Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their 3rd annual sale of Rams and Ram Lambs in conjunction with their weekly sale of Store and Breeding Sheep. Forward were 2606 Sheep.
38 Ram Lambs sold to 420 guineas
61 Rams sold to 400 guineas
1639 Store Lambs sold to £78
182 Feeding Ewes sold to £80
179 Ewe Lambs sold to £80
249 Shearling Ewes sold to £100
258 Breeding Ewes sold to £88
Rams and Ram Lambs - As we have seen throughout 2018 the buyers of Rams are very selective, Leading the trade was an exceptional Texel Lamb from T Nesbitt & Son, Alwent Hall, Staindrop; an upstanding flashy sort full of style he sold to D L & D Lovegreen from Prospect Farm, Catterick. One more Texel lamb followed closely behind at 400 guineas, another from Messrs Nesbitt which sold to W N Stockdale, Middleton Grange, Hutton Rudby. Leading priced Shearling Ram was a very impressive Suffolk from P Lupton, Greenholme Farm, Galphay when he sold to I Marshall & Sons, Hope House Farm, Bishop Middleham.
Ram Lambs (Prices shown in guineas) 420 400 360 350 250 200 T Nesbitt & Son. 400 320 300 250 220 200 180x2 Teward Bros.
Shearling Rams (Prices shown in guineas) 400 380 P Lupton. 380 350 220 PK&HC Dowson. 380x2 360 350 320 300 280 R&W Todd. 300x2 B&A Myers. 300 280 J Woodward & Sons. 280 260 250 T&J Hunter. 260 J Dennis. 200x2 TG Warriner.
Store Lambs - Trade remains strong, in particular the biggest and the shapely sorts are very easy to sell; top price were an outstanding pen of 4 Beltex lambs from D E & I Lovegreen, Manor House Farm, Hutton Henry which sold for £78 apiece to M Robinson & Sons, East Alwent Farm, Staindrop. A host of lambs this week sold well in to the £70's as confidence is seemingly growing in the hardening prime lamb trade. Feeding ewes were a fine trade, the importance of selling the leaner ewes through the store ring could not be more apparent at the moment.
Store Lambs – Beltex £78 DE&I Lovegreen. £76 T Bowes & Son. £75 £73.50 £70.50 £63.50 £61.50 Ivanhoe Livestock Partnership.
Texel - £75 £70 £69.50 JP Campbell. £70 £57 K Cator. £70 £64.50 J Walshaw & Son. £65 R&L Simpson. £64.50 £62 B Lowson. £63.50x2 G Wall. £65 £57 JH Johnson. £62WS Hewitson & Son. £61.50 E Peacock. £61.50 £58.50x2 C Watson. £61 H Stubbs. £60 RG McNeal. £59.50 JM Sayer. £59 K Sayer.
Continental - £72.50 £70 J&F Hartley & Sons. £63.50 £61 H Stubbs. £59.50 JM Sayer. £59 DE&I Lovegreen. £58.50 JD&MS Mortimer.
Charollais - £66 K Cator. £64 GW Dobson & Son.
Suffolk - £65 GW Dobson & Son. £65 CE Smith. £60 JF Harland. £59.50 TE Dobson. £59.50 £50 A&B Herworth. £59 J Walshaw & Son. £56.50 JD Heavisides.
Mule - £59.50 K Buckle.
Feeding Ewes £70 £38.50 £32.50 HL Nelless. £46 DR Easton. £43 K&J Stables. £33.50 £29.50 BRS Fell. £29.50 D Johnson. £29 J&E Spry.
Store Tups £80 £73 WS Hewitson.
Breeding Sheep - The reality of the damage last spring caused to both the finances and enthusiasm of the humble sheep farmer is perhaps now becoming apparent, very little life in the trade for breeders as the season trundles along. A bright spot came when we sold an outstanding pen of 16 Mule ewe lambs from M Metcalfe, West Gate Farm, Weardale to W R & A M Sayer, Grassholme Farm, Lunedale for £80 per head. Top priced warranted ewes came from R & F Longstaff, Bail Hill View, Barnard Castle whilst a hard shift selling shearlings peaked only at £100 for Mules from J Atkinson, Langley Park.
Store Gimmers £80 £68x2 M Metcalfe. £67.50 £67 £63 JP Campbell. £60 WD Richardson. £52 348 GA Jopling.
Store Ewes £88 £68 £60 R&F Longstaff. £62x2 £58x3 354 £48 M Navazi. £47 RL&J Simpson. £42 G Dickinson.
Shearlings £100 J Atkinson. £92 £90 £88 £84 £76 £70 £68 £65 Stowell Park Estate Ltd. £80 £76 GR Dobson. £75 R&F Longstaff.