Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their Great Anniversary Sale of Gimmer Lambs, Breeding Ewes, Breeding Rams and Store Lambs on Tuesday 21st September 2021. Forward were 2921 Sheep.
77 Breeding Rams sold to 1500 Guineas
793 Gimmer Lambs sold to £320
875 Shearling Ewes sold to £270
85 Breeding Ewes sold to £195
1088 Store Lambs sold to £105
80 Feeding Ewes sold to £87
Charity Hats – After yesterday’s fabulous fund raising for Darlington Mind we were once again humbled today as the DFAM faithful dug deep for this terrific charity. The bespoke hats kindly donated to us by Cotton Eye Sew, Kirkby Stephen were once again in high demand as the seven today raised £1040, added to yesterdays total we have raised £1955 with half a dozen hats left for Thursday’s auction. Thanks must also go to all who have furnished the charity bucket which is always doing the DFAM rounds.
Show Classes – Undoubtedly the finest show of quality and depth ever witnessed here in Darlington, a high standard of stock and indeed presentation from many, our splendid vendors certainly tested our judges, both of whom carried out their mornings duties with impeccable skill and efficiency. The unbelievable sponsorship accumulated certainly seemed to galvanise the vendors in to going that extra mile and to all our sponsors we are truly grateful. The flagship class at this annual fixture is so often the Mule gimmer lambs and a fantastic offering appeared in front of Driffield’s Mr Ian Swallow; picked as the winners were 10 absolutely superb North of England Mules from J B Luck, Milestone House, Bowes. Taking the honours in the other breed ewe lamb class were a pen of beautiful Texel’s from T Common & Son, Low Ardley, Hexham.
The shearling ewes forward to show today would stand proud in any auction across the land, a tricky task then for Mrs Elaine Dent of Northfield Farms who decided on a lovely pen from C Bell, The Pry, Forest-in-Teasdale in the Mule class; next up some shapely Beltex crosses shown by P J Tindale, Paradise Farm, Shadforth which took the Other Breed class. In all departments today the winners could have come from many different corners and congratulations must not only go to the winners but to all who took part.
Gimmer Lambs – Ian Swallow, Driffield
Shearling Ewes – Elaine Dent, Bowes
Mule Gimmer Lambs sponsored by Vickers & Barrass, Mole Valley, Tunstall Tractors, WM Armstrong Haulage, Ryan Thwaite Livestock Haulage, Carrs Billington
Pens of 10
1st Prize (DFAM Trophy + £250 + £50 Mole Valley Voucher + 1 Bag of Carrs Billington Feed) to J B Luck, Milestone House and sold for £200 to W N Stockdale, Middleton Grange
(The buyer of the 1st prize lambs will receive £100 cash back)
2nd Prize (£100) to S Beeforth, High Crookleith and sold for £138 to C Morris, Tutta Beck
3rd Prize (£50) to R & F Longstaff, Bail Hill View and sold for £130 to W & V Burton, West Common Top
Other Breed Gimmer Lambs sponsored by Mole Valley, Allen Sykes Chartered Accountant, R McWhirter LTD, Carrs Billington
1st Prize (£80 + £50 Mole Valley Voucher + 1 Bag of Carrs Billington Feed) to T Common & Son, Low Ardley and sold for £170 to A Spence, Low Brooms
2nd Prize (£40) to W R Barron, The Deans and sold for £130 to A Spence, Low Brooms
3rd Prize (£20) to N White, Barf House and sold for £130 to S Dobinson, Little Moor Farm
Mule Shearling Ewes sponsored by Mole Valley, British Wool Board, RW Lynn Fencing, Carrs Billington
1st Prize (£80 + £50 Mole Valley Voucher + 1 Bag of Carrs Billington Feed) to C Bell, The Pry and sold for £190 to S J Saville & Sons, Ravenhill Farm
2nd Prize (£40) to I R Appleton, Pudding Poke and sold for £175 to J W & D W Laing, East Grange Farm
3rd Prize (£20) to J McManners, West Grange and sold for £190 to S J Saville & Sons, Ravenhill Farm
Other Breed Shearling Ewes sponsored by Mole Valley, Ian Spedding Fencing, Joe Oliver Livestock Haulage, Carrs Billington
1st Prize (£80 + £50 Mole Valley Voucher + 1 Bag of Carrs Billington Feed) to P J Tindale, Paradise Farm and sold for £270 to Northfield Farms, Bowes
2nd Prize (£40) to J & A Moralee, Hardriding Farm and sold for £200 to T Watson, East Thorn Farm
3rd Prize (£20) to A C Simpson, McNeil Farm and sold for £240 to B Layfield, Nackshivan Farm
Gimmer Lambs – As mentioned above the pick of the Mule ewe lambs came from J B Luck, Bowes which sold for £200; behind those some super sorts from six separate vendors sold at £130 or more with the 496 Mules averaging £113 which is a £16 increase on the year. The other breed gimmer lambs contained some great quality runs, Texel crosses led the line averaging £126 however a stand out single Blue Texel from Matthew Collin, Intake Farm grabbed the glory when she caught the eye of M Eagle, Gedney Hill at a cost of £320.
Mule £200 £125 JB Luck. £140 £135 £120 S Straughan. £138 £120 £115 £90 S Beeforth. £135 £122 £120 TE Dobson. £130 £118 £112 £98 JJM Lonsdale. £130 £120 J Featherstone. £130 R&F Longstaff. £115 £105 ID Watson. £115 £110 £108x3 £105x2 £102 S Straughan. £110 £105 £100 R&RE Everitt. £110 M Henson.
Texel Gimmer £320 £115 £90 JW&J Collin. £170 £140 £120 £110 T Common & Son. £138 Askwiths. £130 N White. £110 LD Laws. £98 RM Guy.
Beltex £145 Askwiths. £125 GW Dent.
Blue Faced Leicester £145 S Straughan.
Continental £138 I Spedding. £130 £120 £114 WR Barron. £130 R&F Longstaff. £125 £114 J&D Gibson.
Suffolk £112 £108 £100 D Alderson.
Breeding Shearlings & Ewes – The shearling show was superb, without doubt the best ever witnessed in these parts, with such quality to choose from it is no surprise to see 134 sell for £200 or more. More shearlings sold this year to average £168.98 which is a pleasing £23 up on the year. The annual consignment of Scotch Halfbred’s from Rebecca Appleton, Pudding Poke had the big eared beauties as our leading breed when they averaged £224, next up the Beltex breed saw 215 average £188 whilst 24 Cheviots averaged £170 and the 245 Mules levelled up at £162. Top of the ewes were some superb Texel crossed Beltex from J Featherstone, Tow Law.
Beltex £270 £210 PJ Tindale. £250 £210 £200x2 £195x2 £180 £165 £160 G&A Gibson & Son. £240 £230 £195x2 £180 AC Simpson & Son. £170 MH&J Walker & Son. £165 £150x3 £140x2 J&D Gibson.
Texel £245 £230x2 £190x2 £170 DJL Livestock. £240 £200 J&A Moralee. £200 £185 £165 £150 IR Appleton. £200 £175 £165 I&A Hamilton. £190 J Featherstone. £175 £160 PG&J Bond. £170 T Iceton. £150 JR&M Richardson. £140 M Williamson.
Continental £240 £200 AC Simpson & Son.
Scotch Half Bred £230x2 Rebecca Appleton.
Mule Shearlings £190 C Bell. £190 J McManners. £180 £175x2 HS Hutchinson. £180 £175x2 IR Appleton. £170 S&J Dent & Son. £158 M Williamson. £158 £140 M Gallon. £155 JM Sayer. £135 T Iceton. £135 P Suddes.
Cheviot £172 £170 I&A Hamilton. £170 PJ Tindale.
Suffolk £165 £160 £155 RH Thompson & Son.
Texel £195 £160 J Featherstone. £140 D Lynn. £118 £110 W&C Iceton. £100 JL Alderson.
Mule £124 £112 W&C Iceton. £85 £80 W Emerson. £70 E Walsh.
Continental £90 £75 E Walsh.
Jacob £80 E Walsh.
Breeding Rams – The centre record didn’t last long as for the second sale in a row we set a new one, todays superstar was a naturally done Texel from Wolsingham’s Ian Spedding, Harelaw Farm which sold for 1500 Guineas; the buyers of our new record holder were Dicky and Hayley Mitchell of Howlet Hall, Morpeth. Another Texel shearling at 1000 Guineas from Harelaw was followed by Charollais from W & M Knaggs & Son at 800 Guineas. Top of the lambs was again a Texel as a superstar in the making from P Brannen, Penrith led the charge at 700 Guineas.
Shearling Rams 1500 1000 900 550 I Spedding. 800 650 400 300 W&M Knaggs & Son. 720 400 TH Richardson & Sons. 650 450 Askwiths. 600 550x2 400 T&J Hunter. 550 450 400 C Dougherty. 400 PK&HC Dowson. 400 250 GW Dent. 380 300x3 A&S Butterfield. 350 300x2 IE&AC Teasdale. 200x2 JD Brannen.
Ram Lambs 700 550 400 350 P Brannen. 320 R Grice. 200x5 A&SG Butterfield.
Rams 650 550x2 520 400 JR Todd. 550 I Spedding. 350 A&SG Butterfield. 320 M Radford. 300 250x2 E Benn.
Store Lambs – The trade remains firm however not electric as seen during August, a sale average of £75 still places us ahead of last years trade. Top price were some handsome Beltex crossed lambs from G W Dent, Cockfield reaching £105, typically the better end of lambs sold between £80 and £90 with longer keepers £70 to £80.
Beltex £105 £90x2 GW Dent. £80 J&JA Wilkinson. £77 J Henry.
Suffolk £96 M Radford. £89 B&MJ Garbutt. £85 £76 A&B Herworth. £80 D&G Spry. £80 F Gilchrist. £78.50 GH&RG Stobbs. £74.50 WH Brown. £71.50 BR&S Fell.
Texel £90 £86 £85 A&R Thompson. £89.50 £89 £81 K Buckle. £84 M Eagle. £83.50 CE Smith. £83 £76 B Lowson. £81 G Sedgewick. £80 F Gilchrist. £78.50 £75 £73 JH Johnson. £78.50 GH&RG Stobbs. £77 RG McNeal. £76 R Watson. £76 WH Brown. £75 £72.50 JS Wiper. £73 £64 M Radford. £73 £72 J Henry. £71.50 J Burbury.
Continental - £85 AW Sanderson. £76 £57 M Eagle. £69 D&G Spry.
Mule £83 TE Dobson. £73 JL Alderson. £67 WH Brown. £65.50 R Watson. £65.50 P Dent. £64.50 S Straughan. £64 J Burbury. £58 JD Heavisides.
Swale £37.50 £34.50 RK&S Ridley.
Feeding Ewes £87 B7MJ Garbutt. £72 RG McNeal. £70 R hall. £66 JD Heavisides. £63 £49 £28 K Buckle. £52 D Lynn. £48 M Eagle