Primestock 25th May 2022

25th May 2022

On Wednesday 25th May 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 63 cattle comprising 47 cull cattle and 16 prime bulls, 777 prime sheep including 279 lambs, 170 hoggs and 328 cast ewes and rams.

A good show of prime bulls sold to a top price of 249p achived twice. Firstly for a Limousin which achieved the top gross of £1797.78 from J Brown & Sons, Crakeplace Hall, Ullock and then again for a Simmental Bull from TA Byers, Ellenbank, Boltongate which grossed £1738.02. Many more bulls could have been well sold with super returns achieved.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin- 249, 247 Crakeplace, 239 Beechcroft, 230 Ellenbank, 225 Uldale Hall, 224 Southview, 215 Lowside. Simmental- 249 Ellenbank. Charollais- 235 Ellenbank. British Blue- 229 Uldale Hall, 217 Lowside. Hereford- 227 South View. British Friesian- 207 Greengill. Holstein Friesian- 197 Greengill.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin- 1797.78, 1773.46 Crakeplace, 1692.12 Beechcroft, 1587.00 Ellenbank, 1444.80 Lowside, 1298.25. 1128.96 South View. Simmental- 1738.02 Ellenbank. Charollais- 1677.90 Ellenbank. British Blue- 1406.06 Uldale Hall, 1330.21 Lowside. Hereford- 1400.59. British Friesian- 1051.56 Greengill. Holstein Friesian- 1038.19 Greengill.

Cast cows another bonanza trade with the plainest cows looking the dearest they have been. Top of 216p for a Charolais Cow from B&H Spencer, Gatra Farm, Lamplugh. Blue cows sold to 213p from AR Hardy, Eastlands, Workington also achieving the days top gross of £1746.60.

Dairy types topped at 199p for a Fleckvieh Heifer from GA&D Whitfield, Pelutho Grange, Silloth. Older cows sold to 196p for a British Friesian or a whopping £1475.88 from G&E Bell & Son, Dean Farm, Workington. Ayrshires to 189p or £1304.10 from Messrs Armstrong, Plaskett Lands, Maryport. Holstein Friesian cows to £1356.05 from B Burrough, Waites Farm, Pardshaw.  

Sale as normal next week.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Charollais- 216 Gatra Farm. British Blue- 213, 206 Eastlands, 211 Oughterside Mill, 197 Hunday Farm, 195 Knott Houses, 190 Woodside Farm, 138 West Moor End.

Simmental- 209, 195 Welcome Nook. Limousin- 209 Eirinntalla, 185 Beechcroft, 185, 176 Easthwaite, 184 Woodside Farm. Fleckvieh- 199 Pelutho Grange. British Friesian- 196 Dean Farm, 187 Row Hall. Long Horn- 189 Stool End. Ayrshire- 189, 169 Plaskett Lands. Holstein Friesian- 185, 177 Waites Farm, 185 Brackenbarrow Farm, 185, 163, 157 Waverbank, 181 Barn Yard, 173 Pelutho Grange, 161, 159 Watson Hill. Aberdeen Angus- 180 Fleming Hall, 177 Stool End, 150 Millbeck Hall. Luing- 178 Fold Head. Shorthorn- 169 Millbeck Hall.

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue- 1746.60, 1615.04 Eastlands, 1552.96 Oughterside Mill, 1378.65 Knott Houses, 1375.06 Hunday Farm, 1178.00 Woodside Farm. Simmental- 1525.70, 1433.25 Welcome Nook. British Friesian- 1475.88 Dean Farm, 1155.66 Row Hall. Aberdeen Angus- 1400.40 Fleming Hall, 1079.70 Stool End. Limousin- 1369 Beechcroft, 1337.60 Eirinntalla, 1178.45 Easthwaite, 1091.12 Woodside Farm. Holstein Friesian- 1356.05, 1026.60 Waites Farm, 1319.05 Brackenbarrow, 1301.39 Barn Yard, 1246.00 Waverbank, 1242.14 Pelutho Grange, 1108.23, 1075.48 Watson Hill. Ayrshire- 1304.10 Plaskett Lands. Shorthorn- 1275.95 Millbeck Hall. Fleckvieh- 1267.63 Pelutho Grange. Charollais- 1261.44 Gatra Farm. Luing- 1218.60 Fold Head. Long Horn- 1024.38 Stool End.

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin- 189, 177, 175, 163 Snellings Farm.

OTM Bull (Top price per head) :- Limousin- 1426.62, 1411.83, 1286.25, 1189.90 Snellings Farm.

Prime Sheep

279 spring lambs forward for todays sale sold to a marvellous trade delighting vendors. Best quality lambs commanded a hefty premium topping at £218 for a Texel from JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial, Allonby purchased by Haighs Butchers, Pow Street, Workington. Top pence per kilo was 420ppk for Texel lambs again from JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial purchased by Haighs Butchers, Workington.

12 pens of Lambs sold in excess of £190 per head. 22 pens sold in excess of £180 per head.

Several outstanding consignments of lambs forward today.

JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial sold 6 to avg £205.50

GS&B Barwsie, Bell House sold 7 to avg £168.71

Mr A Mawson, Bridgewater sold 9 to avg £167.56

M/s Fraser, High Flatts sold 6 to avg £166

JJ&CE Palmer, Greensyke sold 15 to avg £165.33

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel- 420, 392.2, 389.3, 385.2, 381.8, 358.6 Blue Dial, 409, 406 Greensyke, 402.2 Woodside, 390.4, 360.4 Fairladies, 388.2 Segbushwell, 379.2(2), 375 Bell House, 375, 352.8 High Boonwood, 369.6 High Flatts, 354.5 Corrow Farm. Suffolk – 388.20 High Flatts, 348, 345 Greensyke, 333.30 Segbushwell.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):- Texel- 218, 210, 208(2), 200, 189, Blue Dial, 203, 173 Fairladies, 200, 187, 180, 160 High Boonwood, 198 Segbushwell, 196, 168, 164 Bridgewater, 195 Corrow Farm, 191, 180, 166 Greensyke, 186 Croft End, 185 Woodside, 182(2), 180, 169 Bell House, 170 Mid Farm, 170 Low Wreah Farmhouse, 170 High Flatts, 162 Hollins.   Suffolk- 198 High Flatts, 188, 169 Greensyke, 143 Ryhola Meadow, 141 Croft House, 140 Segbushwell. Beltex- 147 Loughhead, 142 Segbushwell. Charollais- 153 Croftside. Dutch Spotted- 147, 138 Croft End.  

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel- 278.2, 270.8, 254.9 East Mill, 272.3, 266.7 Bothel Craggs, 264.9 Cherrytree House, 264.3, 258.2, 251 Beck Farm, 261.4 Turner Hall. Herdwick- 318.6 East House, 307.1 Turner Hall, 292.6, 262.1 Fold Head, 267.5 Strudda Bank, 253.2 Randle Gate, 245.7 Stonecroft. Beltex- 308 Bothel Craggs. Cheviot- 258.5 Brotherilkeld, 241 Turner Hall. Blackface- 252.3 Greengill.

Good meated hoggs still very good to sell and finding a keen enquiry however leaner sorts harder to place. Top of £158 for Texels from A Ashburner, Summerhill, Whitehaven. Herdwicks also to £158 from Messrs Richardson, Fold Head, Borrowdale.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Texel- 158, 154 Summerhill, 153, 151, 130(2) East Mill, 151 Cherrytree House, 148, 142, 140, 128 Beck Farm, 147 Hollins, 144, 128 Bothel Craggs. Herdwick- 158, 152 Fold Head, 137 East House, 129 Turner Hall, 119 Randlegate. Beltex- 154 Bothel Craggs. Blackface- 108.50 Greengill, 100 Beck Farm. Cheviot- 106 Brotherilkeld.

Cast ewe trade is on fire. All classes good to sell topping at £202 for a Texel ewe from L Smith, Low Wreah Farmhouse, Whitehaven. Others to £198 from Messrs Lamb, The How, Seascale. Fell ewes topped at £98 for Herdwicks from D&I Sessford, East House, Deanscales. Many more could have been well sold and are required.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 202 Low Wreah Farmhouse, 198, 182, 152, 148 The How, 178, 146 Beck Farm, 170, 160, 150 Holmecroft Farm, 160 Cherrytree House, 158 Hundith Hill. Beltex – 188 Low Wreah Farmhouse, 150 Holmecroft Farm. Suffolk – 145 Croft House, 129 Woodhall Brow, 125 Bothel Craggs, 124 East House. Dorset – 138 Low Wreah Farmhouse. Berrichon – 132, 124 High Flatts.  Mule – 130 Eirinntalla, 128 Bridgewater, 128 East House, 128 Ryhola Meadow, 128 High Boonwood, 128 Mid Farm, 126 Langhorn, 125 Hundith Hill, 125 Row End Farm, 125 High Bewaldeth. Zwartble – 130 Low Wreah Farmhouse. Bleu du Maine – 129 Byresteads. Cheviot – 129 Brotherilkeld. Clun – 128 Byresteads. Charollais – 125 Woodend. Herdwick – 98 East House, 93 Hollins, 88 Turner Hall, 86, 84 Low Stowbank, 86 Brotherilkeld, 84 Lucy Close, 80 Randle Gate. Swaledale – 88 East House, 86, 81 Eirinntalla, 80 Lucy Close.   

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 174, 170 High Boonwood, 146, 135, 130 Bothel Craggs, 140(2) Woodhall Brow. Beltex – 160 Woodhall Brow.