A new centre record of £8,000 was set at the spring show and sale of continental cross steers and heifers at Borderway mart, Carlisle.
The record breaker was the supreme champion, an 11-month-old black Limousin cross heifer shown by John and Mandy Smith-Jackson, Hightown, Haltwhistle. By a home-bred Limousin bull, Hightown Jacko out of an ex-show herd cow it sold to a telephone bid from Mike Scott, Besthorpe.
The reserve supreme champion sold for the next top price of £4,500. This was the winning baby beef heifer shown by Kilnstown Farm, Roweltown. Another black Limousin, this time by Glangwden Downtown, it sold to Mike Kirby, Holsworthy.
Reaching the £4,000 mark was the second prize Limousin, a black heifer shown by 10-year-old Leighton Hardisty, Ennerdale. By Huntershall Gladiatorr, it was knocked down to June Dowie, Barrhill.
The top price steer at £3,000 was the winner of the baby beef steer class, a Limousin cross from A & N Batty, Maryport, which sold to A. Dickinson, Ashbourne.
Taking the steer championshi was a red Limousin from the Hardistys. Also by Huntershall Gladiator, it sold at £2,900 to Mr Bentley, Thirsk. The reserve steer rosette went to Messrs Smith-Jackson with their second prize Limousin cross which sold for £2,200 to A.G. Laws, Leyburn.
Averages – show heifers, £1,018.35; show steers, £1,056.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.