Frome Market, Somerset Store cattle numbers were plentiful at Friday’s (13 May) sale, with 820 head brought forward.


“The recent rains are having the desired effect and pushing trade to early spring levels,” said auctioneer Trevor Rowland. Suckler cow and calf prices reflected improved barren trade, with many fetching more than £900 a head and the best peaking at £1,000.

“Well-presented, single-suckled eight- to 10-month steers and heifers in all breed sections were very dear throughout, with buyers wanting quality and well prepared to pay for the right goods,” said Mr Rowland. A 10-month Limousin took the top price of £810. Older continentals met equally keen demand, buoyed by improved finished beef trade. Simmental steers sold to £1,158 a head, with Charolais heifers up to £990.