market prices – week 18

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Dingwall and Highland Marts, Thursday, April 25: sold 1,317 sheep of all classes.

Lambs (1,124) averaged £59.86 and sold to £90 gross twice Texel crosses from 2 Blackpark, Broadford & Earlish, Uig.

Ewes (122) averaged £55.60 and sold to £90 gross for a pen of Texel crosses from Lochdhu, Nairn.

Breeding sheep (23) sold to £100 gross for Texel cross in lamb ewes from 12 Airdens, Bonar Bridge.

Rams and feeding sheep (48) sold to £75 gross for Blue Faced Leicester rams from Auchmore Farm, Muir of Ord.

Other leading prices per head:

Lambs: Cross –, Cambusmore, Dornoch, £78, Easter Springfield, Balblair, £74; BF – Balgowan, Laggan, £88, Braes, Portree, £73, 37 Vatisker, Back, £69; Chev – Dunearn Farm, Nairn, £89, 9 Mellon Udrigle, Laide, £86, Dunearn Farm, £85; TexX – 2 Blackpark, £86, Balrailan, Duncanston, £83, Earlish, £80; SuffX – Earlish, £85, Springfield, £76, Fraser Park, Nairn, £74; Tex – Lochdhu, £75; Lyn – Corrimony Farm, Glenurquhart, £74; BeltX – Glenurquhart Farm, Cromarty, £71.50; Mule – Easter Springfield, £66.50; RouX – 4 Balmeanach, Struan, £65.

Ewes: TexX – Lochdhu, £88; SuffX – Dunearn Farm, £83, Inchindown, Invergordon, £60.50; Chev – Dunearn Farm, £76, Rhannich Farm, Edderton, £75, Kenmore, Shieldaig, £73; Cross – 11/13 Tomich, Beauly, £75, 1 Brae Farm Cottages, Dingwall, £65; BF – Braes, £69.

Rams & feeding sheep: Chev – Auchmore Farm, £70; TexX– Balrailan, £58; BFL – Auchmore Farm, £54; BF – 72 Westford, Alness, £50.

United Auctions Stirling, Thursday April 25: sold 6243 prime sheep consisting of 119 New Season Lambs selling to an average of 242.80p & 5147 Old Season Lambs selling to an average of 192.90p and also 863 Ewes and Rams.

New Season Lambs (119)- Smailholm Mains (Tex) £128.00; Smailholm Mains (Cross) £126.00; Smailholm Mains (Suf) £126.00; Corrybrae (Zwa) £122.50; Inverae (Cha) £119.00; West Lecropt (Hamp) £114.00.

New Season Lambs (119)- West Carse (Suf) 277.00ppk; Smailholm Maisn (Cross) 272.00ppk; Catcune (Tex) 272.00ppk; Inverae (Char) 256.00ppk;Corrybrae (Zwa) 255.00ppk; West Lecropt (Hamp) 250.00ppk.

Old Season Lambs (5147) – Isle Cottage (BTex) £115.00; Raecruick (Tex) £105.00; South Park (Chev) £97.50; Boghall (Suf) £94.00; South Park (Cross) £93.00; South Park (BF) £93.00; Raecruick (Mule) £92.50.

Old Season Lambs (5147)- Ballechin (BTex) 263.00ppk; Berrydyke (Tex) 233.00ppk; Mill of Inverarity (Chev) 229.00ppk; Wardhead (Suf) 220.00ppk; Muirhouses (Cross) 216.00ppk;Shielhill (BF) 207.00ppk; Rowantree (Mule) 199.00ppk.

Ewes (863)- Blinkbonny (Tex) £142.00; Isle Cottage (BTex) £118.00; Little Kilmory (Cross) £113.00; Chalmerstone (Suf) £98.00; Ballechin (Chev) £96.00;  Asloss (BFL) £92.00; Marvingston (HB) £89.00; Busses (Mule) £82.00; Wallaceton (Cha) £76.00; Kilmundie & Chamberwells (BF) £69.00.

Rams- Townhead (Tex) £118.00; Marvingston 9Suf) £116.00; Hallhills (Cha) £99.00; Fallhills (Cross) £93.00; Halls (BF) £68.

Caledonian Marts Ltd, Thursday April 25: sold 143 Cattle comprising of 81 Prime Bullocks, Heifers & Young Bulls, as well as 62 OTM Cattle.

Prime Cattle topped at 248ppkg for a British Blue Bullock from W Dandie & Sons, Learielaw, purchased by T Johnston Butcher, Falkirk and to £1602 for the same beast.

Prime Heifers up to 240p on three occasions for Limousins from Learielaw; A S Hay, Mains  of Cultmalundie; and D S & R C Taylor, Easter Ochtermuthill purchased by R Alexander Butcher, Port Glasgow; G Kirk & Son Butcher, Denny; and H A Black & Sons Butcher, Stirling respectively and to £1534 for a Limousin from M I Wainwright & Sons, Todhall, purchased by H A Black & Sons Butcher, Stirling.

Other Leading prices

Bullocks per Head

£1597 & £1572 Blackdub

£1536 Dullomuir & Gillandersland

£1532 Dullomuir

£1529 Learielaw

Heifers per Head

£1503 Rathillet

£1454 & £1438 Easter Ochtermuthill
£1437 Mains of Throsk

Bullocks per kg

242p Learielaw

238p Seggersdean & Dullomuir

235p Dullomuir & Mains of Cultmalundie

Heifers per kg

232p Rathillet & Easter Ochtermuthill

230p Seggersdean & Faskine

Fleshed Beef OTM’s averaged 153p selling to 168ppkg for a Limousin from W Dick & Sons, Mains of Throsk and to a whopping £1600 for a French Limousin from W I & A W Callion, Bolfornought. The overall average for Beef OTMs (Including Feeding Cows) levelled out at 144ppkg.
Dairy Cows averaged 109ppkg selling to 159p from W Waugh, North Bankhead and to £950 for the same beast.

Cast Bulls sold to 137p from A Wilson, Redhouse and to £1400 from J Craig, Carneil.

Other Leading Prices

Beef OTMs Per Head

£1490 Mains of Throsk

£1290 Castlehill

£1280 Mains of Throsk

£1260 Faskine

£1210 Learielaw

Beef OTMs Per kg

167p Learielaw

166p Knockhouse

163p Ashfield

162p Faskine

Dairy Cows Per Head

£910 North Bankhead

£860 Greenrigg

£850 North Bankhead

Dairy Cows Per kg

157p North Bankhead

137p North Bankhead

129p Greenrigg