Markets: Islay lambs and sheep

James Bignal of Gruinart hold the overall sheep champion, a Suffolk tup lamb.

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An increased entry of lambs saw 3282 lambs and sheep sold at United Auctions’ first sale at Bridgend Auction Mart, Islay.

A good entry of quality lambs were on offer to a large turnout of mainland buyers.

In keeping with national trends, heavier fleshy lambs weighing 42 plus kilos increased in values on the year whilst store types showed a slight decrease on the year.  Lambs averaged £57.45 per head or 162.1 pence per kilo.

Principal lots and prices, top prices per head: Lambs: SUFFx: £85.50 and£84.50 – Ballachlaven : £79.50 – Octofad : £72.50 – Claggan : £72.00 – Ardtalla Estate : £70.50 – 16 Westend : £70.00 – Smaladh. TEXx: £85.50 – Neriby and Blackrock : £83.50 – Tallant : £81.50 and £79.50 – Neriby : £78.50 – 16 Westend : £76.50 – Tallant : £76.00 and £73.50 – Daill Cottage : £73.00 – Blackrock. CHEVx: £56.50 – Ballivicar : £55.00 – Foreland No2. Cross: £51.00 – Islay Estates. Mule: £52.50 – Ballachlaven. BF £45.50 – Oransay : £43.50 – Lorgba. Ewes: TEXx: £89.50 – Carrabus : £80.50 – Gartloist : £78.50 – Ardbeg : £64.50 – Carrabus. MULE: £69.50 and £60.00 – Octofad. BF: £63.50 – Coultoon. Wedders: TEXx: £58.50 – Gartloist. Cross: £56.50 – Oransay. Mule: £59.00 – Octofad. BF £45.00 – Daill Cottage.

Top prices per kilo: Lambs: SUFFx: 185p, 172p and 171p – Octofad : 170p – Islay Estates : 169p – Octofad, Ballachlaven, Claggan and Ardtalla Estate : 168p – Claggan, Ardnave, Ballachlaven and Islay Estates. TEXx: 194p, 192p and 191p – Blackrock : 182p – Balaclava : 174p – Blackrock : 173p – Tallant and Blackrock : 172p – Tallant : 171p – 16 Westend : 170p – Ardbeg and Balaclava : 169p – Neriby : 168p – Leorin, Talant and 16 Westend. CHEVx: 153p – Balivicar : 150p – Foreland No2. Cross: 159p – Islay Estates. Mule: 143p – Ballachlaven. BF: 131p – Oransay.