Six aged ewes, £2371.25; 58 gimmers, £629.45; Eight ewe lambs, £291.37.

A show of high quality Texel females attracted a large audience to the Solway and Tyne Texel Breeders Club sale at Carlisle, last week, where a top price of 9000gns was achieved by the first ewe in the ring.

Edward Pugh’s Glanllyn flock, from Glanllyn, Balla, North Wales, produced the sale leader selling to Geoff Boden, Mellor, Stockport, for the Sportsmans flock. Sired by Glenside Wild Boy, out of a Tullagh Saracen-sired ewe, this 2016-born ewe was sold in-lamb to Plasucha Big Gun – a tup which was purchased jointly at Lanark, last year, for 32,000gns.

The second highest price of the day of 1800gns was paid for by Messrs Kenny, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, for the pre-sale show reserve champion from Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank Flock, North Dorlaithers, Turriff. Sired by Holylee Acrobat, out of an Aman Vyrnwy-sired ewe, she was sold in-lamb to Knock Yardsman, a tup which was purchased for 15,000gns and has bred sons to 40,000gns.

The next best of 1600gns came from the same pen for a Strathbogie Yes Sir daughter, out of a Glenside Valhalla-sired dam. In-lamb to Ellen Valley Caesar – a tup purchased for 13,000gns – she was knocked down to G and K Williams, Llanwnnen, Lampeter.

Next up, M Pateman, Brompton, Sawdon, Scarborough, paid 1500gns for the first prize gimmer and overall champion from Kenny Pratt, Oldtown, Peterculter, Aberdeen. This stylish gimmer is by Crailloch Ammunition – which was used on loan from Garngour – and is out of a Glenside Valhalla-sired ewe. She was sold in lamb to the Knock Yardsman-sired Garngour Alabama, which has bred sons to 100,000gns.