Sale Report: 16 May 2012 Primestock

At Cockermouth on Wednesday Mitchell’s held its weekly sale of primestock sale where 79 prime cattle, bulls, cast cows and 1,176 prime hoggs, lambs and cast ewes were forward.

Cattle were much better to sell than expected with clean cattle as good as ever, bulls slightly less and cows a very good trade.

Top in the cattle section was a Limousin heifer from John Hodgson, Parsonage Farm, selling at 223.5p/kg to Haighs Butchers , Workington.  Brian Whitfield, Stowbank’s heifers topped at 222.5p/kg purchased by Mark Lindsay, Butcher of Cockermouth.  Stowbank topped the bull section three times selling at 209.5p/kg twice and 207.5p/kg.

Cast cows saw a top of 162.5p/kg from Elva Plain with dairy cows topping at 146.5p/kg from Willows Farm.

Prime Heifers (Top price per kg – pence) –  Limousin – 223.5 Parsonage;  222.5 Stowbank;  British Blue – 202.5 Parsonage;

Prime Steers (Top price per kg – pence) – Limousin – 218.5 Midtown;

Prime Bulls (Top price per kg – pence ) –  Limousin – 209.5, 207.5 Stowbank;  British Blue – 209.5 Stowbank;  Blonde D’Aquitaine – 180.5 Waverbank;  Holstein Friesian – 169.5 (x2) Arkleby Hall.

Cast Cows (Top price per kg – pence ) – Limousin – 162.5 Elva Plain;  152.5 Allerby Hall;  Holstein Friesian – 146.5 Willows Farm;  144.5 Hawkbarrow;  140.5 Wardwarrow;  British Friesian – 141.5, 139.5 Stainburn Hall;  Blonde D’Aquitaine – 140.5 Abbeyflatts;  Belgian Blue – 138.5 Croft House Farm;  Friesian – 119.5 Hunday.  Beef Shorthorn Bull – 126.5 Mossergate Farm.

Spring lambs were a brighter trade with 36 to 43kg lambs regular 220p/kg (keep selling at these weights) Ten active buyers were in the ring and top price per head was £230 for Texel’s from John Mounsey, Grange Farm.  Cast ewes maintained late good rates.

Prime Lambs (£ per head)- Texel – 100 Seymour House;  93.50 Croft House;  91.50 Grange Farm;  91.50 Blue Dial;  91.50 High House;  Charollais – 92.50, 90 Croft House;  89 Plumbland Mill; Suffolk – 92.50 Ryhola Meadow;  89 Lucy Close;  Cheviot – 89.50 Galemire;  Bleu D’Maine – 88 Row Farm; Rouge – 86.50 Croftside;

Prime Lambs (pence per kilo) –  Texel – 288.8 Grange Farm;  220 Brow Top; Charollais – Croft House;  Rouge – 221.8 Croftside;  Cheviot – 214.6 Galemire;  Suffolk – 213.4 Brow Top;  211.9 Lucy Close;  Bleu D’Maine – 209.8 Row Farm;

Cast Ewes (£ per head) – Texel – 132.50, 126.50 East Farm;  129.50 Seymour House;  128.50, 127.50 Church Stile; 126.50 Holmecroft; Suffolk – 120.50 Holmecroft; 115.50 Kirkland Green;  Berrichon -113.50 Galemire;  Rouge – 111.50 Birks Farm;  Beltex – 106.50 Church Stile;  Half Bred – 103.50 The How;  Charollais – 96.50 Croftside;  Mule – 88.50 Kirkland Green;  87.50 Muncaster Home Farm;  82.50 Whitelees;  Cheviot – 96.50 Croftside;  Mule – 88.50 Kirkland Green;  87.50 Muncaster Home Farm;  82.50 Whitelees;  Cheviot – 85.50 Stockbridge;  Texel X Herdwick – 84.50 Ponsonby Old Hall;  Scotch Blackface -  78.50 Ellenbank;  Herdwick – 74.50 High Priorscales;  72.50 Elva Plain;  Swaledale – 70.50 Little Braithwaite;

Rams (£ per head) –Texel – 128.50 High House Farm.

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