Store Cattle & Store Sheep

Store Cattle

Hexham & Northern Marts held their final sale of store cattle for the month of March and with a large number of producers now in the throes of lambing offered a smaller entry of 171 catalogued head. 

Despite fewer numbers forward and a distinctly more mixed show than of late trade for the best offerings on the catalogue remained encouraging.  The sale was dominated by a simply fantastic run of older forward steers and the first offering this year from Messrs Woodman, Great Chesters on The Roman Wall which topped at £2600 for a huge Charolais cross bullock at 22 months of age.  The renowned vendors of quality sorts sold eight further lots; all in excess of £2100 to average a remarkable £2270 for 12 hefty bullocks forward on the day.

No fewer than Twenty-one lots sold in excess of £2000 on the day which included the leading heifer from Messrs Clark, Paxton Dene that traded at £2220 and with another at £2140 the Longhorsley based father and son team of Chris & Andrew Johnson saw their two heifers and four steers return at an average of £2130 to round off a super selling season through the Hexham rings.

Also worthy of mention was the cracking run of bullocks consigned by Messrs Weightman, East Farm, Cold Hesledon returning as vendors to the Hexham store ring after almost thirty years and peaking with a shapely Limmy bullock at £2100.  With others at £2060 and £2000 and the dearest Angus bullock on the day at £1740 the trip up the A19 was well worthwhile for the Seaham based producers who enjoyed a pleasing average of £1886 for ten steers sold.

The top price Native breed beast was an Angus heifer from Mark Featherstone, Allendale Farm that saw the last of his cattle peak at £1790 – another vendor that has enjoyed his selling season on Tyne Green with great reward.

The entry of mid-range cattle at 11-16 months of age were also mixed although the best of these continue to meet ready demand.  Messrs Robson, Low Horton, peaked with a Limmy bullock at 13 months which scaled to £1390 as did Roly Carr, Little Bavington, his being the last beast sold on the day – proof that a late turn isn’t a bad turn at Hexham. Tony Wigham, Todhillwood, Coanwood followed with another of his well-bred bullocks at £1380 and the dearest heifer in the class at the same price was undoubtedly the furthest travelled on the day.

This one was a super shapely Limmy lady at 12 months from renowned Lincolnshire producers Trevor, Linda & Jonny Lyon, Lintre House, Bourne and with their lead bullock at £1320 the family saw their exceptionally well-bred pen of eight average £1258 throughout to help sweeten the journey home.

Leading the charge for yearling native breed types was a sweet pen full of noted Angus cross bullocks from Messrs Hall, East Butsfield and these too saw no harm in a later turn on the catalogue with buyers remaining steadfast to compete for the renowned sorts.  Peaking at £1360 the Tow Law based family saw their 4 angus steers average a noteworthy £1335 per head.

A small show of weanling calves at ten months and younger was forward and again the best of these were easily sold. Messrs Walton, Farnbury made the trip down from the foggy tops of Alston to Hexham once again and their younger types topped at £1300 for a smart Limmy bullock and with a heifer sister cashing for £1180 a nice pen of six levelled at £1246 for three male and three female calves.

With the annual break for Good Friday and Easter the auctioneers invite entries for the next sale of store stock at Hexham on Friday 14th April by 12 noon on Tuesday 11th following bank holiday Monday.  To discuss the marketing of your own cattle in the coming weeks please contact auctioneers Chris Armstrong (07808 721957) or Drew Patrick (07854 361967).

Leading prices; 

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Limousin x steers – £2320 Great Chesters, £2180 & £2120 Paxton Dene, £2060 Paxton Dene & East Farm, £2000, £1950 East Farm

Charolais x steers – £2600, £2360, £2320 & £2200 Great Chesters

Angus x steers – £1740 East Farm

Limousin x heifers – £2220 Paxton Dene

British Blue x heifers – £2140 Paxton Dene

Angus x heifers – £1790 Allendale Farm

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Limousin x steers – £2180 Great Chesters, £2100 East Farm, £2060 Paxton Dene

Charolais x steers – £2250, £2150 & £2100 Great Chesters

British Blue x steers – £1410 China Hall

Angus x steers – £1580 Allendale Farm

Blonde x steers – £1300 Whiskershiel

Limousin x heifers – £1780, £1710 (x2), £1700 & £1670 Hard Riding

British Blue x heifers – £1760 Hard Riding, £1680 & £1580 Camphill

 Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Limousin x steers – £1390 Low Horton & Little Bavington, £1380 Todhillwood, £1340 & £1320 Farnbury, £1300 Low Horton, £1280 Low Horton & East Butsfield, £1270 Todhillwood, £1260 Lintre House

Angus x steers – £1370, £1360, £1340 & £1270 East Butsfield

British Blue steers – £1320 Lintre House

Limousin x heifers – £1380 Lintre House, £1300 Farnbury, £1280 Lintre House

Charolais x heifers – £1000 Harnham Hall

Cattle 10 months and under

Limousin x steers – £1300 Farnbury, £1150 Todhillwood & Low Acton, £1120 Todhillwood, £1100 Dyke Nook

British Blue x steers – £1120 West End Town

Charolais x steers-£1090 & £1080 Harnham Hall

Limousin x heifers – £1180 Farnbury

Cast Ewes

Hexham and Northern Marts sold 537 Cast Ewes and Rams to a strong trade although leaner Ewes just a touch easier on the week.

Topping the sale was a Bleu de Maine Ewe at £195 from Mr R E Williamson, Littleburn, Hamsterley.

Texels sold to £192 from Messrs G R Scott & Son, Corneyside Farm.

A pen of Suffolk ewes sold to £158 again from Littleburn.

Mules sold to £130 from Messrs R H Thompson & Son, Fitches Grange with a pen of 12 at £129 from Mr W C Bramham, Hornby Green.

Blackface Ewes sold to £105 from Messrs J E Woodman & Son, Great Chesters.

Please remember to enter your ewes, even if it is just a text to Jack on 07739 440457


Next Store Sale will be on Friday 14th April.

Entries to Jack on 07739 440457 or Harrison on 07895 761102

Bleu de Maine-£195 Littleburn Farm

Texel x –£192 Corneyside, £189 South Farm, £182 Low Eshells, £162 Low Eshells, £158 Hill Head Farm & South Farm, £150 Hill House Farm, Linacres & Low Eshells £144 Middle Dukesfield & Grangemoor, £142 Hill Head Farm & South Farm, £140 Linacres & Oakdene

Suffolk – £158 Littleburn Farm

Suffolk x – £146 Fitches Grange,£140 New Dotland, £138 Fitches Grange, South Farm (Lewis Wood) & South Farm, £134 Fitches Grange

Leicester-£140 Comb Hills

Mule –£130 Fitches Grange, £129 Hornby Green Farm, £118 Hornby Green & Oakdene, £116 Buckshaw, £115 Fitches Grange

Blackface – £105 Great Chesters, £98 New Dotland

Swaledale – £76 Leadmill

Cast Tups

Cast Tups sold to a top of £185 for ginormous Texel Tup from Messrs A G & D Bisset, Middle Dukesfield.

Texel – £185 & £160 Middle Dukesfield, £155 West Wharmley

Suffolk – £158 West Wharmley

Berrichion- £149 Low Burradon

Charollais x-£140 Intake Farm

Leicester – £120 Great Chesters

Store Hoggs

Hexham and Northern Marts sold a catalogued entry of 1100 Store Hoggs to another electric trade for all shapes and sizes and every breed thinkable. With todays trade averaging £94.07 overall.

Topping the trade were 4 Texels from Alan Lawson & Son, South Farm at £140.

A pen of 18 Suffolk crosses sold to £139 from Messrs J S Urwin & Son, Dovecote who also sold a pen of 9 at £135 and 8 at £133. Mules were also topped by Dovecote at £122.

Ryeland Hoggs sold to £119 from Mr R A Ogle, Comb Hills.

Blackface Hoggs sold to £117 from J & D Longlands Ltd, Tone Hall.

Entries to Jack on 07739 440457 or Harrison on 07895 761102

Texel-£140 (x2) South Farm

Texel x – £135 Dovecote, £133 Dovecote & Hollin Close, £130 West Heddon Farm, £128 New Dotland, £125 High Barns Farm, £123 Broadgates & Tone Hall, £116 Wall Farm & West Heddon, £115 Thornton Tower

Suffolk x – £139 Dovecote, £114 & £113 Nettlesworth, £110 Cheviot

Mule – £122 Dovecote, £110 Cowden Burn, £109 Tone Hall, £100 Cowden Burn

Ryeland- £119 Comb Hills

Leicester-£109 Blueburn

Berrichon-£104 Low Burradon

Blackface – £117 Tone Hall, £107 Thornton Tower, £103 Blueburn, £97 Thornton Tower, £95 Low Eals, £92 Tone Hall

Swaledale – £110 Stewartshield Meadows

Herdwick- £100 Little Eppleton Farm