A new centre record of 8400gns was achieved for an Aberdeen Angus bull at the breed society's show and sale at Dungannon, when the champion, Drumhill Lord Hugo Y102 from Jonathan and Lisa Doyle was sold.

The bull, which was selected supreme by Scottish breed president and show judge, Ian Watson, was exhibited by stockman Callum Innes. One of the first sons by the herd's 15,000gns tock bull, Galcantray Jedi Eric, this July 2022-born bull is out of the Hallington Jack Eric-sired cow, Drumhill Lady Heather T593 – one of 60 cows in the Cookstown-based herd.

The judge described his choice of champion as a 'stand out bull'. “It has been a fantastic show, with some strong classes, especially in the junior section of the show.

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“Today’s champion is a big upstanding bull with excellent legs and feet. He has superb character and presence, and caught my eye the minute he entered the showring,” said Mr Watson of the 50-cow Kersquarter herd.

The champion sold to Campbellhall Farm, Dunadry, Co Antrim, for the Beechview pedigree herd.

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The second bull in the ring, Richhill Evolver made 4000gns for Robin Lamb, Richhill. This rising two-year-old second prize winner is sired by the home-bred Netherton Matrix T880 son, Richhill Black Barrister W481. The buyer was Will Corrie of the dairy herd at Smiddiehill Farm, Newtownards.

Mr Lamb who won the best large herd in the NI Aberdeen Angus Club’s 2023 herd competition sold three bulls to average £3780.

New breeders James and Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Co Armagh, received 4000gns for the second prize Ballymoyer Pierre. This 22-month-old son of Woodvale Kool Jaguar is out of Ballymoyer Peggy V703 and also joins Smiddiehill Farm in Co Down.

Averages: 13 bulls, £3715.