A sizzling trade for young bulls pushed prices to 3800gns at the Western Holstein Club’s 54th annual Wexham Cup show and sale at Beeston Castle, Cheshire.

Lancs breeders John and Doreen Loftus paraded the two highest-priced entries.

Weeton Oliver (+17.7 fat and +3.8 protein) finished on top selling to J & L Corfield, Welshpool.

By Ridge Star Journalist and bred from the renowned Laurie Sheik family, he is out of Weeton BC Oralie, a Boulet Charles daughter that gave 12,200 litres in her heifer lactation.

Bound for Northern Ireland with buyer William Kerr was Weeton Specialist (+6.9 fat and +1.9 protein), a Canyon Breeze Allen son from the Sally family.

He is out of Grantchester Prelude Special Ex-94 and realised 3700gns.

Judge Michael George found his champion in the show classes in John and Valerie Barlow’s Painley Robust, a Boss Iron son.

He is out of the 9000gns Painley Encore Robin and realised 2000gns to A M Jones, Calcourt Farms, Welshpool.

The Wexham Cup, awarded on points based on inspection and dam’s production, went to the reserve champion – Michael and Jean Gould’s Woodmarsh Lightening.

By Silky Gibson, Lightening (+14.6 fat and +7.9 protein) is out of the 15,000-litre Cleevale Prelude Lyme 2nd.

Buyer was R Roberts, Holywell, at 2800gns.

Reserve for the Wexham title was Aintree Newman, a Stouder Morty son from Aintree Holsteins.

Averages: 58 bulls 1531 (Wright Manley).