The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s second annual autumn show and sale of pedigree females, at Skipton Auction Mart, saw cows and calves cashing in at £1512 and in-calf cows levelling out at £2021, with heifers selling to 1700gns at an average of £1176.

The pre-sale show was judged by Andrew Shufflebotham, of the Cheerbrook herd in Nantwich.

A top price of 2600gns was achieved by Yearsley Royal Lady S257, from the Yearsley herd of North Yorkshire, ran by husband and wife, Adrian and Penny Johnson.

She is an April 2016-born daughter of Carrington Park Time on B7, out of the Blelack Jury-sired dam, Wall Royal Lady H663 – an 11,000gns purchase by the Johnsons at the Wall herd dispersal sale in 2011 – and arrived with her bull calf, since sold into the Cogent breeding programme.

“She has done us really proud. The Royal Lady line, which originally came from Canada, has proved a really successful family,” said Mr Johnson, who established his now 35-strong Yearsley Angus herd in 1988, based at Clarence House Farm near Brandsby in Hambleton.

The sale topper was sold with her second calf at foot, the February-born bull, Yearsley Royal Lord, by Rawburn Makka Pakka V341. Also served in June to Haymount Wilsner, the outfit joined the Robinson family in Bedale.

John Walsh, who runs the Buckhurst herd at Walmersley, near Bury, had a successful sale with several females, peaking at 2000gns for his pen leader, Buckhurst Jury Erica S184. Born in February 2016, she is the daughter of Blelack Entertainer – which was successfully shown as a heifer – and sold with her third calf at foot, Buckhurst Judge Eric V245, by the home-bred bull, Buckhurst Endeavour. The pair headed home to South Yorkshire with G Roper, from Thorne.

Mr Walsh, who claimed numerous prizes in the heifer show class with 2018-born entries and all sired by Blelack Entertainer, sold both the class winner and runner-up at 1600gns and 1700gns respectively to the same buyers, AA and IM Smith, from Ingleton. The third prize heifer was purchased by Brian Church from Askwith for 1050gns.

Father and son duo, David and Josh Isherwood of the Airedale herd at Lane Bridge Farm, Kildwick, held their annual draft sale of cows where a top of 2500gns was achieved for Airedale Eliza R359, a four-year-old daughter of Weeton Lord Horatio and out of Crook Rise Eliza M809. She was sold – in-calf by Lord Sinden T542 – to G Clarke, of Northwich in Cheshire.

The Isherwood's also sold another four-year-old cow in the form of Airedale Ellen Erica R418. Bred the same way and to the same service sire, she was knocked down at 2400gns, again to the Bedale-based Robinsons.

A third cow, five-year-old Weeton Lady Heather R476, by Te Mania Berkley B1, also in-calf to Lord Sinden, secured 2350gns in the ring and was bought by Darlington’s Harry Hodgson.

*A third pedigree cattle sale of females was held on the same day, on behalf of the South Devon Herd Book Society, where a top price of 1200gns was achieved by Alex Welsh, who runs the Galtres herd at Huby Grange, near York.

The sale topper was Galtres Trooper Aster 1, a two-year-old home-bred daughter of Brafferton Trooper and scanned in-calf to Welland Valley Warrior. She was purchased by Keith and Jeanette Marshall, based in Skipton. Ms Welsh also sold further entries at 1150gns and 1100gns.

Husband and wife duo, Paul and Pam Harrison, who themselves run the Brafferton herd in Tollerton, York, sold females to a top of 1020gns for Brafferton Alice 9, a 15-months-old daughter by home-bred bull Welland Valley Warrior. The youngster headed home with Moor Monkton’s J Greenwood. The Harrison's also sold another female for 1000gns.