A packed ringside gathered at Hexham at the weekend with buyers forward from as far a field as Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Norfolk taking advantage of suckled calves.

Sale topper was a smart black Limousin cross heifer bred by John Smith Jackson, High Town, Melkridge. She was bought by by Alan Hall, Preston Tilery, for £2100.

The Smith Jackson’s also had the second top price at £2000 with a British Blue cross heifer bred by the Browell’s at Quarry House this was purchased by Mr Dickinson, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Prior to the sale judge Chris Bustance, Weston, Spalding, Lincs, placed a strong selection of show cattle in both the haltered and unhaltered classes.

The overall champion was awarded to a British Blue cross heifer from Alan Hall, Darlington which went on to make £1780 and was purchased by the judge.

The reserve went to Roy Coe, Tyne Green with a very well presented three quarter Limousin steer bred at Harwood Shield which realised £1180 and was purchased by Messrs R B Ingamells and Son, Grantham, Lincs.