Firmer trade for prime lambs

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

Wal­lets Marts Cas­tle Dou­glas Ltd had for­ward 2113 prime and cast sheep on Tues­day.

1641 prime lambs sold to av­er­age 178.77 SQQ (185.29). Trade was firmer than ex­pected with both heavy lambs and light­weight lambs sharper on the week. Ex­port weights were slightly eas­ier, best qual­ity lambs were few and far be­tween and well short of re­quire­ments.

Top price was £94.50 for heavy­weight Tex­els from Messrs Kerr, Mid­town, Cas­tle Dou­glas, top per kilo was 211.9p for a pen of Tex­els from Messrs Far­ries, Byre­croft, Crock­et­ford Road.

472 cast sheep were a steady trade top­ping at £88 for Suf­folk ewes from Meikle Kirk­land.

Lead­ing lamb per head

25.5-32kg: Ave 180.69; top 199.3. Texel: £60 Ire­land­ton. Black­face: £59 Ire­land­ton; £58.50 Bal­ger­ran. Grey­face: £55 Dun­jop. 32.1-39kg: ave 188.57; top 200. Texel: £76, Bore­land of Par­ton; £73, £71 Bal­ger­ran; £73, £72.50 Ire­land­ton. Black­face: £71.50 Stroan­gas­sel; £69.50 Ar­doch; £69 Dun­jop. Grey­face: £69 Auchen­leck.

39.1-45.5kg: ave 183.92; top 211.9. Texel: £92, £85.50, £85 Drum­coltran; £87.50 Byre­croft; £84 Lit­tle Cul­main; £82 x 2 Pold­ean; £82 x 2 Kil­lochy; £81.50 Galt­way. Suf­folk: £82, £80.50 Galt­way; £79 Auchen­leck; £77 Torrs; £77 Castle­hill. Grey­face: £73.50 Wal­ton Park; £70 Dun­jop; £70 Bal­ger­ran. 45.6-52kg: ave 173.01; top 185.7. Texel: £94.50, £89, £88 Mid­town; £89 Galt­way; £88 x 2 Flathill; £87.50, £87 Fa­gra; £87 Bar­whanny. Suf­folk: £87.50, £86.50, £85 Galt­way; £87 Mack­il­ston; £85.50 Lower Ard­man­noch. Grey­face: £76.50 Wal­ton Park; £75 Bal­ger­ran. 52+kg: ave 160.55; top 173.9. Texel: £93 Mid­town; £92.50, £87 Flathill; £90.50 Drum­coltran; £89 Fa­gra; £88 Kil­lochy. Suf­folk: £87.50 Mack­il­ston; £87 Galt­way.

Cast sheep

Ewes – Suf­folk: £ 88 Meikle Kirk­land. Che­viot Mule: £84 Meikle Kirk­land; £76.50 Cog­a­rth. Grey­face: £57 Flathill; £55 South Quin­tine­spie; £53.50 Lang­barns. Texel: £63 South Quin­tine­spie.

Black­face: £ 50.50, £ 49 Tower, San­quhar; £49 South Quin­tine­spie; £47 Glenkiln. Black­face Shear­ling: £56.50, £56, £51 Let­trick.

Rams – Texel: £77 Knock­sheen; £75 Cog­a­rth.

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