• TEXEL sheep breeders enjoyed a rip roaring trade at Lanark, last week, where a top price of 145,000gns combined with a further seven five-figure transactions and no fewer than 39 sales at or above the 3500gns bracket, bolstered the overall average to just short of £2500 with 20 more sold.

  • AN aged ewe from the Hillview dispersal led the way at the Bleu du Maine society show and sale at Carlisle, selling for the top price of 2000gns.

  • A GOOD clearance of both males and females was witnessed at the Rouge society show and sale at Carlisle last week.

  • SELLING through United Auctions, last week, were 3648 prime lambs which cashed in to average 160.4p per kg.

  • ONE of the UK's leading turkey farm businesses, Usk Vale, South Wales, has ventured into pedigree Texels, with the private purchase of Alastair Gault's Balmoral Show champion, Forkins Una, from the Forkins flock, from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

  • BELTEX gimmers from Stuart Wood's Woodies flock from Woolhillock, Skene, Aberdeenshire, proved a star attraction at last week's Beltex female sale, securing several of the lead prices.

  • A SOUND trade for Beltex ram lambs on the Thursday, also saw averages improve on the year and for more sold.

  • A HUGE demand for naturally fleshed Beltex shearling rams saw averages jump by almost £120 on the year and for 53 more sold at last week's three-day breed show and sale at Carlisle.

  • A STRONG demand for well fleshed, balanced Texels from commercial and pedigree breeders ensured a buoyant trade for the first of the breed society's national sales, at Ballymena, where overall averages rose across the board, albeit for fewer sold in most sections.

  • TWO ram lambs shared the top price of 1600gns at the Northern Counties Suffolk Society show and sale at Carlisle, last week, where no fewer than eight rams and one female secured four-figure sales.