A PEN of lambs from Bankhead Farming Partners secured the championship at the show and sale of Texel-sired lambs held in conjunction with the Scottish Texel Sheep Breeders' Club at Caledonian Marts, Stirling, on Tuesday, before selling for the top price per head of £120.

Picked out by judge R Lawson, of East Mains, Newbigging, they weighed in at 46.6kg and sold to A Gray (Butchers), Stirling, for that £120 or 257.5p per kg.

In reserve was a 43.6kg trio bred from Scotch Mules from G Whyte, Pett, which sold to Mr Lawson for £115 per head or the top price per kg of 263.8p.

With the sale of 351 spring lambs selling to average 206.6p (-10.9p in keeping with the national trend), lambs outwith the show reached £110 twice for Texels – one weighing 51kg from JR MacGregor, Dyke, and for another weighing 47kg from RA Campbell and Sons, Meikle Seggie. Per kg, a 43kg Texel from HT Shanks, Easter Cash, hit 228p.

Also forward were 515 cast sheep where heavy ewes averaged £84.01 and sold to £126 for a Texel from SR Hyslop, Whitehills, while export ewes levelled at £58.89 having hit £67 for a Blackface from W Adam and Son, Shankhead.

LEADING awards:

Texel-sired prime lambs out of Scotch Mule – Up to 42kg – 1 and 2, WB Buchanan, Wester Kepdowrie, 40.6kg, £81.50, and 41.6kg, £82.50; 3, R Wardrope and Son, Easter Coates, 40.6kg, £86.50. 42.1kg and above – 1 and reserve. G Whyte, Pett, 43.6kg, £115; 2, J Lawrie, Tillyrie, 43.6kg, £96; 3, Easter Coates, 43.6kg, £96.

Texel-sired prime lambs out of AOB – Up to 42kg – 1, E Robertson, Skeoch, 41kg, £93. Class 4 – Texel X Any Other Breed over 42.1kg – 1, champion and 3, Bankhead Farming Partners, 46.6kg, £120, and 48.3kg, £110; 2, Skeoch, 46kg, £107.