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Packed ringside of buyers at Dingwall Mart but a 'mixed show' in cattle sale

By Hector MacKenzie

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DINGWALL and Highland Marts yesterday sold 517 store cattle, 21 adult head of breeding cattle and 66 OTM cattle.

Bullocks (244) averaged 244.2p per kg and sold to 283.6p per kg for a 335kg British Blue cross from 189 Fleucharry, Dornoch and £1,260 gross for a pen of 535kg Simmental crosses from 1 Dounie, Edderton.

Heifers (265) averaged 239.2p per kg and sold to 287.7p per kg for a 285kg Limousin cross from Lower Whitebog, Fortrose and £1,190 gross for a 515kg Limousin cross from Balaggan Farm, Culloden.

Young Bulls (8) averaged 201.4p per kg and sold to 217.2p per kg for a 290kg Aberdeen Angus from 8 Acres, Daviot and £930 gross for a pair of 442kg Beef Shorthorns from Kinlochy, Wick.

Cow with male calf (3) sold to £1,900 for Simmental cross cow with a Limousin cross calf at foot from Cullaird Farm, Scaniport.

Cow with heifer calf (2) sold to £1,650 for a Simmental cross cow with a Limousin cross calf at foot from Cullaird Farm, Scaniport.

In calf cows (15) sold to £1,220 for a Limousin cross cow in calf to Limousin bull from Cullaird Farm, Scaniport.

In calf heifers (1) sold to £680 for a Aberdeen Angus cross heifer in calf to Limousin cross bull from 37/55 Sangomore,


The verdict: “A more mixed show for quality this week greeted a packed ringside of buyers. There wouldn’t be the same quality forward to that of the last sale which reflects in the average, however good grazers and well bred heifers met the firmest enquiry out

of all the classes”

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

Bullocks up to 250kg – Dalmagarry Farms, Tomatin, £670, 279.2p, Dunlichity, Farr, £550, 20 Borreraig, Dunvegan, 246.2p; 251-300kg – 15 Tigharry, Lochmaddy, £710, 249.1p, Belladrum Mills, Kiltarlity, £670, St Ninians Farm, Drumnadrochit, 249.1p; 301-350kg – 189 Fleucharry, £950, Lower Whitebog, £920, Dalmagarry Farms, 278.7p, Invercharron, Ardgay, 275.8p; 351-400kg – Tighnahinch, Conon Bridge, £1,120, 280.0p, 277.0p, Lower Whitebog, £1,080, Invercharron, 270.5p;

401-450kg – Little Croy Farm, Inverness, £1,160, 269.8p, Tighnahinch, £1,155, 268.6p; 451-500kg – Druid Temple Farm,

Inverness, £1,190, 254.3p, Milldam, Meikle Ussie, £1,170, Raitcastle Farm, Nairn, 250.0p; 501-550kg – 1 Dounie, £1,210,

235.5p, Milldam, £1,170, 231.7p.

Heifers up to 250kg – Auchmore Farm, Muir of Ord, £600, £510, £490, 240.0p, Hastain, Lochmaddy, £480, 223.3p; 251-

300kg – Lower Whitebog, £820, Easter Urray, Muir of Ord, £735, 256.1p, Invercharron, 258.2p;

301-350kg – Lower Whitebog, £900, 7 Tigharry, Lochmaddy, £890, Hastain, 271.3p, 16 Tigharry, Lochmaddy,268.8p; 351-

400kg – Easter Urray Farm, £1,010, 261.6p, Invercharron, £1,010, Tighnahinch, 264.0p; 401-450kg – Easter Urray Farm,

£1,150, 265.6p, Lower Whitebog, £1,100, 268.3p; 451-500kg – Little Croy Farm, £1,110, 1 Dounie, £1,090, 2 Glaick,

Ardross, 232.3p, Dalmagarry Farms, 228.3p.

OTM prime & feeding cattle (66) averaged 168.5p per kg and sold to 207.0p per kg for a 575kg Limousin cross from LowerWhitebog and £1,730 gross for a 900kg Limousin cross from Kinchyle Farm, Scaniport.

The mart said: "Another phenomenal trade was recorded for mainly feeding types forward. There was a distinct lack of fed cows forward leaving buyer’s order books unfulfilled.”

Other leading prices per head:

OTM prime & feeding cattle: Achley Farm, Maryburgh, (ShoX), £1,670, £1,600, Balranald, Brora, (AAX), £1,550, Kinchyle Farm, (LimX), £1,540, Auchmore Farms, (Lim), £1,520, 8 Acres, (AA), £1,500, £1,460, Corriemoillie, Garve, (AA), £1,400, 2 Hosta, Tigharry, Lochmaddy, (LimX), £1,380, Stabunken, Muir of Ord, (SimX), £1,340, Pitmain Farm, Kingussie, (SimX), £1,310.

Other leading prices per kg:

OTM prime & feeding cattle: 7 Scaristavore, Isle of Harris, (AA), 206.8p, Balnabual, Dalcross, (LimX), 198.0p,

1 Ahmore, Lochmaddy, (LimX), 196.6p, Achley Farm, (ShoX), 196.5p, Kinchyle Farm, (LimX), 192.2p, 190.1p,

2/3 Clachan Sands, Lochmaddy, (SimX), 191.0p, Badentoul, Fordyce, (LimX), 189.2p, 8 Acres, (AA), 187.4p, Balranald,

(AAX), 186.8p.

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