172, 155(2), 154 Allerby Hall, 190 Ireby Hall, 188 Loughrigg, 185 Woodside Cottage, 178 Seafield House, 175, 162, 160 Woodhall Brow, 166 Newhouse, 154 Easthwaite, 150(2) Newhouse. Suffolk – 150 Woodhall Brow, 142 Allerby Hall. Mule- 124 Parsonage, 122 Ireby Hall, 121 Orchard Farm, 120 Mid Farm. Swaledale- 94 Beechcroft. Herdwick- 86 Nook Farm, 85 Easthwaite.    

Cull Rams (per head - £):- Texel- 198, 170, 130 Ireby Hall, 138, 136 Easthwaite, 130 The How. Charollais- 132 Stargill. Herdwick- 100, 90 Easthwaite, 98 Thirlspot.