Taking the championship and making the top price of 1250gns at the only official sale of Welsh Black cattle outside Wales was Rhiwlas Seren 21st, leading the entry at the breed society’s autumn fixture at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Consigned by Robin Price from his herd at Bala, she is by Coedllys Xavier and is in-calf to Mynydd William 3rd.

Buyer was assistant judge Charley Walker.

He established the Shannonbank herd four years ago with his wife Andrea at Duns, Berwickshire, where they are converting the farm to organic status.

The couple bought 11 head at the sale to boost their 60-strong pedigree herd.

Reserve female championship was Nant-Ganol Tegwen 43rd.

Shown by Thomas Bros, Rhilwas, Oswestry, who brought nine heifers to the sale, she was claimed at 1100gns by Sam Morrow for his herd in Co Down.

Tegwen is in-calf to Graig-Goch Bedwyr 31st.

Her herdmate Nant-Ganol Gwenan 20th heads for the same home at 1000gns.

Another in-calf heifer from the Rhiwlas consignment made 950gns for Robin Price and sold to the father-and-son partnership of Paul and Matthew Webster, York.

The Websters, who run Limousin and Aberdeen Angus crosses, are introducing Welsh Blacks into their commercial herd.

The champion maiden heifer, Waedog Celynen 144th from Emyr Wyn Jones, Bala, made 1000gns.

She is by Graig Goch Rhys 16th and heads for Dumfries with Bob and Sarah Preece.

Averages: 16 in-calf heifers 894gns, 19 maiden heifers 610gns.

(Harrison & Hetherington).