Via Neale McQuistin
At St Boswells yesterday, Harrison & Hetherington sold 61 clean sheep, 69 beef calves, 2,103 prime lambs and 624 fattening ewes.
At 239p/kg, fourteen prime steers sold and averaged 214p (-13p), while 46 prime heifers topped 249p and averaged 227p (-2p).
Selling for £ 1,418 and 183p, averaging 131p (n/c), cast cows were close to last week. For Beltex lambs, the first lambs sold for £ 129 and 283p/kg, averaging 207p (-9p).
An overall average of £ 81 was obtained by Cast Ewes. For a Texel ram and an average price of £ 98 (up £ 3), heavy ewes achieved a peak price of £ 137 for a Texel ram, while light ewes achieved a top price of £ 117 for Cheviots and an average price of £ 66 (up £ 3).
Yesterday, the company also sold 19 prime heifers at Carlisle, which peaked at 244p/kg and settled at 220p (+31p), while 24 beef cattle steers were sold at 239p and settled at 220p (n/c). Two dairy cattle steers sold for 163 pence and had an average of 162 pence.
Thirty-nine beef-fed young bulls sold for 244 pence and averaged 199 pence (+2 pence), while 38 dairy-fed young bulls peaked at 208 pence and settled at 154 pence (-4 pence).
237 caste dairy cows were sold in the rough ring at 160 pence and averaged 98 pence (+ 1 pence), while 103 caste beef cows were sold at 199 pence and averaged 130 pence (+ 9 pence). At 109 pence, four bulls sold and averaged 91 pence (-17 pence).
At £ 134 and 318p/kg, the 2,834 prime lambs sold and averaged 217/kg/kg (-1p).
In sheep, 82 heavy ewes achieved a top price of £ 124 and an average of £ 79 (-£ 4) with a Suffolk, while 70 hill ewes achieved a top price of £ 83 and an average of £ 50 (+ £ 4) with a Hill Cheviot.
Yesterday, in Ayr, Craig Wilson sold 2,017 lambs and 658 ewes.
First lambs were hard to sell compared to last week, with heavier forms the hardest to cash in on. The day’s top price was £ 110 in two cases for Texels.
For a Beltex pair, the maximum price per kilo was 238 pence. Blackies reached a top price of £90 twice, with the overall sale averaging 204p/kg (-11p).
The cast of sheep was the same as it was last week. For Texel sheep and £ 168 for others, the highest price of £ 178 was charged. Although Blackfaces peaked at £ 64, Mule sheep sold for £ 99.
C&D Auction Marts yesterday held its final 2020 slaughter cattle sale in Dumfries. There were 200 cattle in the store and plenty of buyers to match.
Steers sold at 262p or £ 1295 and averaged 215p/kg, while heifers averaged 205p and peaked at 230p or £ 1220.
Young bulls sold for 227 pence or £ 1080, an average of 220 pence.
Yesterday, the company also held its fortnightly selling of calves in Dumfries.
For a Limousin cross heifer and £460 for a Limousin ox, both grades were sharper and sold at £495.