Mark Priestley's Limestone Suffolk flock from Co Down, continued on its winning ways at the breed's Northern Ireland show and sale at Ballymena, securing the overall championship and top price of 7800gns with a ram lamb.

His show and sale stopper was a son of the 22,000gns Strathbogie Stradivarius bred from a Lakeview gimmer bought at Carlisle, last year. The lamb was purchased by Gary Owen buying for his Morris flock from Newborough Anglesey.

Mr Priestley who also enjoyed a flying trade at Stirling and Shrewsbury, also received 2700gns for a son of the 40,000gns Limestone Aston Martin. This ET lamb is bred from a purchased Strathbogie ewe that has produced sons to 7000gns and 6500gns, and sold to joint buyers, Martin Doherty, Co Donegal and Sean and Jane McCloskey of the Glenroe flock.

Mr Priestley sold five lambs to average £2625.

Next best at 1700gns was a Birness Buckshot-sired lamb from Adam Porter's Braeburn flock purchased by S and P O'Connor of the Islandmore flock from Co Kerry.

And, at 1500gns, Rodney Blair, Co Antrim, bought a Ballynacannon Taylor-sired lamb from Stephen Sufferin's Crewelands flock