By Neale McQuistin

Lawrie and Symington sold 41 prime and 99 cast cattle at Lanark yesterday.

Cattle were dearer on the week – particularly the best butcher’s sort.

Prime heifers sold to 272p/kg or to £1,830, while bullocks sold to 252p or £1,607.

Both beef and dairy cows saw a flying trade with dairy cows averaging 107p and beef types averaging 140p.

The firm also sold 2,837 hoggs and 2,125 cast sheep yesterday.

Hoggets peaked at £154 and 350p/kg for Texels to average 270p overall.

A larger show of cast sheep this week was a great show for quality which included 800 Blackfaces. However, all classes met extreme rates.

The sale was topped at £186 for Texels and £85 for Blackfaces.

Harrison & Hetherington sold 76 clean cattle, 71 cast cows, 1,041 prime lambs and 361 cast sheep at St Boswells yesterday.

Eight prime bullocks sold to 244p/kg and averaged 223p (+4p), while 68 prime heifers peaked at 253p to average 230p (-1p). In the cast ring cows peaked at £1,396 and 220p to average 146p (+3p).

Prime hoggets peaked at £153 and 314p/kg for Beltex hoggs to average £122 (+£8) or 261p (-4p) overall.

Heavy cast ewes sold to a top of £147 for Texels and averaged £106 (n/c), while light ewes peaked at £107 for Cheviots and averaged £73 (+£1).

The firm also sold 33 prime heifers at Carlisle yesterday which peaked at 265p/kg and levelled at 210p (-5p), while 25 beef-bred bullocks sold to 237p and levelled at 215p (+9p).

Thirty-four young beef-bred bulls peaked at 240p and averaged 203p (+13p), while 31 dairy-bred young bulls sold to 198p and levelled at 168p (+4p).

In the rough ring 171 cast dairy cows sold to 176p to average 114p (+1p), while 68 cast beef cows peaked at 244p to average 149p (+7p).

The 1,310 prime hoggs sold to £157 and 368p/kg to average 278p (+13p).

In the cast sheep section 68 heavy ewes peaked at £142 for a Texel to average £88.

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 1513 prime hoggets and 532 cast sheep at Ayr yesterday.

There was a good show of hoggets this week with all types even dearer than last week’s extreme rates.

Top prices were £136 for a pen of Beltex and 310p for a single Blue Texel.

Blackface hoggets peaked at £126 for one pen and 280p for another pen of 28 from the same farm. The whole sale averaged £116 or 271p/kg (+2p).

Cast sheep met with a steady trade from start to finish.

Top price of £152 was paid for Charolais ewes while Texels sold to £148. Mule ewes sold to £84, while Blackface ewes peaked at £72.