Sale Report: Primestock 6th September 2017

On Wednesday 6th September 2017, Mitchells Auction Company, Cockermouth, held the sale of primestock with 99 cattle, comprising 68 cast cows, 27 bulls and 4 clean cattle, and 1690 sheep, comprising 1330 lambs and 360 cast ewes and rams presented to a full ring of buyers.

Leading the sale in price per kilo was a tremendous Limousin heifer from KD Harryman which achieved 246.50 pence (£1496.68) selling to Mr M Wharton. Top price of the day was a well fleshed Limousin bull from D & MA Wilson, Lamplugh Hall selling for £1679.26 (224.50 ppk) and was purchased by Mr L Fell.

Prime Heifers (Top price per kilo – pence):- British Blue – 246.5 Keskadale. Limousin – 234.5, 233.5 Low Stowbank, 228.5 Keskadale.

Prime Heifers (Top price per head – £):- Limousin – 1496.68 Keskadale, 1313.20, 1209.53 Low Stowbank. British Blue – 1276.87 Keskadale.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 225.5 Ellenbank, 225.5, 224.5 Lamplugh Hall, 217.5, 208.5 Fell End, 214.5 Hunday Farm, 214.5 Setmabanning. Simmental – 207.5 Ellenbank. Friesian – 200, 199.5, 196.5, 195.5 Greengill Farm. Aberdeen Angus – 189.5 179.5, 175.5 Crooklands. British Blue – 189.5 Hunday Farm. Holstein Friesian – 179.5, 156.5 Waverbank. Holstein – 164.5 Lowca Cottage Farm, 161.5 Crookalnds.

Prime Bull (Top price per head – £):-           Limousin – 1679.26, 1488.30 Lamplugh Hall, 1673.10 Setmabanning, 1364.22 Hunday Farm, 1320.23 Fell End. Simmental – 1543.80 Ellenbank.  Aberdeen Angus – 1221.48, 1201.43, 1130.85 Crooklands.  Holstein Friesian – 1154.19, 948.39, 906.75 Waverbank. British Blue – 1137.00 Hunday Farm. Friesian – 1040.06, 990.36, 980, 965.58 Greengill Farm. Holstein – 936.70, 811.79 Crooklands, 931.98, 888.30 Lowca Cottage Farm.

With a good show of cast cows the leading price in this section was a shapely Limousin cow from KD Harryman, Keskadale selling for £1542.90 to Mr G Chapman.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 215.50, 208.50 Keskadale, 191.50 Terrace Farm, 178.50 Home Farm, 166.50, 147.50 East House, 164.50 Knott Houses. Simmental – 146.50, 143.50 (x3), 142.50, 141.50 Drigg Moorside. British Blue – 142.50, 139.50 Muncaster Home Farm, 123.50 Foxhouse Farm, 119.50 Millbeck Hall. British Shorthorn – 136.50 Moorside Parks. Holstein Friesian – 136.50 135.50 (x2) Mayfield, 135.50 Hunday Farm, 133.50, 132.50 Threapland Lees. British Friesian – 135.50 Stainburn Hall. Montbeliarde – 132.50 Arkleby Hall. Blonde – 117.50 Rowbrow Park.

Cast Cows (Top price per head – £):- Limousin – 1542.90, 1452.47 Keskadale, 1457.50 Waverbank, 1302.20 Terrace Farm, 1249.50 Home Farm, 1194.27 Knott Houses, 1048.95, 1010.38 East House. Simmental – 1164.83, 1156.61, 1119.30, 1069.45, 1018.80, 1009.25 Drigg Moorside. British Blue – 1144.28 Muncaster Home Farm, 936.13 Foxhouse Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1002.70 Hunday Farm, 978.56, 886.31, 875.42 Threapland Lees, 975.60, 965.06, 907.85 Mayfield, 884.08 Brackenbarrow Farm. Montbeliarde – 914.25 Arkleby Hall. Friesian – 913.27 Stainburn Hall. Blonde – 795.48 Rowbrow Park. Beef Shorthorn – 648.38 Moorside Parks. Aberdeen Angus – 543.00 Foxhouse Farm.

OTM Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Holstein Friesian – 141.50 Row Hall.

OTM Heifer (Top price per head – £):- Holstein Friesian – 1032.95 Row Hall.

Prime Sheep

The SQQ average was down on last week to 184.14 pence per kilo which was in line with the national average. Leading the sale in pence per kilo was a Texel lamb from K Hodgson, Parsonage farm selling for 234.10 pence to W Lindsay & Sons, Butchers of Cockermouth. Top price in this section was achieved for a Texel lamb from RA Rawling, Overcroft at £106 and was again purchased by W Lindsay & Sons.

This day we had the bonny boys show for mule wether lambs with judge being Mr Les Sibson who awarded the 1st and Champions to a pen of lambs from J Ritson, Baggra Yeat. They later sold for £79.50 to Mr M Lomax, they also received the NEMSA West Cumbria branch rosette. 2nd prize was A Fearon, Kirkland House and 3rd Prize JE & A Wilson, Far End Farm. The show was kindly sponsored by Armstrong Watson Accountants.

Prime Lambs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel – 234.10 Parsonage Farm, 218.60 Overcrft, 217.50 Whinnerah, 212.80 High Flatts, 211.60, 210.70 Mayfield, 208.90 Low Boonwood, 208.80 Sandhills Farm, 208.30 Low Boonwood, 207.90 Low Garth. Beltex – 220.50, 216.30, 214.10 Green Marsh, 195.60 Millbeck Hall. Charollais – 185.40, 182.10 Woodside Cottage, 182.10 Rietfontein, 172.50 Low Farm. Suffolk – 183.70 Bolton Wood Lane, 179 Hudson Place, 175.60 Green Farm. Texel X Herdwick – 177 Grange Grassings, 176.90 Howe Gill, 176.70 Thistleton. Mule – 173 Wythop Hall, 173 Hill Top, 169.10 Baggra Yeat, 169 Low House, 168.60 Hudson Place, 166 Bridge Bank. Bluefaced Leicester – 168 Whinnerah. Swaledale – 112.50 Mireside. Herdwick – 110 Skinner Street.  

Prime Lambs (Top price per head – £):- Texel – 106, 96 Overcroft, 103 Parsonage Farm, 100 High House Farm, 100 High Flatts, 100 Low Boonwood, 98.50, 97 Sandhills Farm, 98 Bolton Wood Lane, 98 Kidbeck Farm, 96 Moorside. Beltex – 93, 86, 83.50 Green Marsh, 88 Millbeck Hall. Suffolk – 91 High House Farm, 79 Bolton Wood Lane, 75 Hudson Place, 72 Green Farm. Mule – 81 Kirkland House, 80,78 Far End Farm, 79.50 Baggra Yeat, 74.50 Low House, 72.50 Hudson Place, 72.50 Wythop Hall, 72.50 Hill Top. Texel X Herdwick – 79.50, 73 Thistleton, 74.50 Grange Grasssings, 69 Howe Gill. Charollais – 76.50, 76 Woodside Cottage, 76.50 Rietfontein, 69 Low Farm. Bluefaced Leicester – 75.50 Whinnerah. Swaledale – 36 Mireside. Herdwick – 33 Skinner Street.

Cull Ewes (per head – £) :- Texel – 102 Brow Top Farm, 101, 100 Mayfield, 88 Parsonage Farm, 87, 80 Low Boonwood, 84 Greensyke, 82 Low Garth, 79 Fell End. Suffolk – 106, 96, 70 Brow Top Farm. Cheviot – 78, 60 Stonecroft, 58 Thistleton, 57.50 Rannerdale. Mule – 72.50 High House Farm, 70.50 Parsonage Farm, 67 Brow Top Farm, 65 Stool End Farm, 64 Elva Plain, 63.50 Fell End. Zwartble – 70 Parsonage Farm. Texel X Herdwick – 57 Stone Ends, 40 Thistleton. Swaledale – 32 Whinnerah. Herdwick – 31 Mireside, 31 Stonecroft. Jacob – 31 Stool End Farm.

Cast Rams (per head – £):- Texel – Eskett Street, 63, 61 Bothel Craggs, Bluefaced Leicester – 51 Cragg House Farm. Herdwick – 25 Fold Head Farm.

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