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Trade fairs well at Hereford store fixture

The national show and sale of Hereford cross store cattle, sponsored by the Hereford Cattle Society, attracted a good entry of store cattle which exceeded expectations considering the deadweight trade crisis, reported Hereford Market Auctioneers.

A nice selection of cows and calves started the sale with a top price of £1,360 and several sold between £1,300 and £1,200.

 After being judged by Luke Sterry, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, the store section saw a top price of £1,010 for the winning pen of steers from Watkins and Gwatkin, Abbeydore, Herefordshire, all sired by Phocle Lamborghini.

The winning pair of heifers was from John Smith of Woonton Herefords, Almeley, Herefordshire, both sired by Boundless 1 Kurt and realised £990 per life.

Plenty of steers and heifers sold between £990 and £850, generally between 15 and 20 months old and weighing 400-550kg.

A lot of animals sold at between £840 to £700, with smaller or plainer bred sorts between £650 and £500.

Rob Meadmore, Hereford Market Auctioneers said: “The standard of the stock always brings extra buyers to this fixture and with their support prices better than anticipated, with Herefords sent to many parts of the country.”