Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly Sale of Cast Cattle, Store and Breeding Stock on Monday 9th December 2013. Forward were 350 head of cattle and 680 sheep.
79 Cast Cattle sold to 185ppk or £1609 per head; 69 Store Steers sold to £1400 per head; 111 Store Heifers sold to £1480 per head; 57 Young Bulls sold to £1035 per head; 680 Store Lambs sold to £84 per head
CAST CATTLE - Although this week we offered a few less cast cattle the trade matched last week and was stronger than we have seen through much of the autumn. An overall average of over 111 pence with some 45% of the cattle once again dairy cows. Our leading cow this week by some distance was an exceptional 5 year old Charolais shown by R A & J Blyth, Middleton House. Weighing in at 870kg the very well fleshed cow sold for 185 pence realising over £1600. All the well covered cows sold very well on the day whatever the breed, Black and Whites sold regularly between 110 and 130ppk to a top of 146ppk from S M & C M Bewley, Peepy Farm and the leading gross value for a Dairy Cow was over £1000 consigned by J E Holliday & Son, Woodland House Farm.
LEADING PENCE PER KILO BEEF BREEDS - 185 153 R A & J Blyth. 157 M Metcalfe. 146 D J Mallon. 142 J R P Vickers. 138 T T Hall. 136 135 C M Symonds. 133 R C Bainbridge. 129 A Walton. 127 124 123 C Harle & Son. LEADING DAIRY CATTLE PENCE PER KILO - 146 130 S M & C M Bewley. 137 129 C D & N A Smith. 128 118 T & G Lee. 126 P Forster. 121 J E Holliday & Son. 117 W E Richardson. LEADING GROSSING BEEF BREEDS - £1609 £1246 R A & J Blyth. £1264 D J Mallon. £1059 £1024 £936 C M Symonds. £1051 T T Hall & Son. £1034 M Metcalfe. LEADING GROSSING DAIRY BREEDS - £1003 J E Holliday & Son. £996 W E Richardson. £915 C D & N A Smith. £887 £885 T & G Lee. £864 £862 S M & C M Bewley. STORE & BREEDING CATTLE - The pre-sale show of store cattle and the following sale prices were dominated by a tremendous run from G & A Gibson & Son, High Etherley. The Gibson’s scooped both the Champion and Reserve with 20 month old British Blues, a tremendous heifer just edging out the bullock with judge Michael Robinson finding little to choose between them. The heifer was sold for the day’s top price of £1480 to I Potts, Redburn Farm and moments later the Bullock sold for £1400, remarkably that price was reached another twice from the same home. Of the suckled calves on offer a run of young bulls from J & K Metcalf & Son, Park House scooped both 1st and 3rd prizes with their Blonde D’Aquitaine’s, splitting them was a very shapely British Blue from J G & E M Welford, Dale House Farm. All the show bulls were bought by E R Hyde & Sons after fighting off some stiff competition from all corners of the ring. Other consignments of suckled calves found a ringside of very keen bidders, at 12 months old the winner of the Limousin Steer Class from Cordilleras Farm sold to £1095 and just 10 months the 2nd prize Limousin Heifer from Low Wisley sold for £940. Cows and calves from A M Beadle, Ivy Cottage sold to £1450 then another outfit from the same home was split and realised an impressive £1660. THIS WEEK’S LEADING PRICES: STORE STEERS - £1400 £1290 £1170 G & A Gibson & Son. £1205 M Gascoigne. £1100 £1095 £1060 D & P H Brown. £1100 C G Graham. £1090 J & V M Bussey. £1050 B Stevenson. £1010 N G Beveridge. £1010 T H Richardson & Son. STORE HEIFERS - £1480 £1400(x2) £1065 G & A Gibson & Son. £1390 £1190 £1130 W A Dinsdale & Son. £1140 D & P H Brown. £1090 £1000 N G Beveridge. £1085 M Gascoigne. £1035 £1000 J & K Metcalf & Son. £1005 G Calvert & Son. YOUNG BULLS - £1035 £1020 £990(x2) J & K Metcalf & Son. £1000 £950(x2) G W Dent. £985 G A Swinbank. £960(x2) £950 T A Gibson. £950 J & V M Bussey. £940 J G & E M Welford. STORE SHEEP - The penultimate sale of 2013 saw the store lamb trade continue in a positive fashion and it is not uncommon for the strong lambs to top £70 and occasionally £80 apiece. The top 4 pens this week came from T Richardson, Millgate although the majority of the vendors seemed to go home happy with a good trade seen for all types. lEADING PRICES STORE LAMBS - £84 £80.50 £79.50 £79 T Richardson. £71 £67 £66 S Love. £71 C H Tindale. £70 Windlestone School. £68 M Burton. £66.50 S Suddes. £65.50 J N & D Foster. £65.50 R W Shann & Sons. £65 G W Dobson & Son.
Sales The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 4,454 store lambs and feeding ewes at Longtown on Tuesday 10th December 2013. A better quality show of lambs and a large company of South buyers present, last weeks extreme rates easily maintained. Top of £80 for Texels from Kinning Hall, others to £78.50 Crumhaugh Hill, £73.50 Kirkton; Greyface £72.50 Linton House, £71.50 Kirkton Hill, £70.50 The Bog; Suffolk £72 Hewke, £68 Stoneypath and Gillalees; Rouge £70.50 Braithwaite Hall; Charollais £68 Shield Green; Half Bred £68 Adderston Shiels; Hill Cheviot £67.50 Southdene, £59 Fairgirth, £58.50 Glendearg; North Country Cheviot £65 Kirkton, £61.50 North Synton, £61 Yetholm Mains; Cheviot Mule £64.50 Viewley; Lleyn £61.50, £61 Southdene; Blackface £59 Wanwood Hill and Kirkton Hill, £55.50 Barlaes, £55 Sewingshields; Swaledale £47 111 High Street. More feeding ewes and dearer. Cast ewes to £60 Kirkton Hill, hill types £44 Linton House. Cast rams to £80 Kirkton Hill.