Looks like another fine trading day for suckled calf sales and show potentials at Leyburn Auction Mart. Judging by the amount of money that has already exchnaged hands so far, there should be some right beauties on the show circuit this year (I’m only jealous!!).

Taking the top price was John Smith-Jackson and his rather sweet Limouisn cross heifer, who sold for £3500 to noted showman Ewan Macpherson, Oban. Have to say this heifer would have been my pick of the day as well!

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Taking champion spot and selling for £1600 to Craig Bentley, Thirsk was John again, this time with his 9-month old Limousin cross steer.

Judging was quite fierce for the top spot with Michael Alford, Devon judging the steer classes and Alan Hall, Darlington, taking on the heifers.

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Competition was also tough in the junior classes, with Stuart Weatherson taking some of the prizes from judge Willie Seels, Doncaster.

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Averages for the day were £836 for steers and £1122 for heifers.