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SALE PRICES: Fat cattle and lean lambs at Dingwall and Highland Marts

By Hector MacKenzie

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Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd. Picture: James Mackenzie.

DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd today sold 610 sheep and 14 prime cattle.

Prime Bullocks (6) averaged 247.2p per kg (-11.1p) and sold to 254.0p per kg for a 565kg Limousin cross from Raffin, Tore selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall and £1,661.05 gross for a 695kg Aberdeen Angus cross from Garguston, Muir of Ord.

Prime Heifers (8) averaged 252.3p per kg (-14.0p) and sold to 266.0p per kg for a 540kg Limousin cross from Ashley, North Kessock selling to Messrs Fraser Brothers, Butchers, Dingwall and £1,749.30 gross for a 735kg Limousin cross from 7 Kinerras, Kiltarlity.

The verdict: “Fat cattle followed the national trend cashing in at slightly less rates on the week.”

Other leading prices per kg:

Bullocks: Raffin, (LimX), 251.0p, Ashley, (LimX), 250.0p, Garguston, (SimX), 248.0p, (AAX), 243.0p, 239.0p.

Heifers: 7 Kinerras, (LimX), 261.0p, 251.0p, 247.0p, 238.0p, Ashley, (LimX), 261.0p, 8 Englishtonmuir, Bunchrew, (LimX), 249.0p, 34 Newmarket, Laxdale, (LimX), 249.0p.

Other leading prices per head:

Bullocks: Garguston, (SimX), £1,636.80, (AAX), £1,628.10, Ashley, (LimX), £1,625.00, Raffin, (LimX), £1,581.30, £1,435.10.

Heifers: 7 Kinerras, (LimX), £1,644.30, £1,606.40, £1,593.15, Ashley, (LimX), £1,566.00, £1,436.40, 8 Englishtonmuir, (LimX), £1,456.65, 34 Newmarket, (LimX), £1,170.30.

New Season Lambs (361) averaged 253.6p (-22.0p) and sold to 283.7p per kg and £136 gross.

SQQ 36.5kg to 45.5kg (160) averaged 265.3p (-12.7p) per kg.

Feeding Sheep (249) sold to £200 gross.

New Season Lambs (361) averaged 253.6p (-22.0p) and sold to 283.7p per kg for a pair of 46kg Beltex crosses from Kinnahaird Farm, Contin and £136 gross for a 65kg Beltex cross also from Kinnahaird Farm, Contin.

SQQ 36.5kg to 45.5kg (160) averaged 265.3p (-12.7p) per kg.

Feeding Sheep (249) sold to £200 gross for a Texel ewe from Barnyards, Beauly.

The verdict: “A lot of lean and light lambs were forward today which hindered the day’s average. It is advisable to get lambs to the right condition for selling as meat is the key. Another strong ewe trade was witnessed this week for all classes sold. Yet again it was the usual story with the sale consisting mostly of hill type ewes and only a couple of pure continental types presented, nevertheless an overall average of over £100 per head was achieved.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg

New Season lambs: TexX – Kinnahaird Farm, £133 twice, £127, 282.2p, 271.4p, Fearn Farm, Fearn, £131, 270.1p, Geiselittle, Thurso, £126.50, £119, £111, 273.6p, 266.3p, 264.3p, 28 Skelbo Muir, Dornoch, £124, 275.6p, Woodside Croft, Ardersier, £118, 262.2p, Meddat Farm, Kildary, £108, £105.50, 263.8p, 254.1p, Scotsburn Farm, Kildary, £104, 253.7p, Dunmore, Beauly, £103, 245.2p; BeltX – Kinnahaird Farm, £130.50, Benreay, Ardgay, £107, 261.0p; SuffX – Kinnahaird Farm, £128, 272.3p, Muirton Mains, Urray, £121, 268.9p, 34 Newmarket, £120, 266.7p, 102 Balmacaan Road, Drumnadrochit, £109, 247.7p; Tex – Wester Moy, Urray, £127; JcX – Quarryhead Farm, Rosehearty, £105, 250.0p; Cross – 11 Airdens, Bonar Bridge, £105, 256.1p; Mule – Dunmore, £101, 252.5p; CharX – Clynelish, Brora, £100, 256.4p.

Feeding Sheep: Tex ewe – Barnyards, £180, Woodside Croft, £153, £147, 34 Newmarket, £128, Scotsburn Farm, £118; TexX ewe - Meddat Farm, £141, £125, Greenlands, £125, £120, £119, 34 Newmarket, £119; Chev ewe – Greenlands, £138, Meddat Farm, £115, Comar, Cannich, £115, 192 The Doll, Brora, £114, 34 Newmarket, £110; CharX ewe – Greenlands, £137, Meddat Farm, £128; ABX ewe – Fearn Farm, £133, £130, £119, Scotsburn Farm, £124, £116, Clynelish, £120; SuffX ewe – Greenlands, £132, £112; CHM ewe – Greenlands, £120, Meddat Farm, £110; DSX ewe – Greenlands, £119, £113; BF ewe – Milton Farm, Aberarder, £101, 34 Newmarket, £95.

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