THERE were more than 700 cattle forward at Melton Mowbray on Tuesday including 470 in the Farmers Guardian sponsored store sale.
The judge, for this was Johnny Martin, Peterborough, who said it was good the see the market full of quality cattle.
The prize for the best steer was won by Paul Wainwright, Mountsorrel, Leicester, with his 18-month-old Limousin which sold for £1,130 to Richard Turner and Son, Fordham.
Runner up was Peter Copley, Upper Broughton, Melton Mowbray with a 14-month-old Limousin. It made £1,075 to the Massarellas, Cadeby, Nuneaton.
The first prize winning heifer was a seven-month-old Limousin from Ian Birden, Dunsmore, Rugby. It was knocked down for £885 to A.J. and B. Bell, Thurlaston, Leicester. In second place was John Madge, Grantham, with an 18-month-old Limousin which sold for £1,000 to Max Hobill, Scalford.
Leading the trade for younger stores was K. and S. Sellars, Scalford, who sold three Charolais cross steers for £1,145/head. Stronger stores sold to £1,130 for a 21-month-old British Blonde from W. Harrison, Coleorton.
The market also hosted the British Bazadaise Cattle Society sale which peaked at 1,700gns for a pedigree cow with a calf at foot from George Hogg, Beeston, Nottingham. The buyer was Robert Smith, Launceston, Cornwall.
Prime cattle sold to 244p/kg for a Limousin cross heifer from Horace Whitcombe, Melton Mowbray, averaging 177.10p/kg. Steers topped at 212p/kg for Shortwood Estates, Lamport, Northamptonshire. Bulls sold to 167p/kg for R. and S. Andrews, Scothern.
In the calf ring top price was £305 for a Hereford cross bull calf from W.F. Mann and Son, Queniborough with heifer calves selling to £302 for a Simmental cross from Chandler and Dickman, Great Dalby.
There was a good trade in the sheep section with hoggs peaking at 204p/kg for S. Dorey, Norton Disney, and £118/head for K. Holman, Burton Overy.
Cull ewes were in demand with plenty selling for more than £110 with a high of £139 for J.W. Kerley, Cambridgeshire.
Ewes and lambs sold to £69/life for North Country Mule shearlings with 1.75 lambs.
Auctioneers: Melton Mowbray Market.