Averages: Senior ewes, £94; gimmers, £155; ewe lambs, £99; rams, £544.

Dumfriesshire Lleyn breeder, Derek Steen, Moffat, led the way at a society sale at Ross on Wye, selling the lead priced gimmers at £190 per head.

His pen of six gimmers were purchased by D Edwards, Gloucs, with another pen from the same home making £175 to S Phillips, Cirencester.

The first prize pen of five gimmers from J Hamer, Oswestry, made £180 to D Birt, Churcham and just behind, on £178, Lionel Organ sold 10 for £178 to D Edwards.

By the end of the day some 15 pens sold for £170 and above, with the gimmer section witnessing a 97% clearance, compared to the ewe lambs that saw an 81% clearance and a top price of £142 per head.

Selling at this price was a pen of five from C Price, Brecon, who also sold a pen of 10 and a pen of seven at £124, with the three lots selling to WG Smyth and Son, Barnstaple.

Top price amongst the males which saw a 78% clearance was 3800gns paid for the first prize Luest ram, by a Derek Steen-bred tup, from E and D Jones, Machynlleth, purchased by G and A Fort, West Yorkshire, who later received 2800gns for their second prize ram, Brightonhouse Gold Card, from Dylan Jones.