THE Farmers Guardian supported Kirkby Classic sale of 609 store and potential show cattle at Kirkby Stephen topped at £6,000.
The sale leader was the champion, a nine-month-old British Blue heifer by Tweedale Guinness from John Smith-Jackson, Hightown, Haltwhistle, which was bought by Messrs Dickinson, Ashbourne.
Next at £4,500 was an 11-month-old Limousin cross heifer by Mereside Lorenzo consigned by the Marston family, Easegill Head, Kirkby Stephen which sold to Messrs Jarman, Branthwaite. Other Limousin sired heifers from the same home sold for £2,250 and £1,700.
The judges, father and daughter, Michael and Ellie Wynne, Snitterton, Derbyshire, awarded the reserve championship to a 10- month-old Limousin cross heifer by Hightown Jako, again from Mr Smith-Jackson, which they went on to buy for £2,200.
Also selling for £2,200 was the second prize winning unhaltered British Blue sired heifer from J. Foster and L. Dale, York.
Making £2,100 was the third prize haltered Limousin heifer consigned by W.A. and G.R. Sedgley, Kirkby Lonsdale, who also sold their winning unhaltered British Blue sired heifer for £1,620.
A six-month-old Limousin cross heifer from Caroline Brown, Skipton, sold for £1,720.
Limousin cross steers topped at £1,545 from Messrs Dixon, Sedbergh, bought by D. Barker, Scarborough.
British Blue cross steers topped at £1,500 for a 10-month-old entry from Messrs Huck, Austwick which was knocked down to Messrs Parkin, Goole.
Heifers averaged £1,155.10, up £66.38 on the year, with steers averaging £1,107.10, up £117.97, for 103 more cattle sold on the year with the 30 prize winning show cattle averaging £1,651.66.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.