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Prices from sheep sale at Dingwall Mart as demand outstrips supply

By Hector MacKenzie

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DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd today sold 396 prime sheep.

New season lambs (203) averaged 267.0p (+12.6p) and sold to 297.7p per kg for a pen of 43kg Texel crosses from Dunearn Farm, Nairn selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall and £138 gross for a pen of 47.5kg Beltex crosses from Inshes Farm, Inverness.

Feeding sheep (193) sold to £135 gross for a Texel ram from 2 Ardmore, Edderton.

The verdict: “A smaller show of prime lambs forward sold at increased values on the week. Unfortunately, the numbers forward today were insufficient to the demand we have here at Dingwall on a weekly basis. There were hardly any export weights forward with the sale consisting of mostly heavies or store type. There were a small number of ewes forward with no pure continental types in sight. There were one or two pens with a bit of power about them which met a firm enquiry and many more of this commodity could easily have been sold.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

New season lambs: DSX – Smallburn Farms, Duffus, £136, 219.4p; Tex – Enyhallow, Conon Bridge, £134, £129, 268.0p, 243.4p; TexX – Wester Balloan, Urray, £134, £110, 265.4p, 258.8p, The Meadows, Grantown on Spey, £131, £129, 278.3p, 251.9p, Dunearn Farm, £129, £128, £127, £122, 277.3p, 276.1p, 268.8p, Conan Mains, Conon Bridge, £129, £124, 280.4p, 269.6p; Chev – 2 Ardmore, £132, 261.4p, Conan Mains, £129, 271.6p; BeltX – Inshes Farm, £132, 290.5p; Cross – Inshes Farm, £132, 261.4p, Drynie Farm, Dingwall, £119, 258.7p; CHM – Dunearn Farm, £129, 258.0p; BF – Inshes Farm, £117, 254.4p, Drynie Farm, £104, 244.7p; SuffX - £104.50, 261.3p.

Feeding sheep: TexX ewe – Mid Fleenas, Nairn, £134, £118; DSP ram - £131; Mule ewe – Mid Fleenas, £120, £100, Alvie Estate, Kingussie, £117, Morayscairn Farm, Alves, £110; Chev ram – 2 Ardmore, £119, £111, £89; Zwb ewe – Faillie House, Daviot, £116; SuffX ewe – Morayscairn Farm, £116, £92; Zwb ram – Faillie House, £115; Belt ram – Woodside, Muir of Tarradale, £105; Chev ewe – 2 Ardmore, £91, Bruan Park, Ulbster, £81; CHM ewe – Asleisk Farm, Alves, £83; Lyx ewe – Morayscairn Farm, £81; CharX ewe – Alvie Estate, £81; Cross ewe – Morayscairn Farm, £80; BF ewe – Drynie Farm, £78.

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