It was the reserve champion from the pre-sale show which led the trade at the Farmers Guardian sponsored Leyburn Spring Spectacular selling for £6,300.
The sale leader was a nine-month-old Limousin-cross heifer from Garrowby Estates, Bugthorpe, York, shown by manager, Clive Rowlands and herdsman, James Simpson. The buyer was Donald Morrison, Sutherland.
Steven Priestley, Brampton, Cumbria, was the judge for the day and chose a nine-month-old Limousin-cross heifer from John Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle, as his champion. It sold for £2,500 to Aled Roberts, Anglesey.
This year a baby beef class was introduced with the George Wilkinson Memorial Trophy presented by the Wilkinson Family, Leyburn going to the winner. This was Will and Gillian Sedgley, Kirkby Lonsdale with a five-month-old British Blue-cross steer which sold for £2,600 which also sold to Mr Morrison.
The champion British Blue went to Garrowby Farms with a steer selling for £2,300 to Matthew Keel, Thirsk.
Another principal price was £4400 for a pure-bred Limousin heifer from the purebred from Mr Smith-Jackson sold for £4,400 to Jennifer Hyslop, Ayrshire. The same vendor also sold the first prize British Blue heifer for £3,000 to Mark Harryman, Pickering.
AVERAGES – Overall, heifers, £2,130 (+£520); steers, £1,364 (-£105); British Blue heifers, £1,750; Limousin heifers, £2,565; British Blue steers, £1,500; Limousin steers, £1,312.
Auctioneers: Leyburn Auctions.