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Today's sheep and cattle prices from Dingwall and Highland Marts sale

By Hector MacKenzie

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DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd sold 14 prime cattle and 1020 sheep today.

Prime bullocks (1) averaged 230.0p (-1.3p) and sold to 230.0p per kg and £1,506.50 gross for a 655kg Limousin cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall.

Prime heifers (13) averaged 238.1p (+5.3p) and sold to 246.0p per kg for a 565kg Limousin cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall and for a 555kg Limousin cross from Groam, Kirkhill and £1,482.15 gross for a 615kg Limousin cross from Mountrich Farm, Dingwall selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.

Other leading prices per kg:

Heifers: Mountrich Farm, (LimX), 241.0p, (CharX), 241.0p; Bridgend Farm, (LimX), 241.0p, 240.0p, 238.0p, (SimX), 237.0p; Groam, (SimX), 236.0p.

Other leading prices per head: Heifers: Bridgend Farm, (LimX), £1,462.50, £1,433.95, £1,433.50, £1,416.10, £1,404.00, (SimX), £1,433.85; Mountrich Farm, (CharX), £1,437.50; Groam, (SimX), £1,368.80, (LimX), £1,365.30.

The mart also sold 1,020 prime sheep.

New season lambs (722) averaged 227.7p (-7.1p) and sold to 247.3p per kg for a pen of 46.5kg Texel crosses from Inveruglas Farm Kingussie and £121.50 gross for a pen of 56kg Texel crosses from The Dell of Killiehuntly, Kingussie.

Feeding sheep (298) sold to £138 gross for Texel ewes from Inshes Farm, Inverness.

The verdict from the mart: “Lambs once again met a firm enquiry and the meat and heavier sorts cashed in at comparable rates with a leaner show forward compared to last week. Lambs with good confirmation would actually be dearer and short of buyer’s requirements. The story of the day in the ewe ring is that there was more meat in the cafeteria refrigerators that was presented to our usual ringside of buyers. Trade was comparable for the leaner end however the meat that was around cashed in at dearer rates with virtually none of the best end sorts around.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg – New season lambs: TexX – Inshes Farm, £119, 228.9p, Inveruglas Farm, £115, £112, 246.2p,The Dell of Killiehuntly, £115, Balintore Farms, Fearn, £113.50, 1 Newmore, Muir of Ord, £112.50, 232.0p, Glebe Farm, Kiltarlity, £111, £108, 233.7p, Upper Blairnain, Aberlour, £110, 236.6p, Kinnahaird Farm, Contin, £109, 229.5p, Dunain Mains, Inverness, £107.50, £106.50, 231.2p, Dunearn Farm, Nairn, £107, 230.1p, Charleston, North Kessock, £107, £106.50, 235.2p, 230.8p, Balliefurth Farm, 236.0p, Wester Coillemore, Invergordon, 228.6p; BeltX – Kinnahaird Farm, £115, £113, £110.50, 237.9p, 234.7p, 232.6p, Inshes Farm, £114, 242.6p, Badrain, Culbokie, £109,

237.0p, Dell Farm, Farr, 229.3p; SuffX – Balintore Farm, £110.50, 225.5p, Ardnagrask, Muir of Ord, £108.50, Berryburn, Dunphail, £107, 237.8p, Wester Cairnglass, Inverness, £105, 230.8p; CHM – West Bruiach, Kiltarlity, £109.50, 228.1p, Dunain Mains, £106, 230.4p, Berryburn, £105, 233.3p, Dunearn Farm, £105, Viewhill Croft, Easter Kinkell, 231.1p; Chev – Belladrum Mills, Kiltarlity, £107, 232.6p, Achviach, Dornoch, £100, Viewhill Croft, 226.1p; CharX – Balliefurth Farm, £105.50, 224.5p; Mule – Tulloch Farm, Dingwall, £105, 227.1p, Milton Farm, Aberarder, £102, 218.8p; BF – Drynie Farm, Dingwall, £102.50, £93, 211.4p, Tulloch Farm, £90, 211.8p.

Feeding sheep: TexX ewe – The Dell of Killiehuntly, £128, £125, Ord Farm, Invergordon, £123, £112, Balliefurth Farm, £120, Upper Blairnain, £95, Glebe Farm, £93; BeltX ewe – Inshes Farm, £118; Chev ewe – The Dell of Killiehuntly, £116; Tex ram – Cambusmore Estate, £115; Cross ewe – Glebe Farm, £115; SuffX ewe – Inshes Farm, £114, £106; ABF ram – Cambusmore Estate, £100; Mule ewe – Balliefurth Farm, £98, Ord Farm, £94, £88, Dell Farm, £89; Chev ram – Cambusmore Estate, £93; BF ram – Milton Farm, £92, Achdubh, Conon Bridge, £85; Cross ewe – Balliefurth Farm, £92; CHM ewe – Glebe Farm, £88; Suff ewe – Glendonan, Knockfarrel, £87; BF wdr – Keeper’s House, Garve, £72; BF ewe – Dell Farm, £67, Tulloch Farm, £62.

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