PRIME lambs held up well at primestock sales yesterday.

Average prices did slip a few pence per kilo but when compared with the same week last year there was a healthy increase in the value of lambs in the live market. Prime cattle also made modest gains at some marts which may be a result of the feel-good factor as restrictions begin to lift.

Harrison & Hetherington sold 87 clean cattle, 36 cast cows, 1,58 prime lambs and 377 cast sheep at St Boswells yesterday.

Thirty-three prime bullocks sold to a top of 237p/kg to average 222p (+2p), while 50 prime heifers peaked at 244p to average 224p (+12p).

In the rough ring cast cows sold to £1,606 and 189p to average 152p (+8p).

New season prime lambs held up well this week to average 224p/kg (-3p). Top prices were £128 and 251p.

In the cast ring the average for all cast sheep was £79 which was down a little on last week. Heavy ewes sold to £123 for Texels and averaged £87, while light ewes peaked at £93 for Cheviots and averaged £63.

The firm also sold 12 prime heifers in Carlisle yesterday which were up to 238p/kg and levelled at 206p (-6p), while 19 prime, beef bred bullocks sold to 226p and levelled at 203p (-2p). One prime, dairy bred bullock sold for 184p (+18p).

Forty-two beef-bred young bulls sold to 215p and averaged 184p (+1p), while 41 dairy-bred bulls peaked at 175p and levelled at 146p (-4p).

In the rough ring 172 cast dairy cows sold to 179p to average 114p (-1p), while 78 cast beef cows peaked at 218p to average 152p (+6p). Seven cast bulls made up to 173p and averaged 124p (n/c).

There were also 2,137 prime lambs that sold to £131 and 310p/kg to average 235p (+1p).

In the cast sheep ring 199 heavy ewes sold to £129 for a Texel and averaged £88 (+£4), while 105 light ewes peaked at £98 for a Greyfaced and levelled at £76 (+£15).

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 1677 prime lambs and 358 cast sheep at Ayr yesterday.

Top prices were £118 for a single Texel and 248p/kg for a Beltex. A feature of the sale was a pen of 15 Mule lambs that sold for £91. The whole sale held up well to average 221 pence per kilo (-3p).

In the cast sheep sale quality sheep were scarce but trade was every bit as dear as last week. Heavy ewes peaked at £134 for a Texel and for a Charolais ewe from the same home. Suffolk and Beltex ewes peaked at £115, while Mule ewes sold to £89 with Blackfaces selling to £63.