Averages: 12 aged ewes, £343.88; 31 gimmers, £347.85; 13 ewe lambs, £248.77. Redcroft flock dispersal – 15 aged ewes, £235.20; eight gimmers , £246.75; six ewe lambs, £227.50.

JIM Cannon's pre-sale champion, a gimmer by Ardlea Atomic, from Redbrae, Wigtown, Newtown Stewart, led the way at an in-lamb Suffolk show and sale at Carlisle, selling for the top price of 680gns.

Bred from a home-bred ewe by Cairness Just The Best, she sold in lamb to Castleisle Cruiser, to FA Brown and Son, Halfway House, Burton In Lonsdale, Carnforth.

Pamela Lupton's Kexbeck flock from Greenholme Farm, Ripon, also came up with the goods, selling a gimmer at 580gns to J Buchanan, Prettsmill Farm, Sandilands, Lanark. She is by Ballynacanon Crusade – the reserve male champion and a member of the winning group of three at the Great Yorkshire Show this year – and bred from a show ewe by Safaddan Smarty Pants.

Two gimmers sold for 500gns to include a Crewlands Cock O The North daughter from G and J Souslby, Williamsgill, Temple Sowerby, Penrith. Forking out the cash for this female served to Roseden Endeavour was J Wearmouth, Martindale Farm, Crosby Garrett, Kirkby Stephen.

Later, Dumfriesshire breeders, Paula and David Reid, Calfpark, Mouswald, received the same money for a gimmer by Flodden Magician bred from a ewe by Cairness Liam, from A and A Drummond, Nether Heilar Farm, Sorn, Mauchline. The service sire was a Cairness-bred ram.

Alistair Nelson's dispersal of the Redcroft flock from Castle Douglas, peaked at 300gns on four occasions for females bought by L Appleton, 1 Brackenhill Farm, Shotton, Colliery, Co Durham; J Shepherd, 1 Low Fullwood Cottages, Dunlop, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and TC and CA Harding, Lodge Farm, Atterton, Nuneaton, who bought two.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington