World sheepdog records were smashed at the timed online sale of working dogs through Farmers Marts' Dolgellau, when Malta Gin sold for a whopping £29,600, and an unbroken pup, made £11,600.

Malta Gin, a two-year-old fully trained bitch from Swaledale breeder, Ricky Hutchinson of Littledale sheepdogs, Lancaster, was bred by Carlaine Thom, and bought last year.

She is by Carlaine's own dog, Lad and out of Tess, a 10,000gns purchase at Skipton that was by Netherlands-based former World Sheep Dog Trials champion Serge van der Sweep’s Gary.

Malta Gin surpassed Mr Hutchinson's previous best of £23,000 and the world record of £27,100 paid last year for Dewi Jenkins' Kim, when she was knocked down to Lonk sheep farmer, Courtney Riley, Lancashire.

Also setting a new record for an unbroken pup at £11,600 was a daughter of the previous record holder – an 11-week-old Kim jnr, from Eamonn Vaughan, Partridge Nest Farm, Shropshire. She was got by LM Howells' Boss and is out of the original Kim which Mr Vaughan purchased from Mr Jenkins last year. She sold to a North of England trialist, with the money raised from the sale donated by Mr Vaughan to the Ukraine Disaster.

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Second top price was £12,300 paid for the 12-month-old partly trained bitch, Tyngraig Seren, from A Owen, Corwen, which sold across the Pond, to a new owner in the USA.

Next best in the fully trained section was £8300, paid by a Lanarkshire beef and sheep farmer for Glant Bob from Rhys Griffiths, Ty Croeswyntoedd, Ceredigion. He is by Tanhill Glen.

By the end of the day, no fewer than 16 dogs had sold for more than £4000, with trained lots averaging £2955, partly trained, £1075 and pups at £834. The overall sale average was £1621.