North East Livestock Sales held its annual Christmas Show at Acklington Mart last Thursday.
The event was fantastically supported by farmers and buyers alike. The market sold 73 prime cattle, including 17 cows, and 1,948 sheep, comprising of 1,414 lambs and 534 ewes.
A superb show of cattle was gamely judged by Chris Siswick, of Longhorsley, who awarded the supreme championship to an outstanding red Limousin bullock from WY & RW Ryle Farming, South Acton, Felton.
The Champion went on to top the sale, weighing 596kg and realising 289.5p per kilo to total £1,725 to R Green & Son, Longframlington.
The Reserve Champion was achieved by a very deserving black Limousin heifer from I Renton & Son, High Highlaws, which weighed 682kg and reached 254.5p to total £1,735, bought by R Turnbull & Sons, Alnwick.
The cattle show was sponsored by Barclays.
Although numbers were less in the lamb section, quality was in full supply, both in and out of the show, which was sponsored by Northumberland Quality Feeds.
The sheep championship was awarded to a brilliantly turned-out pen of Beltex lambs from F Mellor, Annsteads, by judge Ben Gray, from Harrogate, who made a very hard task seem straight forward.
The champions weighed 47kg and were bought by Bowood Yorkshire Lamb for £135 a head (287p per kilo).
The best texel show, sponsored by the Solway & Tyne Texel Breeders Club, was awarded by the judge to JHC Campbell & Sons, Thrunton, whose champion texel pen sold for £115 at weights of 52kg to Whitelaw Butchers. The Reserve Champions were from W Curry & Sons, Howick Scar, whose Texels made £104 at 46kg to R Curle & Sons Livestock Marketing.
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* Acklington Mart’s Christmas Poultry Sale takes place on Monday, December 22, from noon.
It will include approximately 200 turkeys, 70 chickens, 40 geese and 10 ducks.
Entries are still welcome. Visit acklingtonmart.co.uk