Harrison and Hetherington reported a “bouyant demand” with a packed ring for the sale of 383 weaners on Wednesday 7 December.
Taking the top price of £1,000 at Carlisle Market was an 11-month-old Limousin bull from Messrs Pattinson, Lough Head, Blackford. Meanwhile, Limousin heifers from Messrs Miller, High Crosby, Crosby on Eden, topped at £960. And Aberdeen Angus steers from J B Summers, Milescott, Allendale, peaked at £905.
Also taking to the sales ring that day was a “terrific show” of 248 calves. The auctioneers said: “A strong ring side of 46 buyers ensured a fantastic trade for all types of calves, especially black and whites, which averaged £91.38 for all sold.”
The top priced calf on the day was a Limousin bull calf from Messrs Richardson, Bedrule, Hawick. This one sold for £450.
Meanwhile, despite a strong trade for weanlings and calves, the weekly sale of store cattle saw a smaller offering put forward with the auctionners reporting a “high percentage of prospective purchasers leaving empty handed.”
The top price of £1,140 went to a pen of British Blue bullocks from Messrs Hutchinson, Carlatton Demesne, Heads Nook. And British Friesian heifers from Messrs Bland, The Flatt, How Mill, topped at £1,015.
And in the dairy sale, a smaller show of good quality cattle sold with the top price of £2,200 going to a newly calved Holstein Friesian heifer from Whitecloserigg, and a 5th calved Friesian cow from Demesne topped at £1,100.