Averages – 40 bulls £2785; 11 females, £1828

Scottish Limousin breeders, the Yarr family who own the Portmore herd from Witton, Glenlethnot, Edzell, came home in style from a breed show and sale at Ballymena, on Monday, having purchased the top priced bull at 5800gns.

Selling at this price was Drumhilla Nutcracker, a September 2017-born bull from Drumhilla Farm, Newtownards, Co Down. Intermediate champion and reserve overall, this entry boasts Ampertaine genetics on both sides being sired by Ampertaine Gigolo and out of Ampertaine Lola.

The overall champion, Rahoney Ophelia, a yearling heifer from H and D McFarland, Trillick, Co Tyrone, sold next at 5200gns. Another by Ampertaine Gigolo, Ophelia is bred from Rahoney Jerusha, and headed home to the Mossbrook herd of Derek Campbell, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry.

The Rahoney herd also received 5000gns for the bull, Rahoney Naboth, a December 2017-born embryo calf, bred from Rahoney Jerusha, and sired by Ampertaine Gigolo. He was purchased by Robert Matthewson, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone.

Also hitting 5000gns was Trueman Ocarolan, a January 2018-born ET by Trueman Jagger, bred from the 2011 National champion, Trueman Euphonium. Consigned by Henry Savage and Sons, Altnamackin, Co Down, Ocarolan, was purchased by Robert Gault, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.

Another from the same home, Trueman Orpheus, a January 2018-born ET, this time by Foxhillfarm Jasper and bred from Trueman Indie, made 4400gns. Reserve overall male at the pre-sale show, he was knocked down to Donal McMullan, Castlewellan, Co Down.

Auctioneers: JA McClelland and Sons