A livestock auction on the Powys border which saw “sparkling trade” with cattle being sold for thousands of pounds.

The first prize sale of store cattle in October at Bishops Castle Auction on Thursday last week (October 12) was hailed as a great success and saw one Clun famer pick up a prestigious prize.

Auctioneers Halls reported a “sparkling trade" at the auction with prices being very competitive. According to Halls an entry of 375 store cattle “met a fast trade from start to finish with a total clearance to a crowded ring of buyers”.

The Tom Gittins Cup for the winner of the prize classes at the auction, judged by Roger and Lawrence Jordin of Enville, went to Vic Morris of S. J. C. Morris & Sons, Whitcott Evan Farm near Clun for five 470kg Limousin steers which sold at £1,570.

First prize heifers at the sale were a bunch of 380kg British Blues which sold at £1,500 from J. A. Wood & Sons of Kinnerton who also won second in both classes with “an excellent run of Limousins”.

Steers averaged £1,316 and 300p per kilo to 356p per kilo from the Wood family and £1,750 from M Owen Cold Hill.


Heifers averaged from 295p per kilo and £1,240 to a staggering maximum of 465p per kilo and £2020 for Belgian Blue cross, again from the Wood family.

Prize winners for steers were S. J. C. Morris & Sons for 470kg steers which sold for £1,570; with J. A. Wood & Sons, Kinnerton coming in second for 415kg steers which sold for £1,350.  

The highest prices for Blonde cross steers was  £1,595 for a steer from Messrs B.O. & C. E. Roberts, Forge Farm and 316.90p per kilo for two steers from the same vendor. 

A British Blue cross steer from Mr M. H. Owen, Cold Hill gained the top price with £1,750 and 324.30p per kilo.

An Aberdeen Angus cross steer was sold for £1,060 by Messrs F. G. & A. M. Windsor, Pentre Farm and 235.60p per kilo for a steer from the same vendor.

Charolais cross: £1,615 for a steer from Messrs  E. D. & H. J. Roberts, Pantgwyn and 323.10p per kilo for a steer from Mr R. Llewellyn, Lynwood Farm.

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Simmental cross steer was sold for £1,190  by Messrs  C. J. Davies & Sons, Amblecote and 220.40p per kilo for a steer from the same vendor whilst the top price for a Limousin cross was £1,600 a head for two steers from Mr R. Llewellyn, Lynwood Farm and 356.20p per kilo for a steer from Messrs J. A. Wood & Sons.

Bishops Castle Auction will be holding a suckled calves and weanlings show and sale later this week. This will see “an excellent entry of 225” for Bishops Castle and District Quality Cattle Association on Thursday, October 19, starting at 10.30am.

The Jack Bedell Cup will be on offer to winner of the prize classes. For a catalogue, contact Halls on Tel: 01588 638755.

The next sale of store cattle at the market will be on November 2, with entries closing on October 26 at noon.

A special sale of suckled calves and weanlings will be held on November 16, with entries closing on November 9 at noon.