POTENTIAL show calves met a roaring trade and an almost total clearance at Leyburn Auction Mart’s Spring Spectacular show and sale at Leyburn, last weekend, where the overall champion went on to sell for the top price of £5400.
Overall averages saw heifers cash in  at £2027 with bullocks at £1532.
Tapped out by judge, Dickie Anderson, Middleham, to do the double was a nine-month-old Limousin cross heifer from John Smith-Jackson of High Town, Haltwhistle, which sold to the Wilkinson and Marwood families, Leyburn, for that top price £5400. 
Mr Jackson had more to celebrate when his first prize winner in the baby beef class, a five-month-old British Blue bullock made £1800 to Jennifer Hyslop, Balluskie, Ayrshire, who last year purchased Sassy Lassy from Mr Jackson at the same sale which went on to stand overall champion at the East of England Smithfield Festival. 
As well as that, Mr Jackson’s champion bullock and reserve British Blue animal was knocked down for £3200 to Julie Sedgewick, Aycliffe, Co Durham. 
Selling for the second top price of £4600 was a British Blue heifer from the Prescott family, Swaledale, purchased by John Richardson, of Appleby, for James May, Worcester. 
The reserve champion, an eight-month-old British Blue cross heifer brought out by Clive Dent and family, Lartington, Barnard Castle, which earlier stood champion British Blue, sold for £4200 and also heads up to Scotland with North-east producer, Donald Morrison, of Cairn Nulla, Burnside, Kinlochbervie. 
The Dent family also produced the reserve champion bullock which later sold for £2000, while Dawn Croft’s Limousin heifer from Burtree farm, made £3000 to Dave Hall, Malton.