MESSRS Craig Wilson sold 40 prime cattle at its annual Fat Stock Christmas Show at Ayr on Tuesday.

Champion rosette went to a home bred Limousin heifer shown by Alan and Shona Stevenson, Carbello Farm, Cumnock. The winning heifer tipped the scales at 585kg and went on to sell at 405p/kg or £2,369.

Reserve Champion Rosette was awarded to the Champion Steer which also won 1st Prize in the Young Farmers section. This Limousin Steer was shown by the Allan sisters, Louise and Alice from Arnsow Farm, Kirkmichael and scaled 680kilos which went on to sell at 290p or £1972.

First prize unhaltered heifer was a Limousin cross that weighed in at 655kg and sold at 262p or £1716. First prize unhaleterd steer was a Limousin Cross weighing 565kg which sold at 238p/kg.

There were also 180 cattle sold in rough ring. The Champion cow was a home bred Shorthorn shown by Messrs J McIntosh, Genoch Mains which weighed 910kg and sold at £1,380. Reserve beef cow was a Simmental cross from Messrs J Young, Girvan Mains which scaled 900kg and sold at £1,200. First prize dairy cow from A Wilson, Carskerdo weighed 995kg sold at £1240.

Nine cast bulls sold to £1200 for a Limousin.

There were also 70 breeding cattle at their sale in Ayr.

Ten bulls sold to a top of 2100gns and averaged £1632. Thirty-three cows and heifers with calves peaked at £1750 to average £1265, while 13 in-calf cows averaged £785.

Eleven bulling heifers averaged £756 and three pedigree Shorthorn heifers averaged £1,700.

Caledonian Marts Ltd sold 2,401 prime lambs, ewes and tups at Stirling on Tuesday.

The 1794 prime lambs averaged195p/kg (+11.4p on the week and +15p on the year). Top price of the day was £111 for a 53kg Beltex, while top price per kg was for a 41kg Beltex lamb which sold at 234p. Out of 188 lots of lambs, 81 lots sold over 200p.

The 607, cast sheep peaked at £137 for a single Beltex ewe with the heavy ewes averaging £92.49, while the light ewes sold to £82 for Cheviots and averaged £58.10.

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 1.707 prime and cast sheep at Newton Stewart yesterday.

All classes of lambs were much dearer on the week with 1429 lambs selling to average 193p/kg or £86.27. Top price of £100 per head was achieved for heavyweight Texels and top price per kilo was 220p for a pen of lightweight Beltex.

All classes of cast ewes also seen a rise on the week.Texel crosses sold to £117, while Mules peaked at £73.50 for a pen of 19 and Blackfaces topped at £66.50 for a pen of 23.