Store Cattle, Breeding Cattle & Show & Sale of Store Lambs

Store Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts held their first store cattle sale in the autumnal month of November and offered 348 catalogued head.

With a crisp frost so near to Bonfire night the temperate didn’t take long to rise round the ring and a good company of ‘guys’ at the ringside made sure there were sparks and fireworks-a-plenty.

Trade amongst the older cattle was dominated by consignors from the far reaches of the company’s weekly catchment area with Messrs Gilson, Heugh Farm, Quebec reaping the rewards of a trip North with cattle from County Durham that topped at £1760 for an outstanding Limousin cross steer at 18 months of age. They followed with another at £1680 and averaged a deserved £1533 for nine cracking bullocks sold on the day.

Outwith one very special consignment the female trade was topped at £1590 by a sublime Limmy heifer from Robin MacDonald, Low Middleton Livestock, Belford, North Northumberland. Mr MacDonald brought ten outstanding cattle south down the A1 and the well-known face at Hexham averaged £1396 for six well-bred steers alongside four shapely heifer sisters.

The company marked the sad passing of long-standing customer and friend to all at Hexham Mr Les Oliver, Haswell Moor with a minutes silence in both the cattle and sheep rings where he had spent many hours trading during his long and successful career as a nationally renowned livestock finisher.  The directors and staff at Hexham & Northern Marts send their heartfelt condolences to The Oliver family at this time.

Our staunch customer base of both buyers and sellers at Hexham Auction Mart is what makes the establishment such a success and we often witness some great spectacles and gestures in the sales rings, this day being no exception.  To mark the centenary year of farming Edlingham Newtown, Alnwick, James Herdman & Family consigned for sale a super homebred Charolais cross heifer which was sold in aid of The Great North Air Ambulance Appeal. 

The outstanding heifer was the last of a run of fifteen sold on the day by the renowned producers of Charolais cross cattle which always sell well through the Hexham ring and this one was certainly no exception with regular buyers gathered and keen to assist in the benevolent act.

The animal at seventeen months of age came into the ring and swiftly travelled to Two Thousand pounds with little effort needed from the auctioneer as bidding then went on past Two Thousand. Five Hundred and Three Thousand Pounds to eventually settle at the handsome figure of Three Thousand, Two Hundred Pounds.  The hammer fell in favour of regular purchaser at this centre Mr Tony Green, East Barnwell Farm and owner of Penshaw Farm Shop, Chester Road, Houghton Le Spring through which he regularly purveys top quality beef and lamb sourced through Hexham Auction Mart.  Messrs Herdman and the auctioneers are extremely grateful for his generous purchase of the heifer and wish him good luck with the animal in the future.

Cattle continue to sell with great demand at Hexham and our auctioneers would welcome any enquiries from producers with cattle still to sell before winter.  Entries for next weeks sale should be made to the Mart Offices on 01434 605444 by 10:30am on Monday.

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Charolais x steers – £1400 Rare Dene Farm

British Blue x steers – £1300 & £1220 Church Farm

Limousin x heifers – £1255 Lunns House

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Limousin x steers – £1760 & £1680 Heugh Farm, £1650 Comb Hills, £1620 Heugh Farm, £1590 Blackburn, £1580 Heugh Farm, £1560 & £1550 (x2) Blackburn, £1510 Comb Hills, £1495 Rusheylaw, £1470 Low Middleton & Blakelaw Farm

Charolais x steers – £1600 Rare Dene Farm & Low Hedgley, £1520 Low Hedgley

British Blue x steers – £1390 & £1380 Blakelaw Farm

Angus x steers – £1400 Rare Dene Farm, £1350 New Houses, £1280 Ogle Dene & Horncastle

Saler x steers – £1110 & £1100 East Fourstones

Limousin x heifers – £1590 Low Middleton, £1480 Comb Hills, £1440 Low Middleton, £1420 Comb Hills, £1370 Cornhills, £1360 Lunns House, £1320 Low Middleton, £1300 Lunns House, £1290 Cornhills, £1280 Lunns House & Cornhills

Charolais x heifers – £3200 & £1520 Edlingham Newtown, £1410 Rare Dene Farm, £1360 Edlingham Newtown

British Blue x heifers – £1460 Blakelaw Farm

 Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Limousin x steers – £1550 Rusheylaw, £1535 & £1480 Heugh Farm, £1460 & £1390 Rusheylaw, £1380 (x2) Low Middleton, £1365 Rusheylaw, £1360 Wydon Farm, £1350 Rusheylaw, £1325 Cornhills, £1310 Glendue, £1280 Rusheylaw, Woodhead Farm & Grange House

Charolais x steers – £1490, £1460 & £1400 Low Hedgley

Angus steers – £1260 South Farm

Angus x steers – £1050 Horncastle

British Blue steers – £1380 Little Bavington, £1360 Rusheylaw  

Simmental x steers-£1190 Warksfield Head

Saler x steers – £1100 West Shields

Limousin x heifers – £1430 Little Bavington, £1390 Low Middleton, Cornhills & China Hall, £1330 Wydon Farm, £1250 Coldwell, £1190 East White Hill, £1130 Cornhills & Ouston, £1100 Ouston, £1090 & £1080 East White Hill

Charolais x heifers – £1300 & £1290 Edlingham Newtown

British Blue heifers – £1050 Warksfield Head

Angus x heifers – £1130 South Farm

Simmental x heifers – £1120 Wydon Farm

Cattle 10 months and under

Limousin x heifers – £1120 Little Bavington

Cast Ewes

Hexham and Northern Marts sold 2035 Cast Ewes and Rams to a flying trade from start to finish.

New records were made at Hexham today topping at £292 for a trio of Texels from Messrs R Thornton & Sons, Cornhills.

Not far away was a pair of Texels at £275 from Messrs T Common & Son, Low Ardley.

At 272 was another pair also from the Cornhills Team.

A pen of 9 Texels from J R Thompson & Son, The Fawns sold to £257 and then with a trio of Beltex crosses at £250.

A tremendous Blueface Leicester ewe sold to £180 from Mr I Potts, Redburn.

Suffolk cross ewes sold to £174 from Mr J Foggin & Son, Tosson Tower.

The Low Ardley Family also topped the Mule reaching a high of £135 for a duo.

Mrs E M Bertram, Coldwell sold a tremendous pen of 4 Blackface ewes to £107.

Entries to Jack on 07739 440457 with 10+ buyers ringside weekly.

Texel – £292 Cornhills, £275 Low Ardley, £272 Cornhills, £257 The Fawns, £240 High Fotherley, £238 High Castle Dene, £224 High House Farm, £210 Burdonside, £208 Demesne, £200 Chesters & Fell Lane Farm

Texel x – £198 Redburn, £192 Cheeseburn, £180 The Fawns,£175 Springwell Cottage, £172 Cornhills, £170 High Castle Dene, £160 Tenter House, Low Ardley, Harwood Shield & Fell Lane Farm

Beltex x- £250 The Fawns, £180 Catless Farm

Suffolk x – £174 & £163 Tosson Tower, £149 Fell Lane Farm, £142 Nilston Rigg, £140 Grangemoor, £132 Hackford , Tosson Tower (x2), Hard Riding & Cheesburn

Cheviot – £118 Lowes Fell, £109 Hethpool

Cheviot Mule – £162 Nunwick, £144 West Bolton, £132 & £126 Lowes Fell

Leicester-£180 Redburn Farm, £166 High Town Farm, £148 Hackford, £144 The Steel & Low Acton, £143 Lowes Fell, £140 Blueburn

Mule – £135 Low Ardley, £128 Coldwell, £127 High House Farm, £119 Low Ardley, £116 Cooper House, £115 West Newbiggen, East Butsfield, Milkup Bank Farm & Bagraw, £114 Blueburn

Ryeland-£118 Peel Flat

Blackface – £107 Coldwell, £98 The Steel, £97 Tenter House

Swaledale – £75 Rawfoot, £70 Linshiels & Bagraw

Cast Tups

Cast Tups sold to a top of £183 for a Texel from Mr D A Harrison, Woodlands.

Texel – £183 Woodlands Place, £160 Lowes Fell, £140 Springwell Cottage

Dutch Texel-£120 Agars Hill

Leicester – £140 Redburn Farm

Blackface – £142 The Steel

Store Lambs

Hexham and Northern Marts sold a catalogued entry of 6109 Store Lambs selling to a brighter trade.

Topping the sale was a pair of Dutch Texel lambs from Mr B Storey, Woodhead Farm at £170.

Mr C R Fawcett, Well House Farm sold a trio at £160. Not far behind at £156 was a pen of 20 from the Woodhead Team again.

Messrs P & E B Robson, Middle Horsleyhope sold a pen of 22 Beltex cross lambs to £149 followed by a pen at £148 and £142.

Suffolk lambs sold to £140 from Messrs Dodd & Wise, Sillywrea.

Prize List


1st Prize-Messrs Nixon, Longlea

2nd Prize-Messrs Nixon, Longlea

3rd Prize-Messrs Short, Ouston


1st Prize- B Storey, Woodhead

2nd Prize-P & E B Robson, Middle Horsleyhope

3rd Prize-Fawcett, Well House


1st Prize-Messrs Shell, Brandon

2nd Prize-Messrs Shell, Brandon


1st Prize-G D Herdman, Edlingham Demesne

2nd Prize-BA & AM Storrow, Willimoteswick

3rd Prize-J Armstrong, Rookland

A highlight of the day was the Champion Pen of Suffolk cross store lambs, a pen of 50 at £136 from Messrs S Shell & Son, Brandon who also sold another 50 at £134.

Reserve Champion lambs came from the Hill section with 30 Blackface lambs selling to £100 from Mr G D Herdman, Edlingham Demesne.

Mules sold to a top of £100 for a pen of 55 from Mr I Potts, Redburn Farm.

Thank You to Chall Parsons for judging the strong classes.

Entries to Jack on 07739 440457

Dutch Texel –£170 Woodhead Farm

Dutch Texel x-£156 & £140 Woodhead Farm, £138 Low Houses & Woodhead Faerm, £128 & £124 (x2) Woodhead Farm

Beltex x-£160 Well House Farm, £149 (x2), £148 & £142 Middle Horsleyhope, £140 Well House Farm, £139 Low Garth, £136 Low Espley & Loanend, £133 Well House Farm, £130 Middle Horsleyhope (x2) & Loanend

Texel – £130 Cornhills

Texel x-£125 Nunwick, £122 Cornhills & Nunwick, £121 Fell Lane Farm, £120 Cornhills & West Bolton, £113 Cornhills & Low Carriteth, £112.50 Girsonfield, Rye Hill (x2)

Suffolk-£140 Sillywrea

Suffolk x – £136 & £134 Bandon, £123 East Flass

Cheviot x –£93 Willimoteswick

Mule – £100.50 Redburn Farm (x2), £96 Loadman Farm, £93 Longlea, £92 Redburn Farm

Blackface – £100 Edlingham Demesne, £74 The Old Post Office, £71 Edlingham Demesne

Swaledale – £60 Dyke Nook

Kerry Hill- £81.50 Three Farms