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Caledonian Marts Ltd sold 2,679 prime lambs, ewes and tups at its Christmas show and sale on Tuesday, December 11.
The judge of the show, which was sponsored by AA Oils, Stirling, was Jamie Scott from John Scott Meat Ltd, Sandyford Road, Paisley.
Mr Scott’s awards were as follows: 1 Beltex and champion: DS & RC Taylor, Easter Ochtermuthill, for a pen of 43.6kg Lambs at £132 purchased by the judge; 2 Beltex and reserve champion: J B Guthrie, Cuiltburn for a pen of 43kg lambs at £120 purchased by Richard Johnston, Quality Butchers, Falkirk.
Other prizewinners: Beltex: 3 R Kennedy, Borlick, 41kg at £98. Texel: 1 DS & RC Taylor, Easter Octhermuthill, 47kg at £92; 2 R A Campbell, Meikle Seggie, 41kg at £90; 3 Braco Castle, 42kg at £85. Blackface: 1 Remony Estate, 42kg at £78.50; 2 D Higginson, Braeleny, 41kg, at £70; 3 Auchenbothie Farmers, 43kg at £74. Mule: 1 Auchenbothie Farmers, 46kg at £75.
The overall sale average for 2,252 sold was 179.4ppkg, -0.5p on the week, which included a large show of light lambs on offer, 445 averaging 163ppkg.
Again, 39 to 43kg averaged 193ppkg and heavy weights were a slightly dearer trade to last week.
Lamb prices per head: Beltex: £110 Cuiltburn; Beltex X: £100 Strageath; Cont £99 and £98 Doune Farms; Cont X: £95 Pitcairn; Texel: £96 Nether Myres; Texel X: £95 Meikle Seggie; Suffolk: £88 Pitcairn; Mule: £75.50 Ditch; BF: £75 Bailanstruth; Zwartble: £70 Blairhall.
Lamb prices per kg: Beltex: 224p Cuiltburn; Beltex: X 219p Strageath; Cont X 211p Pitcairn; Cont: 210p Meikle Seggie; Texel: 209p Newton of Fotheringham; Texel X: 208p Braco Castle; Suffolk: 196p Braeside; Suffolk X: 195p Dyke, Harbinson; Zwartble: 179p Turdees; Mule: 171p West Lundie; BF: 171p Remony.
Also forward were 467 cast ewes and tups.
Heavy ewes averaged £70.56 selling to £94 for a Beltex from J B Guthrie, Cuiltburn, Muthill.
Export ewes levelled out with an average of £46.24.
Tups sold to £100 for a Texel from R Cook, Kinneil Mill, Linlithgow.
Many more ewes could have been sold to sellers’ advantage.
Other leading prices: Texel: £82 Easterton; £79 and £78 Braco Castle. BF: £43 Glenquey; £41 Easterton; £38 Woodend. Suff: £80 Thornfield. Beltex: £88 Cuiltburn. Mule: £67 Linkshead; £64 Easterton; £63 Dullomuir. Cross: £80 Turdees; £72 Mains of Strageath; £70 Bankhead and Kinneil Mill.
Judge Jamie Scott presenting the champion prize to Jimmy Taylor. NO_c51christmassale01