By Neale McQuistin

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 509 prime and cast sheep at Newton Stewart yesterday.

Four Spring lambs sold to £150 for Suffolks from P&A Wilson, Spoutwells and R&D Wilson, High Barness.

Well-fleshed prime hoggs were easy to sell again this week and peaked at £149 for a

pen of heavyweight Cheviots.

Lightweight Cheviots also came out on top per kilo at 320p, while a pen of 46 Blackfaces cashed in at 310p.

The 336 hoggs sold to average 282p overall.

All classes of cast sheep maintained recent high rates with Texel ewes making up to £160. Mules peaked at £117, with Cheviots to £108 and Blackfaces to


C&D Auctions sold 61 cattle at its weekly sale of primestock in Dumfries yesterday. Prime cattle sold to 265p/kg for a Limousin cross heifer to R Johnstone & Sons Butchers, Annan.

OTM’s met a sharper trade this week with dairy types selling to 147p/kg and £1271 to average 128p, while beef types peaked at 228p and £1615 to average 150p.

The firm also sold 300 prime and cast sheep. Spring lambs sold to £148 for Texels and Suffolk Lambs to £142 to average 342p overall. There was a mixed show of prime hoggs which sold to a top price of £145.

Cast sheep averaged £108 for 82 heavy ewes, while 58 light ewes averaged £82.

Lawrie and Symington sold 1,364 store cattle at its fortnightly sale at Lanark on Tuesday.

Bullocks were topped at £1,590 for a 654kg Limousin or at 318p/kg for a 330kg Limousin to average 241p overall.

Heifers peaked at £1,440 for a pen of three 584kg Limousins or at 375p for a 352kg British Blue to level at 232p overall.

Dairy bullocks reached a top of £1045 for a 520kg Friesian to average 194p.

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 166 prime and cast cattle at their weekly sale at Ayr on Tuesday.

Fifteen prime heifers sold to 283p/kg for a Limousin cross heifer and to £1,621 for a Charolais heifer to average 253p or £1,450.

Three prime bullocks peaked at 260p and £1742 to average 250p or £1496.

In the rough ring,

five bulls peaked at £1800 or 182p for a Limousin.

Thirty-nine cast beef cows sold to £1,420 for a Saler Cross or to 204p for an Aberdeen Angus, while the 93 cast dairy cattle peaked at £1,180 and 162p for two different Friesians.

Eleven clean cattle made up to £1,400 for

a Friesian heifer or

220p for a Charolais bullock.

There were four dairy cattle which did not feature any fresh calved heifers this week.

Top price was £1400 for a Holstein Friesian fresh calved cow.