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Buyers defy Storm Babet for North Country Cheviot sale at Dingwall Mart


By Hector MacKenzie

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BUYERS flocked to Dingwall despite adverse weather for a mart sale which saw 4465 breeding and feeding sheep change hands.

The annual sale of North Country Cheviot ewes and gimmers came against as storm clouds loomed for some with the much-heralded Babet hitting parts of the Highlands.

But there was an upbeat assessment at Dingwall and Highlands Mart whi h said later: "“Part one of Dingwall’s ‘Great Two-Day Cheviot Sale’ saw a huge ringside of buyers flock to Dingwall, despite the adverse weather conditions reaping havoc all over the north of Scotland.

"Correct ewes cashed in at solid levels with many buyers heading home empty-handed.”

Cheviot Gimmers (691) averaged £111.61 and sold to £220 gross from Wester Muckernich, Tore.

Cheviot Correct ewes (2,123) averaged £82.82 and sold to £148 gross from Croick Estate, Ardgay.

Cheviot Broken mouth ewes (331) averaged £61.89 and sold to £102 gross from Upper Gartally, Drumnadrochit.

Cheviot Feeder ewes (494) averaged £59.22 and sold to £106 gross from Upper Gartally, Drumnadrochit.

Other breed gimmers (247) averaged £102.65 and sold to £170 gross for a pen of Texel crosses from Smerral Farm, Bower.

Other breed correct ewes (170) averaged £87.40 and sold to £248 for a Texel from Barnyards, Beauly.

Other Breed Broken Mouth ewes (134) sold to £72 gross for a Texel cross from Upper Gartally, Drumnadrochit.

Other breed feeding ewes (71) sold to £120 gross for a pair of Texel crosses from Ballicherry Farm, Balblair.

Lambs (317) sold to £230 gross for a Cheviot ewe lamb from Fiddlefield, Muir of Ord.

Rams (34) sold to £320 gross for a Texel from Morvich Farm, Rogart.

Feeding sheep (33) sold to £96 gross for a Texel cross wedder from Bluebell Cottage, Fleuchary.

Other leading prices per head:

Gimmers: Chev – Wester Muckernich, £210, £190, Tigh Beag, £210, Shieldaig, £170, (twice),£160, (twice), £132, 98 Knockarthur, £155, Kintail, £150, £122, Naviedale, £150, Lynemore, £135, £132, Rheguile, £125, £115, (twice), £108, (twice), £105, (twice), £102,Newton of Ferintosh, £120, Kirksheaf, £118 Cambusmore Farming, £102, (twice), £100, (thrice), £98, 11 Stirkhill, £98; TexX – Smerral Farm, £160, Glentruim Farms, £155, East Croft Roy, £138, £102, Dell Farm, £120, (twice), Dalcroft, £118, £110, 3 Camusnagaul, £115, £100; Mule – East Croft Roy, £142, Glentruim Farms, £125;SuffX – Dalcroft, £140, £128; Zwart – Old School, £110; BF – Fanblair Farm, £105; Dorst – Findon Farm, £100, Correct ewes: Tex – Barnyards, £240, £116, £112; Chev – Crakaig, Loth, £114, £110, £86, Blairbuie, £110, £108, Burnbank, £105, National Trust For Scotland, Isle of Canna, £105, £104, (thrice), £96, Cuilaneilan, £102, 12 Bualnaluib, £100, 11 Diabaig, £100, Rhifail, £100, Suisgill Estate, £100, £94, £92, £86,Old School, £98, Kintradwell Estate, £96, Tigh Beag, £95, £88, £84,The Glebe, £94, £92, 5 Strathnaver, £94, £87, 98 Knockarthur, £93, No 5 Ordan, £92, Croft Allan, £92, £85, Strathvaich Estate, £90, (twice), Creagmhor, £90, (twice), £80, Naviedale, £90, No 1 Wester Alligan, £90, 8 Acheilidh, £90, £86, 4 Rhenetra, £90, Muie SSC, £88, Scourie & Badcaul Grazing, £88, Sasaig, £88, An Taigh Dreag, £88, £87, Ardheslaig, £88, £82, Blairich, £87, West Garty, £86, Shieldaig, £86, 7 Aultbea, £84, Achue, £84, 8 Sand, £83, 15 Achnairn, £82, Balcherry, £821, Corriemoillie, £82, (twice), Chapleton Farm, £82, 82 Blughasary, £80, 143 Swordly East, £80, 20 Strathnaver, £80;TexX – 3 Camusnagaul, £118, £82 5c Balnabeen, £112, £110, Scourie & Badcaul Grazing, £94, 17 Mellon Charles, £88; Cross –Rebeg, £105, Bluebell Cottage, £90; SuffX – Cuilaneilan, £108, Scourie & Badcaul Grazing, £90; Broken Mouth ewes: Chev - Upper Gartally, £95, Cuilaneilan, £94, 11 Diabeg, £90, Garbat, £87, £81, 12 Bualnaluib, £87, 15 Achnairn, £79, 2 Udrigle, £77, Blairbuie, £76, Ose Farm, £76, No 1 Wester

Alligan, £72, No 4 Ordan, £70;Zwart – 11 Ferintosh, £68; Shet – An Taigh Dearg, £68; BF – Sasaig, £65, £62.

Feeding ewes: Chev – 98 Knockarthur, £100, No 5 Ordan, £100, Dundreggan Croft, £93, £79, 12 Bualnaluib, £91, Boatfield, £90, £85, No 1 Wester Alligan, £84, Achnaclerach, £82, 15 Achnairn, £82, Croft Allan, £77, Ardheslaig, £77, Blairbuie, £77, 14 Ormiscaig, £77, Burnbank, £76, 15 Strathnaver, £75, Blairich, £75;TexX – Bluebell Cottage, £95, Ballicherry Farm, £78, 17 Mellon Charles, £76, 3 Camusnagaul, £58; Cross – Cuilaneilan, £92, Midfearn, £65, £57, Tomchrasky, £62, Ose Farm, £58, Dorst – Findon Farm, £90; SuffX – Midfearn Farms, £68, Tomchrasky, £58

Rams: Chev – Fiddlefield, £250, National Trust of Scotland, Isle of Canna, £118, £96, Morvich Farm, £118, £98, Achosnich, £110, 1 Obbe Road, £100, £90, Cluich, £98; TexX – Morvich Farm, £155.

Lambs: TexX – East Croft Roy, £114, £79, Dell Farm, £98, £87, £84, Glentruim, £79; Cross – Glentruim Farms, £102, £87; Dorst – Findon Farm, £99, £88; SuffX – Glentruim Farms, £93, East Croft Roy, £88; Chev – Glenbrittle, £88, Achnaclerach, £85, National Trust of Scotland, Isle of Canna £79.

Dispersals & Reductions:

Gimmers: Chev – Fiddlefield, £140, Hallcroft, £130; BF – Balmaglaster, £122, £115; TexX – Balmaglaster, £122, £115.

Ewes: Chev – Croick Estate, £130, £118, (twice), £115, (thrice), £90, Fiddlefield, £110, £105, Auchriachan, £108, £90, Hallcroft, £100, £88, £82, Milton Muie, £96, £92, Cross - Balmaglaster, £112; TexX - Auchriachan, £90, BF – Balmaglaster, £85, £82 Lambs: Cross – Fiddlefield, £120.


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