Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of Cast, Store and Breeding Cattle on Monday 13th April 2020. Forward were 159 head.
27 Cast Cows sold to 150ppk or £1055
58 Store Steers sold to £1090
70 Store Heifers sold to £975
4 Young Bulls sold to £860
Cast Cattle – The cows remain a fine trade, clearly the British processing beef is in high demand as consumers rightly prefer their minced beef from Weardale to that from Warsaw. A plainer show of quality still averaged a remarkable 118 pence per kilo with half of those forward either Aberdeen Angus, Hereford or Friesian, a host of buyers were in attendance at ringside; top price per kilo was a well fleshed 6 year old Charolais cow from E Parsons, Newstead Farm, Little Stainton when she sold for 150 pence, top gross value on the day was a 7 year old Aberdeen Angus from E Cheesmond, High Hill House, Ferryhill, both cows headed to J A Jewitt Ltd, Spennymoor.
Cast Cows Leading PPK – 150 130 124 E Parsons. 144 W Robson. 138 J C Thwaite & Son. 136 120 L Brown & Partner. 132 H S Hutchinson. 126 116 S & H Hodgson. 124 122 120 118 116 L & S Barker. 124 E Cheesmond. 122 H G Spensley & Son. 120 116 G Robson. 116 A S & J K Leggott Ltd. 112 I F & C M Herring & Son.
Cast Cows Leading Gross - £1055 E Cheesmond. £1030 £958 £653 E Parsons. £970 W Robson. £917 J C Thwaite & Son. £908 G Robson. £882 £762 L Brown & Partner. £882 S & H Hodgson. £860 £814 £793 £791 £787 L & S Barker. £749 I F & C M Herring. £735 H G Spensley & Son. £711 A S & J K Leggott Ltd. £682 H S Hutchinson. £673 I F & C M Herring & Son.
Store Cattle – It would seem that if one thing is thriving during lockdown then it is surely the Aberdeen Angus, the pens were awash with blackness as a bewildering 70 of the 128 store cattle offered this week carried the AA inscription on their passport. With any public events off the radar this Bank Holiday we welcomed 16 buyers to ringside many of whom are currently operating on multiple accounts, the resulting trade was tremendous for all classes. Top price on the day was £1090 achieved by a strong 2 year old Limousin steer from M & E Walton, Willow Cottages, Coxhoe; the heifers were also led by a 2 year old Limousin, this one from A W Gray, Redbrick Garth Farm, Haswell at £975. Grazing cattle are just as easy to sell this spring as any other, shapely 10-12 month old steers regularly sell either side of £900 with heifers of the same type just £30 or £40 behind them, many more could be sold week in week out to the advantage of the vendor.
Store Steers - £1090 M & E Walton. £1040(x5) £1005 R & W Todd. £1000(x2) T T Hall & Son. £965 £945(x2) M Metcalfe. £960 £950 £920(x3) C T Gibson. £925 £895(x2) W Wearmouth. £920(x2) G W & M Singleton. £910(x2) D R Smith. £910 £900 H S Hutchinson. £885(x2) B Watson. £875(x2) J Dixon.
Store Heifers - £975 £805 A W Gray. £965 £845 D R Smith. £955(x2) M Metcalfe. £940 £865 J C Thwaite & Son. £920(x2) G W & M Singleton & Sons. £920 £880 £870 J G Wilkinson & Son. £890(x4) H S Hutchinson. £860(x4) £850(x3) B Watson. £860 W Wearmouth & Son. £835(x2) C M & T F Seymour. £830 £810 £800 J R & J Crowe.
Young Bulls - £860 H S Hutchinson. £625 C Forster. £605 £585 W Wearmouth & Son.