Today’s sale of Scotch Mule ewe lambs at Caledonian Marts saw a centre record set for the champion pen from Douglas and Linda Graham, Burnbank, at £150/head.
Next best price of the day was a £140/head bid for the second prize pen from W Gray, Drumnessie, then at £130/head were the fourth prize pen from P J Laidlaw, Knowehead, with another pen from the same home at £122 and other lambs from the Grahams at £118, £114 and £112.
However, the overall trend in the sale was that seen at other breeding sheep sales already this season, with the average in the 2973 ewe lambs falling by £9.49/head on last year’s sale to sit at £92.68.
In the shearlings on offer Messrs Gray took the day’s joint best price of £142/head, with this price shared by gimmers from Gartenbantrick, with a pen from Glenquey making £141/head. The 838 gimmers averaged £124.37, a fall of £11.43 on 2011.
Meanwhile, in the south of the UK at Ashford a small entry of shearling ewes saw North Country Mules top at £139, with Suffolk x Mules hitting £131, with the Mules averaging £131 and the Suffolk crosses leveling at £121.
Store lambs were also well sought after at Ashford, with 2739 lambs sold to a high of £75 and averaging £59.67.
The overall trend looks fairly well set for the season now, with breeding sheep prices easing on the highs of last year, but still at very respectable levels and store lambs following a similar trend although the best may still look dear to many around the rings.Read more