Published at 00:00, Friday, 20 February 2004
MITCHELL’S fortnightly sale of store and breeding cattle saw a catalogue entry of more that 200 head on offer. Many onlookers felt that the trade reached its dearest level yet with all cattle in huge demand.
Bullocks topped at £730 to Keith Huddleston, Broom Farm, whilst Bert Tyson, Seaview sold heifers to £638. All bulls on green CID’s were sought after as were all heifers regardless of age and type.
A small entry of dairy cattle found pleasing local competition whilst calves were in much demand being appreciably dearer than the recent sales. There were several buyers who could not buy enough on the day.
Limousin bullocks 730 K Huddleston, Broom Farm; Simmental bullocks 648 A & L E Tyson, Seaview; Belgian Blue bullock 700 T & I Ostle, Millhouse; Charolais bullock 575 J C Thornton, Broadoak; Friesian bullocks 478 T Scott, Hilltop; Limousin bull stirks 522 M/s Ireland, Whinns; Simmental bull stirks 548 G & S Barwise, Plumgarth; Simmental heifer 638 A & L E Tyson, Seaview; Limousin heifer 578 M/s Stamper, Wellington Farm.
HOPE’S Auction Co Ltd, Wigton held their fortnightly sale of beef breeding and store cattle together with calves.
A catalogued entry of 416 cattle resulted in another fantastic trade with prices exceeding expectations.
Bullocks sold to £700 paid for a Belgian Blue x shown by Mrs E Gill, Lowthwaite, Uldale, Wigton.
Heifers made to £600 paid for a Limousin shown by W McKie, Lawrence Holme, Oulton, Wigton.
Belgian Blue on Green CID £700 Lowthwaite. Belgian Blue on Blue CID 650 Walmgate. Belgian Blue on Red CID 632 Low Blaithwaite. Charolais on Green CID 620 Red Cat. Charolais on Blue CID 690 Blackdyke. Limousin on Green CID 690 Leesrigg Pasture. Limousin on Blue CID 685 Oulton Hall. Limousin on Red CID 665 Low Blaithwaite. Blonde on Red CID 665 Low Blaithwaite. Blonde on Green CID 600 Newlands. Blonde on Blue CID 540 Beckside Farm. Belted Galloway on Blue CID 650 Galemire. Angus on Blue CID 650 Paddigill. Angus on Red CID 600 Low Blaithwaite. B & W on Blue CID 558 (x4) The Laurels. £528 Clarks Farm.
Limousin 600 Lawrence Holme. Char 550 Beukley. Blonde 520 Lowthwaite. Belgian Blue 508 Pasture House.
Hopes Auction Co Ltd, Wigton, held their weekly sale of prime stock on Tuesday when there was an entry of 235 prime cattle with 28 bulls together with 419 prime sheep including ewes.
Prime Cattle. Another large show of cattle met a more hesitant demand however secondary sorts were a good trade with averages easing by just 1.5p.
The top price was 139.5p/kg paid for a Limousin x heifer shown by K H Twentyman, Croft House Farm, Aughertree, Ireby and was purchased by S Stoddart for D Nattrass, Butcher, The Market, Carlisle.
Top price per head for heifers was £744.98 for a Belgian Blue shown by Lowther Park Farms, Home Farm, Lowther, and was purchased by Woodhead Bros, Colne.
Bullocks sold to 126.5p/kg paid for a Belgian Blue x shown by R & MG Watson, Broomfield Farm, Dalston, and was purchased by Woodhead Bros, Colne. Top price per head was £895.28 for a Limousin bullock shown by R S Teasdale, Lambfoot Farm, Embleton, Cockermouth, and was purchased by G Nutter, Burnley.
Bulls made 120.5p/kg for a Blond x shown by J & T J Nicholson, Midtown Farm, Aughertree and was purchased by C Kirkpatrick, Lockerbie.
The top price per head for bulls was £773.85 paid for a Blond shown by M/s Weightman, Rosgill Hall, Rosgill, Penrith and was purchased by C Kirkpatrick, Lockerbie.
Averages: Steers MW 107.50 (94.50); HW 126.50 (105.00). Heifers MW 114.50 (104.50); HW 139.50 (105.30). Young Bulls LW 78.50 (74.50); MW 119.50 (90.57); HW 120.50 (94.42).
Heifers. Limousin 139.5 Croft House Farm. Belgian Blue 115.5 Lowther Park Farms. Charolais 113.5 Welton Farm. Simmental 107.5 Heddon Haugh. Blonde 100.5 Tarnrigg Moor.
Bullocks. Belgian Blue 126.5 Broomfield Farm. Limousin 122.5 Elm House. Simmental 112.5 Morley Hill Farm. Char 110.5 Heddon Haugh. Blonde 106.5 The Laythes. Saler 105.5 Kirkland Hall. Rom 104.5 Heddon Haugh. Baz 101.5 Raby Cote. B & W 91.5 Knowehill.
Bulls. Blonde 120.5 Midtown Farm. Limousin 119.5 Rossgill. Belgian Blue 110.5 Lowthwaite. Aberdeen Angus 92.5 Kelbarrow. B & W 89.5 Grange Farm.
Prime Sheep. Hoggets. Sheep trade was in keeping with recent markets.The top price per head was £73.50 for a pen of Suffolk x hoggs shown by W & M Miller, Jenkin Cross, Wigton, and were purchased R J Harrison, Butcher, Wigton.
Top price per kg was 155.43p for a pen of Texel x hoggs shown by J G & J Bowe, Mechi, Blennerhassett, and purchased by R J Harrison, Butcher, Wigton.
Averages: LW 112.50 (112.50); SW 146.05 (128.42); MW 155.06 (132.46); HW 155.43 (129.18); Others 126.72 (117).
Suffolk £73.50 Jenkin Cross. Beltex 71.50 The Wreay. Texel 71.50 Mechi. Lleyn 67.50 The Laurels. Cheviots 65 Jenkin Cross. Charollais 63 The Wreay. G/F 48.50 Low House. Swaledales 42.50 Fellside Farm.
Ewes. Suffolk £69 Yew Tree Farm. Texel 60 Low Houses. Lleyn 49.50 The Laurels. GF 46 Fellside.
ANOTHER pleasing cattle trade at Mitchell’s with trade very similar to last week. Bulls were a shade dearer if anything. Rodney and Janice Smith, Lake View topped at 107.50p/kg for a nice Limousin bought by John Nicholson, butcher of Maryport. M/s Wilson, Lamplugh Hall got to 98.5p/kg for their best Black and White purchased by Les Fell of Settle. Kevin Holliday, Struddabank had another nice run of heifers topping at 109.50p/kg for a Simmental. Top priced bullock was a heavy Charolais from John Harrison, Crosbythwaite which sold for 106.5p/kg purchased by Les Fell of Settle. All buyers were left short of numbers.
Simmental heifers 109.5 Struddabank; Charolais bullocks 106.5 Crosbythwaite; Blonde D’Aquitaine heifers 103.5 Low Godderthwaite; Limousin heifers 103.5 Croft House; Blonde D’Aquitaine bullocks 102.5 Low Godderthwaite; Limousin bullocks 102.5 Hemplands; Charolais heifers 102.5 Rigg House; Simmental bullocks 97.5 Galemire; Friesian bullocks 97.5 Galemire.
Limousin 107.5 LakeView; Blonde D’Aquitaine 101.5 Galemire; Friesian 98.5 Lamplugh Hall.
Averages: Premium cattle sold to 109.5, averaged 104.3; prime cattle sold to 100.5, averaged 97; commercial cattle sold to 80.5, averaged 80.5; premium bulls sold to 107.5, averaged 103.9. Prime bulls sold to 98.5, averaged 94.1; commercial bulls sold to 88.5, averaged 82
Mitchell’s Auction Co Ltd had forward 2,813 prime sheep. A larger show of sheep forward maintained late rates with heavy types peaking at £81.50 (133.6p/kg) for a pen of 61kg Texel x hoggetts shown by R Percival, Risehow Farm purchased by Tony Harrison, quality butcher, Cockermouth. Export Hoggs sold to 156.6p/kg (£69.20) for a pen of 41kg Texel x hoggs shown by G W Whitfield & Son, Stowbank purchased by M Lomax, Milnthorpe. With end of the season for many sellers a mixed show for meat was on offer. Overall average - £131.2p/kg.
Light hoggs again met a strong demand with a full ringside of buyers bidding freely throughout. Top price of the day was 137.3p/kg (£41.20) for a pen of 30kg Scotch Blackfaced hoggs shown by M/s J Scott, Carrickdene purchased by M Lomax, Milnthorpe. Overall average 119.7p/kg. Fell ewes hit their dearest level for some time, whilst heavier ewes fully maintained recent high rates.
Texel 81.50 R Percival, Risehow; Suffolk 74.20 W J Parkin, Greenbank, G Gate Hollins; Charollias 69.50 W Skelton, Rook Farm; Bleu-de-Maine 77.80 Gass & Bates, The Ghyll; Berrichon 58.80 W Skelton, Rook Farm; Cheviot 61.80 F Mattocks & Son, Row Hall; Half bred 64.50 W Skelton, Rook Farm; Scotch Blackfaced 52 R Lindsay, Derwent House; Gritson 52.20 R H Steel, The Dubbs; Mule 60.80 R Percival, Risehow.
Lightweight Lambs (up to 32kg)
Herdwick 40.20 D Bland Westhead; Texel 38.80 M/s Rawling, Hollins; Swaledale 38.80 P R Mitchell, Cockan; Herdwick 55.20 Gass & Bates, The Ghyll; Swaledale 60.80 W Sharpe, Woodend;
Texel 57.20 J K & K Spedding, Salter Hall Farm; Suffolk 55.20 J K & J Spedding, Salter Hall Farm; Leicester 64.50 C Walton, Low Kinmont; Swaledale 33 W & P A Walton, Low Kinmont; Herdwick 30 W & P A Walton, Low Kinmont.
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