Wednesday’s virtual dispersal of the Peak herd of Limousins for Bob and Mary Furness at Newark saw a top price of 4200gns paid for Peak Abyra an April 2005-born Wintles Othello daughter sold in calf to Peak Clover.

This one sold to Peter Hunt, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, who took a total haul of 24 head, including the top six priced lots, with others at 2700gns, 2400gns, 2200gns and 2100gns.

Overall the 37 in-calf heifers offered averaged £1750.95, two in-calf heifers levelled at £1968.75, eight maiden heifers averaged £1207.50.

Meanwhile, in the maket’s prime cattle section a total of 512 head were traded, with the best prime steers reaching 212.5p/kg for a Limousin cross from T Steadman and Sons, Bucknall with 120 sold to average 160.01p/kg. Top grossing steer was a 795kg Limousin from P and J Needham which sold for £1371.38.

In the prime heifers the top call was a 217.5p/kg sale (a shade back on last week’s market record of 243.5p/kg) for a Limousin from Bob and John Ingamells, Grantham, with another at 209.5p/kg. Top gross here was the same beast which grossed £1137.53.

And the 130 prime bulls sold to a top of 200.5p/kg for a Limousin from Roger Hazard and family. This made it five weeks out of five that the family have led the bull trade at Newark, but the top grossing bull spot this went to Paul Dawes with one at £1345.03.