At Cockermouth on Wednesday, Mitchell’s held its weekly sale of primestock, where 91 prime cattle, bulls and cows and 2,687 prime sheep including ewes were forward.
The Penrith and District Farmers’ Mart Partnership had forward 3,810 prime hoggs and 699 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale on Wednesday. Recent rates for cast ewes and rams were maintained, with the average being a fantastic £91.48 for all sold.
At Borderway, Carlisle, Harrison and Hetherington held a sale of implements, tractors and small tools. A large entry of good quality implements was forward, with a large crowd in attendance ensuring top prices was achieved. Top of the day was a Hi-Spec slurry tanker which sold for £3,200.
On Wednesday, Harrison and Hetherington held their weekly sale of calves at Carlisle. A fantastic show of 303 calves was forward, selling to a terrific ringside of 51 buyers. Continentals met an excellent trade with 22 Limousin bulls averaging £338 and 30 British Blue heifers averaging £314.
Hopes, of Wigton, held their weekly sale of primestock on Tuesday, when there was an entry of 186 cattle, including 36 bulls, and 568 prime sheep. There was a decent show of cattle for numbers, but overall quality was down. Trade remained strong, with the top end maintaining recent rates. Bulls continued to produce excellent returns, with a top price of 218.5p per kg, while black and whites sold to 180.5p.
A smaller entry of hoggs was submitted to an increased ringside of buyers at Kendal mart on Tuesday, with the £100 per head barrier broken on several occasions. The top price per kg of 227p was paid for a pen of 39kg Texel cross hoggs from J. and M. E. Bateman, Lowgill Farm, and these sold to B. Riley and Sons, Dunnockshaw, for £88.50 per head. The day’s trading resulted in an overall average of 201p.
Harrison and Hetherington held their weekly sale of crop at Carlisle on Monday. Mini heston bales of wheat straw sold to £83, £81 and £59 per tonne and £16 and £15 per bale; quads of wheat straw £80 per tonne; round bales of wheat straw £72 per tonne and £16 per bale; mini heston bales of hay £30 per bale; round bales of hay £22 and £15 per bale; round bales of barley straw £16 and £15 per bale; round bales of haylage £16 per bale; round bales of silage £15.
A sale of Limousin females held at Borderway mart, Carlisle, on Friday saw lively demand, with 84 out of 85 lots selling and a leading price of 5,000gns. The top price was paid for the heifer Cloughhead Felice from G. L. Hutton, Setmabanning, Threlkeld. Born in May, 2010, she was sired by the French bull Toucan out of the Ugues-sired Cloughhead Calise. Paying the top price was T. P. Atkinson, Meadow View, Newland, Ulverston.
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