CENTRE records were smashed at Wallets Marts' Christmas show and sale at Castle Douglas, when a pen of Texel prime lambs from Craig MacTaggart, Craigview, sold for £288 per head or 572.6p per kg.

Tapped out as champion by judge, John Carlisle of Border Meats Lockerbie, this pen of three scaling 50.3kg later sold to local butcher, T Grierson of Grierson Bros Butchers, Castle Douglas.

The reserve honours went to the first prize pen of Beltex from A Sturgess, Cullinaw, Castle Douglas. Scaling 40kg, they sold for £142 or 355p to J Craig of Ballards Butchers, Castle Douglas.

Claiming the Blackface championship was a pen weighing 40kg from W Lockhart, Culdoach, Kirkcudbright, which made £90 per head to Ballards Butchers.

In all, the 2177 prime lambs averaged 180.85p with SQQs at 188.15p

Cast sheep (458) sold slightly sharper on the week as they reached £133 for Beltex ewes from Torhousekie.


Prime lambs – Tex – 1 and champion, 50.3kg, £288; 2, Craigview, 52 kg, £109; 3, Gelston Castle, 41kg, £119. Belt – 1, Cullinaw, 40kg, £142; 2, Torhousekie 43kg, £114; 3, Gelston Castle, 45kg, £129. AOB – 1, Gelston Castle, 44kg, £123; 2, Gelston Castle, 42kg, £112; 3, Lagganorrie, 45kg, £83. Suff – 1, Gelston Castle, 57kg, £85; 2, Flathill, 48kg, £80. BF – 1, Culdoach, 40kg, £90; 2, Ardoch, 44kg, £79; 3, Markdhu, 43kg, £77.