Christmas display at St Boswells offers welcome boost to spirits and prices

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AGRICULTURING

Via Neale McQuistin

Yesterday in St Boswells, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd. sold 82 clean cattle, 62 beef cows, 1,741 prime lambs and 499 fattening ewes.

The company’s annual Christmas show and auction featured 43 prime cattle, giving prices and spirits a welcome boost.

A Limousin cross bull that sold for 280p/kg was the champion, while the reserve champion reached 275p. The average of the 20 steers in the show was 247p and the 23 heifers were 251p. For 182p, one young bull sold.

There was a poorer display of cast cows that sold for £ 1,324 and 191 pence and averaged 128 pence in the rough ring this week (-10 pence).

With an average of £ 95 or 216p for Beltex, the first lambs peaked at £ 123 and 277p/kg (-1p).

Heavy ewes sold for Texel at a top price of £ 115 and averaged £ 93 (-£ 6), while light ewes peaked for Cheviots at £ 113 and averaged £ 59 (-£ 3). The average price was 69 pounds for all breeds of sheep (-8 pounds).

Yesterday in Carlisle, the company also held its annual Primestock Show, where vendors also saw a brisk trade in cattle and sheep.

A peak price of 290p/kg was achieved for twenty-two prime heifers, settling at 236p (+41p), while 21 beef breed steers sold at 259p, settling at 230p (+25p).

Sixty young bulls of the beef breed were sold at 240p to average 191p (+5p), while 40 young bulls of the dairy breed peaked at 207p to settle at 157p (+8p).

200 cast milk cows sold at 169 pence and averaged 100 pence (+8 pence) in the rough ring, while 100 cast beef cows peaked at 253 pence and averaged 138 pence (+19 pence).

At 124 pence, twelve cast bulls sold and averaged 113 pence (+11 pence).

At £ 300 and 652p/kg, the 2027 prime lambs sold and weighed 218/kg (+9p).

90 heavy ewes hit a peak price of £ 123 for a Texel and an average price of £ 75 (-£ 7) in the sheep segment, while 49 Blackfaces ewes achieved a top price of £ 81 and an average price of £ 42 (-£ 1).

Yesterday, in Ayr, Craig Wilson sold 2220 lambs and 376 ewes.

First lambs were again quick sellers this week, with a top price of £122 for a pen of Beltex. For another pen from Beltex, the top price per kilo was 250p.

Blackface lambs sold at £ 95, or 218p, while Mules peaked at £ 95, including a 46-head pen, twice. For the entire transaction, the average was 213p/kg (+4p).

For some time, Cast Sheep have accomplished their best trade. For a blue Texel ewe, the highest price of £150 was charged, while Texels sold for £139 and Suffolks for £120. Horned ewes fetched £ 75 at the highest price.

At their fortnightly sale yesterday in Stirling, Caledonian Marts sold 286 store cattle. For Simmentals, Steers sold at 245p/kg and reached an average price of 205p, while for Limousins, heifers achieved a peak price of 237p and an average price of 200p.

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