A top price of 2,500 gns and 10 other cattle making four figure prices was the highlight of a
strong cattle trade at the Traditional Native Breeds Show and Sale at Melton Mowbray Market.

And the strong business spread to other sectors, with a 1,270gns top in the sheep rings and healthy prices for pigs, goats and poultry.

Hugh Brown, Melton Market’s CEO, said the level of business was a third up on 2018 and led to so notable prices in all sections.

British White cattle performed especially well, with 14 selling for an average of £1,345.50.

Top bid of 2,500gns bid came from Tom Broadhurst, who runs the Broadstone herd at Youlgreave,

Derbyshire for the Feb 2018 born heifer Templar Ilex, from K and RP, Swepstone, Leicestershire.

Second top was the 1,900 gns paid for Wispers Perry, a Jan 2017 British White heifer with June 2019 born male calf at foot, from Dr Christabel Barran, Midhurst, West Sussex by A Finch, Castle Cary, Somerset.

The 1,270 gns bid in the sheep rings was made by A & N King, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk for a Feb 2018 Border Leicester ram from Alan Lyons, Axbridge, Somerset, with the same vendor selling a Jan 2017 Border Leicester ram for 900 gns.

The March 2018 Shetland ram Wadley Magnus, from P Cowan and A Houghton, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, made 1,000 gns, selling to Claire Bailey, Bridge of Cally, Perthshire. Top price in the pig ring was the  450 gns paid by C Nicholas, Raglan, Gwent for the Oct 2018 born British Lop gilt Bezurrell Harmony from the Eustice family, Hayle, Cornwall. And top goat was the April 2014 born Golden Guernsey Llanbrink Buttercup, bought by C Shevlan, Trawden, Lancashire for 250 gns from Butts Farm Rare Breeds, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Cattle: 96 sold £886.94
Sheep: 656 sold £135.28
Pigs: 31sold £235.03
Goats: £140.00
Auctioneers: Melton Mowbray Market.

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