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'Get amongst your lambs and cash them whilst the trade is strong' – Dingwall Mart sales prices and reaction for today

By Hector MacKenzie

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Dingwall Auction Mart.
Dingwall Auction Mart.

DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd today sold 10 prime cattle and 356 prime sheep.

Prime bullocks (3) averaged 259.5p (+7.0p) and sold to 270.0p per kg for a 560kg Limousin cross from Ashley, North Kessock and £1,554.00 gross for a 600kg Limousin cross also from Ashley, North Kessock.

Prime heifers (7) averaged 250.5p (-14.5p) and sold to 256.0p per kg for a 670kg Charolais cross from Shoreton Farm, Culbokie selling to John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall and £1,721.25 gross for a 675kg Limousin cross also from Shoreton Farm, Culbokie.

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The verdict: “Fat cattle met another firm enquiry, so don’t be swayed on the sale average showing less on the week. The drop is due to more weight being around today therefore the gross pounds per head is up. More are required on a weekly basis to fulfill the buyers' demand.”

Other leading prices per kg:

Bullocks: Ashley, (LimX), 259.0p, 250.0p.

Heifers: Shoreton Farm, (LimX), 255.0p, (SimX), 247.0p, Bridgend Farm, Dingwall, (CharX), 252.0p, (SimX), 248.0p, (LimX), 248.0p, (SalX), 246.0p.

Other leading prices per head:

Bullocks: Ashley, (LimX), £1,512.00, £1,450.00.

Heifers: Shoreton Farm, (CharX), £1,715.20, (SimX), £1,667.25, Bridgend Farm, (CharX), £1,474.20, (LimX), £1,450.80, (SalX), £1,377.60, (SimX), £1,339.20.

New season lambs (69) averaged 287.2p (+14.3p) and sold to 290.0p per kg for a pen of 40kg Texel crosses from Wester Coltfield, Kinloss selling to John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall and £133 gross for a pen of 47kg Suffolk crosses also from Wester Coltfield, Kinloss selling to Fraser Brothers Ltd, Dingwall.

Old season lambs (34) averaged 209.7p (+16.2p) and sold to 228.0p per kg and £122 gross for a pen of 53.5kg Texel crosses from Little Kildrummie, Nairn.

Feeding sheep (253) sold to £215 gross for a pair of Texel ewes from Keepers Cottage, Tomatin.

The verdict: “A less than satisfying number of lambs forward cashed in at dearer rates on the week. Buyers returned home being unbale to satisfy order books. Get amongst your lambs and cash them whilst the trade is strong. The few hoggs that were around were handling better than the previous weeks show. Well-fleshed sorts were keenly bid for which is a phenomenal sign with it being so late in the season.

"A smaller and leaner show of ewes were on offer this week and trade followed the national trend in being a touch easier. Lean-meated export and continental types were the commodities most in demand as the festival is just around the corner but wouldn’t be the same bonanza of a trade we’ve witnessed in the last three weeks.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg

New season lambs: SuffX – Wester Coltfield, £133, 283.0p, (twice), Balintore Farm, Fearn, £118, 287.8p; TexX – Wester Coltfield, £133, £130, £128, 289.1p, 288.9p, 278.3p.

Feeding Sheep: Tex ewe – Fearn Farm, Tain, £174, £154, £139, Achavrole Mains, Halkirk, £132; BFL – Beldhu, Croy, £148; Suff ewe – Fearn Farm, £146; Zwart ram – Milton of Connage, Ardersier, £142, Druid Temple Farm, Inverness, £135; TexX ewe – Keeper Cottage, £135; ABX ewe – Fearn Farm, £135, £123, (twice); Chev ewe – Milton of Connage, £126; SuffX ewe – Torgorm, Conon Bridge, £121, Fearn Farm, £120; Mule ewe – Milton of Connage, £121.

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