By Neale McQuistin

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd sold 74 clean cattle, 36 cast cows, 1,514 prime hoggets and 449 cast sheep at St Boswells yesterday.

There was an excellent show of prime cattle this week that met an improving trade. Twenty-three prime bullocks sold to 256p/kg and averaged 231p (+1p), while 46 prime heifers peaked at 266p to average 244p (+6p).

In the cast ring cows peaked at £1,692 and 237p to average 160p (-8p).

In the sheep ring prime hoggets peaked at £174 and 366p/kg for Beltex hoggs to average £127 (-£5) or 287p (-12p).

Heavy cast sheep sold to a top of £139 for Bluefaced Leicester ewes and averaged £116 (n/c), while light ewes peaked at £117 for Cheviot ewes and averaged £77 (-£5).

The firm also sold 19 prime heifers at Carlisle yesterday which peaked at 250p/kg and levelled at 213p (-7p), while 16 beef-bred bullocks sold to 242p and levelled at 222p (-6p).

Sixty-five young beef-bred bulls peaked at 270p and averaged 224p (+16p), while 35 dairy-bred young bulls sold to 211p and levelled at 182p (+4p).

In the rough ring 85 cast beef cows peaked at 266p to average 154p (+5p), while 218 cast dairy cows sold to 180p to average 125p (+1p). Ten cast bulls sold to 200p and averaged 147p (+11p).

The 1,454 prime hoggs sold to £170 and 384p/kg to average 289p (-7p).

In the cast sheep section 69 heavy ewes peaked at £132 for a Texel to average £68(-£29), while 34 hill ewes sold to £105 for Blackface to level at £71 (+£5).

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 1650 prime hoggets and 335 cast sheep at Ayr yesterday.

A plainer show of prime hoggets this week still averaged £121 (+£1) or 286p/kg (+3p) overall.Top prices were £155 on two occasions for pens of Beltex and 340p/kg – also for a pen of Beltex. Blackface hoggets peaked at £137 and 303p/kg.

Cast sheep numbers remain tight and trade keeps getting dearer. Top price of £187 was paid for Texel ewes, while Mules made up to £123 and Blackfaces sold to £97.

Lawrie and Symington sold 65 prime cattle and 76 cast cows at Lanark yesterday. Heifers sold to 256p/kg or to £1800. Bullocks sold to 248p on two occasions or to £1681. Cast beef cows peaked at £1,265 or 164p, while cast dairy cows sold to £1165 or 153p.

The firm also sold 3,624 prime hoggs which peaked at £167 for Texels and 365p/kg for Beltex. The overall average was 286p/kg.

The 1,677 cast sheep were a tremendous show and all classes were sharper this week as numbers tighten. Top price was £206 for a Texel with Blackfaces selling to £94.