CENTRE records were smashed by the 319 cast ewes and rams that were presented at Caledonian Marts' weekly sale at Stirling on Tuesday.

Ten sheep sold in excess of £200 with a further 31 selling at between £150 & £200. Heavy ewes averaged £144 (£30 on the week) and peaked at £218 for three Texel ewes. Export ewes averaged £83 (£+11) and sold to £107 for Blackface ewes. Cast rams averaged £152 and sold to £226 for a pair of Hampshire Downs.

The 1,770 prime hoggets at the sale peaked at £138 for a pen of 64kg Texels and to 305p/kg for 37kg Beltex. The overall sale average was 241p (+1p).

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 26 prime cattle at its weekly sale at Ayr on Tuesday where increased demand from local butchers was very evident. Butcher’s class heifers met a big rise in trade with 10 heifers selling at 240p and above peaking at 254p for a Limousin cross and to £,1562 for another Limousin cross.

The 22 prime heifers averaged 228p. Bullocks topped at £1,240 for a Limousin and young bulls sold to 170p for a Saler.

There were also 154 cattle sold in the rough ring where with leaner dairy types were once again meeting the strongest competition. Cast beef cows sold to £1,360 for a Charolais, while dairy cows sold to £1,000. Cast bulls were topped at £1,200 for a pure Friesian. There were 10 dairy cattle at their sale which peaked at £2,100 for a strong, freshly calved, Holstein Friesian heifer.

C&D Auction Marts had 2,143 sheep forward at its weekly sale of store hoggets and feeding ewes at Longtown on Tuesday.

Top price was £112 for a Beltex with Texels peaking at £107. Geyfaces sold to £101, while Suffolks and North Cheviots made up to £100. Blackfaces made a very impressive £106, while Herdwicks were selling at up to £77.

Feeding ewes met record prices at £197 and £170 for Texels, while Greyfaces peaked at £119. Hill ewes made up to £93 for Cheviots.

The firm also held a catalogued sale of 252 store cattle on Tuesday which were mostly younger continental cattle aged 8-12 months.

The sale was topped at £1,185 for a Limousin bullock with heifers selling to £1,160 for a pair of Limousins. British Blue bulls sold to £1,110.

Lawrie and Symington sold 812 store cattle at their fortnightly sale at Lanark on Tuesday. Bullocks topped at £1,285 for a Limousin or to 265p for a Charolais x to average 217p/kg.

Heifers peaked at £1,230 for a Charolais x or to 261p for another Charolais x to level at 210p.

Dairy Bullocks averaged 152p.