Hopes Auction Co, Wigton held their weekly sale of Primestock when there was an entry of 186 Cattle including 36 Bulls, and 568 Prime Sheep including Ewes.

Although there was a decent show of cattle numbers, overall quality was less. Trade remained strong with the top end remaining at decent peaks.

Bulls continued to produce excellent returns with a top price of 218.5p and Black and White bulls to 180.5p.

Top price for Steers was 227.5p per kg for a Limousin which was shown by D Anderson, Crosby House Farm. Top price per head of £1591.53 was for a Blonde Steer shown by Messrs Bowe, Bothel Parks.

The top price of 225.5p per kg was paid for a Limousin Heifer shown by L Skelton & Son, Low House Farm, Dearham and was purchased by G Riley & Sons, Dunnockshaw. A Limousin Heifer shown by Messrs Bowe, Bothel Parks made the top price per head of £1509.01 and was purchased by R J Harrison, King Street, Wigton.

The top price of 218.5p per kg was paid for a British Blue Bull shown JG & M Little, Greenhill Farm. The top price per head for bulls was £1640.09 for a Blonde Bull shown by Messrs Mitchell, Grassknop Farm.

Over Thirty Months cattle sold to 222.5p per kg paid for a Charolais Heifer shown by D A Harrison, The Old Vicarage, Wigton