Brownhill Owenroe, the reserve senior champion from the Devine Brothers, Artigarvan, Co Tyrone, proved the star attraction at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club sale at Dungannon, selling for the top price of 5800gns.

The bull, a 16-month-old son of Rumsden Fawkes, a former Balmoral Show champion and male champion at the Highland, is out of Brownhill Indigo, a cow that goes back to the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable. Owenroe was knocked down to Frank Reid, Ballinahinch, Co Down.

The same buyer also bought the lead priced female at 3600gns. This was the section champion, Gallion Nancy, a two-year-old from Edgar Johnston and Sons, Cookstown, Co Tyrone. The breeding behind this transaction includes the 25,000gns Inverlochy Ferdie onto Coolnaslee Hawthorne, a daughter of the 9500gns Corcreevy Dingle.

The sale which witnessed a 74% clearance saw Beechdale Obelix, a February-born bull sell for the second top price of 5200gns to Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone. His purchase, a yellow ticket holder from the pre-sale show from Gregor Donnelly, Ardmore, Co Derry, is bred from Beechdale Lavender, an Alwent Goldbar daughter, by the AI sire Davally Illusion.

Minutes later Drumlegagh Oscar, a 17 month-old son of Blelack Digger and Deeleview Helen, which goes back to the French-bred Suzeringie, made 4200gns for John, Ivan and Ryan Elliott, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. Oscar stood second in his class at the pre-sale show and headed back to Co Tyrone with J Marshall, Castlederg.

The supreme champion from Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down, made 4100gns selling to Ivan Tanner, Castlerock, Co Derry. Royaldowns Orlando, a June 2018-born son is by Rowandale Dancer and out of the Allanfauld Velocity-sired Royaldowns Debbie.

Matching that price tag was Patrick Quigley’s 15 month-old red ticket holder, Rossavalley Oak from Bellanleck, Co Fermanagh. Kevin McManus, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, was the last man in on this son of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax, whose dam Rossavalley Jane, is a Burradon Talisman daughter.

Second top price amongst the females was 3300gns paid for the reserve section winner, Brogher Nancy, which sold served to the 10,000gns Goldies Icon. Consigned by Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh, this two-year-old is by the 8000gns Blelack Blackberet, out of the Pirate-sired Brogher Elly and sold to Sydney Hadnett, Armagh, Co Armagh.

The draft of four heifers from Brian McAllister and Son, Kells, Co Antrim, peaked at 3000gns for Burnside Nutella, a 22-month-old heifer by the 18,000gns Thurnton Fairfax. She is out of Burnside Eimp, by Balmyle Vagabond, and headed home with John Watson, Portadown, Co Armagh.

Averages: 29 bulls £3276.72; 13 heifers £2095.96. Draft sale – Four McAllister heifers £2283.79

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart