Top price at Skipton Mart’s multi-breed beef sale last week was a 2700gns bid for a March 2007-born British Blue bull, Besthorpe Communicator, from Simon Bennett, Silsden.

By Besthorpe Thunder Flash, Mr Bennett bought the bull at Chelford in 2009, where he stood first in his show class. His new owner is Philip Metcalfe, Otterburn.

Aberdeen-Angus prices were headed at 2100gns by a January 2010 bull, Crook Rise Maxi Pecan, from local vendor Geoff Lawn, Skipton. The son of Glendara Walnutt, all-Ireland champion for two consecutive years, found a new home locally with J P andd K E Hartley, Beamsley.

The day also incorporated a dispersal sale of cows and calves on behalf of Messrs R and A Wallbank, Slaidburn,  which sold to a top of £2600 for a British Blue cow with a British Blue heifer calf at foot (Craven Cattle Marts).