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'Meteoric trade' at Dingwall Mart sheep sale with longer-keep lambs 'Top of the Pops'


By Hector MacKenzie

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The sale was voted a great success. Picture: Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd.
The sale was voted a great success. Picture: Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd.

DINGWALL and Highlands Marts Ltd yesterday sold 6031 store lambs of all class at an average of £78.62 (up £4.15 on the year).

Texel (1,341) averaged £82.34 (last year £74.36) and sold to £129 gross from The Rowans, Brora.

Suffolk (1,904) averaged £82.32 (last year £76.99) and sold to £117 gross from 2 Dounie, Edderton.

Beltex (1,008) averaged £69.88 (last year £72.32) and sold £119 gross from Teanroit, Beauly.

Cheviot (719) averaged £68.38 (last year £67.52) and sold to £84 gross from 155 Morness, Rogart.

Mule (380) averaged £88.05 (last year £77.66) and sold to £101.50 gross from Milton Farm, Aberarder.

Millennium Blue (185) averaged £96.37 (last year £82.42) and sold to £110 gross from Kirkfield Farm, Castletown.

Cheviot mule (185) averaged £74.91 (last year £79.41) and sold to £89 gross from Craiglands, Fortrose.

Aberfield (73) averaged £87 (last year £74.28) and sold to £87 gross from Scotsburn Farm, Kildary.

Charollais (146) averaged £69.14 (last year £69.71) and sold to £80 gross from South Clunes, Kirkhill.

Other Breeds (90) averaged £64.63 (last year £64.21) and sold to £90 gross for a Valis Blacknose cross ewe lamb from 4 Edinbane, Portree.

The colourful verdict: “Hickory dickory dock, the sheep trade's off the clock! The opening store sheep sale in Dingwall was definitely the highlight of the Inverness-shire and surrounding areas this week, as despite a drop in numbers on the year a meteoric trade was witnessed for all classes. Trade was up £4 on the year for a show nowhere near as strong as last year’s.

"The stronger end met a seriously firm enquiry and many more could easily have been sold. Top of the Pops trade was the longer-keep lambs with pen after pen selling well into the £70 mark.”

Other leading prices per head:

TexX – The Rowans, £123, £114 & £92, Wester Craiglands, £116, £109, £107.50, £105, £103.50 & £101.50, Tarn Howe, Inver, £115 & £92, 4 Drumloan, Drumnadrochit, £108, Drumbuie, Drumnadrochit, £107 & £90, Glenavon Estate, Tomintoul, £101, Larel, Halkirk, £101, Glaich Na Goire, Loaneckheim, £92, Bluebell Cottage, Dornoch, £91, Keppoch Farm, Dundonnell, £90, 4 Edinbane, £90; SuffX – Lower Gartally, Drumnadrochit, £114, 2 Dounie, £111, Glenavon Estate, £104.50 & £90, 2 Seafield, Portmahomack, £104 & £86, Kirkfield, £103.50 & £87.50, Larel, £102.50, Wester Craiglands, £98.50, £96, £94 & £86.50, 34 Newmarket, Stornoway, £92, 4 Edinbane, £91, Invercharron, Ardgay, £91.50, 211 Upper Birichen, Dornoch, £87.50, Corrimony Farm, Glen Urquhart, £86.50; BeltX – Teanroit, £116, £88, £84 & £79, Chroisein Croft, Isle of Muck, £106 & £90, Pelaig, Dingwall, £102 & £99, Drummuie Farm, Golspie, £93, Dunmore, Beauly, £82, Ivy Croft, Strathpeffer, £82, Isle of Muck Farm, £78.50; Chev – Erchite, Dores, £83 (twice), Comar, Cannich, £80 & £76, 145 Badnellan, Brora, £78.50, Isle of Muck Farm, £76 & £75 Proncy Farm, Dornoch, £75, Chroisein Croft, £75; Mule – Milton Farm, £94 & £89 (twice), Larel, £94; MbX – Comar, £102 & £83, Kirkfield, £95 & £83; CHM – Auchmore Farm, Muir of Ord, £78.50, Craiglands, £74 & £70.50, Kintail, Newton of Ferintosh, £74; CharX – Dunlichity, Farr, £80 7 £73, Free Farm, Tomatin, £73; Cross – Erchite, £83, Old Post Office, Alcaig, £82, Cypress, Achterneed, £74.50; Rye – Achtemerack, Drumnadrochit, £71; Dost – Lower Dalnaclach, Kildary, £70.50.


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