A Limousin heifer from AF Thomson and Son, Lammermuir, Athelstaneford, secured the overall championship and top price of £1380 at Caledonian Marts' March show and sale of 478 store cattle, at Stirling, on Monday.

The judge, Stephen Taylor, Bannockburn, found his first prize bullock in another Limousin, this time from A and M MacGregor, Rosehall, Stirling, that later sold for £1030.

Rosehall also bagged the award for the best pen of four bullocks with Limousins that went on to sell for £950 per head while a pen of four Charolais from R McNee, Woodend, Armadale, led the heifers and sold for £960.

Outwith the show cattle, bullocks sold to 261p per kg for Limousins from A Dunn, Redhall, Gargunnock, and to £1350 for more of the same from J Dunn and Co, Martnaham Mains, Dalrymple. They averaged 213p.

Heifers averaged 203p having sold to 244p again for Limousins from Redhall and £1380 for the champion from Lammerview.

Bulls sold to 241p and £880 for Limousins from Keirsbeath Farms, Mains of Beath, Crossgates.

Also forward were 368 store hoggs and breeding sheep, which sold to £140 for Mule gimmers scanned for twins from W and MF More, Castle Rednock. Hoggs peaked at £80 from A Dunn, Redhall and R Clowes, Newhall for Suffolks and Texels.


Store cattle – Bullocks – Per head – £1280, £1220 Loanrigg; £1170 Martnaham Mains (x2); £1160, £1130 Hill O Harthill; £1090, £1080 Hattrick. Per kg – 256p Ardtalla (Islay) (x2); 254p, 252p Wester Whin; 251p Greenwells; 244p Keirsbeath and Redhall.

Heifers – Per head – £1100 Hill O Harthill; £970 Hillhead; £960 Woodend and Redhall; £940 and £920 Rosehall. Per kg –

243p Redhall; 235p Greenwells; 230p Redhall.

Store hoggs – Tex – £78 Hillcairnie; Tex X – £77 Redhall; Suff – £74 Hillcairnie; Cont – £72 Newhall; Chev – £72 Claddach; BF – £64 Redhall and Pendreich; Mule – £57 Lochend.

Grit ewes – Mule – £118, £116 Castle Rednock.