Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of Cast Cattle, Store and Breeding Stock on Monday 19th April 2021. Forward were 381 Cattle and 86 Sheep.
110 Cast Cows & OTM sold to 232ppk or £1916
2 Stock Bulls sold to 178ppk or £1899
1 Stirk sold for £475
12 Cows & Calves sold to £1900
32 Young Bulls sold to £1350
95 Store Steers sold to £1470
116 Store Heifers sold to £1465
21 Store Hoggs sold to £129
10 Feeding Ewes sold to £168
22 Ewes with Lambs sold to £242
Cast Cattle – Another healthy show, trade slightly short of last weeks unprecedented levels however a sale average of 157 pence per kilo and over £1100 was again more than satisfactory. To the top slots in a moment however this week we start with the dairy cattle which represented 17% of those offered today, incredibly the parlour princesses averaged over 133ppk, a figure certainly helped as a truly amazing 190ppk was achieved by a smart young Friesian from Stainton Hill Farms, Streatlam whilst the top gross valued Friesian from J T Forster & Son, Killerby Farm reached an outstanding £1303. On a day which saw 7 cattle sell beyond 200ppk and 38 reach beyond £1200 the top two were indeed special sorts, firstly a fabulous 7 year old Limousin from T Coulthard & Son, Smith House Farm set the bar high when she sold for 220ppk and a huge £1916, bettering her per kilo was an absolutely wonderful 37 month old British Blue heifer from K O Stones, Nun Cote Nook; we are never surprised by a little bit of magic from Marrick and this girl was no exception when she sold for a whopping 232ppk and £1897. The native breeds were again well represented making up 14% of the sale, showing them the way this week was a huge lump of an Aberdeen Angus cow from B & M J Garbutt, Bagdale Farm which sold for an incredible £1623; the stock bull race was won by D & H M Hodgson, Dyke Nook with a smart 4 year old Limousin selling for 178ppk and £1899, the only other bull today was a remarkable outwintered 13 year old Limousin from A M Walton, Newbiggin-in-Teesdale realizing 156ppk and £1447.
Cast Cows – Top prices ppk 232 KO Stones. 220 208 T Cou8lthard & Son. 218 R Peart. 212 M Shaw. 206 C&E Gaskin. 202 F&R Simpson. 192 RG&HE Thompson. 192 176 Angram Livestock Ltd. 192 WB Rutter & Sons. 190 Dromonby Bridge Farm Ltd. 190 Stainton Hill Farms. 190 SG Horn. 182 High Harbour Farms. 176 A&AG Moralee. 176 F Ward. 176 IE&AC Teasdale. 174 K Hall. 174 WR Thompson. 174 170 166 JF Harland. 170 F&J Andrews. 168 High Harbour Farms. 168 C&E Gaskin.
Lead Grossing Cast Cows £1916 £1713 T Coulthard & Son. £1897 £1326 KO Stones. £1723 F&J Andrews. £1682 F&R Simpson. £1623 £1349 B&MJ Garbutt. £1545 £1390 £1318 C&E Gaskin. £1507 RG&HE Thompson. £1416 WR Thompson. £1406 D Barron. £1379 £1338 High Harbour Farms. £1344 PT Stephenson & Son. £1333 SW Bowe. £1332 K Hall. £1325 Fristling Hall Farm Ltd. £1323 RA&S Darling Farms. £1316 SG Horn. £1305 A&AG Moralee. £1303 JT Forster & Son.
Cast Bulls – Top prices ppk 178 D&HM Hodgson. 156 AM Walton.
Lead Grossing Cast Bulls £1899 D&HM Hodgson. £1447 AM Walton.
OTM – Top prices ppk 196 PT Stephenson & Son. 180 Fristling Hall Farm Ltd.
Lead Grossing OTM £1582 Fristling Hall Farm Ltd. £1174 PT Stephenson & Son.
Store Cattle – A two tier atmosphere again as the vendors remain over the moon whilst some of the buyers look bemused by the whole affair, no doubting the cattle remain £100 to £200 dearer on the year and 99% of the producers are incredibly pleased this Spring. A red letter day for the Aberdeen Angus this week as they stole the show, the first instalment of black magic came from last weeks runaway winners G A & C Jopling of Eastgate when their strong 23 month old steer sold for £1470, right on his tail were the Aberdeen Angus again as a pair of humongous 32 month old heifers from G & J H Tomlinson & Son, Knitsley sold for £1465. Away from the strong beast some really classy runs of grass cattle were on offer, half a dozen super British Blue yearling heifers from T L Holmes & Son, Craghead impressed reaching £1255 and averaging £1129 whilst the Eastgate flag was flying again when six superstars from W Wearmouth & Son saw the lovely run of 10 month old black Limousin heifers peak twice at £1215 and average £1127. With Thursday’s bull trades of late flying there is little wonder that the replacements take some buying, top price paid was £1350 for a lovely 21 month old Limousin, the impressive stats today showing 15 bulls over £1100 of which a dozen were under 12 months old. Plenty of life in the cow and calf trade as impressive returns went home with Dromonby Bridge Farm and new vendor to DFAM J W Fieldson.
Calves & Stirks £475 AW Sanderson.
Cows & Calves £1900 £1850 £1720 Dromonby Bridge Farm Ltd. £1750 £1720 £1650 £1600x2 £1580 £1500 £1450 JW Fieldson. £1200 P Dent.
Store Bulls £1350 £1340x2 £1295 £1140 £1130x2 G Moor. £1225 £1000 A&D Proctor. £1190 FM Suddes. £1135x2 £1130x2 JR&M Richardson. £1100x2 £1015x3 E Parsons. £965x2 RD Musgrave. £845x5 £830x4 D Herdman.
Store Steers £1470 £1320 GA&C Jopling. £1345x3 £1270 GW&M Singleton & Sons. £1325 £1290 £1135 £1080 SJ Love. £1225 £1090 N Basey & Son. £1210 £1100x2 TT Hall & Son. £1135x2 M&E Walton. £1135 £1090x2 R Errington & Son. £1125x3 £1120 £1060 J&EM Lawson. £1115 CT Gibson. £1105 £1100x2 £1090 M Gallon. £1095 £1050 £1040 I Newton & Son. £1060 £1000 T Coulthard & Son. £1050 £1030 £995 CT Gibson. £1045 W Wearmouth & Son. £1020 S&RT Lowson. £990 TH Richardson & Sons. £980x2 M Shaw. £965x2 B Kenny.
Store Heifers £1465x2 £1390 G&JH Tomlinson & Son. £1340 £1260x2 £1170 GW&M Singleton & Sons. £1275 £1135 £1125x2 £1120x2 £1055x2 A&AG Moralee. £1255 £1240 £1180 £1170 £1150 TL Holmes & Son. £1245 MW Cook. £1215x2 £1205 £1135 W Wearmouth & Son. £1180 F Watson. £1150 £1130 £1085 SJ Love. £1150 £1070 £1060 JS Wiper. £1120 £1050x2 TH Richardson & Sons. £1110 M&E Walton. £1100 JW Fieldson. £1050 English.
Store & Breeding Sheep – This lambing season has, on the face of things, left many short; short of grass and short of patience yet amazingly the tariff the sheep sell at remains one of the best ever seen. Store hoggs today reached £129 from C L I’Anson, Warren Wood with her North Country Cheviots whilst feeding ewes peaked at a massive £168 from S Blythman, Bishopton. Leading the ewe and lamb trade today was W S I Anderson of Dalton Grange with a fantastic young Texel suckling a pair of super lambs and selling for £242.
Store Hoggs £138 £96 WSI Anderson. £129 £127 £126 £104 £90 £75 CL I’Anson. £117 RM Guy. £93 £76 JC Scurr
Ewes & Lambs £242 £215 £180 £170 WSI Anderson. £230 £220 £200 £180 £130 W Wearmouth & Son. £195 I Spedding.
Feeding Ewes £168 £150 £140 S Blythman. £97 WSI Anderson.