Hexham & Northern Marts held their special monthly sale of native breed cattle within their weekly store sale and offered a sound entry of 570 catalogued head from herdmasters across Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria and The Scottish Borders.
As is typical on such days a very mixed show of quality was presented throughout which ranged in value from £2000 at the highest down to £360 for some hard wintered heifer stirks proving indeed that this centre has buyers at the ringside for all classes of cattle.
The first beast sold on the day was one of those that attained the top price of £2000 and was an exceptional Angus cross bullock from relatively new herdmasters Messrs Watson, Holywell Farms. The big black bullock at 24 months had been sired by a registered ‘Rawburn’ pedigree Angus bull and Messrs Watson witnessed the full benefit of the demand for native breed cattle through the Hexham ring.
Later in the day it was a sleek, black Limmy cross heifer at 18 months of age that kept the flag flying for the continental contingent which also scaled to the same figure and this one was sold by father & son team Jasper & James Wardle, Brokenheugh.
A pair of lily-white pure bred heifers from noted pedigree breeders Messrs Campbell, Thrunton kept the Charolais breed to the fore also and this pair realised a noteworthy £1960 for the Alnwick based Campbell family.
An undoubted highlight of the sale was the run of a dozen phenomenal Limousin cross bullocks at 12-14 months from acclaimed County Durham cattlemen and brothers Frank & Reg Simpson, Square House, Quebec. Presented in fine form and displaying huge potential the bullocks garnered attention from all high end finishers around the ring and as such sold very, very well topping at £1930 and averaging a commendable £1775 per head at and to repeat; twelve to fourteen months of age!
On the native breed day all such types sold well and as well as the aforementioned sale topping Angus bullock at £2000 Angus heifers peaked at £1500 from Robin Hall, Kirkley Dam House, Beef Shorthorn steers sold to £1290 from Messrs Younger & Stamp, Watch Hill with heifers topping at £1300 for undoubtedly some of the highest farmed from Messrs Dixon, Blindburn in The Coquet Valley.
Pure bred Hereford cattle sold to £1460 for a nicely grown Heifer at 24 months from Tom & DI Harrison, Moralee Herefords who also cashed a cracking young bull at £1440 whilst cross bred cattle by the same sire scaled to £1195 for steers and £1140 for heifers at 12 months from Steven Anderson, Needless Hall Moor.
Completing the gamut of native types was the increasingly popular Luing and Messrs Robson, Townshields on The Roman Wall enjoyed the peak of this trade selling to a top of £1100 and an average of £985 for a dozen nicely grown sorts all purchased by the same buyer to graze rough hill pasture for the summer.
As is commonplace within these sales the Angus yearlings feature highly and today was no exception with this class probably dearer than it has been all spring. Highlights included the class topping steer from Linacres at £1620 with another at £1610 from Redsteads and a third at £1570 from High Barns. Heifers in the same bracket climbed to £1240 also from Linacres with one more at £1220 from East Butsfield and the entire entry of black yearlings returned at £1142 for 132 sold on the day.
Proof once again that a late turn is not a bad turn at Hexham were the nice run of ten pure bred Charolais young bulls that were sent south from the Coquet valley by noted ‘Burradon’ pedigree breeder Chris Curry. The top quality bloodlines shone through and saw the run peak at £1820 to average £1541 throughout also highlighting the Hexham ring as an eminently viable outlet for young bull producers.
As numbers ramp up towards the traditional turnout sales of May the auctioneers would welcome expressions of interest from any herdmasters with cattle yet to be sold that could benefit from the genuine trade attainable through the sale ring here at Hexham.
Entries are now invited for next weeks sale and the special May prize show and sale and the May term sale to be held on the 5th and 12th of the month respectively. Contact auctioneers Chris Armstrong on 07808 721957, Drew Patrick on 07854 361967 or our team of staff at the mart on 01434 605444 to place your entry.
Cattle 23 – 30 Months
Limousin x steers – £1830 Lunns House, £1750 White House, £1720 Lunns House, £1690, £1600, £1590 & £1500 White House
Charolais x steers – £1920, £1900 (x2) & £1800 Satley Farm, £1740 (x2) & £1700 Make-Me-Rich, £1600 White House
Angus x steers – £2000, £1810 & £1780 Church Farm, £1750 Stoop Rigg, £1700 & &1660 Church Farm
Saler x steers – £1640 White House
Limousin x heifers – £1650 & £1500 Make-Me-Rich
Charolais x heifers – £1500 Make-Me-Rich
Hereford heifers – £1460 Eltringham
Angus x heifers – £1470 Church Farm, £1440 Stoop Rigg, £1400 £1370 Church Farm
British Shorthorn heifers – £1300 Blindburn
Cattle 17 – 22 Months
Limousin x steers – £1950 Brokenheugh, £1910 & £1580 Lunns House, £1560 Holly Hill West, £1530 White House
Charolais x steers – £1790 & £1780 (x2) Satley Farm, £1580 Raggetsyke
British Blue steers – £1500 Kirkley Dam
Angus steers – £1480 Watch Hill
Angus x steers – £1800, £1780, £1770, £1760 & £1710 Stoop Rigg, £1700 Kirkley Dam, £1660 Stoop Rigg, £1640 Stoop Rigg & Kirkley Dam, £1620 (x2) & £1580 Stoop Rigg. £1430 Watch Hill (x2)
Simmental x steers – £1600 Satley Farm
Limousin x heifers – £2000 Brockenheugh, £1625 Hard Riding, £1500 Holly Hill West, £1480 Brockenheugh, £1470 Berry Edge, £1420 Make-Me-Rich & Hard Riding, £1410 & £1400 Hard Riding, £1390 Berry Edge £1370 & £1360 China Hall, £1350 Ogle Dene
Angus x heifers – £1500 Kirkley Dam, £1380 Watch Hill, £1370 Stoop Rigg, £1350 Watch Hill, £1300 Brackenthwaite
Cattle 11 – 16 Months
Limousin x steers – £1930, £1920 (x2), £1860 (x2), £1840 & £1830 Square House, £1760 New Acres, £1740 Square House, £1700 Square House & New Acres, £1660 & £1640 New Acres, £1620 Square House & New Acres, £1600 Holly Hill West, £1600 Square House, £1550 & £1530 New Acres, £1510 White House, £1480 New Acres (x2) & Square House, £1465, £1450, £1430 & £1420 New Acres, £1400 Brokenheugh
Charolais x steers – £1880, £1820 &£1670 Redsteads, £1580 Raggetsyke, £1550, £1520 & £1500 Redsteads
Angus steers – £1450, £1440 & £1430 Byreside, £1380 Old Town & Byreside
Angus x steers – £1620 Linacres, £1610 & £1580 Redsteads, £1570 High Barns, £1560 Linacres, £1540 Redsteads, £1530 West Butsfield, £1460 High Barns (x2) & Redsteads, £1440 Kirkley Dam & West Butsfield, £1400 Holystone, £1380 West Butsfield, £1370 Holeystone, £1360 East Butsfield, £1330 West Butsfield & Burntshieldhaugh. £1310 West Butsfield, £1300 Kirkley Dam & Needless Hall
British Blue steers – £1250 & £1200 Light Birks
Simmental x steers – £1720 Satley Farm
British Shorthorn steers – £1500 Redsteads
Hereford x steers – £1195 & £1180 Needless Hall
Luing steers – £1100 Townshields
Limousin x heifers – £1510& £1450 Lee Hall, £1410 Holly Hill West, £1390 Lee Hall, £1290 Baal Hill, £1260 Brokenheugh, £1240, £1200 & £1190 Lee Hall, £1160 Baal Hill, £1145 Todhillwood
Charolais x heifers – £1320 Redsteads (x2), £1270 Raggetsyke, £1250 East Fourstones, £1220 Redsteads, £1210 East Fourstones
British Blue heifers – £1080 East Fourstones
Angus heifers – £1200 Old Town, £1140 Holystone
Angus x heifers – £1240 Linacres, £1220 East Butsfield, £1180 Heckley High House, £1160 High Barns, £1150 Lowfield, £1140 Lowfield & Holystone, £1120, £1115 & £1100 (x2) Heckley High House, £1090 High Barns, £106 Lowfield, £1060 East Butsfield & Lowfield, £1050 The Deans, £1040 East Butsfield, £1010 Heckley High House
Hereford x heifers – £1140 Needles Hall (x3), £1090 Spenside, £1080, £1070 & £1060 Needless Hall
British Shorthorn heifers – £1310 Redsteads
Charolais – £1820 Low Burradon
Hereford- £1440 Eltringham
Hexham and Northern Marts sold 507 Cast Ewes and Rams to another decent trade, although not just as fast as last weeks rates.
Topping top spot today was a Pure Beltex Ewe at £260 from Messrs Askwith, Middle Mown Meadows.
A pair of Texels sold to £248 from Messrs AG & D Bisset.
Suffolk cross ewes realized £170 from Mr TJ Lee & Son.
Mules sold to £137 on three separate occasions, firstly for a pen of 16 from Mr J P Coatsworth, West Rackwood Hill, also pens from Messrs W & J A Longlands, Rusheylaw and Messrs R E Charlton & Son, East Newham.
Please enter your stock with Jack on 07739 440457.
Beltex- £260 Middle Mown Meadows
Beltex x-£182 Steeley Farm
Texel-£248 Middle Dukesfield, £220 Loanend & Crammond Hill, £200 East Newham & Loanend
Texel x –£190 Loanend, £188 Intake & Middle Mown Meadows, £187 Crammond Hill, £182 Waterloo, £180 Loanend, £178 Middle Mown Meadows, £174 West Heddon Farm, £173 East Wharmley, £172 Loanend, £169 Loanend & West Rackwood Hill, £162 Rouchester, £161 West Heddon Farm, £159 Crammond Hill Farm
Suffolk x – £170 Hackford, £162 East Newham
Mule – £137 West Rackwood Hill, Rusheylaw & East Newham, £134 Rusheylaw, £133 East Wharmley, £128 Rusheylaw, £123 High Eshells & Normans Riding, £120 Intake Farm
Zwartbles-£119 Wallridge Cottages
Blackface – £90 Edges Green, £80 New Houses
Swaledale – £86 The Old Farmhouse, £84 Harwood Shield, £79 Stewartshield Meadows
Tups topped at £178 for a Texel from Messrs Askwith, Middle Mown Meadows.
Texel – £178 Middle Mown Meadows
Cross- £145 Broome Park
A single Mule hogg with a Suffolk cross lamb at foot sold to £104/life from Mr G A Litt, Hepple Hill.
A reminder that our Opening Sale of Ewes & Hoggs with Lambs at Foot is Tuesday 2nd May. Please enter your stock by noon on Tuesday 25th April.
Hexham & Northern Marts sold 684 Store Hoggs, selling to another great trade averaging £100.26 for all breeds, shapes, and sizes.
Topping the sale was a Texel at £180 from Messrs S & M Pickworth, Dotland Park
A trio of hoggs from Messrs B A & A M Storrow & Sons, Willimoteswick, sold at £173
Mule hoggs sold to £146 from Mr G A Litt, Hepple Hill
A trio of Ryeland hoggs sold at £146 from Marlene Kinver, Holme Dene
Entries close Monday for catalogues
Texel – £180 Dotland Park, £173 Willimoteswick, £170 Loanend, £166 (x2) Intake, £159 & £158 Dotland Park
Texel x – £148 Low Ardley, £140 Loanend & Hackford, £129 Loanend, £126 Satley Farm, £125 High Eshells, £121 Matfen High House & Crescent Farm, £120 Matfen High House, £118 Satley Farm, £117 Willimoteswick
Beltex – £160, £144 & £140 Dotland Park
Beltex x – £132 New Houses
Suffolk x – £125 Broome Park, £124 High Keenley Fell
Dutch Texel x – £124 West Side
Ryeland – £146 Holme Dene Cottage, £141 Woodstone Terrace
Leicester – £126 & £120 (x2) Intake Farm
Mule – £146 Hepple Hill, £128 Hawksteel & The Old Farmhouse, £119 Woodhall, £113 Intake, £110 Taylor Burn, £109 & £108 Scotchcoulthard Farm, £105 Ochrelands
Cheviot – £90 Moorlaws
Cheviot x – £98 Moorlaws
Blackface – £126 Edges Green
Swaledale – £120 Allenshields, £108 The Old Farmhouse, £106 Woodhall & The Old Farmhouse, £100 Allenshields
Abberfield – £103 Broome Park
Dutch Spotted – £115 Ochrelands