Double muscled Beltex again met a flying trade at the breed’s final sale of the season at Carlisle, where a 100% clearance event saw prices peak at 6500gns with averages improving in every section, and, for more sold.

Topping the trade was the ram lamb, Vogue Fastrac, from Jonathan Aiken’s Vogue flock near Hesket New Market, Wigton.

Sired by the 10,000gns Clary Desperado that also bred the champion prime lambs at LiveScot last year, Fastrac is a naturally-bred twin lamb out of the Culsh Bourbon daughter, Vogue Diamond. He caught the eye of Aberdeenshire breeders, Stuart Wood, Alan Miller and Colin Mair, who will put him to work in their Woodies, Lurg and Aviemore flocks, respectively.

Second top price was 3500gns paid by Jock McMillan of the Clary flock, Newton Stewart, for the first lamb on offer, Matt’s Forsaken ET from Matthew Burleigh, Shanra, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. This March-born son of the 12,000gns Ardstewart Angus is out of Matt’s Charlotte’s Web, a Kingledores Apollo daughter.

Another from the same stable, Matt’s Fred ET, also by Ardstewart Angus, made 2000gns selling to Henry Bailey for his Long Lee flock from Keighley. He is bred from Matt’s Angel, a Hackney Warrior daughter.

Shearling rams peaked at 2500gns for Alan Miller’s Lurg Elmo ET, a son of the Bailey Brook CR7 ram, bred from Woodies Classy Girl, a Carrigans Bob Lee Swagger daughter from the Aberdeenshire flock. Elmo caught the eye of JG Richardson and heads out to work near Bewaldeth, Cockermouth.

Another lamb to hit 2000gns was Hackney Fantastic ET from Paul Tippetts, Shifnal, Shropshire, which sold to Andrew and Claire Wood for their Withy Trees flock near Whittingham, Preston. Born in January, this ET-bred lamb’s pedigree features the Airyolland Castro son, Swffryd Eye Catcher, on to Hackney Coco, a Topflite Al Pacino daughter.

Mr Tippetts also topped the females at 2000gns with a gimmer by the 65,000gns record holder, Airyolland Castro, on to the Scooby Doo daughter, Hackney Chantilly. Hackney Elegance was knocked down to Michael Hall buying for young Rafe Cartmell for his recently established Atherton flock near Skipton.

Local breeder Brian Hall continued his good season selling gimmers when his top two – full embryo sisters bred from the Woodies Wicked-sired Ainstable Balderbash and sired by the 15,000gns Black Jack Casanova – made 1500gns and 1200gns.

Ainstable Embarrassed ET made 1500gns when snapped up by Cam Currie buying for his Corbelly flock.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

averages: 30 shearling rams, £713 (+£162 for one more sold); 32 ram lambs, £1098 (+£260 for eight more); 29 shearling ewes, £864 (+£177 for one more); six ewe lambs, £431 (+£126 for three more).