All classes of store cattle were dearer on the year at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale at Middleton in Teesdale, where prices peaked at £4200 for the champion, a Limousin cross heifer from JC and J White, Rigg Farm, Barnard Castle.

Their show stopper, a red heifer was bought by Messrs Mellin, Skipton.

The same home also produced the reserve overall in the second prize Limousin heifer which made £2300 to Messrs Geary, Milton Keynes and the champion bullock honours with a British Blue cross which made £1450 selling to the judge, Lin Pidsley.

Overall, Rigg Farm sold 40 calves to average £1390.31

The entry of 319 store cattle of which 95% were aged between eight and 10 months of age, saw heifers average £1005 (+£71) and steers £961 (+£30).

LEADING prices

Heifers – Lim – £4200, £2300, £1700, £1600, £1580, £1450, £1350, £1130 Rigg Farm; £1500, Bail Hill; £1100, Parrick House Farm. BB – £2100, £1950, £1900, £1220, Rigg Farm; £1080, £1000, Buddle House. Blonde – £990 Rigg Farm.

Steers – BB – £1450, £1420, £1280, Rigg Farm. Lim – £1350, £1240, £1120, Rigg Farm; £1140, Lanehead Farm; £1130, £1125, £1100 New House; £1120, Ricknall Grange; £1110, £1100, Bank Top; £1100, Parrick House Farm. Blonde – £1120 Rigg Farm.