An in-calf heifer realised 3400gns at the Welsh Black Cattle Society’s sale at Llandovery, where buyers traded carefully but spent freely on the best on offer.

The 28-month-old heifer, Neuadd Caran Ddu 251st, was paraded by breeder D William Jenkins from Machynlleth and sired by Neuadd Heboy.

She heads for South Wales with Whitland breeders Malcolm and Glenys James.

Breed society chief executive Andrew James said: “The downturn in prices reflects the uncertainty in the beef sector, but 100 new members joined the society last year.”

Another in-calf heifer, from the Brysgaga herd of Rowland Rees, Ceredigion, and sired by Ysguboriau Erddyn 45th, realised 2000gns to Ioan Roberts of Anglesey.

Hafodesgob Nancy 23rd, a maiden heifer from Mrs Gwenfair Jones, Bala, was claimed at 1520gns by new buyer Hugh Crosley from Suffolk.

Another new face was Dewi Edwards, who accounted for 10 females paying up to 1250gns for an in-calf heifer from the Crwys herd of Messrs Evans, Llanwrda.

Bulls sold to 1800gns for the champion Fodlas Peredur 3rd.

The 14-month-old bull achieved a daily liveweight gain of 1.49kg from birth and was shown by Gwenfair Jones.

Buyers were Ian and Delyth John.

(Clee, Tomkinson & Francis)