LOOKING GOOD: The overall champion at Middleton, shown by BR Lawson & Son, shown by Luke Wilkinson, with the judge and sponsors looking on
LOOKING GOOD: The overall champion at Middleton, shown by BR Lawson & Son, shown by Luke Wilkinson, with the judge and sponsors looking on

Middleton-in-Teesdale Mart

THE annual special show and sale of store cattle attracted an excellent entry of 304 stores – the best quality shows seen in recent times.

Huge congratulations go to all vendors for putting forward such a quality show which is a credit to themselves and the market.

The pre-sale show was highly anticipated with a huge ringside of spectators.

Thanks go to sponsors Philip Holden (Rural), I’Anson’s Feeds, Eden Farm Supplies, Tithebarn and H&H Insurance Brokers. The judging was left to Richard Priestley, of Brampton, who did an outstanding job in picking his overall champion.

Winning the Philip Holden (Rural) trophy this year was a Limousin heifer from Mr BR Lawson & Son, Buddle House. This showy heifer went on to make £2,400, selling to the judge respectfully.

Results

Limousin cross steer: 1, JD Bentley & Son, Lane Head Farm – £1,000; 2, JC&J White, Rigg Farm – £1,020; 3, JD Bentley & Son, Lane Head Farm – £1,010.

British Blue cross steer: 1, JC&J White, Rigg Farm – £1,350; 2, JC&J White, Rigg Farm – £1,180; 3, JC&J White, Rigg Farm – £990.

Steer, any other breed: 1, JC&J White, Rigg Farm – £950.

Champion steer: JC&J White, Rigg Farm (Limousin)

Reserve champion steer: JD Bentley & Son, Lane Head Farm (Limousin).

Limousin cross heifer: 1, BR Lawson & Son, Buddle House – £2,400; 2, JC&J White, Rigg Farm – £3,600; 3, BR Lawson & Son, Buddle House – £2,000.

Blenkiron

British Blue Cross heifer: 1, JC&J White, Rigg Farm – £1,500; 2, JE&AJ Mitchell, Parrick House – £1,140; 3, JC&J White, Rigg Farm – £1,500.

Champion heifer: BR Lawson & Son, Buddle House (Limousin); Reserve champion heifer: JC&J White, Rigg Farm (Limousin).

Supreme champion: BR Lawson & Son, Buddle House (Limousin); Reserve supreme champion: JC&J White, Rigg Farm (British Blue).

Topping the sale, however, was another Limousin heifer, this time from JC&J White, Rigg Farm, which sold for the price of £3,600 to Mr J Mellin, Skipton. Messrs White also sold another Limousin Heifer for £2,400 to Messrs Wilson, Penrith.

Leading prices

Heifers

Limousin: £3,600, £2,400, £2,000, £1,520, £1,450 Rigg Farm; £2,400, £2,000, £1,850, £1,220 Buddle House; £1,040 New House.

British Blue: £1,550, £1,500 (2), £1,280 Rigg Farm; £1,250, £1,140, £1,080 Parrick House Farm; £1,100 Buddle House; £910 Woodhall Farm; £905 West Biggins. Charolais: £825, £805 Low House.

Steers

British Blue: £1,350, £1,180, £1,020, £990 Rigg Farm; £1,150, £1,140, £1,070, £1,060, £1,030, £1,010 Gracies Farm.

Limousin: £1,155, £1,145, £1,100, £1,045, £1,025 New House; £1,100 Allotment Farm; £1,060 Bank Top; £1,040 Lands Farm; £1,020 Rigg Farm; £1,010 Ricknall Grange.

Blonde: £950 Rigg Farm; £900, £855 Valance Lodge.