Ringside at Gisburn Auction Mart

Gisburn Auction Mart, Lancashire: Pedigree dairy cattle sold to a top price of £2,280 at last Thursday’s (18 July) show and sale. J & M Singleton & Sons’ champion newly calved heifer claimed the day’s top price, with H & M Dugdale & Sons’ reserve champion heifer (pictured) fetching £1,950.

Overall, calved cows averaged £1,850, with in-calf heifers settling at £1,600.

Prime beef heifers sold to 285p/kg, and averaged 219p, while steers reached 225p and levelled at 190p/kg. Bulls averaged 203p/kg.

On Monday (22 July), 407 prime sheep went under the hammer, with fat lambs selling to a top of 200p/kg and averaging 174.5p. Lowland cast sheep averaged £51 a head, with horned sheep settling at £40 and rams at £53.

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