Draft females from the Richardson family's Hillview herd from Maguiresbridge, proved the star attraction at a pedigree Charolais sale at Dungannon, producing the top two prices at 6500gns and 6200gns.

Sale leader was the two-year-old Hillviewfarm Millie, a daughter of Blelack Digger, bred from Hillivewfarm Iona, a Mowbraypark Orlando-sired female. She was snapped up by Colin Todd, Lisburn, Co Antrim.

Next at 6200gns was the similarly aged Hillviewfarm Margaret, another by Digger but bred from Hillviewfarm Dawn, a Burradon Talisman daughter. She heads over the water to Roebuck, Yorkshire, with new Charolais breeder David Timm, who went on to purchase two out of the three Hillviewfarm cow and calves on offer.

The highest priced of those at 4800gns was the mother and daughter pair Hillviewfarm Dawn – the dam of the previous mentioned lot – and her eight-month-old heifer calf Hillviewfarm Olive, by Mowbraypark Orlando.

The Richardsons sold four heifers to average £5486.

Females forward for the collective sale peaked at 4800gns paid for the champion, selected by Scottish breeder, Mark Ross, Gorebridge. This was Killadeas Nancy, a 16-month-old by Blelack Blackberet, out of Killadeas Faithful, by Doonally New. She was consigned by Stuart and David Bothwell and sold to Clare Ferris, Millisle, Co Down.

The youngest heifer, Glencoe Nelly, a yearling from Paddy and Valerie McDonald, Killeavy, Co Down, made 4500gns selling to Denis Quinn, Cookstown. She is by Clyth Diplomat and bred from the Bova Banker-sired Glencoe Jenny.

The Richardsons were back in the money amongst the bulls, selling the second top priced lot at 5200gns to Dessie Graham, Donegal. This was Hillviewfarm Nougat, a 17-month-old blue ticket winner shown by Adrian Richardson. A son of Blelack Digger, he is bred from the French-bred Harestone Tyrol-sired and Scottish-born Elgin Elisha.

Leading the bull trade at 5800gns was the junior and reserve supreme champion, Kiltybane Norman, from Seamus and Aidan Bellew, Cullyhanna, Co Down. Norman, which was purchased by Kevin O’Neill, Dromore, Co Tyrone, is an August 2017 born son of the 16,000gns Anside Foreman and Kiltybane Flora, a daughter of the Great Yorkshire show inter-breed champion Cretlevane Albertz.

Next at 4900gns was the April 2017-born Brigadoon Neptune, from Albert and David Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down. Second in his class at the pre-sale show, he was purchased by Andrew Canning, Dungiven, Co Derry, who gets for his money a Goldies Icon son, out of Rossmore Urbane, which goes back to Doonally New.

The reserve junior champion Brogher Nevada from Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh, made 4800gns. The breeding here includes Vexour Freddy on to a home-bred cow. He sold to RW Robertson, Newtownards, Co Down.

Averages 34 bulls £3335, 15 heifers £3269, three cows and calves £4900.

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart