TWO keynote pedigree native cattle reduction sales at Skipton Auction Mart achieved total clearance before a packed ringside of customers for a combined 94 head on offer this month.

Beef Shorthorns from the Rt Hon Gerald Turton’s Upsall herd near Thirsk and Herefords from David and Iris Boothman’s local Halton herd -

The Rt Hon Gerald Turton’s Upsall Beef Shorthorn herd, from near Thirsk, arrived with a 49-strong headcount, comprising a comprehensive mix of maiden heifers from last year’s crop of calves, in-calf two-year-olds, cows and heifers with calves and a single 15-month-old bull.

Taking top call of 5,100gns (£5,355) was the EX90 Tessa X895 of Upsall, an eight-year-old daughter of Democrat of Upsall and herself mother of five. From a long-established noted cow line – the dam was Tessa X397 – she sold with her adopted February-born heifer calf, Clipper X1552 of Upsall, a Crooked Post Drover daughter, to Steve Pullan, of Hill Top Farm, Summerbridge, who took home the three highest priced cow and calf oufits.

Top prices and averages: Cows with heifer calves to 5,100gns (av £4,914), cows with bull calves to 2,600gns (£2,295), heifers with heifer calves to 4,100gns, heifers with bull calves to 2,300gns. maiden heifers to 3,800gns (£2,604).

The consignment from the Boothmans’ Halton pedigree Hereford herd at Home Farm, Halton East, comprised 45 head –11 cows with calves at foot, four heifers with calves, 11 maiden heifers, two in-calf heifers and a brace of bulls.

Taking top call of 3,200gns (£3,360) was Halton 1 Dora, a March, 2017, AI daughter of Solpoll 1 Ferrari, out of Halton 1 Amber, herself by Coley 1 Josh, the first stock bull to be purchased when the herd was first established a decade ago.

She sold with her December, 2020, heifer calf, Halton 1 Georgia, a daughter of Hoghton View 1 Cameron, the second stock bull acquired by the Boothmans. Dora has been running with Coley 1 Sullivan, who is being retained in the herd, the top price outfit joining P Tindale, of Haltwhistle in Northumberland.

Halton cows with calves averaged £2,429.31, heifers and calves £2,283.75, in-calf heifers £2,152 and maiden heifers £1,789.77.