Averages improved on the year in both the ewe and gimmer sections at a prize show and sale of pedigree Swaledale females at Kirkby Stephen Auction Mart, where prices peaked at £4000.

Sale leader was a gimmer from Messrs Martin, Horsley Burn, Stanhope, purchased by D Humble, Allergill Farm, Stanhope.

Horsley Burn also sold the second top priced ewe at £2400 and sold five females to average £1980. Their ewe was bought by Messrs Bland, Crowden House Farm, Glossop.

The overall champion, a gimmer from Messrs Collinson, Billing Shield, realised £3000 to Messrs Emmerson, Hag Gate Farm, Eastgate.

Top priced ewe at £2800 was a five-shear from Patrick and Kirsty Sowerby, Oak Bank, Barras, which sold to Messrs Curwen, Marshaw Farm, Abbeystead.

An additional consignment of 71 registered ewes from Oak Bank, were sold in groups of up to eight, and peaked at £900 each for a pair of two and three-shear ewes purchased by Messrs Bainbridge, Springfield, Brough Sowerby.

Another pen of five 3-5-shear ewes realised £400 each to Messrs Blades, Scarr House, Muker. The 71 Oak Bank ewes averaged £280.90

LEADING prices

Gimmers – £4000 Horsley Burn; £3000, £1500 Billing Shield Farm; £2000, £700, £600 Oakbank Farm; £1000 Chapel Garth; £550 Bail Hill; £500 South Wellhope.

Ewes – £2800, £1300 (x2), £1100, £900 (x2), £800, £600 Oakbank Farm; £2400, £1800, £1000, £700 Horsley Burn; £1800 South Wellhope; £1000 Crowden House Farm; £600 Billing Shield Farm.

Ewe hoggs – £600 Chapel Garth; £400 Bail Hill.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.