Only one Galloway remained unsold at a breed show and sale at Carlisle which included Whitebred Shorthorns, where prices peaked at 2000gns for a heifer.

Averages mostly improved on last year's sale too which had to be rescheduled to later in the month due to the arrival of the Beast from the East.

Sale leader at 2000gns was the third prize heifer from Walter Henderson's Whitehill herd from Corrie, Lockerbie, purchased by Kilnstown Farms, Roweltown, Carlisle. Lady Nancy 716 of Whitehill is a rising three-year-old by the Jester of Tweedshaws son, Neilman of Whitehill, and out of a previous Lady Nancy, by Kirkstead Loopy. She sold in calf to Titan of Whitehill.

Next best amongst the heifers at 1700gns was the reserve female champion, Miss Ulrica of Balgray from David and Rosemary Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie. Similarly aged to the previous lot, she is by Troloss Impeccable and bred from the Buns of Gall-Way daughter Penninghame Ulrica. Derbyshire breeders, Messrs Evans, Dale Cottage Farm, Wessington, Derby, were the final bidders in on this heifer that stood first in her class at the pre-sale show and sold due to Noir of Balgray for the end of May.

Northern Ireland breeder, Brendan Douglas, Castle Derg, Co Tyrone bought the top two highest priced bulling heifers at 1550gns and 1500gns both of which were consigned by Robert McTurk, Barlaes, Dalry, Castle Douglas. The first, Barlaes Brownie 244, by the Ben Lomond Nemo son, Barlaes Jackanory, is out of a previous home-bred Brownie and stood second in her class.

The 1500gns heifer, Barlaes Katie 83, which scooped a red ticket in the same class and went on to stand female champion, is a daughter of the Ben Lomond Maximus-sired Barlaes Magic and again out of a home-bred cow.

Leading the Galloway bull trade at 1800gns was the second prize winner, Beanley Horatio, a rising two-year-old from Hedgely Farms, Powburn, Alnwick, purchased by JM Davidson, East Deloraine, Selkirk. The breeding behind this bull includes Blackcraig Turbo onto a home-bred cow by Penninghame Nipper.

Unregistered Galloways sold to £1600 on two occasions for bulling heifers from S Busby and Co, Unthank, Ewes, Langholm, both of which were purchased by Messrs Waugh, Roadhead, Carlisle, after standing first and second in their class, respectively.

And, the small but selective sale of Whitebred Shorthorns was led by Graylees Pinky, an April 2015-born heifer from Miss Emma Gray, Fallowlees, Ewesley, Morpeth, purchased by Messrs Harris, Stockbridge, Sheffield. Pinky is by Blackburn Marshall, out of Hottbank Lucinda 3 and sold due in April to Sewingshields Jonjo.

Averages: Pedigree Galloway – Four bulls, £1141.87 (-£958.13 for three more sold); five heifers in milk or in calf, £1375.50 (+£301.00 for two more); 11 bulling heifers, £1281.95 (+£159.20 for three fewer). Non pedigree – Nine bulling heifers, £1190.00 (+£402.00 for 11 more); three Blue-Grey females, £783.33. Whitebred Shorthorn – Four females, £1152.37.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.