Ringside at Thrapston Market, Northamptonshire

A good entry of 314 store cattle sold well on Saturday (12 October), although quality, and therefore values, were slightly down on the week. Some six- to seven-month-old Angus heifers sold at £456, with seven- to nine-month-old Limousin steers at £885 and heifers at £680.

Older Limousins exceeded £1,000 on several occasions, while white Charolais steers reached a top of £1,516 a head. Stronger Friesian steers made £800, with Simmentals up to £1,100 and Angus and Devon steers reaching £980.

In the sheep lines, 131 stores went under the hammer, with strong Suffolk crosses at £60, lesser Texels at £44.50 and Jacobs at £38 a head. Pigs were also on offer, with Gloucester Old Spot weaners making £36 a head.

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