An excellent show of 6,123 prime hoggs (983 lightweights) were forward with a sea of white covering the auction pens as many consignors had forward tremendous runs of Cheviot hoggets to coincide with the annual show and sale. All classes were much sharper on the week apart from heavyweight hoggs 50kilos plus which eased as the day went on, as was the trend in most other centres. Many more export weight hoggs could be sold to advantage and finishers should be aware of hoggs becoming overfat.
The overall sale average was 213.6p per kilo (SQQ 219.1p per kilo). Top was £120 per head for Cheviots from Crawesknowe with a top per kilo of 275p for Texels from Screel and for Beltex from West Meiklethwaite.
Also held today was the Annual Prize Show & Sale of Cheviot prime hoggets which was ably judged by Mr Haig Murray, Dunbia.
The show of Hill Cheviots (on behalf of the Cheviot Sheep Society) was kindly sponsored by P.J. Tractor Parts and the Championship was awarded to longtime customer and store lamb purchaser at Longtown, W. & J. Glendinning, Crawesknowe whose hoggs were bred by T.G. Warwick & Son, Girnwood and scaled at 49 kilos and later realised £120 (245p per kilo) to Dunbia.
Prize winners & prices:-
Up to 38 kilos –
1st prize – Messrs Cavers, Sorbie, 38 kilos, £89 Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
2nd prize - Messrs Bell, Bloch, 37 kilos, £85 Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
3rd prize – Messrs Menzies, Chanlockfoot, 33 kilos, £79 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb
38-44 kilos –
1st prize & Res. Champion – Messrs Fleming, Falnash, 44 kilos, £101 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
2nd prize – Messrs Cartner, Blackwoodridge House, 43 kilos, £98 to Dunbia.
3rd prize – Messrs Carruthers, Woodhall, 42 kilos, £95 to A. Dawson.
45 kilos and over –
1st prize & Champion – Messrs Glendinning, Crawesknowe, 49 kilos, £120 to Dunbia.
2nd prize – Messrs Cartner, Blackwoodridge House, 48 kilos, £105 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
3rd prize – Messrs Eastham, Longburgh Fauld, 46 kilos, £104 to Dunbia.
The show of North Country Cheviots was kindly sponsored by McCaskie Farm Supplies and also judged by Haig Murray, the Championship was awarded to regular consignor and supporter of Longtown, E. & R.E. Eastham whose hoggs scaled at 50 kilos and realised £106 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
Prize winners & prices:-
Up to 45 kilos –
1st prize – Messrs Maxwell, Halket Leathes, 41 kilos, £95.50 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
46 kilos and over –
1st prize & Champion – Messrs Eastham, Naddle, 50 kilos, £120 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
2nd prize – Messrs Moffat, Stonehouse, 50 kilos, £107.50 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
3rd prize – Messrs Dickinson, Kirkbarrow Hall, 52 kilos, £109 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.
PRINCIPAL PRICES PER HEAD
Hill Cheviot £120 Crawesknowe, £105 Blackwoodridge House, £104, £102 Longburgh Fauld, £101 Falnash, £100.50 Blackwoodridge House, £100 Becks, Crossdykes, Sorbie and Potholm, £99.50 Blackwoodridge House, £99 Micklethwaite, Woodhall.
Texel £118 Sibmister, £115, £111 Lairdlaugh, £110 Screel, Patties Hill, Lairdlaugh and West Meiklethwaite, £109 Ericstane, £108 West Meiklethwaite, Sunnycroft and Oldfield, £107 Cleughbrae, Hyde Park and Kirkbarrow Hall, £105 Byreburnside, £104 The Gill and Hyde Park.
Beltex £110 West Meiklethwaite, Ericstane and Kirkbarrow Hall, £108, £97 Ericstane.
Suffolk £109 Guards Mill, £104 Cleughbrae, £103 Sibmister, £101 Sceughdyke, £100 Golden Lane and Lesson Hall, £99 Sceughdyke, £98 West Hills, Golden Lane, Sykehead and Guards Mill, £96.50 Sykehead, £96 Guards Mill.
North Country Cheviot £109 Kirkbarrow Hall, £108 Tormore, £107.50 Stonehouse, £106 Longburgh Fauld, £105 Hill Crest and Mount Benger, £104 Hill Crest, £103 Carruthers, £102 Kirkbarrow Hall, £100 Ericstane, Carruthers and Micklethwaite, £99 Marwhirn, Stonehouse and Carruthers.
Blackface £99 Mount Benger, £96 Redwoodhouse, £94, £90 Stoneraise Place, £86.50 Redwoodhouse, £86 Westhills, £85.50 Stoneraise Place and Redwoodhouse, £85 Blakehope, £84.50 Maryholm and Stoneraise Place.
Charollais £99 Golden Lane, £97 West Meiklethwaite, £95 Golden Lane and Guards Mill, £93 Dinley, £92 Boghall.
Greyface £97 Tormore, £95 Patties Hill, £91 Westhills and Newtown, £90.50 Sykehead, £90 Killiegruer, £88 Newbiggin, £87 Sykehead, £86 Rowhead and Brampton Fell, £85 Boghall.
Zwartbles £96 High House, £72 Milltown.
Cheviot Mule £93 Falnash, £85 Quarry House, £80 Dinley.
Leicester £87 Cowcorse, £72 Borthwick Brae.
Swaledale £87 Newbiggin, £79.50 Howburn, £78.50 Hollinclose, £75 Knaresdale House and Newbiggin.
Jacob £85 Westhills, £76 Screel.
Easycare £79 Castle Farm.
Dorset £79 Screel.
Herdwick £70 Rowhead, £66 Ashley Park.
PRINCIPAL PRICES PER KILO
Texel 275p Screel, 267p Oakwood and Lairdlaugh, 266p Ericstane, 261p Hyde Park, 259p Screel, 254p Keith, 251p Wiston Place and West Glengyre, 250p Cara View and Wiston Place, 248.8p Kirkbarrow Hall, 245p West Meiklethwaite, 244p Lairdlaugh and West Glengyre.
Beltex 275p West Meiklethwaite, 263p, 261.9p Ericstane, 250p Screel, 243p Ericstane, 229p Kirkbarrow Hall.
Hill Cheviot 265p George Street, 245p Crawesknowe, 243p The Firs, 242p Cara View, Micklethwaite and Bromfield Hall, 241p The Firs, 239p Chanlockfoot, 238p Kilnford Croft, 237p North House and Blackwoodridge House, 236p Kilnford Croft and Potholm, 235p Chanlockfoot and Blackwoodridge House.
North Country Cheviot 233p Halket Leaths, 231p Longburgh Fauld, 229p Damside, 227p Ericstane, 226p, 223p Marwhirn, 222p Longburgh Fauld, 221p Ericstane, 220p Marwhirn and Stonehouse, 219p Marwhirn, 218p Halket Leaths and Redwoodhouse.
Suffolk 229.4p Olrig Mains, 224p Snowsgreen, 222p Cara View and Wiston Place, 217p Park House, 216p Low Eals and Cleughbrae, 215p Sibmister, Boreland and Sceughdyke, 214p South Lambhill.
Charollais 226p West Meiklethwaite, 224p, 223p Dinley, 220p Golden Lane, 219p Boghall, 216p Dinley and Stirches Mains.
Blackface 224p, 220p, 219p, 217p Stoneraise Place, 216p Boreland, 215p Beauly, 213p Westloch and Redwoodhouse, 211p Maryholm and Stoneraise Place, 209p Redwoodhouse and Gibblaston, 207p Wyliehole.
Dorset 213p, 208p Screel.
Greyface 213p Quarry House, 208p West Glengyre, 207p Cranberry Brow, 205p Killiegruer, 204p Wynholm, 201p Hollinclose, 200p Kirkhouse, Killegruer and Rowhead, 198p Tormore, Sykehead and Newtown.
Cheviot Mule 211p Dinley, 200p Nether Albie, 198p Quarry House.
Swaledale 209p Beauly, 201p Hollinclose, 191p, 190p Newbiggin, 189p Batey Shield and Howburn.
Jacob 205p, 193p Screel.
Herdwick 200p Ashley Park, 195p, 189p Rowhead.
Leicester 184p Archerbeck.
Zwartbles 183p Tushielaw.
Easycare 168p Castle Farm.
A lesser show of 3,920 cast ewes and rams were forward to a busier ring of 18 active buyers resulting in the trade being £5 dearer on the week, apart from plain lean ewes. Tups also very easily sold.
Heavy ewes to £146 for Texels from Sunnycroft, £144 Riverview, £142 Tynehead, £140 Oldfield; Charollais £130 Wester Parkgate, £116 Riverview, £104 Tynehead; Suffolk £119, £118 The Land, £116 Broomlands; Bleu d’Maine £116 Riverview; Beltex £112 Tynehead, £98 Lairdlaugh, £96 Lesson Hall; North Country Cheviot £109, £107 Tormore, £106 Ericstane and Buckies; Leicester £86 New Hall, £81 Keith, £79 Howburn; Greyface £85 Newtown Farm, £82 Marygate, £80 Kirtlevale; Cheviot Mule £84 Archerbeck, £79 Newton Cottage, £74 Killean Estate; Half Bred £78 Whins.
Light ewes to £78 for Cheviots from North House, £76 Rhemullen and Upper Borgue, £74 Allfornaught; Blackface £72 Clonrae, £70 Westhills, Kirkhouse, Halliburton, Clonrae and West Glengyre, £69 Clonrae; Kerry Hill £72 Hazelbank; Lleyn £71 Hunderlee Pastoral; Swaledale £70 Snowden Close, £57 Softley, £53 Snowsgreen; Easycare £64 Bairnkine and Hazelbank, £50 Hazelbank; Jacob £61 Screel; Herdwick £54, £44 Rowhead.
Rams to £158 for Texels from West Wharmley, £150 Hollinclose, £140 Boreland; North Country Cheviot £150 Durran Mains, £130 Tormore, £102 Archerbeck; Charollais £122 Riverview, £120 Upperland, £110 Tallymore; Suffolk £110 Upperland, £102 Barend, £92 Seathill; Beltex £106 Gibstown; Leicester £102 New Hall, £90 Softley, £88 Brampton Fell and Glenapp; Romney Marsh £96 Ringliggate; Blackface £90 Boreland, £82 Wynholm, £75 Kennacraig; Easycare £82 Nettling Flatt, £78 Raehills, £62 Glenapp; Kerry Hill £67 Kilncroft.
Darlington Farmers Auction Mart had forward 295 Cattle including 61 Steers, 112 Heifers and 122 Prime Bulls. 2653 Prime Hoggs. 645 Cast Ewes. 59 Porkers and 2 Cast Sows.
Bulls - Trade, as in line with the national average was steady, with smaller continental types of beef bred bulls selling the best of all.
Top Price Bull was 217 pence per kilo for a Limousin consigned by J & A Layfield, New Row which realised £1343.23 and was purchased by Cleveland Meat Company, Stockton.
Lead grossing bull was a Charolais consigned by W A Richardson Ltd, Hutton Fields which realised £1613.48 and was purchased by G Anderson, Haswell.
Prime Bulls - Top Prices - Pence Per Kilo - 217x2 215 214x2 J & A Layfield. 216 214x2 W I Suddes & Son. 211 206 200 J B Luck. 210 J A Trobe & Son. 209 201 G Cairns & Ptnrs 209 J A & M Boyes. 209 201 W A Richardson. 207 205 J H & D Wise. 205 J T Layfield. 203 F & J S Gargett. 203 R S Hall. 202 S H Watson.
Prime Bulls - Lead Grossing Prices £1613 £1605 £1544 £1514 W A Richardson Ltd. £1592 £1590 J A & M Boyes. £1573 £1522 £1499 £1497 A G Watson. £1536 £1466 R S Hall. £1534 £1450 F & J S Gargett. 1498 J T Layfield & Sons. £1474 SJ Saville & Sons. £1434 W & M Knaggs. £1431 J B Luck. £1430 E W Grieves. £1424 J H & D Wise. £1406 S H Watson.
Prime Cattle - A much plainer show of clean cattle was forward this week - with lots of fat about these cattle were harder to sell, although good butcher type Heifers and Steers were in great demand and an absolutely flying trade.
Top Price for a Prime Beast was 269 pence per kilo for a British Blue Heifer consigned by I R Appleton, Pudding Poke Farm, which realised £1503.71 and was purchased by J Penny & Sons, Rawdon.
Lead grossing Prime Beast was a Limousin Steer consigned by J E Suddes, Rowley and was purchased by G Moor, Hawick.
Prime Steers - Top Prices - Pence Per Kilo 230 215 195 J M Hall. 224 218 213 J E Suddes & Son. 220 215 211 190 J R Raine & Sons. 218 190 G S Dowson. 216 G W & L Marsay. 213 204 P & E Ellis. 210 P & J H Davison. 202 W Jackson & Sons. 199 196 Askwiths. 190 Lawson Farms.
Prime Steers - Lead Grossing Prices - £1597 £1429 £1404 J E Suddes & Son. £1590 £1481 £1363 J M Hall. £1476 P & J H Davison. £1412 £1398 £1377 £1319 J R Raine & Sons. £1372 Askwiths. £1363 T N Hodgson.
Prime Heifers - Top Prices - Pence Per Kilo 269 245 225 I R Appleton. 258 249 242 239 228 RL & AR Phillips. 255 222 B Walker. 254 K N Wyrill. 251 239 238 K & J Heslop. 244 238 S & J Dent. 244 243 241 231 P & J H Davison. 242 238 J E Suddes & son. 239 C Boocock. 237 J C & P Tallentire. 235 233 230 Askwiths.
Prime Heifers - Lead Grossing Prices - £1511 £1503 I R Appleton. £1438 C Boocock. £1436 £1370 £1302 P & J H Davison. £1422 £1371 S & J Dent. £1419 £1378 £1322 K & J Heslop. £1416 £1335 P Wood. £1409 Askwiths. £1397 £1380 J E Suddes & Son. £1366 J B Luck. £1337 £1314 RL & AR Phillips. £1335 G & S Wilson. £1333 B Walker.
Prime Hoggs saw a rise once again on the week with many Hoggs selling over the £100 mark. Many more could have been sold to a packed ring of buyers
Prime Hoggs - Top Price Of The Day was for a pen of Texels which reached 261 pence per kilo which realised £111, consigned by J Andrews, The Banda and purchased by Castlebank Butchers.
Lead Grossing Hoggs of the day were consigned by RL & AR Phillips, Firtrees Farm, they realised £120 and were purchased by Bowood Farms, Busby Stoop.
Prime Hoggs - Top Prices - Pence Per Kilo 261 233 232 229 J Andrews. 256 S Beeforth. 245 C Morris. 240 221 W A Richardson Ltd. 238 235 PJ & MP Gilhespy. 234 220 F W Walton. 229x2 225 GC & JC Pullen. 226 225 223 222 A J Spilman & Son. 224 J Gilson. 225 223 RL & AR Phillips. 224 223 A C Hill & Sons. 223 222 220 219x2 218 E Blacklock. 223 C & E Gaskin. 221 M W Barnes. 220 D & E M Carter. 220 R I Jones.
Prime Hoggs - Lead Grossing Prices - £120 RL & AR Phillips. £116 M Dale. £116 J L Gill & Son. £113 M W Skidmore. £111.50 £111 £109 J Andrews. £110 S Beeforth. £110 £107.50 £104x2 W A Richardson Ltd. £109 W Barron. £109 £104x2 A J Spilman & Son. £106 M Dale. £106 W N Stockdale. £106 £105 A C Hill. £105.50 C Morris. £105 J M Hall. £104 J S Davison. £104 K Bell.
Cast Ewes - Not nearly enough numbers forward for buyers demands all classes of ewes very well sold on the day - the dearest the old girls have been for a long while. Dont be short-changed bring your cast sheep to the No 1 livestock auction in the North East!
Cast Ewes - Top Price was £125 for a Cast Ram consigned by J L Gill & Son, Staindale Farm and which was purchased by Lancashire Direct Halal.
Cast Ewes - Leading Prices £125 £111 J L Gill & Son. £122 £109 S & RE Williamson. £120 CA & JG Skidmore. £117 £109 £108 K O Stones. £113 C & E Gaskin. £113 £109 W R Thompson. £112 R A Busby. £110 £103 £101 Forster Hall. £110 C Harle & Sons. £109 S Blythman. £108 M Dale. £108 £103 PJ & MP Gilhespy. £105 £104 J N Howie & Ptnrs. £102 R E Dickson. £100 T Nesbitt & Sons. £100 Walker Bros.
Prime Pigs - Top price was 125 pence per kilo for a pen of Cutters consigned by J T Wilson, Burnhope Farm, which were purchased by W Piper, Butchers, Easington Lane.
Lead grossing pigs were a pen of Bacon Pigs consigned by P D Foster, Smithy House Farm,which realised £104.80 and were purchased by J A Jewitt, Spennymoor.
clSows - Top Price sow was consigned by P D Foster, Smithy House Farm which realised £128.64 and was purchased by Castlebank Butchers.