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'Explosive, extreme, meteoric and frenzied' - 'phenomenal' ewe trade spurs the superlatives at Dingwall Mart sale


By Hector MacKenzie

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Dingwall Auction Mart witnessed some sturdy trade today.
Dingwall Auction Mart witnessed some sturdy trade today.

DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd sold 12 prime cattle and 659 prime sheep at their sale today with a very enthusiastic summing up of the 'phenomenal' ewe trade.

Prime bullocks (3) averaged 237.9p (N/C) and sold to 242.0p per kg for a 630kg Limousin cross from Cullaird Farm, Scaniport and £1,668.50 gross for a 710kg Limousin cross also from Cullaird Farm, Scaniport.

Prime heifers (9) averaged 241.6p (N/C) and sold to 251.0p per kg for a 570kg Limousin cross from Cullaird Farm, Scaniport selling to Messrs Fraser Brothers, Butchers, Dingwall and £1,539.25 gross for a 655kg Limousin cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.

"A phenomenal ewe trade was witnessed today. Explosive, extreme, meteoric and frenzied are only a few of the adjectives I could use to describe the trade that saw a top of £235 for a pen of Texels and the whole sale at a whopping £113 per head. Many more are required to satisfy the growing demand.”

Other leading prices per kg:

Bullocks: Bridgend Farm, (LimX), 237.0p, Cullaird Farm, 235.0p.

Heifers: Cullaird Farm, (LimX), 248.0p, Mountrich Farm, Dingwall, (LimX), 246.0p, 244.0p, (CharX), 237.0p, 234.0p, Bridgend Farm, (LimX), 244.0p, 237.0p, 235.0p.

Other leading prices per head:

Bullocks: Cullaird Farm, (LimX), £1,524.60, Bridgend Farm, (LimX), £1,433.85.

Heifers: Mountrich Farm, (LimX), £1,500.60, £1,439.60, (CharX), £1,462.50, £1,422.00, Cullaird Farm, (LimX), £1,430.70, £1,339.20, Bridgend Farm, (LimX), £1,350.90, £1,329.80.

The mart also sold 659 prime sheep.

Old season lambs (462) averaged 256.0p (-2.9p) and sold to 275.8p per kg for a pair of 47.5kg Texel crosses from Brae-Edge Farm, Castletown selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall and £137 gross for a 65kg Cross from Teanluick Croft, Beauly.

Feeding sheep (197) sold to £235 gross for Texel ewes from Keepers Cottage, Corrybrough.

The verdict: “A similar number of prime hoggs forward cashed in at comparable rates on the week. It is growing increasingly evident the difference in the values between sheep on feed and those that aren’t. Hoggs with weight 46kg plus are the easiest commodity to cash and are rewarding vendors with the best returns. A phenomenal ewe trade was witnessed today. Explosive, extreme, meteoric and frenzied are only a few of the adjectives I could use to describe the trade that saw a top of £235 for a pen of

Texels and the whole sale at a whopping £113 per head. Many more are required to satisfy the growing demand.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg –

Old season lambs: TexX – 5c Balnabeen, Conon Bridge, £134, £130, £128, 269.5p, 268.0p, 262.8p, The Dell of Killiehuntly, Kingussie, £134, £130.50, £127, 264.6p, Brae-Edge Farm, £131, Charleston, North Kessock, £129, 272.2p, 267.4p, 263.3p, Achnagairn, Kirkhill, £128, £126, 272.3p, Dunmaglass Mains, Dores, £127, Wester Balloan, Urray, £124, 263.8p, Muirton Mains, Urray, £124, 261.1p, Little Kildrummie, Nairn, 262.9p, 261.3p, Druid Temple Farm, Inverness, 261.4p, Fairview, Nethybridge, 261.1p; SuffX – Loanreach, Ardross, £130.50, 237.3p, Muirton Mains, £130, £129.50, 270.8p, 261.6p, Brae-Edge Farm, £119, 261.5p, Easter Suddie, Munlochy, £114, 253.3p; CHM – Lower Gaich, Dulnain Bridge, £128, 258.6p, West Bruaich, Kiltarlity, £109.50, 248.9p; Cross – Teanluick Croft, £126, £112, 262.5p, 254.6p; BTL – Balnabual, Dalcross, £124.50, 267.7p; Chev – Fleucharry, Dornoch, £124, 263.8p, 1 Drummie Farm, Golspie, £123, 267.4p; Mule – Lower Gaich, £122.50, 240.2p; CharX – Achnagairn, £122, 259.6p, Fairview, £115, £110, 258.8p, 255.6p; BF – Lower Gaich, £112, 254.6p.

Feeding sheep: Tex ewe – Keepers Cottage, £222, Balmaglaster, Spean Bridge, £184, £165, £162; SuffX ewe – Easter Suddie, £174, £126, Cantraywood House, Croy, £152, Little Kildrummie, £136, Balmaglaster, £119; Suff ewe – Brae-Edge Farm, £156; TexX ewe – Balmaglaster, £140, Greenland Mains, Castletown, £130, £116, Little Kildrummie, £129, Ord Farm, Invergordon, £127; LlyX ewe – Greenland Mains, £135; DSX wdr – Little Kildrummie, £127; Mule ewe – Dunmaglass Mains, £126, Little Kildrummie, £121; CharX ewe – Balmaglaster, £126, £120, £116; BTL ewe – Balmaglaster, £124, Balnabual, £115;

CHM ewe – Greenland Mains, £121; Chev ewe – Balmaglaster, £119; BF ewe – Balmaglaster, £90


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