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United Auctions, Stirling (Wednesday August 23) sold 1173 store cattle also forward 121 cast cows.

Bullocks (662) -averaged 220.01p to 272.4ppk for a 290kg CHX from The Firs and £1400 for a 681kg AAX from Burnhouse.

B&W Bullocks (53) – averaged 154.6p to 176.2ppkg for a 437kg HFX from Gateside and £965 for a 553kg HFX from Hillhead

Heifers (458) – averaged 210.02p to 239.4ppk for a 355kg LIMX from Bargany Farms and £1235 for a 576kg CHX from Netherhillhouse.

Cast Cows (90) averaged 131.85p to 181.2ppk for a =LimX from Ballinloan and £1370 for an LIMX from Upper Spittalton.

Dairy Cows (24) averaged 103.83p to 134.6ppk for a HFX from Nyadd and £945 for a HFX from Nyadd.

Forward Cattle (7)- averaged 146.22p to 179.60ppk for a LimX from Ballikinrain and £1190 for a PAX from Drumelzier.

Bullocks: Up to 250kgs- Drumelzier £550, 243.4p; 251-300kgs- The Firs £790, 272.4p; 301-350kgs- West Shawtonhill £860, The Firs 261.1p; 351-400kgs- Kincraigie £1030, 263.4p; 401-450kgs- Gateside £1075, Gaisland 249.40p; 451-500kgs- Bloompark £1110, Ladybank 237.50p; 501-550kgs-  Blasthill £1210, 229.20p; 551-600kgs – Burnhouse £1290, Bloompark 224.10p; 601-650kgs- Benthead £1280, Knockeffrick 205.30p; 651-700kgs- Burnhouse £1400, 205.60p.

Heifers: Up to 250kgs- Highfields £250, 137.40p; 251-300kgs- Hillhead £680.00, 228.20p; 301-350kg- Kincragie £820, 240.50p; 351-400kgs-  Oakersdyke £890, Bargany Farms 239.40p; 401-450kgs- Glenside £1000, Dalbhradden 236.60p; 451-500kgs- Burnside £1120, 236.40p; 501-550kgs- Benthead £1210, Ladybank 224.40p; 551-600kgs- Netherhillhouse £1235, 214.40p; 601-650kgs- Bandirran Farms £1170, 185.50p

OTM Cows:

£ per head- Lathangie (CH) £1190; Upper Spittalton (Lim) £1370; Hole O Clean (Sim) £1290; Lathrisk (BRB) £1350; Drumoider (Luing) £1130; Dalbrack (BS) £915; Nyadd (HF) £915.

PPK- Hole o Clean (Sim) 163.30p; Middle Coldrain (CH) 166.7p; Ballinloan (Lim) 181.2p;  Burnside of Balhaldie (BS) 135.10p; Lathrisk (BRB) 156.6p; Drumoider (Luing) 143.8p; Nyadd (HF) 134.60p.

OTM Bulls:

£ per head- Doldy (Lim) £1430; Killelan (CH) £1310; Mountquhanie (AA) £1250; Thomanean(Sim) £1250.

PPK- Claish (Lim) 172.60p; Killelan (CH) 124.10p; Mountquhanie (AA) 192.90p; Thamnean (Sim) 123.00p

Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, Stornoway (Wednesday August 23) sold 3,493 store lambs and feeding sheep.

Cheviot lambs (695) averaged £42.65 and sold to £60.50 gross from 27 Melbost, Stornoway & Cliff House, Laxay.

Texel cross lambs (281) averaged £48.72 and sold to £60.50 gross from 1A Upper Bayble, Point.

Suffolk cross lambs (365) averaged £46.66 and sold to £60.00 gross from Glebe Farm, Upper Barvas.

Blackface lambs (1081) averaged £34.63 and sold to £48.00 gross from 6 Valtos, Uig.

Cross lambs (836) averaged £38.83 and sold to £54.00 gross from 14 Gravir, Lochs & Glebe Farm.

Other leading prices per head:

Stornoway: Chev – 5A Branahuie, £54.50; TexX – 8 Maryhill, £54; SuffX – 5 East Street, £44; Cross – Stoneyfield Cottage, £48.

Harris: Chev – Atlantic View, £41; SuffX – 15 Northton, £53; BF – 17B Leachkin, £43; Cross – 2 Scaladale, £47.

Westside: Chev – 39 Lower Barvas, £48; TexX – 43 North Shawbost, £53; SuffX – 25 Lower Barvas, £54; BF – 45 Arnol, £45; Cross –  45 Arnol, £51.50.

Back: Chev – 15 Vatisker, £54.50; TexX – 2B Back, £56; SuffX – 8 Coll, £39.50; BF – 15 Vatisker, £45.50; Cross – 1 Vatisker, £44.50.

Lochs: Chev – 30 Gravir, £51; TexX – 30 Gravir, £57; SuffX – 30 Gravir, £55; BF – 30 Gravir, £46; Cross – 47 Balallan, £51.

Point: Chev – 10A Portvoller, £54; TexX – 50 Garrabost, £58.50; SuffX – Sheshader, £43; BF – 7 Hacklett, £41; Cross – 16 Knock, £50.

Uig & Bernera: Chev – 1 Carishader, £43; BF – 4 Kneep, £44.

Ness: Chev – 43 Habost, £45; Cross – Park House, South Dell, £43.50.

On Thursday August 24 Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sold 13,469 store lambs at their annual sale.

Cheviot wedder lambs (7,411) averaged £42.62 (-£5.53 on the year) and sold to £72.00 gross from Burnbank, Isle of Canna.

Cheviot ewe lambs (1,665) averaged £43.72 (-£2.67 on the year) and sold to £88.00 gross from 186 Migdale, Bonar Bridge.

Cross lambs (4,393) averaged £52.55 (-£1.08 on the year) and sold to £77.50 gross for Texel crosses from Beallachnagore Farm, Strathpeffer.

In the cheviot section only the tops that were looking as good as last year matched last week’s price.  Second and third draw lambs were more difficult to cash. Cross lambs met a good demand with tight skinned and fleshy types selling particularly well.

Other leading prices per head and per area

Mid Sutherland: Cheviot wedder lambs – Midfearn Farms, Ardgay, £59.50, Wester Fearn, Ardgay, £59, Humpton, Spinningdale, £57; Cheviot ewe lambs – Wester Fearn, Ardgay, £72; TexX – 12 Airdens, Bonar Bridge, £63.50.

Skye and Outer Isles: Cheviot wedder lambs – 5 Harlosh, Dunvegan, £58, Isle of Canna, Canna, £57, Uiginish Farm, Dunvegan, £56.50; Cheviot ewe lambs – Burnbank, Isle of Canna, £72, 5 Mill Park, Isle of Raasay, £53.50, Gesto Farm, Struan, £48; Cross – The Millcroft, Claddach Kyle, £64.50; TexX – 25 Fasach, Glendale, £62.

Caithness: Cheviot wedder lambs – Stonecroft, Thrumster, £58.50; Cheviot ewe lambs – Knockinnon, Dunbeath, £78; TexX – Guidebest, Latheron & Weydale Mains, Thurso, £63.

East Sutherland: Cheviot wedder lambs – Carrol farm, Brora, £58, 185 Migdale, Bonar Bridge, £55.50, Braelangwell Farm, Ardgay & Milton Muie, Rogart £55; Cheviot ewe lambs – Carrol Farm, £64; SuffX – Culmaily Farm, Golspie, £65.50.

West Sutherland: Cheviot wedder lambs – Saluscraggie, Helmsdale, £55; Cheviot ewe lambs – Saluscraggie, £53; TexX – Carnich, Gruids, £69.50.

Inverness and South: Cheviot wedder lambs – Tullyglens, Dunphail, £63, Erchite, Dores & Castle Grant Home Farm, Grantown on Spey £59; Cheviot ewe lambs – Lynemore Farm, Grantown on Spey, £64, West View, Inverness, £57; BeltX – Tullyglens, £72; SuffX – Strone Cottage, Newtonmore, £63.50.

Ross shire and Black Isle: Cheviot wedder lambs – Kintail, Newton of Ferintosh, £56, Pithogarty, Tain, £55, Comar, Cannich, £54; Cheviot ewe lambs – Auchmore Farm, Muir of Ord, £54, Kirksheaf, Tain, £48; TexX – Beallachnagore Farm, £76; BeltX – Lower Geanies, Fearn, £72.50; Cross – Bogallan, North Kessock, £63; CharX – Craiglea Croft, Duncanston, £61.50.

Wester Ross: Cheviot wedder lambs – Aird, Shieldaig, £60, 13 Kirkton Gardens, Lochcarron, £55.50, Inverpolly, Ullapool, £55; Cheviot ewe lambs – Achnaclerach, Garve, £54; TexX – 13 Kirkton Gardens & Keppoch Farm, Dundonnell, £64.50.

United Auctions, Stirling, Saturday August 26, had catalogue entry, with 4,911 Scotch Mule, TexX & SuffX gimmers  sponsored by British Wool and ably judges by S Rodger, Firth Mains.

The championship was won by M/s McKenzie, Ardgate and purchased by SRUC Oatridge. Overall average £130.62 (+£7.14)on the year.

Prize List

1st   M/s McKenzie, Ardgate £148

2nd  Drimsynie Est £145

3rd  M/s Paterson, East Dykes £142

4th  M/s Milne, Kinaldy £152

5th  Miss H Gray, Tomfyne £150

Averages

Acc Scotch Mule Gimmers £141.80 (+£11.77) on the year

Non Acc Scotch Mule Gimmers £128.56 (6.31) on the year

Suffolk Cross Gimmers £132.94 (+£5.77) on the year

Texel Cross Gimmers £136.90 (+23.15) on the year.

Stirling; United Auctions (Thursday August 24) sold 6484 Prime Sheep including 4606 lambs average 184.2p/kg and 1878 ewes and rams.

Lambs (4606) Auchenrivoch and Leaston (Tex) £100; Doune Farms (BTex) £100; Pathhead (Suff) £98; Shanry (Char) £94; Glenisla (Mule) £78, Ballagan (BF) £75.

Lambs (4606) Auchenrivoch (BTex) 219p; Candy (Suff) 194p; Harviesmailing (Bel) 233p; West Park (Char) 202p; Knock O Ronald (Mule) 179p, East Mill (BF) 158p.

Ewes (1878)- Woodhead of Cairness (BL) £100; Mansfield (Tex) £95; Whitburgh Mains (Suff) £94; Easter Deans (BFL) £83; Wester Arngibbon (Chev) £80; Parks of Garden (Mule) £73; Wester Highgate (BF) £67.00.

Tups – Auchlin (Tex) £123; Wood (X) £87; Hardiston (Bel) £86.

Caledonian Marts Ltd , Thursday August 24, sold 153 cattle comprising 90 Prime Bullocks Heifers and Young Bulls, 63 Cast Cows and Bulls. Numbers were exceptionally short of requirements, with all classes recording record averages so far for this season.

Prime Bullocks averaged 228p

Prime Heifers averaged- 227p

Young Bulls averaged- 200p

Beef cows averaged- 143p

Dairy Cows averaged- 98p (A poor show for quality)

Bullocks sold to 252p for a Limousin from J&J Wyllie, Knockhouse, Dunfermline purchased by Hugh Black & Sons Butchers and to £1905 for a Charolais from C Smith, South Flanders, Kippen.

Heifers to 250p (twice) from Brockwoodlees, Canonbie purchased by W.W Wales Ltd, Kilmarnock & Hugh Black & Sons and to £1620 from the same farm.

Young Bulls to 215ppkg for a Limousin from Mains of Throsk, Stirling to J.F Findlay Ltd, Wishaw and to £1457 form the same farm.

Bullocks ppkg;

248ppkg Easter Ochtermuthill,Towncroft (Young) and Brockwoodlees.

245 Classlochie, Knockhouse and Easter Ochtermuthill

242 Knockhouse, Classlochie and Brockwoodlees

240 West Mains and Knockhouse

238 (twice) Easterton (Kirkintilloch)

235&232 Mawcarse and West Mains

Heifers ppkg

245ppkg (three times) Classlochie, Faskine and Easter Ochtermuthill

242 ppkg Borlick, Faskine and Easter Ochtermuthill

240ppkg Brockwoodlees

238ppkg West Thomaston and Borlick

232ppkg Lammerview

225ppkg Broadleys and Borlick

Beef Cows averaged 143p selling to £1500 from B Harper, Greenwells, Falkirk and to 185.5p for the same beast. With a very poor show of Dairy Cows it resulted in an average of 98p, selling to 106p from W Hamilton & Sons, Meldrum, Stirling and to £780 from the same home.

Bulls sold to £1480 from A Morton, Lochend, Denny

Other Leading Prices;

Beef Cows ppkg;

185p Greenwells

175p Muircot

160p Drumelzier

153p Drumcairn

151p Craigannet

Beef Cows Per Head;

£1290 Ledrishbeg, Bailanstruth and Drumcairn

£1200 Mosshall

£1180 Drumelzier

Dairy Cows Per Head;

£710,£700(twice) Meldrum

Also forward were 9 calves. Top price was £330 for a AA Bull calf from G&C Mckinnell, 6 Seacliff

Leading Prices;

Black & White Bull Calves

£93, £75 Barbeth

£60, £45 Nyadd

Beef Bull Calf

£250 (Sim) Mains Of Struie

DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (August 25) sold 101 rams at its sixth annual ‘Great from Grass’ on farm sale of rams at Fearn Farm, Tain, on behalf of Messrs J Scott & Partners.

A great show of shearlings on offer met a stronger demand than the year before, with all rams finding a new home.

Texel shearlings (34) averaged £822.44 and sold to 1,250 guineas thrice; New Zealand Suffolk shearlings (24) averaged £815.94 and sold to 1050 guineas; Beltex & Beltex x Suffolk shearlings (5) averaged £504 and sold to 550 guineas twice; Aberfield shearlings (38) averaged £860.72 and sold to 1,300 guineas twice.

Other leading prices per head in guineas – Texel shearlings – 1150g, 1050g, 1000g; NZ Suffolk shearlings – 950g (thrice), 900g (4 times), 850g (twice); Beltex shearlings – 450g (twice), 400g; Aberfield shearlings – 1200g, 1150g, 1100g (4 times).

Dalmally Auction Mart, Saturday August 26. United Auctions held their second sale of all classes’ lambs and sheep. With an increased entry on the year, 4,705 head was sold. A good show of quality lambs were on offer, consisting mainly of smaller long keeping types. A good ringside of buyers was present from across the country.
PRINCIPAL LOTS & PRICES
TOP PRICES PER HEAD
LAMBS
SUFFx:
£64.00 – Crinan : £62.00 – Kiloran Farmers, Colonsay.
BELTx:
£63.50 – Ichrachan.
TEXx:
£75.00 – Bonawe Home Farm : £72.00 – Ormsary Farmers : £67.00 – 2 Bonawe Croft : £65.50 – Stonefield Farms : £65.00 – Inchgarth Farm : £61.50 – Brackley Parks : £60.50 – Tullochcan & Clachan Farm.
CHEVx:
£77.50 – Ormsary Farmers : £68.00 – 2 Bonawe Croft.
CROSS
£56.00 – Kilchattan, Colonsay : £54.00 – Ardsheal Farm & 14 Cleat, Barra.
MULE
£61.00 – Maam Farm.
BF
£50.50 – Blarmafoldach : £48.00 – 83 Borve, Barra : £47.00 – Stroneskar : £46.00 – Garrogie Estates & Littleport : £44.50 – Ederline Estate : £43.50 – Castles Estate : £40.50 – Homefield Croft, Colonsay.

EWES
TEXx:
£58.00 – 2 Bonawe Croft.
CHEVx:
£69.00 – Bonawe Home Farm
CROSS
£40.00 – Bonawe Home Farm
BF
£52.00 – Garrogie Estate.

WEDDERS
CHEVx:
£42.00 – Ichrachan.
BF
£48.00 – Garrogie Estate.

CAST RAMS
CHEV
£86.00 – 2 Bonawe Croft.
CROSS
£64.00 – Garoggie Estate.

TOP PRICES PER KILO
LAMBS
SUFFx:
183p & 174p – Kiloran Farmers, Colonsay : 173p – Barbreck : 171p – Strathoich.
BELTx:
207p – Succoth Ardeonaig.
TEXx:
207p – Barbreck, Lochgilphead : 196p – Barguillean : 188p – Slatich : 184p – Inchgarth & Garvachy : 183p – Ederline Estate & Barbreck Lochgilphead : 181p – Brackley Parks : 180p – High Balantyre : 179p – Barbreck Lochgilphead : 178p – Tullochcan : 176p – 2 Bonawe Croft : 175p – Garvachy : 174p – Tullochcan : 173p – Stonefield Farm & Ormsary Farmers : 172p – Inchgarth, Garvachy & Keppochan : 171p – Ederline Estate, Stonefield Farm, Tullochcan & Slatich.
CHEVx:
180p & 179p – Strathoich : 175p – Machrins : 172p – Keppochan, Gallachoille & Machrins Farm : 170p – 2 Bonawe Croft.
CROSS
164p – Balnahard, Colonsay : 163p – Ardsheal Farm & Bonawe Home Farm.
MULE
159p & 157p – Ormsary Farmers.
BF
161p – Garrogie Estate : 157p – Stroneskar.

United Auction held their annual show and sale of Suckled Calves at Islay Auction Mart on Friday August 25. An excellent selection of quality bred stock was presented to a large following of mainland buyers. Bullocks sold to average £978.01 per head or 253.3 per kilo against £905.52 or 235.3 last year whilst Heifers levelled out at £882.80 per head or 237.6 against £844.84 and 230.4 last year. Judging the various classes prior to the sale was in the capable hands of Mr. J Cowie, Nicolson Park, Fordyce and the following were his awards. Bullock Calf: 1st & 2nd – Blackrock: 3rd – Ardbeg. Heifer Calf: 1st – Starchmill: 2nd – Ardbeg. Champion Calf & William A Low Memorial Trophy: Blackrock – Bullock – £1,320 (313pence per kilo) to G McFadzean, Woodhead of Mailer. Reserve Champion – Starchmill – Heifer. The firm also sold the dispersal of Cows with Calf on behalf of the late Angus MacLugash, Blackpark which sold to £2100.00
PRINCIPAL LOTS & PRICES
BULLOCKS
AAx:
£1090 – Ballimartin
CHARx:
£1280 – Ballimartin : £1080 & £970 – Blackrock.
LIMx:
£1320 – Blackrock : £1180(2) – Ardbeg : £1180 – Blackrock : £1170(2) – Ballimartin : £1140(5) – Ardbeg : £1130 – Blackrock & Starchmill : £1120(4) – Ardbeg : £1110(5) – Blackrock : £1110 & £1050 – Claggan : £1050(2) – Starchmill : £1030 & £1000(2) – Kilchiaran : £1000 – Claggan(2), Ballimartin(2) & Ardbeg(6).
HEIFERS
AAx:
£1000 – Ballimartin.
CHARx:
£1180 – Aoradh : £970(2) – Ballimartin.
LIMx:
£1010(2) – Lossit : £1000 – Ardbeg(4), Greanan(2) & Claggan : £940 – Ardbeg(4) & Ballimartin(3).

TOP PRICES PER KILO
BULLOCKS
AAx:
238p & 236p(2) – Ballimartin.
CHARx:
312p(6) & 252p – Blackrock : 251p – Aoradh.
LIMx:
313p – Blackrock : 289p(6) – Ardbeg : 288p(5) & 285p – Blackrock : 281p – Kilchiaran : 277p & 274p – Starchmill : 272p(4) – Ardbeg : 270p(4) – Claggan : 269p(2) – Ardbeg : 267p(2) – Ballimartin : 266p – Blackrock : 265p(2) – Claggan : 264p(2), 263p & 260p – Starchmill.
HEIFERS
AAx:
226p – Ballimartin.
CHARx:
280p(2) & 243p(2) – Blackrock.
LIMx:
262p(4) & 259p(7) – Ardbeg : 256p(2) – Claggan & Ardbeg : 253p(2) – Lossit : 251p(2), 247p(2) & 245p(2) – Claggan.

COWS WITH HFR CALVES AT FOOT
AAx:
£1750, £1500 & £1450 – Blackpark.
LIMx:
£1850, £1250 & £1200 – Blackpark.
COWS WITH BULL CALF AT FOOT
AAx:
£2100 & £1900 – Blackpark.
CHARx:
£1520 – Blackpark.
LIMx:
£1800(2) & £1700 – Blackpark.

Islay sheep sale saw an increased entry of lambs on Friday August 25, with 3,282 lambs and sheep sold at United Auction’s first sale at Bridgend Auction Mart. A good entry of quality lambs were on offer to a large turnout of mainland buyers. In keeping with national trends, heavier fleshy lambs weighing 42 plus kilos increased in values on the year while store types showed a slight decrease on
the year. Lambs averaged £57.45 per head or 162.1 pence per kilo.
PRINCIPAL LOTS AND PRICES
TOP PRICES PER HEAD
LAMBS
SUFFx:
£85.50 & £84.50 – Ballachlaven : £79.50 – Octofad : £72.50 – Claggan : £72.00 – Ardtalla
Estate : £70.50 – 16 Westend : £70.00 – Smaladh.
TEXx:
£85.50 – Neriby & Blackrock : £83.50 – Tallant : £81.50 & £79.50 – Neriby : £78.50 – 16
Westend : £76.50 – Tallant : £76.00 & £73.50 – Daill Cottage : £73.00 – Blackrock.
CHEVx:
£56.50 – Ballivicar : £55.00 – Foreland No2.
CROSS
£51.00 – Islay Estates.
MULE
£52.50 – Ballachlaven.
BF
£45.50 – Oransay : £43.50 – Lorgba.
EWES
TEXx:
£89.50 – Carrabus : £80.50 – Gartloist : £78.50 – Ardbeg : £64.50 – Carrabus.
MULE
£69.50 & £60.00 – Octofad.
BF
£63.50 – Coultoon.
WEDDERS
TEXx:
£58.50 – Gartloist.
CROSS
£56.50 – Oransay.
MULE
£59.00 – Octofad.
BF
£45.00 – Daill Cottage.
TOP PRICES PER KILO
LAMBS
SUFFx:

185p, 172p & 171p – Octofad : 170p – Islay Estates : 169p – Octofad, Ballachlaven, Claggan
& Ardtalla Estate : 168p – Claggan, Ardnave, Ballachlaven & Islay Estates.
TEXx:
194p, 192p & 191p – Blackrock : 182p – Balaclava : 174p – Blackrock : 173p – Tallant &
Blackrock : 172p – Tallant : 171p – 16 Westend : 170p – Ardbeg & Balaclava : 169p – Neriby
: 168p – Leorin, Talant & 16 Westend.
CHEVx:
153p – Balivicar : 150p – Foreland No2.
CROSS
159p – Islay Estates.
MULE
143p – Ballachlaven.
BF
131p – Oransay.