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'Flying trade' at Dingwall Mart – though too many lean sheep 'plague the average'


By Hector MacKenzie

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THERE was a "flying trade" for ewes at a mart sale in Dingwall yesterday.

Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd sold 1403 prime sheep and 12 prime cattle at its sale.

New season lambs (696) averaged 235.2p per kg and sold to 282p per kg and £138 gross for a pen of Beltex crosses from Gaich Farm, Dulnain Bridge.

Feeding sheep (707) sold to £176 for a Texel cross ewe from Wester Craiglands, Fortrose.

The verdict: “Another solid lamb trade greeted vendors today, however the usual story of too many lean sheep forward is plaguing the sale average.

"A fantastic number of ewes met a flying trade, cashing in at dearer levels in particular the mules.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

New season lambs – TexX – Dell of Killiehuntly, £128.50, £121.50, 243.0p, 236.0p, Woodside, £123, 241.0p, Lochdhu, Nairn, £116, £114, 253.0p, 247.0p, Kinchyle Farm, £115.50, £111, (twice), 239.0p, 236.0p, (twice), Woodhill, Brae of Balnabeen, £115, Upper Blairnain, Aberlour, £114.50, £114, 245.0p, 241.0p, Cor An Easan, Newtonmore, £110.50, Pitcalnie, Nigg, £109.50, £108, 235.0p, (twice), Rhevackin, Kiltarlity, £109, Kirkhill Farm, Calder, £108.50, 238.0p, Gaich Farms, £108, Little Kildrummie, Nairn, £107.50, 236.0p, Guisachan Farm, Tomich, £107, 240.0p, Balno, Muir of Ord, 239.0p; SuffX – Gaich Farms,£126, Easter Craggach Farm, £117.50, Rhindhu Farms, Chapleton, £116.50, £112.50, 235.0p, 234.0p, DB Farms, Halkirk, £115, 232.0p, Upper Blairnain, £113.50, (twice), 241.0p, 239.0p, Rhevackin Farm, £111.50, 230.p, Stonehouse, 230 The Doll, £110, Lochdhu, £110, 242.0p, Little Kildrummie, £107.50, 239.0p; BetlX – Upper Blairnain, £123, £113, £110, 262.0p, 248.0p, 242.0p, Kirkhill Farm, £112, 246.0p, DB Farms, 245.0p: Chev – Upper Rosemount, £122, £113.50, 236.0p, Kirkhill Farm, £120, Ardchronie, Ardgay, £117.50, Caulternich, Kilmorack, £109, 232.0p; Cross – Meikle Ussie, Dingwall, £121; Rye – Shepherds Cottage, £117.50; Rou – Upper Blairnain, £115, £109, £107.50, 260.0p, 250.0p, 242.0p; Mule – Tulloch Farm, Dingwall, £110, £105.50, 240.0p; CharX – Little Kildrummie, £110; BTL – Balno, £109, 240.0p; BF – Tulloch Farm, £106.50, 227.0p,Easel Farm, Kincraig, £104.50, 230.0p.

Feeding Sheep: TexX ewe – 14 Airdens, Bonar Bridge, £141, £139, £108, Essil, £140, Moulinard House, £136, £100, Charleston, £126, £122, £114, £110, South Clunes Farm, £124, £104, £90, £73, Drumancroy, £123, £105, Conan Mains, £106, £80, (twice), Crasky, £106, £100, £88, Greenland Mains, £90, £89, £75, Park Farm, £87, Garbeg, £70; SuffX ewe – Essil, £140, £126, £88, Park Farm, £127, £102, Drumancroy, £114, South Clunes Farm, £113, £112, £99, Inchindown, £109, £78, £70, Garbeg, £72; CHM ewe – Essil, £120, Gaich Farms, £119, (twice), £115, Charleston, £112, Ord Farm, £105; CharX ewe – Ord Farm, £117, Inchindown, £80; Chev – Park Farm, £109, Gaich Farms, £97, The Square, Inverinate, £90, £77, Conan Mains, £89, East Port, £83, Inchindown, £79, Tombreck, £79; Mule ewe – Gaich Farms, £96, £90, (twice), £70, Essil, £95, Crasky, £91, £82, Charleston, £87, Greenlands Mains, £83; BF ewe – Blackford Farm, £70, Crasky, £60, Gaich Farms, £60, Greenland Mains, £59, Clune and Corrybrough Estate, £59, Croftdhu, £57; TexX shp – Juniperbank, £141BFL Ram – Tombreck, £110; Tex Ram – Guisachan Farm, £100; Chev Ram – The Square, £88; Chev wdr – 15 Glenconon, £88, £71, East Port, £76; TexX wdr – East Drummond, £88, £86, Ord Farm, £68; SuffX wdr – Park Farm, £80, Greenland Mains, £66.

Prime bullocks (5) averaged 283.0p per kg and sold to 290.0p per kg for a 630kg Limousin cross from Ashley, North Kessock selling to Fraser Brothers Butchers, Dingwall and £1,952.25 gross for a 685kg Charolais cross from Shoreton Farms, Culbokie.

Prime heifers (9) averaged 283.4p per kg and sold to 297.0p per kg for a 590kg Charolais cross from Mountrich Farm, Dingwall and £1,897.45 gross for a 685kg Charolais cross also from Mountrich Farm, Dingwall.

Other leading prices per kg:

Bullocks: Ashley, (LimX), 290.0p, Shoreton Farms, (LimX), 285.0p, (SimX), 281.0p, (CharX), 275.0p, Heifers: Ashley, (LimX), 294.0p, 275.0p, 272.0p, Mountrich Farm, (CharX), 287.0p, 284.0p, 280.0p, 277.0p, Shoreton Farms,

(LimX), 286.0p.

Other leading prices per head:

Bullocks: Shoreton Farms, (CharX), £1,938.75, (SimX), £1,770.30, (LimX), £1,624.50, Ashley, (LimX), £1,827.00 Heifers: Shoreton Farms, (LimX), £1,787.50, Mountrich Farm, (CharX), £1,765.05, £1,752.30, £1,750.00, £1,732.40, Ashley, (LimX), £1,719.90, £1,686.40, £1,526.25.


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