Averages: Aberdeen-Angus – Eight bulls, £3268.13 (+£436.63 for seven fewer sold). Rugley herd: Nine females, £1682.33. British Blues – Five bulls, £3612.00 (-£1506.75 for three fewer). Beef Shorthorn – 13 females, £862.61.

British Blue bulls topped a joint breed sale at Carlisle, selling for 4900gns and 4800gns.

The sale which included entries from the Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn breeds which peaked at 4000gns and 2000gns respectively, was led by Herefordshire breeder, Paul Dawes' show bull, Dinmore Nightowl ET, a black and white British Blue that was champion at Hanbury and reserve supreme at Cheshire. Bred from a flush from the Dafydd D'Ochairn daughter Zwarte II Et VD Wildebee and sired by Ballygrange Alex, this 20-month-old bull sold to Messrs Baillie, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, having stood second in his class at the pre-sale show.

The British Blue champion, Maidenlands Million Dollar ET from Tarn Flatt, Marton, realised 4800gns selling to Messrs Thomson, Forgandenny, Perth. This two-year-old is bred from the Ridge Dean Dallas ET daughter Maidenlands Koko Chanel that was second at the Great Yorkshire as a heifer and sired by Manchester Du Bois Remont.

Two Angus sold at 4000gns to include the overall champion, Wensleydale Esquire, a 14-month-old son of Blelack Ensign out of The Moss Ethos-sired Wensleydale Elba Izzy, from Christopher Timm, West End, Appleton, Roebuck. Messrs Sharpe, Lamplugh, Workington, forked out the cash.

Liz Galloway, Lochlyon, Thankerton, Biggar, bought the second 4000gns Angus in William and Margaret Taylor's Crook Hill Black Bart, a June 2018-born son of Oakchurch Duster, out of the Netherton Mr Rader-sired Crook Hill Blackbird. He was third in his class at the pre-sale show.

The second prize bull, Thrunton Principle from JHC Campbell and Sons, Thrunton, Alnwick, made 3900gns selling to Framhill Farms, Bamburgh, Northumberland. The breeding behind this 18-month-old Angus includes Gretnahouse Blackpot onto the Blelack Prince Consort dam, Thrunton Pirouette.

The retiral sale of Alan and Lorna Jackson's Rugley herd from Rugley, Alnwick, peaked at 2020gns for Rugley Geraldine, an April 2016-born cow by Blackhaugh Ribmaker which sold with second heifer calf at foot by Linton Gilbertines Esso, and served to Rugley Gregory. The buyers were Messrs Threlkeld, Grisedale, Ambleside.

Mark Runciman's HW Marcelo, a March 2018-born bull from East Mains, Lauder, topped the Beef Shorthorns selling at 2000gns to Parratt Livestock, Boxted, Colchester, Essex. Bred by Highland Wagyu, he si by Caramba Hush and out of Chapelton Duchess.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.