Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their Grand Opening Sale of Store and Breeding Sheep on Tuesday 22nd September 2020. Forward were 3194 head.
90 Rams & Ram Lambs sold to 780 guineas
1625 Store Lambs sold to £1000
734 Ewe Lambs sold to £155
586 Shearling Ewes sold to £285
123 Warranted Ewes sold to £185
36 Feeding Ewes sold to £79
Store Lambs – The new sheep ring was welcomed with a roaring trade and yet another wonderful demonstration of the DFAM friends and family’s incredible generosity; a lovely Suffolk X Texel ewe lamb was kindly donated by the Burton Family of West Common Top Farm, Teesdale for the MIND Charity, she paved the way as the first sheep in the all new ring and for the fourth time in as many sales Darlington’s selfless and faithful followers came good as she first sold to John Simpson of Caldwell for £1000 only to be re gifted to the charity and she then sold again for £1000 to Michael Robinson, Staindrop. The fantastic charity has lately drawn out the best in so many people, the good folk of Darlington Marts unbreakable and beautiful memory of Stephen Aitken has certainly humbled us all.
The remainder of the store lambs were again a flyer averaging an amazing £73.74 with some extraordinary returns throughout; a single Beltex from G Williamson, Benty Close Farm led the charge at £121 with a sensational run of Beltex and Blue Texels from Ivanhoe Livestock, Hunton chasing them home, the Hunton 49 averaged over £98. Suffolks were again in demand and averaged £82 and peaked at £89.50 from J H Johnson, Roddymoor, the Mule’s again were out in force with over 250 present averaging £68 with a peak of £83 from D Clarke, Fremington.
£1000 The Burton Family (MIND) £121 £98 £90 £82 G Williamson. £112 £110 £100(x3) £98 £92 £90 £85 £82.50 Ivanhoe Livestock. £107 £86 C Longstaff. £104 £89.50 £86 J H Johnson. £89.50 £87.50 J & F Hartley & Sons. £85.50 T E Dobson. £85 £84 A & R Thompson. £84.50(x2) K Buckle. £84.50 £83.50 I W Cairns. £84 K Sayer. £83 D Clarke. £83 J Walshaw & Son. £82 C E Smith.
Ewe Lambs – A tremendous trade with the average climbing an amazing £27 on the year to £95.50. Top price of the day came from the Askwith Family of Middle Mown Meadows, Crook as they produced five beautiful Texel crossed lambs which sold for £155 apiece to R N Kirby & Son, Northallerton; Mules reached a top price of £150 per head with plenty on the day beyond £100 as the new mart seemed to breathe new life into our usual parliament of buyers who were joined by a healthy scattering of first time buyers. A fine run of Cheviot crossed Lleyn lambs from Messrs Barron, Muggleswick peaked at £105 whilst a 40 strong pen from J H Johnson, Roddymoor at £94 led the Suffolk crossed prices.
£155 £148 £135 Askwiths. £150 £120 £100 £92 S Straughan. £128 £110 £96(x2) R & F Longstaff. £118 £94 £91 G & L Wood. £116 E Walsh. £115 £92 I D Watson. £113 £110 J Featherstone. £108 D Alderson. £108 £98 £96 R M Guy. £105 £94 £93 W Barron. £100 £100 W Brass & Sons. £98 £93 £92(x2) £91 W H Brown. £95 J M Rowlandson. £94 J H Johnson.
Shearling’s & Ewes – As with the ewe lambs the trade was electric with some sensational sales for all breeds, the pick was a single Texel cross from E Wilson, White Hills, Scorton which sold to Emma Watson of Kirkley for £285 whilst a superb run of Texel and Beltex crosses from J & D Gibson, Penny Hill Farm, Barnard Castle had the buyers in a frenzy peaking twice at £250 as this good home sold 47 to average £225. The North of England Mule’s sold very well to average £146 with a peak of £172 from R & F Longstaff, Bail Hill View whilst a great run of the ‘in fashion’ Cheviot Mules from G H & R G Stobbs, High Wiserley, Wolsingham saw 51 average £159. Final mention of the Shearlings goes to the fashionable girls of yesteryear as 15 stunning Scotch Halfbred’s from Rebecca Appleton, Elwick averaged a blissful £213. The older ewe buyers stayed to the end and judging by the trade they were certainly short of requirements, top of the tree were 10 huge aged Texel ewes from J & E Boocock, Moorsholm which sold for an impressive £185.
Shearlings - £285 £220 £200 £190 E Wilson. £250(x2) £240 £220 £210(x2) £200 £190 J & D Gibson. £220 £210 Rebecca Appleton. £206 £205 £202(x2) £200 £185 £160(x2) P J Tindale. £185 J & E Boocock. £182 £170 £155 G H & R G Stobbs. £172 R & F Longstaff. £160 (x3) £155(x3) Beeswax Dyson Farming. £155 W & C Iceton. £152 I R Appleton.
Rams & Ram Lambs – An increased entry following the biblical trade witnessed at the last offering of rams in DFAM, trade more selective but some good quality sheep forward left us with a very satisfactory 77% clearance rate. Top of the tree was what is becoming the familiar face of Anthony Glaves all the way from Brompton, Scarborough as his high index Texel shearling oozed style, size and muscle and sold for £780 guineas. Another top Texel from the Brompton home sold for 750 guineas whilst a shapely Beltex crossed Texel from R & W Todd, Toft Hill reached 700 guineas, the days top priced lamb came from P Lupton, Galphay with a tight skinned Suffolk at 420 guineas.
Rams (guineas) – 780 750 500(x2) 480(x2) 420 B W Glaves. 700 500(x2) 450 R & W Todd. 600 450 420(x2) J Watson & Co. 550 500 450 J Timm. 500 Fletcher & Coates. 450 P K & H C Dowson. 450(x4) C S & V Whitfield. 450 A & R Thompson. 420 P Lupton.