Islay’s annual early spring sale report

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A strong force of mainland buyers attended United Auctions’ annual early spring sale of 817 grazing cattle at Islay Auction Mart this month.

Bullocks sold to an average of £854.41 or 231.1 pence per kilo, up £0.62 per head.

Heifers levelled out at £736.48 per head or 208.2 pence per kilo, less £38.02 per head.

With cattle in general weighing around 25 to 30 kilos more on the year, this resulted in less impact on the values per head while all classes sold at levels around 15 pence per kilo less on the year.

Principal lots and prices: Top prices per head: Bullocks: AAx: £1,330 – Uiskentuie; £990 (9) Octomore; £950 (5) Aoradh; £950 Craigfad; £945 (7) Octofad; £940 (6) Tallant. BRBx: £995, £945 and £930 Eorrabus. CHARx: £1,180 (2) and £1,050 (7) Craigfad; £1,035 Eorrabus; £1,010 (5) Tallant; £950 (3) Eorrabus; £950 (5) Aoradh; £940 (8) Eorrabus; £935 (2) and £930 Aoradh; £930 (5) Craigens; £930 (5) Octofad; £930 (10) Aoradh; £925 (5) Craigens; £910 (9) Tallant; £905 Eorrabus. LIMx: £1,135 (2) Balaclava; £1,105 (4) Lossit; £1,100 (2) Craigfad; £1,080 (2) Lossit; £1,080 Uiskentuie; £1,075 Ardbeg; £1,075 (2) Blackrock; £1070 Uiskentuie; £1,065 Balaclava; £1,060 Uiskentuie; £1,055 (6) Lossit; £1,050 Ardbeg; £1,030 (3) Uiskentuie; £1,015 (3) Tallant; £1,005 and £1,000 (3) Blackrock. SIMx: £855 (2) Cladville; £805 (3) Carrabus. SHx: £710 Pairc A Chlassan. LUINGx: £590 (5) Duich. BLG: £505 Ballymeanach. Heifers: AAx: £940 Tallant; £815 Craigens. BRBx: £635 Bayview. BAx: £870 and £830 Eorrabus. CHARx: £1,145 Craigfad; £900 Aoradh; £870 (5) Eorrabus; £870 Tallant; £870 (8) Eorrabus. LIMx: £975 (2) and £970 (4) Balaclava; £955 (2) Blackrock; £940 Ardbeg; £940 Brybruich; £905 (2) Claggan. SIMx: £840 (2) Cladville.

Top prices per kilo: Bullocks: AAx: 256p (5) and 253p (8) Tallant; 251p (11) and 250p (5) Aoradh; 249p (7) and 236p (5) Tallant; 236p (7) Octofad; 233p (3) Mansefield; 229p (9) Octomore; 227p (5) Octofad; 226p (2) Uiskentuie. BRBx: 224p Eorrabus. CHARx: 266p (3) and 265p (5) Tallant; 258p Aoradh; 254p (5) Tallant; 253p Aoradh; 253p (4) Tallant; 252p (7), 249p, 248p (5) and 247p (5) Aoradh; 245p (5) Tallant;  244p (10) Aoradh; 244p (2) Tallant; 244p Eorrabus; 243p (2) Aoradh; 241p (8) Eorrabus; 241p (2) Aoradh; 241p (5) Eorrabus. LIMx: 284p (5) Tallant; 277p (6) Ardbeg; 272p (4) Lossit; 268p (7) Tallant; 267p (2) Ardbeg; 264p (4) Blackrock; 264p Grulinbeg; 263p (2) and 260p (2) Balaclava; 260p (5) Ardbeg; 258p (5) Octofad; 257p (3) Ardbeg; 249p (6) Lossit; 248p (3) Octofad; 248p (3) Tallant; 246p Ardbeg; 244p (4) Eorrabus; 242p (2) Blackrock; 242p (3) Lossit; 241p Eorrabus. SIMx: 218p (4) Carrabus. Heifers: AAx: 216p Craigens; 213p (6) Aoradh. BAx: 210p Eorrabus. CHARx: 228p (4) Tallant; 222p (6) and 219p (4) Aoradh; 219p (8) Eorrabus; 216p (5) Craigens; 216p (4) Tallant; 215p Craigfad; 214p (6) Craigens; 214p (9) Eorrabus; 213p (9) Tallant. LIMx: 263p and 244p (5) Ardbeg; 237p Brybruich; 234p (4) Blackrock; 232p (6) Ardbeg; 229p Claggan; 229p (5) Ardbeg; 228p and 227p Tallant; 226p (4) Uiskentuie; 220p (2) Grulinbeg; 220p (2) Blackrock; 219p (9) and 217p Ardbeg. SIMx: 204p (2) Cladville.