Sheep and cattle prices from Dingwall Mart with 'astonishing' 383 per cent year-on-year rise seen in one category
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DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd last week sold sold 16 prime cattle and 966 prime sheep.
Prime bullocks (5) averaged 252.5p (+8.1p) and sold to 256.0p per kg for a 580kg Simmental cross from Kincraig Farm, Invergordon and £1,606.05 gross for a 645kg Simmental cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall both selling to John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.
Prime heifers (11) averaged 265.0p (+5.3p) and sold to 265.0p per kg for a 580kg Limousin cross from Home Farm, Aberlour selling to Fraser Brothers Butchers, Dingwall and £1,625.40 gross for a 645kg Limousin cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall.
The verdict: “Prime cattle met another firm demand which sold at dearer rates on the week.”
Other leading prices per kg:
Bullocks: Kincraig Farm, (SimX), 255.0p, Bridgend Farm, (LimX), 255.0p, (SimX), 249.0p, (AA), 248.0p.
Heifers: Home Farm, (LimX), 265.0p, 258.0p, 257.0p, Bridgend, (LimX), 257.0p, 252.0p, (twice), 250.0p, (CharX), 256.0p, Kincraig farm, (CharX), 252.0p, 248.0p.
Other leading prices per head:
Bullocks: Kincraig Farm, (SimX), £1,593.75, £1,484.80, Bridgend Farm, (AA), £1,562.40, (LimX), £1,530.00.
Heifers: Kincraig Farm, (CharX), £1,599.60, £1,562.40, Home Farm, (LimX), £1,548.00, £1,537.00, £1,444.25, £1,426.35, Bridgend Farm, (LimX), £1,542.00, £1,537.20, £1,475.00, (CharX), £1,331.20.
New season lambs (177) averaged 272.9p (-23.5p) and sold to 289.8p per kg for a pen of 44kg Texel crosses from Milton of Connage, Ardersier selling to John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall and £140 gross for a pen of 50kg Crosses also from Milton of Connage.
Old season lambs (45) averaged 193.5p (-38.7p) and sold to 213.1p per kg and £114 gross for a pen of 53.5kg Cheviots from Jacob House, Lochcarron.
Feeding sheep (744) sold to £180 gross for a Texel ewe from Lochdhu, Nairn.
The mart said there was "another colossal number of ewes" and that a collection of old and new customers helped raise the numbers by an astonishing 383 per cent on the same sale last year.
Another solid average of £113 per head was achieved with many hill-type and lean ewes forward "and many more can be easily sold here on a weekly basis".
Other leading prices per head and per kg:
New season lambs: SuffX – Drumancroy, Portmahomack, £139, 220.6p, Milton of Connage, £130.50, 283.7p Lochdhu, £117.50, £115.50, 283.1p, 278.3p: Suff – Viewhill Farm, Gollanfield, £134, 270.7p; BeltX – Invercharron Mains, Ardgay, £129, £124, £122, 285.1p, 280.5p, 277.4p; TexX – Milton of Connage, £127.50, Meddat Farm, Kildary, £124,£123, £120, £115, 285.7p, 281.8p, 277.1p, 276.4p, Milldam, Meikle Ussie, £123, 280.7p, Lochdhu, £118, 277.7p, Invercharron, 273.2p; CRX – Invercharron Mains, £116, 282.9p.
Feeding Sheep: Tex ewe – The Workshop, Cairnglass, £178, Blackfold, Fochabers, £163, £128, Wester Dunnet, Thurso, £160; SuffX ewe – Home Farm, Cairness, £168, £165, £158, £140, £137, £136, £131, £127, Fearn Farm, Tain, £129, South Clunes, Kirkhill, £126; Tex ram – Cluny, Forres, £166, 5c Balnabeen, Conon Bridge, £152, Garbeg, Drumnadrochit, £127; SuffX ram – Hatton Cottage, Dallas, £162; BeltX ewe – Craigiebank Farm, Forgie, £160, £140; Belt ewe – Fodderletter Farm, Tomintoul, £152; TexX ewe – Blackfold, Fochabers £150, £130, Greenland Mains, Castletown, £148, Forsie, Thurso, £142, £136, £130, Lochdhu, £138, (twice), Balintore Farms, Fearn, £132, Nottingham Mains, Latheron, £132; CHM ewe– Blackfold, Fochabers£142, Lochdhu, £140; LLyX ewe – South Clunes, £137; Suff ewe -Larkins, Upper Lybster, £135, £130; ABX ewe – Fearn Farm, £134, £128, £127, (twice), £126; Chev ewe – Bogburn Farm, Duncanston, £132, £126, Craigiebank Farm, £128, Wester Dunnet, £127, £125, Crannich Farm, Ardross, £127; BTL ram – Larkins, £130; HB ewe – Home Farm, £129; Mule ewe – Blackfold, Fochabers, £127.