Averages: 52 gimmers £1048.99; eight ewe lambs £563.06.

A gimmer from the Mullan brothers' Bluegates flock attracted the lead bid of 8500gns at the January Gems sale of pedigree Texel females at Ballymena.

The best from Chris and Martin Mullan was the breed leader at Antrim Show last summer, an ET-bred gimmer and the result of a flush from a home-bred ewe by Sandelford Wolverine and sired Drumgooland Aga Khan. She sold in lamb to Fairywater Columbo to Jim Innes, buying for the Strathbogie flock, from Dunscroft, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

The same home also produced a 2000gns sale when another by Drumgooland Aga Khan, was purchased by Jimmy Garrivan, buying for the Clew Bay flock. She is in lamb to Fairywater Columbo and her dam is by Cairness Perfection.

A flying trade for the Mullan's entries saw the duo sell 12 gimmers to average just shy of £1400 at £1393, while their four ewe lambs cashed in at £643.

The Bluegates flock also topped the ewe lambs at 1100gns, selling another by Aga Khan, bred from a Lindstair Uranium-sired ewe again to the Clew Bay flock.

Second top price overall was 4000gns paid for a gimmer from John Trimble's Curley flock. This Procters Yankee daughter, out of a dam by Orrisdale Viking, changed hands due to Garngour Challenger when bought by Messrs Simpson and Calvin for the Ballyhivistock flock.

Another from the same home and due to Challenger, made 2600gns selling to Stephen Conway. This twin-born entry by Plasucha All Rounder, is bred from a Knock Trident daughter.

Just behind on 2200gns, Curley sold a Millar's Windbrook-sired gimmer again due to Challenger, to Marcus Johnston. The dam is by Hillhead Trademark daughter.

Curley sold 15 to average £1200.

Guest consignors the Clark family, from Garngour, Lesmahagow, sold their best at 2000gns to the McCollam family buying for their Carmavy flock. For their money, they get a Sportsmans Admiral II daughter, out of a Mossvale Winston-sired dam. She sold in lamb to Knock Bantastic.

Adrian Liggett's Corbo flock sold to 1400gns and 1300gns for gimmers in lamb to Strathbogie Best Bet, purchased by A Christie and Robert Walmsley, respectively.

Auctioneers: Ballymena Livestock Market.