A Scottish-bred outfit topped the inaugural Bank Holiday Blues sale of pedigree Blue Texel females at Skipton Auction Mart, selling for the lead price of 1700gns.

The event which attracted an entry of 26 lots was topped by Saltire Blue Cow Girl, bred in Aberdeenshire by Miss Stasa Moyse, but consigned by Mark Stephenson of GD Stephenson and Sons who run the Londesborough flock, Market Weighton, East Yorkshire. An ET daughter and the result of a flush from an imported ewe, she is by Hackney Your Joking and sold with twin male lambs at foot to A Johnson, Rockley, Notts.

The first lot in the ring Pendle Chattocks, a three-year-old ewe by Hackney Xcel, from Elaine and Izzy Hartley, Roughlee, Nelson, Lancs, realised 1500gns when selling with a tup and ewe lamb at foot. The buyer was D Roberts, Shrewsbury.

The mother and daughter duo had a cracking day, selling several of the lead priced lots to include the top two highest priced ewe hoggs at 1300gns and 1200gns.

Dearest was Pendle Erin, by the Millside ram, purchased by AF Neal, Stockton, Warwickshire, while Pendle Erin, by the imported sire, Turbo Blue Benefactor, made 1200gns selling to Andrew and Caroline Ivinson, of Ousby in Cumbria.

Another from the Pendle flock, Cookie, a three-year-old ewe by Cairnrock Bang Tidy, out of a Pendle Yippie show ewe, realised 1100gns when selling with male and female twin lambs by the Millside ram, to Long Preston’s Ian Townson.

Sheep with lambs averaged £943.75 with ewe hoggs cashing in at £787.58.

Auctioneers: CCM