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Islay Auction Mart hosted United Auctions’ end of season sale of all classes of lambs and sheep at the start of December and there were forward 2105 head.
All classes met with a sound trade, selling at levels comparing favourably with current mainland values.
Lambs averaged £46.37 per head,+£2.10 on the corresponding sale last year.
Top prices per head, lambs: Suff x: £66.50 Foreland Estate, £66.00 Carrabus, £64.50 Lossit and Kilchiaran, £63.50 Balimartin and Foreland Estate, £63.00 Daill, £62.00 Duich, Foreland and Carrabus, £61.50 Uiskentuie. Tex x: £64.50 and £61.00 Bayview, £60.50 Tallant. Chev x: £56.50 Daill. Cross: £66.50 Foreland Estate, £62.50 Lossit, £61.50 Octofad. Mule: £59.50 Carrabus. BF: £65.00 Uiskentuie, £54.00 Lossit, £51.50 and £48.50 Kilchiaran, £48.50 Lossit, £48.00 Gartloist.
Top price per head, ewes: Tex x: £70.50 Blackrock, £68.50 Gartloist, £58.50 Islay Estates, £54.00 Bayview. Cross: £65.50 Bayview, £65.50 Lossit. BF: £40.50 Lossit, £36.50 Scarrabus, £35.00 Dunlossit Estate.
Top prices per kilo, lambs: Suff x: 168p Octofad, 165p Kilchiaran and Islay Estates, 162p Daill, 160p Lossit. Tex x: 164p Gartloist, 161p Carrabus, 161p Bayview, 160p Ardbeg. Chev x: 148p and 137p Daill. Cross: 157p Octofad, 155p Lossit, 153p Leorin. Mule: 153p Islay Estates, 152p and 150p Scarrabus. BF: 140p Gartloist, 137p Kilchiaran, 135p Lossit, 134p and 132p Kilchiaran, 130p Duich.