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Black Isle bullock declared champion at 'best show of prime cattle to have graced the ring in Dingwall'


By Hector MacKenzie

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Callum Maciver Easter Strath of Auchterflow Overall Champ.
Callum Maciver Easter Strath of Auchterflow Overall Champ.

DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd sold 759 prime lambs at its Christmas Show and Sale sponsored by Barrack Sheep Dipping Services and judged by Mr Matthew Barrack, Overhill New Pitsligo.

New season lambs (759) averaged 238.6p (+6.7p) and sold to 409.0p and £180 gross.

SQQ 25.5kg to 45.5kg (360) averaged 239.6p (+2.9p) per kg.

Feeding sheep (376) sold to £300 gross.

Dingwall Mart's newly named Lambs for St Andrew's Day show was kindly sponsored By Barrack Sheep Dipping Services and was also judged by Mr Matthew Barrack, Overhill, New Pitsligo.

The champion pair was found amongst the Beltex cross section from Caithness consigners Messrs Sutherland, Borowston Mains, Thurso. Once again, the judge backed his decision, purchasing the champion pair for £180 on behalf of T Holmes Livestock, Lockerbie.

Reserve Champion was also found in the Beltex cross section the second prize pen from loyal Castle supporters Messrs Munro, Invercharron which were knocked out at £145 to Messrs John M Munro Butchers Dingwall.

Overall another solid lamb trade greeted vendors as more lambs are coming forward being off of feed or forage crop. Ewes once again met a firm enquiry for all classes with meat and the better end dearer.

Prize List

Overall Champion pair of lambs and 1st prize pair of Beltex lambs –Borrowston Mains, Thurso, 44kg, £180 (4.09p) Reserve Champion pair of lambs and 2nd Prize pair of Beltex lambs – Messrs J Munro and Son, Invercharron, Ardgay, 43kg , £145 (3.37p).

Pair of Texel lambs – 1st – Borrowston Mains, Thurso 55kg, £147; 2nd – Messrs J Munro and Son, Invercharron, Ardgay, Pair of Suffolk lambs – 1st – Easter Springfield, 56.5kg, £126; 2nd – Muirton Mains, 53.5kg, £121.50; 3rd Prize – Muirton Mains, 51kg, £119 Pair of Blackface lambs – 1st – Tulloch Farm, Dingwall, 52kg, £118.50, 2nd – Tulloch Farm, Dingwall £46kg, £105, 3rd – Knockandhu, Tomatin, 42.5, £99

Pair of Mule lambs – 1st Prize – Blackford Farm, Croy, 54, £121, 2nd – Blackford Farm, Croy, 53, £121.50, 3rd – Tulloch Farm, 59kg, £122.50.

Pair of Beltex lambs – 3rd – Kinnahaird Farm, Contin, 46kg, £120 Pair of Cheviot lambs – 1st – 238 Rearquhar, Dornoch.49kg, £118 New season lambs (759) averaged 238.6p (+6.7p) and sold to 409.0p per kg and £180 gross for a pen of 44kg Beltex crosses from Borowston Mains, Thurso.

Feeding sheep (376) sold to £300 gross for a Texel ram from Middleton.

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

TexX – Borowston Mains, £147, 267.0p, 4 Glaick, Ardross, £139, Brae-Edge, £134, £126, Invercharron, £130, 283.0p, Glaick, (Jnr), £127, Braes of Enzie, Buckie, £126, 274.0p, The Dell of Killiehuntly, £125, £120, £117.50, £115.50, 251.0p, 245.0p, (twice), 242.0p, Easter Springfield, £124.50, £122.50, Blackford Farm, £121.50, 245.0p, Glebe Farm, Kiltarlity, £120, £119, £115.50, 257.0p, 243.0p, (twice), 242.0p, Muirton Mains, £118.50, £115, 240.0p, Kinnahaird Farm, £117, £116, £113, £111.50, 252.0p, 246.0p, (twice), 240.0p, Midbadgrinan, £111.50, 248.0p, Bleach Field Croft, 259.0p, 243.0, Achnamoine, 251.0p, Balintraid Farm, 241.0p, Upper Blairnain, 240.0p, Kinchyle Farm, 240.0p; BeltX – Invercharron, £145, 337.0p, Kinnahaird Farm, £120, £119, 261.0p, 248.0p, Woodside, Muir of Tarradale, £115, Midbadgrinan, £109, 256.0p, Croft 2 & 7 Burnbank, Linside, 250.0p; SuffX – Easter Springfield, £126, Muirton Mains, £121.50, £119, £115, (twice), 240.0p, (twice), Rhindhu Farms, £114, £109, Mariain, £112.50, Wester Muckernich, £112, 249.0p, Midbadgrinan, £110.50, 240.0p, Upper Blairnian, 261.0p, 241.0p; Mule – Tulloch Farm, £122.50, £115, Blackford Farm, £121.50, £121, £116.50, 238.0p, Rhindhu Farms, £114.50; BF – Tulloch Farm, £118.50, £110, £105, 229.0p, 228.0p, (twice), Knockandhu, £99, 233.0p; Chev – 238 Rearquhar, £118, 241.0p; Cross – South Clunes Farm, £116.50, 240.0p, Feeding Sheep: Tex ewe – Barnyards, £265, £200, £148; Belt ewe – 25 Camult Muir, £168, £140; TexX ewe – Brae-Edge Farm, £148, (twice), Allaloth Farm, £122, Glebe Farm, £121, £108, Little Kildrummie, £109, Guidebest, £89, £81, Bleach Field Croft, £81; CharX ewe – Glebe Farm, £138, Guidebest, £87; BFL – Rovie Farm, £117, £97; Lyn ewe – Woodside, £116, £107; ZWB ewe – Garguston Farm, £108; Chev ewe – Woodside, £105, South Balkeith, £95, Ord Farm, £92, Glebe Farm, £85, Carnoch, £82; SuffX – Drimore Farm, £105, Little Kildrummie, £104, £81; Mule – Allaloth, £91, Balintraid Farm, £88, Rhevackin, £83; CHM ewe – Allaloth, £87; BF ewe – Blackford, £81, Tulloch Farm, £77, Rhevackin, £75; TexX ram – Middleton Farm, £300, Glebe Farm, £164; Chev ram – Middleton, £128; TexX wdr – Guidebest, £88, Easter Templand, £87.

The mart sold 27 prime cattle at its Christmas Show & Sale sponsored by Highland Tractors and K D J MacRae & Partners, Shawpark and judged by Mr E MacDonald, Messrs John M Munro Butchers, Dingwall.

Prime bullocks (8) averaged 341.0p and sold to 500.0p per kg and £3,225.00 gross.

Prime heifers (19) averaged 326.8p (+44.7p) and sold to 470.0p per kg and £3,384.00 gross.

Dingwall Marts annual prime cattle show and sale was once again kindly sponsored by Highland Tractors and K D J MacRae & Partners, Shawpark.

Judging proceedings this year lay in the hands of Mr E MacDonald on behalf of weekly prime stock supporters John M Munro Butchers, Dingwall.

The verdict: "Ewen had the unenviable task of judging one of the best, if not the best show of prime cattle to have graced the ring in Dingwall. The judge found his champion from the continental bullock class a Limousine cross consigned by Mr Callum Maciver, Easter Strath of Auchterflow with the judge backing his decision purchasing his champion for 500.0p per kg (£3225.00).

"The reserve ticket was awarded to the first time prize continental heifer consigned by renown north of Scotland Showman Mr Michael Robertson of Fodderletter Farms. This weapon of a Limousin cross heifer who has a successful summer show circuit season, most notably standing reserve champion commercial at Echt show grossed the top price today of £3,384.00 for 470.0p per kg selling across the border to B &T Kitson, High Street, Northallerton."

Champion Native for the second year in a row was awards Messrs Fettes, Braes of Enzie for an Aberdeen Angus cross bullock which was bought by W & J Cameron, Burnside of Edingight, Keith.”

Prize List

Callum MacIver, Easter Strath of Auchterflow with the Balmacolly Trophy in memory of Tom Stevenson.
Callum MacIver, Easter Strath of Auchterflow with the Balmacolly Trophy in memory of Tom Stevenson.

Overall Champion and 1st prize best continental bullock – Mr Callum Maciver, Easter Strath of Auchterflow, Killen for a 19-month old 645kg Limousin cross selling at 500.0p per kg (£3,225.00) selling to Messrs John M Munro Butchers, Dingwall on behalf of a client.

Reserve Champion and 1 st prize best continental heifer – Messrs, W Robertson and Son, Fodderletter Farm, Tomintoul for a 20-month old 720kg Limousin cross selling at 470.0 per kg (£3,3384.00) selling to B & T Kitson, High Street, Northallerton.

Champion native and 1 st prize best native bullock - Messrs W A Fettes, Braes of Enzie, Buckie for a 665kg Aberdeen Angus cross selling at 322.0p per kg (£2,141.30) selling to Messrs Cameron, Burnside of Edingight, Keith.

Reserve Champion native and 1st Prize best native heifer – Messrs W A Fettes, Braes of Enzie, Buckie, for a 600kg Aberdeen Angus cross selling at 350.0p per kg (£2,100.00) selling to Fraser Brother Butchers, Dingwall.

2nd Prize best continental heifer – Mr Callum Maciver, Easter Strath of Auchterflow, Killen, 345.0p

2nd Prize best continental bullock – Messrs J Munro and Son, Invercharron, Ardgay, 340.0p

1st Prize Pair – Mr Callum Maciver, Easter Strath of Auchterflow, Killen

2nd Prize Pair – J & B McCallum, Mountrich Farm, Dingwall.

The mart also sold 27 prime cattle at its Christmas Show & Sale sponsored by Highland Tractors and K D J MacRae & Partners, Shawpark and judged by Mr E MacDonald, Messrs John M Munro Butchers, Dingwall.

Prime bullocks (8) averaged 341.0p (N/C) and sold to 500.0p per kg and £3,225.00 gross for a 645kg Limousin cross from Easter Strath of Auchterflow, Killen.

Prime heifers (19) averaged 326.8p (+44.7p) and sold to 470.0p per kg and £3,384.00 gross for a 720kg Limousin cross from Fodderletter Farm, Tomintoul.

Other leading prices per kg:

Bullocks: Braes of Enzie, (LimX), 370.0p, (AA), 322.0p, Bogie Street, Huntly, (LimX), 355.0p, Invercharron, (BRBX), 340.0p, Brae-Edge Farm, Olrig, (LimX), 294.0p, (BRBX), 273.0p, Ashley, North Kessock, (LimX), 280.0p, Heifers: Invercharron, (BRB), 390.0p, Braes of Enzie, (AAX), 350.0p, (LimX), 330.0p, 9 Ordale, (LimX), 345.0p, (twice), 340.0p, (twice), Mountrich Farm, Dingwall, (CharX), 330.0p, 284.0p,(LimX), 325.0p, 300.0p, 284.0p, 282.0p, (SalX), 296.0p, Easter Clune, Lethen, (LimX), 330.0p, 2 Jindalee Farm Cottages, Humbertson, (LimX), 315.0p.

Other leading prices per head

Bullocks: Invercharron, (BRBX), £2,346.00, Bogie Street, (LimX), £2,254.25, Braes of Enzie, (LimX), £2,164.50, (AA), £2,141.30, Brae-Edge Farm, (LimX), £1,940.40, (BRBX), £1,788.15, Ashley, (LimX), £1,792.00.

Heifers: 2 Jindalee Farm Cottages, (LimX), £2,362.50, 9 Ordale, (LimX), £2,261.00, £2,190.75, £2,156.25, £2,108.00, Easter Clune, (LimX), £2,211.00, Invercharron, (BRBX), £2,203.05, Braes of Enzie, (AAX), £2,100.00, (LimX), £2,079.00, Mountrich Farm, (LimX), £2,047.50, £1,945.40, £1,860.00, £1,692.00, (CharX), £2,044.80, £2,013.00, (SalX), £1,687.20.


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