ANOTHER TEMPTING selection of youngstock from the Pennie family”s Sarkley herd was snapped up by north country buyers who paid up to 7100gns for one of the many French-sired young bulls offered at last weekend”s Carlisle fixture.

Top call for this mid-Wales based herd came for the nine-month-old Sarkley Valiant, an A1-bred bull by the Jacot son Rocky and out of an Uplands Batman dam. With muscle and style to spare, he looked a great prospect and stays in Cumbria with buyer B Hall.

Lake District beef producer Keith Harryman from Keswick teamed up with G Wilson from Carlisle to pay 4600gns for the 11-month-old bull calf Sarkley Volt. This son of the Lascard-sired Goldies Oswald is out of a Broadmeadows Cannon dam and traces back to the noted brood cow Sarkley Arianne, whose grandsons have sold to 23,000gns.

Next in the ring and boasting a beef value of 31 was Sarkley Volvo. Taken at 3800gns by W Barron, Co Durham, this massive 11-month-old bull brings in new blood through his French sire Ionesco. Volvo is out of a Cloughhead Charlie dam that has already bred a 5800gns son.

And the Hodgson family from Rydal invested 3500gns in the April-born calf Sarkley Vittorio (beef value 20). He is by Goldies Oswald with a female line combining Ronick Gains and Cannon.

Averages: 29 bull calves 1832 and 27 heifer calves 1583 (Harrison and Hetherington).