Lambs sell well at Islay sheep sale

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United Auctions sold 4,242 feeding and breeding sheep, and 2,460 lambs averaging £84.68 (+£17.65), at Islay Auction Mart last Friday.

Breeding sheep of all classes sold well.

At the show prior to the sale, the judge, Mr R Blackhall, Milton of Durris, Banchory, selected a Bluefaced Leicester shearling from Daniel McMillan, Tallant as his champion which later sold for £900 to Islay Estates.

His reserve champion was a Blackface shearling from Elliot Bowman, Mid Craggabus, which later sold for £600, also to Islay Estates.

In keeping with other principal centres, lambs took a considerable rise on the previous sale and this would undoubtedly be one of dearest sales of lambs held at Bridgend.

Leading lots and prices:

Lambs: SUFFx – £106, Uiskentuie; £106, Islay Estates; £105, Bola Na Traigh; £103, Ardbeg; £102.50, Rockside; £102, Islay Estates; £100.50, Duich; £100.50, Ballimartin; £98, Dunlossit, Lossit; £98, Coultorsay; £98, Ardbeg; £98, Smaladh; £97, Uiskentuie; £96, Islay Estates; £95.50, Rockside; £94, Islay Estate; £94, Coultorsay; £94, Islay Estate; £92, Ardnave; £91, Ballinaby; £91, Duich; £91, Coultorsay; £90, Islay Estates. LLEYNx: £107, Ardbeg. TEXx: £150, Blackrock; £111, Uiskentuie; £105, Ballivicar; £101, Mansefield; £100, Ballimartin; £97, Stanalane; £96, Dunlossit, Lossit; £95.50, Ardbeg; £95, Auchnaclach; £95, Starchmill; £94, Coultorsay; £94, Starchmill; £93, Ardbeg. CHEV: £105, Grulinbeg; £86, Tormisdale Croft; £85.50, Ardfarnal; £80.50, Tormisdale Croft; £80, Sealladh Na Mara. CROSS: £77, Mansefield; £77, Ardtalla Estate. MULE: £105, Islay Estate; £100, Ballytarsin; £94, Islay Estates; £93, Duich; £90, Smaladh. BF – £90, £82, Islay Estate; £75.50, Ceannacroic; £73, Lossit Dunlossit; £72, Islay Estates; £70.50, Kelsay.

Rams:  SUFF: £450, £420, Coille; £350, Eorrabus; £300, 7 Claddach. BFL: £900, Tallant (Daniel McMillan); £650, Beamish Croft; £600 x 2, £550, Coille; £520, Eorrabus; £500, Coille; £300, Eorrabus. BELT: £780, £500, Bayview; £450, Stanalane. CHEV: £320, Ballivicar. BF – £600, Cruach (Robbie Brown); £600×2, Mid Cragabus (E Bowman); £550, Ballachlaven.

Gimmers: TEXx: £175, Kirkby. CROSS: £148, Kirkby; £130, Duich. MULE: £152, £120, Coille; £120, Lorgba. BF: £128, Lower Cragabus; £125, Dunlossit, Lossit; £106, Smaladh; £103, Uiskentuie.

Stock ewes: BF: £150, £102, £92 and £88, Uiskentuie. CROSS: £101, Duich. MULE: £90, Duich.

Ewe lambs: SUFFx: £100, Charlotte Street. BELTx: £93, Ballachlaven. TEX: £205, Bayview; £93, Charlotte Street. MULE: £126, Bola Na Traigh; £125, Smaladh; £120, Mulindry; £120, Smaladh; £118, £108, Bayview; £105, Smaladh; £102, Bola Na Traigh; £101, Ballytarsin; £100, Isand. BF: £72, Ceannacroic.

Feeding ewes: SUFF: £148, £144, Stanalane. TEX: £138, Blackrock; £117, Grulinbeg; £110, £106, Starchmill; £98, Ardbeg; £89, Blackrock; £78, Auchnaclach. CHEV: £79, Tormisdale; £73, Uiskentuie. CROSS: £69, Charlotte Street. MULE: £88, Islay Estates; £87, Ballachlaven; £84, Ardnave. BF: £80, Cnoc Na Faire; £65, Lossit; £64.50, Bola Na Traigh; £60, Cnoc Na Faire; £60, Islay Estates; £60, Blackpark.

Top prices per kilo:

Lambs: SUFFx: 267p, Smaladh; 265p, Islay Estates; 264p, Ardtalla Estate; 262p, Ballinaby; 261p, 257p, Islay Estates; 257p, Duich; 257p, Ardnave; 251p, Coultorsay; 247p, Lossit Dunlossit; 247p, Ardnave; 244p, Coultorsay; 244p, Islay Estate; 243p, Coultorsay; 243p, Ballimartin. TEXx: 278p, Blackrock; 252p, Ballimartin; 247p, Ardnave; 246p, Ardtalla; 244p, Ballivicar; 244p, Islay Estates; 244p, Mansefield; 243p, Lossit Dunlossit. BELTx: 256p, Blackrock. CHEV: 272p, Croft 2 Port Mor; 254p, Coillabus; 248p, Ardfarnal; 246p, Ballivicar; 244p, Grulinbeg; 241p, Croft 2 Port Mor. CROSS: 250p, Beamish Croft; 232p, Ardtalla Estate. MULE: 254p, Ardnave; 242p, Mansefield; 241p, Ardnave. BF: 220p, 211p, Ardfarnal; 208p, Coilabus; 208p, Ardfarnal.

Kintyre and the Islands councillor Alastair Redman, who attended the sale, said he was delighted to hear directly from some of Islay’s farmers and crofters.

‘Recent national and global events, with the shortage of some food products on many shop shelves, have once again shown us the importance of food security and the need buy locally-sourced goods from our hardworking farmers, crofters and fishermen,’ he said.

‘We must not forget those who kept our nation fed during the recent pandemic. Whether it’s our local council or at a Scottish or UK Government level, we must do all that we can to support this essential sector.

‘If there are no farmers, there will be no food and we will have no future.’