Primestock

8th June 2022

On Wednesday 8th June 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 66 cattle comprising 48 cull cattle and 18 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1162 prime sheep including 719 lambs, 102 hoggs and 341 cast ewes and rams.

Prime cattle sold to 236p for a Limousin Bull from F Mattocks & Son, Row Hall, Dearham. Top gross was £1603.64 for a Limousin bull from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft, Mockerkin. Friesian bulls to 203p from WE&DE Litt, Greengill, Gilcrux.  

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Aberdeen Angus -231, 230, 229 Howes Farm. 

Prime Steer (Top price per head - £):-  Aberdeen Angus – 1328.25, 1304.10, 1282.40 Howes Farm.

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

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  British Blue – 1490.40 Hunday Farm.  Limousin – 1334 Hunday Farm. 

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 236, 228, 226 Row Hall, 233 Beechcroft, 232 Hunday Farm. British Blue – 229 Hunday Farm. British Friesian – 202 Greengill Farm. Holstein Friesian – 195, 190 Greengill Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1603.04 Beechcroft, 1461.60 Hunday Farm, 1458.48, 1326.96, 1288.20 Row Hall. British Blue – 1387.74 Hunday Farm. British Friesian – 1030.20 Greengill Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1029.60 Greengill Farm.

A super show of cast cows forward selling to another fabulous trade being as dear as ever. Top of 240p for a Limousin from J Brown & Sons, Crakeplace Hall, Ullock. Top gross was £1779.33 for a Limousin cow from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft, Mockerkin. Other Limousins to 239p from JC Hope & Son, Corn How, Loweswater.

Black and whites topped at 207p or £1436.58 for a British Friesian from Messrs Harrington, Wellington Farms, Aspatria. Holstein Friesian cows sold to £1427.84 from CW&DE Bushby, Watson Hill, Egremont.

Limousin Cows averaged a whopping 214.67ppk or £1411.88

British Friesian cows averaged a huge 195.73ppk or £1300.60. 

Leading Consignments

J Brown & Sons, Crakeplace Hall sold 3 Limousins to avg 233.27p or £1521.70

Wellington Farms sold 3 Friesians to avg 199.01p or £1281.60   

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 240, 237, 223 Crakeplace Hall, 239, 223, 221 Corn How, 229 Beechcroft, 225 Croft Farm, 224 Stoney Howe, 216 Peter House Farm. British Blue – 213 Woodhall Brow, 204 Aikbank, 193 Corn How, 186 Mosser Mains. Beef Shorthorn – 211 Millbeck Hall.  British Friesian – 207, 204, 187 Wellington Farm, 199 Harrington Parks, 192, 187 Stainburn Hall.  Holstein Friesian – 189 Gate Farm, 184, 174 Watson Hill, 179, 177 Barnyard, 166 Dundraw Farm.  Shorthorn – 185 Mosser Mains.  Charolais – 175 Croft Farm.  Norwegian Red – 169 Allerby Mill.  Aberdeen Angus – 167 Croft Farm.  

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1779.33 Beechcroft, 1699.11 Arkleby Hall, 1635.30, 1473.60, 1456.19 Crakeplace Hall, 1579.50 Croft Farm, 1520.04, 1502.80 Corn How, 1487.36 Stoney Howe, 1386.72 Peter House Farm.  British Blue – 1527.21 Woodhall Brow Farm, 1413.72 Aikbank, 1268.52 Mosser Mains, 1258.36 Corn How, 1020.60 Riggingill.  British Friesian – 1436.58, 1290.30, 1117.92 Wellington Farm, 1412.90 Harrington Parks, 1365.10, 1180.80 Stainburn Hall.  Holstein Friesian – 1427.84 Watson Hill, 1323 Gate Farm, 1267.32, 1150.97 Barnyard, 1258.28, 1151.15, 1076.63 Dundraw Farm, 1256.28 Watson Hill, 1003.68 Allerby Mill.  Beef Shorthorn – 1396.82 Millbeck Hall.  Shorthorn – 1110 Mosser Mains.  Norwegian Red – 963.30 Allerby Mill, 945.36 Fairladies Farm. 

  OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Belted Galloway – 137 Askhill Farm. 

OTM Bull (Top price per head - Belted Galloway – 895.98 Askhill Farm.

Prime Sheep

A much-improved show of lambs sold to another marvellous trade.

Today saw the Single Prime Lamb show which was kindly sponsored by Tynedale 4 Tags and ably judged by Richard Lindsay of W Lindsay & Son Butchers. The championship rosette was awarded to the first prized Beltex lamb from Mrs FC Wharton, Somerfield House, Thursby. This shapely lamb later sold for £211 purchased by the judge (this lamb also being the top price per kilo at 479.5ppk).

Reserve honours went to JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial, Allonby with a Texel lamb which sold for the top price of £218 purchased by Wilson Butchers, Main Street, Egremont.

Leading Averages

S&D Peile, Parkgate Hall sold 3 to avg £191.67

Owen Blackburn, Greenbank Close sold 2 to avg £177

JD Hetherington & Son, Blue Dial sold 10 to avg £173.80

Mr G Butler, Moor Platt sold 4 to avg £169.75

WE&DE Litt, Greengill sold 5 to avg £166.60

RM&ER Jackson, Scalesmoor sold 10 to avg £160.70  

18 pens sold in excess of £180

30 pens sold in excess of £170

40 pens sold in excess of £160

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex – 479.50, 370 Somerfield House, 434.10, 423.90, 420 Parkgate Hall, 408.50, 359.50 Irthing View, 387.80, 351.80 Corney Hall, 342.90 Loughhead Farm, 326.90 Woodside Cottage. Texel – 423.90 Moor Platt, 403.70, 368 Blue Dial, 391.50, 375 Salter Hall, 374.50, 368.10 Green Marsh, 363.60 Croftlands, 360.30 Woodside Cottage. Suffolk – 388.60, 370.20, 366 Greengill Farm, 366 Scalesmoor, 354 Greenbank Close, 326.10 Frizington Parks, 325.60 Croft House, 320 Seafield House. Blue Texel – 325 Crummock Bank.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 218, 184, 178, 176 Blue Dial, 195 Moor Platt, 191 Scalesmoor, 191 Green Marsh, 189 Bridgewater, 184, 180 Salter Hall. Beltex – 211, 185 Somerfield House, 197 Corney Hall, 195, 191, 189 Parkgate Farm, 192, 151 Irthing View, 159 Corney Hall. Suffolk – 183 Scalesmoor, 180 High Flatts, 177, 146 Greenbank Close, 174, 172, 171 Greengill Farm, 156 Croft House, 150 Frizington Parks, 147 Home Farm.  Charollais – 183 Bell House.  Blue Texel – 141, 130 Crummock Bank.    

Well fleshed hoggs a great trade topping at £150 for Texel hoggs from Messrs Mounsey, Wardhall Guards, Arkleby. Fell hoggs to £137 for Herdwicks from A Porter, Boon Cragg, Coniston.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Texel – 282.10, 274.50 Riggingill, 280, 276.10 Wright Green Farm, 268.50 Whitekeld Farm, 266.70 Hollins Farm, 265.20 Crakeplace Hall, 263.20 Wardhall Guards.  Herdwick – 276.20 Stool End Farm, 263.50 Boon Cragg, 256 Welcome Nook Bungalow.  Texel X Herdwick – 273.70 Riggingill, 266.70 Mill House.  Scotch Blackface – 234.70 Ellenbank.  Swaledale – 228.20 Welcome Nook Bungalow.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):-  Texel – 150 Wardhall Guards, 148 Corney Hall, 146, 144 Riggingill, 146, 145 Whitekeld.  Herdwick – 137 Boon Cragg, 130 Brotherilkeld, 128 Welcome Nook Bungalow, 116 Stool End.  Texel X Herdwick – 137 Riggingill.  Scotch Blackface – 115 Ellenbank.  Mule – 110 Mill House.

Cast ewe returns are simply astonishing being far beyond expectations. Top of £258 for a Texel ewe from A Mawson, Bridgewater, Bootle. Beltex to £195 from BJ Harrison, Beck Farm, Wigton. Bluefaced Leicester’s to £170 from J&CL Hickson, Beck Grange, Caldbeck. Fell ewes to £110 for Blackfaces from TA Byers, Ellenbank, Boltongate. Herdwicks to £106 from BK&J Rowand, Stool End, Great Langdale.

Many more could be well sold whilst demand is sky high.  

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel – 258 Bridgewater, 200, 195 Somerfield House, 190 Greenbank Close, 185 Fern Close, 176 Mid Farm, 172 Strawberry How, 170 Croftside Farm, 170 Seafield House, 170 Irthing View, 170 Beck Farm, 170 Holmecroft Farm.  Beltex – 195 Beck Farm, 160 Somerfield House. Bluefaced Leicester – 170 Beck Grange, 140 Beechcroft. Bleu du Maine – 156 Croftside Farm, 148 Woodside Cottage, 137 Wardhall Guards. Suffolk – 172 Galemire House, 146 Beck Farm, 136 Strawberry How.  Mule – 145, 125 Bridgewater, 138 Woodend, 127 Orchard Drive, 125 Strawberry How. Lleyn- 129 Mill House. Cheviot – 112 Crakeplace Hall. Scotch Blackface – 110, 98 Ellenbank.  Herdwick – 106 Stool End, 102 Crakeplace Hall, 100 Stone Croft, 100 Mill House, 98 Mossergate Farm. Welsh – 92 Sands Close.

Cull Rams (per head - £):-  Texel – 188, 172 Riggingill, 178 Croftside Farm, 154 Orchard Farm, 150 Woodend, 140 Whitekeld Farm, 130 Burthwaite Farm. Bluefaced Leicester – 170, 130 Kirkland House.  Suffolk – 120 Stool End Farm. Herdwick – 110 Brotherilkeld. Swaledale – 100 Eirinntalla.  Badgerface – 90 Bowderdale.