Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held their weekly sale of prime bulls and clean cattle on Thursday 26th May 2022. Forward were 210 cattle.
81 Prime Bulls sold to 299ppk or £2698
2 Cast Cows sold to 195ppk or £1210
21 Prime Steers sold to 270ppk or £2024
106 Prime Heifers sold to 310ppk or £1955
Prime Bulls (81) – God bless the queen, the impending celebrations planned for her 70 years of service certainly galvanised the beef trade as bull prices greatly improved, the best end of the bulls were certainly of terrific quality and duly rewarded by a hungry gathering of buyers at ringside, the sale averaged 235ppk. Blonde’s it seems do have more fun, an absolutely stunning pair of pure-bred bulls from P Weightman & Sons, Hallfield Farm, Easington led the way when a 770kg cracker led the pence per kilo at 299 (£2302) followed directly by his bulky companion which at just 21 months old clocked the scales beyond 1000kg and sold for a phenomenal £2698. Eleven bulls sold over 270ppk whilst seven sold beyond £2000; a top trio selling in the 280’s included two from S & J Dent & Son whilst lovely Limousin’s from Marwood, Morpeth and two beauties from Bowes all sold well but sat behind the previously mentioned brilliant British Blondes, a spanner was thrown into the continental works however as the peachy pair of Blondes remarkably found themselves separated on the gross value leader board by an absolutely massive 1131kg Aberdeen Angus from D & P A Evans, Nunthorpe which reached £2375. A fine Friesian trade ensued today, leading the way was a topper from J K & C E Farming, Piercebridge when he sold for 226ppk and £1453. Below are some of the day’s top consignments.
P Weightman & Sons, Easington sold 2 Bulls to average 282ppk and £2500
S & J Dent & Son, Darlington sold 5 Bulls to average 281ppk and £1793
J B Luck, Bowes sold 3 Bulls to average 273ppk and £2061
J E Jordon & Son, Morpeth sold 4 Bulls to average 267ppk and £1846
L S Staley, Marwood sold 2 Bulls to average 265ppk and £1956
P J & E S Rogerson, Appleby sold 4 Bulls to average 263ppk and £1916
Bulls Leading PPK – 299 269 P Weightman & Sons. 287 285 279(x2) 276 S & J Dent & Son. 287 267 266 J B Luck. 278 274 264 250 J E Jordon & Son. 277 260 247 245 L R Welsh & Co. 270 265 264 256 P J & E S Rogerson. 268 263 L S Staley. 265 257 F & J S Gargett. 260 E Wilson. 258 G H Farms Ltd. 250 J J Horn. 249 247 J K & C E Farming.
Friesian Bulls Leading PPK – 226 218 J K & C E Farming. 216(x2) R Hall & Son. 207 199 189 186 180 C & M Atkinson. 200 J Richmond. 195 190 181(x2) D Walker. 181 J R Knox & Son.
Bulls Leading Gross – £2698 £2302 P Weightman & Sons. £2375 D & P A Evans. £2229 £2138 £1815 J B Luck. £2135 £1776 L S Staley. £2048 £1982 £1846 J E Jordon & Son. £1990 £1940 £1873 £1862 P J & E S Rogerson. £1972 £1842 £1791 £1768 S & J Dent & Son. £1919 £1735 F & J S Gargett. £1862 £1783 £1716 L R Welsh & Co. £1799 E Wilson. £1788 £1733 J K & C E Farming. £1755 J J Horn. £1744 G H Farms Ltd.
Friesian Bulls Leading Gross – £1453 £1403 J K & C E Farming. £1306(x2) R Hall & Son. £1259 £1105 £1049 £1046 D Walker. £1252 J Richmond. £1097 £1040 £982 £971 C & M Atkinson. £979 J R Knox & Son.
Cast Cows Leading PPK – 195 Foxton Livestock. 181 D Blake.
Cast Cows Leading Gross – £1210 D Blake. £1134 Foxton Livestock.
Clean Cattle (127) – Trade much faster today, so much so that many local village and town folk have kindly displayed bunting and flags, presumably to welcome back the successful farmers? A far plainer show than we have witnessed recently left the heifer’s averaging 269ppk and the steers 238ppk, all classes were dearer but perhaps the better-bred butchers shop bound heifers enjoyed the trade of the week. A photo finish for the top spot as sixteen super sorts sold between 300 and 310 pence per kilo, in the end two terrific Limousin heifers shared the spoils as W & M Knaggs & Son, Sadberge and D Robson & Sons, Capheaton couldn’t be split. The steer race per kilo also ended in a dead heat as three vendors sold at 270ppk, local producers W A Armstrong, Coxhoe and L R Welsh & Co, Spennymoor were joined by B W & A O Manners whose journey down from Cramlington was certainly worthwhile. Some excellent gross values this week as the whole sale averaged £1574, the same feeders proved to be leaders although not with the same cattle as another heifer from Messrs Knaggs topped her section at £1955 and the Cramlington consignors turned out the top price of the day with a 797kg steer reaching £2024. Of the seven super heifers selling over £1800 remarkably four came from J V & J A Hodgson, Piercebridge; the highest valued steers all hailed from either the aforementioned B W & A O Manners or G Carins & Partners, Black Callerton. As is customary below are listed some of the day’s top runs.
D Robson & Sons, Capheaton sold 3 Heifers to average 294ppk and £1760
W A Armstrong, Coxhoe sold 7 Heifers to average 294ppk and £1666
R Hirst, Neasham sold 10 Heifers to average 293ppk and £1679
J V & J A Hodgson, Summerhouse sold 12 Heifers to average 290ppk and £1784
K & J Heslop, Fishburn sold 5 Heifers to average 290ppk and £1632
B W & A O Manners, Cramlington sold 3 Steers to average 263ppk and £1933
Steers Leading PPK – 270 269 254 B W & A O Manners. 270 W A Armstrong. 270 L R Welsh & Co. 265 B Walker. 249 246 R W & R Henry. 241 240 237 231 J R Hutchinson & Sons. 230 224 G Carins & Partners.
Heifers Leading PPK – 310 W & M Knaggs & Son. 310 295 D Robson & Sons. 309 308(x3) 301 300 298 296 J V & J A Hodgson. 309 296(x2) K & J Heslop. 309 304 300 297 296 294 R Hirst. 306 B Walker. 303 W Swinbank & Sons. 300(x2) 299 297 W A Armstrong. 299 296 M & J Cheesbrough & Sons. 299 S H Watson & Son. 298 294 W F Hustwit.
Steers Leading Gross – £2024 £1977 £1798 B W & A O Manners. £1835 £1809 £1619 G Carins & Partners. £1757 L R Welsh & Co. £1749 £1705 R W & R Henry. £1646 £1547 £1516 J R Hutchinson & Sons. £1608 B Walker. £1563 W A Armstrong.
Heifers Leading Gross – £1955 £1729 W & M Knaggs & Son. £1912 £1868 £1820(x2) £1802 £1798 £1773(x2) £1758 £1742 J V & J A Hodgson. £1839 £1808 £1769 W Swinbank & Sons. £1784 £1750 £1745 D Robson & Sons. £1782 £1745 £1705 R Hirst. £1760 P & P J Sayer. £1749 £1701 M & J Cheesbrough & Sons. £1725 £1719 £1713 W A Armstrong. £1713 £1703 W F Hustwit.
DUE TO THE QUEENS JUBILEE BANK HOLIDAY NO SALE OF ANY KIND WILL BE CONDUCTED NEXT THURSDAY. A SALE OF PRIME SHEEP WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (30TH May) At 4pm.