Renowned for selling show potential calves past the £5000 mark, this year’s spring two day event at Carlisle didn’t disappoint with a little more than 2700 calves on offer and a top call of £5200.
And this year’s sale leader came from the 1349 heifers on offer. The Limousin cross heifer from Messrs J R Graham and Partners, Biggar caught the eye of many showmen and finally knocked down to Ewan MacPherson, Oban.
Taking the heifer championship under judge Alistair Vance, Whithorn, was a stylish Limousin cross heifer from Messrs Trafford, Keswick. By Waindale Potential and out of a three quarter bred British Blue cow, she later sold for £2800 to Mr Vance.
The reserve champion rosette went to Helen Claxton, Stocksfield for her British Blue cross. This roan heifer sold for £1900 to Alan Hall, Darlington.
The Saturday sale saw 1382 steers forward with a sale average of £721.23, an increase of more than £53 on last year.
Topping steer trade was another Limousin cross, this time from Messrs Graham, Miller Hill. This black steer sold to Gavin Scott, Linlithgow for £2000.
Shropshire-based Paul Tippets took care of steer judging and awarding the top ticket to father and son Colin and James Little, Ireby with their British Blue cross by Woldnewton Rambo and out of a pedigree Limousin cow. He went to Derbyshire-based Phil Sellers.
The reserve championship went to Messrs Trafford, Keswick with another Limousin cross. This was the first calf to be sold by the herd’s new French stock bull Vallion and is out of a British Blue cross dam. He sold for £1700 to Clywd-based Jim Hollingsworth.