Hexham & Northern Marts at their weekly sale of store cattle offered a catalogued entry of 552 head which included over 200 head of spring born suckled calves for the second ‘Bellingham’ sale of such animals being the last special sale of the traditional back-end sales calendar.
A sound entry of older store cattle sold early in the day and these continued at levels witnessed over the last few weeks. This section was dominated by a fantastic run of home-bred Limousin cross steers at 18-20 months of age from The Ridley Family, Shitlington Hall who topped the sale at £1780, twice, for two outstanding bullocks with shape, length, weight and cover. Several weekly purchasers of high-end cattle were all keen to take these ones home although the spoils were shared between three dedicated finishers and staunch Hexham supporters from Northumberland and North Yorkshire which saw Melvin, Celia, Kevin & Steven enjoy a prosperous trade to occupy ten of the top prices and average a prosperous £1661 for fourteen shining examples sold on the day.
Cattle of quality continue to command top rates through the Hexham ring and heifers are no exception with many far exceeding vendors expectations. Messrs Temple, Low Hall, Ingoe topped the female offering with a Limmy cross heifer at 20 months which cashed at £1570 whilst John Lamb, Town Farm Ltd, sold another, similarly well-bred and shapely lady at just 16 months for £1560 and his run of seven levelled at £1331 throughout for the noted Wall producer.
The older half of the sale, those cattle from 10 months of age and older averaged a solid £1155 throughout before the offering of younger sucklers were brought forward.
The entry of suckled calves were consigned from the far reaches of both Northumberland and County Durham, from the hills and dales that make up the bedrock of the customers base at Hexham. With a great many such sales of these types held during the last few weeks sheds and order books appear to have been filled with a noticeable easing of trade since the first sale, which has been evident at other centres also. The best end of the 9-10 month old, three-quarter bred offering were still able to obtain a premium however younger, plainer bred types were harder to place.
The Huddleston Brothers, Round Meadows topped the class with a tremendous Limmy bullock at £1440 and their best seven steers returning at a noteworthy £1248 per head. Top quality heifers similarly were sought after and the best of these saw the same demand as a month ago. Dennis & Stuart Charlton, Whiteside led the female trade and sold three separate heifers, all of the same stamp for which The Roman Wall based family are renowned and all at £1420 to the same County Durham based purchaser; a regular at the Hexham ringside for the best females at this age. Messrs Charlton lead steer was knocked down at £1410 and with another at £1360 they averaged a thumping £1308 for seven steers and a staggering £1385 for their four heifers sold on the day.
With the clocks changed and weather now taking a distinct wintery turn producers with cattle still to reach market are urged to contact our auctioneers who will be pleased to advise on how to maximise your return.
Cattle 23 – 30 Months
Limousin x steers – £1520 Make-Me-Rich, £1480 Low Hall, £1450 & £1420 Make-Me-Rich
British Blue steers – £1360 Low Hall
Angus x steers – £1540 Sunniside
Limousin x heifers – £1570 Low Hall, £1480 & £1360 (x2) Make-Me-Rich
Cattle 17 – 22 Months
Limousin x steers – £1780 (x2), £1700, £1680 & £1660 (x4) Shitlington, £1640 & £1610 Blackburn, £1600 Shitlington, £1560 Make-Me-Rich
Charolais x steers – £1550 Rare Dene
Angus x steers – £1550 Aydonshields, £1320 & £1300 Greencarts
Beef Shorthorn x steers – £1200 Kearsley Farm
Limousin x heifers – £1560 & £1380 (x2), £1360 Middle Heads, £1350 Kirkley March, £1340 Lee Hall, £1300 Armond Carr & Town Farm, £1290 Make-me-Rich, £1280 (x3) Armond Carr
Charolais x heifers – £1150 Kearsley Farm
Angus x heifers – £1290 Aydonshields, £1280 Rare Dene, £1240 Aydonshields, £1210 Rare Dene
Simmental x heifers – £1200 Middle Heads
Cattle 11 – 16 Months
Limousin x steers – £1400 (x2) Featherwood, £1360 & £1340 Lee Hall, £1300 Whiteside, £1290 Lee Hall, £1240 Woodlands, £1230 Heatheridge, £1220 Greenchesters, £1200 Greenchesters & Lee Hall
Charolais x steers – £1110 Harewalls
British Blue steers – £1300 & £1280 Woodhead Farm, £1220 Dukesfield Hall
Hereford x steers – £1010 Normans Riding
Limousin x heifers – £1490 & £1460 Middle Heads, £1280 Whitesidee, £1260 Woodhead Farm, £1180 West Wharmley, £1160 Middle Heads, £1140 Lee Hall, £1110 Featherwood & Heatheridge
Charolais x heifers – £1010 Hopgarth
British Blue heifers – £1030 Woodhead Farm, £1000 (x2) Hopgarth
Cattle 10 months and under
Limousin x steers – £1440 Round Meadows, £1410, £1360 & £1350 Whiteswide, £1300 Round Meadows, £1280 Woodhead Farm, £1270 Baal Hill, £1260 Round Meadows & Whiteside, £1250 Round Meadows, £1240 Glower-Oer-Him & Whiteside
British Blue x steers – £1050 Willimoteswick
Limousin x heifers – £1420 (x3) Whiteside, £1360 & £1180 Harlow Bower, £1140 Harlow Bower & Willimoteswick
Hexham and Northern Marts sold 2005 cast ewes and rams to a similar trade however a larger quantity of very lean weathered ewes.
Topping the sale was a trio of Texel ewes at £268 from Mr J O Clark, Brinkburn Newhouses. The same home also sold a pen of 8 to £262 and their run averaged £169 for 105.
At 252 was a trio of Texels from Messrs J F Johnson & Son, Tuthill.
Blueface Leicester ewes sold to £147 from Messrs J Carr & Co, Camphill.
Suffolk ewes topped at £198 again from Tuthill.
Mule ewes sold to £121 for a pair from Messrs R A Archer & Son, Carry House.
Hill ewes sold to £109 for a pair of Blackfaces from Messrs Featherwood Partners.
Early entries to Jack on 07739 440457.
Texel – £268 & £262 Brinkburn Newhouses, £252 Tuthill, £232 Loanend & Swarland Old Hall, £230 Swarland Old Hall
Texel x – £202 Townfoot, £198 Dykhead & Loanend, £185 Townfoot £182 Swarland Old Hall, £172 Village Farm, £164 Tuthill, £163 Brinkburn Newhouses, £162 Middle Horsleyhope, £160 Loanend, £152 Little Bavington (x2), Brinkburn Newhouses & Loanend, £150 Tuthill, £149 Brinkburn Newhouses, £148 Elrington Hall, £144 Little Bavington & Low Carrieth
Suffolk – £198 Tuthill
Suffolk x – £160, £154 & £140 Brinkburn Newhouses
Leicester– £147 Camphill, £142 Hotbank, £134 Middle Dukesfield, £130 Carry House
Beltex x-£118 Middle Horsleyhope & Bavington Hill Head
Cheviot – £119 Greenchesters
Cheviot Mule – £119 Bavington Hill Head
Mule – £121 Carry House, £120 Middle Moor, £113 West Newlands, £110 Middle Moor, Colwell Hill & Cheviot, £109 Middle Moor, £108 Grange House Farm
Blackface – £109 Featherwood, £104 Carry House
Swaledale – £70 Hammershield, £66 Red House Farm
Beulah- £96 & £80 Middle Moor
Kerry Hill-£90 Hill House Farm
Cast Tups sold to £191 for a Texel from Messrs A G & D Bisset, Middle Dukesfield.
A pair of Blueface Leicesters Tups sold to £182 from M W & C M Ridley, Shitlington Hall.
Texel – £191 Middle Dukesfield, £182 Swarland Old Hall, £180 Brinkburn Newhouses
Beltex – £148 Swarland Old Hall, £140 Hillcrest Cottage
Leicester – £182 Shitlington Hall
Blackface – £142 Shitlington Hall
Hexham and Northern Marts sold a catalogued entry of 6013 store lambs to another strong trade.
Topping the sale was a Texel cross at £146.50 from D E Wilkinson Partners, Ridley Stokoe.
At £146 was a pen of seven Beltex cross lambs from Messrs N G, K M & J G Beveridge, Low West House.
Messrs P & E B Robson, Middle Horsleyhope sold Beltex cross lambs to £137.
A highlight of the sale was the run of 611 Texel cross and Beltex cross lambs from Messrs R L Riddle & Son, Blakelaw. Blakelaw topped at £134 for a pen of 16 Beltex crosses and their whole run averaged over £100.
Suffolk cross lambs sold to £114 for a pen of 6 from Howick Estates.
Mule lambs sold to £103 for a pen of 40 from Mr M Wallace, Farneyshield.
Entries to Jack on 07739 440457.
Texel x – £146.50 Ridley Stokoe, £133 High Knitsley, £132 Chesterwood, £129 Rouchester, £124 Butterknowes, £122 Garden House & Butterknowes, £121 Billerley, £118 Carrycoates & Rye Hill, £116 Woodwell House Farm, £115 Howick Estates & Cheeseburn Grange Hall
Beltex x-£146 Low West House, £137 Middle Horsleyhope, £136 Low West House, £135 Middle Horsleyhope, £134 Blakelaw, £133 Walton Wood Heads, £131 Stobby Lea, £130 (x2) Watch Hill, £129 Low Espley (x3), £128 & £127 Low Garth
Dutch Texel x-£127 Hackford, £113 Birchcraig, £110 & £109 North Cocklake
Suffolk x – £114 Howick Estates, £112 Black Hedley, £106 & £105 Howick Estates, £99 Black Hedley, £97 Broadgates, £96.50 Howick Estates, £95 Salmonfield
Leicester-£100 Middle Dukesfield
Mule – £103 Farneyshield, £98 Stewartshield Meadows, £91.50 Gleedlee, £90.50 Farneyshield, £90 Whitechapel
Cheviot Mule – £113 Bavington Hill Head
Blackface – £54 Hedgeley Hall, £53 Cowbyre
Swaledale – £36 Linshiels & Intake
Herdwick-£97 Comb Hills
Kerry Hill-£89.50 Comb Hills
Ryeland-£68 Comb Hills