Via Neale McQuistin
In Ayr, the Craig Wilson firm sold 2,215 milk lambs and 689 fattening ewes.
Judged by Stuart Stark of M J Stark Ltd, Bluebell, the sale included the company’s annual Christmas show. He gave Jim Kennedy the Champion Rosette, Carrick Primestock (Maybole), for a 42kg Texel-cross Beltex pen. They went to Cedar Cottage, Country Foods, Annbank, for £ 180 or 428p/kg. Mr Kennedy also provided the reserve champion – this time for his Beltex cross lambs, which achieved £ 150 or 333p/kg.
For a pair of Beltex lambs, the highest prices in the commercial section were £ 114 or 250p, while for a pen of 14 head or 219p for a pen of 20 head, Blackface lambs hit a top price of £ 96. Mules were selling for £ 96 or 225p. The average for the auction was 215p.
There was also a decent sale for a larger cast sheep show this week. For Texels, the highest price of £ 172 was charged, while Mules sold for £ 91 and Blackfaces for £ 74.
82 clean goats, 87 cast pigs, 1,775 prime lambs and 550 cast sheep were sold by Harrison & Hetherington in St Boswells. At 252 pence/kg, twenty prime steers sold and averaged 227 pence, while 62 prime heifers topped 248 pence and averaged 229 pence.
This week, cast cows were much sharper, selling for £ 1450 and 214p, averaging 131p (+3p).
A pair of Beltex lambs from J&G Sinclair, Crookston, Heriot, which weighed 46kg and sold for £195 or 423p/kg, won the company’s Christmas show for prime lambs. At 216p (n/c), the overall average remained stable.
Heavy ewes for Texels sold at a peak price of £ 143 and averaged £ 95 (+ £ 2), while light ewes for Cheviots sold at a top price of £ 89 and averaged £ 63 (+ £ 4). An average price of 75 pounds (+6 pounds) was achieved for all cast ewes. Yesterday at Carlisle, the company also sold 13 prime heifers, which hit a top price of 257p/kg and settled at 189p (-47p), while 19 beef-bred steers sold at 244p and settled at 220p (-10p). Thirty-five young beef-bred bulls sold at 233 pence, averaging 196 pence (+5 pence), while 36 young dairy-bred bulls settled at 158 pence (+1 pence) and peaked at 186 pence. 211 caste dairy cows were sold in the rough ring for 163 pence and averaged 97 pence (-3 pence), while 112 caste beef cows peaked at 200 pence and averaged 122 pence (-16 pence). Eight bulls sold for 130 pence and 108 pence was the average (-5 pence). For an average of 217/kg, the 2457 prime lambs traded at £ 135 and 317p/kg (-1p).
In cattle, 156 heavy ewes reached a top price of £ 139 and an average of £ 83 (+ £ 8) with a Texel, while 28 ewes reached a top price of £ 63 and an average of £ 46 (+ £ 4) with a Jacob.