The north of England’s first sale of halter-trained prime cattle with show potential is to be held in North Yorkshire in March and is already drawing entries from leading breeders.

Set for Leyburn Auction Mart on 11 March, the fixture has been organised to meet growing demand for a specialised event offering show-potential primestock, according to primestock exhibitors Mark and Helen Lewis from Hexham.

“This sale will bring together some outstanding cattle from top producers – and it’ll be the first event of its kind in the north where all the cattle will be halter-trained,” said Mr Lewis.

“Anyone looking for cattle for summer and winter showing normally has to cherry-pick from the big store sale and that can be time consuming.

But every one of the 70 entries we expect at this event will have show potential.”

Classes will be split into Limousin, Belgian Blue and Any Other Breed and there will be 2500-worth of prize money on offer from Cars Billington Agriculture.

North Yorks farmers and keen cattle showmen like Ken Hird, Brian Lawson, Bruce Greenwood and John Peckitt are part of the support team.

Judging steers on the day will be Stewart Macpherson (Oban) with heifers sorted by mid-Wales cattleman Elfed Williams.

There will be 18 show classes, split into: Cattle under nine months, nine to 12 months and 12-14 months.