Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their inaugural ‘Hill of a Day’ sale on Wednesday 7th October. Forward were 686 sheep.
33 Rams & Ram Lambs sold to £420
463 Breeding Ewes sold to £220
40 Ewe Lambs sold to £82
150 Store Lambs sold to £71
Tremendous support from buyers and vendors alike, primarily, from the team here at DFAM we would like to sincerely thank all those in attendance today; the facility we now have and our and willingness to grow this sale are second to none, with your continued support we hope to see this sale grow and become a great asset to hill sheep farmers across the Northern counties and the Borders.
Some real quality across the three mainstream hill breeds were presented today, a credit to all vendors, a large crowd had assembled to buy ewes, many to try and purchase from the two dispersal sales of Swaledale’s, with trade very good not all bidders became buyers. The Swaledale trade peaked at an impressive £125 on four separate occasions, twice pens of 10 correct ewes from M & W Maddison, Sunderland Cleugh, Eastgate reached this benchmark before two pens from the dispersal sale of G & L Wood, West Shipley Farm, Howlea matched them; the West Shipley consignment of 163 ewes averaged an impressive £87.15. A sharp pen of 14 correct ewes led the Scottish Blackface trade at £115 from J E Burton, Ivy Cottage, Staindrop however the top slots today belonged to the unmistakable white faces of the increasingly popular North Country Cheviot. Wull Thomson of Hownam Grange, Kelso made the 2 hour drive worthwhile on his maiden visit to DFAM, the prolific Border’s home turned out a terrific quintet of 2/3 crop NCC Hill Ewes to top the sale at £220 apiece, the final bid came from A Rutherford, Waterside Farm, Weardale. The next in line were also North Country Cheviots, a pair of aged Park Type ewes from D Lynn, Throckley which headed in to Teesdale to Borrowdale & Wearmouth for £200 apiece.
Pick of the ewe lambs were a trio of smart Scottish Blackface from D Wearmouth, Knott Hill, Forrest-in-Teesdale which sold to R M Guy of Marrick for £82 per head; Swaledale ewe lambs from the same home sold to £62 whilst the North Country Cheviots again proved dominant through the store section reaching £71 from S & D Ferrie, Northallerton.
The breeding rams were a varied bunch, as is often the case when the ewe trade is flying the buyers proved more selective when tup shopping. The top price of the day was 400 guineas again heading to the North Country Cheviots, a powerful shearling from K O Stones of Nun Cote Nook, Marrick which sold to Craig Gibson, Marshes Gill, Teesdale.
Ewes - £220 W Thomson. £200 £150 £105 D Lynn. £125(x2) M & W Maddison. £125(x2) £120 £115 £110 £100 £80(x2) £75(x2) £70(x2) G & L Wood. £120 £115 J E Burton. £100 £95 S Hallam. £80 J C Close. £80 Craig Gibson. £70 Petch Farms. £70 D Wearmouth. £70 P Wilkinson.
Ewe Lambs - £82 £68 £68 £62 D Wearmouth. £46 £42 Craig Gibson.
Store Lambs - £71 S & D Ferrie. £63 Petch Farms. £50 S Dodsworth. £48 S Cambage. £41 D C & K L Hutchinson.
Breeding Rams & Ram Lambs (guineas) 400 K O Stones. 300 200 W R Barron. 250 R M Guy. 250 200 W Thomson. 250 F & H L Jackson. 200 A I’Anson.