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Monday, 06 July 2015

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MITCHELLS has not as many cattle this week but more commercial buyers around the ring. Willie Lawson, Stubbsgill continues to sell good Limousin bulls. This week he topped at 107.5p/kg (£671.88) bought by Cleveland Meat Co of Stockton. Tom Langcake, Isel Old Park topped the dairy bred trade with Montbeliarde bulls to 93.5p/kg again purchased by Cleveland Meat Co. Trade remains steady with many heavy bulls now on offer. Clean cattle were a similar trade to last week if not a penny or two better. Willie Green, New Godderthwaite showed a fine pen of heavy cattle selling to 112.5p/kg (£731.25) for a Limousin bullock to Geoff Nutter of Burnley. Top price per head in the run was £848.63. Heifers sold to 106.5p/kg given to J Kirkbride, Bracelet Hall purchased by Michael Atkinson of Ripon.

Prime Cattle

Limousin bullocks 112.5 New Godderthwaite; Limousin heifers 106.5 Bracelet Hall; Charolais heifers 97.5 Moorside; Belgian Blue bullocks 95.5 Foxhouses; Aberdeen Angus bullocks 94.5 Galemire; Charolais bullocks 93.5 Galemire.

Prime Bulls

Limousin 107.5 Stubbsgill; Charolais 93.5 Mosser Mains Farm; Montbeliarde 93.5 Isel Old Park; Belgian Blue 93.5 Annfield.

Averages: Premium cattle sold to 112.5p/kg, averaged 107p/kg; prime cattle sold to 99.5p/kg, average 94.7p/kg; commercial cattle sold to 89.5p/kg, averaged 85p/kg. Premium bulls sold to 107.5p/kg, averaged 104.8p/kg; prime bulls sold to 93.5p/kg, averaged 93.5p/kg; commercial bulls sold to 88.5p/kg, averaged 80.8p/kg.

* MITCHELL'S Auction Co Ltd had forward 2,643 prime lambs, cast ewes and tams this Wednesday. A smaller show of prime lambs met a keener inquiry with fed fleshed lambs realising premium values, whilst lean and fat lambs proving harder to cash. Butchers lambs sold to £63.50 (141.1p/kg) for a pen of 45kg Texel X lambs shown by M/s W E & D E Litt, Millstone Moor purchased by Tony Harrison, Cockermouth. Lambs overall average 102.7p/kg. Lightweight lambs sold to 105.3p/kg (£35.80) shown by M/s T & A Teasdale Ltd, Sale Fell House for a pen of Lleyn X lambs purchased by M Lomax, Milnthorpe.

Prime Lambs

Texel 63.50 W E & D E Litt, Millstone Moor; Suffolk 54.80 D & M A Wilson, Lamplugh Hall; Mule 43.80 J W Vickers, Askhill.

Cast Ewes- Texel 44.50 W E & D E Litt, Millstone Moor; Leicester 36 J G Allison, Raven Lane; Cheviot 31 R G & D Cockburn, Stonecroft.

* MITCHELL’S Auction Co Ltd held their annual prize show and sale of Mule and other breed Gimmer lambs on Friday, September 16. A larger entry of 6,128 lambs were forward drawing buyers from throughout the country.

The prize show was judged by Norman Bowe, Calvo Farm. An excellent entry of 19 show pens were put before him and the following awards and prices were given.

Mule gimmer lambs, 1 and champion, S W Mawson & Son, High Side £112; 2, and reserve champion, G Sibson, Burnside £108; 3, R W & J H Emmott, Wythop Hall Farm £98. Best pen of Mule lambs shown by a member of NEMSA, S W Mawson & Son, High Side. Continental gimmer lambs, 1, W E & D E Litt, Millstone Moore £73; any other breed gimmer lambs, 1,- K G Holliday, Struddabank £66; 2, K G Holliday, Struddabank £50.

Most vendors were highly satisfied on the day with an overall sale average down less than £4 on the year and the same excellent prices for the stronger tupping types.

Other Leading Prices: Mule gimmer lambs, 112 S W Mawson & Son, Highside; Texel gimmer lambs, 73 W E & D E Litt, Millstone Moor; half bred gimmer lambs, 66 K G Holliday, Struddabank.

* MITCHELL'S annual special sale of feeding lambs saw a larger catalogued entry of 7,500 head put forward. Unfortunately some vendors elected not to bring their lambs to market this year fearing a falling trade on the back of the current prime trade. These fears proved unfounded with a large ring of buyers from throughout the county and beyond. All types sold well on the day and many more lambs would easily have sold .

Store and Feeding Lambs

Texel 41.20 R Maxwell, Howside; Suffolk 37.20 Russell & Son, Thornthwaite; Beltex 37.50 G Cartmel, Oakbank; Charollais 36.80 R Maxwell, Howside; Cheviot 35 G Tyson, Skelsceugh; Mule 34.50 K W Bell, Hudson Place; Swaledale 24.80 R F Bell, Oakbank.

* HOPES Auction Co, Wigton held their weekly sale of prime stock on Tuesday when there was an entry of 286 prime cattle with 81 bulls and 1,229 lambs together with 39 ewes.

Prime Cattle

A larger show of cattle met a slightly firmer trade than last week. Bulls were better than anticipated.

The top price was 128.5p/kg paid for a home-bred Limousin heifer shown by M/s Graham, Miller Hill, Gilsland and was purchased by B Riley & Sons, Burnley. The top price per head for heifers was £831.45 paid for a Limousin cross shown by W R & F D Siddle, Honeypot, Penrith and was purchased by R J Harrison, Wigton.

Steers sold to £126.5p/kg for a Belgian Blue shown by G M Strong, Croft House, Allonby and was purchased by D Nattrass, The Market, Carlisle. Top price per head was £769.35 for a Limousin shown by J J Crichton, Loughrigg, Egremont and was purchased by Woodhead Bros, Colne.

Bulls made to 113.5p/kg for a home-bred Limousin cross shown by M E & J J Fell, Stanger Hill, Torpenhow and was purchased by Forth Meat Supplies, Galashiels. Top price per head was £791.25 for a Limousin shown by W & R Lawson, Stubbsgill Farm, Distington and was purchased by M Atkinson for Cleveland Meat Company.

Averages: Steers MW 126.50, 101; HW 117.50, 100.75. Heifers MW 117.50, 94.72; HW 128.50, 104.09. Bulls LW 71.50, 70.47; MW 113.50, 87.40;HW 109.50, 96.47.

Heifers: Limousin 128.5 Miller Hill; Belgian Blue 105.5 Whitelees; Blonde 116.5 Westnewton Hall; Charolais 113.5 Kirkland Hall; Simmental 99.5 The Old Vicarage; South Devon 97.5 Moorend.

Steers: Belgian Blue 126.5 Croft House; Limousin 117.5 Bromfield Farm; Blonde 116.5 Brinns Farm; Charolais 108.5 Hutton Row; Aberdeen Angus 99.5 Nealhouse; Friesian 97.5 Dockray Farm.

Bulls: Limousin 113.5 Stanger Hill; Belgian Blue 109.5 Stanger Hill; Blonde 109.5 Stanger Hill; Charolais 103.5 Scales Hall; Hereford 97.5 Park House Farm; Aberdeen Angus 92.5 Hen Moss; Holstein Friesian 84.5 Cumrew Farm.


Another good trade for lambs being firmer than last week. Trade for good export types was strong however too many heavy lambs were forward reflecting in the average of 101p.

The top price per head was £69 paid for Texel lambs shown by J G & M Little, Greenhill Farm, Wigton and were purchased by M Wharton. Another pen of Texel lambs also shown by J G & M Little made 139p/kg and these were purchased by R J Harrison, Wigton.

Averages: SW 123, 95.29; MW 133, 105.99; HW 139, 98.40; OW 128, 98.97.

Texel £69 Greenhill Farm; Beltex 55.80 Newlands Farm; Suffolk 52.80 Greenah Villa; Charollais£52.80 Hazel Head; Mule 48.20 Howbeck Lodge; Lleyn 45.80 Norman Farm.

Lambs pence per kg

Texel 139 Greenhill Farm; Beltex 133 Newlands Farm; Charollais 110 Hazel Head; Suffolk cross 109 Greenah Villa; Mule 98 Orthwaite Hall; Lleyn 107 Norman Farm.


Texel £34.80 Grange View (Monkhouse); Half-Bred 34.20 Fellside House Farm; Grey Face 30.20 Fellside House; Mule 27.80 High Greenrigg; Lleyn 22.50 Norman Farm.


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