Trade remained strong throughout though there were disappointing numbers forward for the Scottish Texel Sheep Breeders’ Club sale at Lanark, when prices peaked at 1500gns.

Sale leader was Harry Griffies’ Cairngryffee Dare Devil, a ram lamb from Carmichael, Biggar, purchased by the Stewarts of Kininmonth, Cupar. A son of Feddal Road Boss Hogg, he is out of the best breeding ewe in the flock, which goes back to Tamnamoney Yearwood.

Topping the shearling trade at 1400gns was Nochnary Cocky Bob, from David McKerrow, New Heaton, Cornhill-on-Tweed. This Knock Banker son is out of a Knock Yankee-sired ewe and was knocked down to Brian Ryder, Newton Cottage, Annan Water, Moffat.

Two ram lambs hit the 950gns mark with the first being Noresk D’Artagnan, from David McCall, Blinkbonny, Arncroach, Fife. This Cressage Blockbuster son sold to R Howieson, The Croft, Elsrickle, Biggar.

Alan Clark, Garngour, Lesmahagow, received the same money from Ayrshire-based breeder, David Gilmour, Broomknowes, Maybole, for Garngour Dunkirk, a Knock Yardsman son.

Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.

averages: 75 ram lambs, £447.86 (+£36.68 for 30 less); 10 shearling rams, £641.55 (+£128.42 for 15 fewer).