Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of Cast Cows, Store and Breeding Stock on Monday 28th September 2020. Forward were 434 Cattle and 1384 Sheep.
81 Cast Cows & OTM sold to 208ppk or £1492
3 Stock Bulls sold to 148ppk or £1516
5 Stirks sold to £570
15 Cows & Calves sold to £1720
2 In calf Cows sold to £1220
81 Store Steers sold to £1125
69 Store Heifers sold to £1180
163 Store Bulls sold to £990
1234 Store Lambs sold to £108
150 Feeding Ewes sold to £106
Cast Cattle – A tremendous trade with a sale average over 136ppk and 11 buyers at ringside bidding freely for all classes, in particular the thick meat is very easy to place as we head in to the Autumn and the percentage of leaner ladies forward increases, thus said the plain cows were a fine trade also with plenty of feeding outfits looking to fill yards. Top price per kilo was a smart 32 month old Limousin heifer from P M & F M Hill of Ugthorpe, Whitby which sold for 208 pence to J A Jewitt Ltd, Spennymoor. Leading cow per kilo was a beautiful 6 year old British Blue from W M Reed & Sons, Westgate when she sold for an impressive 200ppk. The race to secure the top gross valued cow was a battle of the pedigree Limousin breeders; P L Gentry of Thorn Lodge at £1492 just edging out American Squeeze Crush, Burneston (£1485) with 6 and 7 year old respectively. The dairy cows remain good to sell with the winners enclosure this week welcoming a meaty 4 year old Holstein Friesian from S H Watson & Son, Winston which reached 140ppk and £1013. A trio of stock bulls were offered today averaging over £1460 with the pick of them a 6 year old Limousin from R E Shield, Willington at 148ppk and also a South Devon from G W Chapman, Otterburn using every bit of his 1132kg body mass to be the only beast through the cast sale to break the £1500 barrier today.
Cast Cows & OTM Leading PPK – 208 178 166 148 144 140 P M & F M Hill. 200 180 164 W M Reed & Sons. 196 K Taylor. 192 M Barker Farms. 180 174 P L Gentry. 172 J A Scott. 170 150 148 J & J H Musgrave. 166 156 154 144 American Squeeze Crush. 156 G H Farms. 152 P D & J A Adamski. 152 148 142 R Mortimer. 150(x2) P T Stephenson & Son. 148 142 G H Farms Ltd. 146 M Barker Farms. 146(x2) J P & R Ward. 142 R E Shield. 142 W & O M Jackson. 142 G L & M Steel. 142 W & R Kemp. 140 S H Watson & Son.
Stock Bulls Leading PPK – 148 R E Shield. 138 J & J H Musgrave. 134 G W Chapman.
Cast Cows & OTM Leading Gross - £1492 £1382 P L Gentry. £1485 £1258 £1181 American Squeeze Crush. £1401 £1207 £1077 J & J H Musgrave. £1383 £1137 £1091 £1062 £1048 P M & F M Hill. £1290 £1228 £1222 £1040 G H Farms Ltd. £1284 £1249 £1105 W M Reed & Sons. £1244 £1086 M Barker Farms. £1214 R Mortimer. £1147 P D & J A Adamski. £1099 R E Shield. £1092 J A Scott. £1092 £1057 P T Stephenson & Son. £1090 G L & M Steel. £1081 J P & R Ward. £1057 W & R Kemp & Sons. £103 S H Watson & Son.
Stock Bulls Leading Gross - £1516 G W Chapman. £1454 R E Shield. £1413 J & J H Musgrave.
Breeding Cattle – A nice yard of cows and calves to start the sale, leading the way was a pure Limousin cow with her 3rd calf at foot, a 4 month old Limousin bull, from C Moffett, Backandsides Farm, Hummerbeck at £1720; the pure Limousin’s stablemate with a heifer calf by her side sold for £1700 as did a 5 year old British Blue with a 6 month old Limousin bull calf from G M Simpson, Pallett Hill Farm.
Cows & Calves - £1720 £1700 C Moffett. £1700 £1650 G M Simpson. £1500 £1450 £1420 £1400(x3) £1350 £1250 C N Whitaker.
In Calf Cows - £1220(x2) A S Chapman.
Store Cattle – Perhaps just a notion that the gas was turned down a notch this week, the window to work land is a short one and it closed firmly in the arable farmers face last year, couple that with the doom and gloom coming from the straw swaths and it is easy to see why. The easiest sold by far were the short keep beast, a maiden voyage to Humbleton Park for regulars G W & M Singleton & Sons, Farlington Grange saw them top the steers with a pair of Aberdeen Angus at £1125 whilst the heifer trade belonged to great supporters J S Foster & Son, West End Farm, Bowes with a duo of strong 2 year old Limousin’s selling for £1180. An increased show of young bulls, the highlight was naturally a run of 144 Limousin suckled calves just 5/6 months old all the way from Kent and the good home of Jamie Loveridge, Rye Street Farm; off their mothers at midnight, up the motorway, a quick drink and a bite to eat and sold before lunchtime, we look forward to seeing many of them return in the prime ring probably July-August next year. The Kent consignment peaked at £885 although the top price of the day was £990 for a strong 14 month old Limousin from A S Chapman, Theakston Grange.
Store Steers - £1125(x2) £1040 £1000 G W & M Singleton & Sons. £1060(x3) £1035(x3) £1020(x2) £985(x2) £980(x2) £975 £935(x2) G M Simpson. £1005(x3) £980 I Oliver. £1000 D H Willis. £995 D R Smith. £985 T W Brown. £985(x3) R N Foord & Son. £980 K Metcalfe. £970 J R & L Harding. £960 D R Smith.
Store Heifers - £1180(x2) J S Foster & Son. £1095 T W Brown. £990(x3) £970(x6) J H Johnson. £990 R N Foord & Son. £980 (x3) B & L Robson. £980(x2) £960(x2) £935(x2) J Forster. £970(x2) D H Willis. £970 £945(x2)D R Smith. £960(x2) J E & B Morgan & Sons. £950(x3) W Denham.
Young Bulls - £990 £820(x4) A S Chapman. £970 £965 W B Rutter & Sons. £885 £830(x5) £825 £805(x6) £800(x3) £795 £790(x6) £785(x4) £775(x5) Jamie Loveridge.
Store Sheep – The store sheep trade continues in terrific form, another tremendous average of £72 with again a host of hill breeds and Mule’s included. Top of the tree were 10 brilliant Beltex from R E Coatsworth, Wearview Farm, Hamsterley which sold for a staggering £108, two further pens from this home also reached three figures as the consignment of 122 averaged very close to £90; also in the 100 club were single lambs from R E Shield, Willington and another Hamsterley consignor B Lowson of Podge Hole. The Mule ewe lambs are a fine trade everywhere and their brothers too this year are paying their way, other than a single at £72 it would seem that £69 was the price of the day as 39 from M Metcalfe of Westgate, 50 from D Rutter, Ingleby Greenhow and 22 from P Dent, Moory Lea all achieved that price. Feeding ewes again look well sold, a big single Texel from J V Hodgson & Son, Piercebridge at £106 was the leader on the day followed by a fabulous run from J A Scott all the way from Morpeth with 43 averaging £80 apiece.
Store Lambs - £108 £100(x2) £98 £92 £88(x2) £84.50 £81 £79 R E Coatsworth. £103 £85 B Lowson. £100 £89.50 R E Shield. £87 Castlewood Farm. £98 £86 £84.50 £81 G Sedgewick. £85.50 £84 £83.50 £83 Dromonby Bridge Farm Ltd. £84.50 £82 J Butterfield & Son. £84 W B Rutter & Sons. £82 £79 J D & M S Mortimer. £81.50 K James. £81 J V Hodgson & Son. £81 R G McNeal. £80 J W & K S Bainbridge. £79.50 L E Harrison.
Feeding Ewes - £106 J V Hodgson & Son. £96 £89(x2) £64 £59 £51 J A Scott. £70 £50 J & A Ridley. £67 £58 J Kelly. £57 J & J A Wilkinson. £56 G S Kidd. £51 R G McNeal.