HEXHAM’S store cattle sale last week topped at £1,600 for a Limousin cross steer from Geoff Hubbuck, Rising Sun, Hexham which was bred by and purchased from his son-in-law, Kevin Sparke, Little Swinburne, Hexham.    Mr Hubbuck went on to sell another at £1,480, one at £1390 and two more at £1380 and averaged £1,362 for eight sold.

Stronger bullocks sold well throughout with Messrs Tomlinson, Sunniside peaking at £1490, Messrs Walton, Ogle Castle topped at £1,450 and Messrs Gregory, Springhill, Seahouses at £1420.

Older heifers were also keenly sought after with a run of 12 Charolais and Limousin crosses from Messrs Herdman, Lunns House, Co Durham,  peaking at £1,230 and averaging £1,127.

Overall 40 per cent  (225 head) of the entry sold for more than £1,000, 45 of which were heifers.

Yearling and younger calves were in demand with trade up on the week. Highlights were a pen of 11-month-old Charolais and Limousin crosses from Kenny Macgregor,  Berwick on Tweed, which peaked at £1,235 and £1,240 respectively and a run of 10, including one heifer, averaged £1,092. A pen of 10 pure bred Charolais steers at nine and 10 months of age from George and Janice Milburn, Loadman, Hexham, sold at £1,000 per head.   

On the same day the sale of breeding cattle topped at £2,400 for a British Blue heifer with a Limousin cross calf at foot from A. and C.L. Bell and Son, Bardon Mill. Limousin heifers with calves at foot sold to £2,250 and in-calf cows topped at 31,220 for Charolais.


Auctioneers – Hexham and Northern Marts.









It is believed that livestock has been auctioned at Appleby Road, Kendal for more than 135 years.  Tuesday saw the last sale at the North West Auctions Mart before it re-locates to its new site.

It was a poignant day for many farmers and also buyers who have supported the market for many years.

The sale began with a monthly sale of pigs of all classes and breeds.  Trade across the board was good to the end.  The final pig sold was a Saddleback from K. Singleton, Bootle Station which sold at £150 to Dave Morland, Butchery Manager for Westmorland Services, Tebay.

A good entry of 1367 prime sheep included 1145 prime hoggs and 222 ewes Hoggs averaged 156p/kg with all classes showing a significant rise on the week.  The final prime hogg was presented by NWA Fieldsman George Harryman and sold for the Great North Air Ambulance and Cancer Research.  The generosity of all the sheep buyers, several local farmers and the auctioneers enabled the hogg to be sold nine times over to raise more than £1,260.

The final sheep to be sold was a Herdwick ram from George Redmayne , Gowan Bank.  It made £70 and was purchased by Andrew Thompson, Carnforth.


Auctioneers – North West Auctions.

At Borderway mart yesterday smaller 2100 prime hoggs were forward with  trade taking a rise of 10p/kg on the week to average 166.95p/kg. Top price of the day was £97.80 for Beltex hoggs from  I McIlwraith of Mouldyhills weighing 44kg which sold to R Skelton. Messrs McIlwraith also topped per kilo at 268p again for Beltex hoggs weighing 35kg, they sold at £93.80 to  Harry Wood on behalf of Bowland Foods.


Hexham & Northern Marts had  609 head of store cattle and suckled calves forward at last Friday’s sale.
According to auctioneers,  trade for older forward sorts was slightly easier on the week with buyer caution evident. However, the sale peaked at  £1480 for a Limousin cross steer at 22 months from Willie Patterson, Halton Red House, Hexham.  Five further bullocks realised over £1400 and no fewer than thirteen sold in excess of £1300, including and Angus cross steer at £1355 from John Bramwell, High Barns, Horsley.
With a good crowd of buyers present for younger sorts and shapely types in particular this class saw increased demand for both bullocks and heifers.  A number of well-bred cattle under 10 months were subject to a fast trade. These included Limousin cross steers from Tom Teasdale, Kellah at £1045; Alan Dent, Beamwham at £1030 and Arthur and Richard Storrow, Willimoteswick at £1010. In addition a  heifer from Robert Stephenson, West Mill Hills sold for  £1005.   

The final  livestock sale at the old Kendal auction mart on Appleby Road, Kendal will take place tomorrow (Tuesday February 5) before the business relocates to its new home at the Rural Auction Centre at Junction 36 of the M6, Crooklands.

The old site will immediately be demolished in preparation for a new housing scheme which will start with the construction of 47 affordable family homes.

The first livestock sale at the new site is expected to be Tuesday, February 12, although this has yet to be confirmed.

FARMERS dug deep into their pockets at Gisburn Auction Marts recently to raise £690 for a cancer charity.

The Christies Chemotherapy Charity was chosen as the nominated charity following treatment of an auction market employee at the hospital. The raffle for a gourmet food hamper, was held in conjunction with Barclay’s Bank, who provided match funding. The Christies Charity raises money to fund projects at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, which are outside the scope of the NHS. The Christie is one of Europe’s leading cancer centres, treating over 40,000 patients a year.   Based in Manchester it serves a population of 3.2 million across of the North West.

Gisburn Auction Marts, auctioneer-Jonathan Turner said: “We are delighted to be able to help this charity, which provides such good work in the help against cancer.”



Auctioneer, Jonathan Turner presenting the cheque to Jane Green, Barclays Agricultural Manager for matching fund at Gisburn Auction Marts.

MESSRS Drinkall, whose family have been selling stock in Lancaster market for more than 100 years, took the championship at the January sale with Pennine Nancy Lass 169, by Jenny-Lou Marshall Toystory. Having been calved three weeks and giving 35kg, she sold for the day’s top price of £3,000 to the judge, Isaac Lancaster, Skipton.
From the same home was Pennine Poppy 1063, by Sandy-Valley Bottom, also three weeks calved and giving 32kg, she sold for £2,800 to an undisclosed bidder.
Reserve champion was Arnot Lady 101, from A.R. and J. Whitlow, Poulton-le-Fylde.  Calved a month and giving 32kg, she sold for £2,700 to A. Wilson, Fife.  Mark Atkinson, Quernmore, sold his heifer, Wyredale ZDragon Bruster 55 for £2,500 to Wallbank Farms, Over Wyresdale, who also bought Stardale Classic Stella Red from J. Burrow and Son, Preston, for £2,450.
Newly calved cows were in demand with the first prize second calver, Whitecarr Master Janina, from T. Cowell, Kirkham, selling for £2,200 to E. T. Tomlinson and Son.
A special sale of bulling heifers saw the June 2011-born Fencefoot Tournament Sem Queen from J.R. and S.T. Pye, Preston, sell for a top call of £1,000 to M.E. Wannop and Sons. The sale of bulls  saw Stardale Madras from J. Burrow and Son sell for £2,220, with J. and M. Sanderson, Kirkham,  selling Sandcrest Magnum for £2,000.

Newly calved heifers, £2,050; newly calved cows, £2,100; bulling heifers, £885; bulls, £2110.

 Auctoneers – North West Auctions.