Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of Cast Cattle, Breeding and Store Stock on Monday 1st August 2022. Forward were 180 Cattle and 414 Sheep.
56 Cast Cows & OTM sold to 206ppk or £1851
8 Stock Bulls sold to 216ppk or £2153
3 Cows & Calves sold to £1750
1 Stirk sold for £500
17 Young Bulls sold to £1460
50 Store Steers sold to £1310
42 Store Heifers sold to £1315
340 Store Lambs sold to £94
74 Feeding Ewes/Rams sold to £118
Cast Cattle – The fast trade bounds along nicely, a shortage of flesh in general today however the invaluable green market status for cows kept the trade hot with both feeders and wholesalers as always, poised keenly at ringside. Top priced cow per kilo was an excellent 39-month-old Limousin from J Layfield, Nackshivan which sold for 206 pence, behind her at 190ppk were two cows; a shapely 11-year-old British Blue from Messrs Hird, Richmond and our top native a 4-year-old Hereford from R T & P M Kirkbride, Leaholm, Whitby. Two cows sold over £1800 today as the aforementioned Whitby Hereford chased home a stunning 1006kg Charolais from F E Pinkney, Richmond which reached £1851. Friesian cows continue in high demand, this week’s best were a 7-year-old from R G Swinbank, Sedgefield at 174ppk (£1209) and a 10-year-old from Stainton Hill Farms which sold for £1236, another well over £1200 in the Friesian race was a 6-year-old shown by F S Sturrock & Sons, Elwick. Last but by no means least were the bulls with a magical trade for all comers, a lovely young Longhorn from Raby Home Farm sold for 216ppk whilst an excellent 5-year-old Limousin from J L & J A Sunter reached 206ppk and £2055. Top gross value at an impressive £2153 proved to be a hefty Charolais from Ouston Farms Ltd, Ravensworth Park with others worthy of mention an Aberdeen Angus from F S Sturrock and Sons selling for £1875 and a remarkable return for a Friesian stock bull of £1373 from R G Swinbank, Sedgefield.
Cast Cows & OTM Leading PPK – 206 182 180 J Layfield. 190 R T & P M Kirkbride. 190 188 G K, K N & G J Hird. 188 184 F E Pinkney. 186 C & R Metcalf. 186 W M Reed & Sons. 184 F P & I M Jefferson. 184 G S Bainbridge. 180 G H & R G Stobbs. 180 W Emerson. 178 172 G A Willey. 178 S N Bird & Sons. 174 M Harris. 174 A Davison. 174 R G Swinbank. 170 J A & B Nappey.
Stock Bulls Leading PPK – 216 Raby Home Farm. 206 J L & J A Sunter. 204 C & R Metcalf. 188 F P & I M Jefferson. 178 Allison Devereux Farms. 164 Ouston Farms Ltd. 138 F S Sturrock & Sons. 136 R G Swinbank.
Cast Cows & OTM Leading Gross – £1851 £1692 F E Pinkney. £1833 R T & P M Kirkbride. £1429 F P & I M Jefferson. £1411 M Harris. £1387 G S Bainbridge. £1374 C & R Metcalf. £1336 J Layfield. £1310 J A & B Nappey. £1285 £1229 G K, K N & G J Hird. £1271 P Dent. £1263 G H & R G Stobbs. £1236 Stainton Hill Farms. £1234 F S Sturrock & Sons. £1231 W M Reed & Sons. £1209 R G Swinbank.
Stock Bulls Leading Gross – £2153 Ouston Farms Ltd. £2055 J L & J A Sunter. £1875 F S Sturrock & Sons. £1787 C & R Metcalf. £1785 Allison Devereux Farms. £1562 F P & I M Jefferson. £1373 R G Swinbank. £1334 Raby Home Farm.
Breeding & Store Cattle – Trade remains good, the older and stronger beast in particular continue in fine form. A remarkable day for G S Bainbridge of Ketton Lodge, Coatham Munderville topping both steers and heifers with their consignment of forward 19-month-old Limousin’s. Top of the young bulls was a tremendous 13-month-old British Blue cross from W A Dinsdale & Son, Harkerside Place, Grinton which sold for a mind boggling £1460; earlier in the day a handful of cows and calves peaked at £1750 when M Radford of Forest-in-Teesdale produced an excellent 7-year-old British Blue cow with a 3-month-old Aberdeen Angus crossed heifer calf at foot.
Cows & Calves – £1750 M Radford. £1420 £1300 W Love Ltd.
Stirks – £500 P Dent.
Young Bulls – £1460 W A Dinsdale & Son. £1090 £1000 W B Rutter & Sons. £960 £950 £890(x2) £865 J A & U M Fawcett. £830 J S Foster & Son. £795 T T Hall & Son.
Store Steers – £1310 £1235 G S Bainbridge. £1290 £1125 £1040 D R Smith. £1285 £1250 £1125 £1060 A Wilson. £1210 £1065 J F Harland. £1200 £1160 W A Dinsdale & Son. £1120 J H Johnson. £1090(x2) £1070 J D Vipond. £1085 £1015(x2) J D & G Hugill. £1070 A P Taylor. £1050 £1005(x3) A J Gibson.
Store Heifers – £1315(x2) £1195(x3) G S Bainbridge. £1235 £1200 £1145 £1070 D R Smith. £1105(x2) £1075(x2) £1070 £995(x3) A Wilson. £1035 R J Shaw. £1020 A P Taylor. £1000 J D & G Hugill. £1000 G Bolton. £980 J S Wiper.
Store Sheep – A sale average of almost £80 looks very healthy indeed, nobody could have expected to match last week’s barnstorming prices however no complaints on the week with buyers aplenty for all shapes and sizes. Strong lambs are typically £80-£90 with real power or shape needed to sell over £90; running lambs are selling typically £65-£75. Top price of the week was a quintet of strong and stretchy Texel’s from Wolsingham based G H Lister, Holebeck House which sold for £94, five other vendors broke the £90 barrier. Feeding ewes remain easily sold with the mutton trade nationally holding firmer than the sliding lambs.
Store Lambs – £94 £87(x2) G H Lister. £91.50 P J Anderson & Son. £91 £90 £87 T & A Walton. £90 £81 I R Appleton. £90 £82(x3) W & V Burton. £88.50 £88 G H & R G Stobbs. £87.50 £84 C & M Burnett. £87 R M Guy. £85 Rebecca Appleton. £85 £81 M Radford. £84 J Wigham. £83 J Kelly. £82.50 £81 H Foster. £80 C L Ianson.
Feeding Ewes/Rams – £118 P N Dodsworth. £100 £94 £85 J V Hodgson & Son. £100 £77 £74 C Harle & Sons. £90 £80 C L Ianson. £80 F J Dodsworth.