Scottish breeder, David Alexander of the Millside flock from Galston, Ayrshire, came home in style from the inaugural Blue Texel show and sale at Skipton, having topped the trade and sold several others at four figure prices.

Mr Alexander not only topped the sale at 2100gns with his female champion, but also sold another three gimmers at four figure prices.

His sale leader, a daughter of the 1500gns Lyles Django, out of a home-bred dam by Beili Blues Dylan, sold to the Pendle flock of Mark, Elaine and Issy Hartley, Roughlee, Nelson.

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Three Millside gimmers, all by Django, sold at 1300gns each, to include the reserve female, purchased by WE Evans, Llanwrst, Conway.

The judge, Martin Sivill of the Glanrafon flock, St Asaph, North Wales, backed his decision and bought his choice of champion, a shearling ram at 1800gns from North Craven’s Becki Dakin, who runs the Rathbone flock in Eldroth

Her show stopper, Rathbone Ezra, an AI son of Hackney Captain, is out of a Corra ewe by a Beili Blues imported sire.

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Stephen and Mathew Benson, of the Mewstone flock, Pennington, Ulverston, achieved 1350gns with a gimmer by Farm Mill Blues David, out of a home-bred dam. It found a new home in Long Preston with 18-month-old Barney Mellin, son of John Mellin and Clare Cropper.

Hamish Currie’s Burnholm flock, Carlisle, sold to 1150gns for a son of Cleenagh Dakota.

Averages: – MV Accredited – 15 shearling rams, £714; 19 ram lambs, £533.40; three ewes, £637; 40 gimmers, £748; 19 ewe lambs, £456. Non accredited – 10 shearling rams, £300.30; four ram lamb, £280; three gimmers, £630; three ewe lambs, £395.50.

Auctioneers: CCM