A new market record was set at the Leyburn Spring Spectacular of show potential cattle when the champion, an April 2018-born Limousin-cross heifer sold for £9,200.
It was also the best ever price achieved by its owner and breeder, John Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle. By his stock bull, Hightown Jacko, the heifer, now named Kitson Jewel, was knocked down to Anthony Kitson of B. and T. Kitson Butchers who has shops in Northallerton, Stockton on Tees and Hutton Rugby, who intends to show it at the major shows this summer.
Mr Smith-Jackson also took the overall reserve and champion British Blue titles with a heifer from the baby beef class which went on to sell for £2,600 to Geoff Tunstall, Brough.
Other significant prices included Bill and Maureen Orme, Askrigg, selling a purebred Limousin heifer at £4,000, Garrowby Estates of Bugthorpe near York, reached £3,000 for a Limousin cross heifer with the Blades family, Hawes also attaining £3,000 with a British Blue heifer.
Before the sale Andrew Dickinson, Ashbourne, was awarded a cheque for £500, given by the mart, as a result of having taken the championship at one of the four major national primestock shows, the English Winter Fair, with a British Blue heifer bought at last year’s sale from the Bainbridge Brothers, Marrick.
Averages - Limousin heifers £2,444; British Blue heifers, £2,225; heifers overall, £2,377 (+£550); Limousin steers, £1,335; Charolais steers, £1,220; steers overall, £1,290 (-£93).
Auctioneers: Leyburn Livestock Auction Mart.