Quality cattle on offer at this year’s red ladies sale in Carlisle helped to boost a strong average by over £1,000, to £5,364. Prices were up across the board, with 37 animals finding new homes on the day – up 12 from last year’s clearance. Topping the sale and setting the 2016 maiden heifer record was Grahams Lily, who sold for 32,000gns.

Earlier in the day Grahams Lily was awarded supreme champion by judge Miss 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.