Two new breed records were set at Bentham on Monday (9 October) at the Dalesbred sheep Breeders Association sale, helping to lift averages by £232.63 to £834.

A shearling ram bred by Messrs M Taylor and Son, Higher Brayshaw, Tosside, broke a 13-year record set by an £8,000 bid for a JM Dawson shearling in 2004.

The trade topper is by a John Harrison tup, Blubberhouses, and out of a Penyghent dam bred by Colin Price.

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Shearling

A new shearling breed record of £10,000 was set by Messrs Taylor and Son, High Brayshaw © Wayne Hutchinson

Ram lambs to £2,200

The breed’s flagship sale also saw records set by two ram lambs from Richard Coates, Westhouse, with bids of £850 and £2,200.

Ram lamb

A new ram lamb record was set at £2,200 by Richard Coates © Wayne Hutchinson

The record lamb was knocked down to JM Brown, Lofhouse, smashing the 2014 record set by a lamb from A and M Brennand at £800.

Earlier, another Coates lamb had narrowly pipped the ram lamb record at £850. Both lots were by Taylor tup and from the same line as the record-breaking shearling.

(Richard Turner and Son)