Market prices – week 9

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Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, February, 20: sold 741 store cattle, 65 adult head of breeding cattle and 108 OTM cattle.

Bullocks (403) averaged 231.6p, and sold to 326.9p per kg for a 260kg Limousin cross from Croft Grant, Dalchalm, and £1,370 for a 750kg Limousin cross from Ashley, North Kessock.

Heifers (331) averaged 212.2p, and sold to 262.2p per kg for a pen of 286kg Charolais crosses from Pitmain Farm, Kingussie and £1,220 for a pen of 610kg Charolais crosses from Ardjachie, Tain.

Young Bulls (7) averaged 202.5p and sold to 232.0p per kg for a pair of Aberdeen Angus crosses from Spittal Shore, Strathpeffer, and £800 for a British Blue cross from 25 Camult Muir, Kiltarlity.

Heifer in calf (48) sold to £1,900 (four times) for Simmental crosses from Westfield Farm, Thurso.

Cow in calf (15) sold to £1,400 (thrice) for British Shorthorn and Simmental crosses from Bogburn Farm, Duncanston.

Cow with calves at foot (2) sold to £1,100 for a Shorthorn cross cow from 2 Cragganvallie, Kiltarlity.

“Well bred cattle in all classes met a firm demand.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

Bullocks up to 400kg – Dunain Farms, Inverness, £1,020, 268.1p; 401-450kg – Druid Temple, Inverness, £1,160, 271.8p; 451-500kg – Torgorm, Conon Bridge, £1,150, 244.2p; 501-550kg – Kindeace, Alness, £1,180, 231.4p.

Heifers up to 300kg – Pitmain Farm, £750, Creagmhor, Glenelg, 248.3p (twice); 301-350kg – The Cloy, Fortrose, £810, 245.5p; 351-400kg – Dunain Farms, Inverness, £910, Clury Farm, Dulnain Bridge, 245.4p; 401-450kg – Leys Estate, Inverness, £1,030, 239.5p; 451-500kg – Kindeace, £1,115, Pitmain Farm, 234.0p; 501-550kg – Ardjachie, £980, 192.2p.

Heifer in calf – SalX – Westfield Farm, £1,850; SimX – Westfield Farm, £1,800; ShoX – Croft Martin, £1,100.

Cow in calf – SalX – Bogburn Farm, £950; BshoX – 2 Cragganvallie, £900; LimX – Gorthleck Mains, Gorthleck, £900.

Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, February, 20: sold 108 OTM cattle.

OTM cows (105) averaged 115.7p and sold to 162.9p per kg for a 485kg Piemontese from Lochquoy Farm, Castletown and £1,210 for a 760kg British Shorthorn cross from 91/92 Achviach, Dornoch.

OTM feeding Bulls (3) sold to 109.4p per kg and £1,110 for a 1015kg Saler from Cloverlea, Portmahomack.

Other leading prices per head:

OTM cows: Clury Farm, Dulnain Bridge, (LimX), £1,200; Kinnahaird Farm, Contin, (SimX), £1,180; Bayhead, Munlochy, (CharX), £1,150; 15 Achnairn, Lairg, £950; Viewhill, Dornoch, (AAX), £930; Easter Sheep Park, Balblair, (HerfX), £900.

Other leading prices per kg

OTM cows: 91/92 Achvaich, (BshoX), 159.2p; Kinchyle Farm, Scaniport, (SimX), 156.9p; Alterwall, Lyth, (CharX), 156.1p; 2 Forss, Thurso, (LimX), 152.8p; 15 Achnairn, (ShoX), 143.9p.

Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, February 19: sold 4 prime cattle.

Prime heifers (4) averaged 211.0p (-1.2p) and sold to 213.0p per kg and £1,354.50 gross.

Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, February 19: sold 4 prime cattle.

Prime heifers (4) averaged 211.0p (-1.2p) and sold to 213.0p per kg for a 630kg Limousin cross from Easter Strath of Auchterflow, Killen selling to Messrs John M. Munro Ltd. Dingwall, and £1,354.50 gross for a 645kg Limousin cross also from Easter Strath of Auchterflow, selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd. Dingwall.

Other leading prices per kg:

Heifers: Easter Strath of Auchterflow, (LimX), 211.0p.

Other leading prices per head:

Heifers: Easter Strath of Auchterflow, (LimX), £1,341.90.

Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, February 19: sold 1,295 prime sheep.

Old season lambs (1,236) averaged 183.9p (-5.7p) and sold to 230.8p per kg and £100.00 gross.

SQQ 36.5kg to 45.5kg (972) averaged 188.4p (-5.6p) per kg.

Feeding sheep (59) sold to £130 gross.

Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, February 19: sold 1,295 prime sheep.

Old season lambs (1,236) averaged 183.9p (-5.7p) and sold to 230.8p per kg for a pen of 39kg Beltex crosses from Leanach Farm, Inverness, and £100.00 gross for a pair of Beltex cross from Torgorm, Conon Bridge.

SQQ 36.5kg to 45.5kg (972) averaged 188.4p (-5.6p) per kg.

Feeding sheep (59) sold to £130 gross for a Texel ewe from Lochdhu, Nairn.

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

Old season lambs: BeltX – Torgorm, £94, 218.6p; TexX – Redfield, North Kessock, £90, 216.9p; Chev – Redfield, £85, 204.8p; SuffX – Torgorm, £85, 202.4p; CharX – Fairview, Nethybridge, £82, 189.5p.

Feeding sheep: Tex ewe – No. 1 Farm Cottage, Allanglach, £121; TexX ewe – Lochdhu, £110; Suff ewe  – Easter Moy Farm, Dingwall, £96; SuffX ewe – Easter Moy Farm, £95; Zwb ewe – Fir Chlis, Daviot, £71; Chev ewe – Drummond Farm, Evanton, £69; BeltX ewe – Balnabual, Dalcross, £68.

United Auctions Stirling, Thursday February 21: sold 5,323 prime sheep comprising of 4091 prime lambs selling to an average of 178.70ppk &  1232 ewes and rams.

Lambs (4091) – Hallhill (BTex) £112.00; Leyden (Tex) £94.00; Killipol (Cross) £94.00; Wardhead (Suf) £89.50; Stanley (Chev) £89.00; Upper Inverichnie (Cha) £88.00; Remony (BF) £83.00; Kerry Cottage (Mule) £81.50.

Lambs (4091) – Lochend (BTex) 261.00ppk; West Quarter (Tex) 223.00ppk; Killipol (Cross) 221.00ppk; Redheugh (Suf) 202.00ppk; Fridayhill (Chev) 197.00ppk; Old Faskally (Cha) 188.00ppk; Killipol (BF) 187.00ppk; Moulin (Mule) 176.00ppk.

Ewes (1232) – Cairn (Tex) £116.00; Wester Ochtermuthill (Suf) £98.00; Cairn (Cha) £84.00; Sauchrie Mains (BFL) £79.00; Penston (Mule) £70.50; Gilston (Che) £68.00; Raemore (Cross) £62.00; Millhouse (BF) £54.50.

Rams –  West Kelt (Tex) £97.00; Sauchrie Mains (BFL) £94.00; Invermilton (BTex) £89.00; Wester Kepdowrie ( Chev) £71.00; Darnhall (BF) £67.00.

Caledonian Marts Ltd, February 21:  sold 248 Cattle comprising of 114 Prime Bullocks, Heifers & Young Bulls, 112 OTM Cattle and 22 Calves & Stirks.

Prime Cattle and OTM Cattle are required on a weekly basis for our large ringside of buyers.  Please contact Oliver Shearman on 07733 046252 for more information.

Prime Heifers topped at 250p for a Limousin from Learielaw, Broxburn purchased by D Campbell, Butcher, Callander and to £1548 for a Limousin from Rathillet Farm, Cupar purchased by H A Black & Son, Butcher, Stirling.

Prime Bullocks reached 235p for a Limousin from Learielaw, Broxburn purchased by W W Wales Ltd, Wholesaler, Kilmarnock and to £1607 for a Limousin from South Flanders, Kippen.

Young Bulls sold to 208p for a Limousin from Dyke, Milton of Campsie and to £1385 from the same home.

Other Leading prices

Heifers per kg

245p Learielaw

240p Easter Ochtermuthill

238p Brockwoodlees

232p Faskine (Twice)

Bullocks per Kg

230p Todhall & Learielaw

228p Dullomuir & Brockwoodlees

222p Easter Ochtermuthill

Heifers per Head

£1516 Rathillet

£1508 Easter Ochtermuthill

£1485 & £1472 Brockwoodlees

£1440 Learielaw

Bullocks per head

£1529 South Flanders

£1527 Learielaw

£1481 Todhall

£1473 Loanrigg

£1447 Croftgarry

With a much plainer show for quality overall, the trade would be dearer to that of last week. Fleshed Beef OTM’s averaged 126p selling to 137p for a Limousin from T & R Crawford, Sheilds and to £1130 for a Shorthorn from W Young & Son, Templehall. Overall average including Feeding Cows was 116ppk.

With a poorer show Dairy Cows forward, the average was 89p selling to 121p from R Denholm & Son, Wester Lochdrum and to £900 from P Johnston & Son, Glenrigg.

Other leading prices

Beef OTMs per Head

£1090 Templehall

£1070 Kinneil Mill & Longloch

£1030 Templehall

Beef OTMs per kg

134p Gryffewraes & Templehall

132p & 131p Longloch

130p Middlerigg & Golland

Dairy OTMs per kg

£870 Balgownie Mains

£830 & £760 Gibblaston

£750 Wester Lochdrum

Dairy OTMs per Head

120p Glenrigg

113p Glenrigg & Solsgirth

109p Gibblaston

Also forward were 22 Calves & Stirks at our fortnightly sale. All classes would be dearer to that of the last sale, and more could have been sold to sellers advantage. A top price of £300 was reached on three occasions, once for a Limousin Bull Beef Calf from A McKenzie & Partners, Ardgate, Gartocharn, and also for a pair of Simmental Cross Bull Beef Calves from J Brisbane & Son, Gartclush, Bannockburn.

Other Leading Prices;

Beef Heifer Calves

Simmental X £260 Gartclush

Charolais £210 Ardgate

Black & White Bull Calves

£85 (x2) Barbeth

£70 Plean

United Auctions, Stirling, Wednesday February 20: sold 1489 store cattle, also 178 cast cows.

Bullocks (756) -averaged 214.24p to 260.20p per kg for a 269kg CHX from Gateside, and to £1270 for a 648kg CHX from CJM Services.

Dairy Bullocks (86) – averaged 156.94p to 185.90p per kg for a 562kg MOX from Killellan, and to £1030 for a 678kg MOX from Woodend.

Heifers (629) – averaged 207.55p to 246.50p per kg for a 282kg CHX from Dyke, and to £1260 for a 659kg LimX from CJM Services.

Young Bulls (18)- averaged 203.33p to 216.40p per kg for a SimX from East Merkland, and to £1000 for A SimX from East Merkland.

Beef Cows (149) – averaged 121.19p to 183.00p per kg for a SimX from Hattrick, and to £1350 for a SimX from Hardens.

Dairy Cows (26) – averaged 97.09p to 135.10p per kg for a HOX from Claylands, and to £875 for a MOX from 4 West Garleton.

Forward Cattle (3) – averaged 139.53p to 157.40p per kg for a BRBX from Heights and £1250 for a BRBX from Heights.

Bullocks: 251-300kgs- Rhu Mor £700, 260.2p; 301-350kgs- Berryhill £855, 259.9p; 351-400kgs- Polquhairn £975, Ochiltree Place 253.5p; 401-450kgs- Ochiltree Place £1020, 232.9p; 451-500kgs- Riccarton £1130, 245.7p; 501-551kgs- Gateside £1155, 217.1p; 552-601kgs – Overton £1240, Meikle Carleith 211.3p; 602-651kgs- Gateside £1270, 199.0p; 652-701kgs- CJM Services £1260, 190.8p.

Heifers: Up to 250kgs- Crofthead £490, 207.6p; 251-300kgs- Dyke £705, 246.5p; 301-350kgs- Polquhairn £795, Rhu Mor 242.6p; 351-400kgs- Mid Shawton £890, Ochiltree Place 226.8p; 401-450kgs- Aitkenhead £965, 224.9p; 451-500kgs- Midtown £1100, Aitkenhead 224.7p; 501-551kgs- Overton £1160, 217.2p; 552-601kgs- Milton £1120, 201.8p; 652-701kgs- CJM Services £1260, 191.2p.

Young bulls: 301-350kgs- Callochant £620, 192.5p; 351-400kgs- Bayview £700, 191.3p, 401-450kgs- East Merkland £870, 216.4p.

OTM Cows:

£ per head- Hardens (Sim) £1350, Ledrishbeg (AA) £1330, Lawton (SH) £1310, Eastoun (Lim) £1210, Wester Bleaton (BRB) £1150, Townhead of Arngibbon (Cont) £1110, Traprain (Sal) £1050, Wester Bleaton (BS) £1010.

PPK- Hattrick (Sim) 183.00p, Hattrick (AA) 181.00p, Hattrick (BS) 172.30p, Hattrick (Lim) 166.30p, Traprain (Sal) 150.40p, Wester Bleaton (BRB) 178.60p, Lawton (SH) 144.60p, Townhead of Arngibbon (Cont) 121.20p.

OTM Bulls:

£ per head- Cuttlehill (BRB) £1500, Redhouse (Lim) £1490, Brunton (CH) £1330, Kepculloch (Sim) £1300, Wester Clunie (Sal) £1110.

PPK- Tanhill (BRB) 153.90p, Redhouse (Lim) 142.70p, Brunton (CH) 130.10p, Kepculloch (Sim) 110.00p, Wester Clunie (Sal) 96.40p.

United Auctions also sold 1380 store and breeding sheep.

Store Sheep

Hoggs – Deuchar (Suff) £74.00; Wellees (Tex) £77.50; Craigmaddiemuir (Tex) £77.00; Lettar (BTex) £69.50; Glenkiln (Chev) £64.50; Sauchrie Mains (Mule) £72.00; Sauchrie Mains (BF) £66.00.

Breeding Sheep

Westbank (Suff) ewes in-lamb – £112.00

Westbank (Tex) ewes in-lamb – £110.00

Westbank (Mule) ewes in-lamb – £100.00