Darlington Farmers’ Auction Mart held a special ‘Day 55’ sale of suckled calves in conjunction with their weekly Sale of Cast Cattle, Store and Breeding Stock. Forward were 527 head of cattle.
62 Cast Cows sold to 154ppk or £1257 per head; 3 Stock Bulls sold to 146ppk or £1245 per head; 202 Store Heifers sold to £2400 per head; 128 Store Steers sold to £2050 per head; 78 Young Bulls sold to £1045 per head; 54 Breeding Cattle Sold to £1440 per head
Store cattle - The sweetest little British Blue Heifer shown by Neville Raine of C R Raine & Son, Stanhope Gate, Middleton-in-Teesdale surpassed all expectations as she sold for a new record in Darlington of £2400. Turned out to perfection and without doubt a future star of the show ring the May 13 born pure bred Blue was chosen as the pre-sale Champion by judges Melissa & Hannah Donaldson of York. On a day which saw 68 active buyers around the packed store cattle ring the Heifer was eventually sold to C G & A J Sutcliffe and now makes the 80 mile trip to her new home Bluebell Farm, Wetwang, East Yorkshire. Reserve Champion on the day again came from Stanhope Gate, the very smart black Limousin steer was not quite 7 months old however his shape, style and show potential still saw him reach £2050 as he headed home with P & E B Robson, Middle Horslehope Farm, Waskerley.
Other highlights in the store cattle included G & A Gibson & Son, South Road whose pair of steers sold for £1400 and £1330 respectively, at £1200 was a very smart Limousin Heifer from B Marley, Steelhouses. With a top of £1215 a run of strong Simmental Steers from J C Smith, Manor Farm had an impressive average of £1180 and J H Johnson, White Lea Farm sold a packet of 15 Charolais Heifers twice to £1150 with an average of £1079. Young Bulls peaked at £1045 for a 9 month old Limousin shown by C Peckitt & Son, College Farm as trade was most definitely firmer throughout.
Breeding cattle: A good show of Breeding Cattle met with a firm trade as spring sits just around the corner buyers now definitely have one eye on turning out. Leading the trade was an Aberdeen Angus heifer with a 2 month old bull calf at foot consigned by J D Vipond, High Knitsley Farm as she sold to G S Bainbridge, Ketton Lodge for £1440. Top price for bulling heifers was £1120 twice paid by M D Kearton, Wyse Hill for British Blue’s out of Friesian Cows shown by L & E Walker, Portobello Farm. In calf cows sold to £1000 from F W W Chapman, Woolaw Farm again for a British Blue this one carrying her second calf sold to A Crowder, Butsfield Burn Farm.
Over 460 cattle shown by 70 separate vendors were sold through the breeding / store ring and over 60 times bidding topped £1000 with a 99% clearance. The 68 buyers attended from far and wide as stock headed back to Lincoln, Humberside into East Yorkshire and Cleveland up to Northumberland, throughout Durham across to Cumbria and down into North, West and South Yorkshire.
This week’s leading prices, store steers: £2050 C R Raine & Son. £1400 £1330 G & A Gibson & Son. £1215(x2) £1175 £1115 J C Smith. £1205 £1055 P Kirk. £1170 £1130(x2) £1100 £1060 J Thompson & Sons. £1130 £1080 T H Richardson & Son. £1130 N & P Rutherford. £1100(x3) R & W Todd. £1080 £1070 J R P Vickers & Sons. £1060 D & P H Brown.
Store heifers - £2400 £1060 £1010 C R Raine & Son. £1200 £1100 B Marley. £1150(x2) £1140(x4) £1090(x2) £1080(x2) £1050(x3) J H Johnson. £1140 J Thompson & Sons. £1105 N & P Rutherford. £1100 M J Hutchinson. £1050 P F Littlefair. £1020 G Calvert & Sons.
Young bulls - £1045 £975 C Peckitt & Son. £1035 I Spedding. £1025 £975 H E Jewitt. £995 J H Craggs. £995 P F Littlefair. £985 £975 J & K Metcalf & Son.
Cast cattle - Again a relatively light show of cows met with stronger demand as the market averaged over 125ppk. Flesh is definitely what the buyers are after and this was proved by R & A Chapman of Easby Grange Farm as they sold to J A Jewitt Ltd for the leading price of the day as £1257 was paid for a well covered 5 year old Friesien Cow. E Telfer & Son, Newton High House sold a British Blue for 157ppk which was bought by Cleveland Meat Company.
Leading pence per kilo beef breeds - 157 148 E Telfer & Son. 154 149 147 140 M J Hutchinson. 149 G W & L Marsay. 146 H & P Hutchinson. 146(x2) D W Dresser. 142 F Ward. 142 T J Lee & Sons.
Leading dairy cattle pence per kilo - 145 124 J E Farrow & Son. 141 128 125 A R & C Booth. 141 125 D Walker. 129 R & A Chapman. 122 A J Walshaw. 121 A F & B A Welford.
Leading grossing beef breeds - £1245 H & P Hutchinson. £1233 F Ward. £1204 £1039 £1038 E Telfer & Son. £1152 £1078 R E Dickson. £1016 T J Lee & Sons. £1002 Mrs M Vickers & Daughters.
Leading grossing dairy breeds - £1257 R & A Chapman. £968 K D Asquith. £939 £908 £867 A R & C Booth. £923 £894 J E Farrow & Son. ££922 D Walker. ££883 A F & B A Welford.