A scorching trade saw 80 buyers in at Beeston Castle’s mid-month dairy cattle sale, where 17 of 420 head made more than four figures.

Seven hours of selling to a packed ringside peaked when a top-quality calved heifer from Lancashire vendor Alan Outram realised £1150.

Cheshire dairy farmers J&M Wright claimed her and gave £1050 for another from the same consignment.

Another freshly calved heifer, already proving her potential with a 50kg yield the day before the sale, achieved the day’s best for Trafford farmers G Willis & Son, who are dispersing their herd.

She made £1140 to an undisclosed buyer.

Ridgefield Holsteins of Groby, Leicestershire, took £1000 for the calved heifer Ridgefield Mtoto Rose, who was giving 30kg from a late June calving. Buyer was Norman Tomkinson of Stafford.

Cheshire farmers C&S Baldwin offered the first batch of cattle to mark the start of their herd dispersal and reached £1120 and £1060 for calved heifers both taken by Rob Ford of Faddiley, Cheshire.

The dispersal of the Janmac herd of Montbeliardes for Archie “Mac” McIlwrick reached £1050 for a freshly calved heifer taken by G&H Fern of Stafford.

Leading averages: 88 cows and heifers £776, 69 Montbeliarde cows and heifers £668, 48 in-calf heifers £810. (Wright Manley)