Hexham cross-bred sucklers hit £1,260
The supreme champion and first prize Charolais cross-bred steer sold for £1,260 at Hexham and Northern Marts prize show and sale.
Supreme overall and champion cross-bred Charolais steer from F.T. Walton, Flotterton sold to £1,260.
The special fixture, within the weekly store cattle sale, is for Charolais and other cross-bred sucklers, excluding Limousins.
Northern Irish judge and showman Steven O’Kane, now based at Huby, York, placed the entries and his winner was the 13-month-old silver-grey steer from F.T. Walton, Flotterton. By Kersknowe Gruffalo, it is out of a Limousin cross heifer and sold to regular buyer Declan Foley.
Reserve went to the first prize British Blue steer from father and son team John and Steven Yeats, Coanwood. A jet-black bullock, with the pronounced shape and double muscling expected from a Blue-sired calf, it followed the champion into the sale ring and sold at the same price to Elaine Vickers, trading as Messrs Sedgewick, Long Myers, Sherburn House, Durham.
In the day’s main store sale, the top price of £1,390 came for a big Blue cross bullock from Messrs Carr, Highwood. A Simmental cross from the same home made £1,365.
Auctioneers: Hexham and Northern Marts.