Females proved the star attraction at the Blue Blinders sale of Blue Texels at Carlisle, securing the top 10 prices.

Dearest at 1200gns was the pen leader from David Alexander's Millside flock from Galston, purchased by Robert Graham, Aithrey Kerse, Bridge of Allan. This gimmer is by a Beili Blues sire and out of a home-bred ewe by an imported sire.

Mr Alexander also sold gimmers at 900gns, 800gns and 780gns with the former being a daughter of Sams Yoyo ET, purchased by Messrs Swift, Selside, Kendal.

Aberdeenshire breeders, Gordon and Penny Troup, Shaggart, Inverurie, bought one of two females at 1000gns. Their purchase, Glan-y-Mor Celine ET, a gimmer from M Jones, Ynys, Talsarnau, Gwynedd, stood third in her class at the pre-sale show and is bred from Hackney Yoko ET and sired by a Turbo Blue ram.

The lead priced ewe lamb also made 1000gns selling to Henry Jewitt, Romaldskirk, Barnard Castle. This March-born lamb from the Ivanhoe Livestock Partnership, Hunton, Bedale, North Yorks, is from the same family as the reserve winner here last year that made 1700gns being bred from home-bred genetics on both sides.

James Orr, Wester Walston, Carnwath, bought one of the two top priced males at 550gns. This was Joe's Corey, the second prize shearling from Joe Thornley, Hartshorne, Swadlingcote, Derby. He is by a Sams sire.

Iain Lammie, Longhouse, Cumnock, sold the second at 550gns, Cairndock Dakota, a ram lamb by Hackney Your Joking ET, to Messrs Stephenson and Sons, Market Weighton, York.

Averages: 22 gimmers, £649.57; 24 ewe lambs, £386.31; 10 shearling rams, £370.65; 24 ram lambs, £322.00.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.