Commercial producers were behind the majority of top priced lots at a Charolais breed sale at Dungannon, where prices peaked at 6200gns and averages improved by £86 per head on the year.

Top seller was the pre-sale junior champion and reserve overall from Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone. His Ratoary Ourboy is a 16 month-old by the former Royal Welsh reserve junior, Montgomery Ianto and out of Clooncullane Chloe which goes back to the French-bred sire, Mozart. He sold to R Pedlow, Lurgan, Co Armagh.

The same buyer also went to 4900gns for the supreme champion, Drumlegagh Odin, a son of Tweeddale Lookout – a double Q AI bull increasing in popularity with more than 100 sons and daughters in the national herd from John, Ivan and Ryan Elliot, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. This August 2018-born entry is out of the Deeleview Classick-sired, Deeleview Ingrid.

Will Short, Beragh, Co Tyrone, received 4300gns for Woodpark Orion, an 18 month-old that stood second in his class and sold to Trevor Butler, Ballycastle, Co Antrim. The sire here is Invictus, while Orion’s dam Woodpark Leanne, goes back to the Southern Irish-born, Deeside Gulliver.

Just behind on 4200gns, David and John Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down, sold Brigadoon Orbit, an April 2018-born entry by the Royal Ulster supreme Brampton Petition. He is out of Captain-sired cow, Brigadoon Leona, a former reserve intermediate heifer champion at the Minsups final in 2016, and sold to Colin Maxwell, Clough, Co Down.

Lead female was George Nelson’s section champion from Drumacritten, Co Fermanagh, which realised 3200gns to D McAlonan, Dunloy, Co Antrim. Drumacritten Oaklee is by Goldies Icon while her dam Drumacritten Duchess is a daughter of Burradon Talisman.

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart

averages: 33 bulls £3465, 11 heifers £2142.95. Royaldowns draft sale: three cows and calves £2205.00.