Breeding sheep peaked at £3,500, when a consignment of Swaledale and Bluefaced Leicester males and females went under the hammer at Alston Moor and Lazonby market on the weekend.
Sale leader was a stylish ram lamb, which stood second in its class, shown by Messrs Lord, Low Dowgill. He was purchased by Mr Andrew Nicholson, Swinside End Farm.
The championship in the Bluefaced Leicester was awarded to a fshearling ram from Messrs RB and DJ Bousfield, Laypool, which later realised £2,000 to Mr RW Morley, Warden Hill. In reserve was a first prize ram lamb from Messrs WD and D Thompson, East Unthank, which sold for £1,600 to Messrs Walton, Penpugh.
Realising the top price for Swaledale rams was TW Wigham, Cold Shields, when selling to P and E Walton.
Meanwhile ewes averaged £68.47, down £2.99 on the year.
Swaledale ewes sold to a top price of £200 a piece for the champion pen of two and three crop ewes from GA and DE Thompson, Howburn. They were purchased by Mr JWR Allan, Oak Bank.
Next best at £140 a head was a pen of Swaledale shearlings from AE Beaty, Low Craig, when selling to TG and FK Stobart.
The reserve pen went to Messrs JT Green, Hill Farm with their second prize pen of three crop ewes, which sold at £128 to Messrs B Davies, Haverfordwest.
Bluefaced Leicester females were well sought after, with WD and B Thompson, East Unthank, leading the trade with their second prize gimmer lambs at £450 a piece when selling to DE and AM Hodgson. These were closely followed with a call of £400 by GA and DE Thompson for a consignment by Messrs Rutter-Armstrong, Far Town.