THE inaugural show and sale of Suffolk breeding sheep saw 30 pedigree and purebreds go under the hammer at Skipton Auction Mart.

A 70 per cent clearance of rams produced a shearlings average of £569 per head, with ram lambs averaging £412.

Stephen Bolland, who runs the Wharfe pedigree flock at The Arches in Bolton Abbey is pictured with his first-prize ram lamb, which made 550gns.

The homebred, an AI son of the Scottish-bred Rhaeadr Rastafarl, returned to Bolton Abbey with James Foster. Mr Bolland sold further entries at 400gns and 350gns.

In the pre-sale rams show, the Nutter family – father and son, both called John – who run the Aighton pedigree flock at Manor Farm, Hurst Green, Clitheroe won the shearling class.

Their son of a Lakeview tup, acquired from Northern Ireland breeder Gary Beacom three years ago, sold for the top price of 600gns when joining Messrs Bushby and Weir, of Taunton. The Nutters sold a second entry at 550gns.