In the cattle judging rings a particular focus this year was on the Simmental breed and their Wales area championship show.
The non-native winners were Limousins from Eddie Griffiths & Son over a Simmental pair from Brian and Tilly Raymond.
They require less feed and will winter happily on decent silage and straw, while the larger Simmentals require extra supplementary concentrate feed to maintain condition.
Target selling weights include 550kg for Simmental steers with intensively finished Simmental bulls taken to slightly heavier weights.
Store Bulls A great show of 29, with some very well bred sorts forward, encountered an exceptional trade with Blonde crosses to pounds 895 from G & GP Williams, Abercarn and Simmental crosses to pounds 840 from CA Jenkins, Howick.
Wintering heifers sold to pounds 880 for 17 month, 490kg Simmental crosses from PM & MR Leonard, Rogerstone, who also had younger, 15-16 month heifers to pounds 745.
Cumbrian Less Favoured Area milk producer Alan Tallentire had no hesitation in going back to the Simmental as a commercial crossing sire for the dairy herd and for small-scale pedigree breeding.
The Simmental had been used on the black and white bulling heifers for a number of years before a small pedigree Simmental herd was established in 1988 at High Griseburn, Great Asby, near Appleby, where Alan farms with the help of his father, John, and full-time man Joseph Bennett.
The award-winning 165- acre farm of Wyn Jenkins has been selected by the British Simmental Cattle Society and the Beef and Sheep Development Centre of Farming Connect.
This project aims to help beef producers choose the most appropriate breed or cross for their own system and demonstrates how Wyn chose the Simmental breed for strong maternal traits, beefing qualities, and the right temperament.
Those in the top 25pc will include: 66pc of 335 Charolais, 62pc of 224 Limousin, 81pc of 214 Aberdeen Angus, 63pc of 203 Simmental
and 67pc of 56 Beef Shorthorn.
Aberdeen Angus pounds 470 Jenkin Cross Charolais pounds 465 Jenkin Cross pounds 415 Bridge House Simmental
pounds 445 Pennine View.