Overall averages were back £117 a head on the year at the Scottish Blackface female show and sale at Lanark on Saturday (24 February), despite a terrific 11,000gns call for an Auldhouseburn one-crop ewe.

It was ewes that saw another strong trade after lifting almost £400 a head on the year before. 

A ewe in the snow

Ewe traded lifted on the year, strengthened by an 11,000gns bid for an Auldhouseburn one-crop ewe © Catherine MacGregor

The smaller ewe entry (18) saw trade rocket £603 on the year, topping at 11,000gns for Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Muirkirk, with a daughter of a £90,000 Blackhouse sire, which was knocked down to Paul Coulson, High Staward flock, Hexham.

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The trade topper was first prize winner at the Muirkirk Show in 2016 and out of a ewe by a £24,000 Elmscleugh tup, sold with a single to a £58,000 Auldhouseburn sire.

Next at 6,000gns was a one-crop ewe from John and Charlie Harkin, Loughash, Strabane, going to Veronica Fullerton, Draperstown, County Londonderry.

This was a daughter of a £40,000 Loughas tup out of a ewe by a £6,500 Midlock.

Averages: 63 (-17) females, £1,451.17 (-£117); 18 (-15) ewes, £2,356.67; 45 (+£603.81); 45 (+3) gimmers, £1,088.97 (-£261.03) (Lawrie & Symington)