The weekly sale of primestock at Hopes Auction Co in Wigton saw strong cattle trade with the top price of £1,674.75 achieved for a Limousin steer.
In all a total of 169 cattle, 20 bulls and 756 prime sheep and ewes went under the hammer.
In the cattle rings, a significant rise in trade was seen, especially with the heifers. The auctioneers said: “All classes received a firmer enquiry producing higher returns”. And the best cattle sold to 235.5p/kg, with 11 selling for more than 230p/kg.
The top price of the day was 235.5p/kg paid for a Limousin heifer shown by AD and A Richardson Ltd, Low Bank End, Appleby and was purchased by Top Deal Meats, Denton Holme, Carlisle. And a Limousin heifer shown by Messrs Hewetson, Scales Hall, Calthwaite made the top price a head of £1,618.50.
The top price for steers was 234.5p/kg paid for a Limousin shown by JG & M Little, Greenhill Farm, Wigton. Top price of £1,674.75 a head was paid to Messrs Bowe, Bothel Parks, Bothel for a Limousin Steer.
Bulls made a top price of 219.5p/kg which was paid for a Limousin bull shown by JG & M Little, Greenhill Farm. The top price a head was £1,755.61 for a Blonde shown by A J Wilshaw, Oulton Hall, Oulton.
Over Thirty Month Cattle sold to 198.5p/kg paid for a Blonde steer which was shown by Messrs W Miler, High Aketon.
HEIFERS LW 198.5 (191.76) MW 233.50 (205.42) HW 234.50 (204.33)
STEERS LW 194.50 (186.34) MW 234.50 (206.61) HW 235.50 (209.87)
BULLS LW 153.50 (153.50) MW 218.50 (181.45) HW 219.50 (204.91)
Meanwhile, the sale of prime hoggs saw “flying trade far dearer on the week” with an SQQ of 239.75p/kg and a whole auction average of 233p/kg with 18 lots selling for more than 300p/kg.
The top price achieved on the day was £154 for Texel Hoggs shown by Jacob Stoddart, Hillside, which were purchased by G Riley & Sons, Dunnockshaw. And the top price of 335.7p/kg was paid for Texel Hoggs also shown by Jacob Stoddart, which were purchased by Vivers Scotlamb, Annan.
AVERAGES LW 216.7 (216.7) SW 334.2 (246.44) MW 335.7 (238.41) HW