Delight as Simmental sold for Acklington Mart record

A simmental steer has achieved a mart record price at a regular prime stock sale in the region

Head auctioneer Colin Smith’s opinion of the steer
Head auctioneer Colin Smith’s opinion of the steer

A Simmental steer has achieved a mart record price at a regular prime stock sale in the region.

The sale was held on July 18 at Acklington Mart, near Morpeth in Northumberland. The animal, owned by W Curry & Sons, Howick Scar, Craster, weighed in at 850kg and broke the mart record by topping a whopping £1,908.

North-East Livestock Services, which operates the mart, is delighted with the price the steer achieved, according to head auctioneer, Colin Smith.

He said: “The animal was impressive and it takes an exceptional steer to realise that kind of overall price. In the past, we’ve had bulls achieve over £2,000, but this is the highest price we’ve ever had for a steer.

“Its a good advert for Acklington Mart when an animal realises a record-breaking figure and this provides confidence to other farmers wishing to consign cattle to our weekly sales. I am pleased for the Curry family, who are regularly    consignors to our cattle, sheep and Christmas poultry sales.”

Acklington Mart holds regular weekly sales on Mondays and Thursdays and is one of only four remaining auction marts in Northumberland.

The mart, renowned for its sheep trade, sells about 150,000 sheep annually.

This year, lambs have been a   steady trade, according to Smith, achieving between £80 and £100 a head.

Farmer Willie Curry, who broke the mart record for a steer, was pleased with the price.

He said:  “We knew the animal would weigh heavy and this particular Simmental steer averaged 224 pence per kilo.

“We had a lighter steer realise 244 pence per kilo and overall we are delighted with the results.”

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