Three shearling rams sold at five-figure prices and to a top of £17,000 at the Swaledale Sheep Breeders' Association District A sale at Middleton in Teesdale.

Sale leader at that price was Roachburn Prince, from L Smith and Co, Roachburn, purchased by TW Cowperthwaite, Tennant Gill Farm, Malham Moor, Settle.

The Smiths also took £5000 for Roachburn Viceroy from JR Dalton, South Wellhope.

Earlier in the day, F and MP Allinson, West Briscoe, sold West Briscoe Rockafella for £14,000 in a three-way split to MR and LE Rukin, Gatehouse; JR Rukin, Park Lodge and J Allison and Son, Seal Houses.

Another from the same stable, West Briscoe Requin, made £6500, when knocked down to William Ridley, Wood Hall, Hesket New Market.

Priorsdale Eric Prydz also hit the big time for Weardale Estates, Ashgill, when he made £10,000 selling to R Hutchinson and Son, Valley Farm; AD and P Coates, Aygill and Weardale Estates retaining an equal share.

Just behind, on £9500, AM Walton, Bowlees and DW Dent, Wythes Hill, bought D and EM and ID Brown's Lummas Sizzler, from Lummas House.

And, at £7000, DC and KL Hutchinson, Old Spittal, sold Bedlow Illusion, to JRD and JA Short, Ouston, Whitfield.

Two shearlings realised £5800 to include High Birk Hatt PL 7, from AE Iceton and Sons, selling to JH Emerson, Hag Gate Farm, and Gunnerfleet Cockbain King’ from J Handley purchased by A Dalton, Glenhill, Allendale.

Ram lambs sold to £1600 and £1400 from R Marwood and Sons, Hill Top, purchased by West Briscot and JL Archer, White Hill Farm, respectively.

Another from the Marwoods made £1200 to Ted Fox, St Johns Kirk, Biggar.

Matching that £1200 sale, Burncroft Farm sold a lamb to Richard Tiplady, Red House Farm.

Averages: 167 shearling rams, £1150.20 (+£175.50); 27 ram lambs, £405.56 (+£405.56); eight aged rams, £162.50 (-£121.50).


Shearling rams – £4500 Stoneyhill Lazarus, from EH Watson and Son, Stoney Hill, Harwood to J Nattrass, Shieldhill Top, Garragill.

£3800 – West Briscoe Ringleader, to Messrs Wilkinson, Bollihope Shield. £3600 – West Briscoe Rhino £3600 to Messrs Gowland, Woodbine House; £3500 – West Briscoe Ramses to D Collingwood, Intake.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington