Aberdeen Angus bulls from Northumberland's Hallington herd were in hot demand at the Stirling Bull Sales to average 10,000gns.
The event proved a big success father-and-son team Alan and Stephen Lawson of Hallington, near Hexham.
Kicking off proceedings for them by securing a first prize in his class, before going on to scoop the reserve intermediate championship, was 21-month-old Hallington Edition M362.
This Nightingale Proud Jake G405 son is out of Blelack Ebolass C661, a Wedderlie Blackadder Z093 daughter and carries a TSI of +37, Sri of +53, milk figure of +12 and a positive calving ease.
He went on to sell for the joint second highest price of the day of 17,000gns to Andrew Hodge for his Rulesmains herd, Duns, Berwickshire.
Alan said: “He’s a very good young bull. We used him as a youngster last spring and I think we’ll have about 10 heifers in-calf to him.”
The Lawsons’ next best was Hallington Justice Eric M378, another Proud Jake son, this time out of the Blelack Klansman C702 daughter Hallington Jayne Erica E090, a daughter of an early foundation female Blelack Jayne Erica C773, which previously bred the 8000gns Carlisle May champion in 2013.
He carries a TSI of +31, milk figure of +17 and a SRI of +42 and found a new home with the Harcus family, Orkney.
Alan said: “Justice Eric is the half-brother of Julius Eric, which won the championship at Carlilse last year and sold for £8,000gns.
“They are both very good bulls - this is a good family, breeding very well for us.”
The last bull to sell was Hallington Panasonic M373, a son of the home-bred sire Hallington Jay Eric K265 out of the Hallington Knight F123 daughter Hallington Princess H182.
With a SRI of +40 he was knocked down to Liam Muir, Orkney at 3000gns.
Alan continued: “We were very pleased with the day’s proceedings at Stirling.
“We averaged £10,000gns for the three bulls and our top bull was the 17,000gns Hallington Edition.
“We’ve sold bulls from the same family, the Ebolass line, to 12,000gns, one went to Northern Ireland about four years ago, and we featured as the AI sales at Carlisle three years.”
The Lawsons now have three Angus sales coming up in May with the final outing of the year to Stirling in the autumn.
Although they do not sell their females at sales as they are building up the herd, they did export three to Germany a few years ago.