Hill of a Day Sale

5th October 2022

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Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their Hill of a Day Sale on Wednesday 5th October 2022. Forward were 524 head.

9 Gimmer Lambs sold to £75
32 Shearling Ewes sold to £250
465 Ewes sold to £150
18 Rams & Ram Lambs sold to £700

Another well supported day at this sales third annual offering, a good crowd assembled and in the same manner as we saw with yesterday’s lowland sheep the buyers were keen on quality with the middle ground sheep somewhat harder work.

Top price of the day went to an exceptional Blue Faced Leicester crossing lamb from D G Sayers, Hollin Hill Farm, Swainby when he sold for £700 to T E Dobson, Unthank Farm, Stanhope; others from the same pen impressed selling for £480 and £450.

Top of the female trade was an exceptional park type North Country Cheviot from K O Stones, Nun Cote Nook, Marrick when she sold for £250 and the strong sort now heads for the hills away from the fertile lowlands of Swaledale to join the South Lund Flock on Alston Moor. More success for the popular North Country Cheviots when they led the warranted ewe trade, twice pens of five two shears from W Burton, Ettersgill sold for £150 apiece, best of the unwarranted ewes were more of the same breed from Borrowdale & Wearmouth, Langdon Beck at £120.

Swaledale trade of the day went to H Dent, Low Kays Lea, Hamsterley with shearlings to a top of £130 and correct ewes to £110. Warranted Swaledale ewes from J C Close, Low Row and the dispersal of P Dent, Langleydale scooped up most of the other leading prices within that breed.
A generous donation of £170 was raised on the day for MacMillan Cancer Support following the sale of a shearling ewe from Sue Cambage, Linburn Head Farm, Woodland.

Cheviot Shearlings £250 £200 KO Stones. £180 £170 W Burton.

Swale Shearlings £130 H Dent. £90 C Bell.

Blue Face Leicester Gimmer Lambs £75×2 S Straughan.

Cheviot Ewes £150×2 W Burton. £120 £60 K Borrowdale & A Wearmouth. £92 £70 JV Hodgson & Son. £52 GH&RG Stobbs.

Swale Ewes £110 £88 H Dent. £85 £70 £55 J C Close. £68×2 £65 £62 £55 P Dent. £55 S Cambage.

Blue Face Leicester Ewes £100 £90 S Straughan.

Breeding Rams – Blue Face Leicester £700 £480 £450 DG Sayers. £380 £140 WR Barron. £220 £150 £100×3 S Straughan. £200 C Bell.

Cheviot £350 £300 KO Stones.