A new all time centre record of 11,000gns was set at Skipton’s Beltex Sheep Society sale on Saturday (2 September), helping lift averages £320. 

Homebred by Jock McMillan, Wigtownshire, the sale leader was ram lamb Clary Cosmos, a February-born triplet son of Belgian import V/H/Vrijbos out of the 2015 Ayr Show Champion Clary Wild Thing. It becomes the dearest animal ever sold in the mart’s history.

See also: Beltex hit 7,000gns at Carlisle and 1,800gns at Beeston

Cosmos knocked down to Cheshire buyers Boden and Davies, Mellor, Stockport, where they are developing a micro-flock of five Beltex ewes to produce show ring progeny.

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Clary Cosmos from Jock McMillan hit 11,000gns to set anew breed record at Skipton © Adrian Legge

Next, at 4,200gns, was the Artnagullion flock of Elizabeth McAllister, Northern Ireland, with shearling champion and reserve male Artnagullion Bull.

He is by Ardstewart Armani and out of a Clary Platform daughter and went home with Nick Brown and partner Charlotte Ormonroyd, Claughton, Lancaster.

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Elizabeth McAllister saw 4,200gns for her shearling ram © Adrian Legge

Third in the money was Procters Banker at 3,00gns, returning to the Lune Valley after a bid from James Wannop, Heaton, Morecambe.

He is bred by the proctors of Tatham, Lancaster, and out of a Graham Ringo dam by Drumchapel Scooby Son, Rathbone Wallace.

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The Proctors saw a 3,000gns bid for Rathbone Wallace son, Procters Banker © Adrian Legge

Averages: 459 ram lambs, £844 (+£320); shearlings, £780 (+£70); gimmer lambs, £423 (-£230); shearling gimmers, £433 (-£54) aged ewes, £231 (-£95); 3 aged rams, £875 (+£193).

(Craven Cattle Marts)