Birthday fun at Hexham mart
OVER 1100 store and suckled calves were forwarded for Hexham marts fifth anniversary show and sale which brought bids of £1400 and £1200 for the champion and reserve entries from the days judge.
That was Robert Wilson from North Dorlaithers, Turiff, Aberdeenshire, who found favour in the two winning steers sired by John Smith-Jacksons Limousin stock bull, Apollo. The 10-month-old black champion (pictured) was bred out of a Limousin cross cow and the 11-month old reserve was out of a Belgian Blue cross female.
Both were purchased on behalf of Harry Enslie, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire for this years Smithfield Show which takes place in London on Nov 26-29. Mr Wilson complimented the show of cattle drawn from across the Borders area, but felt the commercial entries were very dear on the day considering the price for finished stock.
Auctioneer Scott Donaldson was pleased with the store and suckled calf trade: "There were a lot of new buyers who helped create an outstandingly buoyant sale which remained good from start to finish. A consignment of 19 Charolais bullocks on blue CIDs, weaned on the morning of the sale, averaged £507. Thats good money."
Hexham & Northern Marts have offered a £500 prize to the buyer and breeder of a beast bought at one of their sale centres this year (Bellingham, Hexham, Rothbury & Scots Gap) if it wins either the Birmingham Fatstock Show (Nov 19-20) or London Smithfield. *