Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of cast, store and breeding cattle on Monday 8th October. Forward were 504 Cattle.
103 Cast Cows & OTM sold to 179ppk or £1335
6 Stock Bulls sold to 154ppk or £1496
208 Store Heifers sold to £1260
135 Store Steers sold to £1140
47 Young Bulls sold to £955
5 Stirks sold to £470
Cast Cows - A credible average this week of 112ppk throughout as a proportion of the cows are all of a sudden looking slightly weather beaten and perhaps ready for some kinder going leading towards winter. No shortage of food however has been in front of our leading gross valued cow, at 12 years old the Limousin full of meat from Copeland Farms, West Auckland weighed 890kg and sold for 150ppk and £1335 to Worsley Wholesale Ltd, Briestfield. Leading pence per kilo was a young British Blue from A C Walton, 38 Yuesly Drive, Darlington when she sold to G P Watson of Water Lane, Norwich for 179ppk. A run of impressive dairy cows from S H Watson & Son, Station Farm, Winston twice sold over £1000 whilst A & J E Smith of Healy Home Farm, Healey sold a black and white to 135ppk. Some exceptional stock bulls this week were easily sold peaking at 154ppk for a 6 year old British Blue from P Coupland,Stone Cross Farm, Marwood and £1496 for an 8 year old of the same type from I R Appleton, Pudding Poke Farm, Elwick.
Cast Cows – Top prices ppk 179 AC Walton. 173 J Armstrong. 161 Barker Farming Partnership. 157 MJ Hutchinson. 157 134 E&S Gowland. 150 129 M Shaw. 150 Copeland Farms. 144 S&J Dent. 144 141 Northfield Farms. 137 130 Forster Hall & Sons. 135 A&JE Smith. 133 JLC Welford. 129 JE&AJ Mitchell. 129 T Metcalfe. 126 DI Metcalf. 126 SC Barron. 125 JG Atkinson. 125 GP&E Lillie.
Lead Grossing Cast Cows £1335 Copeland Farms. £1183 Barker Farming Partnership. £1127 MJ Hutchinson. £1119 £1064 £1002 S&J Dent & Son. £1110 £895 M Shaw. £1089 £975 Forster Hall & Son. £1044 J Armstrong. £1032 £1005 SH Watson & Son. £999 £959 Northfield Farms. £995 AC Walton. £955 E&S Gowland. £930 F Ward. £911 Little Newsham Farms. £891 JE&AJ Mitchell.
Bulls – Top price ppk 154 135 P Coupland. 140 IR Appleton. 118 T&DI Allen & Son. 118 P Hutchinson. 109 N&A Hunter.
Lead Grossing Cast Bulls £1496 IR Appleton. £1478 £1379 P Coupland. £1208 P Hutchinson. £1199 N&A Hunter. £1056 T&DI Allen & Son.
Store Cattle - A large show with vendors from afar coming to Darlington, this week from as far afield as Lockerbie to the North West, Hexham in the North East and the Vale of York to the South. As backend approaches some weathered looking cattle are now forward and with the shortage of winter keep reported everywhere trade is (all things considered) holding up well. Despite the raiders from a distance our leading price on the day only headed down the road to Staindrop; no strangers to our top price column Messrs B & J Donald of Gibbs Neese Farm produced a wonderful 18 month old Limousin heifer which will no doubt shortly see the bull as she sold to Billy Tindale of Paradise Farm, Shadforth for £1260. Top priced steer came late in the sale when a tremendous black Limousin from N Elliot of Pelton House Farm, Co Durham reached £1140. Young bulls were in demand with some very smart suckled calves on offer this week, leading the way was P Coupland, Stone Cross Farm, Marwood with a shapely 9 month old Limousin which sold to A S & S M Kemp, Whitwell Farm, Sherburn for £955.
Stirks - £470 D G Collinson. £440 £430 £400 £300 G Simpson.
Young Bulls - £955 £950(x2) £890 £790 P Coupland. £875 £855 £790(x3) £785(x2) £770 £765 £760(x2) £750(x3) £740 £710(x3) £695(x2) £660 J Bartram & Son. £825 £725 W S Anderson.
Store Steers - £1140 £990 £985 £970 £950 N Elliot. £1085 £960 A W S Agri. £970 £905(x3) R & W Todd. £970 F Ward. £960 J D & G Hugill. £960(x2) E W Holmes. £960 £950 £910 D R Smith. £960 £930 £925 D G & P D Ayre. £950 D D Brown. £935 A Wilson. £930 £900 G S Bainbridge. £930 J Bartram & Son. £910(x7) G H Watson & Son. £900(x2) K Cator.
Store Heifers - £1260 £965 B & J Donald. £1115 £1080 £980 D & J Hunnam & Son. £1075(x2) £985 £975 M & E Walton. £1060 £1030 £1010 £1000 M Gallon. £1010(x3) £990 £975(x3) £930 J H Johnson. £1010 F Ward. £995(x3) P J Wiper. £980 E Blacklock. £965(x2) J & S Thompson. £960 J Clement. £940(x2) G A Jopling. £940 £930 £920(x3) T & G Lee. £920 A C Walton. £915(x3) R R C Andrew.