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Cockermouth, Cumbria. Mitchells held its September sale of pedigree bulls and females on Friday (10 September). Although numbers were on the low side, quality was excellent, with a Limousin bull from J & HD Langcake, Basenthwaite (pictured), taking the top price of £5500. Cows and calves sold to £1500 from Mr S Edmondson, Bothel.

Store cattle commanded a lively trade, despite some cattle looking slightly weathered. The top price of £965 went to a Belgian Blue heifer, with steers peaking at £940 for a Limousin.

“A nice show of breeding cattle saw bulling heifers up to £900 for Belgian Blues, and cows and calves topping at £1600 for a fifth-calved cow,” said auctioneer Anthony Skelton. In-calf heifers peaked at £1200.

A “healthy entry” of 928 store lambs averaged £49.76 a head. Top price of £63 went to Texel lambs from J B Stephenson, Punderland.