Hexham & Northern Marts at their weekly sale of store cattle offered an increased entry of 541 catalogued head which included over 200 native breed animals for the monthly special sale of such types.
With cattle consigned from Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria & The Scottish Borders and with a distinctly ‘spring-like’ outlook across the region this week a great crowd of buyers gathered at the ringside to vie for all classes.
The sale was topped by a huge red Limousin cross bullock sold at 20 months of age and a departure from the usual marketing policy of Messrs Walton, Greyside, Newbrough who saw their pen leader soar past expectations to level at £2160 selling to a delighted south country purchaser. Another from the same home sold at £2000 as did the lead Angus cross beast on the day; a super square and hefty bullock from Messrs Burn, Aydonshields, Hexhamshire – all three sale leaders surely cementing Hexham as the leading centre for the sale of both continental and native breed cattle store cattle in The North of England.
The lead heifer was also by the Black Aberdeenshire sire; this one another consigned by staunch Hexham customer John Carpenter, Rare Dean, Cornsay, who regularly benefits from the short trip up to Hexham from County Durham and on this occasion saw £1780 for the best of his female offering as well as £1900 for the best of both his Angus and Charolais cross steers all at 22 months.
On the now targeted native day a variety of breeds were represented and all sold well. Huge Hereford crosses sold to £1720 for steers and £1650 (twice) for heifers from Messrs Eggleston, Thornham Hill; South Devon Heifers sold to £1340 from John Moore, Wingates Wholme; Belted Galloways Sold to £1200 and £1150 for weighty heifers from Jimmy Kane, Bank Top, Holywell; Luings sold to £1090 for a smashing pen of eight outwintered bullocks from Ian Bell, Hallbankgate, Brampton, Cumbria and a nice run of four Highland steers topped at £910 to average £877 from Danny Turner, Daniel Farm.
A good proportion of the catalogue included many yearling native breed types and these were markedly dearer than of late, a number of consignors remarking on their vastly improved averages from the same sale last year. The entire entry of Angus yearling steers and heifers levelled at a staggering £1172 and topped at a noteworthy £1500 for two fantastic bullocks from Robert & Margaret Telfer, Demesne Farm Bellingham. A smaller number of Angus calves, or weanlings topped at £1380 for a smart calf from Chris Rutherford, Old Town and these returned at £1095 average across the board – surely tempting for those with such cattle to sell to give the renowned ring at Hexham a try.
With the countryside gradually changing colour and daylight hours stretching out further each week trade for all the younger classes continues to be buoyant and like the natives on this day the quality entry of continental calves were also well sought after. Messrs Storrow, Willimoteswick topped the class with a cracking Limmy bullock at 10 months that soared to £1540 with their lead heifers cashing at £1410 and the run of twelves calves returning at £1361 per head.
Messrs Thompson, East Unthank topped at £1500 for steers and £1350 for heifers to level at £1421 for four sold and for the second week Messrs Milburn, Wallend and Messrs Robinson, Hawksteel figured highly with their top quality Limmy calves at £1380 and £1360 for a bullock and a heifer respectively.
With fodder in short supply following the dry summer and prime values showing no signs of easing producers with cattle ready to sell are urged to take advantage of the rates attainable through the Hexham ring and to contact our auctioneers without delay to discuss the marketing of your stock.
Cattle 23 – 30 Months
Limousin x steers – £2160 & £2000 Greyside, £1740 South East (x2), £1700 Lunns House, £1660 South East, £1600 Lunns House
Angus x steers – £1980 Aydonshields, £1920 South East, £1600, £1580 & £1540 Church Farm
Simmental x steers – £1600 Peddar Hill
British Shorthorn steers – £1200 Hallbankgate
Limousin x heifers – £1310 East Newham
Angus x heifers – £1480 & £1440 Church Farm
Hereford x heifers – £1650 Thornham Hill
South Devon x heifers – £1340 Wingates Wholme
Cattle 17 – 22 Months
Limousin x steers – £1960, £1760 & £1660 Low Stokoe, £1590 Berry Edge, £1580 Lunns Houses & Highwood, £1560 Tenter House, Highwood & Catreen, £1540 Highwood, £1520 Berry Edge, £1510 White House & High Trewhitt, £1490 Raggetsyke, £1440 Grange Houses & Highwood
Charolais x steers – £1900 Rare Dean
Angus x steers – £2000 Aydonshields, £1900 Rare Dean, £1820 Aydonshields, £1740 Peddar Hill, £1720 Rare Dean, £1660 Peddar Hill, £1540 Peddar Hill & Catreen, £1510 & £1460 Peddar Hill
Simmental steers – £1580 South East (x2)
Simmental x steers – £1650, £1640, £1630, £1600, £1540 & £1500 Peddar Hill
Hereford x steers – £1720, £1630 & £1600 Thornham Hill
Saler x steers – £1500 & £1460 Highwood
Parthenais x steers – £1660 Newlands Haugh
Limousin x heifers – £1670 Tarset Hall, £1620 Greyside, £1590 Berry Edge (x2), £1570 East Uppertown, £1500 Tenter House, £1440 East Newham & Grange House, £1380, £1370 & £1360 Greyside, £1310 Grange Houses
Charolais heifers – £1390 Tenter House
Charolais x heifers – £1580 & £1560 Newlands Haugh, £1340 Little Harle
Angus x heifers – £1780 Rare Dean, £1720 & £1560 Catreen, £1490 Newlands Haugh, £1360 East Uppertown (x2), £1350 New Houses, £1320 Newlands Haugh
Parthenais x heifers – £1630 Newlands Haugh
Hereford x heifers – £1650, £1500 & £1480 Thornham Hill, £1390 Bunker Hill
Cattle 11 – 16 Months
Limousin x steers – £1770, £1660, £1630, £1590 & £1530 West Nubbock, £1500 Greyside, £1470, £1430, £1410 & £1380 Dykehead, £1370 Stotsfold, £1360 Willimoteswick
Charolais x steers – £1470 West Nubbock, £1320 & £1240 Little Harle
Angus steers – £1250 Old Town
Angus x steers – £1500 Demesne, £1495 Wittonshields, £1385 & £1380 Demesne, £1360 High Trewhitt, £1350 Dunscombe Moor & Warden Law, £1330 Wittonshields, £1325 Chathill, £1300 Demesne, £1280 Chathill, £1250 Wittonshields, £1240 (x2) & 1230 Chathill, £1200 Yatesfield
British Blue steers – £1480 Greyside (x2), £1440, £1340, £1260 & £1220 Woodhouse
Saler x steers – £1420 Highwood
British Shorthorn steers – £1390 Yatesfield
Limousin x heifers – £1680 & £1590 West Nubbock, £1520 Tarset Hall, £1500 & £1320 Hawksteel, £1310 Greyside & Stotsfold, £1250 Stotsfold, £1200 Burmoor
Charolais x heifers – £1450 Woodhouse, £1380 Raggetsyke
British Blue heifers – £1460, £1390, £1350 & £1260 Woodhouse
Angus x heifers – £1120 Brackenthwaite & Warden Law, £1095 Yatesfield, £1090 Wittonshields
Cattle 10 months and under
Limousin x steers – £1540 Willimoteswick, £1500 & £1455 East Unthank, £1410 Willimoteswick, £1380 East Unthank & Wallend, £1315 Shillafield, £1280 Willimoteswick, £1270 Wallend, £1220 Hawksteel, £1200 West Moorhouses, £1180 Burmoor (x2), Wallend & Low Ardley, £1170 Tarset Hall & West Moorhouses, £1150 Low Ardley
British Blue x steers – £1220 West Moorhouses
Angus steers – £1380, £1260 & £1225 Old Town
Angus x steers – £1180 Chathill, £1155 Wittonshields
Limousin x heifers – £1410 Willimoteswick, £1360 Hawksteel, £1350 East Unthank, £1300 Willimoteswick, £1240 & £1160 Wallend, £1130 Low Ardley & Nilston Rigg, £1100 West Moorhouses
Angus heifers – £1170 & £1000 Old Town
Angus x heifers – £1110 Wittonshields
Hexham and Northern Marts sold 982 Cast Ewes & Rams to a improved trade for a poorer show on offer.
Taking top price today was a mighty Texel ewe at £222 from Mrs B D Milburn, Butterknowes who also sold another terrific ewe to £200.
Bluefaced Leicesters sold to £164 for a gigantic ewe from Messrs J E Wodman & Son, Great Chesters.
Suffolks sold to £150 on three occasions, firstly for a pair from Mr F W Robson, South Farm, then for another pair from Mrs B D Milburn, Butterknowes and then finally for a penful from Messrs R H Thomspon & Son, Fitches Grange.
Blackface ewes topped at £118 for a pair from Messrs Lewis Forster & Son, West Nubbock, who also topped the Mule trade at £123 for a pen of 5.
Entries to Harrison on 07895 761102
Texel – £222 & £200 Butterknowes
Texel x – £192 Errington Farm, £178 Butterknowes, £168 Tenter House, £159 Middle Heads, £155 West Nubbock, £150 New Dotland
Suffolk x – £150 South Farm, Fitches Grange & Butterknowes, £146 South Farm, £144 South Farm & Tone Hall, £140 Great Bavington, £138 Fitches Grange, £136 West Link Hall
Beltex x-£130 Low West House
Leicester– £164 Great Chesters, £148 West Nubbock, £145 Tenter House, £140 The Deans
Cheviot – £90 Old Bridge End
Cheviot Mule – £107 Plantation Cottage, £106 Wingates Moor Farm
Mule – £123 West Nubbock, £118 Great Chesters & West Nubbock, £115 Hedley Park, £114 New Dotland & Tone Hall
Rough Fell-£95 Lynnshield
Blackface – £118 Wesr Nubbock, £110 Sewingshields, £105 Great Chesters & West Nubbock, £99 Black Callerton, £98 Bridgeford
Cast Tups sold to £180 for a massive Texel from Mr F W Robson, South Farm.
Bluefaced Leicester’s were not far behind at £175 from Messrs JE Woodman & Son, Great Chesters.
Entries to Jack on 07739 440457
Entries to Harrison on 07895 761102
Texel – £180 South Farm, £178 Errington Farm & Whiteside, £169 South Farm, £160 Hedley Park, £150 Whiteside
Leicester – £175 Great Chesters
Blackface – £120 Tenter House
Cross-£158 South Farm
Kerry Hill-£120 Hedley Park
Hexham and Northern Marts sold a catalogued entry of 1854 store hoggs to a solid trade.
Topping the sale was a pair of Texel Tup hoggs at £210 from Messrs T Common & Son, Low Ardley who also went on to sell a trio at the same price.
Suffolk cross hoggs sold to £115 from Mr J A Rogerson, Bellshiel.
Blackface hoggs sold to £111 for a pair from Mr M J Dixon, The Stobbs.
Entries to Jack on 07739 440457 or Harrison on 07895 761102
Texel-£210 (x2) Low Ardley, £175 Low Ardley, £152, £148 & £136 Chapel House
Texel x –£122 Low Ardley, £114 Cooper House & Tulip Villa, £109 West Heddon, £108 Thornton Tower, Nunwick & Dukesfield Hall, £106 Cooper House, £104 Thornton Tower & Dyke Head, £102 Blackhill & Dukesfield Hall
Suffolk x – £115 Bellshiel, £105 Thockrington Farms, £100 Kirkley Hall & Thockrington Farms
Charollais x-£99 Rosehill
Beltex x –£100 Low West House, £91 Thornton Tower, £90 Low West House
Dutch Texel x-£114 Waterloo
Mule – £100 Settlingstones
Half Bred-£87 Moorlaws
Blackface – £111 The Stobbs