Darlington Farmers Auction Mart held a special sale for the North East Limousin Breeders Club on Saturday 18th May 2024. Forward were 47 cattle.

14 Pedigree Bulls sold to 6500 Guineas
19 Pedigree Heifers sold to 2150 Guineas
1 Pedigree Cow & Calf sold for 2300 Guineas
6 Commercial Calves sold to £1920
3 Commercial Cows & Calves sold to £2300

Overall Champion Lot 2 Wanthwaite Rolo sold for 6,500 Guineas from Mr W Barron

Show of Pedigree Bulls

Sincere thanks go to our judge Thomas Illingworth of Glenrock Limousin’s for undertaking the trip down from South West Scotland this morning and making an excellent job of his task. Numbers of bulls were lower than expected with several catalogued entries not forward however the quality appeared higher than ever witnessed at this event with depth and quality across all four classes. The winner of the first class went on to be the Champion and furthermore to reach the day’s top price.

Lot number 2, Wanthwaite Rolo a fabulous four-year-old bull consigned by Willie Barron, Morrow Edge Farm, Burnhope full of shape and good breed characteristics was originally purchased by Willie from the Bell family of Hill Top Farm, Keswick. A son of Kingshaugh Nice bred from a Wanthwaite Lacey, Rolo carried two copies of the F94L gene and later went on to sell to prolific Darlington suckled calf sellers R A & S L Wearmouth, Middletown Farm, Long Newton. The reserve champion bull hailed from last year’s sale toppers W I Suddes & Son, South Farm; a November 2022 born son of Elderberry Portrait and Cornsay Luscious this very well put together bull also carried two copies of F94L, he went on to sell to M & E Shaw, Mount Pleasant Farm, Shelley. Success in the show ring also came for Longhirst Tonka winning class three and the impressive Lisset Tomkat gaining the red ticket in the junior class.

Champion Lot 2 Wanthwaite Rolo from Mr W Barron Reserve Champion Lot 11A Cornsay Trademark from Messrs W I Suddes & Sons

Show Results

Champion – Wanthwaite Rolo
Reserve Champion – Cornsay Trademark

Reserve Champion Lot 11A Cornsay Trademark sold for 4,200 Guineas from Messrs W I Suddes & Sons

Class 1
1st – Wanthwaite Rolo sold for 6500g to R A & S L Wearmouth, Stockton-on-Tees
2nd – Elderberry Randall sold for 3500g to R White, Middleton Tyas

Class 2
1st – Cornsay Trademark sold for 4200g to M & E Shaw, Huddersfield
2nd – Longhirst Trevor sold for 5500g to R Falconer & Son, Barrow-in-Furness
3rd – Cornsay Truffle sold for 3000g to W Lodge & Sons, Durham

Class 3
1st – Longhirst Tonka sold for 4500g to B & J D Beadle, Staindrop
2nd – Jorica Trailblazer sold for 3500g to F & D Cornforth, Thirsk
3rd – Holywell Tyson sold for 4800g to A & P A Jopling, Richmond

Class 4
1st – Lisset Tomkat sold for 4000g to S & J Dent & Son, Darlington
2nd – Beldow Ultra sold for 3500g to P J Dixon, Barnard Castle
3rd – Jorica Urock sold for 3800g to R Hutchinson, Teesdale
4th – Swale Umberto sold for 3500g to C V Hugill & Son, Yarm

Sale of Pedigree Cattle

The pedigrees were in remarkable demand with a superb 95% clearance rate achieved, bulls in particular found free bidders from all corners as they averaged 4100 guineas with thirteen of the fourteen away to new homes. The top priced bull as mentioned was the brilliant Wanthwaite Rolo from Willie Barron at 6500 guineas, next in line was the stunning September 2022 born Longhirst Trevor from the Morpeth based Jordon family at 5500 guineas, yet another double F94L carrier this good bull heads all the way in to South Cumbria to first time purchasers R Falconer & Son, Waterblean, Milham. Third on the top price list at 4800 was Holywell Tyson from Mark Marley and Jo Gibson; a December 2022 born son of the renowned Plumtree Fantastic this double muscled young bull stays local and heads home with Peter Jopling and Family, High Dalton Hall. Other bulls over 4000 included the reserve champion Cornsay Trademark and the remaining two class winners; Longhirst Tonka a Maraiscote Odante son sold for 4200 guineas to M & E Shaw, Huddersfield and many onlookers pick of the day the tremendously well grown 17-month-old Lisset Tomkat, a Lisset Osten son sold for 4000g and now joins the local Ketton herd.
Pedigree heifer trade hit a high of 2150 guineas when the beautiful 14-month-old Barrons Unifloss from the inform Willie Barron, Morrow Edge went under the hammer, she heads to local breeder Eileen Wilson of the Aprilton pedigree Limousin herd. Jim Suddes twice reached 1750 guineas with stretchy heifers from his Towdy Potts pen whilst the Cornsay herd were also found selling twice over 1700 guineas. Just one pedigree cow and calf offered was the excellent Rachels Jetty from Mark Woolhouse, Driffield; the 10-year-old cow with her February born bull calf at foot sold for 2300 guineas to M & O Trewhitt & Son, Low Ness Farm.

Pedigree Bulls- Top Prices (GNS) 6825 W Barron. 5500 4500 JE Jordon & Son. 4800 MJ Marley. 4200 3000 x2 WI Suddes & Son. 4000 JH Tennant LTD. 3800 3500 W&M Knaggs & Son. 3500 DC&KL Hutchinson. 3500 D&MLP Woolhouse. 3500 WE Swales & sons LTD.

Pedigree Heifers- Top Prices (GNS) 2150 W Barron. 1750 x2 1520 1480 x2 1200 JWR&M Suddes. 1720 1700 1650 1600 1400 1350 WI Suddes & Son. 1560 1480 1420 D&MLP Woolhouse. 1520 1400 WE Swales & Sons LTD.

Pedigree Cow & Calf- Top Prices (GNS) 2300 D&MLP Woolhouse.

Lot 13 Longhirst Tonka sold for 4,500 Guineas from Mr D W and Mr M Jordon

Commercial Cattle
A small select offering of commercial cattle all sold incredibly well, highlights were undoubtedly the handful of Limousin inspired show potential calves which were topped by the class winner from Rochester & Murray, Glebe Farm, Butsfield. A super smart red steer sired by the famous Tomschoice Lexicon the 10-month-old sold for £1920 to M Robinson & Sons, Staindrop; behind him two terrific Limousin crossed heifers from John Smith-Jackson, Haydon Bridge impressed each making £1800 with a super British Blue crossed Limousin heifer from G C & K J White & Son, Rigg Farm not far adrift at £1700.

First Prize Commercial Beef sold for £1920 from Rochester & Murray, Glebe Farm

Commercial Calves
1st – Rochester & Murray sold for £1920 to M Robinson & Sons, Staindrop
2nd – G C & K J White & Son sold for £1700 to M Robinson & Sons, Staindrop
3rd J W Smith-Jackson sold for £1800 to Young Farms, Crewe

Commercial Cattle- Top Prices £1920 Rochester & Murray. £1800 x2 JW Smith Jackson. £1700 GC&KJ White & Son. £1340 x2 JWR&M Suddes.

Commercial Cows & Calves- Top Prices £2300 £2120 £2100 S&J Dent & Son.