All classes met a ready trade at

Wallets Marts

' primestock sale which incorporated a winter show for young handlers and Young Farmers, at Castle Douglas, last weekend.

Judges Janice and Brian MacTaggart, were full of compliments for the exhibitors and found their champion winner amongst the young handlers in Bruce Guild, Ashmark, New Cumnock, with his first prize Beltex lamb which scaled 42kg and later sold for £128.

The reserve was Mitch Williamson, Breckoniehill, Castle Douglas, with a Texel lamb.

Keeping it a family affair amongst the Young Farmers, Sam Tait, Cullinaw, won section championship with a 42kg Beltex which made £124 while reserve winner Abbie Tait's 40kg Texel made £110.

The sale of 2487 prime lambs levelled at 207.64p per kg with an SQQ of 210.55p.

Top price outwith the show was £112 paid three times for Texels from Messrs Sheddan, Balgerran; Beltex from Messrs MacTaggart, Craigview and for Beltex from Messrs Marchant, Clonhie.

Lead price per kg was 268.3p for Beltex from Messrs Sturgess, Cullinaw.

The small but select show of ewes peaked at £95 for Texels from Bombie with Blackfaces selling to £69.50 from Maxwelltown, Irongray.

LEADING awards

Young handlers – Tex – 1, Mitch Williamson, Breckoniehill; 2, Zoe McConnell, Gass, Kirkcowan; 3, Anna Graham, Irelandton. Belt – 1, Bruce Guild, Ashmark; 2, Jack McConnell, Gass, Kirkcowan; 3, William Marchant, Clonhie. Lowland – 1, Callie Fisher. Hill-bred – 1, Jack McConnell; 2, Zoe McConnell; 3, Zara McConnell, Gass, Kirkcowan.

Young Farmers – Tex – 1, Abbie Tait, Cullinaw; 2, James Dean, Gelston Castle. Belt – 1, Sam Tait, Cullinaw; 2, James Dean.