It was a day to remember for the Owens family’s Woodhouse Kerry Hill flock at the annual breed sale at Ludlow, when John, Philippa and daughters, Hannah and Ellie, topped the both the shearling ram and gimmer sections and also set a new record of 6200gns.

The family, from Presteigne, Herefordshire, won the shearling ram class and went on to take the male and overall championship with Woodhouse 2 Ace, under judge Linda Barnard of Malton, who later backed her judgement by securing the day’s top priced animal for her Welham flock. Homebred on both sides, Ace goes back to Clayfield and Fronarth breeding on either side.

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The Owens also sold the second highest priced lot when Woodhouse 2 Arkle, another shearling ram, this time by a Clayfield sire made 4000gns to W Evans and J Etheridge, Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

Ayrshire breeder, David Morrison, Dalwyne, Barr, bought two from the family, Woodhouse 2 Almighty at 3000gns, and Woodhouse 2 Amazon at 2000gns.

Mr Morrison also went to 1500gns for a Woodhouse gimmer.

Matching that price was the lead ewe lamb from Dumfriesshire-based Angie Burgess, New Abbey. Her Top Spot Bossy Boots, by a Marlbrook ram, was reserve female champion and sold down to Cheshire with N Carter.

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Moffat-based breeder, Cindy Steen, sold her gimmer, by a Leinthall ram, for 1000gns to Freddie Probert, of the Leinthall flock.

Averages: 63 gimmers £513; 48 ewe lambs £377.78; five aged rams £627.90; 36 shearling rams £1038; 11 ram lambs £453.40.

Auctioneers: McCartneys