Tup lambs proved the star attraction at the Bluefaced Leicester show and sale at Castle Douglas, producing the lead prices and average

In all, 17 ram lambs sold to £2400 average £658.24, up £59.49 on the year for eight more sold, while the 78 shearlings hit a top of £1650 to level at £604.23 down £79.60 with 20 fewer cashed.

Sale leader at £2400 was the pre-sale champion, as selected by the judge, Scott McClymont, Tinnis, Yarrow, who presented the silverware to the best from Alec and Anders Brown's Macqueston flock from Tynron, Thornhill, Dumfries. A son of the K1 Carry House bought at Hawes in 2017 for £12,000, out of a ewe by the Z4 Hundith, he sold in a two-way split to Burnfoot Farms, Sanquhar and Craigengillan, Beoch Loch Doon.

The Macqueston flock also secured the day's second top price of £1700 with another tup lamb, this time by the K26 Hewgill bought at Carlisle. He headed across the water to Northern Ireland with Jimmy Mills, Starbog, Kilwaughter.

Top priced shearling ram at £1650 was a son of the G34 Midlock from local breeder, R McKie, Finniness, Balmaghie, purchased by Jim Walker Drumbuie, Sanquhar. He is out of a home-bred ewe by E1 Hewgill.

Finniness flock also drew a £1350 bid for their No 1 shearling ram, by the Forebrae H6, selling to Burnfoot Farms, Burnfoot, Sanquhar.

The third prize shearling, from Alec Kirkpatrick, Barr, Sanquhar, realised £1600 to David Wilson, Kirkmabreck, Creetown. He is by a Burnbank sire which goes back to Pheasant Hill and out of a home-bred ewe.

Auctioneers: Wallets Marts