Charolais bulls proved the star attraction at Harrison and Hetherington's multi-breed, timed on-line auction sale, securing three of the top four prices and the lead averages.

The sale, which included pedigree entries of Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Blondes, Charolais and Simmental, was topped at £10,000 by Ian and Dot Goldie's Solwayfirth Oneal, an 18-month-old bull from Greenfield, Cummertrees, Dumfries.

This cracker is a son of the 11,500gns Glenericht Majestic, whose full brother stood champion and made 25,000gns at Stirling in February. The dam is the Blackford Samson daughter, Solwayfirth Ingrid. Oneal changed hands carrying a single copy of the F94L easy calving gene to Lanarkshire breeders, John Wight and Sons, Midlock, Crawford, Biggar.

Second top price was £9000 paid for the March 2019-born Mornity Pedro from Jack Nicol Farms' Mornity herd from Alyth. A son of the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini, out of the Falleninch Hamzoraj-sired cow, Guthrie Laura, he was bought by Messrs Story Livestock, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire.

Tyne and Wear producers, Messrs Hodgson, Gateshead, went to £7400 for Hamish Goldie's Charolais bull, Goldies Orchard, a 19-month-old from South Bowerhouses, Dumfries. More top breeding is behind this entry which boasts two copies of the F94L gene, with the sire being the show winning, Tweeddale Matador onto Goldies Lottie, a heifer by Gretnahouse Heman.

The Charolais breed also topped the females at £5600 when Brailes Livestock, Oxfordshire, sold the reserve junior champion female from the 2019 Royal Welsh Show, Bassett Oakleaf, a January 2018-born heifer to Messrs Hall and Son, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

The heifer which has been attended to by Perthshire's freelance stockmen, Richard and Carol Rettie, is by Harestone Domino and was served in April to Westcarse Houdini.

Aberdeenshire-based Angus breeders, Neil and Mark Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford, produced the lead priced all black in Tonley Juno, a 22-month-old son of Blelack Evor. A full brother to their top show cow, Evor is bred from the Hurdcott Elixir daughter, Tonley Julie Erica, and heads home to Stow, Galashiels with Messrs Weir at £8000.

Just behind, on £7000, local breeder, Alasdair Houston, Gretna, sold his Gretnahouse Florian, a 17-month-old son of Haymount Precursor to Messrs Gardiner, Lyne of Skene.

Blondes were topped at £5000 for P Weightman and Sons' Hallfield Orvil, an Aargon Jaigo son from Easington, Co Durham, purchased by Messrs Lord, Horsham, West Sussex.

A disappointing trade for Beef Shorthorn and Simmentals saw them peak at £3600 twice and £3400, respectively.

For full report and photographs see next week's Scottish Farmer on May 23.

Averages: Aberdeen-Angus – 18 bulls, £3944.38; Beef Shorthorn – seven bulls, £3086.00; three females, £1667.00; Blonde – six bulls, £3100.00; Charolais: 19 bulls, £5021.05; four females, £3362.00; Simmental – Four bulls, £2850.00.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.