Around the markets week 51

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Islay – On Monday December 10, United Auctions held their annual Christmas sale of all classes lambs and sheep at Islay Auction Mart when a catalogued entry of 2318 sold to a very strong force of mainland buyers. Lambs sold to average £58.63 per head or 168.3 pence per kilo (+ £12.26 per head or + 28.73 pence per kilo). Most lots of lambs weighing 36k upwards were selling from £70 to a top of £80.50 for an outstanding pen of Suffolk Crosses from Sunderland Farm. A quality pen of Texel Crosses from Ardbeg led the kilo prices at 208 pence. A pen of 47 Blackface Wedder Lambs from Kilchiaran led this section at £69.

Principal lots and prices.
Top prices per head.
Lambs.

SUFFx: £80.50 – Sunderland : £75.00 – Starchmill : £75.00 – 6 Church Way : £75.00 – Sunderland : £74.00 – Ballachlaven : £70.50 – Lossit : £69.50 – Islay Estates : £69.50 – Uiskentuie : £69.50 – Sunderland : £69.00 – Coille : £69.00 – Octofad : £68.50 – Achnaclach : £68.50 – Duich : £67.50 – Ardbeg : £67.50 – Pairc A Chlassan : £67.00 – Coille : £65.50 – Ballimartin : £65.50 – Octofad : £65.00 – Ballachlaven : £65.00 – Carrabus.
TEXx: £78.00 and £77.00 – Bayview : £75.00 – Ardbeg : £74.50 – Bayview : £74.00 – Carrabus : £74.00, £73.00 and £69.00 – Bayview : £68.50 – Lossit : £68.00 – Viewfield : £67.00 – Carrabus : £65.50 – Bayview : £65.50 – Ardbeg : £65.00 – Bayview.
CHAx: £61.50 – Eresaid.
CHEVx: £66.00 – Keppols.
CROSS: £75.00 – Ardbeg : £74.50 – Pairc A Chlassan : £73.50 and £70.00 – Kilchiaran : £70.00 – Sunderland : £69.00 – Pairc A Chlassan : £66.50 – Kilchiaran : £63.50 – Smaladh : £62.50 – Achnaclach : £62.00 – Islay Estates : £62.00 – Duich : £60.50 – Viewfield.
MULE: £75.00 – Coille : £63.50 – Islay Estates.
BF: £69.00 – Kilchiaran : £69.00 – Uiskentuie : £62.00 – Kilchiaran : £60.50 – Lossit : £57.50 – Kilchiaran : £55.50 – Coille : £54.50 – Uiskentuie : £53.50 – Islay Estates : £53.00 – Viewfield : £51.50 – Duich : £51.00 – Islay Estates : £50.50 – Carn.
Ewes
TEXx: £71.00 – Islay Estates : £61.50 – Dunlossit Keills.
CHEVx: £60.00 – Kilbride.
CROSS: £48.00 – Viewfield.
MULE: £62.00 – Pairc A Chlassan : £58.00 – Islay Estates.
BF: £35.00 – Uiskentuie.
Top prices per kilo.
Lambs.
SUFFx: 194p – Islay Estates : 190p – Portantruan : 190p – Ballachlaven : 186p – Islay Estates : 181p – Duich : 181p – Smaladh : 181p – Islay Estates : 180p – Achnaclach.
TEXx: 208p – Ardbeg : 201p – Bayview : 196p – Carn : 193p – Dunlossit Keills : 186p – Viewfield : 184p – Ardbeg : 181p – Bayview : 181p – Islay Estates : 181p – Duich : 180p – Carrabus.
CHEV: 192p – Achnaclach : 183p – Duich.
CROSS: 183p – Bayview : 181p – Smaladh : 179p – Keppols : 176p – Kilchiaran : 173p – Pairc A Chlassan : 172p and 170p – Duich : 170p – Coille.
MULE: 173p – Islay Estate : 170p – Coille.
BF: 175p – Kilchiaran : 173p – Coille : 168p – Kilchiaran : 168p – Duich : 166p – Lossit : 165p – Viewfield : 164p – Kilchiaran : 163p – Islay Estates.

Stirling – Caledonian Marts Ltd on Monday December 17 held their last store sale of the year comprising of 47 store cattle and suckled calves. Heifers sold to 244p for a British Blue from TE and I J Davies, Low Penniver, Campbeltown and to £1100 from the same home. Bullocks sold to 211p for a pen of Limousins from D McKenzie, Ardgate, Gartocharn and to £850 from Barr Farms, Meldrum, Blairdrummond.

Other leading prices
Bullocks per head:- £790 Ardgate
Bullocks per kilo:- 208p Ardgate
Heifers per head:- £1100 Low Peninver £990 Low Peninver
Heifers per kilo:- 221p Low Peninver 214p and 202p Low Peninver
Also forward were 1132 Store and Feeding Sheep at the last store sale for 2018.
Again all classes of lambs keenly bid for and maintained recent high prices.
Top price of the day went to JW Harrison Auchtygemmell for a pen of Texels at £75.00.
Other leading lamb prices;
Texel £73 Standingfauld Cont £72 Wester Tillyrie
Beltex £68 Lawhead of Stobwood
Mule £66 Shandwell
Chev £54 Touchie
BF £48.50 Touchie
Feeding ewes
Tex £56 Dalmeny
Mule £56 The Paddock
BF £40 The Paddock