A small but selective sale of Belted Galloways at Carlisle, resulted in a disappointing trade for bulls where averages slipped almost £330 per head on the year.

It was nevertheless a good day for Derbyshire breeder, N Richardson, Big Fernyford, Reapsmoor, Buxton, when he sold the top two highest priced lots at 1800gns twice.

Fernyford Nimrod and Fernyford Neptune, are both two-year-old sons of Barwise Christo and stood second and third in their class, respectively. Nimrod sold to Messrs Brayne, Bamford, Hope Valley and Neptune was knocked down to Messrs Robson, Ivegill, Carlisle.

The champion topped the female trade at 1600gns when Brightenflatt Fort Myers, a 26-month-old heifer by Coulmony Ronald, from local breeder, James Bell, Croft House, Scaleby, sold to Messrs Irvine, Kells, Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

Just behind, on 1550gns Messrs Hall, Langcliffe, Settle, bought Burnfoot Lottie, a similarly aged third prize winner from H and N Sloan, Burnfoot, Oxton, Lauder. She is by Park Horatio.

Averages: Three bulls, £1855.00 (-£329 for two less sold); five led females, £1379.70; four unled females, £1044.75 (-£110.25 for one more sold); 14 commercials, £702.75