Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held a special sale of ewes, shearlings and hoggs with lambs at foot in conjunction with their weekly sale of cast cattle and store stock on Monday 4th May 2020. Forward were 754 sheep and 281 Cattle.
Sheep – With restrictions now lifted on the sale of breeding stock our opening offering of ewes and lambs was wonderfully supported, special provisions were made as some 30 buyers were socially distanced at ringside; the cooperative collection certainly ensured that a fabulous trade was apparent throughout. Top price on the day were a tremendous pen of Texel crossed ewes from C & E Gaskin of Hillingdon Farm, Marwood; the 10 wonderful sorts suckling their second crop of lambs sold for an impressive £260 per family of three. A great turn out of hoggs and lambs averaged an impressive £92.33 per life throughout, top price was shared between two vendors; the first a pen of 10 Texel’s with single lambs from a terrific run consigned by C & R Metcalf, Park House Farm, Barningham when they sold for £200 per family to P J & M P Gilhespy, Low House, Milbourne, the price was then matched by 5 strong Mule hoggs with single lambs from M W Reed, West Biggins, Frosterley purchased by R D & D Elders & Son, High Farm, Bradbury. A great day with buyers for all classes, older ewes typically £55-£60 per life with the younger end £70-£80 and as mentioned the hoggs in the £90’s, to summarise we are seeing tremendous confidence in the future sheep markets.
Hogg’s & Lambs £200 £190 £185x3 £180x5 C&R Metcalf. £200 £190 £180 £175 MW Reed. £198 £190 £188 GW Dobson & Son. £175x2 D Alderson.
Ewes & Lambs £260 £255 £200 C&E Gaskin. £218x2 £202x2 £198 I Spedding. £210 £180 T Grix. £195 £190 £180 £170 £152 W Wearmouth & Son. £195 £182 £170 £165x2 £158 G&L Wood. £192 K Sayer. £190 G Williamson. £168 G Simpson. £152 K Raine.
Feeding Ewes £92 £89 M Lindley.
Cast Cows & OTM – A great trade again with a sale average of 128 pence per kilo, a really flashy 5 year old Limousin cow from C R Raine & Son, Stanhope Gate led proceedings when she sold for an impressive 170 pence per kilo as 8 cattle sold over 160 pence on the day. Top gross value for a cow was a close race with three beyond £1300, out on top came a well fed 3 year old Limousin from J & A Layfield, Nackshivan Farm, Willington when she sold for £1349, the bridesmaids on this occasion from the aforementioned Stanhope Gate cow and a tremendous pure Limousin from J E Jordan & Son, Longhirst. A fine day for the Willington residents was completed when a terrific 5 year old Limousin stock bull from A & A G Moralee, Lowfield Farm tipped the scales to 1073kg and sold for 142ppk and £1523; top dairy cow this week came from A R & C Booth, Village Farm, Bolton-on-Swale when she sold for 118ppk and £1089.
Cast Cows – Top prices ppk 170 166 138 CR Raine & Son. 164 136 J Layfield. 164 158 JE Jordan & Son. 162 RE Dickson. 160 146 136 W Emerson. 160 N Swinbank. 150 146 138 JM Shotton. 150 American Squeeze Crush. 146 I Lancaster. 146 142 ABP Wilsons. 144 138 RL Walker. 142 GH Farms. 142 JL&JA Sunter. 142 GP Addison. 140 J Dixon. 140 R&W Todd. 138 Stevens & Son. 136 T&DI Allen & Son. 136 RW Ridley. 136 M Gascoigne. 136 Angram Livestock Ltd.
Lead Grossing Cast Cows £1349 £1013 J Layfield. £1333 £1275 JE Jordan & Son. £1331 £1289 CR Raine & Son. £1205 TW&C Emerson. £1193 £1148 Stevens & Son. £1180 American Squeeze Crush. £1120 GH Farms Ltd. £1102 N Swinbank. £1089 AR&C Booth. £1089 £1064 JM Shotton. £1026 RW Ridley. £1026 RL Walker. £1009 Angram Livestock Ltd. £1002 £997 ABP Wilsons. £1001 RE Dickson.
Cast Bulls – Top prices ppk 172 C Dawson. 142 A&AG Moralee.
Lead Grossing Cast Bulls £1523 A&AG Moralee. £1107 C Dawson.
Store Cattle – A fair show without perhaps the high end cream on the top of the heap that we witnessed last week, trade remains buoyant for all classes in particular the smart grazing beast are very easy to sell. Top price of the day came from G & A Gibson & Son, High Etherley with a shapely 25 month old Limousin heifer when she sold for £1160 to M Robinson & Sons, Staindrop; heading the steer prices was a 26 month old British Blonde crossed steer from J Robson, Stoney Stoops, Greta Bridge which reached £1100 and headed back to Thirsk with J A Matten & Sons. Less size around in the young bulls this week however plenty of life in the trade, the pick of them a 13 month old from C G Robinson, South View Farm sold for £950 to A S & S M Kemp, Whitwell Farm, Sherburn.
Store Bulls £950 £895x2 £860x2 £825 CG Robinson. £920x2 F Hare & Sons. £900 J Gilson. £835 Wilkinson & Son. £805 RW Ridley. £655x2 £555 £545x2 A Wilson.
Store Steers £1100 J Robson. £1045 £800 J Gilson. £995 £930 DR Smith. £985 £950 £790 WO Grix & Partners. £950x4 £865 N&D Brass & Son. £930 £890 £805 DG&PD Ayre. £910 £875 £860 £855 R Peart. £890 £815 Forster Hall & Sons. £860 £835x2 R&W Todd. £860 £840 C&M Burnett. £845 £805 S&RT Lowson. £820 J Dixon. £765x3 MW Bainbridge & Sons.
Store Heifers £1160 £870 £855x2 G&A Gibson & Son. £1070 £980 £970 £895 £855 J Robson. £965 £940 J Gilson. £960x3 £940x2 £930 JD Straughan & Son. £955 £905 £890 PJ Wiper. £955 £890 F Bainbridge. £940 Wilkinson & Son. £915 £880 DG&PD Ayre. £890 DR Smith. £875 N&AD Brass & Son. £870 £850 R&W Todd. £865 WJ Love. £865 CG Robinson.