Some 43 pedigree Dairy Shorthorns were forward for Penrith and District Auction Farmers' annual show and sale where the champion attracted the lead price of 2050gns amongst the females with the entire entry to include stirks averaging £1305.70.

Topping the females was the first prize in-milk heifer, Strickley Strawberry 14 from Messrs Robinson, Strickley, which later sold for 2050gns to CD and S Malkin, Cotwalton.

Judge, Torn Malkin, Cotwalton, tapped out his reserve in the second prize in-milk heifer, Winbrook VI175 from GA and DW Dent, Winton House, that went on to realise 1820gns selling to Messrs Findley, Moorside, Penrith.

Top price however, was 2200gns paid for the bull, Lisnamulligan Chief from Basil and Adam Lawson, North Cassingray, Fife, purchased by N Hitchen, Crib Farm, Halifax.

Cows averaged £1440.15 for 10 whilst heifers levelled at £1187.50 for 25.

The three bulls averaged £1942.50.

LEADING prices

Cows and heifers in milk – 2050gns,1950gns, 1880gns, 1500gns Messrs Robinson, Strickley; 1880gns, 1820gns Mrs D Throup, Prospect Terrace; 1850gns, 1600gns, 1750gns, 1580gns IRG Collins and Partners, Church Farm; 1820gns Winbrook VI 175 Messrs GA & DW Dent, Winton House; 1600gns Bradda Farm; 1420gns from M Jackson, Richmond Farm Cottage.

In-calf heifers – J Teasdale, Brick House Farm.

Maiden heifers – 900gns Oxton Farm, Oxton Grange.

Breeding bulls – 2200gns B Lawson and Sons, North Cassingray; 2150gns P and CA Harrison, Breckney Hill.