There were few highs in Carrick-on-Shannon at the opening Angus sale for the Midland and western livestock improvement society.

Trade peaked at €4,000 for the day’s Irish Angus and reserve overall champion Drumcarbin Richie. Bred and exhibited by Shane McKiernan, Ballinagh, Co Cavan, he is is a son of easy-calving sire Netherton Americano, with a host of homebred animals on the dam’s side. Carrying five stars down the line, Richie heads north for pedigree breeding.