On Tuesday 16th February Harrison & Hetherington Ltd held its annual special sale of store cattle within Middleton-In-Teesdale Mart.
The pre sale show was kindly sponsored by Philip Holden rural and judging was placed in the capable hands of Mr Andrew Richardson, Appleby. The Champion and Reserve tickets were both awarded to British Blue cross heifers consigned by noted local show cattle producers JC & J White, Rigg Farm.
The Champion was a very stylish British Blue bred heifer, sired by the registered bull Oak Tree Gowery, and out of a purebred Limousin cow, she attracted a lot of interest both from show enthusiasts and breeders alike. After a frantic flurry of bidding she sold for £4800, this setting a new Mart record selling to Mr David Jarman, Brow Top who intends to keep her as a breeding animal.
The Reserve again a super stylish black British Blue bred heifer of similar parentage to the Champion sold for the day’s second highest price of £2600 to Mr Will Burden, Northamptonshire.
Out with the show a smaller entry on the year of 247 head were on offer, the quality forward would be the envy of any Auction Mart in the country with new buyers taken aback by the standard of cattle in Middleton. This transpired into a magical trade for all classes, with the majority of cattle forward being 6-10m old recording an overall average of £1064 (+£80 on the year), with bullocks regularly selling between £1100-£1300 and the smartest heifers achieving £1400 and far beyond with ease.
The company would like to extend its thanks to all who supported this event.
Entries for the next store and breeding sale on Tuesday 16th March are now being taken please contact Auctioneer Joe Bowman 07736 883670 or Kay Hutchinson 07788 296533.
Leading Prices per Head:
Steers: British Blue £1600, £1420, £1330, £1320(x2), £1300, £1200 Rigg Farm, £1040, £960, £915, £910 Lanehead Farm, £890 Intake Farm Limousin £1300 Lanehead Farm, £1230, £1130, £1120 Bank Top, £1220, £1140 Rigg Farm, £1200, £1145 Parrick House Farm, £1200, £1185 How Burn, £1200 Bail Hill, £1170, £1140 Lands Farm, £1170 Strand Foot, £1160 West Biggins, £1110, £1105 Brockersgill Farm Beef Shorthorn £1070, £1020 Pikestone Farm Charolais £940 Low House
Heifer: British Blue £4800, £2600, £2200, £1800, £1500(x2), £1450 Rigg Farm, £1190 Strand Foot, £1080, £790 Lanehead Farm, £1065, £1060 Strand Foot, £1020, £810, £700 Intake Farm, £810 Pallet Crag Farm Limousin £1800, £1650, £1620, £1500 Rigg Farm, £1620 Lanehead Farm, £1450, £1165 East Friar House Farm, £1240, £1070 New House, £1220 Bail Hill, £1170 Bank Top, £1150 Land Farm, £1110, £1105, £1080 Hayberries, £1080 West Biggins Blonde £1750 Rigg Farm.