In all a total of 41 Shorthorns passed through the ring at Leek on Tuesday proving yet again that’s it’s the place to sell for this breed.

Andrew & Jake Tunnicliffe
pictured with purchaser Steven Belfield

Andrew & Jake Tunnicliffe pictured with purchaser Steven Belfield

Plenty of milk on offer including the part dispersal of the Quarnford Herd but the entry also included In-calf Heifers and Stock Bulls with a strong demand for all classes.

Within the commercial section a lovely Shorthorn X heifer Brian and Andrew Beech of Sutton giving 6gls made £1710.

Pictured Geoff, Andrew & Jake Tunnicliffe

Pictured Geoff, Andrew & Jake Tunnicliffe

Regular vendors of Shorthorns Messrs Howe of Litton had a sweet heifer to £1540, they also showed a 42 month old Stock Bull by Nejay Ernie, bred by Rob Kite. He met spirited bidding to sell for £1500.

In-calf heifers due later in the year from the Palfreyman family peaked at £950.

There was strong local support for the commencement of the herd dispersal of the pedigree Quarnford herd of Shorthorns on behalf of the Tunnicliffe family. Topping the sale at £1770 was Quarnford Lady Sunshine 6 by Dunham Sovereign. She had calved in January as was due again in January to Churchroyd Percy and giving 19kg. She went to the Belfield family of Quarnford.

An unregistered May calved second calver reached £1520 to Messrs Norbury of Sproston with a January calved fourth calver at £1500.

Bearing in mind over 50% of the herd were 4-7th calvers, many of which were off lying and with only 2 heifers in the sale the average came out at a creditable £1052.