Harrison & Hetherington sold 51 clean cattle, 79 cast cows, 1,953 prime lambs and 770 cast sheep at St Boswells yesterday.

Eighteen prime bullocks sold to a top of 247p/kg to average 235p (+3p), while 32 prime heifers peaked at 258p to average 225p (-5p).

In the rough ring cast cows were a plainer show which sold to £1456 and 205p to average 136p (-8p).

Prime lambs peaked at £125 and 290/kg for Beltex to average 200p overall (+9p).

Heavy cast ewes sold to a top of £121 for Texels and averaged £86 (-£8), while light ewes peaked at £75 for Cheviots and averaged £49 (-£4).

The firm also sold 10 prime heifers in Carlisle yesterday which peaked at 241p/kg and levelled at 208p (+2p), while 15 prime, beef-bred bullocks sold to 240p and levelled at 206p (-19p).

Forty-seven beef-bred young bulls sold to 227p and averaged 175p (-10p), while 53 dairy-bred young bulls peaked at 184p and levelled at 146p (-3p).

In the rough ring 207 cast dairy cows sold to 162p to average 93p (-5p), while 174 cast beef cows peaked at 237p to average 117p (-19p). Eleven cast bulls sold to 130p and levelled at 110p (-29p).

Prime lambs (2111) sold to £132 and 310p/kg to average 208p (+7p). In the cast sheep section 186 heavy ewes peaked at £122 for Texels and averaged £68 (-£5), while 34 hill ewes were topped at £40 for Swaledales and averaged £37 (-£5).

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 2,331 prime lambs and 921 cast sheep at Ayr yesterday. Prime Lambs were a mixed show for quality that came in at an average weight of just over 45kg. The whole sale averaged 197p/kg which was a modest, but welcome rise of 2p on the week. Top price at the sale was £105 per head and 250p/kg for the same pair of lambs. Blackface lambs at the sale peaked at £80 and 201p for the same pen.

Best types of cast sheep were in short supply this week with demand for leaner sheep similar on the week but there was less demand for ewes that were overfat. Top price of £123 was paid for Beltex ewes.

The firm also sold 2,434 Autumn and Spring born calves at their Newton Stewart Calf Sale on Friday 9 and Saturday10 October.

For the second year in succession there was a large show of calves in the market and with over 70 registered buyers at the sale demand was high. This resulted in the overall average rising by £121 per head or 32p/kg when compared to 2019. Top price of £1,380 was paid for a Limousin cross heifer, while steers peaked at £1360 for a Limousin cross.