THE ninth annual “Longtown Ladies” sale of pedigree Texel and other breeding females attracted huge interest both round the Longtown Auction Mart ring and online.

The high quality sale of 81 Texel gimmer shearlings sold to average £734 with 20 ewe hoggs levelling at £614 and 13 ewes at £428.

Top honours went to Messrs Boden & Davies` Sportsmans flock from Stockport, Cheshire with a prizewinning gimmer by Proctors El Presidente out of a Rheadr Best of the Best dam.

In lamb to Knap General Lee, she went at 4,000gns to join Robert Coburn`s Knap flock.

The show champion came from the same Sportsmans pen, again by Proctors El Presidente and from a Deveronvale Ace of Diamonds ewe, this gimmer, in lamb to Knap Grumpy, sold for 2,200gns to the judges, James & Ellie Amphlett of the Topwood flock.

There was tremendous demand for the best quality geld ewe hoggs with a cracking pen, all by Haymount First Class, from James Hair, Drumbreddan, Stranraer selling to 3,200gns for the reserve champion, bought by Gordon Gray for his Ettrick flock.

Others from this consignment went at 2,000gns, to Kenny Pratt`s Hilltown flock, Peterculter, at 1,500gns to Messrs Mosey, Gilling East, North Yorkshire and 1,300gns to the judges.