Prince of Thieves, a Limousin cross steer from Phil and Tracey Jones, Erwood, Powys, lived up to his name at a sale of potential show calves at Brecon, selling for the top price of £7400.

The calf, a Limousin cross by Sheehills Jet and full brother to last year’s champion, was first selected steer champion and supreme overall by the judges, James and Luke Wilkinson, Leyburn, before selling to JL Ward and Son, Torrington, Devon.

Second top price was £5100 paid for the reserve heifer from DH Morgan, Llanddeusant, Carmarthenshire. This Limousin cross christened Hot Shot, is out of a British Blue cross cow and sold to Lincolnshire show calf enthusiasts, Phil and Sharon Sellers.

Aberdeenshire showman, Blair Duffton, Huntly, bought three of the top priced lots forking out £3100 for the reserve overall champion and £2700 and £2350 for others.

Dearest was Oodles, a British Blue cross heifer by Stoneleigh Just Do It, out of a pure-bred Limousin, from Colin and Wendy Phillips, Sarnsfield, Herefordshire.

Also heading on the same lorry load home to Huntly at £2700 was a Limousin cross heifer from DE and G Davies and Son, Builth Wells, along with Pepsi, a similarly bred heifer this time from RW and LA Jones, Builth Wells, purchased for £2350.

Other top sellers included the first prize Charolais cross heifer, Waffles from JM and AM Lewis, Llanwrda, Carmarthen, which made £3100, to GH Woolatt, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

The reserve champion, steer, Eddie the Eagle, a British Blue cross from the same home made £2450 to RH Naylor, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Auctioneers: McCartneys