Females met a buoyant trade at the inaugural Lanark Limelights sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at Lanark, last week, where a ewe hogg from Messrs Lord's Hewgill flock from Kirkby Stephen, attracted the lead bid of £4400.

Second in her class at the pre-sale show, this ET entry is by the £8000 G23 Marriforth, and bred from a home-bred ewe by another Hewgill sire, she was bought by Claire Davies, Merryhill Farm, Redditch, Worcester.

Hewgill also sold the third priced lot, a ewe hogg by the H45 Hewgill, out of a ewe by the G23 Marriforth, at £1050, to Cameron Jackson, buying for the family's Headlind flock based just outside Lanark.

The judge, David Stewart, Sandilands, backed his decision and bought his choice of champion at £1500. This was an in-lamb gimmer from Allan and Ben Wight's Midlock flock from Crawford, Abington, that sold due with twins to the K1 Shafthill. She is by the J21 Midlock and out of a ewe by Midlock Mustang that is a full sister to the £12,000 Midlock Dynamite.

Two ewe hoggs from Midlock realised £820 and £600. The first, bred the exact same way as the champion was bought by Alan McArthur, Cretlevane, Balfron, with the second, a daughter of the K1 Shafthill, purchased by J Sheddan and Sons, Newfield Mains, Dundonald, Kilmarnock.

Matching that £600 bid when purchased by Stuart Nelson, Spittal Farm, Carnwath was a non-accredited ewe from GP Williams' Elian flock all the way from Abergele, Wales. She is sired by a G4 Red Cottage and sold scanned with twins to a K1 Mendick.

The small entry of Beltex and Texels were topped at £400 by a Beltex ewe hogg from Daniel Hodge, Dykes Farm, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, purchased by G Fleming, Shoestanes.

Averages: Bluefaced Leicesters – 10 in-lamb ewes, £264.00; six in-lamb gimmers, £480; 12 ewe hoggs, £862.50. Beltex – Three ewe hoggs, £393.33.

Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.