HEXHAM and Northern Marts held their weekly sale of 904 catalogued Store Cattle and Suckled Calves with this weeks’ sale incorporating the monthly native sale.

As we get later in the season, many producers are getting through their spring offering of cattle. The better end of cattle would still meet previous week’s trade. The lesser end of cattle were slightly harder to cash. The major factors of dearer feed prices and a reduced prime trade to blame.

A poorer show of older cattle this week still sold to £1,570 for a pair of Limousin x Steers from M/s JE Woodman & Son, Great Chesters.

Aberdeen Angus x cattle from M/s T&K Telfer, Demesne, Bellingham, sold to £1,490 for a 19-month old steer.

M/s WR Sparke & Son, Little Swinburne, sold a lovely run of Aberdeen Angus x steers that were 15-16 months, sold to £1,350 and averaged £1,231.67 leaving them “highly delighted”.

One of the day’s highlights was the run of 73 yearling Aberdeen Angus x steers and heifers from M/s Hutchinson & Sons, Lee Hall, with bullocks selling to £1,150 twice and heifers exceeding their brothers selling to £1,180. The whole run went on to average a few pounds short of £1,000 for the Wark-based family.

Hereford sired cattle were in demand this week and this was obvious with the run of 15 steers from Mr A Parker, High Wooley, Allendale, who sold them in three bunches. The first pen went on to sell for £1,185 and the run averaged £1,063 for cattle aged 13-14 months.

In the yearling cattle, M/s MD & J Stobbs, High Dalton, brought a powerful run of three quarter bred Limousin 12 month steers and heifers. Steers sold to £1,325 and heifers to £1,280 with the run averaging £1,185.83

Cattle 23 – 30 Months

Limousin x steers – £1570 & £1430 Great Chesters, £1320, £1315 & £1240 Eslington Hill.

Charolais x steers – £1440 Great Chesters.

Angus x steers – £1165 Peddar Hill, £1110 Rare Dean, £1050 & £1030 Bankfoot, £1000 Watch Hill.

Simmental x steers – £1190 Peddar Hill.

South Devon x steers – £1200 Wingates Wholme.

Limousin x heifers - £1410 & £1320 Great Chesters, £1050 Thornton Tower.

Charolais x heifers – £1400 & £1335 Great Chesters.

South Devon x heifers – £1160 Wingates Wholme.

Cattle 17 – 22 Months

Limousin x steers – £1400 Great Chesters, £1330 & £1260 Fallowfield, £1210 Fairspring, £1200 Eslington Hall, £1190 Fallowfield, £1150 Thornton Tower, £1130 & £1040 (x2) Camphill.

Charolais x steers – £1390, £1320 & £1280 Satley, £1270 East Plenmeller, £1120 Eslington Hill, £1070 East Plenmeller.

British Blue x steers – £1120 Camphill.

Angus x steers – £1490 Demesne, £1350 Little Swinburne, £1330 Demesne, £1280 Rare Dean, £1240 (x2) & £1160 Little Swinburne, £1110 Ravensworth Grange, £1080 Demesne, £1060 Watch Hill, £1040 Redesmouth & Ravensworth Grange.

Simmental x steers - £1180, £1125 & £1050 Peddar Hill.

Hereford x steers – £1150 Sandybraes, £1060 China Hall, £970 China Hall.

Limousin x heifers - £1300 Lunns House, £1290 Thornton Tower, £1280 & £1200 Lunns House, £1115 West Foreshield, £1080 Lunns House.

Charolais x heifers – £1350 Great Chesters, £1320, £1260 & £1060 East Plenmeller, £1000 Raggetsyke.

British Blue x heifers – £1150 Peddar Hill.

Angus x heifers – £1180 Rare Dean, £1120 Demesne, £1070 Ravensworth Grange, £1000 Rare Dean.

Cattle 11 – 16 Months

Limousin x steers – £1325 High Dalton, £1260 Farnbury, £1235 High Dalton, £1230 & £1220 Stotsfold, £1200 Fallowfield & Hammershield, £1195 Halton Red House, £1170 Bothal Park & Stotsfold, £1160 Armond Carr, £1150 Bothal Park & Halton Red House, £1145 High Dalton, £1140 Shitlington Hall, £1135 Burntongues, £1130 Fallowfield, Stoneygate, Bothal Park (x2) & Farnbury, £1125 & £1120 Low Eshells, £1110 Tenter House, Low Eshells & Fairspring, £1100 Greyside, Stotsfold, Halton Red House & Hammershield, £1095 Stotsfold, £1090 Stoneygate, Bothal Park, High Alderheads, Brokenheugh & Tarset Hall, £1085 Halton Red House, £1080 Bothal Park, £1070 Low Eshells, £1065 Stotsfold, £1060 Fairspring, £1055 East White Hill & West Kirkheaton, £1050 Armond Carr, Greyside & Thornton Tower, £1040 Bothal Park & West Kirkheaton (x2)

Charolais x steers – £1360 Satley, £1340 Satley & Fallowfield, £1300 & £1290 Satley, £1140 & £1095 Cooper House, £1090, £1060, £1050 & £1020 Tenter House, £1000 & £950 New Houses.

Angus x steers – £1155 The Deans, £1150 (x2) & £1140 Lee Hall, £1130 Old Town, £1120 Thornton Tower, £1100 Hedley Park, £1090 & £1080 Lee Hall, £1070 Cooper House, £1065 Codlaw Hill, £1060 Lee Hall (x3), Codlaw Hill & Parkside, £1055 (x2) Codlaw Hill, £1050 Lee Hall, £1045 Cooper House, £1040 Lee Hall (x2) & Lowfield, £1035 Old Town, £1030 Codlaw Hill, Sherburn Tower & The Deans, £1015 Codlaw Hill, £1000 Watch Hill, Lowfield & The Deans, £990 Parkside, £980 Bollihope Shield & Lee Hall, £970 Lee Hall & Tursdale House.

Beef Shorthorn steers – £1225, £1160, £1130, £1090 & £1010 (x2) Yatesfield.

Hereford x steers - £1185 & £1040 High Wooley, £1020 China Hall, £995 High Wooley, £900 China Hall.

South Devon steers - £990 Cleughside.

Luing steers - £900 West Kirkheaton.

Limousin x heifers - £1380 & £1360 Bothal Park, £1300 West Foreshield, £1280 Brokenheugh & High Dalton, £1210 Little Bavington, £1150 Shitlington Hall & Greyside, £1140 Hammershield, £1110 & £1105 Greyside, £1100 Piatroon, £1075 Greyside, £1065 High Dalton & Piatroon, £1060 West Kirkheaton, £1050 Greyside, £1045 Stotsfold, £1040 Stotsfold & Piatroon, £1035 Greyside, £1020 Shitlington Hall, £990 Shitlington Hall, Hammershield & Little Bavington, £985 Piatroon, £980 Tenter House & Burntongues, £975 Grindon Hill & Tarset Hall (x2), £970 Bothal Park, Greyside & Stotsfold, £965 Hammershield, £960 Fairspring & Hammershield, £950 Stotsfold, £945 Chesters, £940 Armond Carr (x2), Low Eshells & High Alderheads.

Charolais x heifers – £1240 Tenter House.

British Blue x heifers – £1000 Little Bavington.

Angus x heifers – £1180 & £1100 Lee Hall, £1050 & £1040 Hedley Park, £950 Lee Hall & Cooper House, £940 The Deans.

Beef Shorthorn heifers – £1160 Yatesfield.

Hereford x heifers - £940 China Hall

Cattle 10 months and under

Limousin x steers – £1155 Longlea, £1100 High Alderheads & West Foreshield, £1080 Little Bavington, £1065 High Dalton, £1050 Farnbury (x2), £1040 Round Meadows, £1025 Longlea, £1020 Grindon Hill & Round Meadows, £1010 Brokenheugh, £990 Longlea (x2), £980 Grindon Hill, £960 Longlea, £935 Spittalshield.

British Blue x steers – £1080 Stotsfold.

Angus x steers – £1000 Lee Hall, £985 Old Town, £980 Grindon Hill, £955 Old Town.

Limousin x heifers - £1005 Stotsfold, £1000 & £950 (x2) Longlea, £935 Stotsfold & Brokenheugh (x2), £900 Spittalshield.

British Blue x heifers – £1270 Longlea.

A dearer trade was seen in the Cast Ewes and Ram ring with buyers all keen to fulfill orders.

Topping the sale was a Texel Tup at £190 from M/s RS Conley & Son, Barrasford Green, selling to Mr H Bennison.

Selling at £188 on two occasions were Texel Ewes and Bluefaced Leicester Tups from M/s Lewis Forster & Son, West Nubbock.

A pen of Suffolk Ewes from M/s M&O Cameron, High Yarridge, sold to £154 with six from M/s P&MO Robson & Son, Dene House, close behind at £154.

Mule ewes sold to £140 from regular Tow Law supporters, M/s WH Smith & Sons, West Shields.

Hill ewes continue to sell well with a pair of Blackface Ewes from Mr JL Gledson, Buteland, selling to £122.

Texel Rams - £190 & £178 Barrasford Green, £168 West Nubbock.

Texel Ewes - £188 West Nubbock, £168 Great Tosson, £166 West Nubbock.

Texel x Ewes – £154 Sherburn Tower & Barrasford Green, £150 Lodge Farm, Little Harle & Buteland, £144 Normans Riding & Barrasford Green, £142 Cornhills & Sherburn Tower, £140 High Yarridge & Dene House, £138 East Flass, £136 Waterford, Dukesfield Hall & West Shields, £135 Chirdon, £134 Salmonswell & Buteland, £132 Dene House & Buteland, £129 Stobby Lea, £128 High Yarridge, Buteland & Great Tosson, £126 Little Harle.

Suffolk x Ewes– £155 High Yarridge, £154 Dene House, £150 Little Harle, £144 Salmonswell, £136 Blue Gables & Rugley Walls.

Beltex x Ewes - £152 Great Tosson, £146 Hard Riding.

Leicester Ewes - £158 Chirdon, £156 West Nubbock.

Leicester Rams - £188 West Nubbock.

Cheviot Ewes – £128 Barrasford Green.

Cheviot Rams - £140 Barrasford Green.

Cheviot Mule – £122 North Acomb.

Mule Ewes – £140 West Shields, £136 West Butsfield, £134 Tedcastle, £130 Dukesfield Hall & North Acomb, £126 Broomhope & Buteland, £125 Little Harle, £124 Normans Riding, £123 Woodlands, £118 Salmonswell, The Hott & West Shields, £115 Fallowfield, £115 Fallowfield, £114 High Yarridge, £112 Rugley Walls.

Blackface Ewes – £122 Buteland, £118 Broomhope, £116 Hole Farm, £114 Sewingshields, £112 Blueburn & North Acomb.

Swaledale Ewes - £90 Stobby Lea.

Store Hoggs continue to be sold in great numbers selling to a top of £159 for a pen of four Texel’s from Mr RM Johnson, High Fotherley.

Texel x – £159 High Fotherley, £144 Woodlands & Bulls Hill, £142 (x2) Hard Riding, £136 Dene House, £134 Kingswood, £128 Hard Riding, £126 Dene House, £124 Bulls Hill, £120 Buteland.

Suffolk x – £129 Dene House.

Mule – £142 & £141 West Butsfield.

Blackface – £103 Sewingshields.

Swaledale - £118 Bulls Hill.

Normans Riding & Barrasford Green, £142 Cornhills & Sherburn Tower, £140 High Yarridge & Dene House, £138 East Flass, £136 Waterford, Dukesfield Hall & West Shields, £135 Chirdon, £134 Salmonswell & Buteland, £132 Dene House & Buteland, £129 Stobby Lea, £128 High Yarridge, Buteland & Great Tosson, £126 Little Harle.

Suffolk x Ewes– £155 High Yarridge, £154 Dene House, £150 Little Harle, £144 Salmonswell, £136 Blue Gables & Rugley Walls.

Beltex x Ewes - £152 Great Tosson, £146 Hard Riding.

Leicester Ewes - £158 Chirdon, £156 West Nubbock.

Leicester Rams - £188 West Nubbock.

Cheviot Ewes – £128 Barrasford Green.

Cheviot Rams - £140 Barrasford Green.

Cheviot Mule – £122 North Acomb.

Mule Ewes – £140 West Shields, £136 West Butsfield, £134 Tedcastle, £130 Dukesfield Hall & North Acomb, £126 Broomhope & Buteland, £125 Little Harle, £124 Normans Riding, £123 Woodlands, £118 Salmonswell, The Hott & West Shields, £115 Fallowfield, £115 Fallowfield, £114 High Yarridge, £112 Rugley Walls.

Blackface Ewes – £122 Buteland, £118 Broomhope, £116 Hole Farm, £114 Sewingshields, £112 Blueburn & North Acomb.

Swaledale Ewes - £90 Stobby Lea.

Store Hoggs continue to be sold in great numbers selling to a top of £159 for a pen of four Texel’s from Mr RM Johnson, High Fotherley.

Texel x – £159 High Fotherley, £144 Woodlands & Bulls Hill, £142 (x2) Hard Riding, £136 Dene House, £134 Kingswood, £128 Hard Riding, £126 Dene House, £124 Bulls Hill, £120 Buteland.

Suffolk x – £129 Dene House.

Mule – £142 & £141 West Butsfield.

Blackface – £103 Sewingshields.

Swaledale - £118 Bulls Hill.

The fourth sale of Ewes and Hoggs with Lambs at foot sold to another tremendous trade.

Topping the sale was a tremendous Pure Badger Faced Texel Ewe Hogg from C Baker, Craigshield, to a phone bidder in Scotland.

Badger Faced Texel Gimmers with twin Bleu D’Maine x lambs at foot sold to £500.

A tremendous run of Texel x Gimmers from the Harnham Flock, which was being dispersed, sold to £278 for twins and are heading into Herefordshire.

Blue Texel Ewe Hoggs with lambs at foot sold to £305 from CB Parsons, Slealands, with others to £270.

Older Texel ewes with twin lambs at foot sold to a top of £275 from M/s M&L Churchyard, Hownsgill.

Ewes with Lambs at Foot

Texel x with Twins– £275 & £250 Hownsgill, £220 Woodcroft, £196 East Flass, £195 Woodcroft, Texel x with Singles - £185 Hownsgill.

Suffolk x with Twins – £212 & £208 East Flass.

Suffolk x with Singles - £182 East Flass.

Mule with Twins – £212 & £198 Woodcroft, £190 East Flass.

Swaledale– £133 & £121 Haggate.

Dispersal Sale – B Miller, Harnham.

Texel Gimmers with Twins - £278.

Texel Gimmers with Singles - £198, £192 & £188.

Texel Ewes with Twins -£254, £246, £222.

Texel Ewes with Singles - £170, £166.

Mule Ewes with Twins - £230.

Mule Ewes with Singles - £188.

Texel Hoggs with Singles - £192.

Blackface Ewes with Twins - £168.

Reduction Sale - C Baker, Craigshield.

Pure Beltex Ewe with Twins - £340.

Pure Blue Texel Ewe with Twins - £400.

Pure Blue Texel Ewe with Single - £350.

Registered Badger Face Texel Ewe with Twins - £380.

Registered Badger Face Texel Gimmers with Twins - £500 & £300.

Badger Face Texel Hogg (Dry) - £760.

Cheviot Ewe with Twins - £196.

Gimmers with Lambs at Foot

Texel x with Twins – £280 & £250 East Farm.

Texel x - £220 & £162 East Flass.

Hoggs with Lambs at Foot

Texel x – £262 & £245 Slealands, £242 Highwood, £235 & £232 Slealands, £218 Broomhall, £215 Stewartshields Meadow, £214 Allergill, £205 Stewartshields Meadow.

Blue Texel – £305 & £270 Slealands.

Suffolk x - £215 Stewartshields Meadow.

Mule – £228 Broomhall, £222 (x2) Cawfields, £212 Briggle Farm, £200 Briggle Farm & Whitechapel.

Cheviot - £228 Slealands.

Clean Cattle met a stronger trade this week with Limousin x heifers from M/s JE Woodman & Son, Great Chesters, selling to 257.5p/kg and £1,547.70.

Limousin x steers from M/s TL Forster & Son, Lowes Fell sold to 234.5p/kg and £1,547.70.

Limousin Heifers – £1547.70, £1433.55 & £1357.03 Great Chesters

257.5p, 251.5p & 234.5p Great Chesters.

Limousin Steers - £1478.13 Lowes Fell

236.5p Lowes Fell.

The edge would be slightly off the cow trade with processors clawing back the trade. The better end of continental cross cows still selling between 160-175p/kg

Lean hill cows still very good to sell.

Topping the trade was a marvellous Limousin cow from M/s J Thompson & Sons, Springwell Cottage, which realised 209.5p/kg. Their run of five cows went on to average £1,256.40 and 176.1p/kg!

Highest grossing cast beast was a Limousin Stock Bull from M/s JT Nixon & Sons, Stotsfold, which realised £1,444.20.

OTM steers sold to 181.5p/kg and £1,357.62 for a non farm assured Limousin x from M/s H&TV Walton, Settlingstones.

Limousin – £1288.08 Featherwood, £1242.34 & £1232.80 Springwell Cottage, £1193.55 Grange House, £1183.74 Nunwick, £1148.85 Springwell Cottage, £1121.61 Featherwood

209.5p Springwell Cottage, 167.5p Springwell Cottage (x2) & Featherwood, 166.5p Springwell Cottage, 163.5p Grange House, Featherwood & Nunwick.

Limousin Bulls - £1444.20 Stotsfold, £1144.98 The Brigg

135.5p The Brigg, 124.5p Stotsfold.

Limousin Steer OTM - £1357.62 & 181.5p Settlingstones.

Angus -£1224.08 High Barns, £1212.65 Middle Wood, £1105.23 Sundaysight, £1104.78 Partridge Nest, £1098.71 West Shields

156.5p Flotterton, 153.5p Middle Wood, 147.5p Partridge Nest & West Shields.

Angus Bull - £1282.96 Flotterton.

British Blue – £1256.40 Springwell Cottage, £1176.07 Stotsfold

174.5p Springwell Cottage, 158.5p Stotsfold.

Charolais – £1398.48 & 165.5p Rare Dean.

Simmental - £949.90 & 147.5p The Brigg.

Beef Shorthorn - £1069.97 West Shields

139.5p West Shields.

Stabiliser - £1273.72 & 134.5p Nunwick.

Hereford x - £1100.55 & 159.5p The Brigg.

Another small show of hoggs sold well to average £135.86 and up to £158 from Low Staples.

Texel x – £158 Low Staples, £150 The Hope, £146 & £145 (x4) Low Staples, £140 The Hope, £139, £137, £130 & £128 Low Staples

304.8p, 295.9p (x2), 292p, 288.4p, 284.3p, 282.6p, 279.6p, 278.9p & 278p Low Staples, 269.2p & 258.6p The Hope, 245.8p & 235.8p Low Staples.

Bleu D’Maine x – £149 & 281.1p Low Staples.

Leicester- £144 & £132 The Hope

216.4p & 211.8p The Hope.

A mixed show of lambs forward with a number looking like they needed sunshine on their backs.

Heavier lambs best to sell up to £175 (388.9p) for 45kg from Blue Gables.

Texel x – £175 Blue Gables, £169 Blackburn, £160 Grange House, £160, £137, £125 & £123.50 Grange House, £120 Blackburn, £119 Tedcastle, £111 Crescent Farm

388.9p Blue Gables, 359.6p Blackburn, 326.2p, 320p & 316.7p Grange House, 313.2p Tedcastle, 312.5p Grange House, 307.7p Blackburn, 302.4p Grange House, 300p Crescent Farm.

Suffolk x - £167 & £126 East Newham

379.6p & 323.1p East Newham.

Charollais x - £156 & £121 Crescent Farm

362.8p & 302.5p Crescent Farm.

Hampshire x - £168 & £125 Steel Hall

350p & 312.5p Steel Hall.

Crossbred - £119 & £103 Chesterwood Farm House

290.2p & 278.4p Chesterwood Farm House.

Cast Ewes and Rams

Texel x – £135 East Newham.

Suffolk x - £135 East Newham.