Darlington Mart held their weekly sale of Cast Cattle, Store and Breeding Stock on Monday 30th March 2020. Forward were 125 head.
26 Cast Cows sold to 170ppk or £930
30 Store Steers sold to £990
49 Store Heifers sold to £1035
20 Young Bulls sold to £920
Cast Cows – The meat trade has noticeably suffered due to the Covid-19 situation however the well fleshed and straight, healthy feeders remained a straight price with a credible 9 active buyers at ringside. A plain show by recent standards saw the sale averaged 105 pence and any amount more could have sold to vendors advantage. Top price was a 3 and a half year old Limousin cow from C Morris, Tutta Beck Farm which sold for 170 pence per kilo whilst the leading gross beast came to £930 when J Dixon of Stainton Manor, Richmond sold a 7 year old British Blue.
Cast Cows – Top prices ppk 170 156 C Morris. 156 JF Harland. 156 148 C&J Donnelly. 142 102 J Dixon. 128 114 104 90 JR Tiplady. 112 J Dixon. 112 WM Bainbridge. 110 R&W Todd. 108 102 98 RG&G Rutter. 94 90 IF&CM Herring Son. 84 AS&JK Leggott Ltd.
Lead Grossing Cast Cows £930 £677 £572 J Dixon. £876 WM Bainbridge. £870 JF Harland. £860 £817 £698 RG&G Rutter. £787 £772 £587 JR Tiplady. £786 £782 C&J Donnelly. £762 £691 IF&CM Herring & Son. £756 £483 R&W Todd. £710 £687 C Morris.
Store Cattle – Pleasing returns for all classes as the buyers continue to chase quality, the ringside may look sparse nowadays however those in attendance were certainly keen to do business. The 99 cattle were bought between 12 buyers who were operating for 19 different locations, with room at ringside for up to 27 buyers the possibilities are endless and our social distancing and new auction system certainly looks to have a solid place in this ever changing world. The top price this week was a terrific 16 month old Limousin heifer from regular supporters D G & P D Ayre, Roger Moor Farm, Eggleston which sold for £1035; the steers peaked at £990 for a shapely 15 month old Limousin from C T Gibson, Elm Bank Cottage and the young bulls at £920 for an 8 month old Limousin from D L Brown, South View Farm, Marwood. The smaller grazing beast were in fair demand and as with the cows many more could be handled on a weekly basis.
Store Bulls £920 £875 £845x2 £830x3 DL Brown. £875x3 £845 Barrs of Broughton. £810x3 £800x2 E Parsons. £745x3 £530 WM Bainbridge.
Store Steers £990 £980x4 CT Gibson. £980 £975 £920 £915 WB Rutter & Sons. £945 £725 DG&PD Ayre. £900x3 £880 £875 RW Ridley. £885x2 £695 J Dixon. £880x2 £810x2 JT&M Atkinson. £860 £620 B Kenny. £805 JH Johnson. £725 £700 K&J Stables. £705x2 K Cator.
Store Heifers £1035 DG&PD Ayre. £995 £880 £845 £840 PJ Wiper. £975 £935 RW Ridley. £940 £895x2 £810 E Parsons. £935 £875x2 L Kidd. £905 £820 K Cator. £800 £790 JT&M Atkinson. £790 £690 K&J Stables. £780 JH Johnson. £755x4 GW&M Singleton & Sons. £735x2 J Dixon. £680x2 B Kenny.