A LARGE numbers of buyers and sellers from all over the country attended the annual Leek Cattle Market Prime Stock Christmas Show and Sale.
The champion butchers animal, owned by Wayne Smith of Basford, near Cheddleton, exchanged hands for 320p/kg grossing £1,840 to Phillip Lymer trading as JW Ash Butchers of Ball Haye Street, Leek.
The judging of the butchers cattle was carried out by Ian Meakin of H Meakin and Sons Butchers of Leek, and Peter Russell, agricultural manager of Barclays Bank, which sponsored the championship and presented the trophy.
The champion animal was a British Blue heifer which was 19 months of age and weighed 575kg.
The lamb section was well supported and judged by Richard Taylor, wholesale butcher from Alfreton.
The championship prize was awarded to Peter Wright of Pomeroy, near Buxton, for a pen of five Dutch Texel bred lambs weighing 41.4kg, which exchanged hands for 365p/kg to Stephen Hill on behalf of Stone and Edwards Butchers grossing £151 per head.
Auctioneers Graham Watkins said: "The prime stock show and sale attracted an excellent turnout of both buyers and sellers and there was a very good quality of butchers cattle and lambs entered. Entries were also up from last year."