Via Neale McQuistin
Yesterday, Lawrie and Symington Ltd sold 26 prime and 49 cast cattle in Lanark.
Sold at 248p/kg or £ 1500, Prime heifers. The highest prices of cast beef cattle were £ 1,365 and 173p/kg, while cast dairy cows sold for £ 825 and 117p.
The worst trade so far this season was seen by a smaller display of 2,053 prime hoggets, due to winter conditions and a larger number selling in the run-up to Christmas. For Beltex, sales peaked at £ 136 and 318p/kg to generate an overall average of 241p.
With all classes remaining costly, a smaller show of 969 whelped ewes was a good show for strength and consistency. For Texels, the top price was 198 pounds and 79 pounds for Blackfaces.
Yesterday, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd sold at St Boswells 49 clean sheep, 34 suckler cows, 674 prime lambs and 228 ewes. A heavy trade, which was especially fierce for cattle with handy weights, was met with clean cattle.
At 242 pence/kg, eight prime steers sold and averaged 218 pence (n/c), while 41 prime heifers topped 247 pence and averaged 225 pence (+5 pence).
Thrown cows sold for £ 1492 and £ 199 twice, and £ 142 (+£ 1) on average.
For Beltex lambs, Prime hoggets sold for 120 and 269 pence/kg and averaged 233 pence (+11 pence) and 104 pence (+10 pence) respectively overall. Strong ewes sold for Texel ewes at a peak price of £ 147 and averaged £ 104 (+ £ 16), whereas light ewes for Cheviots sold at a top price of £ 117 and averaged £ 74 (- £ 3).
Yesterday at Carlisle, the company also sold 13 prime heifers, peaking at 246p/kg and settling at 209p (+20p), while 12 beef cattle steers sold at 235p and settled at 212p (+11p). Three dairy cattle steers sold for 165 pence and had an average of 162 pence.
Twenty-nine young beef bulls were 236 pence and 198 pence on average (-11 pence), while 18 young dairy bulls sold at 185 pence and 163 pence on average (-35 pence).
100 caste dairy cows sold at 156 pence in the rough ring and averaged 106 pence (+5 pence), while 26 caste beef cows had a high of 208 pence and an average of 135 pence (+8 pence). At 146p/kg, four caste bulls sold and 116p averaged.
This week, a smaller demonstration of 1,081 prime lambs sold at £ 128 and 310p/kg and averaged 244p/kg (+6p). 51 heavy ewes with a Beltex reached a top price of £ 140 and an average of £ 99 (-£ 7) in the sheep section, while 15 mountain ewes with a Swaledale reached a top price of £ 56 and an average of £ 47 (+£ 8).
Yesterday, Craig Wilson Ltd sold 850 Prime Hoggets and 196 Cast Sheep at Ayr. A small number, averaging 240p/kg, of the prime hoggets traded well. Beltex, which sold for £123 or 280p, topped the deal.
In cattle, the trend of last week, with low numbers and strong trade, persisted. Ewes for Texel crosses peaked at £ 139, while Blackface ewes sold for £ 72.