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MART PRICES: 'Firm enquiry' for cattle at Dingwall sale

By Hector MacKenzie

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Dingwall Mart.
Dingwall Mart.

DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd yesterday sold 448 store cattle and 73 OTM cattle.

Bullocks (175) averaged 241.2p per kg and sold to 281.0p per kg for a 395kg Charolais cross from Kindeace, Alness and £1,250 gross for a 570kg Beef Shorthorn from Alterwall, Lyth.

Heifers (249) averaged 223.7p per kg and sold to 305.1p per kg for a pen of 472kg Limousin crosses from Achavrole Mains, Halkirk and £1,510 gross for a pen of 540kg Limousin crosses from Meadle, Isle of Skye.

Young Bulls (24) sold to 220.5p per kg for a pen of 263kg Whitebred Shorthorns from Cairnurenan, Mulbuie and £1,160 gross for a 585kg Beef Shorthorn from Upperton, Balnain.

The verdict: “Cattle met a firm enquiry despite commodity prices ever increasing. Due to an influx of grass this last couple of weeks grazers were sharper.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

Bullocks up to 250kg – The Hollies, Tulloch, £660, 267.2p, Polly Estates, Ullapool, £650, 273.1p;

251-300kg – Corslet Farm, Fortrose, £820, £730, 280.8p, 272.4p, 30 Big Sand, Gairloch, £710, 251.8p; 301-350kg – Corslet Farm, £880, 262.7p, 30 Big Sand, £830, Coul Estate, Laggan, £830 ,264.5p, Invereen, Tomatin, 250.8p; 351-400kg – Kindeace, £1,110, Dunain Mains, Inverness, £990, 263.3p, Kinchyle Farm, Scaniport, £980, 260.0p, Glenbrittle, Carbost, 259.6p; 401-450kg – Kinchyle Farm, £1,110, (twice), 266.8p, 257.5p, 3 Glaick, Ardross, £1,110, 258.1p; 451-500kg – Kildrummie, Nairn, £1,210, 251.1p, Coul Estate, £1,210, Hilton Farm, Tain, £1,200, Alterwall, 250.0p; 501-550kg – Alterwall, £1,210, Inches Farm, 230.5p, Inverness, £970, 192.1p; 551-600kg – Alterwall £1,250, 219.3p.

Heifers up to 250kg – Polly Estates, £520, 217.6p; 251-300kg – Dunlichity Farm, Farr, £750, 254.2p, Little Kildrummie, £700, 233.3p, Midburn, Lochussie, £650, 230.5p; 301-350kg – Tighnahinch, Conon Bridge, £810, Kindeace, £790, Balnacra, Achnashellach, £760, Coul estate, 234.9p, Sornum, Easter Kinkell, 234.4p, Little Kildrummie, 234.0p; 351-400kg – Balintraid, Delny, £910, Fisherton Croft, Dalcross, £900, 236.2p, Kinchyle Farm, £900, 235.6p, 30 Big Sand, 235.8p; 401-450kg –Hilton Farm, £1,060, Kindeace, £1,050, 241.9p, Alterwall, £1,040, 239.1p, Kinchyle Farm, 245.0p; 451-500kg – Achavrole Mains, £1,440, Shorecroft, Culbokie, £1,130, 233.0p, Kildun, Dingwall, £1,110, 247.8p, Kildrummie, 237.0p; 501-550kg – Wester Tore Park, Tore, £1,240, £1,200, 231.8p, Meadle, £1,200, 279.6p, Achavrole Mains, 251.4p; 551-600kg – Meadle, £1,320, 208.7p; Over 600kg – Fisherton, £1,440, 202.9p.

OTM prime & feeding cattle (73) averaged 180.3p and sold to 216.8p for a 535kg Aberdeen Angus Cross from Ardheslaig, Shieldaig and £2,300 gross for a 1,195kg Aberdeen Angus from Swordale Farm, Bonar Bridge.

The verdict: “Another solid cow trade was witnessed, however the edge would have been off the extravagant trade we had at the last sale. Vendors were still receiving phenomenal returns, in particular well fleshed sorts which were the keenest sought after.”

Other leading prices per head:

OTM prime & feeding cattle: Tighnahinch, Alcaig, (LimX), £2,100, 4 Glaick, Ardross,(CharX), £1,850,(SimX), £1,540, Castlecraig Farms, Nigg,(BRBX), (StaX), £1,490, £1,850, Balintraid, Delny,(AAX), £1,800 & £1,640, (LimX), £1,770, Braelangwell, Balblair, (SimX), £1,740, (LimX), £1,490, Achavrole Mains, Halkirk, (Lim), £1,700, Greenland Mains, Thurso,(AAX), £1,670 & £1,500, Kinlochy, Wick,(BShoX), £1,670, Dunlichity Farm, Farr, (LimX), £1,640, 30 Big Sand, Gairloch, (SimX), £1,610, Northfield, Wick, (SimX), £1,580, Barns of Hempriggs, Wick,(Sim), £1,520, Badden, Kiltarlity, (ShoX), £1,510.

Other leading prices per kg:

OTM prime & feeding cattle: Ardheslaig, (AA), 126.4p,(AAX) 209.4p, 207.8p & 201.7p, Tighnahinch,(LimX), 212.1p & 190.5p, Castlecraig Farms,(BRBX), 207.9p, Kinlochy, (BShoX), 207.5p, Little Kildrummie, Nairn, (BRBX) 206.0p, Braelangwell, (LimX), 201.4p, (SimX), 192.3p, Greenland Mains, (AAX), 201.3p & 195.3p, Dunlichity Farm, (LimX) 201.2p, Balintraid, (LimX), 200.0p,(AAX), 197.6p & 197.1p, Ardjachie, Tain, (AAX), 200.0p, Achavrole Mains, (Lim), 198.8p, 4 Glaick,(CharX), 192.7p,(SimX), 192.5p, Swordale Farm, (AA), 192.5p, Northfield,(SimX), 191.5p, Badden, (ShoX), 191.1p.

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