Prime sheep values are continuing their upward trend, with every livestock centre in Scotland showing significant improvements over the past week, on the back of reduced supplies.

Wallets Marts’ sale at Castle Douglas, on Tuesday, recorded the highest SQQ at 242.29p per live kg, up 16p, while Aberdeen and Northern Mart’s weekly primestock event at Thainstone, the previous week, showed the biggest rise, increasing a massive 22.9p per kg, to 236.31p.

On Monday, Lawrie and Symington’s sale at Lanark jumped 21.28p to 238.02p.

Last year’s phenomenal grass growing season which allowed producers to finish many of their lambs younger than ever off grass, means supplies are lower than in previous years.

As a result liveweight values are now almost 20p per live kg higher than this time last year and 25p above those of early February 2018 – the year SQQ soared to a record breaking 238p for old season lambs at the end of March.

As it is, the SQQ for old season lambs in Scotland on Tuesday was 238.1p – up 14.5p per kg on the week, while those south of the Border levelled at 233.4p, a rise of 16.3p.