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Store Cattle & Sheep | Friday 19th October 2018

Store Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts at their weekly sale of store cattle offered 414 head including several noted annual consignments.  Trade was largely on a par with that seen earlier in the month however secondary sorts remain hard to place with purchasers mindful of increased feeding costs.

The best of the older entry were dominated by the Limousin breed with Peter Charleton, Little Harle attaining the top price of the day for his best 18 month old steer which scaled to £1395.  The Kirkwhelpington based producer sold a great run of fifteen strong steers, all at the same age to average £1231 throughout.

James Herdman, Edlingham Newtown peaked at £1370 for his best Limousin cross steer and sold a strong Angus steer to £1280, leading the native cattle trade on the day.

Heifers were once again sought after and these were topped by a tremendous offering of Limmy cross ladies from Messrs Cuthbert, Wingates South and their four best sold well at £1230, £1220 for two and £1215 for another one and averaged £1093 for fifteen sold.

The yearling trade was led by the annual consignment of top quality Limousin and Blue cross steers and heifers from Ken Robinson, Warksfieldhead which peaked at £1305 for a super Limmy bullock. Heifers in the same bracket peaked at £1190 for a smart red heifer from noted bull breeders; Messrs Nixon, Stotsfold.

Demand for the right type of cattle continues to be strong round the ring at Hexham and vendors with cattle to sell are urged to contact our auctioneers on 01434 605444 who will be delighted to advise the most opportune sale at which to market your animals.

Leading prices;

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Limousin x steers – £1320 Cheviot, £1275 Sunniside, £1180 & £1110 Newton Greens, £1100 Cheviot

Limousin x heifers - £1190 & £1070 Settlingstones, £1010 Settlingstones & High Warden

Simmental x steers - £1230 Greencarts

Angus x steers - £1210 & £1160 Newton Greens

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Charolais x steers – £1255 & £1230 Edlingham Newtown, £1005 & £980 Harewalls

Charolais x heifers – £1190 & £1175 Edlingham Newtown

Limousin x steers – £1395 Little Harle, £1370 Edlingham Newtown, £1350 Little Harle, £1325 Little Harle & Sunniside, £1290 Little Harle, £1280 Sunniside (x2) & Cornhills, £1265 Cheviot & Stotsfold, £1260 & £1250 (x2) Little Harle, £1210 Edlingham Newtown, £1190 Little Harle, £1170 Edlingham Newtown, £1160 & £1125 Little Harle, £1090 Holly Hill West & Stotsfold, £1080 Woodwell House, £1050 Farnamullan, £1040 Stotsfold, £1030 Blackhalls, £1000 The Tofts, £995 Woodwell House, £995 Woodwell House, £990 The Tofts, High Warden & Blackhalls, £980 The Tofts (x2), Colwell Demesne & Woodwell House

Limousin x heifers – £1230, £1220 & £1215 Wingates South, £1210 Halton Red House, £1190 Throstle Nest, £1170 Luns House (x2) & Edlingham Newtown, £11602, £1150, £1140 & £1130 Luns House, £1120 Wingates South, £1110 Luns House & Wingates South, £1090 Luns House, £1085 Wingates South, £1070 Luns House & Little Harle, £1065 Little Harle, £1060 Luns House, £1050 Cornhills, £1045 Wingates South, £1040 Wingates South & Edlingham Newtown, £1035 Wingates South, £990 Little Harle, £985 Cornhills, £980 & £970 Little Harle, £935 Harewalls, £930 Luns House & Wingates South

British Blue x steers - £1045 & £940 Woodwell House

Simmental x steers – £1240 & £1100 Greencarts

Angus x steers -£1280 Edlingham Newtown, £1190 Hallington New Houses & Blackhalls, £1180 & £1125 Hallington New Houses, £1080 Hedley West, £1050 Allendale Farm & Hallington New Houses, £1040 Allendale Farm, £1035 Hedley West, £1010 Allendale Farm

Angus x heifers – £940 Middle White Hill

Beef Shorthorn steers - £980 Inverleigh, £900 Warkshaugh

Aubrac steers - £1160 & £1155 Farnamullan

Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Charolais x steers – £1250 Edlingham Newtown, £1020 & £990 Woodlands, £950 West Causey Hill, £905 Woodlands

Charolais x heifers - £1150, £1065 & £1020 Edlingham Newtown

Limousin x steers – £1305 Warksfield Head, £1275 Cornhills, £1230 Holly Hill West, £1205 Settlingstones, £1130 Halton Red House, £1115 Round Meadows, £1110 Holly Hill West & Pitland Hills, £1105 Warksfield Head, £1090 Round Meadows, £1070 Cornhills & Warksfield Head, £1055 Warksfield Head, £1050 Little Harle, £1040 Throstle Nest, £1020 Stotsfold, Warksfield Head, Lingey Field, The Fawns & Pitland Hills, £1010 Warksfield Head, £1005 Frolar Meadows, £1000 Holly Hill West & Warksfield Head, £980 Settlingstones, Cornhills & Throstle Nest, £965 Warksfield Head

Limousin x heifers – £1190 Stotsfold, £1130 Cornhills, £1100 Pitland Hills, £1000 Cornhills & Round Meadows, £980 Colwell Demesne, £960 Halton Red House, £950 Stotsfold

British Blue x steers – £1090, £980 & £950 Warksfield Head, £930 The Fawns

British Blue x heifers – £1030 & £925 Warksfield Head

Simmental x steers – £1105 Warksfield Head, £1100 Warkshaugh, £950 Warksfield Head

Angus x steers – £920 West Causey Hill

Angus x heifers – £935 Middle White Hill

Cattle 10 months and under

Limousin x steers – £930 Halton Red House

Limousin x heifers – £945 & £900 Halton Red House

British Blue x steers – £1100 Lingey Field

Store Sheep

Cast Ewes

All classes of cast ewes dearer this week especially well fleshed sorts.
Topping today’s sale were Suffolk ewes from M/s TL Forster & Son, Lowes Fell selling for £106.  Tups topping at £102 for a Texel Ram from Thomas Wilson, Throstle Nest.
Hill ewes to £81 for Cheviots from M/s Dodd & Wise, Sillywrea.

Texel – £102 Throstle Nest, £100 & £98 Greyside, £79 & £74 Throstle Nest

Texel x – £104 Greyside, £99 Middle Dukesfield, £97 Comb Hills, £92 Chesters, £91 Throstle Nest, £90 Follions, £89 Cockhall, £87 Chesters & Greyside, £86 & £85 Throstle Nest, £84 Fell Lane & Middle Horsleyhope, £83 Longshaws, £82 Wall Fell, £81 North Cocklake, £80 Wall Fell, Hepple Whitefield, Fell Lane, Cockhall (x2) & Middle Dukesfield, £79 East Uppertown (x2) & Grange House, £78 Well Bank, £76 Rawfoot, £75 The Ash, £74 Comb Hills & Grange House, £73 Rawfoot, High Fotherley & Birkside

Suffolk – £92 High Barns

Suffolk x – £106 Lowes Fell, £94 Middle Dukesfield, £84 Throstle Nest, £80 Middle Horsleyhope, £79 Fell Lane, £78 Felton Demesne

Beltex x - £94 Greyside, £92, £78 & £74 Middle Horsleyhope

Leicester - £90 Hackford, £89 Lowes Fell & Hackford, £72 Greyside

Cheviot - £80 Sillywrea

Mule – £71 Throstle Nest, £67 Birtley Old School, £62 Lowes Fell & Greyside, £61 Comb Hills, £60 Felton Demesne, £59 Snape Farm & Fell Lane (x2), £58 Hackford, Bingfield Combe & Settlingstones, £57 Rawfoot, £56 Longshaws & Greyside, £55 Camphill, Rawfoot, High Fotherley & Grange House

Blackface – £42 Lowes Fell & Rookland (x2), £41 Camphill & Rookland

Swaledale – £45 & £35 Baal Hill, £34 Hackford, £32 Sweethope, £30 Greyside

Jacob - £39 Bingfield East Quarter

Crossbred - £97 Lowes Fell, £94 Sillywrea, £85 Low Staples, £80 & £74 Low Staples, £71 & £70 Grange House

Store Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their weekly catalogued sale of 5387 lambs.
Lambs would be very similar on the week with Mules and the smarter Texel, Beltex type lambs dearer than last week with yet again a tremendous attendance of purchasers ringside.
The sale was topped by a great pen of Texel x lambs from M/s J Green & Son, Follions that realised £92.50.  The same vendor sold three more pens over £90.  Also breaking the £90 barrier was Mr P Ambler, Highmoss Thorn selling pens at £91.50, £90.50 and £90
Mr I Potts, Redburn topped the Mule section at £68.50 for a great pen.
More hill lambs, especially Blackface lambs, needed for next week’s sale,
For entries and enquiries please call Drew Patrick on 07854361967

Texel – £84 & £64 Cornhills

Texel x – £92.50 Follions, £91.50 Highmoss Thorn, £90.50 Highmoss Thorn & Follions, £90 Highmoss Thorn & Follions, £88 Prospect House Corbridge, £87 Follions, £84 Chapel House Gilsland, £83.50 Well Bank, £82.50 Highwood Cottage, £81 Bensons Fell, £79.50 Prospect House Corbridge, £78.50 Fern Dene, £78 Merryshields Stocksfield, Whiteside Birtley & Midgeholme, £77 Midgeholme, Felton Demesne & Chapel House Gilsland, £76.50 Well Bank, £76 Cockhall, £75.50 Birchcraig, £75 Cockhall (x2), Felton Demesne, Fell Lane, Bensons Fell & Chesterwood, £74.50 Old Blacksmiths Shop, Prospect House Corbridge (x2) & Ridley Stokoe (x2), £74 Prospect House Corbridge (x2) & Chesterwood, £73.50 Errington Red House

Dutch Texel x - £77.50 & £75.50 Willimoteswick

Suffolk x – £75.50 Cooper House, £75 Prospect House Corbridge, £74 Felton Demesne, £70 Merryshields Stocksfield, £69.50 Prospect House Corbridge, £69 Batey Shield, £68 Low Huntwell, £66.50 Black Hedley, £62.50 Settlingstones

Beltex x - £81 Wall Fell, £79 Fell Lane, £76 Whitton Glebe, £75 & £71 Close Head, £60.50 Low Struthers

Leicester - £66 The Hott

Cheviot x - £56 Low Greenley Cleugh, £49 Lynnshield (x2) & Colwell Demesne Cottage

Mule – £68.50 (x2) Redburn, £65 White House Birtley, £64 Whiteside Birtley, £63 Woodhall, £62 Redesmouth & East Plenmeller, £61 Batey Shield, £60 Agars Hill, £59 Batey Shield, £58 Redesmouth, The Ash & Low Acton, £57 Hawksteel, £55.50 Woodhall, £54 White House Birtley, East Plenmeller, Chattlehope & Batey Shield

Blackface – £49 Low Greenley Cleugh, £43 Whiteside Birtley, £42 Low Greenley Cleugh

Swaledale - £37.50 Linshiels, £34 Low Acton & Kingswood

Crossbred – £73.50 Felton Demesne, £68 Cowbyre

"Bellingham Sale" Spring Born Calves | Thursday 18th October 2018

“Bellingham Sale” Spring Born Calves

Hexham & Northern Marts held their annual special prize show and sale of spring born suckled calves, traditionally referred to as the ‘Bellingham’ sale and offered a slightly decreased entry on the year of 1017 calves, all of which had been born after January 1st 2018.

Again this year the prize show was sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health, Carrs-Billington and The Limousin Cattle Society and the company are once again very grateful for their generous support.

Presiding as judge was noted Welsh bull breeder and authority on show cattle Mr Rhys Millichap, Tonyrefail, who had made the long trip to Hexham from Mid-Glamorgan and he was delighted with the quality of the calves on show. A superb entry of over forty spring born calves were put before Mr Millichap and all were a real credit to the effort extended by the consignors not only in terms of the cross-bred genetics used in each herd but also the work involved in bringing these young animals out in show ring condition.

From several individual breed and group classes the judge worked swiftly and diligently towards the culmination of his remit which was the Overall Championship and the presentation of The Michael Walton ‘Bellingham’ Trophy which went to the first prize Limousin cross bred heifer from Messrs Armstrong, Harlow Bower, Whitfield. The sweet and smart black heifer looked every inch the champion and was presented in fine style by father and son Eric & Mark Armstrong who had bred the animal from a first cross British Blue suckler cow which had been sourced from retired local dairy farmers Dick and Janice Batey several years previously.  The sire used was a newly sourced and long sought after pedigree Limousin stock bull from Messrs Holliday, Langwathby with whom Messrs Armstrong have had success using bulls from these Cumbrian breeders in the past.

Standing as a worthy reserve champion was the first prize British Blue cross heifer from Dan Kemp, Keepwick, which saw the Humshaugh based producer occupy the same position as the same sale last year with an equally well-bred blue and white heifer that truly tested the judges resolve when allocating the championship rosettes.

Both animals were presented before a packed ring of buyers and onlookers at mid-day and the apparent closeness of the pair in the judging ring was confirmed at the point sale. The champion was first under the hammer and bidding was brisk from all corners of the ring and viewing gallery with added interest from telephone bidders but it was the judge who emerged victorious to take the heifer home to Porth, South Wales parting with £1500 in the process. Next in came the reserve champion which had been expertly turned out by stockman Roger Nixon on behalf of Mr Kemp and similarly bidding set off at a pace with interest from the three home nations.  In affirmation of the judges decision the hammer price of Mr Kemps tremendous offering was also £1500 and the animal sold to Messrs Bell, Lockerbie.

Best Four Continental x Steers

  First Prize             Woodhall

  Second Prize         Elrington Hall

Best Limousin x Steer

  First Prize             Woodhall

  Second Prize        Cleughfoot

Best Limousin x Heifer

  First Prize             Harlow Bower

  Second Prize         Keepwick

Best Other Continental x Steer

  First Prize             Woodhall

  Second Prize        Cawfields

Best Other Continental x Heifer

  First Prize             Keepwick

  Second Prize        Cawfields

Overall Champion – Mr E Armstrong, Harlow Bower (Limousin x Heifer)

Reserve Champion – Mr D Kemp, Keepwick (British Blue x Heifer)

The sale proper began with a crowd at the ringside that included regular weekly buyers and a strong contingent of those well-travelled purchasers that come to Hexham especially for this annual event to procure well-bred calves from the cattle producing hills and valleys of this renowned livestock rearing region of Northern England.

Shifting trends, improved farming methods and quite simply the dedication of the stockmen and women of the area have meant that the catalogue full of once prevalent upland native breed cattle has transformed into an occasion at which continental cross and three-quarter bred calves with outstanding shape and carcase are now common place. With a hard start in life during a cold and wet first quarter of the year these spring born cattle were then subjected to a long, dry summer during which pastures largely failed and milk disappeared fast, testament than again to the ability of the herdmasters that consigned their cattle in fine fettle on this day.

Many vendors reported increases on the year and the best end of each offering sold exceptionally well, especially heifers for which there appeared to be greater demand. Steers in peak condition were also highly sought after but the male entry on the whole appeared to have suffered the most during summer and any steer or heifer that was leaner or ‘weathered’ was certainly harder to place.

A great many producers enjoyed buoyant trade and with highlights too numerous to mention in full the auctioneers are pleased to report no fewer than twenty lots within the sale of these 6-8 month old calves sold at £1000 or more. These included an outstanding run of calves from Messrs Bell, Woodhall, Bardon Mill who came forward with 19 steers that peaked at £1000 and 21 heifers that sold to £900 and the entire well-bred run of 40 Limmy and Blue crosses returning at £823 throughout.

Likewise Dennis and Patricia Yeats, Cleughfoot, high on the Roman Wall saw £970 for their best steer, £960 for their lead heifer and 24 Limousin crosses averaged at a mighty £827 for the couple whose cattle always draw a crowd at this sale.

With his reserve rosette heifer selling to the second top price of the day Dan Kemp brought out another smashing run of calves all bred in a similar mold and his steers topped at £1010 with his remaining heifers hitting £1090 to level at a lucky £888 for fourteen and eight sold respectively.

Messrs Storrow, Willimoteswick made the short trip to Hexham from Bardon Mill with their annual consignment of Limousin and Blue bred calves warranted under the ‘Sure Calf’ vaccination programme operated by sale sponsors Zoetis Animal health which gives these calves added protection at housing. An added selling point the health of the calves from Messrs Storrow was evident when they hit the ring as demand was ramped up a notch further with their twenty-eight selling to just £1 short of a £920 average with Blue cross steers to £1010 and Limmy cross heifers to £1180 defining a remarkable days trading for the family.

A select number of upland based consignors still use native breed bulls, often as a means of breeding heifer replacements and batches of Angus calves also sold well on the day. The Cottonshope Partners figured highly with a pen of 5 steers bred at altitude near the Scottish Border selling at £840 whilst Selby and Alan Robson, Yatesfield sold the largest pen on the day when their 9 bullocks bred in the same valley cashed at £800 to the same purchaser.

Leading the native charge however were Dave and Stuart Hall, The Raw, Elsdon who sold two Angus steers, also the by-product of a homebred replacement heifer approach, which topped at £845 and followed at £810. It was however their main annual run of Charolais crosses for which many were keen at the ringside and this saw their steers peak at £910 and heifers lift to £850; a much improved figure on the year with both new and return purchasers aiding an average of £799 for 25 and 29 sold respectively. 

Despite being scarce on the catalogue the Charolais breed was actively targeted by store buyers and finishers alike and the undoubted leaders on the day were those sold immediately next; Messrs Johnson, West Wharmley, perhaps the shortest travelled cattle on the day that also tipped the four figure mark. Their white steers soared to £1010 and followed at £965, £960 and £955 whilst heifers topped at £875 for a smart trio returning a figure of £852 for 33 traded on the day.

Proving that a ‘later’ turn on the day may not necessarily result in a reduced return were the eighteen shining examples of Limousin genetics crossed with that of British Blue and just a dash of dairy quality that were sold by Eric Armstrong outwith his Show Champion. Mr Armstrong’s steers peaked at the coveted figure of £1000 however it was his female entry, buoyed on by his show success and the ever eager presence of several Young Farmers vying for their Calf Wintering Competition purchases that really ‘rang the bell’ on the day.  His first heifer sold following the steers and not having been placed in the earlier show classes steadily rose to exceed her decorated stablemates price tag and settle at £1520 to the buyer of the Reserve Champion. The next shot to £1200, the next to £1220 and then a fourth cracker to £1120 which resulted in a phenomenal result for the 19 cattle brought down from Whitfield by Messrs Armstrong who were rewarded with an average of £1017 for cattle reared to eight and nine months of age.

The company would like to extend our grateful thanks to all involved with this annual special sale and wish all buyers good luck with their purchases.

Leading prices;                   

Cattle 10 months and under

Charolais x steers – £1010, £965, £960 & £955 West Wharmley, £940 (x2) Ridley Farm, £930 West Wharmley, £910 The Raw, £905 Wydon, £900 The Raw, £890 The Raw (x3) & West Wharmley, £880 & £860 West Wharmley, £830 The Raw, £825 & £805 Wydon, £800 The Raw & Wydon

Charolais x heifers - £875 & £865 (x2) West Wharmley, £850, £840, £830 (x2) & £815 The Raw, £805 West Wharmley, £800 The Raw & Ridley Farm, £780 West Wharmley (x2)

Limousin x steers – £1050 Burnbank, £1025 Dyke Nook, £1010 Keepwick & Hole Farm, £1000 Woodhall & Harlow Bower, £995 Glower Oer Him, £990 Glower Oer Him, Woodhall & Hole Farm, £980 Wallend, £970 Cleughfoot, Hole Farm & Harlow Bower, £960 Cleughfoot, Hole Farm & Morley Hill, £955 Harlow Bower & Morley Hill, £950 Keepwick, Willimoteswick & Harlow Bower, £945 Cleughfoot, £940 Willimoteswick (x2) & Morley Hill, £935 Morley Hill (x2), £930 Stone Stile & Nilston Rigg, £920 Colwell Demesne, £915 Nilston Rigg & Cleughfoot, £910 Stone Stile, Cleughfoot & Harlow Bower, £905 Burnbank, £900 Wallend, Cleughfoot, Hole Farm, Featherwood (x2) & Ouston, £890 Heatheridge & Glower Oer Him, £885 Keepwick, £880 Keepwick (x2), Morley Hill & Ridley Farm, £875 Glower Oer Him, £870 Colwell Demesne (x2), Hole Farm, Mains Rigg, Willimoteswick & Dene House, £865 Glower Oer Him, £860 East Loanend, Longlea, Colwell Demesne, Allensgreen, Harlow Bower, Dene House & Dyke Nook, £855 Willimoteswick, £850 Colwell Demesne, Featherwood (x2), Mains Rigg & West Wharmley, £845 Longlea & Colwell Demesne, £840 The Laws, Keepwick & Willimoteswick, £835 Penpeugh, £830 Hole Farm & Nilston Rigg, £825 Morley Hill, £820 Willimoteswick (x2), £815 Stone Stile, £810 Colwell Demesne, Woodhall, Batey Shield, Mains Rigg, Willimoteswick & Nilston Rigg

Limousin x heifers – £1520 & £1500 Harlow Bower, £1300 Morley Hill, £1220 & £1200 Harlow Bower, £1180 Willimoteswick, £1120 Harlow Bower, £1090 Keepwick, £1000 Cawfields, £990 Willimoteswick, £980 Harlow Bower, £960 Cleughfoot, £950 Cleughfoot & Willimoteswick, £930 Allensgreen, £920 Willimoteswick, £895 Penpeugh, £890 Willimoteswick, £880 Heatheridge & Hole Farm, £875 Stone Stile, £870 Harlow Bower, £860 & £855 (x2) Keepwick, £850 Glower Oer Him & Woodhall, £845 Penpeugh & Morley Hill, £840 Woodhall & Hole Farm, £835 Dene House & Morley Hill, £830 Cleughfoot (x2), West Wharmley & Harlow Bower, £825 Willimoteswick & Morley Hill, £820 Longlea, Hole Farm, Allensgreen & Dene House, £815 Wallend, £810 Longlea & Featherwood

British Blue x steers – £1010, £1000 & £990 Willimoteswick, £950 Willimoteswick (x2) & Elrington Hall, £935 Willimoteswick, £920 Woodhall, £890 Morley, £855 Woodhall, £840 Cawfields (x2) & Woodhall, £800 Morley Hill, £790 Woodhall

British Blue x heifers – £1500 Keepwick, £930 Willimoteswick (x2), £900 & £890 (x2) Woodhall, £865 Morley Hill, £810 Woodhall, £800 Woodhall & Morley Hill, £790 Woodhall

Angus x steers – £845 The Raw, £840 Cottonshope, £810 The Raw, £800 Yatesfield, £750 Cottonshope, Yatesfield & Crowhall

Angus x heifers - £700 Cottonshope

Beef Shorthorn steers - £760 Yatesfield

Saler x steers - £740 Mains Rigg

Scots Gap Mart | Wednesday 17th October 2018

Scots Gap Auction Mart

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Scots Gap Auction Mart sold 298 prime and cast sheep at their weekly sale and prices peaked at £100 for nine super heavyweight Texel cross lambs from David Brodie, The Chesters. Edward Potts, Black Callerton sold a smart pair of Beltex cross lambs at 45kg which realised 198.9ppk. Cast sheep peaked at £90 for hefty Texel cross ewes from Richard Thornton, Cornhills. More of both classes could have been sold.

Prime Lambs

Texel x – £100 & £95 The Chesters, £89 Black Callerton, £87 The Chesters, £86 New Houses, £85 (x2) The Chesters, £84 Cornhills, £82 High Baulk, £81 New Houses, £81 Cornhills, £80 Black Callerton, £80 High Baulk, £78.20 Dykehead, £78 The Chesters, £77 Black Callerton.

198.9p Black Callerton, 195.5p New Houses, 186.2p Dykehead, 186.1p Black Callerton, 185.7p The Chesters, 182.1p Dykehead, 175.0p Black Callerton. 172.3p New Houses, 171.4p Black Callerton, 170.9p Whittonshields, 168.0p & 165.3p Cornhills, 164.0p High Baulk, 163.3p The Chesters, 163.3p High Baulk, 162.8p Redesmouth.

Beltex x - £73 Cornhills

Suffolk x - £72 & 160.0p The Chesters

Mule - £64 & 152.4p Redesmouth

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x – £90 Cornhills, £77 Broom House, £76 Grangemoor, £75 Cornhills, £75 Grangemoor

Suffolk x - £80 Grangemoor

Cheviot Mule - £72.50 Cornhills

Hexham Primestock | Tuesday 16th October 2018


Prime Cattle

Two butcher’s heifers forward this week from Mr FT Walton, Flotterton which realised 222.5p & 219.5ppk respectively.

Charolais Heifers – £1338.95 & £1303.85 Flotterton

222.5p & 219.5p Flotterton

A much larger show of cows this week with another large turnout of buyers for both finished and feeding cows.  Trade would be similar to last week with feeding cows and cast bulls especially in demand.
Highest grossing cow came from Mrs VS Allgood, Nunwick.  This Limousin cow made £1264.83 and was purchased by Mr. C Kirkpatrick.
Highest grossing cast bull was a Limousin from RL Robson, Sweethope which realised 139.5ppk.
For entries next week please call Drew Patrick on 07854361967 or the office on 01434 605444

Limousin (Bulls) – £1220.63 Sweethope, £1047.25 Bankfoot Belsay, £967.62 Blackhalls

177.5p Bankfoot, 139.5p Sweethope

Limousin – £1264.83, £1124.15 & £1113.78 Nunwick, £925.98 Cornhills, £914.38 & £911.68 Nunwick, £908.28 Bankfoot Broomley, £890.51 Bankfoot Belsay, £878.85 & £873.15 Bankfoot Broomley, £838.68 Low Ardley, £815.50 Hedley Park, £804.10 Mains Rigg

158.5p, 149.5p & 148.5p Nunwick, 139.5p Bankfoot Broomley, 137.5p & 129.5p Nunwick, 128.5p Bankfoot Belsay, 126.5p Cornhills, 123.5p Bankfoot Broomley, 122.5p Mains Rigg, 120.5p Low Ardley

Angus -£1119.53 Hedley Park, £904.16 Bankfoot Belsay

126.5p Hedley Park, 118.5p Bankfoot Belsay

British Blue – £1183.80 Low Ardley, £1055.93 Piatroon, £1006.50 Nunwick £865.08 Blackhalls

161.5p Low Ardley, 137.5p Nunwick, 121.5p Blackhalls

Saler x - £780.88 & 113.5p Mains Rigg

Prime Sheep

Prime Lambs

Good show of sheep forward.  Trade dearer on the week with well bred, fleshy export types in strong demand.
Top price per head £100 for Texel x from Miss D Potts, Dukes Hagg
Top price per kilo 204p also Texel’s from M/s AE&NG Beveridge, Low West Farm

Texel x – £100 Dukes Hagg, £89 Aydonshields & Flotterton, £85.50 Little Swinburne & Great Chesters, £84.50 Matfen High House, £84.20 Low West Farm, £83.50 Low Eshells, £83 Dukes Hagg, £82.50 Little Swinburne, Burntongues, Watch Currock & Low Ardley, £82 Aydonshields, £81.50 Little Swinburne, Matfen High House & Low Ardley (x2), £81 High Eshells, Little Swinburne (x2) & Dukes Hagg, £80.80 Low Eshells, £80.50 Nunwick (x2), £80 High Eshells (x2), Aydonshields, Partridge Nest, Low West Farm, £79.50 High Castle Dene, Low West Farm & Watch Currock (x2), £79 High Eshells, Burntongues & Low Ardley, £78.50 Low Ardley, £78.20 East Uppertown, £78 Low Eshells, High House Matfen, High Castle Dene, Nunwick (x2) & West Shields

204p Low West Farm, 203.6p Little Swinburne, 196.5p High House Matfen, 196.2p Low West Farm, 196.1p Watch Currock, 195.8p & 195.1p Low West Farm, 195p Nunwick, 192.9p & 191.9p Little Swinburne, 190.2p Nunwick, 189.5p Littler Swinburne, 187.5p Watch Currock, 187.3p China Hall, 187.2p Watch Currock, 186.4p Aydonshields, 185.7p Matfen High House, 184.1p High Eshells & Little Swinburne, 183.6p Low Eshells, 183p Nunwick, 181.9p East Uppertown, 181.1p Matfen High House, 181p Low Eshells, 180.7p High Castle Dene & Watch Currock, 180.5p Haining Head, 179.6p Burntongues, 178.6p High Castle Dene, 178.1p China Hall, 177.4p Partridge Nest, 176.8p Chesterwood, 176.3p West Shields, 175.5p Burntongues & High Castle Dene

Dutch Texel x - £83 & £79 Willimoteswick

202.4p & 188.1p Willimoteswick

Suffolk x – £80 Thockrington, £77.50 Nunwick & Sillywrea, £77 Matfen High House, £76.50 Flotterton, £76.20 Low Eshells, Lowes Fell & Thockrington, £75.50 Flotterton, £75.20 Haining Head, Thockrington & Sillywrea, £75 Middle Heads

167.4p Matfen High House, 162.5p Burnhope Flatts, 162.5p & 160.6p Flotterton, 160.2p Sillywrea, 160p Haining Head

Cheviot x- £73 & 162.2p Flotterton

Mule –£75 Stone Stile, £72.80 Aydonshields & Stone Stile, £71 Holly Hill West

154.9p Aydonshields, 154.4p Holly Hill West

Swaledale - £55 & 131p Bulls Hill

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x – £72 Sillywrea

Suffolk x - £49 High Fotherley

Charollais – £76 East Uppertown

Cheviot x – £50 Sillywrea

Blackface Tup Sale | Monday 15th October 2018

Hexham & Northern Marts

Annual Prize Show & Sale of Blackface Rams

15th October 2018 

Hexham & Northern Marts conducted their annual prize show and sale of Blackface Rams under the auspices of the North of England Branch of The Blackface Sheep Breeders Association and offered a catalogued entry of 259 comprising 247 Shearlings and 12 Ram Lambs.

The prize show was conducted prior to the sale and as always was generously sponsored by The NFU Hexham Office. A strong entry 20 individual ‘Hexham’ type tups were put before the appointed judge for the shearling classes and noted authority on the breed and type; Mr Philip Walton, Wanwood Hill, Alston who quickly whittled the entry down to a very select and evenly matched line up of eight of his preferred rams from which number 114 from Messrs A Murray & Sons, Sewingshields emerged to take the first prize rosette and The Bellingham Cup as the Champion Shearling Ram.

Attention then turned to a small but select entry of Ram Lambs which were presided over by Mr David Robson, Townshields, Bardon Mill who worked swiftly and efficiently to award The James Robson Memorial Cup and the first prize rosette to lamb number 258 from Messrs Wanwood Partners, Wanwood Hill, Alston.

It was these two tremendous examples of the Hexham type that were put before the Overall Championship Judge Mr Alan Smith, Crosswood Hill, West Lothian who gave each his due consideration before tapping out the shearling from Sewingshields as the Overall Champion on the day.  Sired by the £9000 Wanwood Hill stock sheep the upstanding powerful shearling obviously caught the judge’s eye with the desirable combination of ‘carcass, colours and coat’ – all three traits which are the cornerstones of the Hexham type.

Messrs Murray were presented with The Edmundbyers Cup for the Overall Champion Ram and the JH Reed Memorial Cup was presented to Jamie Murray as the shepherd of the Champion.

Prize Show Results

Overall Champion – (Ram No. 114) Messrs A Murray & Sons, Sewingshields.

Reserve Champion – (258) Messrs Wanwood Partners, Wanwood Hill.

Best Scotch Type Ram awarded the Bob Jackson Trophy – (67) Anna & Amy Mackay, The Dudlees.

Hexham Type Shearling;

1st – (114) Messrs Murray, Sewingshields

2nd – (123) Messrs Turnbull, Shepherds Croft

3rd – (136) Messrs Armstrong & Hunter, Carrick

Group of Three Shearlings;

1st -   Awarded The Willie Armstrong Memorial Shield (138, 139, 140) Messrs Armstrong & Hunter, Carrick.

2nd – (233, 235, 236) Messrs Mackay, Billsmoor Park.

3rd – (113, 117, 118) Messrs Murray, Sewingshields.

Group of Three Ram Lambs;

1st – (259, 260, 261) Messrs Paxton, Greenleighton.

2nd – (253, 254, 255) Messrs Robson, High Leam.

Scotch Type Ram;

1st – (67) Anna & Amy Mackay, The Dudlees.

2nd – (1) Messrs Robson, Townshields.

3rd – (63) Messrs Walton, The Dudlees.  

Sale Report (in catalogue order)

With substantial losses experienced as a result of the harsh winter conditions; perhaps highlighted by the reduced entry, demand was reportedly high in the run up to the sale date with both breeders and commercial producers alike in search of new stock rams.  The crowds of potential purchasers present in the sale lines before the sale began was proof of this theory with a great contingent of return buyers bolstered with a good number of fresh faces. 

The tone of the day was set with the first sheep into the ring; the second prize Scotch type shearling from Neil Robson & Family, Townshields on The Roman Wall which quickly rose to £2200 with the Wanwood Hill sired sheep selling to Messrs Ewart, Craig Farming Co, Langholm.

A trio of high fliers came forward next from the Prospect House flock of Charlie and Rachel Halbert which peaked at £1800 for a tup with size and scope by the £4000 home bred sheep sold in 2017, this one selling to the Roman Wall based Great Chesters flock of Willie Woodman. A brace of shearlings sold at £1600 for Messrs Halbert; the first by a Wanwood Hill which went to Carrick and another that was purchased by Nick Walton, Cowden Burn.

The pen leader from John and Jonjo Pattinson which was got by the 2016 £12,500 Toft House stock sheep from their Hotbank flock saw the dearest price paid in this pen at £1200 with this correct ram selling to Stuart Robson for Messrs Walton, Toft House.

The next figure of note was that attained by father and daughter Robert and Rachel Raine, Townfoot, West Woodburn for their £5000 Carrick sired pen leader and favourite which had been out for show earlier in the day. Clean Colours and a great skin drew a renewed crowd to the ringside and the tup went home to Cumbria with longstanding and respected breeder George Famelton, Horseholme, Gilsland for the sum of £4000.

Their very next sheep into the ring had also caught the eye of a number of breed stalwarts and quickly rose to £2500 with the hammer falling in favour of the fledgling flock of Ruth Mitcheson, Bolam Lake House, Belsay.

The Horseholm sire purchased in 2016 for £3200 certainly paid dividends for Andrew Murray, Stell Green as his first three shearlings were all bred by this sheep and all three sold well on the day; the first at £1600 selling to Philip Teasdale, Grindon Hill; the second at £2600 which went home to Edlingham Newtown with James Herdman and the third which levelled at £1400 to go to work high above Bellingham at Hareshaw for Messrs Peart.

Two then sold in quick succession for the same figure but from different homes; the first and solitary offering from the newly established Harsondale flock suggests a bright future with his own sheep for Harry Morshead turning out this Nilston Rigg sired ram for a nice round £1000 to Messrs Weatherson, Edges Green.  Similarly, seasoned hand Lewis Forster, West Nubbock saw the same money for his Sewingshields sired pen topper which was purchased by well-known producers of the Blackie bred North of England Mule; George and John Browell, Quarry House, Hexham.

The Misses Mackay; Amy & Anna, following their triumphant Overall Championship and sale topping trade in 2017 were amongst the prizes again this year and took The Bob Jackson trophy for their first prize Scotch type ram which had been turned out in impeccable fashion by the girls’ father Steven.  The Silloans sired tup was big and square with a great top line and piqued interest from both sides of the Carter Bar selling eventually for £1500 to Alistair Findlay, Whitchester, Tarset.

Two more in the same bracket were brought down, again from Hadrians Wall by Willie Woodman, Great Chesters, ably assisted by Billy Nicholson who saw their leader which was by a homebred son of a Dennis Chariton, Whiteside sheep sell for £1500 to John Nicholson, The Old Police House, Roadhead.  Another by the same sire sold well at £1000 to Peter Charleton, Little Harle, Kirkwhelpington.

The same amount was traded for the last sheep to be sold by David and Stuart Hall, The Dunns, Elsdon which had itself been got by a 2013 purchased Toft House £3400 sire.  This one was practically acclimatised to its new home and after having made a detour via Hexham was taken back to the heather hills of Simonside by nearby neighbours Messrs Stephenson, Blagdon Burn.

George and Caroline Walton, Allensgreen, Bardon Mill sold a smart pen of sheep which peaked at £1200 for a shearling by a homebred son of a Townfoot purchased in 2015 and this one sold to David Patterson, Broomhope, West Woodburn.

Messrs Paxton, Greenleighton brought their annual consignment to Hexham from the parish of Ewesley and their two best both hit £1000, the first, by a Wanwood Hill sire selling to Messrs Dixon, Upperburnmouth, Newcastleton and their third, by a High Staward to Messrs Sordy, Hazleton Rigg.

Melvin, Kevin & Steven Ridley brought out a powerful pen of shearlings from Shitlington Hall and their leader by a Chapel House purchase drew a crowd and sold, in the end for £2000 to Philip Walton, Troughend.  Their third offering by a Stuart Robson, High Leam sheep then changed hands for £1000 to be set to work at The Lamperts, Gilsland.

At virtually the mid-way point of the catalogue the strongest trade of the sale so far was seen by Angus and Jamie Murray for a strong and level pen of rams from the ever-present Sewingshields which included their show champion and third prize group of three.  The pen opener was indeed one of the three, got by the £9000 Wanwood Hill and this one quickly rattled up to £3600 being bought in a two-way split between Robert Mackay, Billsmoor Park and Stuart Robson, Toft House. Next came the show champion, also by the same sire and one bid was enough to secure this one which again was shared, this time by Messrs Wanwood Partners and Charlie Halbert who invested £2500 between them to capture their fancy.  The Wanwood sire kept interest in the Sewingshields pen and another by it sold for £2000 to Willie Walton, Penpeugh whilst the fourth in the run, got the same way went for £1400 to Peter Charleton. Another of the prize group came next, this by the £12500 Toft House from 2016 and this one was the second purchase of the day at £2000 for Craig Farming Company, Langholm.  The third of the group was also fancied and changed hands at £1800 to Miss Robinson, Commondale, Whitby, this also by the same sire as the previous sheep. Two more went well for Messrs Murray and completed a highly satisfactory days trading through the Hexham sale ring; one again by the £9000 Wanwood which went North of The Border to Duns for £1300 with Messrs McFarlane of Quixwood whilst another by a Prospect House sheep took a short shift East ‘along the Wall’ to Peter Findlay, Stoop Rigg.

Some of the furthest travelled sheep on the day would be the trio brought up from Kildale, by Peter Turnbull, Shepherds Croft and the journey home would be a happy one for the North Yorkshireman.  Mr Turnbull’s 2nd prize shearling set off at an opening bid of five thousand pounds and the ardour did not ease until the hammer came down on the £16,000 Wanwood Hill sired sale topper at £12,000 in favour of a determined Selby Robson who came to Hexham with ‘Big Guns’ from Yatesfield on the Otterburn Ranges.  Another by the same sire sold for £1000 to Neil Robson, Townshields and the third of three, this one by a Carrick sire was cashed at £2600 to Messrs Walton, Greyside, Newbrough. No doubt his best day to date at Hexham Mr Turnbull should be pleased and rightly proud of his sale leading average of £5200 for three sold; just reward for a career that has favoured and championed The North of England ‘Blackie’ in North Yorkshire.

Next of the prize winners to hit the sale ring was the strong pen from Messrs Armstrong & Hunter, Carrick, also high on the Military Ranges of Otterburn. Their pen opener was the earlier third prize shearling which was the sole offering in the lot by the 2014 purchased £8000 Wanwood stock sheep which Caroline & Andrew Hunter shared between their Carrick and Steel flocks.  The powerful ram with colour and skin drew many breeders to the ringside and travelled quickly to £3000 with the hammer falling in favour of Messrs Teasdale’s commercial operation at Grindon Hill. The next was by the £12000 Toft House 2016 acquisition and this one too sold well at £2400 to the Roman Wall Close-a-Burn flock of Dennis Yeats.  Three more by the same well-breeding sire were offered up next and these   had secured the earlier first prize group award and saw the fitting presentation by judge Philip Walton of The Memorial Shield donated by the family of the late Willie Armstrong, Carrick to his daughter Mrs Caroline Hunter.  A trio of top ranking sales were notched up in quick succession with all three rams going to noted breeders in the region at £3500, £2000 and £3400 going to Messrs Murray, Stell Green, then a share purchase between Wanwood Hill and Sewingshields and finally to Bewcastle based breeders Messrs Carruthers, Peel-a-Hill. Two more completed the ‘magnificent seven’ from Carrick that breached four figures with another by Toft House selling at £1400 to John Longlands, Tone Hall and the last of the run at £1100 by a Peel-a-Hill which went home to Bardon Mill with George Walton, Allensgreen. 

Lifelong North Tyne breed enthusiast Edgar Charlton, Greenleas, Bellingham brought out a pen of four traditional types and his best, by a Sewingshields sire was knocked down at £1100 to another Bellingham flock; that of Thomas Scott, Redesmouth. Steven Hogg also brought a square pen of four more modern types from Hazelton Rigg at the source of the River Aln on behalf of employers Messrs Sordy and sold well, his first two, both by a Willie Walton bred Penpeugh sheep traded at £1100 and £1000 to Messrs Whittaker, Clitheroe and Messrs Greenshields, Sanquhar respectively.

Toft House saw mixed fortunes on the day with the best two in the pen brought out in recognisable fashion by Stuart Robson, both by the £8500 Kirkstead and these sold at £1600 to Sewingshields and then at £1400 to Messrs Paxton, Greenleighton.  From the same parish of Otterburn brothers Robert and Richard Airey, Brownchesters, sold their best on the day; a big framed tup by a Penpeugh bred stock sheep for a straight £1000 to Messrs Capstick, Howgill, Sedbergh.  Selling in the same price bracket were two well-bred traditional Hexham types from father and son Willie and Stu Weatherson, Edges Green who saw success with two by a Sewingshields bred purchase that left two sons at £1200 and £1100 to Messrs Nicholson and Messrs Martin, both from Whitby, North Yorks.

The run of sheep from Selby Robson, Yatesfield sold well at either end; his pen opener by a Milnmark purchase sold for £1400 to Garry Herdman for use by his Shepherd David Milburn on their Wandystead Flock whilst his penultimate shearling by the 2016 purchased £5500 George Famelton, Horseholme high ranker sold for £3000 in a joint venture by Neil Robson, Townshields and Peter Turnbull, Shepherds Croft. His final sheep by the same sire then sold for £1500 to Messrs Stephenson, Blagdon Burn.

One of an annual quartet of Cumbrian breeders on the Hexham catalogue that always brings quality breeding to this sale is George Famelton from his Horseholme flock and this year was no exception. His first into the ring by the 2016 £6000 Toft House bred tup was a hefty lad with bags of colour and attracted both breeder and commercial attention settling at £2800 to John and John Carr Jnr, Camphill whilst another by the same sheep with the same traits sold for £1500 to Annabelle Morshead for her South Tyne Valley based Nilston Rigg Flock.

Next forward was the pen with size, stretch and skins from The Steel flock of Messrs Hunter and all but one of their five exceeded four figures. Their first by the £12000 Toft House rattled up to £4200 with interest from all around the ring with the eventual victor being Philip Teasdale, Grindon Hill. Next was a big tup by a homebred son of the £7000 Wanwood Hill which steadily rose to £1000 and was taken home to the North of England Mule operation of David & Marion Hope, Albierigg. Two more by the £12000 Toft House of a similar stamp to the first from this home sold at £1600 and £1300 to Messrs Ford, Glaisdale, Whitby and Messrs Walton, Troughend respectively capping off a nice days trading for the Hunter family.

Messrs Wanwood Partners, Wanwood Hill, Alston brought out a level pen of rams and with one exception saw a level trade selling their first four in excess of one thousand pounds.  The pen opener sold at £1800 to Cowden Partners, Cowden Burn whilst the second and third, both by The Mountain sold at £1100 to Clune & Corrybrough Estates, Inverness and at £1600 to James Herdman, Edlingham Newtown respectively. Their fourth into the ring by the £9000 Toft House sheep sold to Angus & Craig Ballentyne for their employers at The Lamperts, Gilsland at £1600 and another was traded at £1100 to Messrs Macfarlane, Quixwood, Duns.

Late on in the day a brace of consortiums chased Willie, Faye and Ryan Walton’s Penpeugh lead sheep by a Shepherds Croft up to £2800 with the triumphant bidders being Andrew Murray, Stell Green who paired with Peter Turnbull, Shepherds Croft late in the proceedings to share the tup.  Penpeugh then sold two more in the ‘teens’ with one by a Robert Mackay bred West Hills sire selling for £1700 to Steven Hogg for Hazelton Rigg whilst the next by a High Staward changed hands for £1500 to Messrs Carr, Camphill.

With orders and requirements becoming filled Robert Mackays Billsmoor Park sheep came into the ring well and without ascending to the heights seen earlier in the sale sold steadily and surely throughout. His opener, by the £9000 Wanwood and one of his 2nd prize group of three climbed to £1100 selling to past purchaser Jake Elder, Pottsdurtrees whilst the next by a homebred son of the previous sire and another from the group surpassed its stablemate selling at £1200 to Messrs Waugh, The Row, Roadhead.  Two more hit the same tariff for Mr Mackay, one by the same homebred son sold to Lewis Forster, West Nubbock whilst the very next into the ring by a £2000 Penpeugh bred tup sold to Campbell Hewitson, Featherwood Partners.

With only a small number of Ram Lambs presented for sale it was the Reserve Champion and first prize lamb from Wanwood Hill by the tup they call ‘Stoosh’ at home that sold for the lead price in the class of £700 to earlier purchasers from the same pen Messrs Macfarlane whilst the second prize lamb from Prospect House sold for £350 to the judge David Robson, Toft House.

In the main a highly satisfactory days trading was experienced across the board with the entire entry, including six Ram Lambs selling to an average of £872 throughout representing an increase of almost One Hundred pounds per head on the year.  The last trophy to be awarded was the George F Stephenson Memorial Trophy for the highest price of the sale which went to Peter Turnbuil, Shepherds Croft, Kildale, Whitby for his £12,000 second prize shearling and was presented by David Shedden, president of The Blackface Sheep Breeders Association.

Top Flock Averages (in sale order)


No. Sold

Top (£)

Average (3)









Prospect House








Stell Green








Shepherds Croft
















The Steel




Wanwood Hill

















The company would like to thank our sponsors, judges and exhibitors and wish all buyers good luck with their purchases.


Prize Show and Sale of Limousin Cattle & Sale of S | Friday 12th October 2018

Store Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts held their annual special prize show and sale exclusively for Limousin cross store cattle and suckler bred calves and offered an entry of 972 head which was slightly increased on the year.

The prize show was held prior to the sale and once again was generously sponsored by Armstrong & Watson Accountants, The Farmers Guardian and The Limousin Cattle Society to whom the auction company is extremely grateful for their continued support of this ‘Blue Chip’ event in the sales calendar.

Presiding as master judge was local farmer and recognised breeder of top quality cattle and sheep Mr Kevin Sparke, Little Swinburne, Colwell who carried out his task with precision and expertise and gave all of the thirty-nine show exhibits his due attention and consideration.

As is customary on this day the first undertaking was the judging of the pens of four in contention for  the North Western Limousin Cattle Breeders Trophy which, after identifying his first and second prize pens of four steers and four heifers the judge awarded to a sublime pen of jet black steers from Richard & Chris Thornton, Cornhills; the father and son team taking the trophy home to Kirkwhelpington for the third year in succession.

The individual calf classes were next to be decided and an outstanding entry of both steers and heifers were put before the judge, a number of onlookers remarking that the quality on show was the best to have been seen at this centre this year.  With representation in the show ring from Northumberland, County Durham and The Scottish Borders the judge worked diligently and efficiently to whittle the entries down to his chosen few with the standard very high throughout.  With his first prize steer and heifer standing in competition for the Overall Championship and The George Stappard Memorial Challenge Cup Mr Sparke tapped out the tremendous black female calf from Messrs Lee, Agars Hill, as the triumphant victor on the day which ultimately led the annual consignment of sixty well-bred calves from the renowned Whitfield based family.  Requesting the second prize heifer be brought forward thereafter it was this animal; a red roan Peebleshire bred calf from brothers Tom and Blair Cockburn, Kingside that the judge awarded the Reserve rosette to in recognition of a well-bred animal and a considerable journey travelled for both beast and stockman Alan Jackson.

Prize Show of Limousin x Sucklers

Best 4 Limousin x Steers
  First Prize  Cornhills
  Second Prize Cornhills
Best 4 Limousin x Heifers
  First Prize  The Steel
  Second Prize Cornhills
Best Single Limousin x Steer
  First Prize  Bog Hall
  Second Prize Lands Farm
  Third Prize  Kingside

Best Single Limousin x Heifer
  First Prize  Agars Hill
  Second Prize Kingside
  Third Prize  Agars Hill

Overall Champion Single Calf – M/s J Lee & Sons, Agars Hill (Heifer)
Reserve Champion Single Calf – M/s H Cockburn & Ptns, Kingside (Heifer)

Best Pen of 4 Calves – M/s R Thornton & Son, Cornhills (Steers)

With the formalities of the show taken care of the sale began with a full complement of buyers at the ringside and a useful entry of two hundred older, forward sorts opened the day’s trading.  The best of this category of cattle continue to sell well with a number selling in excess of £1300 which included a very shapely cross bred heifer at 28 months of age from KMCC Livestock, Farnamullen which changed hands at £1350 and a similarly powerful bullock from Messrs Carr, Highwood which at 20 months sold for £1335.  Whilst the best of these sorts are sought after any lighter, lesser types which may be displaying the effects of a long, hard, dry summer are increasingly harder to place.

The main focus of this day were the outstanding annual and highly regarded consignments of well-bred Limousin cross suckler calves from herdmasters from across Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria and The Scottish Borders and the quality on offer was testament to the dedication of these hardworking men and women who take real pride in the management of their herds and in the presentation of their cattle at sale.  Highlights were many and varied with a number of consignments exceeding fifty head and the potential in many of the calves prompted a number of buyers, both local and distant to comment that a better show of yearling cattle would be hard to find anywhere in the country this autumn.

The aforementioned prize winners from Messrs Thornton, Cornhills headed up a fantastic run of calves bred high on the Northumbrian ‘Wannies’ and pen after pen of threes and fours were presented in first class order which saw Messrs Thornton top the sale at £1385 for an impeccable heifer which sold to a regular, return buyer based North of The Border whilst the Champion pen of four steers sold for £1340 each to a near neighbour and finisher of ‘high end’ cattle.  Messrs Thornton enjoyed a level trade throughout which saw them slightly ‘up’ on the year to average £1208 for 29 steers and 22 heifers in total.

A similarly sizeable run of calves were brought North to Hexham by Messrs Reed, Lands Farm, Westgate and once again this offering sold well for the well-known Weardale farming family.  Steers with a huge amount of shape peaked at £1230 whilst heifers with potential for either feeding or breeding peaked at £1290, edging ahead of their bullock brothers in a trend that was commonplace on the day.  Messrs Reed also enjoyed one of the leading trades of the day and returned an average of £1062 for 24 steers and 28 heifers at twelve months of age.

The Hexhamshire based father and daughter team of Graham and Gemma Common, Low Ardley were also happy customers on the day reporting a significant increase on the year which saw their run of cattle peak at £1325 for a big black bullock with bags of shape and a heifer sister came close behind at £1310 doubtless to meet with a breeding sire in the future.  Three’s, four’s and five’s were common within Messrs Commons consignment and buyer interest remained strong until the last had been sold which saw 29 steers and 31 heifers return at a highly respectable £1050 throughout.

A great packet of ten Midlothian bred cattle had been trucked to Hexham from Leadburn, Penicuik by Messrs H Cockburn & Partners and as well as being rewarded for their efforts with rosettes in both the steer and heifer classes brothers Tom and Blair Cockburn sold their only steer on the day to a keen competitor in the YFC calf wintering competition and saw their Kingside run, with square ends, width a-plenty and great top lines average £1085 for ten sold proving that cattle can indeed travel far and fair well through the ring at Hexham.  

Too numerous to mention a great many more cattle and the values achieved would easily be worthy of column inches but quite simply put the entire entry averaged £1025 from start to finish highlighting Hexham as the leading centre for the sale of top quality beef bred store cattle in the region.  Entries are invited for the remaining special sales scheduled to be held throughout the remainder of October.

Leading Prices;

Cattle 30+ Months

Charolais x heifers -£1180 Farnamullan

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Limousin x steers – £1270 & £1210 Fairley, £1060 High Warden

Limousin x heifers - £1350, £1325, £1245, £1230, £1225, £1170 & £1140 Farnamullan, £1110 Farnamullan & Lee Hall, £1045 Farnamullan, £1030 Fairley

Charolais x heifers – £1225, £1210, £1190, £1155, £1105 & £1100 Farnamullan

Simmental x steers - £1225 Broomfield, £1200 Farnamullan & Broomfield, £1190 Broomfield, £1155 Morley Hill £1070 & £1035 Farnamullan

Hereford x steers - £1240 & £1110 Bunker Hill

Shorthorn steers - £1105 High Warden

Saler x heifers – Farnamullan

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Limousin x steers – £1335 Highwood, £1325 Low Ardley, £1320 Halton Red House, £1310 Steel Hall, £1305 Low Ardley, £1290 Halton Red House, £1280 Wingates South & Steel Hall, £1265 Low Ardley, £1260 Wingates South & Springwell Cottage, £1240 Highwood & Cornhills, £1235 Old Deanham, £1225 Cornhills & Low Ardley, £1210 Highwood & Wingates South, £1200 Comb Hills & The Steel, £1180 Highwood (x2), Fairley, Springwell Cottage & Steel Hall, £1165 Halton Red House, £1155 Highwood, The Steel & Old Deanham, £1145 Springwell Cottage, £1135 Highwood (x2) & Wingates South, £1130 Springwell Cottage, £1120 Wingates South, £1115 High Warden & Old Deanham, £1110 Old Highwood, £1100 Wingates South Intake Bungalow, Springwell Cottage & Old Deanham, £1090 Highwood, £1060 Nettlesworth West & Steel Hall, £1040 Old Deanham, £1035 Highwood, £1000 The Tofts & Intake Bungalow

Limousin x heifers – £1385 & £1310 Cornhills, £1275 Halton Red House, £1230 Farnamullan, £1210 Comb Hills, £1180 Old Deanham, £1170 Cornhills, £1165 Luns House, £1160 Kingside, £1120 Old Deanham, £1100 & £1085 Luns House, £1080 Nettlesworth West & Comb Hills, £1060 Old Deanham, £1055 Luns House & Nettlesworth West, £1050 Luns House, £1040 Old Deanham, £1025 Lee Hall, £1010 Morley Hill, £1000 & £995 Lee Hall

Charolais x steers – £1300 Hallington New Houses, £1285 & £1250 Hay A Park, £1225 Hallington New Houses, £1220 Hay A Park, £1200 Hallington New Houses, £1195 Hay A Park, £1190 Hallington New Houses & Hay A Park, £1185 Hay A Park, £1140 Hallington New Houses, £1075 Broomfield, £1070 & £1040 Hay A Park, £1015 Broomfield

Charolais x heifers – £1100 Hallington New Houses, £1005 Broomfield

Bazadaise x steers – £1010 Old Deanham

British Blue x steers - £1230 & £1140 Halton Red House

Simmental x steers – £1120 Old Deanham

Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Limousin x steers – £1340 & £1265 Cornhills, £1250 The Steel, £1245 Low Ardley, £1240 Cornhills, £1235 The Steel, £1230 Morley Hill & Lands Farm, £1225 Sherburn Tower, £1210 & £1205 Cornhills, £1200 Cornhills (x2), Rogerley Hall, Morley Hill, Lands Farm & Low Ardley (x2), £1190 Springwell Cottage (x2), Lands Farm & Low Ardley, £1185 Wrangham East, £1180 West Biggens & Lands Farm, £1170 The Steel (x4), West Biggens & Morley Hill, £1165 Lands Farm, £1160 Springwell Cottage (x3) & Bog Hall (x2), £1155 Lands Farm (x2), £1150 Burntongues, £1140 Springwell Cottage, Bog Hall, West Biggens, Agars Hill (x2), Lands Farm & Low Ardley, £1135 Burntongues (x2), £1130 Agars Hill (x2) & Lands Farm, £1120 West Biggens (x2), Agars Hill & Wrangham East, £1115 Rawfoot, £1100 The Steel, Springwell Cottage & Low Ardley (x2), £1095 Rogerley Hall, £1090 Springwell Cottage (x2), Rogerley Hall, Lands Farm & Flotterton, £1085 Agars Hill, £1080 Rogerley Hall & Flotterton, £1075 Springwell Cottage, £1070 Low Ardley, £1065 Agars Hill (x2) & Low Ardley, £1060 Low Ardley, £1055 The Steel, £1050 Rogerley Hall, Sherburn Tower, Stone Stile & Burntongues, £1040 Old Deanham (x2) & Lands Farm, £1035 Flotterton, £1030 Rogerley Hall & Low Ardley, £1025 Crook Dene

Limousin x heifers – £1310 Cornhills & Low Ardley, £1300 Kingside, £1290 Lands Farm, £1270 Bog Hall, £1205 Cornhills, £1190 Morley Hill, £1180 Cornhills, West Biggens, Low Ardley & Agars Hill, £1175 Morley Hill, £1170 Cornhills & Brandon Hall, £1160 Lands Farm (x2), £1140 Woodhall, £1135 Cornhills, £1120 The Steel & Lands Farm, £1110 Cornhills, Agars Hill, Brandon Hall, Burntongues & Low Ardley, £1105 Rogerley Hall, £1100 Brandon Hall & Lands Farm (x2), £1095 Cornhills & Lands Farm, £1085 Cornhills & Agars Hill, £1080 The Steel (x2) & Low Ardley, £1075 Rogerley Hall & Brandon Hall, £1070 The Steel, Rogerley Hall, Agars Hill, Lands Farm, Haggate & Low Ardley (x2), £1065 Rogerley Hall, £1055 Low Ardley (x2), £1050 Brandon Hall, Lands Farm (x2), £1050 Kingside (x2) & Lands Farm, £1045 West Biggens & Low Ardley, £1040 Rogerley Hall, West Biggens, Brandon Hall & Wrangham East, £1035 The Steel, £1030 The Steel & Kingside, £1020 Agars Hill & Lands Farm (x2), £1015 The Steel & Lands Farm, £1005 Agars Hill, £1000 Rogerley Hall (x2), Agars Hill, Burntongues (x2) & Rawfoot (x2)

Bazadaise x heifers – £980 Old Deanham

British Blue x steers – £1040 & £1030 Rawfoot, £960 Woodhall

British Blue x heifers – £1105 Rawfoot, £1065, £1060 & £1035 Kingside, £1010 Rawfoot, £1000 Woodhall

Simmental x steers – £1210 Broomfield, £1190 & £1065 Morley Hill

Angus x heifers – £1040 Lee Hall

Cattle 10 months and under

Limousin x steers – £1230, £1195, £1170, £1160 & £1070 Bog Hall, £970 Haggate

Limousin x heifers – £1190 Bog Hall, £1150 Agars Hill, £935 Frolar Meadows

Store Sheep

Cast Ewes

More cast sheep forward this week which were slightly less on the week but better than expected in comparison to the weeks’ trade elsewhere.  The leaner feeding sorts very easy to sell but well fleshed, finished ewes less money with plenty about nationally.
Trade topped at £90 for a large penful of Texel x ewes from David Brodie, Chesters, Cambo.

Texel x – £90 & £89 Chesters, £88 Hackford & Well Bank, £87 West Shields, £84 Thornbrough, £80 Cockhall, £78 Low West Farm & Peel Flatt, £77 Sweethope & Stotsfold, £76 Cockhall, £70 Bellingham Demesne, £69 Thornbrough, £67 Newshield, £66 North Cocklake, £65 Salmonswell & Hillcrest, £64 Low West Farm & Mickley Moor, £63 Sweethope, Peel Flatt, Thornton Tower & Woodlands, £62 Loadman, £61 Thornbrough, £59 Hepple Whitefield & Stotsfold

Suffolk x – £65 Hillcrest, £64 Woodlands

Leicester - £114 Well Bank, £86 Hackford, £68 Well Bank, £59 Softley

Hampshire - £58 Hillcrest

Mule – £61 Hackford, £59 West Shields, £58 Sweethope, £56 St Oswalds, £54 Hackford, £53 Sweethope & Hepple Whitefield, £52 Loadman, £51 Bellingham Demesne, West Shields, Salmonswell & Stone Hall, £50 Sweethope, Stotsfold & Mickley Moor

Blackface – £36 Hole Farm, £31 Thornton Tower, £30 Whiteside Birtley & Moorlaws

Swaledale – £33 & £30 East Unthank, £29 North Snods & Harwood Shield

Crossbred - £72 Hepple Whitefield, £65 Huntlaw Cottage

Store Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their weekly sale that consisted of 3866 catalogued store lambs.  Trade much sharper on the week with a lot more purchasers present, no less than 35 active buyers ringside!
The biggest lift in trade came from the hill lamb section where all lambs would be £5-£8 sharper.
Topping the sale this week was a pen of Texel x lambs from Mr P Ambler, Highmoss Thorn, Cumbria that realised £86.00
Mules this week topped at £69.00 from M/s Reed Partners, Dyke Nook.
Blackface lambs sold to £52 twice this week from M/s H&L Morshead, Harsondale and Featherwood Partners respectfully.  More horned lambs could have been sold easily this week.
For entries for next weeks sale please call Drew on 07854361967 or the Office on 01434 605444

Texel x – £86 Highmoss Thorn, £85 Little Brampton, £80.50 & £80 Highmoss Thorn, £79 Chapel House, £78 Chapel House, Whiteside Birtley & Cockhall, £77 Billerley & Peel Flatt, £76.50 Longlea Netherwitton & Cockhall, £76 Chapel House, £75.50 Longlea Netherwitton, Bellingham Demesne & North Cocklake, £75 Board Inn, £74.50 Woodlands & Cockhall, £74, Salmonswell, Bellingham Demesne, Chesterwood, Peel Flatt & Cowbyre, £73.50 Salmonswell, Woodlands (x2), Bankfoot & Luns House, £73 Salmonswell, £72.50 Longlea Netherwitton & Cartington, £72 Chesterwood, Billerley & Board Inn, £71.50 Errington Red House, Peel Flatt & Bankfoot, £71 Cartington & Rose Cottage, £70.50 Birchcraig & Woodlands

Dutch Texel x - £84, £80 & £73.50 Burn House, £69.50 North Cocklake

Suffolk x – £75 Haggwood & Luns House, £73 & £70 Luns House, £67 Low Mill, £66 Luns House & Piatroon, £64 Hepple Whitefield & Low Greenley Cleugh

Beltex x - £81 Birchcraig, £77 Watch Hill, Birchcraig & Cockhall, £74.50 Whitton Glebe & Cockhall, £69.50 & £69 East Flass

Leicester - £62 & £61 Harsondale

Cheviot x - £55 Snods Farm

Mule – £69 Dyke Nook, £68 Chirdon, £67.50 Dyke Nook, £64 Low Greenley Cleugh & Rosehill, £63 Snods Farm, £62.50 West End, £62 Lilswood Grange, £60 Broadgates, £59.50 Hollin Close, £59 Three Farms, £58 Chirdon

Blackface – £52 Harsondale & Featherwood, £50 Harsondale & Cottonshope, £49 Harsondale & Davyshiel

Swaledale - £39 Linshiels

Crossbred – £74 Whitton Glebe, £73.50 Rosehill, £71 Whitton Glebe, £70 Longlea Netherwitton

Breeding Sheep | Thursday 11th October 2018

Bluefaced Leicester Rams & Ram Lambs

A mixed show of both Traditional Bluefaced and Modern “Crossing” type Leicester rams were presented and trade was very intermittent with buyers selective in their choices.  Prices peaked at £440 for a big blue tup from Alan and Peter Forster, Lowes Fell with another traditional blue following at £420 from Alec Bissett, Middle Dukesfield.

Shearlings – £420 Middle Dukesfield, £400 Lowes Fell, £380 Middle Dukesfield, £340 Edlingham Demesne (x2), £280 & £220 Blueburn, £220 & £210 West Bolton

Lambs - £240 & £220 Glebe Farm

2 shear - £320 Hoardweel

3 shear - £440 Lowes Fell, £220 Hoardweel

Texel Rams & Ram Lambs

A useful show of 234 Texel Rams were presented and as seen at the opening sale buyer caution was the order of the day.
Trade peaked at £740 for a very long, well bred shearling, naturally shown and not hard pushed from Willie Patterson, Halton Red House.  This was followed by two more; both at £700, the first from John Herron, Bensons Fell which led the prices of this locally bred pen of stylish shearlings.  The second was an equally smart sort from father and son team, Adam and Dan Thompson, The Fawns, Scots Gap which was subject to competition from two nearby neighbours and saw the animal return to the Scots Gap area.

Shearlings - £740 Halton Red House, £700 Bensons Fell & The Fawns, £680 Edlingham Demesne, £660 Cornhills, £620 Edlingham Demesne, £600 Bensons Fell, £580 Chapel House, £560 Bensons Fell, £520 Bensons Fell, Mainside, Gilside, Halton Red House (x2) & Delight Farm, £500 West Wharmley, £480 Butterknowes (x2), West Mill Hills & Edlingham Demesne, £440 Bensons Fell & Halton Red House, £420 Bensons Fell, Chapel House, Clarabad Mill & Butterknowes (x2), £400 Dotland Park, Gilside (x3), Halton Red House (x2), Lough Green, Butterknowes, Burradon & Delight Farm (x2), £390 Burradon

Texel Females

A small but select entry of 91 pedigree and pure bred females saw a number of flock dispersals and reductions on the day.  Quite simply this trade was dominated by fifteen outstanding pure bred “stock gimmers” which were brought forward in impeccable style and condition by local stockman and authority on both show sheep and cattle – John Mitchell, Delight Cottage.
For the second year and as a means of reducing his flock and workload, Mr Mitchell presented 15 top stock replacement gimmers and their reputation and following ensured a grand crowd at the ringside including Scottish buyers and a delegation from Derbyshire.  Trade began at a pace with the early numbers selling in excess of five and six hundred pounds, however it was an outstanding animal in the middle of the run that exceeded all expectations and after furious competition settled at £920 in favour of a County Durham buyer.  The entire run sold well to average £462 throughout.
Buyers were keen for quality females and a number of consignors sold well on the day.

Gimmers - £920, £620 (x2), £600, £560 (x2) & £550 Delight Farm, £440 Townfoot, £380 Townfoot & Delight Farm (x2), £360 & £340 Townfoot, £320 Harbottle Grange, £300 Townfoot, £290 Harbottle Grange, £280, £260 & £250 (x3) Delight Farm, £210Halton Red House

Continental & Crossbred Rams & Ram Lambs

Second Cross Bred Continental Ram sale today met a selective trade as the breeding sheep trade has been all season.  Sale topped at £500 for a Beltex from M/s AJ&T Snaith, Great Tosson.

Texel x Bleu D’Maine Shearlings - £300 Lough Green
Dutch Texel Shearlings - £380, £320 & £300 Woodhead, £260 (x2) Hard Riding
Dutch Texel x Texel Shg - £240 & £220 West Mill Hills
Dutch Texel 2 shear - £180 Amos Hill
Dutch Texel Lambs - £140 Amos Hill
Beltex Shearlings - £500, £400, £350 & £280 (x2) Great Tosson
Beltex x Texel Shearlings - £480 High Castle Dene, £380 West Mill Hills, £350 Dotland Park & High Castle Dene, £320 The Fawns, £280 Dotland Park
Beltex x Charollais Shearlings - £300 & £260 Middle Dukesfield
Charollais Shearlings - £380, £320 & £280 Great Tosson

Suffolk Rams & Ram Lambs

Small selection of Suffolk Rams present today which was topped by a powerful tup from M/s Moor & Son, Nesbit, Wooler which realised £420

Shearlings - £420 Nesbit, £400 & £380 Elilaw, £350 Nesbit, £340 Rugley, £320 (x2) Nesbit, £300 Rugley, £290 Nesbit, £260 Elilaw & Halton Red House, £250 Elilaw & Rugley, £240 Halton Red House

Blackface Ewes

The second sale for Blackface Ewes were dearer than the first sale and easily sold as were the Blackface Gimmers and Ewe Lambs.
Mule and Texel shearlings a similar trade to other sales.

1&2 crop - £68 & £58 Redburn View
5yo - £60 Featherwood, £57 Philhope, £51 Featherwood
6yo - £67 Blueburn, £45 Greenchesters

Cheviot Ewes, Gimmers & Ewe Lambs

SC Gimmers - £70 Shilmoor
SC 1&2 crop - £70 Shilmoor
SC 3&4 crop - £52 Shilmoor
SC 6yo - £54 & £48 Shilmoor

Blackface Gimmers

£105 Greenleas & Horseholme, £95 Grasslees, £90 Bridgeford

Blackface Ewe Lambs

£58 Redburn View, £52 West End Town

Swaledale Ewe Lambs

£37 Low Bleakhope

Mule & Other Ewes & Gimmers

Texel Gimmers - £120 The Hott
Texel x Gimmers - £98 & £94 Sheala Hill
Dutch Texel Gimmers - £72 Sheala Hill
Suffolk x Gimmers - £78 Flotterton
Mule Gimmers - £92 Field Head, £84 The Hott & Hudspeth, £80 Ouston, £78 Whitelee
Crossbred Gimmers - £102 Field Head

Continental & Continental x Ewe Lambs

Texel x - £55 Half Acres
Cheviot Mule - £46 The Sneep

Mule Ewe Lambs

£92, £90 & £89 Pitland Hills, £84 & £76 Penpeugh, £71 & £70 Hole Farm, £68 Burnbank

Scots Gap Mart | Wednesday 10th October 2018

Scots Gap Auction Mart

Wednesday 10th October 2018

At their weekly sale of prime and cast sheep Scots Gap Auction Mart sold lambs to a top of £91 from Jonta Walton, Grangemoor for super heavyweight Texel crosses and 190.5ppkg for a smart pen bred the same way at 42kg from Malcolm Corbert, Dykehead. A weighty show of lambs returned at £77.87 for 47.2kg with an SQQ figure of 179.1p.

Prime Lambs

Texel x – £91 & £87.50 Grangemoor, £86 The Chesters, £85 (x2) Grangemoor, £84 High Baulk, £83 Grangemoor, £83 The Chesters, £82 Grangemoor, £82 The Chesters, £81.50 Dykehead, £81.50 & £80.50 High Baulk, £80 Dykehead, £80 High House, £80 Grangemoor.

190.5p & 189.5p Dykehead, 186.1p High House, 186.1p Grangemoor, 185.7p & 176.2p High House, 170.7p Bridgeford, 170.2p Greenside, 167.4p Grangemoor, 167.4p The Chesters, 166.7p Tilesheds, 166.0p The Chesters, 164.3p High Baulk, 163.3p Dene House, 163.0p High Baulk.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Beltex x - £72 & 180.0p Greenside

Suffolk x - £81 The Chesters, £80 & £78 Dene House

162.0p The Chesters, & 160.0p Dene House

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x – £75 Grangemoor

Suffolk x - £61 & £59 Grangemoor


Hexham Primestock | Tuesday 9th October 2018


Prime Cattle

A nice show of butchers heifers forward this week which averaged 228.1pence per kilo. 
The highest grossing heifer from M/s GR Scott & Son, Corneyside sold for £1347.17

Limousin Heifers – £1359.77, £1347.17 & £1319.63 Corneyside

229.5p (x2) & 225.5p Corneyside

An increased entry of cast cows this week which maintained last weeks high rates.
Topping the cast bull section was an Aberdeen Angus bull from M/s WS Robson & Co, Yatesfield which realised £1385.76.
Leading the cast cow section was a tremendous Limousin cow from M/s JT&N Monkhouse & Son, Low Houselope, Tow Law, selling for £1335.23
Many more cows could have easily sold with the amount of buyers present.
For entries for next week’s sale please call Drew on 07854361967

Limousin (Bull) – £1154.93 & 147.5p Primrose Hill

Limousin - £1335.23 Low Houselope, £1064.75 Hawksteel, £1008.61 & £983.62 Tone Hall, £916.57 East Rackwood

148.5p Hawksteel, 142.5p Low Houselope, 131.5p Tone Hall (x2)

Angus (Bull) -£1385.76 & 144.5p Yatesfield

Angus x - £866.77 East Rackwood

British Blue – £1120.54 Agars Hill, £839.60 Low Staples

156.5p Agars Hill

Charolais - £892.80 & 139.5p East Highridge

Simmental - £958.64 & £883.49 High Wooley

131.5p & 130.5p High Wooley

Hereford - £890.58 & 122.5p East Highridge

Prime Sheep

Prime Lambs

More numbers forward today and with a large number of heavy lambs trade was similar to last Tuesday.
Top price per head £89 from R Little, Holly Hill West for Texel x.
Top price per kilo 204.8p from WR Sparke & Son, Little Swinburne for Dutch Texels.

Texel x – £89 Holly Hill West, £87 Yatesfield & Holly Hill West, £86 West Shields, £83.50 Low West Farm, £83.20 & £82.50 Matfen High House, £82 Low Eshells, £81 High Eshells & Low West Farm, £80 Little Swinburne, Holly Hill West & Baal Hill, £79.50 High Eshells & Matfen High House, £79 Low Eshells (x2), High Baulk, Aydonshields & Low West Farm, £78.80 High Eshells & Matfen High House, £78.50 High Baulk, Burntongues & Low West Farm, £78 Little Swinburne & Holly Hill West

202.7p Low West Farm, 193p & 192.5p Burntongues, 191.3p Chesterwood, 190.5p Little Swinburne, 190p St Oswalds, Burntongues & China Hall, 189.8p Low West Farm, 187.5p & 186.7p St Oswalds, 185.7p Little Swinburne, 183.7p Aydonshields & Low Eshells, 183.3p Linacres, 183p St Oswalds, 182.9p, 182.6p & 181p Burntongues, 180.9p Matfen High House, 180.5p St Oswalds, Highwood & Linacres, 179.1p Low Eshells & Matfen High House, 175.5p Matfen High House, 174.9p Aydonshields

Dutch Texel x - £86, £84 & £78 Little Swinburne

204.8p, 195.4p & 190.2p Little Swinburne

Suffolk x – £80 Matfen High House, £79 (x2) Sunniside, £78 Baal Hill, £77.50 Low Eshells & Sunniside, £76.80 Sunniside & Rare Dean, £76 Old Town, £75 Merryshields & Sunniside, £74.50 Low Eshells, £74.20 Berwick Hill, £74 Sunniside

168.2p, 167p & 166.7p Sunniside, 166.3p Low Huntwell, 164.6p Sunniside, 162.3p Merryshields, 161.5p Sunniside, 160.7p Great Bavington, 159.6p Merryshields

Beltex x – £80 & 190.5p Little Swinburne

Charollais x - £77.20 Ricknall Grange, £77 Sunniside, £75.50 Low Barns & Sunniside

182.1p St Oswalds, 171.6p & 167.4p Sunniside, 163.3p & 160.8p Ricknall Grange

Leicester - £76 Aydonshields

Cheviot Mule- £72.80 (x2) Embley, £70 Highwood

161.8p Embley, 159.1p Highwood

Mule – £76.50 Great Chesters, £75.50 Longlea, £74 Yatesfield & Warksfield Head, £73 Warksfield Head & Ealingham, £70.80 Warksfield Head, £70 Agars Hill

160p Highwood, 159.4p Great Chesters, 157.3p Warksfield Head, 156.1p Longlea, 152.1p Warksfield Head, 151p Longlea

Jacob - £67.50 & £63.50 Low Barns

144.3p Low Barns

Cast Ewes and Rams

Mule – £65 & £57 Low Barns

Store Cattle & Sheep | Friday 5th October 2018

Store Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts conducted their second special prize show and sale of store cattle this autumn and offered an entry of 605 head for the annual Charolais and Continental cross bred day which was kindly sponsored again this year by Hodgson Toyota (Newcastle) Ltd and Zoetis Animal Health. 

Prior to the sale a small but quality entry of show cattle were put before the judge and weekly customer at this centre; Mr Declan Foley, Capheaton who gave all exhibits his full and due consideration. 

From a smart entry Mr Foley tapped out his first Prize British Blue cross bred heifer from Messrs Yeats, Woodhouse as his Overall Champion for father & son team John & Steven Yeats to take the handsome Challenge Trophy home to Coanwood, Haltwhistle. The Steely Blue and White heifer at 18 months displayed trademark traits of the high end cattle consigned by Messrs Yeats to this sale every year which always sees them rank in the high price categories.  This one was no different and with bags of shape and potential the champion entered the sale ring at noon and quickly rose to £1260 selling to regular buyer of top quality feeding heifers Mr Les Bainbridge, Stokesley, Middlesborough.    

Standing a worthy Reserve Champion was a sleek black bullock, also by the Blue bull from The Robinson Family, Boghall.  At just ten months of age the bullock looked ideally placed to grow on for further showing next spring and had all the hallmarks of a ‘Boghall Blue’ selling for a worthy £1140 to another Hexham ringside stalwart; John Otterburn, Helmsley.

The Scottish & Northern Charolais Breeders Association Cup was awarded to Messrs FT Walton, Flotterton for a very correct ginger bullock by the Charolais bull out of a Black Limousin cross cow and the renowned Coquetdale producers also took both first and second prize for their pens of four Charolais cross steers, all bred the same way.

Best 4 Charolais x Steers
  First Prize     Flotterton
  Second Prize Flotterton

Best 4 Charolais x Heifers
  First Prize      Coldwell
  Second Prize Coldwell

Best Single Charolais x Steer
  First Prize  Flotterton

Champion Charolais x Calf
  M/s Walton, Flotterton

Best British Blue x Calf
  First Prize     Woodhouse (Hfr)
  Second Prize Bog Hall (Str)
  Third Prize    Bog Hall (Hfr)

Overall Champion – M/s Yeats, Woodhouse (British Blue Heifer)

Reserve Champion – M/s Robinson, Bog Hall (British Blue Steer)

Besides the show classes there was a tremendous entry of annual consignments of continental cross bred cattle and a large crowd of buyers gathered at the ringside in competition for the quality animals on offer.  The older classes continue to sell at a pace with ready demand for well-grown, well-fleshed cattle however a noticeable void is emerging between cattle of all ages shown in recognisable ‘form’ and those that are displaying the effects of a long, dry summer which are met with apprehension.   

The sale was led by not just one but a trio of separate Angus bullocks; the first from John Baty, Catreen who broke the £1400 barrier selling a great big black bullock at 26 months of age for £1405 while Martin Johnston, High Fotherley followed his super trade last week with another on this day selling two sought after types at 18 months for £1380 and £1375. Blue crosses peaked at £1310 for a very well grown black bullock at 15 months from Championship winners Messrs Yeats, Woodhouse who saw their renowned annual run of cattle 17 steers and 14 heifers at 12-15 months return at £1010 throughout. 

Charolais cross cattle on this traditional day for such types peaked at £1305 for a brace of hefty bullocks at just 18 months from father and son David Carr Snr & Jnr, Highwood, Hexham whilst the next in this breed class came from Mrs Libby Bertram & Family, Coldwell, Scots Gap with the best of her annual offering hitting £1290 at just 12 months of age.  Libby’s 20 well-bred steers by the white continental sire returned at £1046 per head whilst her best heifer changed hands at £1030, the majority selling to regular, return buyers.   Messrs FT Walton, Flotterton brought forward another great run of 20 steers, these too by the Charolais bull and peaked at £1180 to average £1034 throughout.

With footfall round the ringside steadily increasing the attention of vendors with cattle sired by the Limousin bull is drawn to our special show and sale of such types which will take place next week.  Entries should be with the auctioneers by 10.30am on Monday 8th October and can be lodged with the mart offices on 01434 605444.

Leading prices;

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Charolais x heifers – £1155 & £1100 Farnamullan, £1070 Broomfield, £1010 Capheaton New Houses

Limousin x steers – £1290 Dovecote, £1280 Highwood, £1275 Old Deanham, £1260 Highwood, £1240, £1235 & £1205 Old Deanham, £1200 Dovecote, £1185 & £1180 Highwood, £1150 Dovecote, £1100 Old Deanham

Limousin x heifers - £1200, £1165, £1140 (x2), £1100, £1080, £1070 (x3) & £1040 (x2) Old Deanham, £990 Farnamullan

British Blue x steers – £1220 Highwood

British Blue x heifers - £1060 Highwood

Simmental x steers - £1225 Broomfield

Simmental x heifers – £1170 Broomfield, £1120 Farnamullan

Angus x steers - £1405 & £1300 Catreen

Angus x heifers – £965 Farnamullan

Shorthorn heifers - £1000 Farnamullan

Hereford x heifers - £940 South Kirkheaton

Montbeliarde x steers - £1090 Broomfield

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Charolais x steers – £1305 Highwood, £1290 Coldwell, £1280 & £1275 (x2) Hay A Park, £1250 Little Harle, £1230 Hay A Park, £1220 Capheaton New Houses, Broomfield & Hallington New Houses, £1215 Hay A Park & Little Harle, £1205 Capheaton New Houses, £1200 Little Harle & Hallington New Houses, £1190 Hay A Park, £1185 Hallington New Houses, £1180 Capheaton New Houses, £1030 Broomfield, £1015 Springwell, £950 Thornley Hall

Charolais x heifers – £1245 Hallington New Houses, £1210 Capheaton New Houses, £1145 Hallington New Houses, £1080 & £1075 Little Harle, £1070 Farnamullan & Little Harle (x3), £1060 Little Harle, £1035 Hallington New Houses, £1030 Coldwell, £990 Thornley Hall

Limousin x steers – £1245 Old Deanham, £1230 Hay A Park (x3), £1210 Highwood, £1195 & £1170 Elrington Hall, £1160 Sweethope, £1130 Elrington Hall, £1120 Little Harle, £1115 Elrington Hall, £1105 Sweethope & Dovecote, £1100 & £1090 Sweethope, £1080 Blackburn, £1070 Nettlesworth West, £1030, £1025 & £1010 Sweethope, £1000 Blackhalls

Limousin x heifers – £1160 Nettlesworth West, £1130 Highwood, £1120 Lee Hall, £1060 Nettlesworth West, £1045 Dovecote, £1040 South Kirkheaton & Ouston (x2), £1025 Blackburn, £1010 Highwood, £1000 Lee Hall, £990 Nettlesworth West, £985 Lee Hall, £960 South Kirkheaton, £945 Dovecote

British Blue x steers - £1010 Rawfoot

British Blue x heifers - £1260 & £1075 Woodhouse

Simmental x steers – £1085 Springwell, £1075 The Tofts, £1040 Springwell, £1010 The Tofts, £1000 Broomfield

Simmental x heifers – £1080 & £990 Springwell

Angus x steers -£1380, £1375, £1290, £1270, £1255, £1250 & £1110 High Fotherley, £1065 High Barns

Angus x heifers – £1250 Catreen, £1100 & £1085 Springwell, £950 Catreen & High Barns

Hereford x steers - £1010 & £920 Broomfield

Hereford x heifers - £990 South Kirkheaton

Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Charolais x steers – £1250 & £1245 Rusheylaw, £1180 Flotterton, £1170 & £1165 Rusheylaw, £1160 West Shields, £1100 Little Harle, £1090 Rusheylaw & Flotterton, £1075 Coldwell, £1065 Coldwell & Flotterton (x2), £1060 Coldwell (x3), £1040 Coldwell, £1020 Flotterton, £1015 Coldwell, £1010 Rusheylaw & West Shields, £1005 West Shields, £1000 Coldwell & West Shields (x2), £990 Flotterton, £975 Coldwell

Charolais x heifers - £1130 & £1120 Rusheylaw, £1055 Thrunton, £1025 Rusheylaw, £1010 Hackford, £950 Rusheylaw, £920 Hackford, £910 Colwell Hill & Hackford

Limousin x steers – £1230 Elrington Hall, £1160 Cowburn Rigg & Pitland Hills, £1145 & £1135 Rusheylaw, £1100 Woodhouse, £1090 Elrington Hall, £1075 Langley West House, £1070 Bulls Hill, £1060 Lee Hall, £1055 Low Eshells, £1050 Elrington Hall, £1045 Woodhouse & Cowburn Rigg, £1040 Lee Hall, £1020 Rusheylaw & Pitland Hills, £1010 Coldwell, £1000 Bulls Hill & Pitland Hills, £995 Langley West, £985 Bulls Hill

Limousin x heifers – £1165 Woodhouse, £1095 Cowburn Rigg, £1065 Woodhouse, £1060 Low Eshells, £1040 Lee Hall, £1030 Blackburn, £1020 Holly Hill West, £1010 Lee Hall, £1005 Rusheylaw, £980 Woodhouse, £970 Blackburn

Blonde x steers – £960 Woodhouse

British Blue x steers – £1310, £1150, £1110, £1095 & £1070 Woodhouse, £1060 Rawfoot, £1050, £1045 & £1010 Woodhouse, £1000 & £950 Rawfoot

British Blue x heifers – £1090, £975 & £900 Woodhouse

Angus x steers – £1225 Low Eshells, £1145 & £1140 Blackhalls, £1085 Low Eshells, £1015 Thrunton, £980 High Barns

Angus x heifers – £1100 Lee Hall

Cattle 10 months and under

Charolais x steers – £880 Newbiggin

Limousin x steers – £875 Haggate & Dyke Nook

British Blue x steers – £1140 Bog Hall

British Blue x heifers – £1105 Bog Hall

Angus x steers – £870 Thrunton

Store Sheep

Cast Ewes

With more cast ewes being shown this week the trade has come less, especially on well fleshed ewes.  Feeding and leaner sorts a very good trade this week with plenty of men ringside for those sorts.
Sale topped at £100 for Beltex ewes from Philip Robson, Middle Horsleyhope.

Texel – £99 Middle Farm, £92 Simonburn Kennels, £80 Hallington High, £70 Simonburn Kennels, £63 High Studdon

Texel x – £85 Satley, £81 Middle Horsleyhope, £80 Paxton Dene & Middle Horsleyhope, £77 Longshaws, £75 Simonburn Kennels, Nunwick & Longshaws, £74 Ridley Farm & Middle Farm, £71 High Studdon, £70 Paxton Dene, Horneystead, Girsonfield & Middle Farm, £69 Nunwick & Grange House, £68 Crowhall, £67 Longshaws & Satley, £66 Little Whittington & Hallington High, £65 Simonburn Kennels & Longshaws, £64 Grange House & Hawksteel, £63 Ridley Farm, Simonburn Kennels & Longshaws, £62 Nunwick, £60 Low Acton, Ridley Farm, Crowhall, Baal Hill & High Studdon

Suffolk x – £96 Middle Horsleyhope, £72 Grange House, £65 Satley, £63 Kirkley Hall

Beltex x - £100, £98 & £91 Middle Horsleyhope, £90 Middle Horsleyhope & Linacres, £75 Hallington High

Zwartbles - £62 Three Farms

Mule – £64 Simonburn Kennels & Hallington High, £59 Simonburn Kennels, Nunwick & Little Whittington, £58 Satley & New Meadows, £57 Middle Farm, £56 Ridley Farm, Crowhall, Carrycoats & Hallington High, £55 The Shank, £54 Grange House, £53 Three Farms

Blackface – £41 Greenleas, £37 Three Farms, £34 Carrycoats

Swaledale – £35 North Churchlands, £32 Buckshot & High Studdon

Jacob - £30 Grange House

Crossbred - £83 & £71 Middle Horsleyhope, £70 South Side, £60 Three Farms & Grange Farm

Store Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their weekly sale of Store Lambs with all classes of lambs dearer on the week, especially longer keep lambs.
Sale was topped by Texel x lambs from M/s RAS Verrill & Son, Billerley which realised £88
Beltex’s from Nick Walker, Satley sold for £86.00
No less than 14 pens breached the £80 today.
Mule lambs today were topped by M/s TA Collingwood & Sons, Ambling Gate which realised £62.00
A handful of Blackface lambs in today which met a sharper trade than last week.  This week they topped at £54 from M/s RW Harding & Son, West End Town.
For entries for next week please call Drew Patrick on 07854361967 or the office on 01434 605444

Texel x – £88 Billerley, £83, £81.50 & £80.50 Ridley Stokoe, £80 Longlea Netherwitton (x2) & Billerley, £79.50 Billerley & Normans Rising, £79 Simonburn Kennels & Girsonfield (x2), £78.50 Comb Hills, £78 Wayn Riggs & Bensons Fell, £77 Bensons Fell, Butterknowes & Ridley Stokoe, £76.50 Longlea Netherwitton, £76 Wayn Riggs, Butterknowes & Simonburn Kennels, £75.50 & £75 Cockhall, £74.50 Woodcroft, £74 Cockhall, Three Farms & Ridley Stokoe, £73.50 Comb Hills & Billerley, £73 Bensons Fell & High Oldshield, £72 Horneystead, £71.50 Bankfoot, £71 Midgeholme, £70.50 The Ash, £70 North Cocklake, Cockhall & Dipton Foot

Dutch Texel x - £85, £83, £81 & £78 Willimoteswick, £76 & £70 North Cocklake

Suffolk x – £75.50 Middle Horsleyhope, £73 High Knitsley, £68.50 Woodcroft, £63.50 Black Hedley, £63 Hepple Whitefield

Beltex x - £86 Satley, £84 Middle Horsleyhope, £83 Stanton Town Head, £82 The Throp, £79.50 West Moorhouses & Wear View, £78 West Moorhouses & Wear View, £77.50 The Throp, £76.50 Holling Hill, £76 West Moorhouses, £75.50 Middle Horsleyhope & West Moorhouses, £75 The Throp, £74 Whitton Glebe, £73.50 Stanton Town Head, £73 Wear View, £72 West Moorhouses & Wear View, £70.50 The Throp & Close Head, £70 Wear View

Charollais x - £73 Holling Hill

Zwartbles - £72 Three Farms

Mule – £62 (x2) Ambling Gate, £60.50 Embley, £59 Embley & Hole Farm, £58.50 & £58 Ambling Gate, £57 The Uplands, £55 Gleedlee, £54.50 Kingswood, £53.50 Lilswood Cottage, £52 Embley, £50 Stone House

Blackface – £54 West End Town

Crossbred – £78 Butterknowes, £71 North Cocklake, £67 Three Farms 

Breeding Sheep | Thursday 4th October 2018

Blackface Draft Ewes

The prize show was kindly sponsored by the CLA and was expertly judged by Alistair Charlton, Whitchester, He awarded the CLA Challenge Cup to M/s RJ & J Raine, Townfoot and were later sold at £57 to AM Jones, Middle Farm, Montgomery.

With less numbers forward and the breeding sheep trade in general, purchasers were very selective and prices were at less rates in 2018.

First Prize              Townfoot

Second Prize         Troughend

Third Prize             East Wilkwood

Champion Pen – M/s RJ & J Raine, Townfoot

2yo - £56 South Chareheads

3yo - £60 South Chareheads

4yo - £62 South Chareheads

5yo - £61 Fleehope, £56 Featherwood, £53 Fleehope

5/6yo - £57 Townfoot Woodburn

6yo - £66 Horseholme, £63 Hotbank, £62 & £61 Troughend, £59 Toft House, £58 Hotbank, £57 Troughend, £50 Ridlees Craigshield

Swaledale Draft Ewes

A similar number forward and judged also by Alistair Charlton who awarded the champion pen to Philip and Fiona Scott, Westburnhope which later sold at £60 to M/s L&D Archer, Stone Stile. As with the Blackface buyers selective and easier on 2018 rates.

First Prize              Westburnhope

Second Prize         Fairfield

Third Prize             Wolf Hills

Champion Pen – M/s JP & F Scott, Westburnhope

2/3 crop - £70, £60 & £58 Fairfield

3 crop - £84 Wolf Hills

4yo - £58 & £55 Lilswood Cottage

5yo - £60 Westburnhope, £53 Sundaysight, £52 Low Bleakhope, £50 Sundaysight (x2), £46 Low Bleakhope, £44 Sundaysight

6yo - £32 The Raw

Blackface Gimmers

Within their annual special sale of Hill Breeding sheep Hexham & Northern Marts conducted the annual and well established prize show and sale of Blackface Gimmers which was expertly judged by Mr David Stanners, Chesterhope, West Woodburn.

A super entry of top drawer gimmers were brought forward from across the region and in particular the ‘Hexham Blackie’ strongholds of The Roman Wall and The Otterburn Ranges and a great number of ‘top’ pens were presented in fine form and a credit to their owners.

From his selected pens the judge made his awards as follows;

Champion and 1st prize pen – Messrs A Murray & Sons, Sewingshields, The Roman Wall who were presented The North of England Blackface Sheep Breeders Perpetual Challenge Trophy by the judge and the Blackface Sheep Breeders Society 1st prize rosette.

2nd Prize – Messrs W Walton, Toft House, Otterburn.

3rd Prize – Messrs H & H Robson, Townshields, The Roman Wall.  

A useful crowd of buyers and onlookers remained at the ringside following the sale of draft ewes and trade was particularly buoyant throughout with many vendors reporting increases of £30-£40 and the entire sale returning an average increased by £17 on the year.

Leading prices;  

£174, £172 & £170 Sewingshields, £165 Horseholme, £155 Greenleas, £152 Townshields, £151 Horseholme, £140 Greenleas, £135 Grasslees, £134 East Wilkwood & The Dunns, £132 East Wilkwood, £130 East Wilkwood & Townshields, £128 Horseholme, £125 Toft House & Townshields, £124 Townshields & Bilsmoor Park, £122 Bilsmoor Park, £120 Toft House, £117 & £116 East Wilkwood, £115 Holling Hill, £110 Grasslees, £108 The Dunns, £106 Brieredge

Swaledale Gimmers

£84 Bolam Lake House

Blackface Ewe Lambs

£86 Greenleighton, £78 & £70 Featherwood, £66 Greenleighton, £63 & £60 Featherwood, £50 Cottonshope

Swaledale Ewe Lambs

£54 Round Meadows

Cheviot Ewes

4/5yo - £67 Dudlees

5yo - £72 Dudlees

6yo - £65 Shilmoor, £60 Wholehope & Quickening Cote, £58 Shilmoor Backside, £50 Quickening Cote & Battleshiel

Mule Gimmers

Buyers were selective throughout the lowland ewe and gimmer breeding classes. Stronger, better sorts were still good to sell.

£129 Whiskershiel, £120 Tenter House & Croft Cottage, £118 West Land Ends, £110 Whiskershiel & Greystone House, £109 & £105 Colwell Demesne, £100 Newbiggin Farm & Greystone House, £98 Halton Red House

Texel x Gimmers

£154 Lough Green, £136 Tone Hall, £130 West Wharmley, £128 Colwell Demesne, £125 Bellingham Demesne, £122 West Wharmley & Colwell Demesne, £120 Tenter House & West Wharmley, £118 West Wharmley, £112 East Cocklaw (x2) & Bellshiel, £103 & £102 Bellingham Demesne, £100 & £99 Colwell Demesne, £98 West Wharmley & Halton Red House

Suffolk x Gimmers

£116 Tenter House, £88 Houxty Bank Head

Beltex x Gimmers

£80 Field Head Longhorsley

Herdwick Gimmers

£100 Comb Hills, £72 & £70 Redesmouth

Mule Ewes

1cr - £78 Loadman

2sh - £78 Village Farm

2cr - £69, £68, £66 & £65 Bradley Hall

3cr - £70 Blueburn

4cr - £61 & £58 Yatesfield

Texel x Ewes

1cr - £67 Bradley Hall

3cr - £96 Halton Red House, £88 & £71 Spenside

4cr - £70 Yatesfield, £60 Wolf Hills

Mixed Ages - £78 Spenside

Texel x Ewe Lambs

£68 Barrasford Green, £66 Cross House, £65 Lilswood Cottage & Barrasford Green, £64 Newbiggin Farm & Lilswood Cottage

Beltex x Ewe Lambs

£122 & £100 Low Espley

Cheviot Mule Ewe Lambs

£89 Edlingham Demesne, £85 Low Espley

Mule Ewe Lambs

£92 Yatesfield, £88 Pitland Hills, £87 Hole Farm, £86 Harsondale, £85 Edlingham Demesne, £84 Redesmouth & Yatesfield, £83 & £82 Pitland Hills, £81 Hole Farm & Houxty House, £80 Pitland Hills, North Cocklake & Camphill (x2), £78 Harsondale, £76 North Cocklake, £74 Low Espley, £73 Harsondale (x2), £72 North Cocklake, £70 Stone House, North Cocklake (x2) & Amos Hill

Scots Gap Mart | Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Scots Gap Mart at their weekly sale sold 527 head of prime and cast sheep. A sharper trade on the week with another buyer present saw lambs average 171.6ppkg and peak at £89 from Dave Brodie, The Chesters for heavyweight Texel crosses and 194ppkg for handy weighted ¾ bred sorts from Styford Farm. Cast Sheep hit £100 twice, for Texel and Suffolk rams both from William Walton, Ogle Castle Farm.

Prime Lambs

Texel x – £89 The Chesters, £87 East White Hill, £86 & £85 The Chesters, £84 High Baulk, £84 The Chesters, £83 High Baulk, £82 Pitland Hills & £82 Mrs E Thorburn, Pitland Hills, £81 & £80 The Fawns, £80 (x2) Dykehead, £79.50 East House, £79.50 The Chesters.

194.7p Styford, 190.5p The Fawns, 189.3p East House, 189.3p The Chesters, 189.0p Styford, 189.0p Dykehead, 188.1p The Chesters, 187.8p Dykehead, 187.2p East House, 185.0p Styford, 183.3p, 181.8p (x2), Dykehead, 181.0p West Grange, 180.7p The Chesters, 171.6p Styford.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Suffolk x - £85 Flotterton, £85 & £84 The Chesters, £83 East White Hill, £78.50 Black Callerton, £77.20 Flotterton, £77 Dene House, £77 Pitland Hills

166.7p & 164.3p Flotterton, 163.5p Black Callerton, 161.5p & 160.6p The Chesters & 157.1p Dene House.

Mule - £75.50 Pitland Hills & 148.0p

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel Ram - £100 Ogle Castle

Texel x Ewe - £95, £81, £80 & £78 The Fawns & £76 Ogle Castle

Suffolk Ram - £100 Ogle Castle

Suffolk x Ewe - £70 (x2) Dene House

Mule - £67.50 & £59 Ogle Castle

Blackface - £41 Dunns Houses

Hexham Primestock | Tuesday 2nd October 2018


Prime Cattle

Limousin Heifers – £1020.46 & 204.5p West Grange

Charolais Heifers – £1467 & £1231.23 Flotterton

244.5p & 214.5p Flotterton

All classes of cows slightly dearer this week at Hexham.  Topping the pence per kilo was a nice Limousin x cow from M/s GW Moore & Sons, Tarset Hall, realising 148.5p.
The highest grossing cow selling at £1113.21 came from M/s JR Thompson & Son, The Fawns,
More cows could have easily sold this week with trade increasing.
For entries for next week please call Drew on 07854361967

Limousin – £1113.21 The Fawns, £913.64 China Hall, £891 Tarset Hall, £877.20 Midgeholme

148.5p Tarset Hall, 139.5p The Fawns, 128.5p China Hall, 127.5p Midgeholme

Angus Bull - £940.88 & 97.5p Hallington New Houses

British Blue – £1004.99 Midgeholme, £871.88 The Fawns, £868.28 Midgeholme

146.5p Midgeholme, 139.5p & 122.5p The Fawns, 113.5p Midgeholme, 110.5p China Hall & Brieredge

Hereford - £972.27 & 138.5p Brieredge

Shorthorn - £839.13 & 124.5p Spittalshield

Prime Sheep

Due to standstills less numbers forward but trade similar to last Tuesday’s rates and more buyers present.
Top price per head and kilo £90 and 196.4p from Stotsfold

Prime Lambs

Texel - £75 & 136.4p High Dalton

Texel x – £90 & £87.50 (x2) Stotsfold, £84 Low West Farm & West Shields, £83 Shaftoe Moor & Linacres, £82.50 Highwood & Stotsfold, £82 & £81 Low West Farm, £80 China Hall & West Shields, £79.50 Low West Farm & West Shields, £79 Willimoteswick & Whitechapel, £78.80 Burntongues, £78.50 China Hall & West Shields (x2), £78 & £77.50 Baal Hill, £77 High Dalton & Linacres

196.4p Stotsfold, 193p Linacres, 190.9p West Shields, 190.2p Stotsfold (x2), 186.9p West Shields, 179.6p Willimoteswick, 179.4p Highwood, 178.4p China Hall, 178.3p Low West Farm, 177.9p Shaftoe Moor, 177.8p China Hall, 173.9p Aydonshields, 172.1p Burntongues, 171p Thornley Hall, 170.5p Willimoteswick

Dutch Texel x - £82 & £75.50 Willimoteswick

190.7p & 188.8p Willimoteswick

Suffolk x – £85 & £81 Sunniside, £80 High Dalton, £76.80 Baal Hill, £75, £74.80 & £74 West Kirkheaton, £73 Old Town, £69.50 Sillywrea

160.4p Sunniside, 157.5p West Kirkheaton, 156.7p Baal Hill, 154.4p Sillywrea, 152.1p Old Town, 146.7p West Kirkheaton, 144.6p Sunniside

Beltex x – £87, £86.50 & £82.50 Low West Farm

188p, 185.1p & 179.4p Low West Farm

Charollais x - £84 (x3), £83.50, £81.80 & £79 Sunniside

168p, 167p, 163.6p, 158.5p & 158p Sunniside

Bleu D’Maine x - £62 & 163.2p Sillywrea

Cheviot x- £66.50 & 154.7p Sillywrea

Cheviot Mule - £72 & 153.2p Highwood

Mule – £77 Great Chesters, £72 Whitechapel, £69.50 Highwood, £68.50 & £67.20 Bulls Hill

158p Highwood, 157.1p Great Chesters, 156.3 Bulls Hill

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x –£84 Old Town, £79 Stotsfold (x2), £72 Old Town

Mule – £54 Old Town


Store Cattle & Sheep | Friday 28th September 2018

Store Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts held their last sale in the month of September which was also the first of their special autumn prize show sales of store cattle and offered for sale 690 head of predominantly native breed types.  The prize show was once again kindly sponsored by RM Corbett Ltd Haulage & Spreading Contractors, The Rawburn Pedigree Aberdeen Angus Cattle Herd and The Luing Cattle Society and expertly judged by noted Midlothian cattleman Mr Mark Ross, Wester Middleton, Gorebridge.  A nice show of 41 head were presented before the judge and he worked through his task with due diligence and consideration of all the exhibited animals in the preliminary breed classes to finally arrive at his Overall Champion. 

Taking the top accolade on the day and The Martin Wallace Memorial Challenge Cup was a well grown and shapely red roan Beef Shorthorn cross heifer at 18 months of age from regular consignors and renowned Northumbrian store cattle purveyors Messrs Milburn, Holling Hill, Netherwitton who had purchased the animal twelve months previously from the breeder and near neighbour in the Simonside Hills Mr David Milburn, farm manager for Lord Max Percy on his Blue Burn hill farming enterprise.  The lovely heifer was tremendously correct, exceptionally quiet and an outstanding example of a modern Beef Shorthorn displaying typical trademark broken red and white colouring and an animal that would suit either a feeding or a breeding enterprise.  Standing a worthy reserve to the champion was a Galloway cross bred heifer that had earlier taken the 1st prize rosette in the ‘Any other native breed’ class for breeders, consignors and a local family that feature regularly in prize show reports at this centre; Messrs Robinson, Bog Hall, Capheaton.  Out of a British Blue Cross mother the heifer was a shining example of what can be achieved using native and continental cross bred genetics and another credit to the Robinson family in their ever-increasing haul of show rosettes from this centre.  

The Angus classes were also well supported and the Angus championship on the day was taken by Philip Tomlinson, Sunniside Farm, Knitsley, County Durham for his 18 month old weighty steer by pedigree Angus sire ‘Haughton Exclamation’ that had only recently been retired as Mr Tomlinsons leading stock bull.   A clean sweep of the Angus pens of four was achieved by Messrs FT Walton, Flotterton, Rothbury who took home 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize for three pens of square black Angus steers and a trio of ‘Coquetdale’ winners was completed by the aforementioned David Milburn, Blue Burn who expertly turned out his offering of Luing cattle to take the Luing Cattle Society Championship with a tremendous bullock and also scoop 1st and 2nd prize rosettes for his pens of four steers.

Best Angus Steer
First Prize      Sunniside      
Second Prize Holling Hill
Third Prize     Partridge Nest

Best Angus Heifer
First Prize      Whittonshields

Champion Angus M/s Tomlinson, Sunniside

Best Pen of 4
First Prize      Flotterton
Second Prize  Flotterton
Third Prize     Flotterton

Best Hereford
First Prize     Partridge Nest

Best Shorthorn
First Prize      Holling Hill
Second Prize Holling Hill
Best Other Native Breed
First Prize     Bog Hall (Galloway)

Best Luing
First Prize      Blueburn
Second Prize  Blueburn

Overall Champion – M/s Milburn, Holling Hill (Shorthorn)
Reserve Champion – M/s Robinson, Bog Hall (Galloway)

The first sizeable sale of store cattle to be held in the ‘back-end’ saw almost 700 head brought forward and trade throughout mirrored the mixed nature of the quality of cattle on offer.  The early entry on the catalogue saw a number of older, forward continental cross types presented and these peaked at £1395 for a pair of well-bred and hefty Limousin cross steers at 18 months of age from Ian Scott & Sons, Corneyside, Matfen who were delighted with their trade on the day and saw two more cashed at £1325 and a further three change hands at £1290. Continental heifer trade peaked at £1350 for a hefty Charolais cross at 20 months from previously honoured brothers Derek & Vincent Milburn, Holling Hill who saw their entire entry of 20 heifers and steers return an average of £1232 throughout. 

Predominantly though the day belonged to the array of native breed cattle which grow in popularity for a number of reasons ranging from the ease of management on upland fells and pastures to the premiums available for finished cattle destined for the packaging of niche supermarket branded beef schemes.  Farmed largely on grass based systems a number of these consignments came forward carrying less ‘fettle’ than seen previously due in the main to the arid Summer and whilst the best of each lot sold with ease any lesser, poorer thriven sorts were harder to place.

Native trade on the day was led by the prize winners however it was the reserve champion that hit the heights of £1400 when sold by Messrs Robinson, Boghall to Robin MacDonald, Low Middleton which was then closely followed by the Champion, at £1360 which sold to the judge Mr Mark Ross, Wester Middleton.

Steer trade was dominated by the Angus offering and the trio of top prices for upstanding black bullocks, all by registered pedigree sires (as highlighted on the new ‘sire information’ display board) and all at 16 months of age of £1310, £1290 and £1280 were achieved by Messrs Baxter, Kiln Hill, Gilsland; Messrs Rowland, The Snape, Hexham and Messrs Clemitson, Byreside, Hamsterley Colliery respectively ensuring contented vendors from within the regions Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham. Heifers peaked at £1285 for another Angus at the same age also from Messrs Clemitson.   

The best end of all native breeds represented sold well on the day and highlighted as follows; Beef Shorthorn Steers to £1140 from Messrs Milburn, Holling Hill; Herefords steers to £950 and heifers to £1025 from Messrs Fawcett, Hillcrest and Messrs Armstrong East Fourstones respectively. Luing steers to £1030 from Messrs Young, Hawksnest, Galashiels, and £1000 from Blue Burn Farm;  Murray Greys steers to £995 and heifers to £1045 from Bill Woolley, West Hepple, Coquetdale; South Devon Steers to £1035 from Messrs Greenshields, The Granary, Houghton Le Spring, and Belted Galloways to £855 for a super pen of 4 steers from Murdo Laurie, Kirkdale, Kirkcambeck, Cumbria.

The next dedicated sale of native breed cattle is scheduled for Friday 26th October and producers are actively encouraged to target the entry of their native breed types for this sale.  Next week sees the traditional prize show and sale of Charolais and British Blue cross bred cattle whilst in two weeks’ time the company will host the annual prize show and sale which centers purely on an entry entirely made up of Limousin cross cattle.  Entries for all such sales are invited to the mart offices on 01434 605444.

Leading prices;

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Charolais x steers – £1260 & £1250 Holling Hill

Charolais x heifers – £1350, £1180, £1140 & £1100 Holling Hill

Limousin x steers – £1315 Holling Hill, £1280 Bunker Hill, £1275 Holling Hill, £1270 Old Deanham, £1250 Holling Hill, £1210, £1195 & £1190 Old Deanham, £1100 Bunker Hill, £1095 Ingoe Low Hall, £1085 & £1070 Old Deanham

Limousin x heifers - £1150 Holling Hill, £1100, £1060, £1025, £1000 & £975 Old Deanham

British Blue x steers – £1180 Old Deanham

British Blue x heifers - £1185 & £1015 Old Deanham

Angus x steers - £1070 South Chareheads (x2), £1060 Slack House

Angus x heifers – £1055 & £990 Watch Hill

Hereford x heifers - £990 East Fourstones

Belted Galloway steers - £855 Kirkdale

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Charolais x steers – £1280 Holling Hill, £1130 Gallowhill, £1105 & £1100 Thornley Hall, £1090, £1060 (x2), £1030 & £1000 Gallowhill, £980 Harewalls, £960 Gallowhill

Charolais x heifers – £1075, £1065, £1000, £990 & £980 Thornley Hall

Limousin x steers – £1395, £1325 & £1290 Corneyside, £1260 Holling Hill, £1200 Ingoe Low Hall & Corneyside, £1190 Blackburn (x2), £1185 Bunker Hill, £1180 Blackburn, £1170 Bunker Hill, £1150 Blackburn & Stotsfold, £1075 & £1070 Ingoe Low Hall, £1035 Heatheridge, £990 Paradise

Limousin x heifers – £1225 Holling Hill, £1210 Fairspring, £1140 Paddock View & Pitland Hills, £1075 Corneyside, £1060 & £970 Ingoe Low Hall

British Blue x steers - £1270 Old Deanham, £1110 Stotsfold

British Blue x heifers - £950 Glendue

Simmental x steers – £1060 & £1005 Peddar Hill

Simmental x heifers – £1120, £1080 (x2), £1020 (x2) & £980 High Fotherley

Angus x steers -£1310 Kiln Hill, £1290 Snape Farm, £1280 Woodwell House, £1220 & £1210 Snape Farm, £1200 High Barns, Sunniside & Snape Farm, £1130 Snape Farm, £1110 Sunniside, £1090 Holling Hill, £1040 High Barns, £1035 & £1030 Whittonshields, £1010 Snape Farm, £1000 Watch Hill & Ricknall Lane, £980 Whittonshields, £970 Peddar Hill

Angus x heifers – £1285 Byreside, £1220, £1105 & £1090 High Fotherley, £1070 High Barns, £1060 Demesne, £1050 Old Town, £1040 Demesne & High Fotherley, £1030 Byreside, £1020 High Fotherley, £1005 Hepple Whitefield, £980 Old Town & Watch Hill

Hereford x steers - £950 & £935 Hillcrest, £920 Chattlehope

Hereford x heifers - £1025 East Fourstones

Beef Shorthorn steers - £1140 Holling Hill

Beef Shorthorn heifers - £1360 Holling Hill

Luing steers - £1030 Hawksnest, £1000 & £980 Blueburn, £950 Hawksnest, £920 Whittonshields, £900 Blueburn (x2)

Shorthorn steers - £1050 & £1025 Peddar Hill

South Devon x heifers - £1035 The Granary

Murray Grey steers - £995, £960 & £905 (x2) West Hepple

Murray Grey heifers - £1045 West Hepple

Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Charolais x steers – £1150 & £1070 Thornley Hall

Charolais x heifers - £965 Thornley Hall

Limousin x steers – £1080 Moorgair, £1000 Corneyside, £965 Moorgair, £940 Midgeholme

Limousin x heifers – £955 Throp Hill, £935 High Yarridge, £935 Throp Hill

Simmental x steers – £1010 Peddar Hill, £1000 Chesterwood, £980 Thornley Hall

Simmental x heifers - £1040 High Fotherley

Angus x steers – £1255 Old Town, £1250 Sunniside, £1150 Kiln Hill, £1140, £1130 & £1100 (x2) Flotterton, £1090 Flotterton & Old Town, £1045 Partridge Nest & South Colwell, £1025 New Rift, £1005 Parkside, £990 & £980 South Colwell, £970 Flotterton & Partridge Nest, £930 South Colwell

Angus x heifers –£1130 Snape Farm, £900 South Colwell

Hereford x steers - £940 Partridge Nest

Galloway heifers - £1400 Bog Hall

British Friesian steers - £1030 Snows Green

Store Sheep

Cast Ewes

More ewes forward this week which followed the national trend for the week being slightly easier.  Fleshed ewes good to cash still.
Sale topped at £102 for a good pen of Texel x ewes from M/s WH Davison & Son, Lough Green.

Texel x – £102 L:ough Green, £100 Aydonshields, £93 Black Callerton, £90 Lough Green, £82 & £80 Aydonshields, £73 Black Callerton, £68 China Hall & Ironsign, £66 Linacres (x2), £65 East Fourstones

Suffolk x – £78 Aydonshields, £73 & £70 East Fourstones

Cheviot - £41 Barrowburn

Mule – £62 East Beechfield, £60 High Studdon & High Fotherley, £59 South Colwell

Blackface – £40 Black Callerton, £26 Burdonside, £25 Burnbank

Swaledale – £40 Low Acton, £27 Colwell Hill

Crossbred - £67 Barrowburn, £58 Waite Farm

Store Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their weekly store lamb sale and this week it included the special show for Blackface, Swaledale, Cheviot & Mule Lambs.  This year the show was expertly judged by father and son team, Phil and Bob Stubbs, Cheshire.  The Overall Champion pen of lambs this year went to Alan and John Dixon, Chirdon.  This pen went on to sell and top the section at £64.50
On the week the lambs would be slightly easier compared to last week.  Short keep lambs continue to sell very well especially with the fat trade coming less as the week has gone on.
The sale today topped at £92 for Texel x lambs from M/s J Green & Sons, Follions, Thropton.  Two lots of lambs sold for £90, both being smart Dutch Texel x and Beltex x respectively consigned from M/s BA & AM Storrow, Willimoteswick and James Latimer, Chapel House.
The Board of Directors and all of the staff at Hexham would like to thank every vendor that took the time to show lambs.  Also thanks to our judges, sponsors, Ryecroft Glenton Chartered Accountants and finally all purchasers,
For further enquiries and entries for next week please call Drew Patrick 07854361967

First Prize     Chirdon
Second Prize Nunstainton
Third Prize    The Throp

First Prize     Burnbank
Second Prize Hepple Whitefield
Third Prize    Burdonside

Cheviot x
First Prize      Barrasford Green
Second Prize West Mill Hills

Overall Champion – M/s Dixon, Chirdon – Mules
Reserve Champion – M/s Conley, Barrasford Green – Cheviot x

Texel - £70 New Hall

Texel x – £92 & £87 Follions, £78.50 Haggwood, £78 Follions, £76.50 Woodlands, £76 Lough Green, £75 North Cocklake, £74.50 Haggwood, North Cocklake & Cornhills, £74 North Cocklake, £73.50 Agars Hill, £73 East Flass & Buckshot, £72 Bankfoot, £71.50 Hamburn Hall, £71 Buckshot & Bankfoot, £70.50 Bankfoot, £70 Haggwood & Woodlands, £69.50 North Cocklake, £69 Whiteside Birtley, Cornhills, Agars Hill & Waite Farm

Dutch Texel x - £90 Willimoteswick, £88.50 & £83 Burn House, £82 Willimoteswick, £80 & £79.50 Burn House, £79 Burn House & Willimoteswick, £75.50 High Oldshield, £74.50 Burn House, £73 Willimoteswick, £70.50 High Oldshield

Suffolk - £64 New Hall

Suffolk x – £86 & £80 East Fourstones, £72 Haggwood, £68.50 Piatroon, £67 Haggwood, £65 East Fourstones, £63 Settlingstones, £62.50 Dilston Haugh, £61.50 Allenheads Farm, £61 Low Greenley Cleugh, £60.50 Broadgates

Charollais x - £64 & £63.50 Ricknall Grange

Beltex x - £90 Chapel House, £86 & £82.50 West Moorhouses, £80 West Moorhouses (x2) & Errington Red House, £778 The Throp £75 West Moorhouses, £74.50 Chapel House, £74 Close Head, £73.50 Errington Red House & Chapel House (x2), £73 The Throp & Close Head, £72 Errington Red House, £71.50 Cornhills, £70 Errington Red House, Chapel House & Close Head, £69 The Throp, £68 Errington Red House, £67.50 Chapel House, £66.50 Watch Hill

Cheviot x - £62.50 & £60 West Mill Hills, £57 & £53.50 Barrasford Green, £48 The Brigg & Cottonshope, £45 Cottonshope

Mule – £64.50 Chirdon, £61 Hotbank, £60.50 Stone Hall, £60 North Cocklake & Chirdon, £59.50 Dilston Haugh, £56.50 The Hott, £56 Nunstainton & The Throp, £54 Low Acton & Wolf Hills, £53 Hotbank, £51.50 Ouston, £51 Burnbank

Blackface – £61 The Brigg, £54.50 Hotbank, £52.50 Burnbank, £46 Hepple Whitefield, £44 Edlingham Demesne, £43 Hotbank, £42 Burnbank

Swaledale - £35 Low Bleakhope, £29 Linshiels

Crossbred – £68 Birtley Old School, £67 New Hall, £56 Low Bleakhope

Tow Law Mule Gimmer Lambs | Thursday 27th September 2018

“Tow Law” Mule Gimmer Lamb Sale

Hexham and Northern Marts held their Annual Sale of the Traditional “Tow Law” Mule Gimmer Lambs on behalf of the Weardale Branch of NEMSA with a catalogue of 5810

The prize show was sponsored by Ryecroft Glenton, Chartered Accountants and Peter Monkhouse Haulage.

Our judges for the prize show were David and Michelle Buck, Quarry Grange, who expertly judged and had eight outstanding pens to pick their champion ten lambs.

The high quality lambs were put through the well known number four sheep ring. They had a very difficult task but after much deliberation and due consideration to all pens they awarded the Championship with the GW Robinson Rosebowl and NEMSA Rosette to John, Steven & Andrew Reed, Lands Farm. Sponsors Ryecroft Glenton presented the trophy together with a bottle of champagne to the Reed family and then the pen of ten sold at £340 to Phillip Elliot, Bank House.

The Reserve Champion pen went to Ian Potts, Redburn for another outstanding pen which sold at £178 also to Phillip Elliot, Bank House.

The best run of 100 or more was again expertly judged by Philip Dawson, Kentmere Hall and John Bell, Frosterley and they awarded the William Reed Trophy to R & MJ Lee, Harwood Shield for the second year running.

The sale ring was packed with local and distant buyers, from the North of Scotland, Sussex and Devon and faces that have not been present for a few years.

Lambs were shown as usual from these vendor’s in good bloom and credit must be given to them after the difficult season.

Trade for tupping and strong running lambs were easily sold but at less rates than last year but smaller running lambs much harder to cash.

The lambs were down by £10.02 on last years good average.

Best Pen of 10 Mule Lambs

First Prize            Lands Farm

Second Prize       Redburn

Third Prize          Harwood Shield

Fourth Prize        Ambling Gate


Best Run of 100 or more

First Prize                    Harwood Shield

Second Prize         Lands Farm

Third Prize            Low Leam


Leading Prices –

£340 Lands Farm, £190 & £178 Redburn, £140 Stewartshields Meadows & Ambling Gate, £135 Lands Farm, £132 Lands Farm & Rookhope, £130 Lands Farm & Low Leam, £128 West Biggens, £126 Lands Farm & Allotment Farm, £120 West Greenridge, Redburn & Low Leam, £119 Redburn, £118 Rosehill, Harwood Shield, Low Leam & Ouston, £116 Harwood Shield, Agars Hill, Low Leam & Woodhall, £115 Harwood Shield, Low Leam & Spittalshield, £112 Allenshields & Low Leam, £109 Allenshields & Ambling Gate, £108 Ambling Gate, £107 Harwood Shield & Ambling Gate (x2), £106 Ambling Gate, £104 Rosehill, Lands Farm (x2) & Stewartshields Meadow, £102 Low Leam, £101 Allergill & Lands Farm, £100 Wolsingham Park & Low Leam, £99 Ambling Gate, £98 West Biggens & Agars Hill, £97 Redburn & Kirkley House, £96 West Biggens, Stewartshields Meadow & Spittalshield, £95 Spittalshield & Allenshields, £94 Waskerley Park, Low Leam (x2) & Spittalshield, £93 Redburn (x2), £92 Lands Farm (x2) & Allotment Farm, £91 Agars Hill, £90 Lands Farm, Redburn, Amos Hill & Woodhall, £89 Softley, Redburn (x3) & Stewartshields Meadow, £88 Allergill, Harwood Shield, West Biggens, Beacon Rigg, Low Leam (x2) & Spittalshield, £87 Allotment, Redburn & Spittalshield

                                                      No. Sold   Average

Lands Farm



Low Leam






Stewartshield Meadows






Harwood Shield



Kirkley House



Ambling Gate









West Biggens



Amos Hill



West Greenridge













Scots Gap Mart | Wednesday 26th September 2018

Scots Gap Auction Mart sold 365 prime and cast sheep at their weekly sale. As with all centres this week all classes were noticeability easier. Lambs peaked at £87 twice for both Suffolk cross and Texel cross heavyweight lambs from Andy Cuthbert, New Houses and Dave Brodie, The Chesters, respectively. Edward Potts, Black Callerton, sold a superb pen of smart Beltex crosses at 208.5ppkg. Cast sheep peaked at £95 for Suffolk cross ewes from Percy & Neil Robson, Dene House.

Prime Lambs

Texel x – £87 The Chesters, £86 High Baulk, £85.50 Black Callerton, £85 New Houses, £85 (x2) The Chesters, £85 Black Callerton, £82 High Baulk, £81.50 Dene House, £81 Three Farms, £80 Paxton Dene, £80 New Houses, £80 Black Callerton, £80 West Grange (x2) & £78 Dene House.

208.5p Black Callerton, 176.1p Three Farms, 170.7p Black Callerton, 170.2p West Grange, 170.2p Black Callerton, 170.2p New Houses, 168.2p Paxton Dene, 167.4p High Baulk, 167.3p The Chesters, 166.3p Dene House, 165.4p High Baulk.                                                                                                            

Suffolk x - £87 New Houses, £85 The Chesters, £78 Dene House, £75 New Houses, £71.50 Buckshaw, £70.50 Black Callerton

163.0p New Houses, 160.4p The Chesters, 160.2p Black Callerton

Zwartbles - £76 Three Farms & 155.1p 

Cast Ewes and Rams 

Texel x – £70 Paxton Dene, £70 New Houses

Texel Ram - £59 New Houses. 

Suffolk x - £95, £89 & £83 Dene House 

Mule - £54 Dunns Houses

Blackface - £54 Dunns Houses

Breeding Rams | Wednesday 26th September 2018


Hexham and Northern Marts held their annual prize show and sale of terminal sire breeding rams and offered a tremendous catalogue of 633 head. The prize show was kindly sponsored by Hodgson Toyota, Newcastle.

The Texel class was judged by borders based breeder Jamie Gilchrist, Rawburn, Longformacus, Duns who was faced with an initial class of 31 powerful shearlings, Mr Gilchrist drew a top selection of 11 rams and from this select group he made his awards as follows –

Champion – (230) AG&D Bissett, Middle Dukesfield

Reserve – (35) R Thornton & Sons, Cornhills

3rd Prize – (163) S&A Reed, Lands Farm

The Arthur Iveson Memorial Trophy was presented to father and daughter team Alec & Claire Bissett for their tremendously correct champion which exhibited all the desirable traits one would expect in a sheep of such stature.

In addition the judge awarded the Lough Green Trophy for the best pen of three rams to Kevin Young, Harbottle Grange for a super trio of well bred sheep with shape and skins from the Coquet Valley breeder.

1st Kevin Young, Harbottle Grange

2nd J Davison, Lough Green

3rd T Common, Low Ardley

As seen earlier in the breeding sheep sales season, trade was selective throughout with only the best sheep making noteworthy prices, secondary types were harder to cash and a number of rams returned home.

The top three prices on the day were almost a reverse mirror image of the earlier prize show results albeit for one ram.

The sale leader came from the open of Steven & Andrew Reed, Lands Farm, Weardale and the brothers; regular consignors and high achievers at this sale were not disappointed as their third prize shearling rang the bell at £3400 selling after considerable competition to Messrs Smith, Roachburn, Brampton, Cumbria.

Next came one of the favourites from the pen of Richard & Christopher Thornton, Cornhills a “stablemate” of their 2nd prize placed ram which changed hands at £2600 selling early in the sale to the fledgling flock at Greenchesters Farm, Otterburn.

The third of the top price “Trio” was the show champion from Messrs Bissett, Middle Dukesfield which saw a number of local breeders vie for the right to take this one home and at £1900 it was another father/daughter team; Graham and Gemma Common, Low Ardley that emerged as victors around the ring.

From the entire entry no fewer than 17 shearling rams exceeded the £1000 price tag with purchasers understandably cautious after a hard winter, slow spring and an arid summer with prime lambs slow to finish and incomes thereafter down on the year.

Top Flock Averages


Lands Farm           15      3400            1063

Yatesfield                1        950              950                                                           

Woodhead              2         900              900

Cornhills               24       2600              895

Delight                   6        1300              890

Blackadder Mains  4        1150              767

Middle Dukesfield 14      1900              677

West Wharmley      4        900              675

Rosehill                   3        780              660

Harbottle Grange    9        850             592

Quarry House         3        600              556

Brinkburn              18       850              532


The company would like to thank our Judge, Sponsors and Consignors and wish all buyers good luck with their purchases.

Leading Prices -

Shearling Rams

£3400 Lands Farm, £2600 Cornhills, £1900 Middle Dukesfield, £1700 & £1400 Lands Farm, £1300 Low Ardley, Lands Farm & Delight Cottage, £1250 & £1200 Cornhills, £1150 Blackaddermains, £1100 Cornhills (x2) & West Heddon, £1050 Delight Cottage, £1000 Cornhills & Middle Dukesfield, £950 Yatesfield & Brinkburn Newhouses, £940 Delight Cottage, £900, Cornhills, Low Ardley, Lands Farm (x2), Woodhead (x2) & West Wharmley, £850 Harbottle Grange (x2), Cornhills (x3), Brinkburn Newhouses & Lands Farm (x2), £800 Cornhills, Round Meadows & Blackaddermains, £780 Harbottle Grange, Cornhills & Rosehill, £750 Cornhills (x3), Middle Dukesfield (x2)b & Delight Cottage, £720 Harbottle Grange, Cornhills (x2) & Low Ardley, £700 Cornhills (x2), Low Ardley (x2), Brinkburn Newhouses, Bensons Fell, Lands Farm (x3), Edlingham Newtown, Middle Dukesfield (x2) & Delight Cottage, £680 Cornhills (x2) & Halton Red House, £650 Cornhills, Flotterton Cottage, Lands Farm (x3), Juries House (x2), Blackburn & Rosehill, £640 Juries House, Butterknowes & Townfoot

2 Shear

£720 Blackaddermains, £400 West Heddon

MV Accredited Beltex Rams & Females

Hexham and Northern Marts held their Inaugural Pedigree Beltex Sale on behalf of the Northern Beltex Club. The pre-sale show was ably judged by Sue Wilkinson, Richmond.

Taking first prize in the Shearling Ram class and winning Overall Champion on the day was Lot 912, Ivanhoe Captain, sired by Rocksolid Admiral ET, from James Bailey. He went on to sell for 620gns.

The Reserve Overall Champion, the ewe lamb winner, also from James Bailey, Ivanhoe Diamond sold for 400gns.

The company would like to thank all vendors, the judge, Sue Wilkinson and our sponsors, Hodgson Toyota, for making this inaugural society sale a success.

Shearling Ram

          1st           Ivanhoe Captain

          2nd         Borderesk Candyman

          3rd          Jewitt Crazy Paint

Ram Lamb

          1st           Jewitt Dr Pepper

          2nd         Jewitt Day By Day

Aged Ewe

          1st           Jewitt Madonna

          2nd         Jewitt Katy B

Shearling Ewe

          1st           Ivanhoe Cuddles

          2nd         Jewitt Can’t Handle Me

          3rd          Ivanhoe Crumpet

Ewe Lamb

          1st           Ivanhoe Diamond

          2nd         Ivanhoe Daffodil

Champion Ram

          Ivanhoe Captain

Reserve Champion Ram

          Borderesk Candyman

Female Champion

          Ivanhoe Diamond

Reserve Female Champion

          Ivanhoe Cuddles

Overall Champion

          Mr JA Bailey, Ivanhoe Captain (Shearling Ram)

Reserve Champion

          Mr JA Bailey, Ivanhoe Diamond (Ewe Lamb)

Shearling Rams

620gns Ivanhoe Captain, 320gns Borderesk Candyman& Jewitt Coteye Joe, 280gns Borderesk Codswallop, 250gnsJewitt Cherrios


200gns Jewitt Katy B


300 gnsIvanhoe Cuddles, 280gns Ivanhoe Crumpet, 220gns Ivanhoe Cheerleader

Ewe Lambs

400gns Ivanhoe Diamond, 200gns Ivanhoe Diana

Pure Bred & Non MV Accredited Beltex Rams

A tremendous show of Non MV and non registered, pure Beltex forward for our judge, James Latimer, this year.

Taking first prize was a great tup from M/s W Wearmouth & Son, Rosehill which went on to realise the joint top price for the class of £1000.

The other tup to hit £1000 was one from Adam Steel, Steeley Farm.

Shearling Ram

          1st           Rosehill

          2nd         Steeley Farm

          3rd          Steeley Farm

£1000 Rosehill & Steeley Farm, £700 & £520 (x2) Steeley Farm, £450 Dotland Park & Steeley Farm (x2), £420 Hallington New Houses, £400 Dotland Park & Steeley Farm (x2)

Continental & Cross Bred Rams

The cross bred tup section seems to grow year on year and yet again these tups met a good trade at Hexham with five tups breaking the £1000 barrier,

Taking first prize in the pre sale show was a great, long, well muscled sheep with a bare skin from Mr B Storey, Woodhead who went on to top the sale at £1450. Another from the same home, made £1200.  Mr CS Whitfield, High Castle Dene, brought forward another great pen of shearlings this year which topped at £1100

Shearling Ram

          1st           Woodhead (Dutch Texel x Texel)

          2nd         High Castledene (3/4 Texel)

          3rd          Yatesfield (Beltex x Texel)

Ram Lamb

          1st           Ashknowe (Beltex x Suffolk)

          2nd         Ashknowe (Millennium Blue)

          3rd          Ashknowe (Millennium Blue)

Dutch Texel x Shearlings

£1450, £1200, £850 & £750 Woodhead, £700 Little Swinburne (x2) & Woodhead, £620 (x2) & £580 Little Swinburne, £550 Little Swinburne & Woodhead, £520 & £500 (x2) Little Swinburne, £480 (x5) Little Swinburne, £4550 Woodhead

Texel x Shearlings

£1100, £950, £820, £650, £550 & £500 (x2) High Castle Dene, £480 The Shield & High Castle Dene

Suffolk x

£650, £620, £580 (x2) & £550 Black Heddon

Charollais x

£550 & £480 Great Tosson, £420 & £400 Rosehill

Beltex x

Shearlings - £700 & £600 Yatesfield, £520 Quarry House & Cornhills, £500 Cornhills, £420 Dotland Park & Thackwood, £400 Dotland Park

2 Shear £500 Hallington New Houses

Suffolk Shearling Rams & Ram Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their Annual Prize Show and Sale of Suffolk Shearling Rams and Ram Lambs which this year was judged by Mr Mike Perring.

Mr Perring tapped out a shearling ram from Messrs J Herdman, Edlingham Newtown in first place who went on to realise £1150.

Taking first prize in the ram lamb section was one from IR Bell, Ashknowe which sold for £300

No less than nine rams broke the £1000 barrier this year with the top two highest prices coming from Messrs J Leiper & Son, Black Heddon, selling for £1300 twice, Also selling for £1300 was a shearling from Messrs MD&J Stobbs, High Dalton.

The company would like to thank all vendors, judges and sale sponsors, Hodgson Toyota for their support.

Shearling Ram

          1st           Edlingham Newtown

          2nd         Black Heddon

          3rd          Black Heddon

Ram Lamb

          1st           Ashknowe

          2nd         Ashknowe

          3rd          Ashknowe

Overall Champion

          M/s J Herdman, Edlingham Newtown (Shearling)

Reserve Champion

          M/s IR Bell, Ashknowe


£1300 Black Heddon (x2) & High Dalton, £1200 Black Heddon, £1150 Edlingham Newtown, £1100 (x2) Black Heddon, £1000 Black Heddon & Goatstones, £950 Black Heddon, £900 & £850 Goatstones, £750 Black Heddon, £700 Black Heddon, Goatstones (x2) & High Dalton, £680 High Dalton, £660 Flotterton, £650 Black Heddon, Goatstones, Warton & High Dalton, £620 Flotterton (x2), Black Heddon & Goatstones, £600 Rugley, Edlingham Newtown, Goatstones (x2) & High Dalton, £580 Flotterton, Rugley, Black Heddon, West Wharmley & Goatstones, £550 Goatstones

Ram Lambs

£300 Ashknowe

Bluefaced Leicester Rams & Females

The Annual sale on behalf of The Blue Faced Leicester Sheep Breeders Association was combined with the Annual sale of all breed rams.

The Prize Show was judged this year by Lindsay Carter, Woodlands, Bishop Auckland who gave all exhibits due consideration and made his awards as follows:-

Aged Ram

          1st           Lowes Fell

          2nd         The Shield

Shearling Ram

          1st           Lowes Fell

          2nd         Lowes Fell

          3rd          Edlingham (Newtown)

Ram Lamb

          1st           Burndale

Ewe Lamb

          1st           Burndale

Overall Champion – M/s TL Forster & Son, Lowes Fell

Reserve Champion – M/s TL Forster & Son, Lowes Fell

The Overall Champion, the shearling ram from the well known and regular consignors, Alan & Peter Forster, Lowes Fell, took home the Hexham Auction Mart Trophy and the Percy Telfer Memorial Trophy and was later sold for £900 to R Thornton & Son, Cornhills.

Champion Ram Lamb and Female Champion went to Derek Henderson, Burndale Flock, who received the WH Davison Silver Challenge Cup and the TW Ridley Memorial Trophy.

A good ring of buyers for the smallish entry bid well for the good sheep and a nice trade was obtained.


£900 (x2), £850, £800, £750 (x2) & £550 Lowes Fell, £520 The Shield, £500 Edlingham Newtown & Lowes Fell, £380 Whiteside, £350 Edlingham Newtown & The Deans, £320 Towdy Potts, £300 Edlingham Newtown & The Deans (x3)

2 Shear

£480 The Shield

3 Shear

£450 Lowes Fell



Hexham Primestock | Tuesday 25th September 2018


Prime Cattle

Charolais Heifers – £1255.54 & £1197.96 Flotterton

223.5p & 219.5p Flotterton

Simmental Heifers - £1073.98 & 161.5p East Greenridge


More cast cows about this week which brought more buyers ringside. Feeding cows would be sharper this week but fleshed, killing cows followed yesterday’s market and were slightly easier.

Sale topped at 157.5p for a nice Limousin x cow from M/s K Smith & Sons, East Greenridge.

More cows could have been easily sold and more needed next week.

Limousin – £1318.28 & £963.96 East Greenridge, £953.05 Dunns Houses, £910.31 Agars Hill

157.5p East Greenridge, 148.5p & 139.5p Agars Hill, 138.5p East Greenridge

Limousin (Bull) - £1046.15 & 122.5p High Alderheads

Angus - £1032.24 & 126.5p Colepike

Blonde – £978.56 & 133.5p Colepike

Simmental - £1017.45 & 127.5p Dunns Houses

Prime Sheep


Prime Lambs

More lambs forward and trade easier on the week.

Texel x – £92.50 Quarry House, £84 Paxton Dene, £83 Elrington Hall, East House & Matfen Home Farm, £82 East Houser, £81 Elrington Hall & Thockrington, £80 Comb Hills, Paxton Dene, Great Chesters, Broomhall & Springwell Cottage, £79.80 East House, £79.50 East House & West Shields, £79 Comb Hills, Little Swinburne (x2) & Black Callerton, £78.80 Highwood, £78.50 Bulls Hill, Harwood Shield, Little Swinburne, Great Chesters & Low Ardley, £78.20 Great Chesters & Matfen Home Farm

 201.1p Quarry House, 195p Matfen Home Farm, 192.7p Little Swinburne (x2), 192.3p & 192.1p Matfen Home Farm, 190.5p Broomhall, 190.2p Little Swinburne, 190p East House, 189.7p Lodge Farm, 187.5p East House & Matfen Home Farm, 186.9p& 185.4p Little Swinburne, 184.2p Matfen Home Farm, 183.3p Matfen Home Farm & Highwood, 181.4p Broomhall, 181p Black Callerton, 180.4p Matfen Home Farm, 180.2p Paxton Dene, 178.8p & 177.9p Matfen Home Farm, 177.6p North Cocklake, 177.4p Paxton Dene, 176.7p Black Callerton, 176.4p Lodge Farm, 176.1p Black Callerton

Suffolk x – £81 Thockrington (x2), £80.80 Broomhall, £80.50 & £79 Sunniside, £78.80 Thockrington & Great Bavington, £78.50 Thockrington & Sunniside, £78.20 Great Bavington, £77.80 Old Town & Rare Dean, £77.50 East House & Great Bavington, £77 Sunniside & Flotterton, £76.80 Thockrington

171.4p & 167.9p Great Bavington, 167.5p Lodge Farm, 167p & 166.4p Great Bavington, 165.9p Flotterton, 165.7p Low Huntwell & Old Town, 164.9p East House & Great Bavington, 164.2p Great Bavington, 163.8p Sunniside, 163.4p Thockrington

Beltex x – £92, £91, £88.50 & £88 Quarry House

215.9p, 214p, 206.8p & 193.4p Quarry House

Charollais x - £81 Sunniside, £78.50 Sunniside & Flotterton, £77 Sunniside, £74.50 Sunniside & Flotterton

165.6p Sunniside & Flotterton, 163.8p & 163.5p Sunniside

Cheviot x- £65.50 & 163.8p Sillywrea

Breeding Cattle | Friday 21st September 2018

Breeding Cattle

Hexham and Northern Marts offered for sale a varied catalogue of beef breeding cattle and a useful crowd gathered to compete at the ringside.
Heifer and calf trade peaked at £2250 for a smart deep and square black limousin heifer with a shapely red ¾ bred calf at foot that changed hands at “2250 from Richard Johnson, West Wharmley.  Mr Johnson followed this with a lovely blue cross heifer again with a limousin cross calf at foot that hit £2100

Heifers with Calves at Foot

Limousin – £2250 West Wharmley,

British Blue - £2100 West Wharmley

2nd Calvers with Calves at Foot

Limousin – £1200 (x3) Paradise Farm

Angus -£1240 Whitelees

Cows with Calves at Foot

Cows and claves were also in demand and trade peaked at £1700 for a  smart limousin cross outfit from M/s Wardell, Primrose Hill, Bythorpe, York.
M/s Tait, Bulls Hill, Allendale followed with a blue cross cow and limousin calf at £1580 whilst M/s Harvey, Shotton and M/s Everitt, Jolly Body both topped at £1340 each also for blue cross outfits.

Angus – £1200 Moorgair

Limousin – £1700 Primrose Hill

British Blue – £1580 Bulls Hill, £1340 Shotton & Jolly Body

Dispersal on behalf of DG Watson, Langley West House

The first of two dispersals conducted on the day was that for longstanding Hexham Mart customer, David Watson, Langley West House, Lanchester who presented his 35 Simmental cross stock cows with Limousin cross calves at foot in nice form.  These peaked at £1950 for a big and upstanding Simmental cross cow with her autumn born steer calf at foot, the cow due to calve again imminently.  A large crowd gathered to compete for Mr Watson’s homebred herd and years of hard work and dedication to his cattle was rewarded with a well deserved average of £1415 throughout.
The company would like to thank Mr Watson for his continued support through the auction ring here at Hexham and wish him well for the future.

Cows with Calves at Foot

Limousin – £1620, £1420, £1400, £1350, £1340, £1320, £1300

Charolais - £1480

Simmental - £1950, £1900, £1800, £1720, £1700, £1640, £1550, £1520 (x2), £1480 (x2, £1440 (x2), £1420

Dispersal on behalf of Whitehouse Farm Centre

The second dispersal saw the commercial herd of suckler cows from the Whithouse Farm Centre, Morpeth offered for sale as the renowned farm and visitor centre plans to introduce a herd of rare breed cattle.
A small but select offering of predominantly native breed cows were sold with strong Angus cross calves at foot having been run with the same bull during the summer.  The cows peaked at £1540 for a huge Angus with a steer calf whilst a Simmental sold to £1440, a Blue cross to £1420 and a Hereford with a nice heifer calf to £1400.
The entire offering returned at £1401 for the delighted vendors

Cows with Calves at Foot

Angus – £1540, £1500, £1460, £1420, £1400, £1280 & £1220

Limousin - £1460

British Blue - £1420

Simmental - £1440

Hereford - £1400 & £1280

Second Ewe Lamb Sale | Friday 21st September 2018

Mule Ewe Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their Second Sale of 1850 Mule Ewe Lambs from members of NEMSA and non-members.
The prize show and sale was kindly sponsored by Lloyds Bank and Border Counties Insurance.

Prior to the sale, twelve tremendous pens of lambs were presented in front of well-known Bluefaced Leicester breeder, Alan Forster, Lowes Fell who expertly judged and made his awards as follows.

Best Pen of 10 Mule (Ex Blackface)

 1st –  Chirdon
 2nd – Albierigg
 3rd –  High Town
Overall Champion – M/s Dixon, Chirdon
Best Run of 60 - M/s English, Brownsleazes

Alan awarded the Championship pen of ten outstanding lambs to Alan and John Dixon, Chirdon who also received the Arthur Iveson Shield.  These lambs later sold at £174 to Jennifer Ireland, Oakdene Farm, Prudhoe.

The Reserve Champion pen went to BD & MS Hope, Albierigg for another great pen which sold at £116.

The best run of 60 was once again, for the third year, to Robert & John English, Brownsleazes who took home the Hexham and Northern Marts shield.

A full ring of buyers were in attendance but bid cautiously for all classes resulting in the average being down £16.20 on the year.

£174 Chirdon, £121 Harsondale, £120 Stell Green, £119 Cowden, £116 Albierigg & Brownsleazes, £111 The Steel, £100 Albierigg, Camphill & Carrick, £99 Hotbank, £97 Nilston Rigg & Carrick, £96 High Town, £95 Harsondale, £94 Redesmouth & Pitland Hills, £93 Harsondale, £92 Old Police House (x2), £91 Stell Green & Chirdon, £90 Hole Farm, Carry House (x3), Camphill & Pitland Hills, £89 Stell Green & Whiteside, £88 Albierigg (x3), Cowden, Whintinstown & Chirdon

Texel x Ewe Lambs

£95 Amos Hill, £85 Round Meadows, £82 Amos Hill, £81 Round Meadows

Cheviot Mule Ewe Lambs

£116 Flotterton, £106 West Mill Hills, £78 Embley

Blackface Ewe Lambs

£67 Whitchester, £67 Lane Head, £62 Brownchesters, £61 Brownchesters & Whitchester, £60 South Chareheads

Store Cattle & Sheep | Friday 21st September 2018

Store Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts at their weekly sale of store cattle offered a sound entry of 384 head and all classes sold to a similar trade as seen recently.  The sale peaked at £1360 for an outstanding Limousin cross steer at 15 months of age from Ruth Mitcheson, Bolam Lake House, Morpeth, who saw her 14 very well summered bullocks, all at the same age return a deserved average of £1179 per head.

Messrs Urwin, Dovecote, Morpeth followed at just £5 less at £1355 for a big and square Limmy steer at 20 months as did Geoff Ogle, Blackburn for his pen leader.  Messrs Milburn led the heifer trade on the day for a well grown Limousin lady at 18 months which realised the same money and saw their pen of twenty, by Limousin and Charolais Bulls average a weighty £1197 throughout. 

With the first of the Autumn prize show/sales taking place next week; that for native breed cattle, it was fitting then that a smart pair of Angus steers from Messrs Tweddle, Springwell, CO Durham hit £1330 proving there is indeed demand for forward native breed types at this Centre. Entries of all native breed types are invited for next weeks show and sale and should be with the auctioneers by noon on Monday 24th Sept.

A nice selection of ‘middle-aged’ cattle were offered and these were dominated by a small but super pen from Messrs Ballantyne, Cowburn Rigg who saw their yearling types peak at £1280 for an outstanding Limousin heifer that would suit either a breeding or feeding destiny whilst two steers at the same age sold to £1235 and £1200 each ensuring the Roman Wall based vendors returned home happy.

Once again the Angus sire was prevalent, this time in the trade for the youngest class of cattle which saw Messrs Herdman, Acton, Blanchland peak at £1005 for a ten month old steer and two others selling at £900 illustrating the demand for such native types at the Hexham Ringside.

The attention of breeders and graziers with cattle to sell this back end is drawn to our calendar of sales during the next few weeks which will see prize shows held on 28th Sept, 5th, 12th, 18th & 25th October, please contact our auctioneers on 01434 605444 to discuss which sale will offer the best and maximum return for your cattle.

Leading prices; 

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Charolais x heifers – £1335, £1290, £1270, £1240, £1200 & £1180 Holling Hill

Limousin x steers – £1355, £1260 & £1140 Dovecote, £1050 Woodwell House

Limousin x heifers - £1355, £1240, £1215, £1205 & £1155 Holling Hill

British Blue x heifers - £1070 East Newham, £1015 New Rift

Angus x steers - £1175 Springwell

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Charolais x steers – £1285 & £1250 Colwell Hill, £1230 & £1225 High Staward, £1220, £1210 (x2), £1200 & £1175 Colwell Hill, £1155 High Staward, £1120 Springwell, £1105 Colwell Hill (x2), £1095 Springwell, £1075 White House Birtley, £1060 High Staward, £945 Hedley West

Charolais x heifers – £1300 Holling Hill, £1160 Gallowhill, £1145 Low Staples, £1135 & £1130 Colwell Hill, £1120 Holling Hill, £1110 Holling Hill & Haggwood, £1100 Colwell Hill, £1065 & £1060 Haggwood, £1055 Haggwood & Low Staples, £1035 Holling Hill, £1010 Colwell Hill, £995 & £990 Gallowhill

Limousin x steers – £1360 Bolam Lake House, £1355 Blackburn, £1290 Dovecote, £1265 Bolam Lake House, £1260 Dovecote, £1240 Blackburn, £1220 Dovecote, £1200 Bolam Lake House, £1160 Dovecote, £1155 & £1135 Colwell Demesne, £1100 Blackhalls & Kingswood, £1085 Colwell Demesne, £1075 New Rift, £1070 Colwell Demesne, £1060 Dovecote, £1050 High Trewhitt, £1035 Colwell Demesne, £1000 East Newham & South Gunnerton, £970 Hope Foot, £940 Billerley

Limousin x heifers – £1215 Comb Hills, £1170 Colwell Demesne, £1150 Comb Hills, £1010 Lingey Field, £1000 The Tofts, £995 Raggetsyke, £990 West Wharmley, £980 East Newham

British Blue x steers - £1155 New Rift, £1040 West Kirkheaton

British Blue x heifers - £1005 New Rift

Simmental x steers –£1175 Springwell, £1115 High Trewhitt, £1095 Springwell, £945 Hedley West

Angus x steers -£1330 Springwell

Saler x steers - £1000 Hindley

Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Charolais x steers – £1105 Hindley, £1100 & £1080 Bolam Lake House, £1070, £1060 & £1050 Hindley, £1040 High Staward, £1020 Haggwood, £1010 Hindley, £990 East Plenmeller, £940 Hindley, £925 White House Birtley

Charolais x heifers - £1185, £1030 & £995 Gallowhill, £980 Gallowhill & Colwell Hill

Limousin x steers – £1295 Blackburn, £1290 Bolam Lake House, £1235 & £1200 Cowburn Rigg, £1165 Blackburn & Bolam Lake House (x2), £1140 East Highridge, £1105 Kingswood, £1050 High Trewhitt, £1045 Bolam Lake House, £1030 Comb Hills & Westburnhope, £1005 Woodwell House1000 High Trewhitt & Woodwell House, £985 White House Birtley, £980 High Trewhitt

Limousin x heifers – £1280 & £1180 Cowburn Rigg, £1060 Kingswood & Woodwell House, £1000 West Wharmley, £990 Kingswood, £975, £970 & £900 Lingey Field

British Blue x steers – £990 Comb Hills

British Blue x heifers – £1010 West Wharmley

Simmental x steers – £995 Springwell

Angus x steers – £1110 (x2) & £1100 Blackhalls, £1065 Billerley, £1040 Acton, £1020 & £990 Blackhalls, £960 Billerley, £925 Wayn Riggs

Cattle 10 months and under

Limousin x steers – £900 East Highridge

Limousin x heifers – £840 Shaftoe Moor

Angus x steers – £1005, £900 & £850 Acton

Store Sheep

Cast Ewes

A lot more ewes forward this week with more plain ewes on show.  Meated ewes slightly sharper on the week

Texel – £99 Stotsfold

Texel x – £100 West Wharmley, £87 Newbiggin Hill, £82 Spenside, £73 Kimmerston, £70 Whittonshields, £64 West Uppertown, £60 Stotsfold

Suffolk x – £75 West Uppertown, £68 Kimmerston, £65 Thornley Pit House, £60 Whittonshields

Leicester - £87 Crowhall

Mule – £68 West Wharmley, £60 Burnbank, £56 The Bridges, £54 Stotsfold, £52 Buckshot, £50 East Lodge Cavers

Blackface – £35 Cottonshope 7 Pottsdurtrees, £34 Hole Farm (x2), £31 Burnbank

Swaledale – £50 Stotsfold, £41 Buckshot, £35 (x2) Stotsfold

Crossbred - £67 & £63 Kimmerston

Store Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their weekly store sheep sale with a large number of lambs forward this week.  Lambs yet again a good trade.
Hill lambs kicked off first this week and topped at £62 for Cheviots from Mr J Boylen, Middle Skelsgill, Cumbria.
Mule lambs followed and after some competitive bidding topped at £75 for a pen from M/s H&L Morshead, Harsondale.
Mr Douglas Green, Longlea topped the continental and Suffolk class with a great penful finally realising £89.50.
Next week sees our Annual Show and Sale of Hill and Mule lambs in pens of 20.
For entries please call Drew on 07854361967

Texel x – £89.50 Longlea Netherwitton, £87.50 New Acres, £83 Rinnion Hills, £81 Ridley Stokoe, £80 Chapel House, £78 Willimoteswick & Red House, £77 Whittonshields, Branchend & Woodlands, £76 Longlea Netherwitton, £75.50 Cockhall, Chapel House & Ridley Stokoe, £74 Whittonshields, £73 Crowhall, £72.50 Chapel House, £72 Hold House, £71 Cockhall (x2) & New Acres, £70.50 Woodlands, £70 Hold House, New Acres & Gillots Farm, £69.50 Rinnion Hills & Chapel House, £69 Settlingstones, £67.50 Gillots, £67 Hold House & The Throp

Dutch Texel - £88.50 & £79 Willimoteswick, £76 High Fell, £75 Willimoteswick, £68.50 North Cocklake, £66 Westburnhope, £64.50 North Cocklake

Suffolk x – £70.50 Settlingstones, £69 Gairshield, £68.50 Hepple Whitefield, £68 Branchend, £65 Birtley Old School, £64 Hepple Whitefield

Beltex x - £81 The Throp, £79, £78 (x2), £77 & £74 Wyvill Grange, £69 Wyvill Grange & The Throp, £68.50 Fell Lane, £66 Wyvill Grange

Leicester - £74 Penpeugh

Cheviot x - £62 Middle Skelgill, £60 Gairshield, £57 South Chareheads, £54.50 Gairshield, £53.50 South Chareheads, £50.50 Cottonshope, £46.50 The Sneep

Mule – £75 Harsondale, £73 Crowhall, £68 Ouston, £65 Gleedlee, £64.50 Stable Yard, £64 Penpeugh, £63 & £61Harsondale, £60 Ouston & Ambling Gate, £58 Harsondale, Ouston & Stone House, £56.50 Harsondale, £56 Stable Yard, Ambling Gate & Crowhall

Blackface – £48.50 South Chareheads, £48 Moorlaws, £45 Davyshiel

Crossbred – £76 Woodlands

Scots Gap Mart | Wednesday 19th September 2018

Scots Gap Auction Mart

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Scots Gap Auction Mart at their weekly sale sold prime lambs to a top of £89 for a super pen of 14 Beltex cross lambs from William Hall, New Houses, Hallington, which at 40kg equated to 222.5ppkg. All classes were dearer on the week and averaged 193ppkg or £81.58 for 42.3kg. More lambs could easily have been sold. Cast sheep peaked at £117 for four Texel ewes from Richard Thornton, Cornhills and numbers also fell short of requirements.

Prime Lambs

Texel x – £89 New Houses, £ 88.50 Cornhills, £85 High Baulk, £85, £84 (x3) Little Swinburne, £84 Satley, £83 Cornhills, £83 Satley, £83 Fairspring, ££82.50 The Tilesheds, £82 High Baulk, £82 (x2) Satley, £82 Dykehead.

222.5p News Houses, Hallington, 210.5p (x2) Satley, 202.4p, 200p(x3) Little Swinburne, 200p Satley, 197.5p Dykehead, 197.4p Satley, 195.2p Dykehead, 195.1p, 192.5p, 190.7p, 188.6p Satley, 186.4p High Baulk.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Suffolk x - £87 & £81 Dene House, £73.50 Fairspring

165.3p Dene House, 159.8p Fairspring, 158.2p Dene House

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x – £117 & £94 Cornhills, £94 New Houses, Hallington.

Mule - £70 Dene House

Hexham Gimmer Shearlings | Wednesday 19th September 2018

Mule Gimmers

Hexham and Northern Marts held their Annual Sale of Mule Shearlings with an increased entry of 2910 which was kindly sponsored again by HARBRO

The prize show was expertly judged by Colin Boocock, Freebrough, N. Yorkshire who had 22 great pens od shearlings in front of him from the usual consignors.

After a very difficult task and giving all pens due consideration he awarded the Champion Pen to M/s RW & K Telford, Branton East Side to their pen of 10 bred from the Blackface Ewe which had nor reared lambs and sold at £168 purchased by Garrowby Estates.
The Reserve Champion pen went to annual consignor Joe Vickers, South Rennington again with his pen out of the Blackface Ewe had reared lambs and sold at £174 and was purchased by David Johnson, Tuthill.

A full ring of buyers was present but were very selective with the good Blackface and Swaledale bred sheep good to sell but as with other market sales the poorer sheep were much harder to cash.
The overall average for the sale was £15.50 down on the high average of 2017

10 Mule Gimmers ex Blackface NRL 
1st Branton East Side      
2nd Whitechapel

10 Mule Gimmers ex Blackface RL 
1st Rennington South      
2nd Tenter House

10 Mule Gimmers ex Swaledale NRL 
1st Avenue Farm      
2nd Light Birks

10 Mule Gimmers ex Swaledale RL 
1st Stotsfold      

Overall Champion
  M/s Telford, Branton East Side (Ex Blackface NRL)
Reserve Champion
  M/s Vickers, Rennington South (Ex Blackface RL)


£178, £174, £172 (x2) & £170 Rennington South, £168 Branton East Side, Lowes Fell & Tenter House, £162 Lowes Fell & Rennington South (x2), £160 Branton East Side, Claywalls, Whitechapel & Coatyards, £158 Whitechapel & Edlingham Demesne, £156 Newbiggin Farm, £154 Tenter House, £152 Branton East Side (x2) & Avenue Farm, £150 Shitlington Hall, Halton Red House & Rennington South, £148 Flotterton, £146 Thornton Tower & Brinkheugh, £145 Shitlington Hall & Brinkheugh, £144 Flotterton & Lowes Fell, £142 Branton East Side, Edlingham Newtown & Stotsfold, £140 Flotterton, Broomhill (x2), Edlingham Newtown (x2), Stotsfold (x2), Avenue Farm & Croft Cottage, £138 Newbiggin Farm & Whitechapel, £136 Light Birks, £135 Stotsfold, Claywalls (x2) & Tenter House, £134 Newbiggin Farm, Avenue Farm, Whitechapel (x2) & Camphill, £132 Ouston, Avenue Farm & Pitland Hills, £130 Stotsfold (x3) & Thornton Tower

Cheviot Mule Gimmers

£154 (x2) Flotterton

Suffolk & Suffolk x Gimmers

£155 & £153 Edlingham Newtown, £150 Flotterton, £148 Halton Red House (x2), £146 Tenter House, £145 & £144 Flotterton, £140 East Cocklaw (x2), Edlingham Newtown & Flotterton (x2), £138 Flotterton, £135 East Cocklaw, £132 Tenter House

Texel x Gimmers

£170 Lough Green (x2), £160 Stotsfold & Halton Red House, £155 Pitland Hills, £150 Colwell Demesne & Tone Hall, £148 Pitland Hills, £142 Lough Green & Halton Red House, £140 Broomhall, Light Birks, Lough Green, Stotsfold (x2), Colwell Demesne, Halton Red House (x2) & Newbiggin Farm, £139 Claywalls, £138 Stotsfold (x2), Penny Hill & Halton Red House, £136 Broomhall, £135 Stotsfold, Colwell Demesne & Newbiggin Farm, £132 Burn House, Claywalls, Halton Red House & Newbiggin Farm, £130 Claywalls (x2), West Wharmley & Newbiggin Farm

Pure Texel Ewes & Gimmers

Gimmers - £400, £280 & £260 Low Espley, £195 Hagdon Moor, £170 & £160 Halton Red House, £130 Hagdon Moor (x2) & Halton Red House, £125 Hagdon Moor

Ewes - £260 Low Espley

Pure Beltex Gimmers

£350, £200 & £150 Steeley Farm

Other Gimmers

Leicester - £150 Halton Red House

Beltex x - £108 Field Head Longhorsley

Zwartbles - £175 & £152 Halton Red House

Mule Ewes 1-3 Crop

1 crop - £160 & £128 Brinkheugh
2 crop - £132 & £110 Brinkheugh
3 crop - £94 Brinkheugh             

Hexham Primestock | Tuesday 18th September 2018


Prime Cattle

Nice selection of butchers heifers forward this week from M/s GR Scott & Son, Corneyside, Matfen which topped at 237.5ppk.

Limousin Heifers – £1288.74, £1244.50 & £1194.98 Corneyside

237.5p, 228.5p & 211.5p Corneyside


Trade much dearer than last week.  A smaller number of cows forward this week but a good show of flesh.
Topping todays sale was a Simmental x cow from A Willey, Broomfield that realised 161.5ppk and £1282.31
More and more cows needed at Hexham.  We have the buyers that can handle many more cows.
For entries and enquiries please call Drew on 07854361967

Limousin – £1271.03 & £1140.70 Halton Red House, £843.50 Dykehead

157.5p & 152.5p Halton Red House, 123.5p & 120.5p Dykehead

Simmental - £1282.31 & £1021.68 Broomfield

161.5p Broomfield

Longhorn - £948.74 Broomfield

Prime Sheep

Prime Lambs

 A smaller show of lambs forward to last week and slightly dearer for all classes although more heavier lambs forward. 
Top price was £99 and 230.2p for Beltex x from Black Callerton.

Texel x – £95 West Shields, £94.50 Old Town, £93.50 West Shields & Springwell, £93 Thockrington, £92 Springwell, £89 Little Swinburne, £88.50 Black Callerton, £88 East Knitsley, £87 High Eshells, Low Brunton & West Shields, £86.50 H8igh Eshells (x2) & Springwell, £85.50 Little Swinburne & Springwell, £84.50 St Oswalds & West Shields, £84 Little Swinburne (x2) & Springwell, £83.50 Springwell, £83 Little Swinburne & East Knitsley, £82 Low Eshells, Little Swinburne, Sunniside, West Uppertown, West Shields & Springwell, £81.50 West Kirkheaton & Berwick Hill

207p Little Swinburne, 206.1p St Oswalds, 203.6p Little Swinburne, 202.1p West Shields, 200p (x2) & 197.6p Little Swinburne, 196.6p High Eshells (x2), 193.9p St Oswalds, 192.3p Fell Lane, 190.7p Little Swinburne, 184.5p Linacres & Low Eshells, 184.4p Black Callerton, 183.8p East Uppertown, 183.7p West Shields, 181.4p Merryshields, 181.3p Low Brunton, 181p High Eshells, 180.7p St Oswalds, 177.9p Willimoteswick, 177.8p Low Eshells (x2) & East Knitsley, 176.2p Willimoteswick, 175.6p Linacres, 174.9p Black Callerton (x2), £174.4p West Kirkheaton, 174p Springwell

Dutch Texel x - £86 & £80 Willimoteswick

204.8p & 200p Willimoteswick

Suffolk x – £93 Berwick Hill, £88 Sunniside, £86.20 Old Town, £86 Thockrington & Sunniside, £83.80 Thockrington, £82 Thockrington & Sunniside, £81.50 Berwick Hill, £81.20 & £80.80 Thockrington, £80 Low Eshells, Fairley, Middle Heads & Old Town, £77 Fairley

174.4p Fell Lane, 173.9p Old Town, 173.8p St Oswalds, 170.5p Low Eshells, 169p Old Town, 165.9p Merryshields, 164.9p Thockrington, 164.3p Black Hedley

Beltex x – £99, £98 & £88 Black Callerton

230.2p, 217.8p & 209.5p Black Callerton

Charollais x - £85, £82.80 & £80 (x3) Sunniside

175p & 166.7p Sunniside

Mule – £78 Bulls Hill, £73.20 Stone Stile, £72.50 Bulls Hill, £71.50 Frolar Meadows, £70.50 Bulls Hill

162.2p & 161.1p Bulls Hill, 159.1p Stone Stile, 158.9p Frolar Meadows, 156.7p Bulls Hill

Cast Ewes and Rams

A small show of ewes were sharper on the week to £90 from Sillywrea.

Texel x – £65 Rye Hill & Middle Heads, £60 Rye Hill, £56 Middle Heads

Suffolk - £65 Sillywrea

Suffolk x - £90 & £70 Sillywrea

Bleu D’Maine - £71 Sillywrea

Cheviot x – £70 Sillywrea

Mule – £50 Middle Heads

Store Sheep | Friday 14th September 2018

Store Sheep

Cast Ewes

Cast ewes sold well to the usual ring of purchasers.

Texel x – £84 Moorgair, £80 Longshaws & Hallington High Farm, £79 Comb Hills, £76 Longshaws, £74 Merryshields, £73 & £69 Grange Farm

Suffolk x – £83 & £69 Merryshields

Beltex x - £80 & £59 Grange House

Cheviot - £53 Old Blacksmith Shop

Mule – £71 Hallington High Farm, £64 Grange House, £60 Moorgair, £59 Hallington High Farm, £50 Dyke Nook

Blackface – £27 Kirkley Hall

Swaledale – £24.50 Whiskershiel, £24 Dyke Nook

Store Lambs

A smaller show of sheep due to the Kelso Rams Sales sold well to a good company of purchasers.

Texel x – £85 Old Blacksmith Shop, £77.50 Glendale, £77 Loadman, £76 Houxty House, Agars Hill & Glendale, £73.50 The Shank & Glendale, £73 Haining Head & Spenside, £70 Loadman & Agars Hill, £69.50 Broadgates, £69 Cooper House, Broadgates & Agars Hill

Dutch Texel x - £74.50 Willimoteswick

Suffolk x – £71 Cooper House, £68 Old Town, £67 Black Hedley, £66 Allenheads Farm

Beltex x - £Grange Farm & Hownsgill, £77 Grange Farm & Mill House, £75 Grange Farm & Mill House, £74 Mill House, £73.50 Stanton Town Head, £73 Hownsgill, £72 Mill House, £71.50 Closehead, £71 Grange Farm

Zwartbles - £63 Hill Top

Cheviot x - £44 North Churchlands

Mule – £64 & £54 Moorlaws, £52 Haining Head

Blackface – £42 West End Town, £41 Cottonshope

Swaledale - £40 Linshiels

Scots Gap Mart | Wednesday 12th September 2018

Scots Gap Auction Mart

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Scots Gap Mart at their weekly sold sold prime lambs to a top of £89 and 180.9ppkg both for Beltex cross lambs from Ryan Okane, Closehead, Harbottle. Cast sheep peaked at £90 for a big Texel cross ewe from Messrs Clark, Paxton Dene, Longhorsley. All crosses were easier on the week in-line with both regional and national trends.

Prime Lambs 

Texel x – £85 Pitland Hills, £85 Dene House, £82 Barrasford Green, £80 Paxton Dene, £79 Barrasford Green, £74 Closehead, £73 (x2) & £70.50 Paxton Dene, £68.20 Swarland Home Farm, £68 Lynup Hill, £68 (x2) Closehead, £67 Lynup Hill, £67 Bridgeford, & £67 Closehead

172.1p Closehead, 171.8p Bridgeford, 170.0p Lynup Hill, 170.0p Closehead, 167.9p Paxton Dene, 167.5p Lynup Hill, 165.9p Paxton Dene, 163.4p Closehead,162.5p Bridgeford, 162.2p Paxton Dene, 161.9p Closehead, 161.2p Barrasford Green, 160.0p Paxton Dene, 160.0p Swarland Home Farm

Beltex x - £8, £85(x2) Closehead

180.9p, 178.0p & 173.5p

Suffolk x - £80 & £79 Dene House

154.9p Dene House

Mule - £72 & 146.9p Pitland Hills

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x – £90, £87 Paxton Dene, £85 Crook Dene, £77 Townfoot, £75 Little Harle, £74 Paxton Dene, £67 Shaftoe Moor.

Suffolk x – £74.50 Shaftoe Moor

Leicester - £89 Little Harle

Mule - £76 Crook Dene, £73.50 Little Harle, £67.50 Crook Dene, £57.50 Townfoot, £54.50 Shaftoe Moor

Cheviot Mule - £79 Barrasford Green

Blackface - £45.50 Townfoot

Scots Gap Mart Breeding Sheep | Wednesday 12th September 2018

Scots Gap Auction Mart held their Annual Prize Show & Sale of Mule & Other Gimmers and a small but select entry met a satisfying trade.

The show was expertly judged by Mr Malcolm Oliver, Matfen Home Farm and kindly sponsored by John Warren ABP Ltd.

Mr Oliver gave each consignment his due consideration and awarded the Champion Rosette and the Joe Arthur Memorial Trophy to a tremendous pen of bonny, strong and upstanding sheep from Ian & Ann Hamilton, Claywalls.

Prize List

Champion – I & A Hamilton, Claywalls - £160 to the Judge

Reserve – RW Arthur, Hudspeth - £135 to Messrs Rayson

3rd Prize – GN Potts & Son, Doe Hill - £142 to the Judge

In addition, Messrs Hamilton sold another pen at the same price and averaged £154 for 60 sheep sold.

John Longlands, Tone Hall equalled the same sale topping price of £160 for a super pen of Texel Crosses which sold to Messrs Rayson also.

Leading Prices

Mule Gimmers - £160 Claywalls (x2), £144 Claywalls, £142 Doe Hill, £138 & £135 Hudspeth, £134 & £130 Doe Hill, £120 Hudspeth

Texel x Gimmers - £160 Tone Hall


Hexham Primestock | Tuesday 11th September 2018


Prime Cattle

Two clean cattle in again this week meeting a nice trade again.  We can handle more clean cattle each week.
For entries please call Drew Patrick 07854361967

Charolais Heifers – £1337.22 & £1248.23 Flotterton

225.5p & 222.5p Flotterton

Few more cows forward this week but a much poorer show compared to previous week.  Saying that, all cows weighing well for vendors.
Topping p/kg was M/s SD White, Steel Hall for a BBx cow realising 153.5ppk
On the whole all cows slightly dearer on the week.  More needed next week.  Please can all vendors enter cows on a Monday so we can let potential purchasers know what’s in.  For entries please call Drew Patrick on 07854361967

Limousin (Male) – £934.23 & 104.5p Birkside

Limousin – £1044.27 Tone Hall, £1001.82 Holly Hill West, £964.65 & £845.64 Stoop Rigg

147.5p Stoop Rigg, 141.5p Tone Hall & Holly Hill West, 125.5p, 123.5p & 121.5p Stoop Rigg, 117.5p Rugley Walls, 115.5p Stoop Rigg

British Blue – £1119.02 & £1037.51 Steel Hall

153.5p & 143.5p Steel Hall

Simmental - £938.88 & 101.5p Stoop Rigg

Angus - £967.88 & 133.5p Crook Dene

Prime Sheep

Prime Lambs

Trade much easier on the week but in line with other markets.
Top price £90 for Texel x from JG Milburn & Son, Loadman and 202.4p for Texel x from WR Sparke & Son, Little Swinburne.

Texel x – £90 Loadman, £89 Nunwick & Horton Low House, £88 Loadman, £86.50 Nunwick, £85 Comb Hills (x2), Little Swinburne & Springwell Cottage, £84.50 High Eshells & St Oswalds, £84.20 Nunwick, £84 (x2) Little Swinburne, £83.50 Nunwick, £83 Loadman & Little Swinburne, £82.50 Little Swinburne & Nunwick, £82 Little Swinburne & Bingfield Combe, £81.80 Low Ardley, £81 Yatesfield & Nunwick, £80.60 Ravenside, £80 High Salmonswell, Low Eshells (x2), Comb Hills & Springwell Cottage, £79 St Oswalds & Halfway House, £78.50 Yatesfield, Halfway House & Rare Dean, £78 High Eshells, Comb Hills & Baal Hill

202.4p Little Swinburne, 201.2p St Oswalds, 200p, 196.4p & 195.4p Little Swinburne, 193.5p Nunwick, 193p Little Swinburne, 192.1p High Eshells, 190.7p Little Swinburne, 190.2p Comb Hills, 189.8p Nunwick, 188.1p St Oswalds, 186.1p Comb Hills, 184.4p Loadman, 183.2p Ravenside, 181.7p Highwood, 181p High Eshells, 180.5p Moss Barns, 180p & 179.6p Loadman, 179.2p Nunwick, 178.4p Yatesfield, 177.9p Comb Hills, 177.4p Low Eshells, 176.9p Townshields, 176.8p Crowhall & St Oswalds, 176.7p Low Ardley, 176.3p Lodge Farm, 174.4p Comb Hills, Haggwood & High Alderheads, 174p Springwell Cottage (x2), 173.9p Low Eshells

Dutch Texel x - £77.50 & 193.8p Willimoteswick

Suffolk x – £82 Horton Low House, £81 Nunwick, £80 Great Bavington, £79 Haggwood, £78 Sunny Farm, Baal Hill, Luns House & Horton Low House, £76.50 Great Bavington, £76 Rare Dean, £75.50 East Fourstones, £75 Low Eshells & Luns House, £74.50 Great Bavington, £73.20 Sillywrea & Great Bavington, £73 Haggwood

170.2p Great Bavington, 168.8p Nunwick, 167.9p Great Bavington, 167.6p Sillywrea, 167.5p East Fourstones, 166.7p South Gunnerton & Great Bavington, 166.4p Sillywrea, 165.9p Haggwood, 164.8p & 162.8p Great Bavington, 162.5p Baal Hill, 162p Great Bavington, 161.7p Rare Dean, 160.6p East Fourstones

Bleu D’Maine x - £80 & 171.4p Sillywrea

Mule – £72 Yatesfield, £69 North Cocklake, £64.50 Hotbank, £62 Crowhall

163.6p Yatesfield, 156.4p Hotbank, 153.3p North Cocklake, 151.2p Crowhall

Blackface - £49.50 Hotbank

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x – £70 East Fourstones

Suffolk x - £64 & £61 East Fourstones

Mule – £49 East Fourstones

Opening Sale of Ewe Lambs | Friday 7th September 2018

Mule Ewe Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their opening Prize Show and Sale with a catalogued entry of 1780 Mule Ewe Lambs (Ex North of England Blackface Ewes), slightly down on 2017, on behalf of Members and Non Members of NEMSA

The Prize Show was kindly sponsored again this year by Robson & Cowan, Scots Gap and “Sherriffs”, John Deere Dealers, Tyne Mills, Hexham.

The judge for the Mule lambs was well known figure around the ringside and local shows, Joe Vickers, South Rennington who expertly judged the pens of 25.  With the top quality on show he had a very difficult task.

With Joe’s expertise in the “Mule World” he awarded the Champion Pen, which received the Robson & Cowan Trophy, to an outstanding pen of 25 to Martyn Archer of RD Archer & Son, Carry House.  They later sold at £125 purchased by J Leiper & Sons, Black Heddon.
The Reserve Champion pen went to Robert & John English, Brownsleazes and were sold at £122.
3rd Prize pen went to John & Andrew Hunter, The Steel which later sold at £124.

The run of 100 or more, which received the Stuart Ridley Memorial Trophy, also went to Robert & John English, Brownsleazes.

The noted No 4 sheep ring was packed to the rafters with purchasers from Scotland to Devon.
Taking into consideration the weather conditions in the spring and summer a tremendous show of lambs was presented.  Trade for strong lambs were in demand with the smaller end harder to sell but the average was only £3.20 down on the good average of 2017.

1st Prize –  M/s Archer, Carry House
2nd Prize – M/s English, Brownsleazes
3rd Prize -  M/s Hunter, The Steel

Best Run of 100 – M/s English, Brownsleazes

£135 Quarry House, £134 Great Chesters, £131 Carry House, £126 Edlingham Newtown, £125 Carry House, £124 The Steel, £123 Great Chesters, £122 Brownsleazes & Quarry House (x3), £121 The Steel, Carry House & Shitlington Hall, £120 The Steel, Whiteside, Carry House, Quarry House & Pitland Hills, £119 The Steel & Hole Farm, £118 Penpeugh, Brownsleazes, Hole Farm & Quarry House, £117 Edlingham Newtown, £116 The Steel, Carry House & Shitlington Hall (x2), £114 Shitlington Hall (x2), £113 Broomhope, £112 Brownsleazes, Whiteside & Shitlington Hall, £111 Whiteside (x2) & Edges Green, £108 Shitlington Hall, £106 Penpeugh, Pitland Hills & Hole Farm, £104 Broomhope, £102 Whiteside & Broomhope, £100 Whiteside & Great Chesters

Texel & Suffolk x Ewe Lambs

The company offered for sale 376 Texel and Suffolk cross ewe lambs, the majority bred from North of England Mule mothers.
Trade for both classes was highly selective and secondary types proved hard to place.
A super pen of ¾ Texel crosses from father and daughter team Graham and Gemma Common, Low Ardley, Hexhamshire led the trade at £105 to a regular buyer whilst Angus Graham, Stone Hall Slaggyford saw the best of the Mule bred trade at £98 for his tops.

Texel Ewe Lambs

£85 Chapel House

Texel x Ewe Lambs

£105 Low Ardley, £98 Stone Hall, £96 & £94 Low Ardley, £92 Stone Hall & Low Ardley, £90 Low Ardley, £86 Stone Hall & Low Ardley, £84 Stone Hall

Blackface Ewe Lambs

The company offered for sale 625 Hexham Type Blackface ewe lambs at their opening sale of the season.
The show was held prior to the sale and expertly judged by Harry Morshead, Harsondale who made his awards as follows –

1st Prize  – Wanwood Partners, Wanwood Hill
2nd Prize – M/s Murray, Sewingshields
3rd Prize – M/s Halbert, Prospect House

With a cold spring and a dry summer behind them lambs came forward in remarkable form and were a great credit to all breeders.
A full ringside of onlookers witnessed a trade which was very similar to that seen twelve months earlier for the better end of each consignment although lesser lambs showing the signs of the summer drought were harder to cash.
The champion pen from Messrs Wanwood Partners, Wanwood Hill shared top honours in the sale ring with the lead pen from Charlie Halbert, Prospect House which had earlier stood Third Prize in a very strong show.  Both these pens sold to £138 per head, the champions selling to a private buyer based north of the border whilst the third prize pen sold once again to a locally based breeder of top quality Mule ewe lambs.

The leading average of the day was achieved by Dennis and Patricia Yeats from their “Close A Burn” flock of traditional Hexham types, based along the Roman Wall.  Bidding was brisk from start to finish of their consignment of powerful lambs with “Carcase, Colours and Coats” for which the Hexham type is renowned.  Competition was fierce and saw five of M/s Yeats pens change hands in excess of three figures and the entire run returned at £120.22 per head.

Leading prices -

£138 Wanwood Hill & Prospect House, £136, £126 & £120 (x2)Close A Burn, £118 Sewingshields, £115 Prospect House, £114 Wanwood Hill, £112 Sewingshields, £111 The Lampert, £110 Wanwood Hill, £108 Close A Burn, £100 Greenleighton, £92 Close A Burn, £88 Greenleighton & Prospect House, £82 Sewingshields, £80 Townfoot Woodburn


Store Cattle & Sheep | Friday 7th September 2018

Store Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts at their weekly sale offered a catalogue of 220 head of beef bred store cattle.  All classes looked dearer on the week and demand appears to be growing along with the grass throughout the region.

For the third week in succession trade at the top end of the scale was dominated by coquet valley cattlemen and brothers Derek & Vincent Milburn, Holling Hill who are renowned at this centre for the quality of the cattle they present on a regular basis.  A run of fifteen tremendous forward heifers, all by the Charolais sire peaked at £1355, twice, for animals at 18 and 20 months of age which were displaying a great deal of potential to carry considerable additional weight after short term finishing. These two sold to great customers based in North Yorkshire and Derbyshire and the entire consignment returned an average of £1270 throughout selling to these and a select handful of discerning nearby buyers from Northumberland and County Durham.

Steer trade peaked on the day at a well-deserved £1290 for a pair of Angus cross bullocks from Father & Son team Hector & Roger Rutherford, Low Eshells.  The steers, by a registered pedigree Angus sire stood well-grown and weighty in the sale ring at just 14 months of age and as such attracted bidding from all quarters.  The Hexhamshire family sold 6 Angus cattle; three steers and three heifers all at the same age to average a very worthy £1120.  Within the same ‘middle aged’ bracket; those cattle 11-17 months, Messrs Philipson, Broadgates, Sinderhope sold a smart Limmy yearling heifer which realised £1230.

The youngest class of cattle, those at ten months and under were the least represented on the day however steers at 9 months still exceeded four figures on three occasions. Firstly Messrs Cuthbert, Low Town, Longframlington sold a well-bred Charolais cross steer at £1080 whilst Martin Johnson & Family, High Fotherley, Riding Mill sold two of their trademark Angus cross steers at the same age and also by a registered pedigree bull to £1060 and £1020.

As the autumn sales fast approach demand is indeed sharpening and purchasers are keen for cattle, contact our auctioneers if you have cattle to sell in the next few weeks.

Leading prices;     

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Charolais x heifers – £1355 (X2), £1310, £1305, £1255, £1235, £1220, £1210 & £1190 Holling Hill

Limousin x steers – £1240 Dovecote

Limousin x heifers - £1260 South Kirkheaton, £1180 Colwell Demesne, £1095 & £1080 South Kirkheaton

Hereford x heifers – £1060 South Kirkheaton

Galloway steers - £840 East Newham

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Charolais x steers – £1100 Harewalls & West Shields, £1065 & £1040 Harewalls, £1000 Thornley Hall, £990 Harewalls

Charolais x heifers – £1320, £1300, £1290, £1280, £1225 & £1205 Holling Hill, £1090 Harewalls, £950 Harewalls, West Shields & Rosebrough

Limousin x steers – £1270, £1230 (x2), £1165, £1120, £1110 & £1095 Dovecote, £1050 South Kirkheaton, £1010 & £990 Moorburn House, £980 East Newham

Limousin x heifers – £990 Hollin Close, £945 South Kirkheaton, £930 Low Eshells

Simmental x steers –£990 Broadgates

Simmental x heifers – £985 South Kirkheaton

Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Charolais x steers – £985 Moorburn House

Limousin x steers – £1065 Dyke Nook, £1060 Hollin Close, £1045 Close House & Low Town, £985 Close House, £980 Broadgates, £965 Moorburn House

Limousin x heifers – £1230 Broadgates, £1130 Close House, £1075 Low Town, £1060 & £990 Low Eshells, £940 Dyke Nook

Simmental x steers – £1110, £1060 (x2) & £995 Longlea Netherwitton

Angus x steers – £1290 Low Eshells, £1150 Redesmouth, £1100 Low Eshells & High Fotherley, £1070 High Fotherley, £1040 Redesmouth, £1030 Longlea Netherwitton, £1000 High Fotherley (x3), £950 Redesmouth & East Flass

Angus x heifers – £1030 Low Eshells, £1020 Redesmouth & Low Eshells, £990 Low Eshells

Cattle 10 months and under

Charolais x steers – £1080 & £935 Low Town

Angus x steers – £1060 & £1020 High Fotherley

Store Sheep

Cast Ewes

Cast ewes would be slightly sharper than last week, especially fleshed ewes.  Mules also dearer than last week.
More needed for next week’s sale.

Texel – £88 Woodlands, £84 North Cocklake

Texel x – £100 Nunwick, £85 Little Whittington, £84 Nunwick, £83 Steel Hall, £82 Agars Hill, £80 Little Whittington, £77 East Uppertown, £76 Nunwick, £73 Woodlands & Hepple Whitefield, £72 Linacres, £70 Agars Hill (x2), Butterknowes (x2) & Plankey Mill

Suffolk x – £84 Little Whittington, £79 Little Whittington & Woodlands

Leicester - £75 Butterknowes

Half Bred - £58 Steel Hall
Mule – £79 High Barns, £76 & £71 Nunwick, £70 Little Whittington, £66 East Uppertown, £64 Glebe Farm, £60 Plankey Mill & North Cocklake

Blackface – £47 Hotbank, £36 Cottonshope

Swaledale – £40 Glebe Farm

Crossbred - £84 Nunwick

Store Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts held their weekly catalogued sale of 3045 Store Lambs.
A poorer show of sheep this week compared to last week but trade just the same and would be sharper in places, especially Mule lambs.  The sale average being fifty pence more than the previous week.
Topping the sale was an exceptional Texel x lamb from RH Walton, Linacres realising £95.  Mules topped at £65.50 for a good penful for Mr A McNabney, Barsalloch Farm, Newton Stewart.

All sheep required next week as the buyers will be here even though it’s the Ram Sales at Kelso.
For entries and enquiries call the office 01434 605444 or Drew 07854361967.
Entries before 11am Monday to get onto the catalogue.

Texel - £70 Chapel House

Texel x – £95 Linacres, £85.50 Willimoteswick & Cowbyre, £84 Well Bank, £83 Westburnhope, £81 Loadman, Thornton Tower & Chapel House, £79 Park Villas & Well Bank, £78.50 Cowbyre, £77.50 Cooper House, Thornton Tower & Fern Dene, £77 Moorlaws & Linacres, £76 Chapel House Gilsland & Brieredge, £75 Thornton Tower & Whitechapel, £74.50 Stone Hall, £74 Moorlaws, Cooper House & Thornton Tower, £73.50 Linacres & Whitechapel, £73 Thornton Tower & Lodge Farm, £72.50 Cockhall & Littlebeck, £71.50 Park Villas, £71 Cockhall, £70 Lodge Farm, Westburnhope, Snitter & Barsalloch

Dutch Texel - £87 & £75 Willimoteswick

Suffolk x – £82 & £77.50 Thornton Tower, £77 Cooper House, £74 & £68.50 Settlingstones, £68 Park Villas & Hepple Whitefield

Beltex x - £83 Chapel House Gilsland, £80 Hareshaw Allotment & Chapel House Gilsland, £72 Westburnhope, £71 Watch Hill

Cheviot - £49 Cottonshope

Mule – £65.50 Barsalloch, £63.50 Brieredge, £58.50 Cowbyre & Nookton, £57 Wolf Hills

Blackface – £55.50 Barsalloch

Crossbred – £75 Thornton Tower

Scots Gap Mart | Wednesday 5th September 2018

Scots Gap Mart at their weekly sale sold prime lambs to a top of £96 for a super heavy Texel cross lamb from Jim & Nick Brown, East White Hill, which was purchased by Jeff Dunn, as was the best from Percy & Neil Robson, Dene House, another heavy Texel which was sold at £94. Matt Walby, East House, sold a smart pen of 40 Texel crosses at 40kg for 202.5ppkg to Jamie Curle, Bowsden.

Cast sheep topped at £99 for a pure bred Texel ewe from David Varty, Rothley Crag and Mules sold to £75 from Messrs Walton, Ogle Castle, whilst Blackies cashed at £63 from Troughend. 

Prime Lambs

Texel x – £96 East White Hill, £94 Dene House, £90 East White Hill, £82 East House, £82 Dykehead, £81.50 Whittonshields, £81 East House, £81 The Chester, £79 East House, £79 Dene House, £78 East House, £78 Dene House, £78 Dykehead, £75 East White Hill, £75 Dykehead, £75 West Grange

202.5p East House, 195.0p Dykehead, 192.9p The Chesters, 192.3p Dykehead, 190.7p & 190.2p East House, 186.4p Dykehead, 178.6p East White Hill, 174.4p Rothley Crag, 173.8p East House, 173.3p West Grange, 173.1p East White Hill, 170.5p West Grange, 170.3p Raburn Cottage, 169.3p Newbiggin, 168.1p East House

Suffolk x - £90 East White Hill, £82 Dene House, £75 East White Hill, & £75 Glebe Farm

166.7p East White Hill, 164.0p Dene House, 163.6p Glebe Farm

Mule - £64 Northumberland College

Cast Ewes and Rams


Texel x – £99 Rothley Crag, £96 Ogle Castle, £81 & £80 Dykehead

Suffolk x - £94 Ogle Castle

Mule - £75 Ogle Castle & £60 Colwell Hill

Blackface - £63 Dunns Houses

Swaledale - £49 & £41 Colwell Hill

Hexham Primestock | Tuesday 4th September 2018


Prime Cattle

A nice show of clean cattle this week which took advantage of the local butcher trade.
Sale was topped by a lovely heifer from Cheesebrough & Son Ltd, Heddon Haugh which sold for 2.385ppk to Bellingham Craft Butchers.

Limousin Heifers – £1312.61 & £1230.66 Heddon Haugh

238.5p & 231.5p Heddon Haugh

Charolais Heifers – £1287.60 & £1203.94 Flotterton

218.5p & 217.5p Flotterton

More cows forward this week with more feeding sorts forward compared to last week.  These would be slightly dearer also.
Topping the sale was a Limousin x cow from M/s WR Sparke & Son, Little Swinburne which realised 158.5ppk.
More cows needed each week to fulfil buyers demand.
For further information and entries for next week please call Drew Patrick on 07854361967

Limousin – £1279.10 Little Swinburne, £957.99 Dykehead, £943.26 Steeley Farm

158.5p Little Swinburne, 139.5p & 135.5p Dykehead

British Blue – £832.28 & 121.5p Aydonshields

Simmental - £929.48 Colwell Demesne, £850.83 Tone Hall

127.5p Colwell Demesne, 118.5p Tone Hall

Prime Sheep

Prime Lambs

Big increase in numbers this week.  All classes slightly easier on the good rates of last week with well fleshed lambs easily sold with others harder to sell.
Top price per head £98 for Texel x from M/s K Smith & Sons, East Greenridge.
Top price per kilo also Texel’s from M/s JG Milburn & Sons, Loadman at 228.1p

Texel x – £98 East Greenridge, £95 Loadman, £94.50 West Kirkheaton, £93.50 Loadman, £93 Grange Farm, £92.50 Thockrington, £91.50 East Greenridge, £90 Loadman & Little Swinburne, £89.50 East Uppertown, £89 Low Eshells, Grange Farm & Colepike (x2), £88.80 West Shields (x2), £88.50 Yatesfield & Little Swinburne, £88 High Eshells, Middle Dukesfield, Little Swinburne & Grange Farm, £87.50 Harwood Shield, Matfen High House, Bulls Hill & Rare Dean, £87.20 Little Swinburne, £87 High Eshells, Little Swinburne, Low Ardley (x2) & Springwood, £86.80 Yatesfield, £86 Loadman, East Greenridge, Thockrington, Low Ardley & Linacres

228.1p Loadman, 223.2p & 222.7p East Greenridge, 220p & 219.5p Little Swinburne, 218.3p East Uppertown, 209.8p East Greenridge, 203.6p High Salmonswell & High Eshells, 201.1p Little Swinburne, 200p Loadman, 198.8p Highwood, 198.2p Little Swinburne, 197.7p High Eshells, 197.3p West Shields, 196.9p Lingey Field, 195.4p Middle Dukesfield, 194.4p Matfen High House, 194.1p Middle Dukesfield, 193.6p Palm Strothers, 193p Yatesfield, 192.7p China Hall, 192.5p Low Eshells, 191.7p Lingey Field, 191p Sherburn Tower, 190.9p Grange Farm, 190.5p Little Swinburne & Linacres, 189.4p Grange Farm, 188.9p West Shields, 188.1p Grange Farm, 187.8p Thockrington, 187p Chesterwood, 186.7p Low Eshells (x2), 186.3p Loadman, 186.1p Willimoteswick

Dutch Texel x - £95 & £82 Willimoteswick

220.9p & 200p Willimoteswick

Suffolk x – £95 Thockrington, £88 Rare Dean, £87 Thockrington, £86.50 Thockrington & Flotterton, £86.20 Rare Dean, £85 Thockrington & Old Town, £84.80 Rare Dean, £84 Colepike, £83 Thockrington, £81 New Dotland & Old Town, £80 Sunny Farm & New Dotland

184.4p Rare Dean, 182.6p Colepike181.8p New Dotland, 179p Old Town, 178.6p Board Inn, 176.3p & 176.2p Fairley, 176.1p Merryshields, New Dotland & Old Town, 175.9p Rare Dean, 175.6p Flotterton, 173.5p Old Town, 173p Flotterton, 172.4p Merryshields, 172.2p West Kirkheaton, 171.4p New Dotland

Bleu D’Maine x - £70 & 194.4p East Uppertown

Leicester – £78 & 177.3p Harwood Shield

Cheviot Mule - £75.20 & 174.9p Bingfield Combe

Mule – £84.50 Warksfield Head, £84 Harwood Shield, £76.50 Warksfield Head, £71.50 Bulls Hill

173.9p Warksfield Head, 171.4p Harwood Shield

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x – £86 Old Town, £62 Sherburn Tower

Mule – £70 China Hall