With store cattle trade soaring across the country it is no surprise that records are being broken at several centres. The latest to join the club with a flying trade is Shrewsbury Auction Centre when a new high of £1105 was achieved last week
 
The new record was set by a superb pair of 15/16ths bred Limousin steers from Mrs E M Croft of Worthen, who also sold another pair for £1050 each. This price was closely followed by Mr Henry Lloyd of Leebotwood with quality British Blue steers, which made £1005.
 
Top priced heifer was £890, achieved by Mr Roger Everall of Shrawardine with an excellent, well-bred Charolais.
 
A total of 360 head of cattle from across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Mid Wales went under the hammer, with a large contingent of buyers from ensuring competitive bidding throughout.
 
“The store cattle trade at Shrewsbury has been exceptional this year, resulting in prices bursting through the £1000 barrier for the first time,” said auctioneer Allen Gittins from Halls. “The rising prices demonstrate the present confidence in the beef industry and long may it continue.
 
“There is no doubt that Shrewsbury Auction Centre, with its excellent facilities and strong contingent of buyers, is proving to be a very popular market at which to sell store cattle.”
 
The largest entry of the year is anticipated at the next prize show and sale of store cattle in Shrewsbury on April 30. Mr Gittins appealed to vendors to enter their cattle as soon as possible so that buyers may be contacted in good time for the sale.
 
“At this time of the year, a number of buyers travel long distances to attend this particular sale,” he added. “Last year, they came from as far afield as Kent and Scotland.”