A new breed record for a Kerry Hill was achieved at a show and sale at Ludlow, when an aged ram from local breeder, Jim Rowe, Brimfield, sold for 4200gns.

The 2017-born ram, which stood reserve male champion at the pre-sale show, was originally bred in the Parkgate flock. He is by a Pentrenant sire and out of a Woodhouse ewe. National Show champion at the Royal Three Counties Show, in July, he was knocked down to AT Probert, buying for his Leinthall flock from Ludlow, Shropshire.

The top priced lot also bred the lead ram lamb from Mr Rowe's Downwood flock at 1040gns. Another that stood first at the National Show, he was knocked down to Northern Ireland breeder, Ian Barr, Ballymena.

Scottish genetics were behind the second top priced male at 1450gns – a shearling ram from GW Roberts, Penygwern, Denbigh, north Wales. This tup is by an Overbuttergask ram bred by Robert Morris, Coupar Angus, out of a home bred ewe and sold to Helen Macleod, Malvern, Worcestershire.

John and Philippa Owens’ Woodhouse flock from Leominster, topped the females at 1350gns for a gimmer purchased by Cheryl Beech, Burnaston, Derbyshire, with another from the same home making 850gns to LJ Manson, Bixter, Shetland, .

Cheryl Beech also bought the lead priced ewe lamb at 450gns a Marlbrook entry from

Ewe lambs sold to 450gns for a Marlbrook entry from J Croose, Leominster, Herefordshire.

Averages: 44 ewe lambs, £234.94; 76 gimmers, £280.74; eight aged rams, £997.50; 11 ram lambs, £415.23; 32 shearling rams, £536.16.

Auctioneers: McCartneys