North East Auction Marts: February 4

Prime Cattle similar on the week. Charolais Heifers – 223.5p Flotterton. Limousin Heifers – 210.5p & 206.5p Nunwick. Charolais Heifers – £1307.48 Flotterton. Limousin Heifers – £1231.43, £1214.22, £1141.34 & £1140.53 Nunwick

Cows in a field
Cows in a field

HEXHAM

February 4

Prime Cattle similar on the week. Charolais Heifers – 223.5p Flotterton. Limousin Heifers – 210.5p & 206.5p Nunwick. Charolais Heifers – £1307.48 Flotterton. Limousin Heifers – £1231.43, £1214.22, £1141.34 & £1140.53 Nunwick

OTM - More numbers of OTM forward with similar purchasers around the ringside. The average on the week was 117.2p per kilo and £746.05 per head. The average price showing an increase of over 7p per kilo on the week, bucking the trend of other centres where averages are in negative territory.

Simmental – 174.5p, 164.5p, 163.5p, 159.5p, 156.5p & 122.5p East Moor. Limousin – 127.5p & 124.5p Great Chesters, 121.5p Close House, 120.5p Longshaws. British Blue – 120.5p Great Chesters. Simmental – £1024.32, £909.69 & £897.93 East Moor. Limousin – £958.65 & £911.63 Great Chesters £907.37 Longshaws, £886.44 Great Chesters

Prime Hoggs - 1235 Hoggs forward maintaining the good rates of last week. Again smart export-type hoggs sold at 200p and topping at 222.4p for Texel x from M/s Reay, West Moorhouses. Top price per head £89.50 for a pen of Suffolk x from Peter Walton, Thockrington Farms.

Texel x - £89 Westburnhope, £88.80 St Oswalds & Airey Hill, £88 Highwood (x2), Quarry House & Low Eshells, £87 Camphill & Hard Riding, £86.80 Cooper House, £86.50 Highwood, Burn House, Hard Riding, Nilston Rigg & High Town, £86 Broomy Hill, West Moorhouses & Hard Riding 222.4p West Moorhouses, 216.6p St Oswalds, 214.1p Hard Riding, 213.2p St Oswalds, 211.9p Westburnhope, 208.5p St Oswalds, 208.3p Westburnhope, 205.9p West Shields, 205.4p Stone Stile, 204.6p Sweethope & Westburnhope, 203.6p Lough Green, 202.4p West Moorhouses & Aydonshields, 202p Hard Riding, 201.2p Highwood, 200p West Moorhouses & Hard Riding

Suffolk x – £89.50 Thockrington, £89 Warkshaugh, £88.20 & £86.50 Thockrington, £86.20 Hard Riding, £86 New Dotland, £85.50 Hard Riding, £85 Highwood, £84.80 Thockrington, £84.20 Lunns House, £83.20 Fairley, £83 New Dotland, £82.50 Thockrington, £82.20 Lunns House, £81.80 High Alderheads, £81.50 Middle Farm, £81.20 Pheasant Rise, £81 Middle Farm, £80.50 Westburnhope 196.9p Brokenheugh, 191.5p Lunns House, 187.5p Comb Hills, 186.9p New Dotland & Thockrington, 186.1p Walltown, 185.7p Westburnhope, 183.7p Fairley, 183.3p Thockrington & Burn House, 183p Westburnhope, 181.4p High Alderheads, 181.1p Middle Farm, 180.4p New Dotland

Charolais x – £86 Ricknall Grange, £84.20 St Oswalds, £82.80 Ricknall Grange, £81.50 St Oswalds 203.8p & 183p St Oswalds, 180p Ricknall Grange Beltex x – £86 & 215p West Moorhouses

Mule – £85 Quarry House, £79 High Town, £77.80 Camphill, £77 Ellfoot, £76.20 Comb Hills, £75.80 Highwood, £75.50 Burn House, £73.80 Walltown, £73.20 High Town, £72.20 Ellfoot, £71 Sweethope 177.5p Sweethope, 171.9p Ellfoot, 171.6p Walltown, 170.2p High Town, 169.1p Camphill, 168.4p Highwood, 165.7p Comb Hills, 164.1p Burn House Cheviot x – £80.20 & £78.50 Westburnhope, £78, £77 & £73.80 Flotterton 196.3p & 195.6p Westburnhope, 190.2p & 189.2p Flotterton

Blackface - £81, £79.50 & £76.80 Quarry House, £75 Allensgreen, £74.50 Quarry House, £72.50 Allensgreen, £72.40 Ellfoot 186.3p & 174.6p Quarry House, 172.4p Ellfoot, 169.2p Quarry House, 164.8p Allensgreen, 162p Quarry House

Swaledale - £54.50 Stone Stile, £48 Sweethope Crossbred - £78 & 177.3p High Alderheads

Cast Ewes and Rams: Texel x – £83 Shaftoe Moor, £80 Middle Farm (x2), £75 Middle Farm & Little Eppleton. Suffolk x – £71 Warkshaugh, £70 Steel Hall. Bleu D’Maine - £51 Lough Green. Leicester - £70 Allensgreen. Mule – £49 Steel Hall, £47 Middle Farm, £45 Brokenheugh, £44 Acton, Blackface - £30 Acton Swaledale - £29 Shaftoe Moor Jacob - £30 Middle Farm.

LONGTOWN

February 4

Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart held their Fortnightly Sale of Store Cattle at Longtown. A mixed show of 104 store cattle saw plenty of buyers ensure trade maintained recent high rates.

Topping the sale at £1,115 (x3) and £1,100 (x3) were Limousin bullocks shown by J.A. & D. Forster, Gillalees, Limousin heifers sold to £1,100 also from Messrs Forster, Gillalees. Many more cattle needed to satisfy growing demand.

Principal prices, bullocks: Limousin - £1,115 (x3), £1,100 (x3), £1,095, £1,090 Gillalees, £1,080 (x2) Hethermill, £1,045, £1,025, £990 Gillalees, £860 Holme House Farm, £770 Newbigging, £745 (x4) The Coach House. Saler - £1,010 Gillalees. Simmental - £990 Gillalees. Friesian - £965, £850 (x2) Hethermill. Angus - £845, £775 (x3) Newbigging. Shorthorn - £835 Laverhay, £600 Meikle Whitriggs. Charolais - £820 Shankbridge End. British Blue - £805 (x2) Laverhay. Galloway - £490 (x2) The Coach House, £420 Lees Hall Farm.

Heifers: Limousin - £1,100 Gillalees, £760 Holme House Farm, £640 (x6) The Coach House, £635 Holme House Farm. Charolais - £920 The Coach House, £850 (x3) Shankbridge End, £820 (x2), £770 (x3) North House. Angus - £900, £880 Whamtown. Shorthorn - £700 Laverhay.

Bulls: Charolais - £905, £870 (x2) North House. Limousin - £770 North House.

STORE & BREEDING SHEEP

Forward 1,475 store hoggs and 115 breeding sheep. Another fine show was forward and the usual ring of buyers ensured stores remained easily sold at recent high rates. The sale was topped at £80 for Rouge from Dinwoodie Green; Suffolk £77.50 Shaw Cottage, £77 Glentoo, £67 Hesket House and Shaw of Dryfe; North Country Cheviot £76 North Synton, £75 Borthwickshiels, £70 Kirkbride; Texel £76 Shaw Cottage, £75, £74.50 Barnbackle, £74 High Stenries and North Gillbank; Cheviot Mule £67 Kirkbride Farm; Beltex £67, £62 Winterhope, £60 The Hagg; Half Bred £66, £61.50 Marwhirn; Greyface £65 Nether Barr, £59 North Gillbank, Hesket House and Shankfieldhead; Blackface £58 Bowanhill, £55 Dalveen, £52 Shaw of Dryfe; Kerry Hill £56.50 The Hagg; Swaledale £55, £53 Nether Barr; Hill Cheviot £45 Glendinning, £43 Carlenrigg.

Feeding ewes to £80 for Suffolk from Barnbackle; Texel £62 Borthwickshiels, £52 Barnbackle; Lleyn £57 Castle Creavie; Greyface £52.50 Barnbackle; North Country Cheviot £50 Borthwickshiels; Blackface £40 Dalveen, £32.50 Cross House. Cast rams to £80 for Texel from Winshield; Leicester £68 Winshield.

Breeding sheep topped at £155, three times, for Texel gimmers scanned at 170% from Keith Holm Farm, others £152 and £145 from the same home. Lleyn ewes (correct below) £59 Castle Creavie.

DARLINGTON

February 3

Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly Sale of Cast Cattle, Store and Breeding Stock. Forward were 308 head of cattle and 673 Sheep.

112 Cast Cows sold to 150ppk or £1108 per head; 6 Stock Bulls sold to 171ppk or £1498 per head; 16 Bulling Heifers sold to £1000 per head; 52 Store Steers sold to £1300 per head; 79 Store Heifers sold to £1060 per head; 34 Young Bulls sold to £1000 per head; 9 Calves sold to £420 per head; 673 Store Hoggs sold to £88 per head

Store cattle - The national trade for prime cattle has recently taken a hit, however the store trade in comparison remains very strong, in similar fashion to Thursday’s fat stock market the quality really did shine through. The day’s sale topper was an outstanding 21-month-old Limousin Steer from G & A Gibson, High Etherley he headed back to Thirsk for £1300 with J A Matten & Sons, the run from the Gibsons also produced the leading heifer at £1060. The leading young bull for the second consecutive week came from E Parsons of Newstead Farm as his run of Charolais sold to a top of £1000 to J A & M Boyes, Strathmore House. Earlier in the sale a run of strong bulling heifers from J H Johnson, White Lea Farm peaked at £1000 for a pair of Limousins which were purchased by W Robson Farms, High West House and topping the calves was a month-old Limousin Bull from W & V Burton, West Common Top when it was bought by N G Beveridge, Low West House for £420.

This week’s leading prices: store steers - £1300 £1090 G & A Gibson & Son. £1180 £1170(x2) £1100(x2) E W Holmes. £1040 £970 K Cator. £970 £950 R Hall. £935 £900 J M Walker.

Store heifers - £1060 £1030 G & A Gibson & Son. £1030 J Norman. £985(x2) £895(x2) J D & M S Mortimer. £930 £925 £910(X2) M H Hodgson. £910(x2) K Cator.

Young bulls - £1000 £960(x5) E Parsons. £980 F T Graham. £940 £860 £840 D E Stones. £890(x3) R White.

Cast cattle - The demand for processing beef is very unpredictable at the moment and this is affecting the trade for cast cattle, just as it is for the more commercial types of prime cattle nationally. An influx of beef from Eastern Europe is not helping the situation.

The day’s trade leaders this week were both stock bulls, a Charolais from W Emerson, Willow Green reached 171 pence per kilo and a top gross value of £1498 was achieved by a 10-year-old Limousin from G Sedgewick, Ricknall Grange. Limousin Cows twice sold for 150ppk from L W Martin, Wayworth Farm and G F Tuer, Home Farm and the top Black and White was sold by I F & C M Herring & Son, Halnaby Grange for 135ppk.

Leading pence per kilo beef breeds - 171 140 W Emerson. 150 L W Martin. 150 G F Tuer. 141 G Sedgewick. 141 140 W I Suddes & Son. 140 N White. 139 P Bainbridge.

Leading dairy cattle pence per kilo - 135 I F & C M Herring & Son. 128 B & M J Garbutt. 110 J E Farrow & Son. 109(x2) G Thompson & Sons. 109 Donaldson Partners. 108 A R & C Booth.

Leading grossing beef breeds - £1498 G Sedgewick. £1446 W Emerson. £1108 R A Patterson. £1079 £1051 W I Suddes & Son. £1057 P Bainbridge. £1048 L W Martin. £1014 B & B Kitching.

Leading grossing dairy breeds - £969 £878 G Thompson & Sons. £914 A R & C Booth. £911 J R Wilson. £902 J E Farrow & Son. £853 Wilkinson & Son.

Store & breeding sheep - In stark contrast to the cattle trade the sheep prices are higher than this time last year by some margin and this is creating tremendous prices in the store ring.

On eight occasions bidding reached £80 and beyond as over half of the lots offered made over £60 and the market average soared above £65. Our first glimpse of ewes with lambs at foot was also positive, trade was topped by a 4 crop suffolk ewe with her single texel lamb at foot when they sold for £120.

Leading store hogg prices - £88 £82.50 £80 A & B Herworth. £86 £80.50 K Cator. £82.50 £81.50 £77.50 B R S Farms. £81 N G Beveridge. £79 £78 W Ramsay & Son.

BERWICK

w/e January 31

Border Livestock Exchange sold 174 Prime Cattle including 42 Cows, 2,019 Prime Lambs, 429 Ewes and 184 Store Cattle. Prime Cattle remain steady with top prices going to Redpath Farms, Spylaw for a Limousin Cross Heifer which sold for 396p per kg. Limousin Cross Young Bulls from Bowsden Moor, Berwick upon Tweed sold to £1,718 per head for a 12 month old Bull. Cull Cows sold to £1,300 for a Limousin Cow also from Bowsden Moor. Aberdeen Angus Cross Cows from Borewell Farm, Berwick, sold to an impressive £1,092 per head.

Prime Lambs continued to firm with export weights selling to 420p per kg for a Texel Cross from Primside Farm, Yetholm; Edgerston Home Farm, Jedburgh and Crookston Farm, Heriot. Heavy weight Texel Crosses sold to £110.0 from Middle Moor, Alnwick.

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