The second highest price for a working sheepdog was reported by Skipton Auction at its annual spring sale as 120 lots topped at 9,200gns. 

Top dog on the day was 17-month-old Moss from Brian White and Aoife Smith, Naul, County Dublin, which saw keen bidding following a tremendous performance from Moss and Mr White on the trials field.

Bred by Carlaine Tom of Malta Border Collies, County Tyrone, Moss is out of notable bitch Malta Gwen. His sale comes a year after Skipton’s record-breaking call of 14,100gns.

See also: £14,805 world record for sheepdog set at Skipton

Gwen is from Ricky Hutchinson’s Sweep, an international reserve supreme champion and father of many trial winners the world over.

Moss will head back to Ireland after knocking down to Pat Byrne, Knockcroghery, County Roscommon to work among 280 Suffolk and Cheviot sheep and Limousin and Charolais cattle.

Second best on the day was 5,000gns, achieved by another Irish breeder, Louise Amos, Quories Border Collies, Woodlawn, Ballinasloe, in her first sale.  

The home-bred, March-born dog, Quories Bean, is out of Quories Moxy and knocked down to an undisclosed Welsh buyer.

Local breeder Shaun Richards, Pen-y-Borough Sheep Dogs, Edlreth, Settle, then saw 4,400gns for August 2015-born Gill from Scottish breeder JJ Templeton MBE by his Spot, out of Sky.

Matching this money was 16-month-old Jet from Flintshire handler Brynley Williams, Ysceifiog, Holywell, knocking down to fellow Welshman, Kevin Evans, Modrydd, Brecon.

Prices and averages:

Broken section: 31 registered dogs sold from 400gns-9,200gns (av £2,207), 17 registered bitches from 150gns-4,440gns (av £2,501).

The 48 registered dogs averaged £2,312. Unregistered dogs: Four from 750gns-2,500gns (av £1,509), three unregistered bitches from 750gns-1,400gns (av £1,172). 

Unbroken section: 11 registered dogs from 280gns-1,120gns (av £580), nine registered bitches from 200gns-1,400gns (av £531), two unregistered bitches at 150gns and 250gns (av £210), two unregistered Kelpie bitches at 220gns and 350gns (av £299). (Craven Cattle Marts)