The reserve champion, a shearling from the Jacksons of Doukgill, secured the top price of £5500 at the 90th annual show and sale of Dalesbred ewes and rams staged through Bentham Auction Mart.

Just behind on £5200 was a shearling from Stephen Wright of Stauvins, Roeburndale, to bolster the section average to £706, whilst aged rams cashed in at £313.

The champion, an aged ram from Richard Coates of Selber, Westhouse, realised £900 to Messrs Church of Pateley Bridge.

A small entry of ram lambs, peaked at £450 from David Lambert of Semerview, Leyburn.

Females sold to £360 for the champion winners, a pen of ewes from R Capstick and Son, Fell End, Ingleton.

LEADING prices

Ewe lambs – £155 SS and EA Guy, Leyburn.

Gimmers – £210 FW Graham, Masham.

Ewes – £98 RC Steer, Ashburton; £140 R Coates, Westhouse; £360 R Capstick and Son, Ingleton; £90 GC and PM Haygarth and Daughter, Wigglesworth.

Rams – £3500 JT and J Kelsall; £3500 J Carr; £3000 GC and PM Haygarth and Daughter; £2600 M Taylor and Son; £2600 (x2) A and MA Wright and Sons; £2500 R Capstick and Son; £2400 MJ and A Carr.

Ram lambs – £450 AD Lambert, Askrigg.

Shearlings – £5500 JT and J Kelsall, Cold Cotes.

Aged rams – £900 R Coates, Westhouse.