A highly successful second store cattle sale of the year was reported by auctioneers Halls at Bishops Castle Auction on February 13.
A catalogue entry of 225 cattle went under the hammer despite the appalling weather conditions. A new Cheshire based purchaser joined a good number of buyers around the ring, resulting in a good trade.
Overall steers averaged £1,075 per head and 225p per kilo, with highs of £1,390 for a pair of 630 kilo Charolais from E. S. Williams, Mears Barn and 244p per kilo for five 435 kilo Limousins from C. J. Davies and Sons, Amblecote.
Heifers averaged 215p per kilo and £900 per head with a maximum of 248p per kilo for three 410 kilo Limousins from C. J. Davies and Sons, Amblecote and £1,175 for a 540 kilo British Blue from A. Owen, Cwmbyr.
A handy entry of 26 feeding bulls was also available, selling to a strong trade to average 210p per kilo and £840 per head, with top prices of £960 for a 500 kilo Limousin from W. Gittins, Swinbatch, £890 for a 490 kilo Simmental from B. Llewellyn, Great Brithdir, £880 for six Limousins from Aston Hall Farms and £860 for a 475 kilo Limousin from F. R. Williams, Cefn Canol.
Other leading steer prices were: Charolais: £1,390 for two 630 kilo steers from Messrs E. S. Williams and Son, Mears Barn and 235p per kilo for two 465 kilo steers from Messrs A. and J. Speke, Upper Woodbatch. Limousin: £1,285 for three 580 kilo steers from Mr B. W. Davies, Castlewright 244p per kilo for five 435 kilo steers from Messrs C. J. Davies and Sons, Amblecote. British Blue: £1,080 per head for a 585 kilo steer from Mr M. E. Hamer, Wentnor.
Heifers: Charolais: £1,080 per head and 216p per kilo for two 500 kilo heifers from Messrs W. D. and M. E. Parry, Caetwp. Limousin: £1,075 for a 445 kilo heifer from Messrs D. E. Morgan and Co, Cefntwlch and 248p per kilo for three 410 kilo heifers from Messrs C. J. Davies and Sons, Amblecote. British Blue: £1,175 for a 540 kilo heifer from Mr A. Owen, Cwmbyr and 234p per kilo for a 500 kilo heifer from the same vendor.