Primestock

15th May 2019

On Wednesday 15th May 2019 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 37 cattle comprising 32 cull cattle and 5 prime bulls, 1086 prime sheep including 133 lambs, 579 hoggs and 374 cast ewes and rams.

RG & JM Smith, Lake View made top price per head and per kilo for a shapely Limousin bull at £1294.49, 204.5ppk selling to TL Fell. Prime young bulls and cows were a strong trade with buyers keen to see more to fullfil their demands.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 204.50 Lake View, 180.50 Lamplugh Hall. Holstein Friesian – 158.50 Acrewalls, 155.50 Lamplugh Hall. Holstein – 89.50 Acrewalls.

Prime Bull (Top price per head – £):- Limousin – 1294.49 Lake View, 1263.50 Lamplugh Hall. Holstein Friesian – 976.36 Acrewalls, 917.45 Lamplugh Hall. Holstein – 501.20 Acrewalls.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 158.50 Lamplugh Hall, 136.50 Braithwaite Farm, 136.50 Westray Farm, 132.50 Fell End, 129.50 Hemplands Farm, 128.50, 125.50 Crakeplace Hall. Aberdeen Angus – 139.50, 125.50, 122.50, 105 Petersburgh Farm, 114.50 Westray Farm. British Friesian – 134.50, 123.50 Stainburn Hall Farm, 128.50, 125.50 Dean Farm, 126.50 Fairladies Farm, 124.50 Hemplands Farm. Holstein Friesian – 123.50 Fairladies Farm, 117.50 Waites Farm, 105.50, 100.50, 97.50, 96.50, 94.50 Waverbank. Brown Swiss – 96.50 Outgang Farm. Montbeliarde – 88.50, 85.50 Outgang Farm. British Shorthorn – 83.50 High Bewaldeth.

Cast Cows (Top price per head – £):- Limousin – 1078.35 Braithwaite Farm, 1073.05 Lamplugh Hall, 819 Westray Farm, 789.95 Hemplands Farm, 771.15 Fell End, 768.06, 732.45 Crakeplace Hall. British Friesian – 1170.15 Stainburn Hall Farm, 888.54, 854.53 Dean Farm, 847.21 Stainburn Hall Farm, 729.91 Fairladies Farm. Holstein Friesian – 879.32 Fairladies Farm, 817.63, 653.25, 611.04 Waverbank, 810.75 Waites Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 758.10, 750.49, 736.56, 727.65 Petersburgh Farm, 610.29 Westray Farm. British Blue – 580.17 Hemplands Farm. Brown Swiss – 540.40 Outgang Farm. Montbelairde – 438.96, 422.37 Outgang Farm. British Shorthorn – 417.50 High Bewaldeth.

Prime Sheep

Butchers and abattoirs are making the switch to spring lambs with the sale average of 252.23 pence per kilo obtained, which was £109.25 per head.

Top price per head and per kilo was a Texel lamb from JP Lister, Oughterside Mill £137, 297.80ppk purchased by Messrs WillsonWillis Butchers of Cleator Moor.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel – 297.80, 276.20 Oughterside Mill, 282.60 Grange Farm, 280.50 Beechcroft, 280.40 Hollins Farm, 279.80, 276.70(x2) Seafield House, 279.10 Elva Plain, 274.40 Broom Farm. Suffolk – 266, 250 Seymour House, 222.20, 208.30 Croft House, 190.70, 185.20, 184.70 Hemplands Farm. Charollais – 253.30, 252.50, 252.30, 251 Birks Farm.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head – £):- Texel – 137 Oughterside Mill, 133 Hollins Farm, 131 High Flatts, 130, 129 Grange Farm, 129 Hollins Farm, 127, 125 Woodside Cottage, 124.50(x2) Seafield House. Suffolk – 133, 115 Seymour House, 109, 103, 100 Hemplands Farm, 100(x2) Croft House. Charollais – 123, 114, 111, 101 Birks Farm.

Leading price per kilo in the hogg section was a pen of herdwick hoggs from Messrs Matterson, Stone Croft selling for 248.80 pence per kilo. Top price achieved was a pen of Texel hoggs from Tallentire Hill Farm at £116 and purchased by T Harrison, Butchers of Cockermouth.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Herdwick – 248.80, 218.10 Stone Croft, 216.70 Randle Gate, 208.60 Baysbrown Farm, 202.90 Far Bank Farm, 201.40 Thistleton Farm, 200 Wilkinsyke Farm, 200 Far End Farm, 200 Stool End Farm. Texel – 246.80, 236.70, 231.90 Hill Farm, 230, 219 Cherrytree House, 215.90 Hollins Farm, 215.80 East Mill Farm, 214 Sycamore House. Beltex –241.90, 240, 236.20, 221.40, 201.10 Green Marsh. Texel X Herdwick – 204.20, 187.20 Bowscale, 201.60 Hollin Head, 192.10 Rannerdale, 170.70 Bridge End Farm. Swaledale – 197.60 Far End Farm, 197.20 Hollin Head, 170 Rannerdale, 170 Hinning House. Suffolk – 168.50 Springfield Rd, 161.10 Scalesmoor. Mule – 156, 151.80 Howbeck Lodge, 138.90 Braystone Bank Farm, 134.60 Hinning House. Dorset – 151.50 Springfield Rd. Cheviot – 115.20 Croft House. Kerryhill ­– 112.70, 100 Kirkgate Farm.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head – £):- Texel – 116 (x2), 109 Tallentire Hill, 102.50, 100 (x2) Cherrytree House, 101 Hollins Farm. Beltex – 111, 93, 92.50, 91, 89.50 Green Marsh. Herdwick – 102 Stone Croft, 86 Fold Head Farm, 84 Millbeck Hall, 80 Hollin Head, 80, 78.50 (x2) Thistleton Farm. Suffolk – 91 Springfield Road, 87 Scalesmoor. Cheviot – 91 Croft House. Mule – 85, 78 Howbeck Lodge, 70 Hinning House. Swaledale – 81 Far End Farm, 71 Hollin Head, 68 Hinning House, 68 Rannerdale. Texel X Herdwick – 73.50, 73, 72, 70 Bowscale, 73 Rannerdale, 70 Bridge End Farm. Kerryhill – 63, 62 Kirkgate Farm. Dorset – 50 Springfield Road.

Cull Ewes (per head – £):- Texel – 128, 108, 102 Hill Farm, 119 Beechcroft, 111 Sycamore House, 110 Corney Hall, 108 Far Bank Farm, 108 Far End Farm, 105 Millbeck Hall, 102 Hamplands Farm. Cheviot – 93 Croft House, 88 Chapel Farm. Bluefaced Leicester – 90 Tortolocate. Suffolk – 85 Scalesmoor. Mule –80 Tortolocate, 73 Far End Farm, 73 Howbeck Lodge, 72 Kilndale, 71 Sherriff, 70, 67 Ellenbank, 69 Ullock Mains, 67 Hemplands Farm, 67 Broom Farm. Scotch Blackface – 71 Ellenbank. Herdwick – 68 How Hall, 67 Chapel Farm, 66, 62 Grange Grassings, 65 Rowbrow Park, 65 Randle Gate, 61 Fold Head Farm, 61 Crosbythwaite Farm. Swaledale – 67 Far End Farm, 66 How Hall, 66, 65 Beechcroft, 66 Mosser Heights, 65, 64 Low Priorscales, 64(x2) Tortolocate.

Cast Rams (per head – £):- Texel – 116 Grange Grassings. Charollais – 96 Woodside Cottage. Bluefaced Leicester – 90, 84 Terrace Farm, 90 Beechcroft. Suffolk – 80 The Croft. Herdwick – 64 Randle Gate, 59 Fold Head, 59 Fold Head Farm, 50 Wilkinsyke Farm. Swaledale – 60, 50 Low Priorscales. Kerryhill – 59 Fangs Brow.