Primestock 4th May 2022

4th May 2022

On Wednesday 4th May 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 26 cattle comprising 19 cull cattle and 7 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1114 prime sheep including 819 hoggs, 41 spring lambs and 254 cast ewes and rams.

Prime cattle sold to 230p or £1439.80 for a British Blue X Friesian Heifer from Messrs Bowe, Hunday Farm, Workington. Holstein Friesian steers to 209p or £1573.77 from H Thompson, Springfield Farm, Bigrigg.  

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 230 Hunday Farm.  Limousin – 228 Hunday Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1439.80 Hunday Farm.  Limousin – 1429.56 Hunday Farm.  

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Holstein Friesian – 209, 197, 193 Springfield Farm.  

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Holstein Friesian – 1573.77, 1442.04, 1370.30 Springfield Farm.  

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 228 South View.  Limousin – 227 South View.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1144.08 South View.  British Blue – 1083 South View.  

A small entry of cows today but no let up in trade with many more required to satisfy buyer demand. Top of 232p for a Limousin cow from WB&SA Steele, Easthwaite, Wasdale. Top gross of £1715.08 for a British Blue cow from EW&R Fawkes, Hayborough, Dearham. Dairy types sold to 187p for a Norwegian Red from J Jackson & Son, Frizington Parks, Frizington. Holstein Friesians to 186p or £1368.96 from W Sharpe, Woodend, Lamplugh.  

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 232, 200 Easthwaite Farm. British Blue – 212 Hayborough, 206 Easthwaite Farm. Norwegian Red – 187 Frizington Parks.  Holstein Friesian – 186 Woodend, 174, 169, 164 Waverbank, 172 Frizington Parks, 159 North Mosses, 159 Croftlands, 155 Home Farm.  Charolais – 159 Newhouse Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1715.08 Hayborough, 1306.04 Easthwaite Farm.  Limousin – 1282, 1190.16 Easthwaite Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1368.96 Woodend, 1139.70, 1088.36 Waverbank, 1118 Frizington Parks, 1012.15 Home Farm. Norwegian Red – 1086.47 Frizington Parks.

  Prime Sheep

41 Spring Lambs forward today selling to a cracking trade. Top of £174 for a Texel lamb from WW&D Boow, Corney Hall, Bootle purchased by W Lindsay & Sons, Butcher, Station Street, Cockermouth. Others to £172 for a Texel lamb from Seymour Farms, Seymour House, Wigton purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth.

Top pence per kilo was 378.3ppk again for a Texel from WW&D Boow, Corney Hall, Bootle.

The leading average for spring lambs was Seymour Farms, Wigton who sold 7 to average £158.29. RB Jackson, Croft House, Cockermouth sold 6 to average £155.33.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 378.30, 369.60, 332.60, 322 Corney Hall, 377.80, 344, 321.60, 320.80 Seymour House, 332.70, 318.80 Croft House. Suffolk – 326.50, 317.50 Woodend, 306.30 Seymour House. Charollais – 302.30 Corney Hall.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 174, 170, 153, 144 Corney Hall, 173, 153 Croft House, 172, 170, 164, 154 Seymour House.  Suffolk – 160, 130, 127 Woodend, 147 Seymour House. Charollais – 130 Corney Hall.  

Fewer hoggs forward today but well fed hoggs still finding a ready enquiry. Top of £171 for a Texel hogg from G Gate, Hollins Farm, Eaglesfield purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth. Top per kilo 320ppk for a Beltex from S Hardisty & Son, How Hall, Ennerdale purchased by Mr M Helliwell.

Fell hoggs topped at £116 or 276.2ppk for a ring full of Herdwicks from P Edmondson, Seathwaite Farm, Borrowdale.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex – 320, 302.30 How Hall, 307.70 High Bewaldeth, 284.60 Aspatria Hall. Texel – 309.30, 304.30, 285 Hollins Farm, 305.70, 285.70 Aspatria Hall. Texel X Herdwick – 279.50 Stone Croft, 259.80, 258.10 Strudda Bank, 256.60 Wha House, 253.60 Sorrowstones.  Herdwick – 276.20, 270.50 Seathwaite Farm, 267.60 Wha House, 266.20, 261.40 Turner Hall, 264.70 Lamplugh Hall, 261.30 Howes Farm, 256.60 Stone Croft. Cheviot – 275 Mossergate Farm, 263.10, 256.10 Seathwaite Farm. Mule – 250 Sherriff, 246.30 Elva Plain, 240.50 Stone Croft. Scotch Blackface – 248.70 Beck Farm.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 171, 167(2), 162, 142, 140(3) Hollins Farm, 162, 140(3) Aspatria Hall.   Beltex – 160, 130 How Hall, 148, 140 Aspatria Hall, 120 High Bewaldeth. Suffolk – 116 Sale Fell, 111 Fieldside Farm, 110 Scalesmoor. Herdwick – 116, 105.50 Seathwaite Farm, 105, 104.50 Howes Farm, 104 Mossergate Farm, 100 Stonethwaite Farm, 100 Millbeck Hall. Texel X Herdwick – 114 Wha House Farm, 109 Stone Croft, 106.50 Sorrowstones, 106.50 Strudda Bank, 100 Scalesmoor.  Kerryhill – 114 Stone Croft. Mule – 111 Sorrowstones, 110 Hill Top, 110 Hayborough, 101 Elva Plain, 101 Stone Croft, 100 Sherriff, 100 Mossergate Farm. Cheviot – 110.50 Seathwaite Farm, 110 Mossergate Farm.  Charollais – 110 Scalesmoor.

Cast ewes continue to be a strong trade topping at £165 for a Texel from N Gill, Stonethwaite, Borrowdale. Fell ewes to £102 for Swaledales from S Hardisty & Son, How Hall, Ennerdale.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 165 Stonethwaite Farm, 152 Lake View, 151, 148 Corney Hall, 146 Overcroft, 142, 140 Elva Plain, 142 Stockhill, 132 Beck Farm. Bluefaced Leicester – 148 Swinside End Farm. Blue Texel – 148 Crossfield Farm. Suffolk – 145 Lake View, 132 Parkside Road. Cheviot – 134, 119 Stonethwaite Farm, 124 Seathwaite Farm. Mule – 129 Ryhola Meadow, 127 New Monkwray Farm, 123 Grange Farm, 121 Outgang Farm. Swaledale – 102 How Hall, 95 Wythop Hall, 92 Forge Farm. Herdwick – 98 How Hall, 95 Seaview, 86 The Stable, 80 Crossfield Farm.

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 128 Fangs Brow, 125 Stockhill. Cheviot – 122 Wha House Farm.  Herdwick – 92 Easthwaite Farm.