Multiple breed records were broken at the Dorset Diamonds sale at Ballymena held on behalf of the Northern Ireland Horn and Poll Dorset Sheep Breeders Club.
The sale leader at 6,600gns was the reserve champion, Downkillybegs Dazzler, a September-born ram lamb from William and Karen Carson, Downkillybegs. By a home-bred ram, Cola, it sold to Stephen Cobbald, Suffolk.
The previous top price for a ram sold at a Northern Ireland sale was 2,200gns with the overall record at 4,000gns and national record at 6,000gns.
Close behind making 6,500gns from Thomas Wright, Ballymoney, was a ram lamb by Olivertree Archie, which sold to Jeremy Durrant, Essex.
Next at 4,500gns was Maineview Dropkick, a ram lamb by Richill Zulu consigned by Andrew and Caroline Kennedy, Maineview. The buyer was William McCracken, Loughgall.
Next up was Laura Weir, Lisnafillan, with Lisnafillan DiMaggio, a Ballyhamage Christie son which sold for 3,900gns to Thomas Wright.
Allister McNeill, Kilvaddy, was next achieving 3,400gns for Kilvaddy D1202, a lamb by Rossiz Wildfire, bought by Richard Fitton, Burnley.
Topping the female section at 1,500gns was overall champion, a September-born ewe lamb from Laura Weir which was knocked down to James Johnston, Aghalee.
Next at 1,150gns was a ewe lamb from Messrs McNeill, which sold to Messrs Fitton. A pen mate to the champion by Ballyhamage Christie from Ms Weir then sold for 1,100gns to John Lynd, Swatragh.
Averages – ram lambs, £1,542.35; ewe lambs, £785.53; shearling rams, £753.37; shearling ewes, £654.4.
Auctioneers: J.A. McClelland.