Prime cattle were in short supply at Colchester Market, which helped push prices in to the 163p/kg region.

Steers averaged 128.94p/kg, with the best bunch coming from weekly local supplier Gerald Ketley, whose batch of 17 medium weight steers topped at 163.5p/kg selling to J Coleman.

Heifers averaged 132.75p/kg and topped at 159.5p/kg for one from a batch of 57 from S J R and P Herwin, buyer here were H G Blake.