LIMOUSIN crosses dominated Hexham and Northern Mart’s March show and sale of store cattle at Hexham, securing the top two awards and prices at £3100 and £3000.

Dearest was the reserve champion, an 11-month-old black heifer from Malcolm Telfer and Helen Claxton, Newton High House, purchased by the judge, Craig Bentley, Kepwick, Thirsk.

John Smith-Jackson, High Town, again picked up the championship with a yearling steer by the Scottish sire, Lodge Hamlet, purchased by Jennifer Hyslop, Balluskie, Girvan, for £3000.

Next best at £2600 was the reserve female champion, another Limousin cross this time from Messrs Rochester and Murray, Glebe Farm, which was also bought by the judge.

Outwith the 28 show calves, the entry of 847 stores peaked at £1490 and £1470 for Blue cross Limousin crosses from John and George Browell, Quarry House, who sold six steers and four heifers to average £1357 at 14 months of age.

Overall averages saw bullocks level at £1073 and heifers at £958.