More than 60% of the bulls forward found homes with commercial producers at the Hereford Cattle Society's inaugural Sires of the Future sale at Shrewsbury, where a 16-month-old topped the trade at 6500gns.

The bull, Dendor 1 Sugar Ray from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys, boasts show winning genetics on both sides being the first son sold by Dendor 1 Nairobi – the supreme champion at the 2018 National Poll Show – out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17, a SMH Euro daughter that bred 2018 female of the year. Sugar Ray headed to Carmarthenshire to join international rugby referee Nigel Owen’s newly established Mairwen herd.

Second top price was 4200gns paid for Appleridge 1 Rollo from Martin Jenkins, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, which sold back to the same area with Allan Timbrell, Cirencester to join the Thames herd. He is by Lowesmoor 1 Kilkenny and out of a home-bred female by Romany 1 Galaxy A84 G5.

Society president, Mark Roberts and his wife, Maddy, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire, received 3800gns for the 21-month-old Bromley 1 Othello, a son of the inter-breed show winner, Normanton 1 Laertes, purchased by Collins Bull Hire, Llangattock Lingoed, Monmouthshire.

Two bulls sold for 3000gns to include George and Sophie Harvey's Harveybros 1 Stan-The Man, from Balfron, Glasgow, purchased by Michael Clark of the Gloucestershire-based Lowesmoor herd. He is also by Normanton 1 Laertes and bred from the Venture Night Time daughter, Harveybros 1 Crocus N5.

Auctioneers: Halls