Prices upheld at first sale of the year

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Prime cattle of all classes upheld the prices achieved throughout December at Caledonian Marts’ first sale of the year.

There were 208 cattle sold on January 4, comprising 116 prime bullocks, heifers and young bulls, 76 cast cows and bulls, and 16 calves.

Bullocks sold to 242ppkg for a British Blue from Todhall, Cupar, to J Hastie, Butcher, Markinch, and to an astonishing £1716 for a Limousin from South Flanders, Kippen.

Heifers sold to 245ppkg (twice) for Limousins from Learielaw, Broxburn, and Upper Kinneil, Linlithgowboth, selling to Hugh A Black & Son, Stirling, also to £1,618 gross for a Limousin from Learielaw.

Bulls sold to 208ppkg for a Limousin from Dyke, Milton of Campsie, and to £1672 for the same animal.

Average prices: bullocks 217p, heifers 224p, beef bulls 205p, beef cows 124p, dairy cows 89p.

Leading prices: Bullocksppkg: 240p Easter Ochtermuthill and Learielaw; 238p Moorfield and Easter Ochtermuthill; 230p Faskine and Moorfield; 228p Spittal (Gardner), Candermains, Learielaw and Easterton (Owen); 225p Candermains, Faskine, Moorfield, Spittal and Todhall; 222p Seggarsdean, Parkfergus and Faskine. Heifersppkg: 242p Borlick and Easter Ochtermuthill; 240p Meadowend and Knockhouse; 238p (twice) Knockhouse, South Woodlane, Learielaw, Meadowend and Bankhead (Kerr); 235p Borlick, Spittal and Knockhouse; 232p South Woodlane and Easter Ochtermuthill; 230p Wester Carmuirs, South Woodlane and Bankhead; 228p Over Inzievar, Upper Kinneil and Easterton. Prices per head: Bullocks: £1632 South Flanders; £1630 and £1608 Balkaithly; £1560 and £1550 Learielaw; £1527 Parkfergus. Heifers: £1603 Knockhouse, £1587 and £1577 Easter Ochtermuthill, £1550 Upper Kinneil, £1532 Knockhouse.

Also forward were 76 cast cows and bulls.

Beef cows averaged 124p selling to 177p for a Limousin from M Jack, Carriston, Star of Markinch and to £1500 again for a Limousin from A & K Farming, West Woodlane, Gargunnock.

Dairy cows averaged 89p selling to 118p from A Sibbald, Greenrigg, Lochgreen, and to £800 from the same home.

Other leading prices: beef cows per head: £1460 Upper Kinneil; £1370 Gillandersland; £1360 Carriston; £1300 and £1150 West Woodlane. Beef cows per kilo: 166p Upper Kinneil; 164p Bankhead; 159p, 156p and 153p West Woodlane; 152p Bankhead; 150p Gillandersland. Dairy cows per head: £730 and £690 Blairmains; £690 Greenrigg (twice) and Summerhouse. Dairy cows per kilo: 104p Greenrigg and Summerhouse; 103p Blairmains and Greenrigg; 99p Blairmains.

Also forward were 16 calves, both beef and dairy.

Top price of the day was £190 for an AAx heifer calf from J B Steel, Kibbleston, Renfrewshire.

Other Leading Prices: Beef: £180 Shankhead (AA); £72 Kibbleston (AAx); £60 Kibbleston (BBx). Dairy: £62 Nyadd (twice).

The next sale of calves will be Thursday January 18.