Sale Report: Primestock 2nd May 2018

On Wednesday 2nd May 2018, Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held the weekly sale of primestock with 54 cattle comprising 29 cull cattle and 25 prime bulls and clean cattle, 1607 prime sheep including 1206 spring lambs and hoggs and 401 cast ewes and rams, presented for sale to a full ring of buyers.

A tremendous show of bulls and cast cows with cattle in strong demand. Leading price per head was a shapely Limousin bull from WE Callion & Sons, Lodge Farm achieving £1430.61 selling to Les Fell. Top price per kilo was a 632kg Limousin bull from RG & JM Smith Lake View at 207.50 pence per kilo.

Cast cows were good to sell with cattle from Messrs Knight, Stephney Farm selling to 186.50 pence per kilo and achieving up to £1419.85.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 207.50 Lake View, 203.50, 194.50, 19.50 Lodge Farm, 187.50 Threapland Lees. British Blue – 195.50 Crooklands. Aberdeen Angus – 194.50 Crooklands, 180.50, 178.50 Crosshow Farm, 153.50 Stybeck Farm. Holstein Friesian –  184.50, 175.50, 164.50 Lamplugh Hall, 179.50, 174.50, 172.50, 160.50 Greengill Farm, 161.50 Threapland Lees. Swedish Red – 186.50, 182.50, 165.50 Grange Farm. Holstein – 162.50, 140.50, 139.50 Crooklands.

Prime Bull (Top price per head – £):- Limousin – 1430.61, 1133.91, 1095.04 Lodge Farm, 1311.40 Lake View, 1098.75 Threapland Lees. Aberdeen Angus – 1371.80, 1281.63 Crosshow Farm, 1170.89 Crooklands, 865.74 Stybeck Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1249.56, 1151.28, 977.13 Lamplugh Hall, 1040.02, 1026.74, 1009.13 Greengill Farm. British Blue – 1192.55 Crooklands Farm. Swedish Red & White – 1113.41, 1003.75, 959.90 Grange Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- Blonde – 186.50 Stephney Farm. British Blue – 182.50, 173.50, 167.50 Stephney Farm. Limousin – 181.50 Stephney Farm, 162.50, 134.50 Lowside Farm, 124.50 Dovenby Craggs. Aberdeen Angus – 141.50 Lowside Farm. British Friesian – 137.50, 134.50 Gutterby Farm. Holstein – 123.50, 113.50 Lowca Cottage Farm. Holstein Friesian – 119.50 Croft House Farm, 118.50 Crooklands, 115.50, 110.50 Watson Hill, 108.50 Brackenbarrow. Simmental – 116.50 Windergill. Ayrshire – 98.50 Hill Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head – £):- British Blue – 1419.85, 1379.33 Stephney Farm. Blonde – 1417.40 Stephney Farm. Limousin – 1361.25 Stephney Farm, 1163.50, 839.28 Lowside Farm. Belgian Blue – 1164.13 Stephney Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 1037.20 Lowside Farm. British Friesian – 1007.88, 893.08 Gitterby Farm. Holstein Friesian – 884.73, 806.65 Watson Hill, 875.94 Croft House Farm, 767.88 Crooklands Farm, 694.40 Brackenbarrow Farm. Holstein – 844.74, 724.13 Lowca Cottage.

OTM Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 131 Windergill.

OTM Bull (Top price per head – £):- Limousin – 647.14 Windergill.

Prime Sheep

With a good show of spring lambs forward and an SQQ average of 312.40 pence per kilo. Leading the sale in price per kilo and per head was a tremendous Suffolk lamb from G Butler, Moor Platt Farm, this 46kg lamb sold for 369.60 pence and £170 to Haighs Butchers of Workington.

Hoggs were also in strong demand with an overall average of 233.3 pence per kilo with the 39-45.5kg weight range being 247.2 pence per kilo. Leading the sale in pence per kilo were a wonderful pen of Texel hoggs from KD Harryman, Keskadale selling for 307 pence per kilo, top price per head were a pen of Texel hoggs from Messrs Sewell, Mayfield achieving £160 and purchased by W Lindsay & Sons, Butchers of Cockermouth.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Suffolk – 369.60, 264.40 Moor Platt Farm, 327.70 Blue Dial, 316.30 Seaview, 291.10 Croft House. Texel – 337.20, 333.30, 316.30 Birks Farm, 330.20, 325.50, 322.70, 306.40 Blue Dial, 325 Seaview, 295.50 Croft House.

Prime Lambs (Top price per head – £):- Suffolk – 170, 164 Moor Platt Farm, 154 Blue Dial, 136 Seaview, 131 Croft House. Texel – 166, 144, 142 Blue Dial, 145, 140, 136 Birks Farm, 130 Croft House, 130 Seaview.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel – 307, 303, 296 Keskadale, 306.70 Orthwaite Hall, 301.90, 300, 297.90, 295.90 Mayfield, 291.20 Green Marsh. Beltex – 298 Mayfield. Texel x Herdwick – 259.10 Outgang Farm, 259 Plumbland Farm, 258.50 Stone Croft, 256, 248.90, 245.80 Plumbland Farm, 247.50 Baysbrown, 241.70 Stone Croft. Mule – 257.60, 246.90, 223.40 Shatton Lodge Farm, 257.10, 256.10, 246.90, 229.50 Keskadale, 220 Stone Croft, 204.70 Orchard Farm. Herdwick – 255.80, 235.50 East House, 252.80 Littletown Farm, 238.10 Knott Houses, 233.30 Stone Croft, 228.80 Mill House, 227.60 Stephney Farm. Scotch Blackface – 245.50 Ellenbank, 243.10 Hollin Head, 229.70 Stone Croft, 208.10 Keskadale. Cheviot – 236.20 Orchard Farm, 231.60 Knott Houses, 202.20 Mill House. Swaledale – 221.10 Hollin Head, 220 Littletown Farm, 219.40 Orthwaite Hall, 214.10 Low Stowbank, 208.10 Millbeck Hall, 185.70 Plumbland Farm. Suffolk – 213.60 Hole Beck. Charollais – 211.80 High Bewaldeth. Bluefaced Leicester – 166.70 Keskadale.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head – £):- Texel – 160, 157, 150, 145, 143 Mayfield, 145 Ellenbank, 142 Rietfontein, 142 Keskadale, 141 Croft House, 140 Green Marsh. Beltex – 149 Mayfield. Texel x Herdwick – 128, 118, 109.50, 102 Plumbland Farm, 114 Outgang, 106 Stonecroft. Suffolk – 126 Hole Beck. Mule – 121, 108, 105 Keskadale, 121, 118.50 Shatton Lodge, 101 Violets Way. Cheviot – 111 Orchard Farm, 91 Mill House, 88 Knott Houses. Scotch Blackface – 110, 108 Ellenbank, 87.50 Hollin Head, 85 Stone Croft. Bluefaced Leicester – 105 Keskadale. Herdwick – 100 Knott Houses, 99 East House, 91.50 Mill House, 91, 90 Littletown Farm, 90 Langhorn, 89.50 East House, 88 Hollin Head. Swaledale – 91 Plumbland Farm, 88 Littletown Farm, 84 Hollin Head, 83.50 Low Stowbank, 79 Orthwaite Hall, 73 Knott Houses.

Cull Ewes (per head – £):- Texel – 141, 138 Summerhill, 130 Riggingill, 129 Crooklands, 120 Ewanrigg, 120, 119 Bracken Howe,119 Swiss Cottage, 119 Orchard Farm, 116 Birks Farm, 116 Greenbank Close. Suffolk – 129, 116 Croft House. Charollais – 117, 72 Ewanrigg. Millennium Blue – 117, 116, 110, 103 Crooklands Farm. Beltex – 110,107, 100 Stephney Farm, 80 Keskadale. Mule – 104, 100 Shatton Lodge, 100 Orchard Farm, 99 Bracken Howe, 95 Keskadale, 94 Shatton Lodge, 93 Croft House Farm, 91 Summerhill, 91 Ellenbank. Bluefaced Leicester – 102 Keskadale. Herdwick – 84 East House, 75, 73 Knott Houses, 73 Thirlspot, 59 Micklam Cottages, 53 Harrow Head, 52 Baysbrown Farm, 45 Joann Bungalow, 45 High Stowbank. Bleu du Maine – 80 Swiss Cottage. Scotch Blackface – 79, 56 Ellenbank. Swaledale – 72 Shatton Lodge, 64 Peter House Farm, 64 Frizington Hall, 60 Mossergate, 58 Keskadale. Texel x Herdwick – 70 Mandalay.

Cast Rams (per head – £):- Texel – 139 Swiss Cottage, 100 Noble Croft, 70 Summerhill. Herdwick – 94, 90 Howes Farm, 82 Thirlspot. Swaledale – 86, 68 Keskadale.

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