THE world record price for a working sheep dog was smashed at Skipton Auction Mart, North Yorkshire, when Northumberland shepherdess, Emma Gray (33), hit £18,900 with her two-and-a-half-year-old black and white bitch, Megan.

In selling Megan, Emma, who farms North of England Mule sheep and comercial suckler cattle on National Trust-owned Fallowlees Farm, Harwood Forest, near Morpeth, breaks her own record, having sold a similar dog for £14,700 last year.