Sale Report: Primestock 7th February 2018

On Wednesday 7th February 2018, Mitchells Livestock Centre, Cockermouth held the weekly sale of primestock with 60 cattle comprising 25 cull cattle and 35 prime bulls and heifer, 1879 prime sheep including 1478 hoggs and 401 ewes and rams, presented for sale to a full ring of buyers.

Leading the sale in price per kilo was a smart Limousin bull from TA Byers, Ellenbank selling for 215.50 pence (£1314.55) to Les Fell. Top price of the day in the cattle section was achieved for a Beef Shorthorn steer from J Clark, Bent Ash Farm at £1334.58 purchased by Les Fell.

Prime Steer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Beef Shorthorn – 188.50, 173.50 Bent Ash.

Prime Steer (Top price per head – £):- Beef Shorthorn – 1334.58, 1308.19 Bent Ash.

Prime Bull (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 215.50 Ellenbank, 214.50 Prospect House, 212.50(x2), 207.50, 206.50, 200.50 Willows Farm. Simmental – 206.50 Ellenbank. British Blue – 200.50 Willows Farm, 195.50 Grange Farm. Holstein Friesian – 176.50, 174.50, 171.50(x2), 168.50 Greengill Farm, 172.50 Grange Farm, 170.50 Row Hall, 168.50 South View, 168.50 Prospect House, 168.50 Streetgate.

Prime Bull (Top price per head – £):-  Limousin – 1314.55 Ellenbank, 1259.65, 1223.05, 1211.80, 1211.25, 1111.38 Willows Farm, 1214.07 Prospect House. Simmental – 1300.95 Ellenbank. British Blue – 1275.18 Willows Farm, 1071.34 Grange Farm. Holstein Friesian – 1179.50 Streetgate, 1121.25, 871 Grange Farm, 1118.84, 1114.75 Prospect House, 1049.58, 1036.06, 1008.42, 991.16, Greengill Farm, 975.26 Row Hall.

Cast Cows (Top price per kilo – pence):-British Friesian – 140.50, 137.50, 128.50 Gutterby Farm. Limousin – 136.50 Foxhouse Farm, 136.50 Rowbrow Park. Holstein Friesian ­– 127.50, 121.50, 110.50 Waverbank, 126.50, 122.50 Barnyard, 123.50, 110.50 Watson Hill, 112.50 Hunday Farm.

Cast Cows (Top price per head – £):- Holstein Friesian – 1122.10, 961.40 Barnyard, 908.82, 879.75 Waverbank, 859.56 Watson Hill. British Friesian – 1025.65, 987.25, 864.81 Gutterby Farm. Limousin – 966.42 Foxhouse Farm, 825.83 Rowbrow Park.

OTM Heifer (Top price per kilo – pence):- Limousin – 187.50 Bent Ash. Holstein – 119.50 Bouch House.

OTM Heifer (Top price per head – £):- Limousin – 1275 Bent Ash. Holstein – 750.46 Bouch House.

Prime Sheep

With a huge lift of 17.3 pence on the week the SQQ average was 208.5 pence per kilo, all classes of hoggs traded well with a ringside of buyers keen to bid.

Leading the sale in pence per kilo was a pen of wonderful Texel hoggs from W Gray & Sons, East Mill Farm at 270.30 pence selling to Vivers Scotlamb. Top price per head was a Texel hogg from D Robinson, Dovenby Craggs selling for £122 to Robert Skelton.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per kilo – pence):- Texel – 270.30 East Mill, 260.90 Bolton Wood Lane, 256.40, 255, 254.80, 241.30 Blake Hills, 255.30 Swiss Cottage, 254.10 Home Farm, 252.40 Hollins Farm, 246.20 Bridekirk Hall, 243.90 Hollin Head, 243.60, 240 Cherrytree House, 240 Ellenbank. Beltex – 251.20 Cherrytree House, 247.40, 245.90, 245, 231.10, 222 Green Marsh. Charollais – 218.30, 213.40, 202.80 Scalesmoor, 215, 200 Birks Farm, 211 Frizington Hall, 208.80, 200 Hill Farm. Texel X Herdwick – 216.70, 212.50 Grange Grassings, 214 Orthwaite Hall, 207.30 Rannerdale, 204.80 Grange Farm. Suffolk – 211.50 Grange Farm, 206.50 Scalesmoor, 203.90, 193.30 Hollin Head, 200 Stone Croft, 200 Wardhall Guards, 200 Croft House, 195.10 Seafield House, 192.30 Mosser Mains. Mule – 203.10 Shatton Lodge, 2.02 Kirkland House, 200 Frizington Hall, 198.80 Millstone Moor, 194.80 Gill Brow, 187.50 Broomhills, 182 Rannerdale, 181.80 Burthwaite, 180.50 Blake Hills, 177.30 Swiss Cottage. Cheviot – 202.40 Blake Hills, 194.40 Seathwaite. Swaledale – 188.60, 182.90 Far End, 181.80 Seathwaite Farm, 181 Wythop Hall Farm, 178.80 Wythop Hall, 178 Millstone Moor, 172.90 Millbeck Hall. Herdwick – 181.30 Seathwaite, 171.80 Millbeck Hall.

Prime Hoggs (Top price per head – £):- Texel – 122, 119, 117 Dovenby Craggs, 120, 114 Millstone Moor, 120 Bolton Wood Lane, 116 Green Marsh, 115 Beckhouse, 113 Hollins Farm, 113 Overcroft, 111.50 Grange Farm, 111 Sycamore House, 111 Far End. Suffolk – 115, 110 Grange Farm, 108 Wardhall Guards, 100, 82.50 Causeway Foot, 100 Mosser Mains, 97 Scalesmoor, 88 Calvo Farm, 87 Hollin Head, 84 Croft House, 80 Seafield House. Charollais – 109.50, 89.50, 87.50 Scalesmoor, 86.50, 85 Frizington Hall, 86 Birks Farm. Beltex – 105.50 Cherrytree House, 104, 98, 96.50, 91(x2) Green Marsh. Mule – 99.50 Shatton Lodge, 93.50 Gill Brow, 91 Rannerdale, 91 Kirkland House, 85.50 Millstone Moor, 84 Frizington Hall, 80 Burthwaite, 78 Swiss Cottage, 74 Blake Hills, 71 Broomhills. Texel X Herdwick – 94 Orthwaite Hall, 91, 85 Grange Grassings, 86 Grange Farm, 85 Rannerdale. Cheviot – 83 Blake Hills, 70 Seathwaite. Swaledale – 83, 75 Far End, 76 Wythop Hall Farm, 73 Millstone Moor, 71.50 Wythop Hall, 60.50 Millbeck Hall, 60 Seathwaite. Herdwick – 67 Millbeck Hall, 58 Seathwaite.

Cull Ewes (per head – £):- Texel – 125, 123, 102 Fieldside, 113, 99 (x2) Salter Hall, 103, 97 Croftfield House, 102, 101 Wardhall Guards, 101 Seaview, 100 Mosser Mains, 100 Woodend Farm, 98 Sandhills Farm, 97 Burthwaite. Suffolk – 112 Seaview, 106 Woodend Farm, 84 Seafield House, 75 Broomhills, 66 Birks Farm. Beltex –110, 90 (x2) Woodend Farm, 92 Dovenby Craggs. Mule – 85 Salter Hall, 84 Mosser Mains, 81 Crakeplace Hall, 80 Home Farm, 80 Sneckyeat, 79 Hunters Place, 77 Gill Brow, 75 Birks Farm, 73 Causeway Foot, 71 Fieldside. Rouge – 84 Birks Farm. Dorset – 79 (x2), 70 Thornbank Farm. Herdwick – 79, 46.50 Stybeck Farm, 36, 32 Whinnerah, 31.50 Newhouse Farm. Bleu Du Maine – 75 (x2) Wardhall Guards. Bluefaced Leicester – 70 Mosser Mains. Cheviot – 68 Hollin Head, 53 Cragg House Farm. Charollais – 60 Little Moor. Texel X Herdwick 60 Whinnerah, 36.50 Crakeplace Hall. Swaledale – 55 Hudson Place, 55, 47.50 Millstone Moor, 53 Hill Top, 48.50 Whinnerah, 46.50 Beechcroft. Scottish Blackface – 40 Gatra Farm.

Cast Rams (per head – £):- Texel – 110, 80 Sneckyeat, 88 Swiss Cottage. Cheviot – 101 Hill Top. Charollais – 95 Newhouse Farm. Bluefaced Leicester – 85 Millstone Moor. Swaledale – 73, 66 Millstone Moor, 50 Hill Top. Herdwick – 64 Hollin Head, 61 Seatoller.

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