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Latest sale prices from Dingwall and Highlands Marts

By Hector MacKenzie

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DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd sold 220 store cattle, 149 adult head of breeding cattle and 78 OTM cattle yesterday.

Bullocks (102) averaged 250.8p and sold to 323.1p per kg for a 195kg Limousin cross from 6 Bracara, Morar and £1460 gross for a 660kg Limousin cross from Bog of Auchterflow, Munlochy.

Heifers (114) averaged 241.4p and sold to 285.2p per kg for a 270kg Hereford cross from Ardtornish Farms, Morven and £1380 gross for a 625kg Aberdeen Angus from Ballindalloch Home Farms, Ballindalloch.

Young bulls (4) sold to 271.2p per kg for a 295kg Limousin cross and £920 gross for a 395kg Limousin cross both from 4 Kingsburgh, Snizort.

The verdict: “A very mixed show of store cattle met a great trade despite the cold and wet conditions.”

Heifers with male calf (18) sold to £2600 for a Beef Shorthorn cross heifer from Smallburn Farms, Duffus.

Heifers with female calf (19) sold to £2800 for a Simmental cross heifer from Smallburn Farms.

Cows with male Calf (49) sold to £3350 for a Beef Shorthorn cross from Smallburn Farms.

Cows with female Calf (50) sold to £3350 for Simmental cross from Smallburn Farms.

In calf cows (6) sold to £800 for a Highland cow from Balnespick, Tomatin.

In calf heifers (4) sold to £1220 for a Limousin cross from Granish Farm, Aviemore.

Bulls (3) sold to £5000 for a Charolais from Smallburn Farms, Duffus.

The verdict: “Breeders were a very steady trade with both a full ringside of buyers and lots of online activity.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

Bullocks up to 250kg – Torrie Gorrie, Gorstan, £700, 312.5p; Wester Craiglands, Fortrose, £700, Braefindon Farm, Culbokie, 300.0p; 251-300kg – Ardtornish Farms, £800, 277.8p, Wester Craiglands, £795, Torie Gorrie, 273.1p; 301-350kg – Wester Craiglands, £870, 288.1p, Tomchrasky, Glenmoriston, £870, Wester Craiglands, 268.9p; 351-400kg – Dell of Killiehuntly, Kingussie, £940, 249.3p, 8 Drinan, Elgol, £905, Dell of Killiehuntly, 249.3p; 401-450kg – Leabost, Glenhinnisdale, £1,090, 250.0p, Bog of Auchterflow, £1,060, 237.7p; 451-500kg – Bog of Auchterflow, £1,135, 234.0p; 551-600kg – Grainish Farm, Aviemore, £1,290, 232.4p.

Heifers up to 250kg – Braefindon Farm, Culbokie, £670, 268.0p, Mucomir Farm, Spean Bridge, £580, Cul-A-Bhile, Bohuntin, 269.4p; 251-300kg – Tomchrasky, £800, 275.9p, Ardtornish Farms, £770, Wester Craiglands, 280.0p; 301-350kg – Dell of Killiehuntly, £850, 253.7p, Shewglie, Glenurquhart, £840, 275.4p; 351-400kg – Dell of Killiehuntly, £860, 237.6p, Ardtornish Farms, £850, 236.1p; 401-450kg – Granish Farm, £1,080; £1,010, 248.3p,

Swordale Farm, Bonar Bridge, 238.6p; 451-500kg – Shewglie, £1,175 & £1,140, 255.4p, Moss-side, Dunphail, £1010; 501-550kg – Crask Farm, Culbokie, £1,125, 1 Broomhill, Delny, £1,100; 51-600kg – Swordale Farm, £1,200.

Heifers with male calf: ShoX – Smallburn Farm, £2,600 & £2,550; BBX – Smallburn Farms, £2,550; BshoX – Smallburn Farms, £2500 (4 times); SimX – Smallburn Farms, £2,450 (twice), £2350 £2,250.

Heifers with female calf: SimX – Smallburn farms, £2,750, £2,500 (twice), & £2,350; ShoX – Smallburn Farms, £2700; BshoX – Smallburn Farms, £2,500, £2,450 & £2,150; LuiX - Balavil Estate, Kingussie, £2,050 & £2,000.

Cows with male calf: SimX – Smallburn Farms, £3,300, £3,200 & £3,000; BBX – Smallburn Farms, £2,800, £2,450 and £2,200; BshoX - Smallburn Farms, £2,700, £2,350 & £2,300; AAX - Smallburn Farms, £2,400 and £2,250; AA – Swordale Farm, Bonar Bridge, £2150

Cows with female calf: BBX – Smallburn Farms, £3,200 (twice), and £2,800; SimX – Smallburn Farms, £3,000, £2700 and £2600 (4 times); BshoX – Smallburn Farms, £2,900 & £2,500; AAX - Smallburn Farms, £2,900.

DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sold 78 OTM cattle.

OTM prime and feeding cattle (78) averaged 135.2p and sold to 190.4p per kg for a 415kg Hereford cross cow from Ardtornish Farms, Morven and £1460 gross for a 915kg Simmental cross cow from Kinbeachie, Culbokie.

Other leading prices per head:

OTM prime & feeding cattle: Lower Gartally, Drumnadrochit (Char), £1,420; 1 Gress, Back, (LimX), £1,180;

Granish Farm, Aviemore, (Bsho), £1,160; Kinbeachie, (Lim), £1,140; Hilton Farm, Tain, (SimX), £1,140; Househill, Nairn, (SimX), £1,130; Leabost, Glenhinisdale, (Lim) £1,130; 13 Calgarry, Sleat, (Lui), £1,120; Polly Estates, Ullapool, (ShoX), £1,030; Crask Farm, Culbokie, (AAX), £1010.

Other leading prices per kg:

OTM prime and feeding cattle: Jarodon, Banavie, (Bsho), 188.4p & 175.4p; Hilton Farm, (SimX) 176.2p; Onich, Fort William, (Lim), 163.8p; Kinbeachie, (Lim), 161.7p; Granish Farm, (Bsho), 160.0p; Ardtornish Farms, (SimX), 159.7p.

The verdict: “With mostly lean, boning and feeding cows forward today all cows sold to a brisk trade to an increased audience of buyers. Fit feeding cows in particular demand.

Next sale is on June 19.

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