The inaugural autumn show and sale of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus females at Skipton Auction Mart, attracted a top price of 3400gns and saw a 95% clearance.

The sale of 55 head comprised a collective portion, followed by a draft of matron cows from the local Airedale pedigree herd of father and son farmers and butchers, David and Joshua Isherwood.

It was one of their matron cows, Rawburn Kinannie M580, bred by John Elliott which topped the sale at 3400gns too, selling to John and Doreen Loftus, Preese Hall, Preston. This six-year-old cow is by Lockerley Legolas G850 and sold with her Weeton Ephos R472-sired August-born heifer calf, Airedale Kinnanie U593, at foot.

Next best from Isherwood consignment at 3200gns was a product of Loftus family breeding, Weeton Rosebud N379, a 2013-born Rawburn Elysium F547 daughter, out of Elliot Rosebud H847. She found a new home in Wales with GV Jones, of Pwllheli.

Husband and wife team, Adrian and Penny Johnson, who own the Yearsley herd from Brandsby, Hambleton, topped the collective sale with a cow and bull calf out fit that made 3000gns selling to livestock agent, Andrew Ewing, Annan, buying on behalf of a client. This was The Moss Fine Art K029, an eight-year-old cow by The Moss Black Lord, which sold with her spring-born Haymount Williger K992-sired bull, Yearsley Fully Active U326 calf.

The Johnsons had a run of six eye-catching January, 2018-born heifer calves, three of which made a clean sweep of the prizes in the single show class for haltered heifers. Their second prize winner, Yearsley Minerva Belle U311, by the AI sire, Rawburn Makka Pakka R076, out of Yearsley Minerva Belle M142, topped this section at 2200gns, selling to the Elliotts at Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, who also went to 2000gns for the champion, Yearsley Prunella U303, by Rawburn Boss Hogg.

The third prize heifer, Yearsley Felicia U314, a Haymount Earth Smith daughter, made 2100gns to LS Whittaker, Cheshire.

* The annual sale of pedigree South Devon females staged the same day saw nine maiden heifers meet a total clearance to average £1230.83.

Topping the trade at 1400gns was a 2016-born heifer from the Galtres herd of Alex Welch, Huby Grange, York. Galtres Javlin Orchid 54, by the Brafferton Stardust son, Hawkley Javlin, out of Galtres Stardust Orchid 2, was sold scanned in calf to Brafferton Trooper and sold to EM and BJ Stonehouse in Staxton, Scarborough.

Averages: 11 cows with 11 calves, £2243.18; 22 in-calf cows £1935.34; eight maiden heifers and heifer calves, £1758.75.