Averages were up at the spring show and sale of suckled calves at Carlisle which peaked at £7,000
Topping the sale at £7,000 was the second prize winning haltered Limousin heifer from S. Hardisty and Son, Ennerdale. By Uptonley Living the Dream, it sold to Martin Barker, buying on behalf of Gary Bell, Haas Side Farms, Lockerbie.
The pre-sale show was judged by James Duerden, Ulverston, who awarded the championship to the first prize British Blue heifer from J. Robertson and Co, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry, which went on to sell for £6,000 to Gareth Corrie, Northern Ireland. The heifer was by Warehams Mickey and out of the three-quarter Limousin, Cookie Dough, which was reserve commercial heifer champion at the Royal Highland Show.
Messrs Robertson, also claimed the reserve championship again with a British Blue cross heifer by Warehams Mickey, which had won the baby beef heifer class and went on to sell for £6,800 to Wilson Peters, Crieff.
The steer champion was a Limousin by Rossignol from P. and A. Jarman, Branthwaite. It sold for £2,200 to Messrs Williams and Tippetts, Shifnal, Shropshire.
Reserve from B. Harper, Falkirk, was the baby beef steer class winner which sold for £1,500 to Will Ketley, Colchester. The 29 prize winners averaged £2,651.20.
Outwith the show animals, heifers averaged £1,322 (+£299 on 2020) with bullocks averaging £1,157 (+£157) to give an overall average of £1,224 (+£214) with the cattle being mainly eight-12 months of age. Breeding type heifers regularly sold for more than £1,700 with the best bullocks well in the £1300’s.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.