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Dingwall and Highland Marts Limited, July 20, sold 1,405 store cattle at it 19th anniversary sale, sponsored by Conanvet, Veterinary Services, Ardlair, Conon Bridge.
Judge Miss E Walton, Low Hail Farm, Hurworth, chose her overall champion in the show from the single heifer section consigned by regular sellers in Dingwall – Firm of J Munro, Invercharron Mains whose exceptional Limousin cross heifer cashed in at £2,050 being knocked down to Mr B Duffton of Backmuir Livestock.
The Reserve Champion was awarded to Mr A Easton 1 Tannachy Road, Portgordon, for a 615kg British Blue Bullock which realised £1,700 to the judge.
The A M R Young, Bunchrew Trophy for the best pair of heifers with breeding potential was awarded to I Grant, Slattadale.
Best bullock: 1 A Easton, 1 Tannachy Road, 615kg, £1,700; 2 J & J MacDonald, 87 Torroble, 505kg, £1,340; 3 J & J MacDonald, 87 Torroble, 380kg, £1,040.
Best heifer: 1 Firm of J Munro, Invercharron Mains, 540kg, £2,050; 2 Craigiebank Farms, 560kg, £1,470; 3 I Grant, Seaview Cottage, 410kg, £1,350.
Bullocks (779) averaged 255.1p per kg and sold to 321.9p per kg for a pen of 292kg Limousin crosses from 14 Port Henderson, Gairloch, and £1,700 gross for a 615kg British Blue cross from 1 Tannachy Road, Buckie.
Heifers (610) averaged 242.1p per kg and sold to 379.6p per kg and £2,050 gross for a 540kg British Blue cross from Invercharron Mains, Ardgay.
Young Bulls (16) sold to £1,310 gross for a 590 Limousin cross from 8 Englishtonmuir, Bunchrew
A Dingwall and Highland Marts spokeperson said: ‘An increased number of cattle were forward for the anniversary show and sale. Overall, a grand trade was witnessed across the board with buyers present from all over Scotland and as far south as the north of England. Best bred types met an animated trade as did the grazing stirks which met a seriously firm enquiry.’
Other leading prices per head and per kg:
Bullocks up to 250kg – 65 Clashaddy, Skerry, £560, 248.9p, Dalmagarry Farm, Moy, £630, 290.3p, Keppoch Farm, Dundonnell, £740, 309.6p; 251-300kg – 14 Port Henderson, £940, 321.9p, Lochbuie, Newtonmore, £890, 317.9p, Wester Lochend Farm, Inverness, £860, Druid Temple Farm, Inverness, 303.6p; 301-350kg – Lochdhu, Nairn, £1,040, 305.9p, Druid Temple Farm, £995, 321.0p, Wester Craiglands, Fortrose, £990, Kennachy, Forss, 301.6p; 351-400kg – Invercharron Mains, £1,140, 288.6p, Wester Craiglands, £1,120, (twice), 9 Lochussie, Dingwall, 298.1p, Seaview Cottage, Gairloch, 288.3p; 401-450kg – Forsie, Thurso, £1,240, £1,210, 288.4p, Craigiebank Farm, Forgie, £1,240, 306.2p, Kennachy, 282.1p; 451-500kg – Rhevackin Farm, Kiltarlity, £1,340, 294.5p, Woodend, Killearnan, £1,300, 288.0p, Rattar Mains, Thurso, £1,270, 4 Glaick, Ardross, 278.8p; 501-501-550kg – Woodend, £1,480, 284.6p, 7 Kinerras, Kiltarlity, £1,410, Rhevackin, £1,400, 87 Torroble, Lairg, 265.4p, The Rowans, Brora, 262.9; 551-600kg – Woodend, £1,590, (twice), 281.4p, (twice), 7 Kinerras, £1,515, 281.6p; Over 600kg – Woodend, £1,700, £1,640, 276.4p, 270.2p.
Heifers up to 250kg – Craigton, Bonar Bridge, £560, 1 Drummie Farm, Golspie, £530, 246.5p, Keppoch Farm, Dundonnell, £520, 253.7p, (twice); 251-300kg – Wester Tomloan, Nairn, £790, 263.3p, Wester Lochend Farm, £750, 266.0p, Nottingham Mains, Latheron, £750, Scroggie Farm, Dingwall, 258.6p; 301-350kg – Murza, Wick, £1,200, £930, 352.9p, Rattar Mains, £890, 282.5p, Kennachy, 285.5p;3 51-400kg – Seaview Cottage, £1,160, 317.8p, Invercharron Mains, £1,120, 298.7p, Alvie Estate, Kincraig, £1,110, 308.1p; 401-450kg – Seaview Cottage, £1,500, £1,350, 368.6p, 329.3p, Alvie Estate, £1,160, 288.6p; 451-500kg – Murza, £1,350, 281.3p, 254.6p, Seaview Cottage, £1,260, Hilton Farm, Tain, £1,230, Forsie, 257.0p; 501-550kg – 13 Nether Inshes, Inverness, £1,420, £1,350, 258.2p, Ardnagrask, Muir of Ord, £1,340, 257.7p, The Rowans, 259.5p;
551-600kg – Clury Farm, Dulnain Bridge, £1,640, 273.3p, Woodend, £1,620, 273.9p, Invercharron, £1,600, 273.5p.
OTM prime and feeding cattle (104) averaged 188.6p per kg and sold to 245.1p per kg for a 510kg Saler cross from Upper Duntulm, Kilmuir, and £1,880 gross for a 940kg Aberdeen, Angus from Culrain Mains, Ardgay.
Other leading prices per head:
OTM prime & feeding cattle: Bunchrew Farm, Inverness, (Sim Bull), £1,780, Milton Farm, Aberarder, (SalX), £1,770, (SimX), £1,680, 3 Glaick, Ardross, (CharX), £1,740, (SimX), £1,560, Conan Mains, Conan Bridge, (SimX), £1,730, £1,680, Wester Tomloan, (ShoX), £1,720, (SimX), £1,700, £1,520, (BRB), £1,620, (CharX), £1,560, 4 Glaick, Ardross, (SimX), £1,700, Corrachie, Avoch, (LimX), £1,680, Hilton Farm, (LimX), £1,680, (BRB), £1,660, £1,520, (SimX), £1,500, Abersky, (SimX), £1,600, Lower Whitebog, Fortrose, (LimX), £1,580, Milldam, Meikle Ussie, (LimX), £1,580, Kinchyle Farm, Scaniport, (LimX), £1,560, Sornum, Easter Kinkell, (AAX), £1,500.
Other leading prices per kg:
OTM prime & feeding cattle: Hilton Farm, (BshoX), 233.9p, (LimX), 218.2p, (BRB), 207.5p, Upper Duntulm, (BBX), 231.6p, 3 Glaick, (CharX), 220.3p, 4 Glaick, (SimX), 219.7p, 201.2p, Corrachie, (LimX), 219.6p, 202.8p, 172 Strathenbeg, Skerry, (LimX), 216.8p, Kinchyle Farm, (LimX), 215.2p, Keppoch Farm, (LimX), 215.1p, Lower Whitebog, (LimX), 215.0p, Wester Tomloan, (SimX), 211.2p, (BRB), 210.4p, (ShoX), 206.0p, Conan Mains, (SimX), 211.0p, (Lui), 201.4p, Tomchrasky, (LimX), 210.2p, Milton Farm, (SalX), 205.7p, 203.5p, 4 Bualnaluib, Aultbea, (AAX), 203.0p, Sornum, (AAX), 202.7p, Abersky, (SimX), 201.3p,