A huge yarding of 106 cattle met strong demand from across the UK at Brecon’s show and sale of potential cattle on Saturday (11 February), hitting a £5,000 high.
A total of 19 cattle made over £2,000 with 33 more cattle forward on last year’s record sale. And while prices didn’t reach last year’s £7,200 high, a strong entry saw more lots around the £1,800-£2,500 mark.
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Limousin-cross Blue cattle were in hot demand on a strong day’s trading topped by the Watkins family from Hay-on-Wye at their first ever Brecon show potential sale.
The show leader, Little Miss P, was the first lot under the hammer and caught the eye of Scottish judge Blair Dufton, who bought her for £5,000 after awarding her the supreme championship.
“It was a great day for Mr Watkins who took the prize money and the top price at his first visit to the sale,” McCartney’s auctioneer Chris Jones told Farmers Weekly. “Most cattle are Limousin-cross Blue cattle but it was a black heifer that took the honours. Continental genetics were in demand – these go on to win fatstock shows.”
Bullock trade topped at £4,100 with the “superb” champion Limousin steer Jonnie Walker from Messrs DS, DA and P Brute, which won its class and went home with Mr CJ Harris, Little Lambert.
Second heifer on the day was My Grace from TE Jones and Co, Bailea, at £3,350. This was the pick of a consignment of four young cattle that averaged £2,250.
Next in the money were four tremendous cattle from G Jones and Co, Dolderwen, which levelled at £2,650 and saw £3,100 for a steer called Dolderwen Mercedes and a heifer knocked down to P and S Sellers, Thorpe Tilney Farm.
The reserve champion heifer That’s My Girl made £3,000 and was bred and exhibited by J M and A M Lewis, knocking down to Mike Rowlands, Dolwen.
A steer from this batch went for £2,300 to Messrs Pidsley who had made the trip up from the West Country.
A total of 115 cattle were entered overall, making the for best show of cattle judge Blair Dufton had seen.
Steers were up £106 on the year at £1,556, while heifers slipped £113 to £1,752, with trade helped by far-flung buyers, including new Scottish interest.