SILSDEN Moor farmers Jeff and Judith Throup have no reason to feel sheepish about their latest success.

A shearling ram sold for 1,500 guineas at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of Bluefaced Leicester rams and females.

The ram – bred by their near neighbours, Ellis Brothers – was bought by the Harrison farming family in the Lake District.

Breeders from across a wide area were attracted to the event, which was staged in a new format this year.

It was held as a standalone twilight show and sale, having previously formed part of the same month’s annual multi-breeds sheep showcase.

“The decision paid off – with no fewer than 14 sheep achieving four-figure bids,” said a spokesman.

Show classes were judged by Chris Pye.