Success for three-in-one stock sale

More than 600 sheep were in the stock sale at Oban Livestock Centre.

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Saturday’s stock sale in Oban brought three events under one roof.

To limit travel during the coronavirus crisis, scheduled sales at Tiree and Dalmally were cancelled and instead combined with the one at Oban Livestock Centre.

Strict rules were put in place to keep sellers, buyers and staff safe, said Donald Morrison who is United Auction’s area managing director.

The one-way system to help buyers keep a social distance was hailed a success and got the approval of Trading Standards, said Mr Morrison.

Sellers had to drop off stock the day before and were not able to stay to see their animals get sold. Buyers who came from as far away as Penrith, Banff and Bute also had to follow guidelines, pre-registering, sticking to a set seat for the entire sale and declaring themselves under 70.

‘The system that meant no one had to cross-cross  and we were happy with that, so were Trading Standards,’ said Mr Morrison.

He added: ‘It was very obvious to us that it was an exceptionally good sale. Eventhough the sellers could not come in, they were delighted with their trade. The feedback we’ve had from everyone we’ve spoken to has been good.’

The number of buyers was up on usual, 314 cattle and 616 sheep were auctioned with stock ‘easily sold at satisfactory levels’ according to the market report.

United Auction is now considering combining other sales in June if the current restrictions are still in place. The location is still to be decided, said Mr Morrison.


OBAN – United Auctions (Saturday 9th May 2020) sold 314 Store Cattle and 616 Sheep of all classes. Bullocks averaged £727.85 per head and sold £1105 for a 570kg, SimX from A J Morrison, 10 Eoligarry, Barra. Heifers averaged £701 per head and sold to £1120 for a 547kg, HerX from A & AH MacPhail, Clachan, Tiree. Bullocks averaged 232.74pence per kilo and were topped twice 308.5 p/k, first by W MacPherson, Scostown with a pen of 4 AAX, weighing 201kg and secondly M/s Troughton & Co, Ardachy Farm for a pen of 4 LimX, weighing 282kg. Heifers averaged 214.67pence per kilo to a top of 288.50p/kg for a 260kg, LimX from I & R Malcolm, Poltalloch Farm. This sale incorporated the annual Oban, Dalmally & Tiree May Sales due to the current Covid19 pandemic and attracted a large following of buyers for both the Cattle & Sheep section. All classes of stock were easily sold at satisfactory levels.
Leading prices per head
BLKS – AAx – £880, Craig Farm, Dalmally; £810, £755, Poltalloch Farm. BSx – £840, Glencreran Estate; £840, Barnakill; £830(3), Glencreran Estate; £810(3), Poltalloch Farm; £810, Barnakill. BRBx – £910, Tyree; £840, Innisaig. BAx – £830, Shenavallie. CHARx – £970, Fearnoch; £945(2), Garaphail, Tiree; £940, £935, Salum, Tiree; £930(2), Barnakill; £905, Dunans; £885, Salum, Tiree; £865, Barnakill; £820(2), Dunans. LIMx – £1030, Achnaba; £980, Inverfolla; £970, Tyree; £920, Ardachy; £905(2), Inverfolla; £900, Clachan, Tiree; £890, Tyree; £880(3), Ardachy; £880, Duncroisk; £870(4), Ardachy; £870, Duncroisk; £850, Ardachy; £845, Aird Farm; £845(2), Craig Farm, Dalmally; £840, Glencreran Estate; £820(2), £815, Duncroisk; £805, Craig Farm, Dalmally. LUIx – £940(2), 2 Bonawe Croft; £840, Barnakill. SALx – £860, Dunans; £810, Barnakill. SIMx – £1105, 10 Eoligarry, Barra; £830(3), £825(7), Glencreran Estate; £805, Brough; £805(2), Achnacone.
HFRS – AAx – £700(4), Kilbride Farm (Balvicar). BSx – £825, Caolas, Onich. BRBx – £980, £930, Tyree. BAx – £780, Shenavallie. CHARx – £930, Barnakill; £860(2), Fearnoch; £820(6), Barnakill. HERx – £1120(2), £1050, £1010(2), £1000, Clachan, Tiree. LIMx – £1000, Clachan, Tiree; £940, Achnaba; £830, Ardachy; £800, Craig Farm, Dalmally. LUIx – £840(2), 2 Bonawe Croft. SIMx – £1100, Tigh Na Cille.
Leading prices per Kilo
BLKS – AAx – 308.5p(4), Scotstown; 235.5p, 232.3p, Poltalloch; 220.5p, Lochnell HF. BSx – 278.9p, 257.8p(3), Glencreran Estate; 256.8p, Inshaig; 250.4p, Glencreran Estate; 235.50(3), 232.3p, Poltalloch. BRBx – 297.3p(5), Ardachy; 272.5p, Tyree; 240.6p, Shenavallie. BAx – 251.7p, Shenavallie. CHARx – 250p, 245.8p, Salum, Tiree; 239.8p(2), Dunans; 239.7p, Salum; 231.3p, Barnakill. LIMx – 308.5p(4), Ardachy; 300.7p, Tyree; 293p(2), Aird Farm; 288.5p(3), Ardachy; 277p, 10 Eoligarry, Barra; 272.4p, 271.4p, Ardachy; 270.1p, Innisaig; 260.8p, Tyree; 259.6p(3), Ardachy; 257.9p, 257.3p, Duncroisk; 255.2p, 10 Eoligarry, Barra; 255.1p, Ardachy; 250.4p, Glencreran Estate; 250p(2), Aird Farm; 250p(2), Duncroisk; 249.3p(2), 248.4p, Craig Farm, Dalmally; 240.8p, Garaphail, Tiree; 238.2p, Craig Farm, Dalmally; 236p, Aird Farm; 230.2p, Duncroisk. LUIx – 252.2p(4), Ardencaple. SALx – 237.6p, Dunans. SIMx – 280.8p(6), 278.9p(4), Glencreran Estate; 275.7p, 269p(2), Brough; 266.1p(7), 264.2p(3), Glencreran Estate; 262p, Ardencaple; 258.3p(2), 257.8p(3), Glencreran Estate; 251.8p(2), Saulmore; 250p – Aird Farm; 249.2p(2), Glencreran Estate; 244.9p, Kilbride Farm; 238.1p, Achnacreemore; 234p(2), Achnacone.
HFRS – AAx – 243.8p(4), Scotstown. BSx – 229.9p, Glencreran Estate. BRBx – 243.5p, Tyree. CHARx – 222.4p(2), Dunans. LIMx – 288.5p, Poltalloch; 266.2p, Tyree; 250.9p(2), Dall Farm; 241p, Achnaba; 240.4p, 10 Eoligarry, Barra; 240.10p, Aird Farm; 239p(3), Ardachy; 238p, Innisaig; 237p, Poltalloch; 236.6p, Dall Farm; 235.8p, 234.4p, 233p(2), Ardachy; 231.1p, Craig Farm, Dalmally; 230.6p, Ardachy. LUIx – 220.5p(3), Aird Farm. SIMx – 253.3p(4), 251.1p(3), Glencreran Estate; 243.9p, 3a Caolis, Tiree.

£120, Ben Alder Estate.
HOGGS – SUFFx – £88, £80, Salum, Tiree; £79, Kiloran Farmers; £77, Tyree. TEXx – £72, 3 Baleullin, Tiree; £72, Tyree; £72, Dalnafeidh Croft. CHEV – £74, Ballard, Coll; £66, Aird Farm; £66, Daltote; £65.50, Glenamachrie; £65, £62, 6 Leanish, Barra; £62, Dunach Estate. CROSS – £51, Dunach Estate. MULE – £69, Blarmafoldach. BF – £69, Aird Farm, £67, Kiloran Farmers; £61, 6 Leanish, Barra.
WEDDERS – CHEV – £79, Croish, Tiree.
EWE – SUFFx – £91, Kilbride; £89, Garaphail, Tiree; £87, Kilbride; £68, Kiloran Farmers; £60, Garaphail, Tiree. BELTx – £60, Pennygown. TEXx – £92, Tyree, £88, Ruaig, Tiree; £78, Achnacreemore; £76, Aird Farm; £68, 3a Caolis, Tiree; £62, Glenamachrie; £60, Aird Farm. CHEV – £80, Kilbride; £78, £76, Pennygown; £76, Aird Farm; £71, 83 Bore, Barra; £69, Garaphail, Tiree; £68, Gribun, Tiree; £67, Ballard, Coll; £61, Achnamonie. CROSS – £74, Hillcrest, Tiree; £61, Aird Farm; £60, 3 Kenovay, Tiree. ZWA – £62, 3 Kenovay, Tiree. MULE – £88, Pennygown; £76, Salum, Tiree: £76, Ruaig, Tiree; £76, Aird Farm; £74, Garaphail, Tiree; £66, Kiloran Farmers. BF – £64, Dunolliebeag; £61, 3 Balevullin, Tiree.