SATURDAY Agri-Trader and livestock collective sales at CCM Skipton Auction Mart continue to grow in both stature popularity, the latest weekend fixture marked by solid entries and noteworthy trade across all sectors.

The machinery, vehicle and implements section on Saturday featured 262 lots, producing multiple four-figure sales, up to £5,700 for a rowing-up machine, £4,100 for a spreader, £3,600 and £2,700 for trailers, £2,500 for a livestock box, £2,000 for a horse trailer, the same price for a quad bike.

The 67 stone and timber items peaked at £380 for a double stone trough, a mixed stone pallet commanding £300, a single gate post £200. In addition, 352 many and varied lots saw a lawn mower make £530, a hay steamer £500, two post boxes £130 each, a dolly tub £78 and a milk churn £75.

The monthly livestock collective sale of stirks, weaned calves and young store cattle attracted a strong entry of 248 head. Several heifers hit four-figures, two falling to Kevins Farm, Rossendale, with a £1,300 Hereford-x and £1,240 Limousin-x, an Aberdeen-Angus from CJ Dews, Wakefield, making £1,010. Also catching the eye at £1,140 was an Angus cow with Australian Lowline calf –a modern-day breed of small, polled beef cattle - from T&G McGarrell, Earby.

The sale commenced with 32 bulls, dairy-bred 9/10-month-old British Blues from R Falshaw & Son, Gisburn, leading the way when selling to £950, plenty of hard-farmed bulls making £600-£780, this for a Shorthorn from Wharfedale’s JR Sayer, Askwith.

Steers sold to joint highs of £960 for a Limousin from WT Metcalfe, Burtersett, Hawes, and a Hereford from Lee Daley, Spennymore, Co. Durham. Black and whites traded to £780 from M&AB Wood, Cleckheaton, plenty of strong 10/14-month-old steers making £700-plus, younger bullocks with flesh £650-£745.

Sheep and goats were also among the mix, the former selling to £70 and £58 respectively for Texel and Masham store lambs, the latter to £68 for a nanny.

The next monthly livestock collective sale is scheduled for Saturday, August 3.