Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly Sale of cast cattle, store and breeding stock. Forward were 253 head of cattle and 1712 sheep.
70 Cast Cows sold to 179ppk or £1201 per head (av.135ppk)
2 Stock Bulls sold to 154ppk or £1475 per head (av.152ppk)
38 Young Bulls sold to £1180 per head (av.£729)
62 Store Steers sold to £1400 per head (av.£856)
52 Store Heifers sold to £1060 per head (av.£723)
29 Calves & Breeding Cattle sold to £1240
1018 Store Lambs sold to £78 (av.£55.50)
152 Ewe Lambs sold to £68 (av.£63)
542 Breeding Sheep sold to £125
Cast cattle – a stronger trade altogether this week was seen in the cast cattle ring, a nice Shorthorn cow from P Prudom & Son topped the trade at 179ppk selling to R & K Lunn. Leading gross value of the day was £1475 for a 6 year old Stabiliser Bull from J&P Ward, top priced cow was a British Blue from KBS&AL Roche reaching £1201. A better selection of Dairy Cows this week and an improving trade witnessed them gross over £1000 on 7 separate occasions.
Leading pence per kilo beef breeds – 179 168 P Prudom & Son Ltd. 174 160 150 145 144(x2) A&R Thompson. 172 169 G M Simpson. 172 170 166 160 C M & T F Seymour. 170 M Webster. 160 J N Spedding. 157 K B S & A L Roche. 154 J P & R Ward. 150 E F Atkinson. 149 C M Garnett. 146 T W Thompson.
Leading dairy cows pence per kilo – 143(x2) 140 137 125 F S Sturrock & Sons. 138 137 135 A R & C Booth.
Leading grossing beef breeds – £1475 J P & R Ward. £1255 E F Atkinson. £1201 K B S & A L Roche. £1076 J N Spedding. £1070 P Prudom & Son Ltd. £1065 C M Garnett. £1052 £1004 C M & T F Seymour.
Leading grossing dairy cows – £1182 £1062 £1027 £1003 £900 F S Sturrock & Sons. £1047 £1024 £1012 A R & C Booth.
Store & breeding cattle – once again a ring full of buyers saw the store and breeding cattle very much in demand, leading price in the breeders went to a 12 year old Lincoln Red cow with a very smart 2 month old Limousin Heifer Calf at foot consigned by J D Bentley & Son, she sold to T J ball for £1240. The young bulls followed and leading price was £1180 for a 23 month old Hereford from Messes Beckwith. Highlight in the store section was definately a fantastic pen of 10 very strong Aberdeen Angus Steers from E A & N Thompson & Son twice they peaked at £1400 and all sold for over £1180. Top priced heifer was a Limousin from W Dent selling for £1060.
Leading prices: Steers - £1400(x2) £1360(x3) £1295(x3) £1185(x2) E A & N Thompson & Son. £1160 £1000 £990(x2) C & J Donnelly. £1150 £995 N G Beveridge. £1135 T W Thompson. £940 K Mitchelson. £920(x2) R E Dickson.
Heifers - £1060 £920 W Dent. £1000 T W Thompson. £990 Messes Beckwith. £980 N G Beveridge. £920 J J Stubbs. £910(x2) A Pearson & Storey. £850 Hughes Bros.
Young bulls - £1180 Messes Beckwith. £1140 £1070 C & J Donnelly. £1010 £1000 £960 £850 J & K Metcalf & Son. £980 W S Anderson.
Store & breeding sheep: Numbers are now starting to come forward, the trade for store lambs appears to be similar if not slightly stronger than 2012 however first impressions of the breeding trade are that trade may not be just as fast. Over 1000 store lambs on offer sold to a top of £78 for a pair of huge lambs from J W & B Firby, strong lambs regularly made in the low £60's and smaller running lambs could be bought in the late £40's to early £50's. A run of smart suffolk ewe lambs sold between £58 & £68. Breeding ewes sold up to £125 for some strong suffolk half bred 2 and 3 croppers. A run of smart Texel X Mule shearling ewes from M H Petch Limited sold between £110 & £122.
Leading price: Breeding sheep - £125 J Linsley. £122 £121 £116 M H Petch Ltd. £100 T B Hunter.
Ewe lambs - £68 £63 £62.50 £62 £58 S Duggleby.
Store lambs - £78 £69 £65.50 £65 £64 £63.50 £62.50 £62 J W & B Firby. £70 £64.50 £61.50 £61 £60.50 S Duggleby. £66.50 J R Allan. £60 C M Garnett. £58.50 B R & S Fell. £58 J D Vipond.
BORDER, w/e August 9
Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 91 prime cattle including 29 cows; 2,491 prime lambs; 484 ewes and 2,040 store lambs.
Cattle trade eased slightly with numbers of cattle really beginning to tighten. Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Fenwick Steads, Belford sold to 450p per kg to Well Hung & Tender, Berwick. Continental cross heifers sold to 410p per kg with steers selling also to 410p per kg.
Lambs sold particularly well for export weights, with a shortage of heavy lambs, premiums were available for up to 25kgs. Export weights sold to 410p per kg for Continental crosses and £91.35 per head.
Store lambs started this week with large numbers being keenly offered for by regular buyers in the South of England.
WIGTON, August 8
Hopes Auction Co Ltd held their sale of OTM Cattle when there was forward an entry of 78 cattle.
As expected a smaller entry but still almost double from this time last year. Trade sharper than expected with demand for all classes.
The show for OTM Cattle was sponsored by Simon Huntington, Land Rover and Car Sales and Service, Wigton. The judging was carried out by George Ireland and he selected as Champion a British Blue Cow from JP Graham & Son, The Wreay, Wigton which sold for 213.5p per kg.
The best dairy sired animal was awarded to J Paisley & Sons, Oulton House for a 720 kgs Friesian Cow which sold for 138.5 p per kg.
The top price per head was £1883.28 paid to Messrs Bowe, Mechi Farm, Blennerhasset for a Blonde D’Aquitaine Bull
Dairy Bred sold to 150.5p paid for a Friesian Cow from TH & MI Huddleston & Son, The Green, Longtown
PRICES PER KG – British Blue 213.5 The Wreay 171.5 Park House Farm 166.5 134.5 124.5 High Aketon 155.5 Hill House Farm
Limousin 201.5 194.5 Greenlands 200 Allerby Hall 185.5 Mechi 171.5 164.5 High Parson Bridge
Simmental 192.5 178.5 170.5 163.5 Pasture House Farm
Blonde 184.5 Park House Farm 160.5 The Wreay
Blonde Heifer 180.5 Dundraw Farm
Blonde Bull 177.5 Mechi
Limousin Bull 172.5 Barugh Syke 171.5 Dundraw Farm
Limousin Heifer 168.5 Stone House 168.5 Fellside Farm 158.5 Grange Farm (Hayton)
Charolais 162.5 Stockbridge Farm
Friesian Heifer 150.5 The Green
Friesian 146.5 130.5 127.5 Leesrigg 138.5 137.5 Oulton House 125.5 Greyrigg House
Holstein Heifer 145.5 Stone House
Beef Shorthorn 144.5 Hill House Farm
Limousin Bullock 141.5 Langrigg House
Hereford 137.5 The Wreay
Holstein 124.5 Gaterigg Farm
Angus 108.5 High Aketon
PRICES PER HEAD
Blonde Bull £1883.28 Mechi Farm
Limousin Bull £1817.90 Dundraw Farm £1771.58 Barugh Farm £1308.13 New House (Watson)
British Blue £1669.57 The Wreay £1115.55 £911.91 High Aketon
Limousin £1531.40 £1421.80 Greenlands £1337.46 Mechi Farm £1204.00 £966.57 Allerby Hall £1169.63 £1011.68 High Parson Bridge
Charolais £1114.75 Stockbridge Farm (Pitts)
Simmental £1054.90 £1016.97 £1005.95 £981.75 Pasture House £944.58 The Wreay
Beef Shorthorn £1051.96 Hill House Farm
Blonde £1028.81 The Wreay
Holstein £1074.44 Gaterigg Farm
Blonde Heifer £1240.04 Dundraw Farm
Limousin Heifer £ 1142.43 Fellside Farm £994.15 Stone House £920.89 Grange Farm
Friesian £1006.50 £997.20 £980.59 Oulton House £899.51 £871.50 Leesrigg
Holstein Heifer £919.56 Stone House
Friesian Heifer £901.41 Stone House
Hereford £794.75 The Wreay