Northern Irish British Blue breeders were rewarded for their continued investment in top quality genetics at Dungannon last weekend when 32 bulls averaged £3000 and 93% of the entire entry forward sold to new homes.

Heading up the trade at 4700gns was Mountjoy Cannon a Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur son from Desmond McAskie out of homebred Twyning Ash Nimrod daughter Mountjoy Willow. October 2007-born Cannon stood second in his class in the pre-sale show and sold to Alan Hawkes, Co Tyrone.

Next best at 4600gns was Littlederry Challenger from Simon Loughery which had stood first in the same class as Cannon and is by Dafydd D’Ochain and out of Ballymacvea Drum Tillie, a Savant de Pierrecome daughter. This one sold to Liz McEnery, Co Kerry.

At 4100gns was Ballylucas Captain from the Cleland family. Captain is another Dafydd D’Ochain son out of Ballylucas Whisper, a Fadar Des Freres daughter and sold to John McDonnell, Co Roscommon.

In the females top price was a 4200gns bid for female and overall champion Annaghone Charm from Norman Hammond. She is by Blak Du Baty D’Eprave and out of Annaghone Winnie. Buying this one was Jo Doyle, Kilkeel.

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At 3200gns was Droit Candy, a Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur daughter out of Annanwater Verona, a Visconti de St Fontaine daughter out of Ridge Dean Totty. She sold to J Collins, Ballymoney.

Averages; 32 bulls £3000, 20 females £2220.75