CCM Skipton’s Craven Native Day fixture, staged alongside the annual British Blue highlight, produced a top call of 2,500gns for a rising two-year-old pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bull from the Smith family – husband and wife, Alan and Imelda, and son Neil - who run the Pemberton Farms’ Three Peaks herd in Ingleton.

Their sole entry, Three Peaks Elliot, a May, 2022, son of their own Three Peaks Jezza Eric, bred from the Blelack Entertainer daughter, Buckhurst Ember, joined local West Marton dairy farmer Richard Shuttleworth.

The female section saw the closing dispersal of pedigree heifers on behalf of the Halton Hereford herd of Halton East husband and wife, David and Iris Boothman, who both work at their local mart.

In a pen of four well-matched easy fleshing cattle, top price was 1,550gns for Halton 1 Isabel, an April, 2022, Houghton View 1 Cameron daughter sold free of the bull, which went to Calderdale with SJ Dawber Northowram, who secured all of Halton consignment, two more at 1,500gns, the fourth at 1,400gns.

A tidy run of five Beef Shorthorn females from first-time vendors, D&D Jackson, Summerclose herd, Cartmel Fell, High Newton, sold to a top of 1,420gns for Summerclose Tinkerbell, a 12-month-old Castlemount Roger son claimed by S Masterman and R Richards, Laverton. The four others made 1,380gns, 1,250gns and 1,100gns twice, averaging £1,312.

In show, another Hereford female from Steven and Jess Stoney, Carlesmoor pedigree herd, Kirkby Malzeard, stood reserve champion. Their Welburn 1 Dawn 634, a September, 2022, daughter of Coley 1 Shotgun, made 850gns when joining WP&E Dobbing, West Burton, Bishopdale. Hereford females averaged £1,235.

Show champion was the only pedigree Lincoln Red on parade, a July, 2022, bull, Misterton Bondi, from Ian McNee, who runs the Misterton herd in the village of the same name in Nottinghamshire’s Bassetlaw district. With a dearth of breed devotees ringside, the Donington Yuri son returned home, though connections say they remain keen to promote the Red Lincoln further north due to growing interest in and popularity of the breed.

The fortnightly midweek cattle sale attracted another solid turnout of 587 head, including 525 feeding cattle, among them 142 young bulls, which sold to an overall average just shy of £1,500, with bulls up to 10 months the trade of the day when levelling at £1,542 and selling to £1,800 twice, £1,750 and £1,740 from the Hubberholme Hucks.

Trade was also strong for beef-bred feeding cows, 24 head averaging £1,289, with joint section highs of £1,600 from D&S Hollings, Hebden Bridge, and G&R Bulmer & Sons, Wakefield. Beef-bred bulls averaged £2,101, a two-year-old Limousin from RTL Horsfall, Luddendenfoot, hitting £2,300, a four-year-old Shorthorn cull bull from Michael Daggett, Hartlington, also doing well at £1,720.

Of the 357 store bullocks and heifers, natives again sold to a flying trade, peaking at £1,570 for a Hereford steer from the Heseltine family, Bolton Abbey. Continentals were also in ready demand, dairy Blue bullocks selling to £1,880 for a brace from DT&LA Houseman, Dacre, Blue heifers to £1,800 from M Ryder & Sons, Harrogate, suckler feeding heifers to £1,840 for a Limousin from Richard Harker, Carnforth, suckler feeding bullocks to £1,700 from the Wilsons, Blubberhouses.