Sale Report: Primestock 14th March 2018

On Wednesday 14th March 2018, Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held their annual Easter show and sale of primestock.  Forward were 61 cattle comprising 39 cull cattle and 22 prime bulls and heifer, 1684 prime sheep including 1360 hoggs and 324 cast ewes and rams, presented for sale to a full ring of buyers.  The show was sponsored by Border Cars.

Judging of the clean cattle section was conducted by George Chapman who placed the first prize heifer from JJ Crichton, Loughrigg the Easter Show Champion. The tremendous Limousin cross heifer sold later for 251.50 pence per kilo purchased by Haighs Butchers of Workington. Reserve Champion was the first prize Limousin steer from WE Callion, Lodge Farm.

Leading the sale in price per head was a Blonde heifer from JJ Crichton, Loughrigg  weighing 662 kg and selling for £1588.80 (242.5 ppk) purchased by W Lindsay & Sons, Butchers of Cockermouth.y judged by Mr Jack Hird of W Lindsay & Sons, Butchers of Cockemouth. He placed a wonderful pair of Beltex hoggs from WS Jackson, Nook Farm Champion later selling for £140 per head and purchased by the judge himself on behalf of W Lindsay & Sons. Also this day the Stan Edmondson Memorial Trophy which is awarded for the best pen of Herdwck hoggs was won by Messrs Bland & Barnes, Knott Houses for a pen of 5 selling for £101. The Easter sale of hoggs sold fantastic to all buyers with the full market average being a wonderful 227.9 pence per kilo pointing out a great mixture of fell bred hoggs were amongst this average.

In the bull section a shapely Limousin bull from WE Callion & Sons, Lodge Farm achieved the leading price per head of £1566 purchased by Les Fell.

Prime Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 251.50, 242.50 Loughrigg, 224.50 Lodge Farm. Blonde – 240 Loughrigg. Aberdeen Angus – 163.50 Brow Top Farm.

Prime Heifer (Top price per head – £):-  Blonde – 1588.80 Loughrigg.  Limousin – 1513.20, 1496.43 Loughrigg, 1499.66 Lodge Farm.  Aberdeen Angus – 748.83 Brow Top Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 191.50 Lodge Farm.

Prime Steer (Top price per head – £):- Limousin – 1403.70 Lodge Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 221.50, 217.50 Lodge Farm, 211.50 Prospect House Farm, 203.50, 202.50 Willows Farm. Charolais – 209.50 Greengill Farm. Limousin – 205.50 Willows Farm. British Blue – 202.50 Willows Farm. Hereford – 198.50 Greengill Farm. Holstein Friesian – 187.50, 185.50, 181.50, 176.50 Greengill Farm, 159.50, 141.50 Prospect House Farm. Holstein – 176.50 Greengill Farm.

Prime Bull (Top price per head – £):-  Limousin – 1566, 1340.08 Lodge Farm, 1486.85 Prospect House Farm, 1208.93, 1208.79, 1136.42 Willows Farm.  Charolais – 1326.14 Greengill Farm.  Hereford – 1244.60 GreengillFarm.    British Blue – 1240.95 Willow Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1096.26, 1072.19, 1061.25, 1006.05 Greengill Farm, 1049.51, 1008.90 Prospect House Farm,   Holstein – 988.40 Greengill Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-  British Blue – 211.50 Wythop Hall, 142.50, 121.50 Mosser Mains.  Limousin – 174.50, 152.50 Mid Farm, 138.50, 117.50 Willow Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 141.50, 129.50, 123.50 Mayfield, 140.50, 139.50, 132.50 Lamplugh  Hall, 139.50 Row Hall, 136.50 Watson Hill, 136.50, 123.50 Burton House Farm.  British Friesian – 139.50, 137.50 Weary Hall Farm, 124.50 Sorrowstones.  Charolais – 139.50 Mosser Mains Farm.  Holstein – 133.50 Sorrowstones.  Ayrshire – 100.50, 97.50 Rosewain Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head – £):- British Blue – 1381.10 Wythop Hall, 857.79, 812.25 Mosser Mains Farm.  Limousin – 1291.30, 1075.13 Mid Farm, 853.16 Willows Farm.  Holstein Friesian – 1151.81, 926.25 Mayfield, 1139.78, 926.25 Burton House Farm, 1057.88 Watson Hill, 1022.84, 940.75, 931.86 Lamplugh Hall, 1018.35 Row Hall.  British Friesian – 1032.30, 952.88 Weary Hall Farm, 796.80 Sorrowstones.  Charolais – 927.68 Mosser Mains Farm.  Holstein – 897.12 Sorrowstones.  Ayrshire – 508.95, Rosewain.

Prime Sheep

The Easter prime hogg show was professionally judged by Mr Jack Hird of W Lindsay & Sons, Butchers.  He placed a wonderful pair of Beltex hoggs from WS Jackson, Nook Farm Champion later selling for £140 per head and 311.10 pence per kilo purchased by the judge himself on behalf of W Lindsay & Sons, Butchers of Cockermouth.  The Stan Edmondson Memorial Trophy for the best pen of Herdwick hoggs was awarded to Messrs Bland & Barnes, Knott Houses for a pen of 5 hoggs which sold for £101 per head to Robert Skelton.

The Easter show of hoggs sold fantastic to all buyers with the full market average being a wonderful  227.67 pence per kilo pointing out a great mixture of fell bred hoggs were amongst this average.  The hoggs within the 39-45.5kg  averaging 231.35 pence per kilo.

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Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):-  Beltex – 311.10, 309.80, 301.40, 300, 271 Nook Farm, 300 Prospect House Farm, 292.50 Cherrytree House, 272.10 Hunters Place, 258.50, 257.10 Green Marsh. Texel –309.70, 306.80, 277.90, 273.50 Nook Farm, 303.80, 297.30 Prospect House Farm, 282.50 Grange Farm, 272.70 Burton House Farm, 271.30 Green Marsh.  Texel X Herdwick – 264.10, 251.10 Orthwaite Hall, 244, 227.10 Millbeck Hall, 243.90 Sorrowstones, 243.20, 235.90 Yew Tree Farm, 242.70 Grange Grassings, 234.70 Prospect House Farm.  Bleu du Maine – 257.40 Far End Farm, 254.80 Wardhall Guards.  Charollais – 248.70, 241.30 Plumbland Farm, 230.40 Far End Farm, 224, 166.70 Birks Farm.  Scotch Blackface – 248, 237.80, 237 Calder Farm, 217.10 Holln Head, 213, 200 Ellenbank.  Cheviot – 247.20, 218.60, 216.20 Chapel Farm, 243.40 Bridge End Farm, 232.10 Setmabanning, 191.40 Wilkinsyke Farm.  Mule – 244, 239.10, 236.20, 235.70 Howbeck Lodge, 241, 236, 225 Kirkland House, 228 Shatton Lodge Farm, 206 Low House, 197.30 Stone Croft.  Suffolk – 243 Shatton Lodge Farm, 232.10 Grange Farm, 230.80 Hollin Head, 227.90 Bridge End Farm, 224.40 West Farm, 215.80 Croft House, 197.30 Stone Croft.  Herdwick – 236.40, 215 West Head Farm, 230, 224.40, 223, 219, 218 Knott Houses, 217.60 West Farm, 216.70 Strudda Bank, 215.80 Yew Tree Farm. Swaledale – 225, 220.70, 218 Far End Farm, 215, 187.20 Setmabanning, 213.90, 209 Strudda Bank, 198, 196 Wythop Farms, 194.40 Millbeck Hall.  Kerry Hill – 171.40 Orchard Farm.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head – £):- Beltex – 140, 127, 117, 111.50 Nook Farm, 117 Cherrytree House, 117 Prospect House Farm, 117 Hunters Place, 106, 104, 94 Green Marsh.  Texel – 135, 132, 131, 129 Hill Farm, 134 Nook Farm, 130 Yew Tree Farm, 130 Wardhall Guards, 130 Beckhouse Farm.  Suffolk – 123 Croft House, 123 Grange Farm, 109.50 Shatton Lodge Farm, 101 West Farm, 98 Bridge End Farm, 90 Hollin Head, 73 Stone Croft.  Blue du Maine – 121 Far End Farm, 107 Wardhall Guards.  Charollais – 117.50 Far End Farm, 97, 96.50 Plumbland Farm, 92, 60 Birks Farm. Mule – 114 Shatton Lodge Farm, 111, 110, 107.50, 99 Howbeck Lodge,  106, 94.50, 94 Kirkland House, 86.50 Low House, 73 Stone Croft.  Texel X Herdwick – 113, 103 Orthwaite Hall, 113 Knott Houses, 109, 102.50 Millbeck Hall, 107, 92 Yew Tree Farm, 100 Sorrowstones, 99.50 Grange Grassings, 84.50 Prospect House Farm.  Scotch Blackface – 104, 97.50, 97 Calder Farm, 84, 83 Ellenbank, 76 Hollin Head Farm. Herdwick – 101, 99, 96 Knott Houses, 92.50, 92, 89, 85 West Head Farm, 82 Strudda Bank, 82 Yew Tree Farm.  Cheviot – 97.50 Setmabanning, 94, 89, 73.50 Chapel Farm, 92.50 Bridge End Farm, 67 Wilkinsyke Farm.  Swaledale – 91.50, 90.50, 85.50 Far End Farm, 86, 80.50 Setmabanning, 83.50 Strudda Bank, 80 Rannerdale, 78.50 Wythop Farms, 77 Strudda Bank.  Kerry Hill – 72 Orchard Farm.

Cull Ewes (per head – £):-  Bluefaced Leicester – 135 Shatton Lodge Farm.  Suffolk – 130, 128, 109 Croft House, 128, 124 Burton House Farm, 120 Woodend Farm, 96, 82 Brow Top Farm, 71 Birks Farm.  Texel – 130, 120 Loughrigg, 120 Orchard Farm, 118 How Hall, 116 Mid Farm, 110, 98 Woodend Farm, 108 Isel Old Parks, 104 Brow Top Farm, 97 Riggingill.  Bleu du Maine – 129 Waverbank.  Mule – 103 Stargill Farm, 100 Waverbank, 100, 92, 76 Isel Old Parks, 94, 93 Brow Top Farm, 93 Rigg House, 89 Hollows Farm, 72 Riggingill.  Herdwick – 98 Penny Hill, 60, 39 How Hall, 40 Chapel Farm, 37 Howside.  Charollais – 62 Grange Farm.  Swaledale – 62 Wilkinsyke, 54 Cockley Beck Farm, 50, 45 Hole House, 50 Burnside, 40 Wythop Hall.  Zwartables – 48, 46 Woodend Farm.  

Cast Rams (per head – £):-  Texel – 128 Stargill Farm, 125 Gatesgarth, 75 birks Farm, Bluefaced Leicester – 121 Shatton Lodge.  Rouge – 97 Birks Farm.  Scotch Blackface – 91 Wilkinsyke Farm.  Herdwick – 83 Penny Hill, 82, 62, 60 West Head Farm, 59 Gatesgarth.  Cheviot – 72 Greenbank Farm.

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