• BLUEFACED Leicesters again secured the lead breed average in both the shearling ram and tup lamb sections, but with an increased number of sheep forward and more selective buyers, averages were down on last year's extreme levels.

  • A GOOD show of Suffolk rams, complete with increased demand for the breed to produce earlier finishing prime lambs and Suffolk cross ewe lambs for breeding, ensured overall averages rose in every section, albeit for fewer sold.

  • Centre records were smashed at last week's Kelso Ram Sales, when a Texel shearling from Peter and Lynn Gray's Scrogtonhead pen went under the hammer for £35,000.

  • BREEDING sheep met a buoyant trade at the annual sale of Beltex cross Texel rams and females staged on behalf of Messrs Whiteford, Tercrosset, at Carlisle, where a lead price of 1500gns was achieved.

  • A NEW venue for Paul Slater's Whiteley Hey flock sale, at North West Auction's Rural Centre, Kendal, proved popular, with all averages rising on the year.

  • AVERAGES broke though the magical £1000 barrier at the on-farm Working Genes' sale of shearling rams from the McGowan family's Incheoch flock from Alyth, last week, when no fewer than 79 rams cashed in at £1014.65.

  • UNITED AUCTIONS sold a total of 8606 store lambs last week, which included a show and sale of Blackfaces on behalf of the Blackface Sheep Breeders' Association.

  • CENTRE records were smashed at Skipton, when a Beltex ram made 9500gns at a society show and sale of males and females.

  • CRAIG Wilson had 4892 sheep forward at the annual Blackface ewe lamb, Mule gimmer and store lamb sale at Ayr this week.

  • HIGHLAND Mules enjoyed a flyer of a trade at Dingwall and Highland Mart's show and sale of 4229 ewe lambs and gimmers, at Dingwall, on Monday, where averages rose significantly on the year in both sections.