Bidding at the classy ladies show and sale of crossing type Bluefaced Leicester females at Carlisle peaked at 9,000gns for a ewe hogg from Appleby-based K.A. Brown and Sons.
By a Smearsett ram and out of an Asby Hall ewe, it was knocked down to Messrs Laing, Lanarkshire.
Close behind at 8,500gns was the overall champion, a ewe hogg consigned by M. Allen, Appleby. By a Riddings-bred ram and out of a home-bred dam by Otterburn Lodge, it sold to Messrs Beacom, Co Tyrone.
Realising 8,000gns was the overall reserve champion, a ewe hogg by a Skeughdale-bred ram and out of a home-bred ewe from W.M. Hutchinson and Sons’ Kirkby Redgate flock, Kirkby Stephen.
It also sold to Messrs Beacom, who then paid 5,000gns for the third prize ewe hogg, another Skeughdale daughter from the same home.
Selling to the same money was one of the two embryo receipts catalogued from N.C. Marston, Cockermouth.
By a Hundith-bred sire and out of a Swathburn dam, it sold in a half share to Messrs Allan and Sons and Messrs Taylor and Sons, both based in Appleby.
Next, at 4,000gns, was the fourth prize ewe hogg, consigned by Messrs Lord, Kirkby Stephen. Home-bred by a Hewgill ram, it sold to Messrs Harkin, Co Tyrone.
Average - 18 ewes, £975.92; 60 gimmers, £1,011.68; 50 ewe hoggs, £1,775.97; 2 embryos, £3,622.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington