A STRONG line-up of rams was forward at North West Auctions’ Rough Fell Sheep Breeders’ Association sale, where an entry of 192 head averaged £643.50 and reached a top price of 9500gns. 
Sale leader was the reserve champion, High Cark Awesome, a son of Flakebridge Viper, from I, J and M Mallinson, Borrow Bridge House, Selside. This shearling sold to Norman Dodd, Kirkby Stephen. 
On the other side of the coin, Mr Dodd sold a shearling for 5500gns to the Mallinsons, while another shearling from MJ and JD Handley, Catholes, Sedbergh, sold for 5000gns to MP and A Capstick, High Lane. 
The champion ram, the first prize shearling from E and K Bland of Cotegill, Tebay, sold for 3800gns to Amy Harrison, Kentmere. He is a son of Barugh Watch Me Go. 
Ram lambs met a selective trade, having levelled at £243.60 and peaked at 550gns from JA Law, Raven Cottage, to D and HM Watson, Middleton Hall. 

LEADING prices:

Ram lambs – £577.50 Raven Cottage; £546, £105 Beckside; £315 High Rowans; £262.50, £105 Raisgill Hall; £157.50 12 Maryfell; £157.50, £105 6 Galloper Park; £105.00 Winllan. 
Shearling rams – £9975, £2310, £1995 Borrow Bridge House; £5775 2 Manor Court; £5250, £3780, £2100 Archers Hall; £3990.00 Cotegill Farm; £3150 High Lane; £1785 High Woodend. 
Aged rams – £577.50, £367.50 Whinfell Terrace; £336, £189 Croft Foot Farm; £189, £157.50 Dale View; £126 Sowermire; £105Holme Farm; £105 High Green Farm; £105 High Lane.