After Welsh Covid-19 restrictions had been lifted earlier in the week, buyers travelled from far beyond to the country’s border for the pick of the Limousin bulls at a society sale at Brecon Livestock Market, where prices peaked at 4400gns.

Sale leader was Malthouse Paddy, an April, 2019-born bull from the Roberts family, St Melons, Cardiff. One of the first by the 14,000gns Grahams Mungo, he was purchased by Austen Lockyer for use on his commercial herd at Highridge. His dam is Malthouse Fulani, which boasts genetics from the Fieldson, Mynach and Sarkley herds in his pedigree.

Second top price was 3800gns, paid twice. First off was an entry from CF and FE Jerman, Caerws, in the shape of the March, 2019-born Glangwden Pedro, by the French sire Julienas and out of Glangwden Mildrydd, a great grand-daughter of Sarkley Aisleen. Pedro headed home to Sennybridge with JK Morgan, Gorslwyd.

Also hitting 3800gns was Killerton Plutonium, from Devon breeders PW and SM Greed. Plutonium is a son of the 10,000gns Confluence Leyton, out of Killerton Lithium, and sold south with Messrs Rees, Cilddewi Fawr, Llannon.

Females sold to 3000gns for the heifer, Rhiwllech Paloma, from DM Howells, Gelli Farm, purchased by WH Williams, Dolau Ifan Duu, Bridgend. Paloma is out of Rodney Chocalat and was sired by the home-bred bull, Rhiwllech Magnum.

averages: 22 bulls, £3202.50

Auctioneers: McCartneys