Prices peaked at 1100gns at the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders' Association show and sale at United Auctions' Stirling, where the champion, a ram lamb topped the trade.

Selling at this price was Adrian Rundles’ tup lamb from the Treworthal flock all the way from Cornwall. A son of Treworthal Savea out of a Whitehead ewe by Whitehead Galileo, he was knocked down to S and A Moores buying for their Ballhall flock from Brechin, Angus.

Mr Rundles also sold the second top priced ram lamb and ewe lamb at 500gns each again with progeny by Treworthal Savea. The former, purchased by Aberdeenshire breeders, D and K Milnes of the Longcroft flock from Insch, is out of a Treworthal ewe by Ballycreelly Seamus.

The ewe lamb, which stood reserve champion at the pre sale show, headed home with G and J Galbraith, buying for their Graylen flock from Kendal.

Local breeders, Roy and Jane McFarlane and daughter Lorna Rennie, sold the lead priced female, a gimmer at 520gns. She is by Kelsey Fantastic, bred from a home-bred ewe by Thorbeck Chieftain and sold to F and J Glass and Robinsons' Entineer flock from Alford, Aberdeenshire.

Next at 480gns selling to JW and S Taylors’ Bridgehaugh flock from Earlston, Berwickshire, was a ewe lamb from J and B Hill’s Isle of Bute flock. She is by Yarcombe Pythagoras and out of a Normanby ewe by Pode Hole Hector.

Shearling rams peaked at 500gns on two occasions, with both consigned by the 2018 National Flock winner, H Hindmarche's Fellrose flock. First was a son of Fellrose Kris out of a Fellrose ewe by Lindsey Tomasz, which goes out to work on D Scott’s Speyside flock, Ballindalloch. The second, also by Fellrose Kris was knocked down to C Gilchrist, Dunbar, East Lothian.

Averages: Ram lambs, £502; shearling rams, £472; ewe lambs, £386; gimmers, £425.

Auctioneers: United Auctions