Showmen gather for quality stock

Last weekend’s inaugural sale of show-quality prime cattle at Leyburn in the Yorks Dales saw a top class entry take bidding to £2000.

The 62 head – all with the promise of a show career this summer and into the winter season – provided showmen with a rare opportunity to select cattle at a specialist sale.

Primestock exhibitor Mark Lewis of Hexham was among the organisers:

“It’s never easy finding those really good cattle without having to sort through the very big sales of suckled calves.

This sale brought together some tremendous youngstock – and they pulled in the buyers.”

It was an impressive Limousin-sired steer from John Smith-Jackson of Haydon Bridge, Hexham, that earned the top price.

An AI-sired son of Shire Apollo – a bull that produced the reserve champion at Smithfield 2004 – this three-quarter-bred Limousin was snapped up by Andrew Richardson, of Appleby, Cumbria.

Brian Lawson and son Matthew enjoyed a strong trade for four entries from their herd at Richmond, North Yorks, which averaged almost £1000 apiece.

Their star was the black-coated Sam who took the championship under steer judge Ewan Macpherson of Oban.

This 11-month-old steer, bred out of a Belgian Blue x Limousin cow, is by the Limousin bull Ironstone Spartacus, bought two years ago for 5000gns and already making his mark as a primestock producer.

Sam was bought by Craig Bentley of Thirsk at £1300.

Collecting the female championship under judge Elfed Williams of Powys was a smart Belgian Blue-sired heifer from John Peckitt. She realised £1150 to J White of Goole, Yorks.

Martin Archer from Carry House, Hexham, saw £1580 with a well-fancied black Limousin steer from the younger age section.

(Leyburn Auction Mart)