Primestock

15th June 2022

On Wednesday 15th June 2022 Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their weekly sale of primestock with 59 cattle comprising 38 cull cattle and 21 prime bulls and clean cattle, 904 prime sheep including 453 lambs, 77 hoggs and 374 cast ewes and rams.

Prime cattle topped at 244p for a Limousin Bull from Messrs Bowe, Hunday Farm, Workington. Top gross was £1581.20 for a Limousin from P&PI Walker, Beechcroft, Mockerkin. Prime heifers sold to 242p or £1564.20 from F Mattocks & Son, Row Hall, Dearham. Black and White bulls to 211p from WE&DE Litt, Greengill, Gilcrux.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 242, 237 Row Hall, 233, 228 Hunday Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1564.20, 1483.46 Row Hall, 1456.25, 1326.96 Hunday Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 244, 239 Hunday Farm, 236 Beechcroft, 235 South View, 227 East House.  British Blue – 229 South View, 210(2), 207, 200 West Moor End. Holstein Friesian – 211, 208, 205, 201, 195 Greengill Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1581.20 Beechcroft, 1575.38 East House, 1498.53, 1451.80 Hunday Farm, 1226.70 South View. British Blue – 1341.94 South View, 1119.30 Waites Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1143.90, 1090.87, 1081.60, 1045.20 Greengill Farm.  

Another grand show of cows sold to a whopping trade topping at 235p for a Limousin cow from Messrs Miller, Allerby Hall, Aspatria. Top gross was £1694.60 (229ppk) for a Limousin cow from AG&KF Nicholson, Swinside End, Lorton. Simmental cows to 219p from BJ Harrison, Beck Farm, Wigton.

Black and Whites to 193p for a Holstein cow from RH Bell, Moorland Close, Cockermouth. Top gross was £1466.40 for a Holstein Friesian again from RH Bell, Moorland Close.

The days top gross of £1969.10 was paid for a Blonde Bull from Messrs Shield, Green Acres, Lorton.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Limousin – 235, 222 Allerby Hall, 229 Swinside End, 211, 197 Beck Farm, 200 East Mill, 192 Quarry Bank. Simmental – 219 Beck Farm. Beef Shorthorn – 203 Beck Farm.  Luing – 194 Hollows Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 193 Hayborough, 188 Stone Croft.  Holstein – 193, 189 Moorland Close. British Blue – 188 East Mill. Holstein Friesian – 188 Fairladies Farm, 188, 174, 151 Moorland Close, 179, 158 Watson Hill, 169, 155 Barnyard, 136 Green Acres. Norwegian Red – 170 Allerby Mill. 

Cast Cows (Top price per head - £):-  Limousin – 1694.60 Swinside End, 1662.78, 1527.50 Allerby Hall, 1562.21, 1472.78 Beck Farm, 1376 East Mill, 1224.96, 1019.64 Quarry Bank. Holstein Friesian – 1466.40, 1412.88, 1031.33 Moorland Close, 1376.16 Fairladies, 1199.30, 1071.24 Watson Hill, 1191.45 Barnyard.  Beef Shorthorn – 1400.70 Beck Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 1393.46 Hayborough, 1240.80 Stone Croft.  Holstein – 1364.58, 1300.82 Moorland Close. Simmental – 1322.76 Beck Farm.  Luing – 1313.38 Hollows Farm.  British Blue – 1282.16 East Mill. Norwegian Red – 1201.90 Allerby Mill.  

  OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Blonde - 194 Green Acres.

OTM Bull (Top price per head -  Blonde – 1969.10 Green Acres.

Prime Sheep

Lambs sold slightly easier on the week however still a pleasing trade being dearer on the year.

Top price of £191 or 397.9ppk for a Texel lamb from JD Hetherington, Blue Dial, Allonby purchased by Tony Harrison, Butcher, Main Street, Cockermouth. Others to £178 for a pair of Texels again from JD Hetherington, Blue Dial and again purchased by Tony Harrison Butchers. Beltex lambs sold to 397.6ppk from S&D Peile, Parkgate Hall, Wigton purchased by West Scottish Lamb. 

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel- 397.9, 370.8, 351 Blue Dial, 386.4, 378.3 Briary Bank, 375 Mosser Mains, 366.7 High Flatts, 360.4 Nr Branthwaite Edge, 358.7 Croft End, 357.8 Summerhill, 353.7 Seafield House, 347.8 Quarry Bank, 347.1 Hollins. Beltex- 397.6, 382.2 Parkgate Hall, 359.2 Hollins.  Suffolk- 316.3 Quarry Bank, 314 Allerby Hall.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head - £):- Texel- 191, 178, 172, 165, 164 Blue Dial, 177 Hollins, 176, 173, 170 High Flatts, 174, 170 Briary Bank, 173, 168 Nr Branthwaite Edge, 165 Bell House, 165 Mosser Mains, 165 Croft End, 161 Summerhill, 160 Quarry Bank. Beltex- 176 Hollins, 172, 163, 157 Parkgate Hall, 140 Croftside. Suffolk- 155, 140 Quarry Bank, 135 Allerby Hall, 134 Frizington Parks. Charollais- 134 Frizington Parks.

Hogg numbers drying up but no let up in trade as meated sorts continue to be good to sell topping at £127 for Herdwick hoggs from RJ Powell, Brimmer Head, Grasmere. 

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel- 284.2 Sorrowstones. Blue Texel- 254.2 Sorrowstones. Herdwick- 265.9, 261.4, 238.6 Baysbrown, 260 Nook Farm, 260, 252.6 Nook Farm, 231.4 Cragg House.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head - £):- Herdwick- 127 Brimmer Head, 115, 109 Baysbrown, 110 Howside, 104 Seathwaite, 100 Swinside End. Blue Texel- 112 Sorrowstones. Texel- 108 Sorrowstones, 107, 102, 100 Newhouse, 105 Hollins. Cheviot- 103 Seathwaite, 100 Cragg House.  

Cast ewe trade an absolute flyer. Many more could be well sold whilst demand is sky high.

Top of £235 for a Texel ewe from CP Nixon, Seafield House, Maryport. Others to £212 from Messrs Miller, Allerby Hall, Aspatria. Fell ewes topped at £125 for a pen of 11 Herdwicks from J Brown & Sons, Crakeplace Hall, Ullock. Others to £120 from RR Weir, Chapel Farm, Borrowdale. Cast Rams sold to £205 for a Texel from T Trafford & Son, Peterhouse, Bassenthwaite whilst Bluefaced Leicester rams sold to £184 from BW Hewitson, Shatton Lodge, Cockermouth.

Cull Ewes (per head - £):-  Texel- 235 Seafield House, 212, 178, 168 Allerby Hall, 198, 156 Summerhill, 198, 174, 172, 168 Woodside Cottage, 188, 176, 154 Croft End, 172 Chapel House, 170, 162, 156 Salter Hall, 159 Hilltop, 154 Near Branthwaite Edge. Blue Texel- 178 Seafield House. Beltex- 178, 164, 152 Parkgate Hall, 152, 146 Allerby Hall, 151 Stephney, 148 Braithwaite Farm. Bleu Du Maine- 149, 146, 140 Croftside. Millenium Blue- 145 Woodside Cottage. Mule- 138 Salter Hall, 137 Summerhill, 130 The Stable. Herdwick- 125 Crakeplace Hall, 120 Chapel Farm, 110 Hollows, 106 Howside, 100 Stephney, 99 Newhouse. Cheviot- 123 Hollows. Swaledale- 108, 101 Peterhouse, 96 Mosser Heights, 92 Hollows. Jacob- 98 Cockley Gill.

Cull Rams (per head - £):- Texel- 205 Peterhouse, 180 Shatton Lodge. Bluefaced Leicester- 184 Shatton Lodge, 158 Chapel House. Berrichon- 158 Shatton Lodge. Beltex- 140, 130 Braithwaite Farm. Herdwick- 107 Brimmer Head.