CALEDONIAN Marts, the Stirling-based auctioneering firm, has recently completed a £250,000 programme of investment and improvements at its Stirling Auction Centre site.

The recent site improvements are geared towards broadening the business, giving clients and other site users better facilities, improving security and reducing energy usage.

John Kyle, MD of the firm, commented: “With the support of our very strong customer base and owners of the business who are keen to see our continued expansion, it makes sense for us to keep investing and improving the market facilities.

“Our livestock throughput figures are solid, whilst Caledonian Specialist Auctions plant and equipment and insolvency sales are proving to be a roaring success and we have invested considerably in the infrastructure needed to support and continue this growth. We have a new 1.75 acre compound completely surrounded by security fencing to hold the increasing number of high-value machinery items entrusted to us for sale.

“Over half an acre of concrete has been laid, mainly to improve loading bay facilities, and a new outside toilet block has been constructed to cater for the increasing number of lorry drivers entering our site ‘after-hours’ to drop off consignments to auction. Meanwhile, livestock hauliers and farmer consignors will also benefit from new wash down facilities for their floats and trailers.”

Market round-up

C&D Auction Marts held their weekly primestock sale at Dumfries yesterday.

Cast beef cows peaked at £1,170 or 149p/kg to average 143p, while cast dairy cows sold to £935 or 130p to level at 114p overall.

The 489 prime lambs sold to £105 for heavy Texels and for heavy Suffolks, while top price per kilo was 253p/kg for lightweight lambs.

The 287 cast sheep at the sale sold to £128 for Texels, while Blackfaces peaked at £67.

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 170 prime and cast cattle at its sale at Ayr on Tuesday. Fourteen prime heifers sold to a top of £1,485 for a Limousin and 245p/kg for another Limousin to average £1,287 or 228 (+2p), while three prime bullocks peaked at £1,512 for a Limousin and at 240p for yet another Limousin to average £1407 and 207p.

In the rough ring cast beef cows sold to £1,220 for a Saler and to 161p for a Limousin to average 129p (+2p), while 79 cast dairy cows peaked at £1140 and 135p for Friesians to level at 109p (+3p). Seven cast bulls sold to £1,480 to average 119p/kg, while 24 clean, OTM cattle peaked at £1,180 for a Friesian bullock or 171p for a Friesian heifer to level at 146p overall (+6p).

Seven dairy cattle sold to a top of £1,980 for a Holstein Friesian heifer, while cows peaked at £1,820.