The weekly sale of primestock staged by C and D Auction Marts met a buoyant demand, with Limousins leading both in per kg and per head sections.

Top prices amongst the cattle were £1177.35 and 178p from Isle of Dalton and Ballinnie respectively.

Also forward were 1036 prime sheep which saw hoggs sell to £133 for Beltex from Cleughbrae.

Cast ewes were topped at £179 for Charollais from Riggheads.


Some 23 prime cattle were forward for Lawrie and Symington’s sale, where bullocks and heifers averaged 219p per kg and 213p respectively.

Limousins from Nethermyres topped the bullocks with a 628kg beast selling for 219p per kg, and a 644kg bullock at £1397.48.

Nethermyres also sold a 516kg Limousin heifer for 242p, while a 633kg entry of the same breed from Mill of Inverarity made £1329.30.

Averages were down 8.6p per kg among the prime hoggs, at 236.2p with an SQQ of 241.1p.

Beltex topped the trade at 295p from Balbrydie, and £124 per head on two occasions, from Gibsonhall, Fallaw and West Balhagarty.


Another large show of 4098 prime hoggs met a flying trade at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ sale, averaging 242.8p per kg (+4.8p) or £111.03 per head. Some 1402 heavy lambs sold for £115 or more.

Texels from Harestone, Crathes, topped the trade at 297.7p per kg for 43kg Texels and £150 for 76kg lambs.

The SQQ was 248.6p (+5.5p).

Feeding ewes and rams (1000) sold to £205 twice for Texels from Milton of Birness, Ellon and Clinterty, New Aberdour.

The 52 prime cattle sold the same day saw bullocks level at 185.1p having sold to 213p per kg for a 520kg Limousin from Roselea, Fetternear and £1349 for a 710kg Limousin from Nether Mains, Torphins.

Heifers averaged 203.9p, peaking at 231p for a 580kg Limousin cross from South Crichie, St Katherines and £1384 for a 635kg entry of the same cross from Hillocks, Whiterashes.

The entry of 116 cast cows and bulls saw beef cows (95) average 139.9p (+3.7p), selling to 190.2p per kg for a 615kg Aberdeen Angus from Hurtiso, Holm and £1430 for a 950kg Charolais from Selbie, Keith-hall.


A larger show of 4932 prime hoggs of a mixed quality averaged 241.2p per kg with an SQQ of 243.3p, at C and D Auction Marts’ sale.

Top price was £167 for Texel hoggs from J Halliday and Son, Linnhead, Tundergarth, or 361p per kg for Beltex from DS and RC Taylor, Easter Ochtermuthill, Crieff, who sold 25, 43kg lambs for £150.36 or 342p per kg.

The annual show and sale of prime North Country Cheviot hoggs, staged in conjunction with the South Country Sheep Society, was judged by M Lomax, who awarded the hill-type championship to A Reid and Co, Glendearg, Eskdalemuir with a pen of 49kg hoggs that later realised £129 to the judge.

The reserve was presented to a pen from NB Conaghan, West Scales, Gretna.

Champion Northies were 52kg lambs from Messrs MacTaggart, Station Yard, Castle Douglas, which made £128 to West Scottish Lamb.

A larger show of 3292 cast ewes and rams averaged £105.48 overall, with several vendors receiving more than £200.

Top price was £214 for Texels from M Watson, Four O Boot, Harker, while hill ewes peaked at £109 for Cheviots from WW Dunlop and Son, Commonside, Hawick.

Rams sold to £180 for Suffolks from CJ Roots, Kilnford Croft, Dumfries.

Stirling (Cale)

Limousins topped Caledonian Marts’ sale of 152 cattle comprising of 78 bullocks, heifers and young bulls and 74 OTM.

Heifers sold to 250p from W Dandie and Sons, Learielaw, Broxburn, and to £1593 from D Dickinson, Brockwoodlees, Canobie.

Brockwoodlees also topped the bullocks at 248p and £1460.

Bulls reached 208p and £1322 for a Limousin from W Dick and Son, Mains of Throsk.

The firm’s sale of 2089 hoggs, ewes and tups on Tuesday, saw old season lambs average 241.2p (+1.4p), selling to £138 for 64kg Texels from W and S McCord, Treetops, and to 305p per kg for 37kg Beltex from WM Bell and Son, Craigend.

Centre records were smashed amongst cast ewes and rams, with 10 sheep selling in excess of £200, with a further 31 selling between £150 and £200.

Ewes averaged £143.82 (+£29.66) having sold to £218 for Texels from R Wardrop and Son, Easter Coates, Upper Largo. Hampshire Downs from W and MR McColl, Nether Cambushinie, Braco, topped the rams at £226, to level at £151.92.

Stirling UA

United Auctions sold 5505 prime sheep comprising 4551 prime hoggs and 954 ewes and rams.

Old season lambs averaged 236.57 p per kg and sold to £139 and 302p for Beltex from Doune Farms.

Texel crosses topped the ewes at £195 from South Flanders, whilst tups peaked at £160 for Texels from Ardacheranmor.

St Boswells

Bullocks and heifers levelled at 208p and 208p respectively, at Harrison and Hetherington’s prime sale.

Bullocks were topped at 234p from Wester Ulston, whilst heifers peaked at 230p from Penston.

Top price per head was £1398.68 from Bee Edge.

Cast cattle sold to £1425.56 from Humebyres and 165p per kg from Corsbie.

Texels and Beltex from Waterside led the prime hoggs at £158 and 336p per kg. Overall, 2094 hoggs averaged 250p per kg (+8p).

Texel ewes topped the cast trade at £195 from Kedzlie. The 397 ewes averaged £95 with heavy ewes at £135 and lights at £79.


Some 148 cattle were forward for Lawrie and Symington’s sale comprising of 48 bullocks and heifers, four young bulls, 76 cast cows and 20 calves.

Limousin heifers sold to 252p on two occasions, from Messrs Wainwright, Todhall, Cupar and from Messrs Dickinson, Brockwoodlees, Canonbie.

Todhall also topped the bullocks at 248p with a British Blue.

The largest show of hoggs this year saw increased demand with the 4086 prime hoggs averaging 260.4p per kg with an SQQ of 264.7p.

Top prices of £150 and 340p per kg were achieved for Texels from Messrs Struthers, Collielaw.

A new high also achieved among the 2215 ewes which sold to £226 for Texels from Messrs Wight, Midlock.


Some 1855 sheep comprising 1479 hoggs and 376 cast ewes and tups, were forward for Craig Wilson’s sale on Monday which saw old season lambs average 251.9p with an SQQ of 262.4p.

Hoggs met the dearest trade of the season, peaking at £140 for Texels from J and A Young, Lanemark, New Cumnock, and to 314p for Beltex from James Shennan and Sons, Knockgerran.

Cast sheep peaked at £202 for Texels from W Brown, Caprickhill.

On Tuesday, the firm’s prime cattle sale of 26 head was led by Limousin crosses from J Young, Girvan Mains, at 254p per kg and £1562.

Young bulls sold to 170p for a Salers from C McClymont, Cuil. The 154 cast cattle forward were topped at £1200 by a Friesian bull from J Drummond, Townend.

Castle Douglas

Wallets Marts’ sale of 1239 prime hoggs averaged 250.4p with an SQQ of 252.55p.

Top prices were £154 per head paid for Texels from Douganhill Farms Palnackie, and 312.2p per kg for Beltex hoggs from RVCM Agri Airyolland Port William.

Cast sheep (376) reached new highs at Wallets Marts, selling to £181 for Texel rams from Breckoniehill. Ewes were topped at £175 for Suffolks from Meikle Kirkland.


Dingwall and Highland Marts had 16 prime cattle which saw bullocks and heifers level at 202.2p (+6.0p) and 203.7p (0.2p) respectively.

Limousin crosses topped the bullocks at 209.0p from Kinchyle, Scaniport, and to £1342.60 from Ashley, North Kessock.

Heifers sold to 214.0p twice – for a 585kg Limousin cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall, and a 545kg Charolais cross from Easter Sheeppark, Balblair; and to £1297.20 for a 705kg Limousin cross from Ashley, North Kessock.

Old season lambs and feeding sheep averaged 244.7p and £123.27 respectively.

Hoggs (1506) sold to 276.0p for 39.5kg Beltex crosses from Shoreton Farms, Culbokie and to £119 for 45kg Beltex crosses from Torgorm, Conon Bridge.