Market round-up

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd had 506 prime hoggs forward at Ayr yesterday that sold to a top of £115 per head and 227p per kg to average 169p (-9p on the week.

The firm also had 13 pens of three prime Suffolk lambs forward at their annual show held in conjunction with the West and Central Scotland Suffolk Sheep Club. The championship was awarded to A McMillan, Burnbank Farm, Dalrymple for the second year in a row, for a pen that weighed 44kg each and went on to sell for £139 per head. The Reserve ticket was won by Mr A Hunter, Laigh Langcraig (Craigie) that went on to fetch £128. The show lambs averaged 267.3p per kg (+13.6p on the year).

There were also 301 other prime lambs not entered in the show that sold to £142 and 304.8p to average 261.8p (+10p on the week).

Cast sheep were harder to cash on the week with 263 heavy ewes selling to £137.50 for a Charollais and averaging £84.47, while light/export-type ewes peaked at £71.50 for Blackfaces and levelled at £57.41.

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd sold 37 prime heifers in St Boswells yesterday to a top of 275p per kg and averaged 234p (+3p), while 19 prime bullocks peaked at 254p and levelled at 232p (+5p).

In the rough ring 33 beef cows sold to 181p and averaged 234p (+3p).

A, small, end-of-season show of 149 prime hoggs sold to £127 and 221p to average 184p (+11p), while 836 prime lambs peaked at £147 and 282p to level at 262p (-30p).

The 303 cast sheep forward saw heavy ewes sell to £145 for Texel crosses and average £105, while light ewes peaked at £71 for Cheviots and levelled at £60.

The firm also sold 9 prime heifers in Carlisle yesterday to a top of 242.5p and an average of 204.3p (+5.6p), while 30 prime, beef-bred bullocks peaked at 236.5p and levelled at 212.5p (+2.5p). Five prime, dairy-bred bullocks sold to 171.5p and averaged 168.9p (+13.4p). Forty-one prime, beef-bred bulls sold to 238.5p and averaged 198.7p (+5.5p), while 35 prime, dairy-bred bulls peaked at 182.5p and levelled at 156.2p (-3.9p).

In the rough ring 151 beef cows sold to 214.5p and averaged 152.6p (+0.7p), while 170 dairy cows peaked at 172.5p and levelled at 120.9p (+2.6p). Nine bulls sold to 157.5p and averaged 130.7p (-17.7p).

There were also 176 prime hoggs forward that sold to £94.80 and 212p to average172p (-6.9p), while 641 prime lambs peaked at £150.80 and 317,4p to level at 265p (-4.8p).

A nice show of 240 heavy cast ewes sold to £126.50 for a Suffolk and averaged £87.55, while 40 light ewes peaked at £72.50 for Swaledales and levelled at £48.37.