A yarding of nine bulls levelled at £3,348 and topped at 3,850gns on Saturday (3 February) at the fourth British Limousin Cattle Society early spring sale at Brecon.

Trade was back £248 on last year, which topped with Garyvaughan Linky from CV Lewis at 5,800gns in March 2017.

This year’s trade topper was Devon-bred Killerton Manu from PW and SM Greed, Rewe, Exeter, with a winning bid from PJ Haynes and Sons, Thorp Lacton, Market Harborough.

Manu is in the top 1% of the breed with a +52 beef value and is by stock sire Emslies Horny and out of Killerton Georgia.

Bull Killerton Manu at a show

Trade hit highs of 3,8050gns with Killerton Manu, from the Greeds, Devon

See also: Stirling bull sales 2018: Shorthorns lead sale hitting 20,000gns twice

Next at 3,700gns was Nealford Master from JH Neale and Son, Launceston, Cornwall, who knocked down to ASL and D Lewis, Llanbister, Llandrindod Wells. He is by the notable Wildoge Cerberus son Ampertaine Forman and out of top cow Nealford Tracy.

Two consecutive Loosebeare bulls made 3,500gns for the Quick family, Crediton, Devon, the first being Miami, who was knocked down to G and A Williams and Son, Treddiog Fawr, Pembrokeshire.

Matching this was Loosebeare Manchester, a son of Rocky out of Loosebeare Evilla. He went home with JR Norejko, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.

Averages: Nine bulls, £3,348.33 (-£248); two maiden heifers, £2,362.50; one cow and calf, £2,835 (McCartney’s)