A strong clearance of females was achieved at an early season show and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle at Skipton, where a top price of 3100gns was achieved for Limousin cow and calf.

The entry, Prietec Nutmeg, from Mel Pickard, of Bolton-by-Bowland, was bred in Mewith by Terry and Elaine Priestley and is a 2017-born daughter of the Gallois son, Oddacres Landlord, from the Mason family in Embsay. She sold with her Lodge Hamlet heifer calf at foot and having run with Tallyrock Jerry, to R and A Easterby, of Westhouse.

Miss Pickard also received 2600gns for Prietex Hildamay, an eight-year-old cow by Norman David, which sold with her Tallyrock Jerry-sired heifer calf to LJ Penter, of Litton.

Thor Atkinson, who runs the Arrodfoot pedigree Limousin herd in Newlands, Ulverston, won the show class for pedigree bulls with a 21-month-old entry shown by stockman Richard Cleasby. Arrodfoot Ojai sold for 1715gns to Queensbury’s R Hall.

Auctioneers: CCM Auctions.