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'Electric' trade at Dingwall and Highlands Marts as prime cattle and sheep sale attracts buyers and some 'phenomenal' values

By Hector MacKenzie

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THERE was some "electric" trade at Dingwall and Highland Marts today with the sale of 25 prime cattle and 1947 prime sheep and shortage in some meat supplies driving sales.

Prime bullocks (8) averaged 243.2p (+12.6p) and sold to 256.0p per kg and £1,548.80 gross for a 605kg Limousin cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall.

Prime heifers (17) averaged 238.1p (-9.5p) and sold to 261.0p per kg for a 510kg Limousin cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall and £1,518.75 gross for a 625kg Limousin cross also from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall selling to Messrs John M Munro Ltd, Dingwall.

Other leading prices per kg –

Bullocks: Wester Muckernich, Tore, (AAX), 248.0p, (LimX), 240.0p, 235.0p; Allanglach, North Kessock, (LimX), 248.0p,

240.0p, 234.0p; Bridgend Farm, (LimX), 246.0p.

Heifers: Bridgend Farm, (LimX), 256.0p twice, 243.0p, 242.0p, 240.0p, 234.0p, (SimX), 242.0p; 3 Balnabeen, Conon Bridge, (CharX), 235.0p, 234.0p, 233.0p twice.

Other leading prices per head:

Bullocks: Allanglach, (LimX), £1,544.00, £1,475.60, £1,464.00; Wester Muckernich, (LimX), £1512.00, £1,492.25, (AAX),

£1,463.20; Bridgend Farm, (LimX), £1,463.70.

Heifers: Bridgend Farm, (SimX), £1,500.40, (LimX), £1,484.80, £1,440.00, £1,421.30, £1,415.70, £1,408.00, £1,404.00,

£1,331.10; 3 Balnabeen, (CharX), £1,437.50, £1,351.40, £1,293.15, £1,280.75.

The mart sold 1947 prime sheep.

New season lambs (396) averaged 220.9p (+2.4p) and sold to 255.0p per kg for 45.5kg Beltex crosses from Kinnahaird Farm, Contin selling to Messrs Fraser Brothers, Butchers, Dingwall and £125 gross for 60kg Texel crosses from Woodside Croft, Ardersier.

Feeding sheep (442) sold to £160 gross for a Charolais cross ewe from Kinnahaird Farm.

Lewis Livestock Producers prime feeding sheep (547) sold to £158 gross for a Texel ram from 22 North Tolsta.

The verdict: “Lambs followed the national trend and were a bit easier for unfinished sorts. Well-fleshed lambs were still keenly bid for and are returning phenomenal values for the time of year. A mammoth show of ewes for this centre sold away to a larger than usual ringside of buyers and vendors were greeted with an electric trade throughout. All classes were dearer on the week with meat in seriously short supply."

Other leading prices per head and per kg –

New season lambs: SuffX – Woodside Croft, £120, Shewglie, Glenurquhart, £110, £104, Easter Suddie, Munlochy, £107, £104.50; Rhevackin Farm, Kiltarlity, 222.2p, 1 Eyre, Snizort, 222.0p, 4 Tomich, Beauly, 219.2p; BeltX – Kinnahaird Farm, £116; LlyX – Woodside, Muir of Tarradale, £114, 193.2p; TexX – Glebe Farm, Kiltarlity, £113, £107, 230.6p, 226.4p, Grenville, Kiltarlity, £110, East Croftmore, Boat of Garten, £108, 225.0p, 1 Eyre, £106.50, 231.5p, Wester Balloan, Urray, £106, 225.5p, Kinnahaird Farm, £105, £104, 231.1p, 228.9p, 228.3p; CharX – Woodside, £105, 228.3p, South Clunes Farm, Kirkhill, £98, 222.7p; Chev – Moulinard House, Tain, £105, 228.3p, Balnagore, Fearn, £95, 217.2p; Cross – Ousdale Farmhouse, Berriedale, £102, 217.0p; Mule – Fodderty Farm, Strathpeffer, £88, 209.5p.

Feeding sheep: Belt ram – 25 Camultmuir, Kiltarlity, £156; Tex ewe – Kinnahaird Farm, £150; TexX ewe – Kinnahaird Farm, £144, £128, £126, Wester Craiglands, Fortrose, £131, Easter Suddie, £130, 1 Feorlig, Dunvegan, £121, Tarn Howe, Inver, £114, Balliefurth Farm, Grantown on Spey, £114; SuffX ewe – Rhevackin Farm, Kiltarlity, £140, £115; CharX ewe – Kinnahaird Farm, £129, 4 Tomich, Beauly, £117; Mule ewe – Balliefurth Farm, £114, Craiglands Ltd, Fortrose, £109, Tarn Howe, £108; Chev ewe – Craiglands Ltd, £112, Lower Geanies, Fearn, £111; Balnagore, £110; Cross – Craiglands Ltd, £100; CHM ewe 1 Feorlig, £96; BF ewe – Ardchronie, Ardgay, £86.

Lewis Livestock Producers prime and feeding sheep: TexX ram – 21 North Shawbost, £147: TexX ewe – 36 Cross Skigersta Road, Ness, £127, 27 Cross, Ness, £112; Chev ram – Sea Breeze, Borve, £121, 49 North Tolsta, £116, 30 North Tolsta, £109; BF ram – 3 Eordale, Ness, £120; CharX ram – 22 North Tolsta, £118; SuffX – 25 Borve, £110; Chev ewe – 1 Hill Street, North Tolsta, £110; Cross ewe – 36 Cross Skigersta Road, £107. 21 Broadbay View, Back, £105.

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