Trade for show potential calves saw a top price of £2800 in Carlisle today for the champion steer and reserve overall, a Limousin from regular vendors Messrs Graham, Millerhill. This 10-month old steer is by Liscon Braveheart, went on to sell for £2800to Messrs Keel, Griffin Farm, Thirsk.
Capturing the Reserve Championship honours was the 1st place Limousin bullock entry from regular supporters Messrs Graham of Millerhill. The 10-month old, sired by Liscon Braveheart, went on to sell for the day’s joint top price of £2800 to show calf exhibitors Messrs Keel of Griffin Farm, Thirsk.
Also selling at £2800 was a 13-month old Limousin steer consigned by Messrs Scott, Thirlwall Castle. This entry was sired by their homebred stock bull who is a son of Carnekirk Hilton, and was knocked down to T W H Farming of Leeds.
Following him at £2700 was a showy Limousin heifer from Messrs Harrison, Grange Hall, which sold to J M Rowlands, Dolwen Farm, Llandidnoes.
At the same money was one from Messrs Graham, Millerhill. The stylish 13-month old heifer, sired by Haltcliffe Union, heads to the noted show calf exhibiting team of Sedgewick and Slack, Ricknall Hall, Aycliffe.
Judge Robin Roberts, Angelsey, tapped out the female champion to take the overall top spot in the form of a Limousin cross heifer from Mark Phillips. By Brontemoor Andover, this one is out of a Limousin cross dam and sold for £2000 as breeding stock to W J Bird, Oldgate Farm, Tadcaster.
Numerous pens of well grown yearling steers exceeded the £1200 mark leveling at an average of £1095.60 up £91 on the year. Heifers met a similarly sharp enquiry with any amount of pens of quality heifers selling over £1000 to level at an average of £962.33 up £54 on 2011. The overall sale average was an impressive £1036.30 (Harrison and Hetherington).