Markets: Islay cattle sale

Stock at an earlier Islay sale.

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United Auctions held their annual show and sale of suckled calves at Islay Auction Mart last Friday August 25.

An excellent selection of quality bred stock was presented to a large following of mainland buyers.

Bullocks sold to average £978.01 per head or 253.3 per kilo against £905.52 or 235.3 last year whilst heifers levelled out at £882.80 per head or 237.6 against £844.84 and 230.4 last year.

Judging the various classes prior to the sale was in the capable hands of Mr. J Cowie, Nicolson Park, Fordyce and the following were his awards: Bullock calf:  1 and 2 Blackrock: 3 Ardbeg.  Heifer Calf: 1 Starchmill: 2 Ardbeg.  Champion calf and William A Low memorial trophy: Blackrock bullock – £1320 (313pence per kilo) to G McFadzean, Woodhead of Mailer. Reserve champion: Starchmill heifer.

The firm also sold the dispersal of cows with calf on behalf of the late Angus MacLugash, Blackpark which sold to £2100.00

Principal lots and prices:

Bullocks:

AAx: £1090 – Ballimartin; CHARx: £1280 – Ballimartin: £1080 and £970 Blackrock; LIMx: £1320 – Blackrock: £1180(2) – Ardbeg: £1180 – Blackrock: £1170(2) – Ballimartin: £1140(5) – Ardbeg: £1130 – Blackrock and Starchmill: £1120(4) – Ardbeg: £1110(5) – Blackrock: £1110 and £1050 – Claggan: £1050(2) – Starchmill: £1030 and £1000(2) – Kilchiaran: £1000 – Claggan(2), Ballimartin(2) and Ardbeg(6).

Heifers: AAx: £1000 – Ballimartin; CHARx: £1180 – Aoradh: £970(2) – Ballimartin; LIMx: £1010(2) – Lossit: £1000 – Ardbeg(4), Greanan(2) and Claggan : £940 – Ardbeg(4) & Ballimartin(3).

Top prices per kilo:

Bullocks: AAx: 238p and 236p(2) – Ballimartin. CHARx: 312p(6) and 252p – Blackrock: 251p – Aoradh. LIMx: 313p – Blackrock: 289p(6) – Ardbeg: 288p(5) and 285p – Blackrock: 281p – Kilchiaran: 277p and 274p – Starchmill: 272p(4) – Ardbeg: 270p(4) – Claggan: 269p(2) – Ardbeg: 267p(2) – Ballimartin: 266p – Blackrock: 265p(2) – Claggan: 264p(2), 263p and 260p – Starchmill.

Heifers: AAx: 226p – Ballimartin. CHARx: 280p(2) and 243p(2) – Blackrock. LIMx: 262p(4) and 259p(7) – Ardbeg : 256p(2) – Claggan and Ardbeg : 253p(2) – Lossit : 251p(2), 247p(2) and 245p(2) – Claggan.

Cows with hfr calves at foot: AAx: £1750, £1500 and £1450 – Blackpark. LIMx: £1850, £1250 and £1200 – Blackpark.

Cows with bull calf at foot: AAx: £2100 and £1900 – Blackpark. CHARx £1520 – Blackpark. LIMx: £1800(2) and £1700 – Blackpark.