06 March 2015 | Online since 2003



'Excellent trade' for quality store cattle at Bishops Castle


An excellent trade was reported by auctioneers Halls at just under 250 store cattle went under the hammer at Bishops Castle & District Quality Cattle Association’s auction yesterday.

All cattle are inspected association stewards prior to sale by, giving purchasers added confidence in what they were buying. “There was a good attendance of buyers from as far away as the East Yorkshire ensuring an excellent trade for all sorts, with a premium on top quality, of which there was plenty,” said David Bryan-Jones from Halls.

Overall, steers averaged £1,030 per head with 74 cattle, well over half, fetching above the £1,000 mark. Top price per head was £1,450 for a 760 kilo Limousin from F. G. Jones, Lower Down who quickly followed this with a bunch of three 700 kilo Limousin steers at £1,430. The average per kilo was a pleasing 230p with a high of 287p for a Limousin from I. E. and M. Gittins, Lower Ucheldre.

Heifers also sold well to average £900 per head and 212p per kilo, with a maximum of £1,190 for a 560 kilo Limousin from W. D. and M. E. Parry, Caetwp and 274p per kilo for a 340 kilo Limousin from I E. and M. Gittins.

The annual prize for the best bunch of four or more Charolais cross bred steers and heifers, in memory of a past association chairman, was keenly contested. The Andrew Edwards Perpetual Cup was won by Mr P. Cound of Trefeen with four 510 kilo Charolais heifers fetching £1,030. The steer class was won by Mr J. E. Williams, Lake House with his bunch of six 445 kilo Charolais steers which made £995.

Leading prices for steers were: Charolais cross: £1,220 for a 550 kilo steer from Messrs W. D. and M. E. Parry and 236p per kilo for a 360 kilo steer from Messrs B. W. and E. G. Griffiths, Gilfach. Limousin cross: £1,450 for a 760 kilo steer from Mr F. G. Jones and 287p per kilo for a 380 kilo steer from Messrs I. E. and M. Gittins . Blonde D’Aquitaine: £1,120 for a 490 kilo steer from Messrs H. M. Powell & Son, White House and 262p per kilo for a 305 kilo steer from Mr C. J. Thomas, Ty Draw. British Blue cross: £1,155 for a 550 kilo steer from Messrs A. and J. Speke, Upper Woodbatch and 230p per kilo for a 395 kilo steer from Messrs D. W. and L. E. Morgan, Lower House.

Heifers: Charolais cross: £1,075 for a 690 kilo heifer from Mr P. Cound and 216p per kilo for a 280 kilo heifer from Messrs B. W. and E. G. Griffiths. Limousin cross: £1,190 for a 560 kilo heifer from Messrs W. D. and M. E. Parry and 274p per kilo for a 340 kilo heifer from Messrs I. E. and M. Gittins. Blonde D’Aquitaine: £940 and 221p per kilo for a 425 kilo heifer from Messrs Probert and Probert, Lower Hill. British Blue cross: £940 and 254p per kilo for a 370 kilo heifer from Messrs I. E. and M. Gittins.

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