Sale honours for Steeton sheep dog breeder and handler

Beverley Fort with Floss, who headed the prices in the unbroken dogs pen at Skipton

Beverley Fort with her dog Jan, and buyer Barry Liddle

First published in Keighley

A STEETON sheep dog handler and breeder rounded-up accolades in a top show.

Beverley Fort's year-old black and white bitch Floss sold for £1,155 – the top pen price of the day for 'unbroken' dogs – at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual summer sale of working sheep dogs.

And her five-year-old tri-coloured bitch Jan, which she bought when it was an eight-week-old pup, sold for £2,520 to multiple nursery trial winner Barry Liddle.

"The annual sale again produced a strong all-round performance," said a spokesman for the auction mart.

"There were well over 100 dogs, 73 of which found new homes.

"The very best were again in keen demand, both for the trials field and as good work dogs, with plenty of people also looking for part-broken and unbroken dogs."

Broken dogs sold for an average of £2,048, while unbroken dogs averaged £390.

The next seasonal working dogs sale is scheduled for Friday, October 24.

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