Gimmers from Hugh and Alan Blackwood's Auldhouseburn flock from Muirkirk, met a flying trade at the Select Seven sale of Texel females at Lanark, last weekend, producing the two top prices at 20,000gns twice along with a cracking average of £11,025 for seven.

This year's gimmers from the 50-ewe flock were all by the 60,000gns Clinterty Yuga Khan, with the majority sold due to the 125,000gns Rhaeadr Best of the Best, which in turn was bred from a 12,000gns Auldhouseburn gimmer bought here in 2016.

First to hit the big one was the Blackwood's No 3, purchased by Rob Bennett who owns the Plasucha flock from Wales. Bred from the best family at Auldhouseburn, she is a direct daughter of the eight-year-old Cowal ewe by Kelso Pavarotti, a ewe whose daughters have bred tups to 75,000gns in Auldhouseburn Boss, and the 125,000gns Rhaeadr Best of the Best. Last year's 17,000gns Auldhouseburn gimmer was also bred from the same Cowal ewe. The 20,000gns gimmer sold carrying a single to the 130,000gns Sportsmans A Star, a tup bought last year that bred 13 sons to average in excess of £13,600, this year.

The second 20,000gns Auldhouseburn sale came for a grand-daughter of the eight-year-old Cowal ewe, being bred from a home-bred ewe by Strathbogie Untouchable. She changed hands scanned for a pair of lambs by Best of the Best to Bruce Renwick and family, buying for the Castlecairn flock from Legars, Kelso.

The Campbell brothers – Keith, Allan and Roy – who own the Cowal flock at Lochgoilhead, also got in on the act forking out 9000gns for a full sister to the previous lot, which again changed hands due to Best of the Best.

Another bred the same way, made 9500gns selling to Carl Bellis, buying for his 20 ewe Cosyn flock from Wales. This was the pen leader, which is a maternal sister to the 7000gns Wacko Jacko. She sold with a single scanned pregnancy along with her.

Billy Graham, Craigdarroch, Sanquhar, was another to fork out big bucks for an Auldhouseburn gimmer, going to 9000gns for a similarly bred entry carrying a single to Best of the Best. She is a maternal sister to the 4800gns Bobby Dazzler.

On the debit side, Auldhouseburn bought the second top priced lot at 17,000gns from the Clark family – Helen and sons Alan, Andrew and David – who run three flocks based at North Garngour, Lesmahagow. Their pen leader, by the 15,000gns Knock Yardsman, is bred from a ewe by Teiglum Windfall whose dam is a full sister to the dam of the £29,000 Garngour Awesome and the 17,000gns Garngour Bullet. The service sire was the jointly purchased Silvermere Baltic, and she changed hands scanned for twins.

Procters gimmers by the 70,000gns Teiglum Younggun, brought out by Jeff and Jennifer Aiken, proved extremely popular with three at five figure prices and a top of 12,000gns paid for their No 2, which is backed by some top genetics and show winners. The reserve female at the Great Yorkshire, last year, this flashy female is a grand-daughter of Procters Sugarbabe, a Scrogtonhead U Stoater-sired ewe that has bred several top sellers to include the 9000gns Procters Bobby Dazzler. Charlie Boden of the Sportsmans flock from Stockport, was the final bidder on this entry with the service sire being his own Sportmans Batman, which Mr Boden sold at Carlisle in September, for 100,000gns.

The first gimmer from the Lancashire-based Procters flock made 10,000gns selling to Gordon and David Gray, buying for their Ettrick flock from Selkirk. Bred from the same family as the 12,000gns gimmer, she also sold carrying twins to Batman.

Blackface sheep breeder, David Morrison, Dalwyne, Barr, bought two at five-figures to include Procters second top priced entry at 11,000gns. This was another by Younggun but bred from a ewe by Anglezarke Uno that scanned a single to Batman. One of the flock's 2017 show ewe lambs, she is a maternal sister to the second prize ewe lamb at the Highland this year and goes back to a 7000gns Knock ewe.

Mr Morrison shelled out another 11,000gns bid for the pen leader from Ettrick. A daughter of Clinterty Yuga Khan that was reserve at Peebles Show last year as a ewe lamb, this entry is an ET sister to several four-figure priced tup lambs, with females from the family having sold to 11,000gns Bred from a ewe by Knock Topaz that goes back to Foyle View Superstar, she sold carrying a single lamb to the 17,000gns Usk Vale Albatross, and with a recipient ewe carrying a single embryo from her by Midcombe Brigadier.

Top price for Aberdeenshire breeders, Albert and George Howie's Knock flock from Peterhead, was 7000gns paid for their No 2, an Arkle Yingyang daughter bred from a ewe by Deveronvale Union Jack. She changed hands in-lamb to the 28,000gns Knock Banker, to Messrs Teward, Staindrop.

Averages: Boghouse flock – Six gimmers, £598.50. Auldhouseburn – Seven gimmers, £11,025. Ettrick – 18 gimmers, £2072.58. Craighead – Four gimmers, £714. Grougfoot – 10 gimmers, £506.10. Knock - 10 gimmers, £2530.00. Watchknowe – Seven gimmers, £390. Cambwell – 13 gimmers, £1191.34. Garngour – 17 gimmers, £2161.76. Procters – Six gimmers, £7035.

Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.