Around the Markets – 30.5.19

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Fort William, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, May 24: sold 123 store cattle, five adult head of breeding cattle, 12 OTM cattle and 746 sheep.

Bullocks (61) averaged 215.6p and sold to 295.8p per kilo for a pair of 240kg Charolais crosses from Moy Farm, Banavie, and £980 gross a 520kg Limousin cross from Balmaglaster, Spean Bridge.

Heifers (60) averaged 194.3p and sold to 263.6p per kilo for a 330kg Limousin cross from Keil Farm, Ardgour and £910 gross for a 440kg Simmental cross from Balmacaan Farm, Drumnadrochit.

Young bulls (2) averaged 154.5p and sold to 174.6p per kg and £550 gross for a 315kg Limousin from Lochuanagan, Fort Augustus.

Breeding cattle (5) sold to £1,240 gross for a Simmental cross cow with a Limousin calf at foot from Arderry, Strontian.

OTM cattle (12) averaged 134.6p and sold to 181.3p per kilo for a 480kg Limousin cross from Ardtornish Farms, Morven, and £930 gross for a 785kg Shorthorn cross from Moy Farms.

Store lambs (320) averaged £45.18 and sold to £81 gross for a Cheviot from 12 Aultgrishan, Gairloch.

Ewes with single lambs at foot (39) sold to £100 gross (twice) for Texel cross ewes with Suffolk cross lambs from Balmaglaster, Spean Bridge and also for a Cheviot ewe with a Cheviot lamb at foot from Benhaint, Kilchoan.

Ewes with twin lambs at foot (23) averaged £117.43 and sold to £130 gross (twice) for Cheviot ewes with Suffolk cross lambs and also for Texel cross ewes with Suffolk cross lambs from Balmaglaster.

Ewes with lamb & a half (11) averaged £113.09 and sold to £134 gross for Suffolk cross ewes with Suffolk cross lambs from Balmaglaster.

Feeding ewes (280) averaged £38.14 and sold to £70 gross for Suffolk crosses from Balmaglaster.

Feeding sheep (73) averaged £39.92 and sold to £63 gross for Cheviots from Isle of Muck Farms, Isle of Muck.

Other leading prices per head & per kilo:

Bullocks 201-250kg – Moy Farms, £710, Antuim, Isle of Mull, 272.3p; 251-300kg – Moy Farms, £770, 270.2p; 301-350kg – Balmaglaster, £810, Craigview, Arisaig, 259.0p; 351-400kg – Insh Farm, Spean Bridge, £870, Moy Farms, 233.8p; 401-450kg – Balmacaan Farm, £920, 7 Back of Keppoch, Arisaig, 216.9p.

Heifers 201-250kg – Moy Farm, £600, 240.0p; 251-300kg – Moy Farm, £740, 255.2p; 301-350kg – Keil Farm, £870, Balmaglaster, 229.0p; 351-400kg – Balmaglaster, £840, 227.0p; 401-450kg – Balmaglaster, £840, Balmacaan Farm, 206.8p.

Other leading prices per head:

Cows with male calf at foot: ShoX – Insh Farm, £900.

Cows with heifer calf at foot: ShoX – Moy Farm, £1,020.

In calf cows: SimX – Balmacaan Farm, £800.

OTM prime & feeding cows: Moy Farm, (SimX), £930; Ardtornish Farm, (SimX), £930, Ardtornish Farm, (LimX), £870; Ardtornish Farm, (AAX), £830; Ardtornish Farm, (ShoX), £810.

Other leading prices per kilo

OTM prime & feeding cows: Ardtornish Farms, (SimX), 157.4p; Moy Farm, (SimX), 140.9p; Ardtornish Farms, (SimX), 138.8p; Ardtornish Farms, (AAX) 138.3p.

Other leading prices per head

Lambs: Chev – Balmaglaster, £76; BF – 9 Bracara, Morar, £68; Cross – Borlum Farm, Fort Augustus, £64; Mule – Glendoe Estate, Fort Augustus, £63; TexX – Glenshira Farm, Laggan, £57; Zwb – Balgowan, Laggan, £55.

Ewes with single lambs – Cross – Blarour, Spean Bridge, £78; BF – 52 Banavie, Fort William, £68; Chev – 4 Glebehill, Kilchoan, £65.

Ewes with twin lambs – Chev – Benhaint, £122; Cross – 4 Glebehill, £86.

Ewes with lamb and a half – TexX – Balmaglaster, £133.

Ewes – Chev – Isle of Muck, £68; TexX – Burnside, Portree, £63; Mule – Glendoe Estate, £62; JCB – Balmaglaster, £59; BF – Glendoe Estate, £52; Cross – Camusnacork, Strontian, £44; Zwb – Balgowan, £41.

Feeding sheep – BF – Ben Alder Estate, Dalwhinnie, £54; Chev – Forest Enterprise, Lochaber, £52; Cross – 2 Blaich, Fort William, £45.

United Auctions, Stirling, Thursday May 23: sold 3,097 prime sheep consisting of 574 New Season Lambs selling to an average of 232.30p & 1873 Old Season Lambs selling to an average of 167.40p and also 650 Ewes and Rams.

New Season Lambs (574) – Stanley (Suf) £125.00; Easter Ochtermuthill (BTex) £122.00; South Ballaird (Tex) £120.00; Penston (Cha) £108.00; Powblack (Hamp) £102.00.

New Season Lambs (574 )- Easter Ochtermuthill (BTex) 277.00ppk; Penston (Tex) 271.00ppk; Easter Ochtermuthill (Suf) 270.00ppk; Penston (Cha) 235.00ppk; Bent (Zwa) 212.00ppk; Little Raith (Cross) 211.00ppk.

Old Season Lambs (1873) – Dustydrum (Tex) £95.00; Luckenburn (BTex) £94.00; North Balloch (Suf) £89.00; Swinlees (Cross) £85.50; Duncroisk (BF) £85.00; Stanley (Chev) £83.50; Sauchrie Mains (Mule) £83.00.

Old Season Lambs (1873) – Luckenburn (BTex) 226.00ppk; Auchenrivoch (Tex) 209.00ppk; Wardhead (Chev) 192.00ppk; Strone (Cross) 176.00ppk; Straiton (Suf) 170.00ppk; Dall (BF) 170.00ppk; Flichity (Mule) 169.00ppk.

Ewes (650)- North Balloch (Tex) £118.00; Penston (Cha) £98.00;  Catcune (Suf) £96.00; Kepculloch (BFL) £90.00; Smailholm (Chev) £90.00; Greystone (Zwa) £86.00; Middle Ballat (Mule) £75.00; Yorkston (BF) £67.00.

Rams-  Cumnock House (Tex) £97; Fullarton (BFL) £90; Easterton (BTex) £88; Daleagles (BF) £60.

Caledonian Marts Ltd, THursday May 23: sold 168 Cattle comprising of 91 Prime Bullocks, Heifers & Young Bulls, and 77 OTM Cattle.

Prime Bullocks averaged 204ppkg; Prime Heifers averaged 212ppkg; OTM Cattle averaged 137ppkg; OTM Males averaged 130ppkg; Dairy Cows averaged 90ppkg

Prime Heifers reached 248ppkg for a Limousin from D Dickinson, Brockwoodlees, Canonbie purchased by T Johnston, Butcher, Falkirk and to £1582 again for a Limousin from Brockwoodlees purchased by H A Black & Sons, Butcher, Stirling.

Prime Bullocks topped at 238ppkg Twice for a Limousin from Brockwoodlees purchased by T Johnston, Butcher, Falkirk and again for a Limousin from A Pettigrew, Faskine, Airdrie purchased by T Johnston, Butcher, Falkirk and to £1548 for a British Blue from Rathillet Farm, Cupar.

Other Leading prices

Bullocks per Head

£1542 Greencraig

£1492 Faskine

£1470 Gillandersland

£1461 Brockwoodlees

Heifers per Head

£1546 Brockwoodlees

£1537 Brockwoodlees (Twice)

£1485 Greencraig

Bullocks per kg

232p Brockwoodlees

225p Moorfield

220p Spittal

Heifers per kg

238p Merrick (Wigtownshire) & Brockwoodlees

235p Brockwoodlees & Meadowend

232p Merrick

Also forward were 77 OTM Cattle. Fleshed Beef OTM’s averaged 144.5p selling to 170ppkg for a British Blue from D & J McKerrow, Nochnary and to £1520 for a Charolais from J Millar, Lochend. The overall average for OTM’s including Feeding Types levelled out at 137ppkg. With a small plain show of Dairy Cows forward, the average levelled out at 90p selling to 96p from D Graham, West Backs and to £670 from the same home.
OTM Males sold to 160p for an Aberdeen Angus from Carskiey Estate, Southend and to £1250 from R & R Stevenson, Muirside of Kinneddar.

Other Leading Prices

Beef OTMs Per kg

162p Carskiey

161p Mains of Throsk & Eorrabus (Islay)

158p Carskiey (Twice)

155p Woodcockdale

150p Nochnary & Mains of Throsk

Beef OTMs Per Head

£1270 & £1230 Mains of Throsk

£1200 South Woodlane

£1120 Ardnave (Islay)

£1100 Baldastard