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Christmas primestock round-up


The overall show champion, a steer from Norwich producers Graham and Heather Blythe, took two other trophies from East Anglia’s best cattle and sold for 3031 – 645p/kg. Buyer was Direct Meats of Chappel, Colchester.

Averages: steers 125.5p/kg, heifers 110p/kg, all bulls 102.7p/kg, all cattle 113p/kg (Essex & Suffolk Market Auctions).


Tradition continued at Talgarth, where the cattle champion was bought by butcher Brian George, the 70th consecutive year the George family has taken the top beast. The steer, from Messrs Price Brothers of Erwood, sold for 3100 – 5.69/kg liveweight. Steers averaged 176p/kg and heifers 114p/kg. More than 1200 lambs averaged 109.36p/kg with values hitting 58.50 a head for the champions (Sunderlands).


Star attraction was the pedigree Limousin heifer Turville Upity, bred by Brian and Lynda Lear and donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. At 2000gns, Upity sold to Thame mart’s own Jonquil Jones to start her new herd. A 645kg Limousin heifer from R and M Butler took the top spot, achieving 235p/kg (Thame Farmers Auction Mart).


The champion pen of prime lambs broke centre records with local demand pushing prices to 120 a head. The pen of 45.5kg Texel-crosses from Chris Ball of Llantilio were bought by restaurateur Robert Clode (Abergavenny market Auctioneers).

Christmas primestock round-up

Masham Nov 26

A record entry at the North Yorks venue saw the champion beast – a Charolais-cross heifer from Peter Newcombe of Bedale – achieve 240p/kg (1296) to butcher Peter Wilkinson of Quality Fare.

Averages Steers 102p/kg, heifers 115p/kg, bulls 88p/kg.

Gisburn Dec 2

Auctioneers reported a “superb” day for prime cattle with more than 50 heifers averaging 142p/kg liveweight and both the champion and reserve beasts achieving four-figure prices. The champion, an 18-month Belgian Blue heifer from P Watson of Skipton sold to G & K Mitchell & Son Butchers of Blackpool for 1921.

Averages: Bulls 124.6p/kg, steers 135.4p/kg, heifers 141.6p/kg (Richard Turner & Son).

Stornaway Dec 2

Held at Long Island Mart, the overall champion and first prize bullock, a 580kg Limousin beast from Mrs S MacLaughlin realised 230p/kg (1334). A pen of three Cheviots from C MacLeod took the sheep championship and first prize tickets at 164p/kg lw (75).

Averages: Bullocks 145.2p/kg, heifers 125.3p/kg. Sheep: Cheviots 118p/kg Scottish Blackfaces 105p/kg Texel-cross 109p/kg (Dingwall and Highland Marts).

Ludlow Dec 6

The champion, a 570kg Limousin x Belgian Blue steer from Colin and Wendy Phillips, achieved 180p/kg (1026) to Woodhouse Bros following spirited bidding.

Averages (Heavy classes): Steers 111.5p/kg, heifers 112p/kg, bulls 98p/kg. Sheep: Standard lambs 114p/kg, medium 115p/kg, heavy 106p/kg (McCartneys).

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