Prices peaked at £6,000 twice at the annual spring show and sale of continental cross steers and heifers at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week.
With over 200 more cattle sold than last year, the sale averages leveled out at £1,099.22 for steers (up £28.21 on the year) and £984.91 for heifers (down £63.46 on the year).
Taking the top honours and the joint top price was a black 10-month-old steer exhibited by John and Mandy Smith-Jackson, Hightown, Haltwhistle. Their supreme championship steer is by a son of Objat from the Fairywater Limousin herd and was bred from a Limousin cross cow. Purchaser was the judge June Dowie of Girvan, Ayrshire.
The reserve overall champion, from Andrew Harrison, Great Asby, secured the second £6000 bid. This was a homebred eight-month-old heifer sired by the noted Fieldson Alfy and bred from a three-quarter Limousin cow. Purchaser was Messrs Sellers of Lincoln.