Primestock 11th May 2022

11th May 2022

On Wednesday 11th May 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 54 cattle comprising 34 cull cattle and 20 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1039 prime sheep including 134 spring lambs, 615 hoggs and 290 cast ewes and rams.

A good show of prime cattle forward sold to a blistering trade. Top of 280p or £1741.60 for an exceptional Limousin Heifer from Messrs Teasdale, Lowside, Troutbeck, Penrith. Prime bulls sold to 233p for a Beef Shorthorn again from Messrs Teasdale, Lowside.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 280, 260, 237 Lowside Farm, 218 Row Hall.  British Blue – 228, 227 Lowca Cottage.  Holstein Friesian – 197 Greengill Farm, 185 Row Hall.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1741.60, 1344.20 Lowside Farm, 1214.26 Row Hall.  British Blue – 1289.36, 1267.68 Lowca Cottage.  Holstein Friesian – 1095.20 Row Hall.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beef Shorthorn – 233, 227 Lowside Farm, British Blue – 232 Waites Farm, 231, 211 Lowside Farm, 201 Lowca Cottage. Holstein Friesian – 210(2) Greeengill Farm.  British Friesian – 202 Greengill Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1504.95 Lowside Farm.  British Blue – 1491.76 Waites Farm, 1272.33 Lowside Farm, 1117.56 Lowca Cottage.  Beef Shorthorn – 1435.28, 1411.94 Lowside Farm.  British Blue – 1178.10 Lowside Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1136.69, 1110.90, 1079.40 Greengill Farm.  British Friesian – 1010 Greengill Farm.  

Cows another fantastic trade with returns supersonic. Top of 215p or £1780.20 for a 6 year old Limousin cow from Messrs Crowe, Hall Santon, Holmrook. Charolais cows to 209p or £1724.25 from RM&J Clark, Mossergate, Cockermouth.

Black and whites sold to prices never before seen. Top of 205p or £1553.90 for a British Friesian from J Pattinson & Son, Uldale Hall, Uldale. Other Friesians to 201p or £1497.45 from JH Fell, Gutterby Farm, Millom. Holstein Friesian cows sold to £1512.48 from Dundraw Farms, Wigton. Holstein cows to £1415.10 from GA&D Whitfield, Pelutho Grange, Silloth.

Pleasing to see vendors travelling to reap the rewards of the cow trade at Cockermouth. More cows can be well sold each week.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 215 Hall Santon, 205 Peter House, 198 Hill Top.  Charolais – 209 Mossergate Farm. British Friesian – 205 Uldale Hall, 201, 180 Gutterby Farm, 190 Fairladies Farm, 186 Uldale Hall, 185 Dean Farm, 158 Hill Top. Aberdeen Angus – 187 Beck Farm, 155 Brook Cottage. Holstein Friesian – 186 Woodside Farm, 185 Waites Farm, 184, 172, 159, 152 Dundraw Farm, 183 Watson Hill, 183, 164 Moorland Close, 178 Pelutho Grange. Simmental – 184 Croft Side Farm.  Holstein – 182 Frizington Hall, 178 Pelutho Grange, 150 Woodend.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1780.20 Hall Santon, 1457.28 Hill Top, 1441.15 Peter House. Charolais – 1724.25 Mossergate Farm. British Friesian – 1553.90, 1054.62 Uldale Hall, 1497.45, 1080 Gutterby Farm, 1261.70 Dean Farm, 1254 Fairladies Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1512.48, 1279.68, 1149.57, 1013.84 Dundraw Farm, 1432.89 Watson Hill, 1348.71 Moorland Close, 1252.45 Waites Farm, 1181.92 Pelutho Grange. Holstein – 1415.10 Pelutho Grange, 1252.16 Frizington Hall. Simmental – 1352.40 Croft Side Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 1323.96 Beck Farm, 1255.50 Brook Cottage.  Beef Shorthorn – 1002.77 Spring Bank.

  OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Charolais – 158 Mossergate Farm, 150 Mosser Heights.  

OTM Bull (Top price per head -  Charolais – 1302 Mosser Heights, 1110.74 Mossergate Farm.

Prime Sheep

An increased entry of Spring Lambs forward sold to a sharp trade pleasing vendors. Top of £206 paid for a Texel lamb from JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial, Allonby purchased by Haighs Butchers, Pow Street, Workington. Top per kilo was 400p paid for a Texel lamb again from JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial; this time purchased by W Lindsay & Sons, Butcher, Station Street, Cockermouth.

Leading Averages:

JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial sold 4 to avg £199.75

Mr G Butler, Moor Platt sold 2 to avg £193

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 400, 398, 381.50, 373.60 Blue Dial, 392, 387.80 Moor Platt, 388.90, 334.90 Seymour House, 370.20 Croftside Farm, 355.60, 328.80 Woodside Cottage, 333.70 Oughterside Mill. Beltex – 329.30 Woodside Cottage.  Bleu Du Maine – 320 Oughterside Mill.  Suffolk – 316.30 Seymour House, 309.80 Seafield House, 303.50 Frizington Parks.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 206, 200, 198, 195 Blue Dial, 196, 190 Moor Platt Farm, 175 Seymour House, 174 Croftside Farm, 160 Woodside Cottage, 158 Frizington Parks, 156 Croft House, 156 Woodside Farm.  Suffolk – 136, 122 Seymour House, 134, 133.50, 130.50 Frizington Parks, 127, 117 Seafield House.  Beltex – 135 Woodside Cottage.  Bleu Du Maine – 128 Oughterside Mill.    

A poor entry of Hoggs forward with good meated types continuing to sell well however leaner and clean up types finding resistance. Top of £162 paid twice; firstly for a Beltex and then again for a Texel both from A&D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Workington and both purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth.

Fell hoggs sold to £110 or 261.9ppk for Herdwicks from K Wrathall Ltd, Cockley Beck, Seathwaite, Broughton in Furness.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex – 306.80 Hollins Farm, 300 Green Marsh, 263.20, 255.80, 250, 239.10 Rietfontein, 241.80 Kelmore Hills.  Texel – 286.80 Crakeplace Hall, 285, 281, 272, 266.70 Hollins Farm, 270.30 Stone Croft, 266.70, 264.20 Wardhall Guards, 263.80 Kelmore Hills, 263.60, 263.20 High Farm.  Texel X Herdwick – 262.10 Hollin Head, 241.90 Middleton Place, 241.70 church Stile Farm. Herdwick – 261.90, 240 Cockley Beck Farm, 255 Baggra Yeat, 252.90, 239.40 Hollin Head, 248.50 Stybeck Farm, 244.40, 242.90 Mill House, 242.10 Stone Croft.  Scotch Blackface – 261.40 Hollin Head.  Bleu Du Maine – 248.70 Wardhall Guards. Cheviot – 246 Ghyll House. Blue Texel – 240 High Bewaldeth.  Mule – 236.80 Lucy Close, 232.40 Dyke Croft, 232 Kelmore Hills. Swaledale – 232.60 Middleton Place, 229.50 Hollin Head, 227 Baggra Yeat, 221.10 Dyke Croft. 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 162, 142, 134 Kelmore Hills, 140, 136, 130 Wardhall Guards, 137, 135, 130 Hollins Farm, 132, 130 High Flatts, 130 Plumbland Farm. Beltex – 162 Kelmore Hills, 135 Hollins Farm, 132 Green Marsh. Bleu Du Maine – 130 Wardhall Guards. Cheviot – 127 Plumbland Farm, 110 Bridge Petton. Suffolk – 124.50, 117 Bridge Petton. Mule – 123 Kelmore Hills, 117 Plumbland Farm. Herdwick – 110 Cockley Beck, 102 Baggra Yeat, 102 Mill House. Texel X Herdwick – 104 Middleton Place, 100 Rietfontein.  Swaledale – 100 Middleton Place.  Kerryhill – 100 Stone Croft.  

Ewes another marvellous trade. Not the best show of Texel ewes topping at £180 from I Powley, Green Marsh, Carlisle. Fell ewes sold to £114 for a pen of Herdwicks from JA&J Fraser, Julian Holme, Gosforth.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-   Texel – 180 Green Marsh, 175 East Mill, 165 Oughterside Mill, 160, 150, 146 Greenbank Close, 148 High Flatts, 146 Sneckyeat Farm, 140 Croft House. Bleu Du Maine – 154 Croftside Farm. Suffolk – 150 Moor Platt, 147, 130 Croft House, 140 Green Marsh. Mule – 122 Sneckyeat Farm, 119 Rook Farm, 116 Pica Cottages, 116 Aldenstone, 116 Low House. Herdwick – 114, 86 Julianholme.  Ryeland – 106 High Bewaldeth.  Texel X Herdwick – 103 Kelmore Hills. Cheviot – 100 Hollins, 99 Hollows Farm. Kerryhill – 96 Kirkgate Farm.  Swaledale – 92 Town End, 89 Gate Farm, 88 Lucy Close, 88 Baggra Yeat, 88 Elva Plain, 87 Kelmore Hills, 85 Seafield House, 85 Low Priorscales.

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 166 Croftside Farm, 160 Holmerigg, 158 Fangs Brow. Dorset – 130, 120 Greenrigg. Swaledale – 107 Baggra Yeat.