Fort William sale exceeds expectations
A ‘FANTASTIC’ sale was held by Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd on Friday May 27 at the firm’s Fort William centre.
A total of 177 store cattle, 19 OTM cattle, 26 adult head of breeding cattle and 722 sheep went through the ring.
Bullocks (86) averaged 237.4p and sold to 342.9p per kilo for a 175kg Limousin cross from 2 Blaich, Fort William, and £990 gross for a 460kg Aberdeen Angus cross from 72 Camaghael, Fort William and for a 415kg Limousin cross from 1 Kinloid Arisaig.
Heifers (91) averaged 225.8p and sold to 432.0p per kilo for a 125kg Shorthorn cross from Carnoch Farm, Ardgour, and £920 gross for a pen of 405kg Simmental crosses from Isle of Muck Farms, Isle of Muck and for a single 440kg Simmental cross also from Isle of Muck Farms.
OTM cows (19) averaged 120.1p and sold to 149.5p per kilo for a 515kg Shorthorn cross from Ardtornish Farms, Oban, and £970 gross for a 720kg Shorthorn cross from Moy Farm, Banavie.
Breeding cattle (26) sold to £1,420 gross for an Aberdeen Angus cross cow with male calf at foot from Cluny Estates, Newtonmore.
Store lambs (409) sold to £67 gross for Cheviots from Millburn, Kilchoan.
Ewes with lambs at foot (102) sold to £158 gross for Mule ewes with twin Texel cross lambs at foot from Balmaglaster (Cameron), Spean Bridge.
Feeding ewes (165) sold to £71 gross for Cheviots from Balmaglaster (Cameron).
Feeding rams and wedders (46) sold to £76 gross a Texel from Balmaglaster (Cameron).
A spokesman for Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd said: This was a fantastic show of cattle and sheep, met with a firm trade well ahead of expectations.’ Other leading prices Bullocks up to 200kg – 2 Blaich, £600, Antuim Farm, Isle of Mull, 316.7p; 201-250kg – Ardnamurchan Estates, Kilchoan, £730, 298p; 251-300kg – Ardnamurchan Estates, £ 800, 296.3p; 301-350kg – Balmaglaster (Cameron), £ 825, 72 Camaghael, 244.8p; 351- 400kg – Moy Farm, £930, Balmaglaster, (Cameron), 246p; 401- 450kg – 1 Kinloid, Arisaig, £980, 238.6p; 451-500kg – Balmacaan, Drumnadrochit, £940, 72 Camaghael, 215.2p.
Heifers up to 200kg – Antuim Farm, £ 570, 285p; 201-250kg – Ardnamurchan Estates, £630, 262.5p; 251-300kg – Ardnamurchan Estates, £720, 271.7p; 301350kg – Ardnamurchan Estates, £ 810, 261.3p; 351- 400kg – Isle of Muck Farms, £900, 232.4p; 401500kg – Glendoe Estates, Fort Augustus, £910, Isle of Muck Farms, 227.2p. Other leading prices per head: Cows with male calf at foot: AAX – Cluny Estates, £1,300; LimX – Altour Cottage, Spean Bridge, £1,100; BSH – Insh Farm, Spean Bridge, £1,080.
Cows with heifer calf at foot: AAX – Steall, Fort William, £1,300; AAX – Cluny Estates, £1,250, (twice); LimX – Insh Farm, £1,020.
Breeding bull: AA – Steall, £1,420; Sim – Isle of Muck Farms, £1,350.
OTM prime and feeding cows: Traigh Farm, Arisaig, (LimX), £ 870; Ardtornish Farms, (AAX), £ 870; Moy Farm, (SimX), £ 870. Other leading prices per kilo OTM prime and feeding cows: Moy Farm, (SimX), 134.9p; Moy Farm, (ShoX), 134.7p; Traigh Farm, (LimX) and Taigh Airigh, Blarmacfoldach, (AAX) , 132.8p. Other leading prices per head Lambs: Chev – Millburn, £65; TexX – Blargie Farm, Laggan, £62; SuffX – Ard Na Mara, Isle of Mull, £ 59; LlyX – 1 Kinlocheil, Fort William, £ 57; BF – Croft No 8, Balmacara and 6 Bracara, Morar, £ 55; Cross – Ard Na Mara, £48; SWL – Ardnamurchan Estates, £43.
Ewes with lambs at foot: Chev ewe – Dalreoch, Roy Bridge, £140; Chev gmr – Steall, £130; LlyX ewe – 1 Kinlocheil, £105, BF ewe – East Croft Roy, Newtonmore, £102.
Feeding sheep: Ewes: SuffX – Isle of Muck Farms, £70; Chev – Ard Na Mara and Isle of Muck Farms, £69; LlyX – Steall, £65; Cross – Kentallen, Isle of Mull, £ 63.