Young Charollais breeders and first-time exhibitors, Mitchel Britten and Elizabeth Barber from Wymondham, Norfolk, led the way at a Charollais Females With Figures sale at Worcester, selling the top four highest priced gimmers.

Their sale leader from the Cavick flock at 1600gns is backed by Scottish genetics on both sides being sired by Loanhead Vanquish and out of a Loanhead Midas Touch daughter. A full ET-bred sister to the 15,000gns Cavick What A Boy sold at last year’s breed society ram sale here, she was knocked down to Gwyn and Gail Jones, Chepstow, Gwent, for their Springfield flock.

Another from the same home and the result of Loanhead genetics from Gregor and Bruce Ingram's Aberdeenshire-based flock, made 1350gns. The gimmer, also by Loanhead Vanquish, this time out of a home-bred daughter by Logie Durno Navigator, sold carrying an index of 207.23 to the Camp House flock of RJ and J Towers, Ingleton, Carnforth.

Two gimmers made 1200gns, with the first, again by Vanquish but out of a Knocking Shockin' daughter, was purchased by PD and IV Pritchard, Crickhowell, Powys for the recently established Wenllan flock.

Matching that 1200gns sale was a gimmer by Cavick Utterly Butterly, bred from a Loanhead Midas Touch daughter. She also sold to the Springfield flock along with the sale leader.

Ewe lambs peaked at 650gns for a Brettles entry from Margie and Mark Rushbrooke, Bewdley, Worcs. She is by Edstaston Vancouver and sold carrying the third highest Terminal Index of the breed and a top 5% maternal index, to Jonathan and Carroll Barber of the Crogham flock, Wymondham, Norfolk.

Auctioneers: McCartneys.

averages: Five ewes, £268.80; 21 gimmers, £756.50; six ewe lambs £498.75.