The Irish Belgian Blue Cattle Society hosted its premier autumn sale in Tullamore on Friday, with trade topping at €4,500.

The catalogue of 20 animals incorporated the reduction sale of Myles McDermott’s Rathlyon herd, which achieved many of the night’s top prices. Leading the way was 10-month-old Rathlyon Niamh who was described by Myles as “one of the best heifers ever bred on the farm”. Sired by ADU, the four-star heifer was all-Ireland junior female calf champion at this year’s Tinahely Show.