A QUALITY show of suckled calves met a strong demand at Carlisle, where a catalogued entry of 1,276 head was presented.
Securing the top price of the sale was the British Blue cross heifer Pandora from Neil Hardisty, Cleator. By the British Blue stock bull Boothlow Ferrari and out of a home-bred Limousin cross cow, it was placed first in its class in the pre-sale show, and was also a winner in the baby beef section at Agri Expo last year. It headed home with the Alford family, Devon, for £4,400.
Next, was the winning Limousin heifer from Andrew Harrison, Great Asby. A daughter of the home-bred Limousin sire Noble Freddie, it sold for £3,800 to Stewart Betts, Stirling.
The first entry to make £3,300 was an 11-month-old Limousin cross steer from Willie Barron, Durham. Out of a pure British Blue heifer and by Mereside Godolphin it was knocked down to Messrs Blair, Fife.
A bid of the same came from A. Dickinson, Ashbourne, for the third prized Limousin cross heifer from T. Laird and Son, Cumnock.
At £3,000 was T.F. and C. Robinson, Kirkheaton, with a Limousin cross heifer which was bought by Anita Padfield, Norfolk.
Steers, £1,069 (+£40.19), heifers, £1,013.98 (+£23.62).
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.