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).
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
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
Reminder- NO SALE NEXT FRIDAY
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 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
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
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