Monday’s show and sale of beef cattle at Caithness, which marked the 20th anniversary of the Livestock Centre, saw 1234 cattle forward and an average of £886.35 – which was an increase of £52.06 on 2011.
The 698 bullocks averaged 193.6p/kg, an increase of 11.6p on last year and topped at 248p/kg and £1400/head, while the average for the 536 heifers was 192.9p/kg, up 15p on 2011 and sold to a top of 303.3p/kg and £1650/head.
To mark the anniversary, ANM sold a 27-month-old, 584kg British Blue heifer with the proceeds donated to three Young Farmers Clubs in Caithness at Bower, Forss and Halkirk. The heifer was originally consigned from Iain Gunn, Murza, Bower, who consigned the very first animal sold at Quoybrae 20-years ago. Monday’s entry was sold for £2300 to local hotelier Murray Lamont of Mackay’s Hotel in Wick.
Taking the championship under judge Mike Martin, Garguston, Muir of Ord, was a 17-month-old, 603kg Limousin x British Blue steer from David Kennedy, Whitegate, Tresdale, Canisby, which sold for £1300 to David Brown, Fochabers, Moray.
The same buyer also bought the reserve champion, a 24-month-old 663kg British Blue cross steer, from Iain Gunn, Murza, Bower, which made £1480.