• 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.

  • TRADE peaked at £7000 at a Bluefaced Leicester sale at Penrith, last week, when a shearling ram from Messrs Lord's Hewgill flock, from Low Dowgill, Kirkby Stephen, sold to J Ireland and Son, Stockhow Hall, Frizington, and A and K Nicholson, Swinside End, Scales, Cockermouth.

  • CHAROLLAIS sheep enthusiasts from England, Ireland and Wales were out in force to acquire leading genetics from Herbie and Alan Kennedy's on-farm Parkgate production sale at Wester Parkgate, Dumfries, last week, where a top price of 2100gns was achieved for the family's lead show ewe.

  • BUYERS were highly selective at the final Bluefaced Leicester Association sale at Carlisle, where only 759 sheep from a catalogued entry of just shy of 1100 found new homes.

  • DESPITE the increased entry, an improved show of Blackface shearlings and ram lambs met a strong demand at United Auctions's massive sale of 1045 tups at Dalmally, last weekend, where five lots attracted five-figure prices.

  • THE champion pen of Blackface gimmers went on to top the sale of breeding females at Hexham.

  • TRADE was buoyant at Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart's sheep sale at Dumfries last week, which included its annual Ram Fair.

  • BREED records were smashed at Hawes Auction Mart, last weekend, when a pen of draft Swaledale ewes from Geoff and Carole Marwood, Longreen, sold for £1000 per head to SM Tully, Burncroft Farm, Eggleston, Barnard Castle.