• A CRACKING end to the Swaledale tup sale season was witnessed at last week's two-day association sale at Hawes, where no fewer than 22 shearling rams hit the five-figure bracket, rounding off a good run of autumn sales for the breed.

  • JOHN Swan sold a total of 3015 Blackface sheep at its annual Hill sale last week.

  • SHEARLING rams from Wanwood partners' Chapel House operation at Wanwood Hill, led the way at Hexham and Northern Marts' annual sale of Blackface shearling rams and tup lambs at Hexham, securing two of the three top prices and the top flock average of £2350 for 12.

  • CHAROLLAIS sheep females sold by the Ingram family - Willie, Carole and sons Gregor and Bruce - from Logie Durno, Pitcaple, Inverurie, enjoyed a flying trade at a production sale at Ludlow, last weekend, with buyers from Ireland, Holland and Belgium.

  • THE annual two day Swaledale ram sale at Kirkby Stephen saw averages fall slightly, mainly due to a lower commercial demand on the second day's trading.

  • AN improved show of shearling rams saw no fewer than seven lots sell for five figures prices which, combined with a further 16 selling for between £5000 and £10,000, ensured averages improved on the year and for more sold.

  • BREED records were smashed at the annual two-day sale of Blackface rams at Lanark, last week, when a lamb from Alastair MacArthur and son David's 1600-ewe flock from Nunnerie, Elvanfoot, sold for a whopping £100,000.

  • A TWO-SHEAR ram from Billy and Anne Macpherson, Blackford, Croy, topped Dingwall and Highland Marts' show and sale of Blackface rams at Dingwall, last week, securing the championship and the top price of £2200, selling to E Fraser, Gorthleck Mains, Gorthleck.

  • TEXEL shearling rams led the line up at Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart's sale of 908 tups forward for their annual Ram Fair at Longtown last week, securing the lead prices of £1700 and £1650.

  • A TEXEL cross Beltex shearling from Dalchirla, topped the annual Ram Rendezvous, Stirling, selling for the lead price of £1700 to Glenalmond Estate, with the flock's pen of 25 levelling at £710.