Harrison & Hetherington Ltd sold 70 clean cattle, 64 cast cows, 2,401 prime lambs and 856 cast sheep at St Boswells yesterday.

Twenty-four prime bullocks sold to a top of 245p/kg to average 220p (-7p), while 44 prime heifers peaked at 257p to average 222p (n/c).

In the rough ring cast cows sold to £1,531 and 200p to average 147p (+6p).

Prime lambs peaked at £116 and 267p/kg to average 198p overall.

Heavy cast ewes sold to a top of £121 for Texels and averaged £93 (+£1), while light ewes peaked at £105 for Cheviots and averaged £51 (-£3).

The firm also sold six prime heifers in Carlisle yesterday which peaked at 246/kg and levelled at 241p (+24p), while 12 prime, beef-bred bullocks sold to 238p and levelled at 203p (-16p).

Sixty-two beef-bred young bulls sold to 236p and averaged 187p (-16p), while 44 dairy-bred bulls peaked at 182p and levelled at 154p (-8p).

In the rough ring 203 cast dairy cows sold to 168p to average 104p (+2p), while 99 cast beef cows peaked at 219p to average 144p (+7p). Fifteen cast bulls sold to 155p and levelled at 119p (-4p).

There was also a large show of 2593 prime lambs that sold to £136 and 305p/kg to average 205p (-12p).

In the cast sheep section 181 heavy ewes peaked at £108 for Beltex and averaged £79 (+£11), while 179 hill ewes were topped at £63 for a Greyfaced and averaged £57 (-£12).

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 2,398 prime lambs and 1,049 cast sheep at Ayr yesterday.

This was another large show of prime lambs this week, but all classes were harder to sell which resulted in an average of 195p/kg. Top price per head was for a pen of Texels at £105, while the price per kilo peaked on two occasions for pens of Beltex lambs which both came in at 262p/kg.

Yet again, it was another large show of cast sheep but unlike the lambs they met a fast trade from start to finish. Cast ewes peaked at £127 for a pen of Beltex, while Cross ewes sold to £88 and Blackfaces to £63.

Lawrie and Symington Ltd sold their Kelso consignment of 363 Bluefaced Leicester rams and ram lambs on Saturday.

Best quality sheep were easily sold, while the commercial end of the sheep were steady to sell if they were strong but the poorest end proved harder to sell.

The sale was topped at £9,200 for the first shearling from the Midlock pen, while lambs peaked at £8,000 for the second lamb from the MacQueston pen. Shearling Rams (182) averaged £1,092 (+£51 on year), while ram lambs (46) averaged £1,395 (+£760 on year).