First time exhibitor, Mark Nelson, Bull and Cave, Clapham, made his presence felt in more ways than one at a show and sale of pedigree Limousins at Skipton, producing the overall champion and sale leader at 8400gns.

The event which saw 53 head presented for sale, of which 45 found new homes, was topped by the 22-month-old Bullandcave Trooper, the intermediate male champion and supreme overall selected by Welsh judge Llyr Hughes of the Pabo herd.

Trooper is an ET son of the 16,000gns Hunters Hall Nutcracker, and bred from the Gunnerfleet Hicks daughter, Hunters Hall Retha, a 12,000gns purchase at the Red Ladies sale. He sold to commercial show calf producer Thomas Robinson, Catlow, Slaidburn.

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The reserve champion, Tomschoice Trademark, a December 2022-born bull from James and Sarah Cooper, Hill Top Farm, Dacre, made 7400gns selling to the Towler family, Grindleton, Ribble Valley. Their purchase is by the Kaprico Eravelle son, Tomschoice Lexicon now owned by Norbreck Genetics and bred from Netherhall Jupiter cow, Tomschoice Nasturtium.

The Coopers also took 6800gns from A Cussins and Sons, Kirkbymoorside for the third prize winner, Tomschoice Tanqueray, another by the home-bred Kaprico Eravelle son.

Matching that 6800gns was the third prize July 2022-born Brontemoor Theo, from Steven and Richard Priestley, Cracrop, Kirkcambeck. He is sired by Goldies Northstar, and headed home with R Gill and Sons, Sabden.

A second intermediate bull from the same home, Brontemoor Theheatison, by Cowtham Justice made 5100gns when selling to the Shaw family’s Pleashaw herd, Shelley, Huddersfield.

The Priestleys also did well with junior bulls, taking 6100gns for Brontemoor Ute, a son of Shatton Pedro, purchased by JW Peacock, Wymondham, Norfolk.

Top price among the females was 3500gns for the first prize maiden heifer and female champion, Lowflan Totty, from Ian Wilson and Carol Wood, Mansriggs herd, Ulverston. The two-year-old is by the Tallyrock Nick son, Lowflan Razor, that made 9000gns in 2022, and bred from the Aultside Hulk daughter, Lowflan Olive. Totty sold to Ed Dews, who hails from Walton, Wakefield.

Auctioneers: CCM.

Averages: Senior bulls, £3570; intermediate bulls, £5088; junior bulls £3150; maiden heifers, £2403; cows in-calf/with calves, £2940.