A STRONG demand for easy lambing sheep ensured a buoyant trade for Roussin tups at a breed show and sale at Carlisle, where averages improved on the year with three lots selling at four-figure prices.

Two of those top three were from Derek Steen's Ballylinney flock from Coxhill, Moffat, including the sale leader at 1300gns. Champion at the pre-sale show, this shearling is by a Stairhaven-bred ram, out of a Hedgefield ewe bred by Jim Mair and sold to Martin McCornick, Boreland, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart.

The second prize shearling from the same home made 1000gns selling to Messrs Reid, Annan. He is also by the Stairhaven ram but out of a ewe bred by Thomas Nancekivell.

Top price amongst the ram lambs was 1100gns paid for a triplet born lamb from Martin McCornick's McCornick flock. Second in his class at the pre-sale show, he is by McCornick Heinz, out of a home-bred ewe and sold to Messrs Young, Girvan, Ayrshire, who also bought another from the same home at 950gns.

Females sold to 400gns on three occasions for gimmers – two from the Ballylinney flock and the third from McCornick.

Averages: 16 shearling rams, £483.00 (+£180.00 for two more sold); 11 ram lambs, £471.55 (+£198.00 for eight fewer); 23 gimmers, £238.08 (-£5.55 for one more); seven ewe lambs, £131.79 (-£29.21 for eight fewer).