A range of quality cattle on offer at this year’s Red Ladies sale in Carlisle helped to boost a strong average, which was up by over £1,000 to £5,364. There were increases across the board with 37 animals finding new homes on the day, up by 12 from last year’s clearance. Topping the sale and setting the 2016 maiden heifer record was Grahams Lily, which sold for 32,000gns.

Earlier in the day, Grahams Lily was named supreme champion by judge Hariet Wilson, who runs the noted Haughton herd. She attracted a flurry of bids before the hammer finally fell to W Richardson & Son for their burgeoning Mystyle herd. Born in May 2015, Lily is an embryo-bred daughter of Claragh Franco out of a homebred Grahams Coffee, who is a Millington Vascular daughter. This cross has worked extremely well for the family, with Lily’s full brother Grahams Lorenzo selling for 40,000gns, this year’s top price, and her full sister Grahams Lizzie selling for 16,500gns at the sale of champions following the national show.