Record price sheepdog sold at auction for £8,400

Midge wowed buyers with her herding skills despite having had just three months of training

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A sheepdog called Midge has sold for a record price at a Yorkshire cattle auction.

Suffolk farmer Eddie Thornally picked up the 18-month-old border collie for £8,400, beating the previous highest price by £2,400 according to Craven Cattle Marts.

Mr Thornally said: "It's double what I've paid before but she is a little bit special.

"She's going to be your best friend - cheap for a best friend really."

Midge showed off her skills, acquired during just three months of training, at the auction site in Skipton.

Mr Thornally said: "She's got a lot about her, a lovely temperament."

Trainer Shaun Richards, from Burnley, said the secret was getting out with the dogs and enjoying the work.

He said: "I've found something I'm good at and am just making the most of it."

The auctioneer confirmed the previous record price was £6,000 at a sale in 2010.

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