Hexham And Northern Marts held its special annual sale of Limousin bred store cattle and suckled calves, kindly sponsored by Lloyd Allroad, Farmers Guardian and Tarff Agricultural Merchants. This years pre sale show was expertly judged by renowned Scottish finisher, Mr W Dandie esq. Learielaw Farm, Broxburn.
Firstly Mr Dandie judged the pens of four and awarded the North Western Limousin Cattle Breeders Trophy to Messrs I & A Hamiliton, Claywalls for a very smart pen of red bullocks. The pen went on to realise £1860.00 to Hargreaves Farms, Preston.
Taking the individual championship and George Stappard Memorial Challenge Cup was an outstanding Pure Limousin heifer from Miss Gemma Common, Low Ardley. Reserve prize went to the second placed heifer from Messrs Lee, Agars Hill.
Both Champion and Reserve went under the hammer at 12 noon, the champion went on to realise £1880.00 to Cole Hill Farm Ltd, Hartlepool. The Reserve went on to sell for a handsome £1560.00 selling to Mr L Bainbridge, Greystones Farm, Seamer.
Full Prize List:
Best Limouin Cross Steer Calves
1st – Messrs I & A Hamilton, Claywalls
2nd – Messrs R Thornton & Sons, Cornhills
Best Single Limousin Cross Steer Calf
1st – Messrs W M Reed & Sons, Lands
2nd – Messrs R Thornton & Sons, Cornhills
3rd – T Common & Sons, Low Ardley
Best Single Limousin Cross Heifer Calf
1st – Miss G Common, Low Ardley
2nd – Messrs J Lee & Sons, Agars Hill
3rd – R & S Bradley, West Biggens
Overall Champion Single Calf in Show – Miss G Common, Low Ardley
Reserve Champion Single Calf in Show – Messrs J Lee & Sons, Agars Hill
Best Pen of 4 Limousin Cross Calves – Messrs I & A Hamilton, Claywalls
Also sold at noon was a steer that was kindly donated by David and Sharon Robinson, Hawksteel, with proceeds going to the Great North Air Ambulance. The steer went on to realise £1400.00 to Mr W D Howard, Springwood.
As usual the sale began with older and forward stores which saw an electric trade with extreme returns achieved and trade for the quality cattle on offer continued right to the end leaving a very healthy sale average of £1388, this is an increase of £132 for 41 more sold compared to 2022.
The sale was lead by a thumping black steer from father and son team Chris and Andrew Johnson of Messrs H Clark & Sons, Paxton Dene selling to £2270.00. The same home also topped the table for the heifers selling a well fleshed red Limousin x heifer to £2140.00. The Longhorsley based family went on to average an eye watering £2092.22 for their great run of steers and heifers.
Selling another fine run of cattle was Messrs I & A Hamilton, Claywalls who sold an outstanding run or Limousin x and Charolais x steers to peak at £2250.00 for a Limousin with another three beasts bursting the £2000.00 barrier.
Coming down the side of the A68 from altitude was father and son team, Graham and James Thompson, Springwell Cottage who had a marvellous run of 14–18-month-old steers and heifers which sold to £1980.00 for a very stylish blue roan heifer.
Also using the best of Limousin genetics was Messrs R Thornton & Sons, Cornhills who sold steers to £1750.00 for the second prize winning pen of four steers. Heifers from this home were sought after by both feeders and breeding purchasers and peaked at £1800.00, the Thorntons’ run of twenty-eight steers and heifers went on to average £1568.57.
A fabulous run of sixty cattle from Messrs T Common & Son, Low Ardley out of Hexhamshire was observed selling to £1780.00 for yearling steers and heifers to £1620.00, leaving father and daughter duo, Graham and Gemma, a healthy average of £1408.00 for sixty. This is an eye-watering rise of £197 on the year.
Messrs J Lee & Sons, Agars Hill brought their annual consignment of fifty-five, year old Limousin cross steers and heifers which were sought after by high end finishers from across the length and breadth of the British Isles. The run was headed by an outstanding black steer at £1750.00 and heifers to £1560.00 for the reserve champion beast on the day. The Whitfield family remarkably saw a rise on last years outstanding average, leveling at £1392.00 for fifty-five.
Making the long and profitable journey south, over the Carter Bar from Peebleshire was H Cockburn & Partners, Kingside who sold year old Limousin x steers to £1910.00 and heifers of the same age to £1720.00, leaving brothers Tom and Blair extremely satisfied with their days trading on Tyne Green seeing a rise of £179 on the year.
The younger cattle on the day were just as dear as the older beasts and saw an average of £1191 for steers and heifers 10 months and younger. This was topped at £1540.00 for a Limousin steer and being one of the last beasts through the ring from Michael Murray of Messrs K Mitchelson, Dene House. With almost 1000 head catalogued for next weeks traditional “Bellingham” sale of spring born suckled calves, this fills the auctioneers with enthusiasm and anticipation for the premier sale in the north of England of its kind.
Potential purchasers for next weeks sale who are intent on acquiring quality suckler bred calves please do not hesitate to contact auctioneers Chris Armstrong 07808721957 and Drew Patrick 07854361967.
Cattle 23 – 30 Months
Limousin x steers – £2160 & £2130 Paxton Dene, £1660 West Grange, £1630 Stoneraise, £1600 Make-Me-Rich
British Blue x steers – £2100 Paxton Dene, £1840 Steel Hall
Angus x steers – £1840 & £1820 Sunniside
Hereford x steers – £1900 & £1740 Thornham Hill
Limousin x heifers – £2140 & £2000 Paxton Dene, £1960 Rushleylaw, £1940 Stone Stile
Angus x heifers – £1540 & £1390 Sunniside
Hereford x heifers – £1700 Thornham Hill
Cattle 17 – 22 Months
Limousin x steers – £2270 Paxton Dene, £2250 & £2140 Claywalls, £2000 Paxton Dene, £1930 & £1920 Claywalls, £1860 Claywalls, Old Deanham & Highwood (x2), £1840 Old Deanham
Charolais x steers – £2060, £2050, £1980, £1870, £1750 & £1720 Claywalls
British Blue x steers – £1620 Highwood, £1610 Old Deanham
Angus x steers – £1080 Hedley West
Hereford x steers – £1180 & £980 Coalburns
Limousin x heifers – £2050 & £1980 Paxton Dene, £1880 Low Ardley, £1800 Cornhills, £1700 Morley Hill & Lee Hall, £1690 Lough Green, £1680 Lee Hall, £1660 Coldwell, Lough Green & Lee Hall, £1650 Westerheugh & Lough Green, £1640 Lee Hall, £1630 Old Deanham, £1620 Halton Red House & Low Ardley
Charolais x heifers – £1650 Lough Green, £1280 Thornley Hall
British Blue x heifers – £1420 & £1400 Old Deanham
Angus x heifers – £1510 Old Deanham, £1245 Kirkley March
Stabiliser x heifers – £1150 High Trewhitt
Cattle 11 – 16 Months
Limousin x steers – £1920 Brownsleazes, £1910, £1870 & £1840 Kingside, £1820 Lands, £1800 Low Ardley, £1790 Cornhills, £1780 Low Ardley & Lands, £1760 Steel Hall, £1750 Agars Hill, £1720 Rusheylaw, £1710 Cornhills
Charolais x steers – £1270 Thornley Hall
British Blue steers – £1790 Morley Hill, £1510 Agars Hill, £1440 West Biggens
Limousin x heifers – £1980 Springwell Cottage, £1720 Kingside, £1670 Springwell Cottage & Brownsleazes, £1640 Cornhills, £1600 Lee Hall, £1590 Pitland Hills, £1580 Low Middleton & Cornhills
Charolais x heifers – £1285 & £1245 High Trewhitt
British Blue heifers – £1420 Halton Red House, £1380, £1360 & £1280 Morley Hill
Simmental x heifers – £1140 Kingside
Blonde x heifers – £1340 Brownsleazes
Cattle 10 months and under
Limousin x steers – £1540 Dene House, £1450 Agars Hill, £1440 Woodhead, Kingside & Low Ardley, £1360 Woodhead
Charolais x steers – £1220 High Trewhitt
Limousin x heifers – £1340 Dene House, £1300 Agars Hill, £1240 & £1200 Round Meadows
Limousin – £1340, £1250 & £1220 High Trewitt
Hexham & Northern Marts sold 1395 cast ewes & rams to another nice trade for the mixed show and display including lots of lean sorts.
Topping the sale at £185 was a Texel ewe from Mr J S Davison, Town Farm.
A pair of Texel ewes sold to £180 from Messrs J Browell & Sons, Quarry
House and also at £180 was a Beltex from Messrs C A & J G Skidmore,
5 Blue De Maine ewes sold to £169 from Messrs E & I Hall & Son, New
Suffolk x ewes sold to £149 for 7 from Messrs G S Dodds & Son, Delight
farm, who also topped the mules at £119.
Best swale ewes sold to £66 from Messrs W D & B Thompson, East Unthank
and at £65 for 12 from Mrs R & M J Lee, Harwood Shield.
Please remember to keep entering your stock.
Texel x – £185 Town Farm, £180 Quarry House, £178 Middle Horsleyhope, £176 Quarry House, £170 Longlea, £169 Quarry House, £164 Delight, £162 Yetlington Lane & Chesters, £160 Needless Hall, £154 Quarry House, £150 Delight & Chapel House, £148 Delight, £145 Watch Hill, £144 Delight, Town Farm & West Grange, £142 Quarry House
Beltex – £178 & £170 New Houses
Beltex x – £180 & £175 Needless Hall
Suffolk x – £149 Delight, £135 Needless Hall, £128 West Grange, £126 Wynyard, £120 Town Farm, £118 Middle Horsleyhope
Blue De Maine – £169 & £155 New Houses
Cheviot – £98 Whitchester, £90 Longlea
Cheviot Mule – £141 New Houses
Mule – £119 Delight, £111, £109 & £104 Elrington Hall, £100 West Grange
Blackface – £86 Duddo Hill, £78 Featherwood, £75 North Cocklake, £74 Kellah
Swaledale – £66 East Unthank, £65 Harwood Shield
Leicester – £95 Whitchester
Shropshire – £112 Delight
Herdwick – £77 Middle Dukesfield
Shetland – £55 Winders Wood
Cast Tups sold to £179 for a pen of 6 Texels from Messrs J W Thompson & Sons, Duddo Hill.
Texel – £179 Duddo Hill, £140 Low Brunton
Beltex – £120 Waterloo
Leicester – £132 Duddo Hill, £130 & £122 Thornley Hall
Blackface – £115 Burnbank
Swaledale – £78 Carlcroft, £74 Allenshields
Cheviot – £94 Whitchester
Hebridean – £60 Carlcroft
Hexham & Northern Marts sold a catalogued entry of 7504 store lambs selling to another tremendous trade averaging £91.17.
Topping the sale was a pen of 4 Beltex x lambs at £167 from Mr C R Fawcett, Well House, who also sold 11 Beltex x lambs at £149 and 9 at £147.
Messrs Younger & Stamp, Watch Hill sold Beltex lambs to £148.
Suffolk x lambs sold to £133 for 3 from Lilburn Estates, Roseden.
Mule lambs once again easy to shift with plenty lambs £90 + topping at £114 for 21 from Messrs T & K Telfer, Demesne, Bellingham.
Hill lambs sold to £79 for 42 Blackface lambs from Messrs Featherwood Partners.
Cheviot lambs sold to £103 for 15 from J G Singer & Partners, Linbrig.
Please remember to enter your lambs for cataloguing on Monday by 11am.
Please mark tup lambs separate.
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Texel – £129 Lough Green, £127 & £119 Lilburn Estate (Roseden), £117 Chapel House
Texel x – £135 Quarry House, £131 Lilburn Estate (Roseden), £126 Low Carriteth, £125 Errington Red House, £123 Halton Red House & Howick Estate (x2), £122 Finely & Howick Estate, £121 Girsonfield, Howick Estate, Prospect Grange & St James Garden, £120 Lilburn & Greyside (x2), £119 East House, Greyside & Errington Red House, £118 Redesmouth, Quarry House, High Knitsley & Greyside
Dutch Texel – £141 Triermain, £129 Hard Riding, £125 Triermain, £123 Hard Riding, £119 High Oldshield & Hard Riding, £118 Willimoteswick (x2), £116 Triermain & Hard Riding, £115 Willimoteswick (x2)
Beltex – £126 Lilburn Estate (Roseden)
Beltex x – £167 & £149 Well House, £148 Watch Hill, £147 Well House, £139 West Moorhouses, £137 & £135 Well House, £130 Well House & Watch Hill, £129 Cheeseburn Estate, £128 Mill House & Watch Hill, £124 Howick Estate, £123 Middle Horsleyhope, £122 Well House, £120 West Moorhouses, Well House & Loanend, £119 High Knitsley, £118 Mill House, Loanend, Cheeseburn Estate & Watch Hill (x2)
Blue Texel – £111 North Sorrowlessfield
Suffolk x – £140 Low Carriteth, £133 & £125 Lilburn Estate (Roseden), £120 Howick Estate, £113 Black Hedley, £111 & £110 Howick Estate, £109 Dene House, £108 Broomhall & Littleburn, £107 North Sorrowlessfield, £106 Whitchester
Charolais x – £128 Middle Dukesfield
Mule – £114 Demesne, £104 Chirdon, £99 Low Acton, £98 Intake, £97 Edges Green, £96 Brieredge & West Deanraw, £95 Edlingham Newtown, Stewartshield Meadows & Whiskershiel, £94 Penpeugh, Harwood Shield, Woodhall & Chirdon
Cheviot – £88 Bellshiel & Featherwood, £84 Featherwood
Cheviot x – £103 Linbrig, £100 Littleburn
Cheviot Mule – £95 Low Struthers
Blackface – £81 Bellshiel, £79 Featherwood, £77 Pottsdurtrees, £76 Featherwood, £75 Edlingham Newtown, £74 Davyshiel & Featherwood
Swaledale – £56 Linshiels, £54 Dyke Nook
Leicester – £98 Harsondale
Herdwick – £63 Middle Dukesfield