Scottish buyer, Monty Moto of the Shetland Islands, went to £19,100 for the two-year-old dog, Mirk at Craven Cattle Mart, Skipton. 

Leading handler and trialist, Dewi Jenkins, of Tynygraig, Ceredigion, Wales, achieved this price with a home-bred dog with natural ability, plenty of forward gear and quality breeding behind him.

Mirk is a grandson of Jenkins’ prized dog, Jock, which won the international championship sheep dog trials in 2022. The same year, Mirk’s mother, Jill, sold for a record price of £26,000 at Bala auction Mart’s field sale in Gwynedd, Wales.

A full Scottish transaction was completed for the fully broken two-year-old, Fern, from S Massey, Dumfries at £5000, when selling to Ross Clarke, also from Dumfries.

Adam Ledgar of Cheshire wasn’t far behind, selling one-year-old bitch, Vicky for £4300 to H Chapman and Son, Carnforth, Lancashire.

Part broken nine-month-old bitch, Aran Jet, then made £4200 for John Bell, Howden, when selling to Elaine Hill of Holmrook in Cumbria. Similarly to the top priced Mirk, Jet is a granddaughter of Dewi Jenkins’ champion dog, Jock and is proving to be a spectacular working dog.

Karen Karkow of Oxford in the USA purchased the part-broken dog, Hilltop Stan, from David Wood of Derbyshire for £6500, and an unbroken pup, Mirk, for £1100 from Carol Mellin of nearby Oakworth, West Yorkshire, the highest price unbroken dog.

Overall 25 out of the 32 fully broken dogs and bitches entered found new homes, averaging £4546.50 and £3202.50 respectively.

Among the part broken dogs, 17 of 35 sold, comprising five registered bitches averaging £1701, two unregistered bitches averaging £1155 and 10 registered dogs cashing in at £1706.25.

Auctioneers: CCM auctions.