Hexham Mart: June 14

Hexham & Northern Marts had forward an entry of 350 store cattle and suckled calves.

June 14

Hexham & Northern Marts had forward an entry of 350 store cattle and suckled calves.

Another good catalogued entry for the time of year attracted a full crowd of buyers.

A small entry of just over 50 stronger sorts saw spirited bidding and peaked at £1,700 for a great Charolais cross bullock at 24 months from Joe Vickers, Rennington South, which was purchased by Tommy Barton, Wigan. The run of 8 steers from this now-renowned vendor averaged a respectable £1,515, highlighting that even with a small offering for sale, Hexham is the centre in which to sell strong stores.

Despite the dedicated native breed sale being held next week, a nice run of strong Angus cross sorts from local specialist breeder Geoff Roddam, Black Carts, sold very well to a top of £1,470 (twice) with the seven well-grown 20-month-old bullocks all by registered pedigree Angus sires averaging £1,409 per head.

As well as the bullocks, heifers of all ages continue to attract demand and several of these sold well, Older sorts from Willie & Mark Longlands, Rusheylaw, (Limx) and Robert Raine, Townfoot, (Charx) made £1,290 and £1,280 respectively. However, it was another good run of over-yearling types from David Potts, Hedley Park, that created a stir round the ring as the well- fleshed females were sought after from £1,185 to £1,070, with the pen of 6 Charolais and Limousin cross cattle averaging £1,106 as a real credit to their owner.

From the entry of over 300 head on the catalogue, vendors were drawn from not only Northumberland but also County Durham, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders to take advantage of the Hexham trade and levels were as high as seen last week.

Demand for yearlings was as strong peaking at £1,360 for a great bullock from John Fisher, Reaygarth, Cumbria, and heifers to £1,180 from Messrs Longlands, Rusheylaw. Indeed, as wide and varied as the catchment of vendors was that of the assembled purchasers who had travelled from as far as Leicester and Norfolk for quality cattle from the Hexham ring.

A small offering of breeding cattle were also presented from Andrew Frost, Brewery Farm, Wooler, and sold well to £1,040 for a 2008-born Sussex cross cow due in August to the Charolais bull with his run of 9 averaging a respectable trade through the auction ring of £940 per head.

Leading prices – Cattle 23-30 months: Charolais x steers – £1700, £1615, £1530, £1525, £1500, £1470 & £1390 (X2) Rennington South

Limousin x steers – £1035 White House Burnhope

Limousin x heifers – £1055 White House Burnhope, £940 Low Eals, £895 Low Bishopton, £875 & £825 White House Burnhope

British Blue x heifers – £940 Glendue, £930 East Fourstones, £920 Glendue & East Fourstones, £915 & £905 Glendue

Hereford x steers – £1310 & £1220 East Fourstones

Hereford x heifers – £960 & £850 East Fourstones

Holstein Friesian steers – £940 Fallowfield, £890 Aydonshields

Cattle 17-22 Months

Charolais x heifers – £1280 Townfoot Woodburn

Limousin x steers – £1050 Blackcarts, £1040 Horseholme, £990 Low Bishopton, £820 Stone House

Limousin x heifers – £890 Spittalshields

British Blue x heifers – £1060 Woodcroft, £935 Glendue

Angus x steers – £1470 (x2), £1435, £1430, £1400, £1380 & £1280 Blackcarts

Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Charolais heifers – £1060 Loadman

Charolais x steers – £1270 & £1140 Rusheylaw

Charolais x heifers – £1185 Hedley Park, £1140 Rusheylaw, £1130 Hedley Park, £1080 (x2) & £990 Rusheylaw, £945 Low Bishopton, £940 Townfoot Woodburn, £930 Tedcastle, £920 Townfoot Woodburn

Limousin x steers – £1360 Reaygarth, £1265, £1230 & £1200 Rusheylaw, £1180 Spittalshield, £1115 & £1110 (x2) Reaygarth, £1105 Spittalshield, £1100 & £1095 Low Ardley, £1065 Blackcarts, £1055 Low Town, £1045 & £1015 Spittalshield, £1010 Low Town, £1005 Reaygarth, £990 & £965 Horseholme

Limousin x heifers – £1290, £1180 & £1160 Rusheylaw, £1140 Hedley Park, £1105 & £1085 Reaygarth, £1070 (x2) Hedley Park, £1055 Low Bishopton, £1045 Hedley Park, £1025 Reaygarth, £970 Spittalshield, £965 Reaygarth, £940 Low Ardley, £915 Reaygarth, £900 East Butsfield & Low Staples, £895 Tedcastle & Low Staples

British Blue x steers – £1070 & £1040 Spittalshield, £1010 Edges Green, £940 Tedcastle, £895 Edges Green

British Blue x heifers – £955 & £920 Woodcroft

Simmental x steers – £950 (x2) & £940 Hartley West

Simmental x heifers – £950 Low Bishopton, £935 Hartley West, £895 Low Bishopton, £830 Hartley West

Hereford x steers – £1080 Hartley West

Cattle 10 months and under

Charolais x heifers – £800 Townfoot Woodburn

Limousin x steers – £1270 Reaygarth

Limousin x heifers – £875 Reaygarth, £790 Edges Green

British Blue x steers – £720 Raggetsyke

Breeding Cattle

Cows with calves at foot

Limousin – £920 Brewery Farm

Highland x – £1000 Brewery Farm

In Calf Cows

Angus x – £910 Brewery Farm

Simmental x – £890 Brewery Farm

Charolais x – £1030 Brewery Farm

Sussex x – £1040 & £900 Brewery Farm

Highland x – £890 Brewery Farm

Breeding & Store Sheep

Hoggs & Ewes with Lambs at Foot

Continental x – £103 Robsheugh.

ACKLINGTON

June 13

North East Livestock Sales sold 51 prime cattle including 14 cows & 1757 sheep comprising 607 new season lambs, 708 hoggs & 442 cast ewes.

Lambs – a touch easier on the week, overall average of £97 (226p/kg)

Top prices: Beltex – 115, 110, 109 Howick Scar, 115 Annsteads, 103.50 Nesbit. Texels – 116, 106 Field House, 110, 104, 100 Lilburn Estates, 105 Yetlington, 104, 100 Weetslade Farms, 100 Lowsteads. Charolais – 109 Low Hall, 101, 100 Field House, 100 Burnhouses. Suffolks – 104.50, 100 (2) Chester Hill, 104, 100 (2) Gallowmoor, 100 Rosebrough.

Leading Prices/Kg: Beltex – 253p, 245p, 235p Annsteads, 250p, 245p Howick Scar, 239p Woodwell House. Texel – 242p, 235p Lowsteads, 237p, 236p Low Hall, 237p Stonecroft. Blue D'Maine: 240p (2) Alcan Farms.

Hoggs – Fat hoggs good to sell, small and leaner sorts cheaper.

Top Prices: Beltex – 100 Birchwood Hall, 89 Loanend, 88.50 Woodwell House. Texel – 92, 90, 89, 88 Hemscott Hill, 92 (2) Longlea, 89 Low Burradon, 88, 80 Crescent Farm. Suffolk – 84 Abberwick, 83 Longlea.

Leading Prices/Kg: Beltex – 200p Woodwell House, 185p Lumbylaw, 185p Loanend. Texel – 198p Low Burradon, 191p Hemscott Hill, 187p Crescent Farm. Suffolk – 185p Causey Park, 184p Longlea.

Ewes – More forward and dearer again to average £74.

Texel Rams – 138 South Wingates, 118 Brinkburn Newhouses. Suffolk Ram – 116 Nesbit. Suffolk Ewes – 130 Brinkburn Newhouses, 122 Birchwood Hall, 116 Nesbit, 100 Juries House, 94 Chester Hill, 90 (2) Newham Hall. Texels – 116, 92 South Broomford, 116 Juries House, 114 South Wingates, 112 Newham Hall, 110 Nesbit, 110 Alcan Farms, 108 Tughall Grange, 96 Birchwood Hall, 96 Pasture House, 96 Brinkburn Newhouses. Half Bred – 104, 88 Nesbit. Mules – 82 Crescent Farm, 76 Birchwood Hall, 76 South Wingates, 75 Brinkburn Newhouses. Blackface – 64, 52 South Wingates, 55 Ingram, 54 Hartburn Grange, 53 Birchwood Hall, 52, 50 Rayheugh.

Cattle – Fewer forward on the week, good to sell averaging 220p/kg.

Leading Prices/kg: Lim Steers – 239.5p, 220.5p Paxton Dene, 235.5p, 220.5p Start Up. Lim Hfrs – 239.5p, 231.5p, 224.5p Blagdon Burn, 224.5p Paxton Dene, 219.5p (2) Howick Scar.

Top Prices – Lim Steers – 1583, 1540, 1527 Start Up. Lim Hfrs – 1462, 1440 Howick Scar, 1336 Blagdon Burn.

Cows – A poorer show forward, still in strong demand to average 140p/kg.

Brit Blue Bull – 1760 (179.5p) Twizell. Char Bull – 1402 (145.5p) Brewery Farm. Lim Cows – 1429 (191.5p), 159.5p, 152.5p Widdrington.

WOOLER

June 5

At their weekly Primestock sale John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 506 spring lambs, 100 hoggs and 273 ewes.

Strong show of spring lambs, with a large increase in numbers. Larger numbers nationwide resulting in easier returns.

Leading prices per head: Suff.x: – £100, £95 Holy Island, £95.50 West Longridge, Fowberry Moor, £95 (x2) Howtel, Tex.x: – £97.50, £96.50 West Longridge, £97 Lilburn Estates, £96 Chesterhill, Holy Island, Bel.x: – £93 Chillingham Home Farm.

Leading prices per kilo: Bel.x: – 238.5p, 232.9p, 231.9p Chillingham Home Farm, 237.8p Ladykirk, Tex.x: – 235.4p West Longridge, 231.7p Lilburn Estates, Char.x: – 223.7p Ladykirk, Suff.x: – 222.1p West Longridge.

Hoggs – leading prices per head: Tex.x: – £90 Holy Island, £84 North Sharperton, £80 Kimmerston, £77 Kettleburn, £70 Brandon White House, Ven.x: – £63 South Lyham, Mule: – £62 Kimmerston.

Leading prices per kilo: – Tex.x: – 148.2p Kimmerston, 145.3p Kettleburn, 142.9p Ladykirk, 140p North Sharperton, Chv: – 142.5p Hethpool, Ven.x: – 136.8p South Lyham.

Ewe numbers increased, with similar returns achieved.

Leading prices: Suff.x: – £97, £90.50 Kettleburn, £93.50 Pallinsburn, £93 Whittingham Lane, £90.50 Lilburn Estates, £90 Holy Island, Tex.x: – £96 Pallinsburn, £94 Shipley Smallburn, Char.x: – £84, £80 Fairlaw, Mule: – £76 Kettleburn, £71 Henlaw, Chv: – £68 Windyhaugh, £64 Reedy Loch,

Rams: – Tex.x: – £95 North Sharperton.

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