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)