Kilchiaran calf is Islay show and sale champion

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United Auctions (UA) held its annual show and sale of suckled calves at Islay Auction Mart last Friday.

A good offering of quality calves were available which were lighter on the year.

The show was  judged by Iain Maxwell, Halket Leathes, Castle Douglas and his awards are as follows: Bullock calf: 1 Kilchiaran, 2 Ardbeg, 3 Claggan. Heifer calf: 1 Ardbeg, 2 Kilchiaran. Champion calf: Kilchiaran (bullock). Reserve champion: Ardbeg (heifer).

Bullock calves sold to a top price of £1,230 from Kilchiaran and averaged £958 per head or 254 pence per kilo while heifers sold to a top price £1,110 from Ardbeg and levelled out at £795 per head or 223 pence per kilo.

On the same day, UA held its opening sale of 2,215 lambs and sheep on Islay.

Consignors opted to hold on to the longer keeping type lambs resulting in the offering of lambs averaging 37.2 kilos against 35.4 kilos last year.

Sale average was £60.72 per head or 163 pence per kilo against £57.15 or 162.1 pence per kilo last year.

A good offering of quality bred lambs was on offer and sold to a strong force of mainland buyers.

Octofad led the prices per head at £85 while Blackrock sold its consignment to 216 pence per kilo.

Sheep, principal lots and prices: Top prices per head: Lambs: SUFFx: £83.50 Octofad; £82.00 Ardbeg; £79.50 Daill Cottage; £77.00 Bola Na Traigh; £75.50 Octofad and Starchmill; £74.50 Bola Na Traigh; £74.00 Octofad; £72.50 Ballachlaven; £72.00 Claggan; £70.50 Smaladh and Ardbeg; £70.00 Duich. TEXx: £85.00 Octofad; £84.00 Ardbeg; £82.50 Blackrock; £80.50 Leorin; £78.50 Blackrock; £78.00 Starchmill; £73.50 Blackrock. BFL: £73.50 Blackrock. CHEV: £62.00 and £60.50 Duich. CROSS: £51.00 Glenegedale Lotts. MULE: £80.00 Bola Na Traigh; £62.50 Ardnave. BF: £45.50 and £39.00 RSPB Oransay. Ewes: MULE: £58.50 Octofad; £48.50 Tallant. Top prices per kilo: SUFFx: 185p Smaladh; 179p Sanaigmore; 179p Ardtalla Estate; 173p Octofad and Bola Na Traigh; 172p Smaladh; 169p Ballachlaven, Starchmill and Daill Cottage; 168p Glenegedale Lotts; 167p Octofad, Islay Estates and Bola Na Traigh; 166p Claggan and Octofad; 165p Octofad and Smaladh. BFL: 193p Blackrock. TEXx: 216p, 214p, 212p and 194p Blackrock; 178p Leorin; 170p Starchmill and Ardtalla Estate; 167p Blackrock; 165p Daill Cottage. CHEV: 156p and 153p Foreland No2; 153p Duich. CROSS: 147p Glenegedale Lotts. MULE: 154p Carrabus Farm; 153p Ardnave; 152p Foreland No2; 151p Ardnave; 150p Carrabus. BF: 134p RSPB Oransay.

Cattle, principal lots and prices: Top prices per head, bullocks: AAx: £955 (2) Ballimartin. CHARx: £955 Blackrock. LIMx: £1230 Kilchiaran; £1155 (4) and £1145 (3) Ardbeg; £1130 (4) Kilchiaran; £1125 Ardbeg; £1115 Tallant; £1105 (2) Blackrock; £1105 Ballimartin; £1085 (2) Kilchiaran; £1085 (6) Ardbeg; £1055 Claggan (5) and Kilchiaran; £1045 Lossit; £1035 Ardbeg (4) and Claggan (2); £1025 (3) Claggan; £1015 Ballimartin (2) and Ardbeg (2); £1000 Ardtalla Estate. Heifers: CHARx: £965 Ballimartin; £900 Tallant. LIMx: £1110 Ardbeg; £1025 and £975 (3) Kilchiaran; £965 (3) Ballimartin; £955 Kilchiaran; £925 Claggan. Top prices per kilo: Bullocks: AAx: 243p (4) Tallant; 238p (2) Ballimartin. CHARx: 301p (2) Tallant; 254p Blackrock. LIMx: 308p and 296p (2) Claggan; 293p (6) Ardbeg; 287p Claggan; 284p Lossit and Claggan (3); 283p Kilchiaran (4) and Claggan; 281p Ardbeg (3) and Kilchiaran; 276p Kilchiaran; 273p Tallant and Blackrock (3); 271p (2) Ardbeg; 265p (2) Kilchiaran; 263p Lossit; 261p (7) and 258p Ardbeg; 253p (2) and 251p (2) Blackrock. Heifers: CHARx: 265p Tallant; 260p (2) Blackrock. LIMx: 268p Ardbeg; 256p (3) Blackrock; 249p Lossit and Ballimartin (3) 242p (3) Kilchiaran.