Breeding Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts held their annual prize show and sale of beef breeding cattle and offered a good entry of 222 head of quality suckler beef outfits including three noted herd dispersals from across the region.

The show was once again genrously sponsored by Lloyds Bank and expertly judged by well-known Midlothian herdmaster Mr Mark Ross, Wester Middleton, Gorebridge who gave each and every class his due consideration before arriving at his results as follows;

Prize List

Best Limousin Cross Heifer with Calf-

1st Prize-Foley Bros, Mirlaw House

2nd Prize-B & S Teasdale, Lynesack

Best British Blue Cross Heifer with Calf-

1st Prize-JRG Johnson, West Wharmley

2nd Prize-W Tindale, Paradise

Best Any Other Continental Cross Heifer with Calf-

1st Prize-B & S Teasdale, Lynesack

Best Angus Cross Hefier with Calf-

1st Prize-JRG Johnson, West Wharmley

2nd Prize-Foley Bros, Mirlaw House

Best Incalf Heifer-

1st Prize-Foley Bros, Mirlaw House

2nd Prize-Foley Bros, Mirlaw House

Overall Champion Heifer with Calf-Foley Bros, Mirlaw House

Reserve Champion Heifer with Calf-B & S Teasdale, Lynesack

The Overall Championship and the John Riddle trophy was awarded to the tremendously correct and upstanding first prize Limousin cross heifer and her heifer calf exhibited by The Foley Bros. Mirlaw House, Capheaton.  The three-quarter bred heifer and her smart heifer calf comprised to make a superb outfit which caught the eye of all in the market and went on to top the sale at £3700 selling to the judge.

The Reserve Champion award went to the second place Limmy pair – another super outfit from Messrs Teasdale, Lynesack farm, Copley, Bishop Auckland and this sparkling pairing also tempted the judge who secured these also at £2800, taking them home North of The Border.

Trade for heifers and calves was in general marginally sharper than the same sale last year and with a good crowd of local suckled calf purveyors at the ringside that have benefitted from a good trade themselves through the same ring of late the leading consignors all saw significant lifts in value. 

One third of the entire heifer and calf entry sold in excess of Three Thousand Pounds and with increasing premiums available through the Hexham store cattle ring this season it was evident that a number of leading high-end producers had set their stall out to take home only the very best replacements available.

A small but very useful entry of In Calf Heifers presented sold to a high of £2000.00 from Messrs Foley Brothers, Mirlaw House Farm for an Angus cross heifer due to the Limousin Bull in the spring.

Cows & Calves sold relatively well, especially outfits containing stronger claves. Highest priced Cow & Calf came out of the dispersal of Oxley Farm Ltd, Colwell Hill, with a powerful 2014 Angus cross cow with a heifer calf at foot realising £2500.

The entry of in calf cows was predominantly made up of cows from the dispersal of S E Harrison & Son, Twizell Hall Farm, calving late autumn that sold to £1420 for a Charolais cross cow, in calf to the Blonde d’Aquitaine.

Breeding Cattle



Heifers & 2nd Calvers with Calves at Foot

Limousin – £3700 Mirlaw House, £3400, £3300, £3250 (x2) & £3200 West Wharmley, £3150 Paradise, £3100 Mirlaw House (x3) & West Wharmley, £3050 Mirlaw House (x3) & West Wharmley (x2), £3000 Mirlaw House (x5), Paradise (x3) & West Wharmley

British Blue-£3300 West Wharmley, £3250 Paradise, £2500 Mirlaw House & Paradise (x2), £2300 & £2100 Lynesack

Angus –£2050 Kirkley Hall

Angus x-£2700 Mirlaw House, £2600 West Wharmley

Hereford x-£2050 Whiskershiel

Cows with Calves at Foot

Angus x–£1720 & £1700 (x3) West End Farm

Limousin –£2000 Town Farm

In Calf Cows

Limousin –£1800 & £1750 Mirlaw House

Angus x –£2000 Mirlaw House

Suckler Herd Dispersals

Oxley Farming Ltd, Colwell Hill



Cows & Calves

Limousin-£2300, £2050, £1900

Angus-£2300 & £1950

Angus x-£2500, £2320, £2300, £2250, £2150, £2100 & £2000


Hereford x-£2100 & £2000

Exors R & A Cuthbert, New Houses

Cows & Calves

Charolais x-£1800

Simmental x-£1500

In Calf Cows

Limousin –£1380

C S Harrison & Son, Twizell Hall

In Calf Cows

Charolais-£1320& £1300

Charolais x-£1420 & £1380

British Blue-£1120

Beef Shorthorn-£1300