People were considering the future and taking advantage of the good trade across the beef rings to disperse their herds.
Farmers were considering dispersing their suckler herds as low margins and succession issues drive people to take advantage of the current good trade.
Hexham auctioneer Chris Armstrong said the farmers he knew who were considering selling up had no family to follow them on the farm and had taken the view the cows were where all the work and the expenses were.
“They are looking to lighten the load,” he added.
In Hexham, four neighbouring farms were known to be thinking about dispersing their herds, which would mean almost 400 cows heading to the market.
Mr Armstrong was concerned about how a declining number of cows in the countryside and fewer people entering the industry would affect auctioneers.
“It will have an effect on the cattle market next spring”, he said.
Sedgemoor Market auctioneer Robert Venner said a lot of people were taking advantage of the good trade to sell up suckler herds.
“A good suckler can fetch £1,200 plus, add a calf it is up to £1,600,” he said.
He put the growing interest in selling up down to the current low margins in the industry.
He said: “If you have got cows costing £400/year to keep and she has a heifer calf, there is not a lot in it.”
There has been a good trade across the beef rings, following an expensive winter for beef farmers with soaring straw prices and cattle needing to be housed earlier and turned out later.
Mr Venner said: “Thank goodness we did have a good trade. It would have been very miserable otherwise.
“We have good numbers and good trade, I have no complaints.”
Louth auctioneer Russell Jeanes said they had seen a strong fat cattle trade and store cattle had been selling ‘very fast’.
“The store cattle vendors have been very pleased with the results.”
He added there had been good competition for the stores, boosted by quality cattle in a TB4 area.