The Prietec Limousin herd of Terry and Elaine Priestley, of Lane House Farm, Mewith, Bentham, achieved the top price of 2,200gns (£2,310) at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual autumn pedigree event for beef breeding cattle.
The Priestleys, champions at the corresponding 2010 fixture, were on song again with their second prize home-bred junior bull Prietec Garfunkle, a May, 2011-born son of Norman David, bred in Cumbria by the Norman family, of Little Orton, who has performed well for the Priestleys since they acquired him three years ago.
Out of Prietic Penny, the Skipton top price has been shown with marked success on the local show circuit this year by the Priestleys’ 13-year-old daughter Mya. He joined E H and A Hanson in Grindleton.
Leading honours both fell to Limousin entries from two Cumbrian exhibitors. The title winner was another May, 2011-born junior bull, by Normande Austin, from the Angiean herd of Ian and Angela Grisedale, of Milton, Crooklands.
The reserve, a January, 2011-born Rocky son, was presented by brothers John and Robert Richardson, who run the Laverock herd at Laverock Bridge, Kendal. Both returned home with enhanced reputations following their successes at Skipton, where show classes were judged by Roger Green, of Bashall Eaves.
They formed part of Skipton’s fortnightly store cattle sale, which attracted a large entry of 791 head and also incorporated the annual autumn sale of native-sired store cattle, which had a strong following, though trade was generally cheaper than the previous fortnightly fixture.
A consignment of pedigree beef Shorthorns, all Spring calvers, from Michael and Jeremy Daggett, of Hartlington, proved popular at the ringside, with six achieving four figure prices from £1,450 to a high of £1,680
Native breed averages and top prices were: Store bullocks – Hereford to £740 from PW&I Dakin, av £660. Beef Shorthorn to £950, TA&J Swinbank, av £581, Red Poll to £690, D Leeming, av £680, Galloway to £815, M Gore, av £664.
Store heifers – Hereford to £785, DJ Dickinson, av £656, Beef Shorthorn to £820, TA&J Swinbank, av £682, Galloway to £850, A&G Greenwood, av £599, Aberdeen Angus to £930, KP Drinkall, av £723, British White to £555, D Leeming, av £491, Longhorn to £775, D Leeming, av £642.
The native breed sale proved a fitting curtain raiser to Skipton’s Shorthorn highlight, the annual show and sale of pedigree beef bulls and females, scheduled for Wednesday, November 7.
Back with the stores, young feeding bulls sold to an overall Continental-x average of £898 per head, with top price of £1,390 falling to a British Blue-x from Kath Saffery, of Halton West, who also achieved four figure sales with six further entries, among them the top price £1,310 Limousin-x bull.
Store bullock trade saw a Continental-x average of £874 and a native average £616. P&E Fox, of Withgill, were on top form when presenting the leading price performers in three classes, a Limousin-x at £1,190, a Charolais-x at £1,165 and a British Blue-x at £1,140.
Store heifers sold to a Continental-x average of £793 and £644 native average, where the Fox family again had the top price performer, a British Blue-x sold for £1,250.
Lots of breeding cattle sold for well into four figures, with British Blues again best on price at £1,980 for a cow and its Blue heifer calf.