The second Southdown Society sale of the season at Worcester saw a top call of 470gns paid for the female and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show.

This was a ewe lamb from the Whitcombe family’s Southern Cross flock, Surrey, Southern Cross 15/00656. Sired by a Langford ram bred by the Helyer family she is out of a dam by a New Zealand sire and sold to Sid Cook, Brant Broughton, Lincoln.

Following her at 380gns the male and overall champion from the same home. This shearling ram, Southern Cross 14/00533 is by the same sire as the top priced ewe lamb and out of a dam by East Dean Guardsman. He sold to Messrs Fincham, Hook, Hampshire.

Then making 340gns was another shearling ram from the same home, Southern Cross 14/00536. Sired by the same Langford ram he is out of a dam by a different New Zealand sire and sold to Anna Riby, Yorkshire.

At the same money was the final shearling ram from the Whitcombes. This was Southern Cross 14/00562, a Southern Cross 10/00070 son out of a dam by Southern Cross Bradman. He sold to Messrs Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer, Lewes, East Sussex.

And then selling at 330gns was the Trumper family’s shearling ram from the Beilau flock. This one of a Southern Cross sire is out of a Chaileybrook dam by French sire TC4028 and sold to B Price, Hay-on-Wye.

Three shearling rams then sold at 300gns, with the first being Helen and Simon Lakin’s entry from the Heltom flock, Heltom 14/00054. Sired by and All Saints sire and out of a dam by a Chaileybrook ram he sold to Michael and Gail Sprake for the All Saints flock.

Second at this level was Gay Hargreaves Jones’ Wiggington shearling, Wigginton 14/00030, a son of and East Dean sire out of a dam by Buckland W20. He was snapped by Ian Morgan, Boyton, Cornwall.

And the final sale at 300gns came when Bob Backshall sold Caesars 14/00050. This son of Caesers 10/00405 is out of a dam by Caer Owen 09/002 and sold to Lyn Rowlands, Gaerwen, Anglesey.

Also selling at this money was the best of the ram lambs, a twin born lamb from Gay Hargreaves-Jones. This was Wiggington 15/00035, a son of an East Dean sire out of a dam by another East Dean ram. He was the choice of Russell Davies, Carmarthenshire.

Back with the females and the best Whitcombes took 300gns for their first ewe lamb of the day, Southern Cross 15/00684. She’s by Southern Cross 10/0070 and out of a dam by a New Zealand sire and sold to Jess Middleditch, Sudbury, Suffolk.

In the shearling ewes the best call of 260gns came for Howard Wood’s first prize shearling ewe and reserve female champion from the Prescoed flock. This is a daughter of a homebred sire out of a dam by a Southern Cross sire and was knocked down to previous buyers Messrs Fincham.

Three then traded at 250gns, with the first being from Michael and Gail Sprake’s All Saints flock. All Saints 14/00286, a daughter of a homebred ram out of a dam by Brant X637. She was bought by Sam Bullingham, Sampford Courtenay, Devon.

Second to sell for this price was another from Howard Wood, this time a daughter of a Southern Cross ram out of a dam by a homebred sire. Buying her was B Alderson, Much Marcle, Ledbury.

And the final 250gns call came when Stephen and Paul Humphrey sold their fully homebred shearling ewe to Ian Morgan. She’s by East Dean 09/2131 and out of a dam by East Dean 06/632.

Averages; 14 shearling rams £275.10, three ram lambs £217, one older ram £105, 11 ewe lambs £193.29, 17 older ewes £96.04, 15 shearling ewes £216.30 (McCartneys).