The buoyant sheep trade was certainly in evidence at Kirkby Stephen on Friday for the annual show and sale of Mule ewe lambs for NEMSA members, with a new centre record set for the champion pen from W M Hutchinson and Sons, Redgate.

These sold at £520/head to Raymond Heigh, Bentham. Then £400/head was a pen from Low Dowgill, while at £390/head was the third prize pen from Messrs Hayton, Asby Grange which went to Messrs Jenkinson.

Another pen from Messrs Hutchinson then went at £370,while a fifth prize pen from Messrs Alderson, Howgill Grange, sold to Martin and Val Brown at £345 and another pen from Low Dowgill made £340/head.

Overall the 10,344 lambs forward sold on a flying trade to average £115.01, up by £23.60 on last year (Harrison and Hetherington).