SOME 50 show cattle were forward for Lawrie and Symington's Christmas show at Lanark, where a Limousin heifer from T and A Taylor, Heatheryhall, Thankerton, bagged the championship and the top price of £2155.60.

The heifer, a Limousin that scaled 634kg sold for 3.40p per kg to A Davidson Butchers, Strathaven.

A 520kg Aberdeen Angus heifer from D Dickinson, Brockwoodlees, Canonbie, lifted the blue and white sash and also realised 3.40 or £1768, selling to Border Meats, Lockerbie. The 50 show averaged 247p.

The mart's Christmas show of 35 calves resulted in under three-month-old British Blues from Byretown picking up the top two awards, with the champion, a heifer going on to sell for £255, while the reserve, a bull, realised £250. Byretown also produced the lead priced calves at £350 twice. Th price however, was £350 paid on two occasions for a British Blue cross calf over three months of age and a similarly aged Limousin cross bull again, both from Byretown.

Beltex from Ashcraig Farming Partnership and I Laird, Yeldabreck, topped the prime lamb entry of 1539 head, selling at £95 per head and 230p per kg respectively. The overall average was 173p per kg with the SQQ at 180p.

A good show of 810 cast ewes and rams peaked at £149 for Texels from Messrs Hamilton, Kilwhipnach, Campbeltown.

LEADING prices

Heifers – £1607 Todhall; £1516 Straven House; £1506 Brockwoodlees; £1480 Dreva. Per kg – 258p, 254p Brockwoodlees; 252p, 248p Todhall; 252p, 251p Howburn; 252p Dreva; 246p Straven House; 240p Dreva and Moorfield.

Bullocks – £1622 Heatheryhall; £1573 Straven House; £1504 Howburn; £1441 Collielaw; £1414 Kinneil Mill. Per kg – 260p Heatheryhall; 248p Wolfcrooks; 241p Bushelhead; 236p Kinneil Mill; 235p Howburn.

Young bulls – Per kg – 208p Daviesdyke, 200p Lupus.

Beef cows – £1265 Heatheryhall; 1115 Tippethill; £1095 Nether Abington; £1075 Midlock. Per kg – 160p Heatheryhall; 153p Browntod; 144p Mid Shawtonhill.

Dairy cows – £955 Carlindean; £845 Shotlinn; £785 Marshill. Per kg – 131p Marshill; 103p Shotlinn; 102p Roadhead.