THERE was an entry of 396 cattle forward at Caledonian Marts' annual autumn show and sale of native-bred cattle at Stirling, on Monday, where a pre-sale show was judged by George Sommerville, of Aar-Dar, Terregles.

Taking the championship was a Shorthorn bullock from Major Gibb, Glenisla, Blairgowrie, which went on to sell for £1000 while the reserve, an Aberdeen-Angus heifer from M Sibbald, Cowden, Dollar, realised £1200.

Topping the entry at £1220, however, was an Angus bullock from M Sibbald as Angus bullocks also reached 226p per kg from T Young, Glencraigs, Campbeltown, and averaged 201p. Angus heifers levelled at 186p having also sold to 196p from L Elles, Balgonar, Saline.

Cowden also led the Hereford bullocks at £1200 while Ag and ME Bateman, Langholm, Campbeltown, sold another at 222p as the section averaged 202p.

Beef Shorthorn bullocks averaged 201p and sold to 209p from Glenisla as well as £1210 from A and H Kirkpatrick, Strathmore, Beith, while Whitebred Shorthorn bullocks averaged 185p and peaked at 203p from S MacDonald, Union, Thornhill, as well as £960 from Achadunan Estate, Cairndow.

Of the Highland cattle on offer, bullocks cashed in to average 159p having sold to 202p and £930 from CA Prentice, West Bank, Ravenstruther, while their female counterparts averaged 126p and sold to 139p and £500 from Ormsary Farms, Lochgilphead.

Held on the same day was the sale of 3692 store lambs, ewe lambs and feeding sheep as well as the annual show and sale of Blackface wedder lambs which was judged by George Reid, South Park, Culdees.

Taking the champion ticket was the winning pen of 50 plus lambs from Lord Roseberry Estate, Leithenwater, which went on to top the section at £55 per head while the reserve pen, the best of the 25 plus pens form I Malcolm, Cromlix, sold for £51.

In all, the 1624 Blackie lambs averaged £40.22 (-81p on the year).

Leading the lamb entry at £70 however, was a pen of Suffolk crosses from IO Warren, Coull Farm, Isle of Islay.

Feeding sheep reached £93 for a tup from S Dougall, Argionra, Isle of Iona, which also led the ewes with Mules at £69.

LEADING awards:

Blackface wedder lambs – Pens of 50+ – 1 and champion, Lord Roseberry Estate, Leithenwater, £55; 2, I Malcolm, Cromlix, £48; 3, Glenturret Estates, £51. Pens of 25+ – 1 and reserve, Cromlix, £51; 2, A Frame, Burnside, £46; 3, K McKellar, Auchtenny, £46.

LEADING prices:

Store lambs – Suff – £69 Easter Jawcraig. Tex – £68 RSPB Kinnabus (Isle of Islay). Cont – £66.50 Ballinkinrain. Tex X – £66 Lands of Drumhead. Suff X – £66 Balliemartin (Isle of Islay). Belt – £64 Meikle Seggie. Belt X – £63 Carrabus (Isle of Islay). Mule – £63 Meikle Seggie; £63 Culcreuch; £60 Thorn. BF – Aberuchill Estates £49.50; Riemore Estates £48; Edentaggart £47; Thorn £47.

Feeding ewes – Mule – £69 Ardionra (Isle of Iona); £65 Craigmaddie Muir. Cont – £65 Ardionra (Isle of Iona). Tex – £59, £58 Wester Culbowie. BF – £36 & £34 Willowbank; £34 Lands of Drumhead; £33 Riemore Estate.

Tups sold to £93 from S Dougall, Ardionra, Isle of Iona.