PRIME lamb prices have at long last started to move north in anticipation of the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha after weeks of continual decline which saw values as low as 135p per live kg at some centres.
Females from Jim Brown's Eildon dispersal, from Mindrum Mill, Northumberland, proved the star attraction at the Border Leicester show and sale at Lanark, securing all the lead prices including a a new female breed record of £2050 - twice.
THREE Scottish sheep breeders made their mark at the NSA Wales and Border Ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground, on Monday, forking out the joint top price of 6800gns to buy the sale leader - a Texel shearling ram.
DEMAND was strong for top end Beltex on offer at the Beltex Scotland sale at Lanark, last week, where a top price of 2300gns was for the best from Neale and Janet McQuistin's Airyolland flock, from New Luce.
A NEW division and brand for pedigree livestock insurance cover has been launched by the Harrison and Hetherington Group - in-Livestock will operate as part of H and H Insurance Brokers, initially specialising in insurance for pedigree cattle and sheep sold through the auction and farm-to-farm.
IT may be sunny and warm for September, but prime lamb prices are in virtual free fall with most of the auction marts over the past week witnessing values fall in excess of 10p per live kg on the previous seven days.