Two days of successful sales at Steinish added up to a good week for Lewis and Harris auction marts, with breeding rams and cattle fetching good prices.

Monday (October 1st) saw 156 rams selling to a top price of £650 for the overall champion, a three-shear blackface from 6 Vatisker. Other top prices were for aged rams, with £520 paid for a blackface from 5 Shulishader, £450 for a Cheviot shearling from 1 Portnaguran and £200 each for blackface ram lambs from 18 South Galson.

Mart director Kenny Macleod said: “The ram sale went very well, with the prices higher than they have been for a long time. The best animals made the best prices and everyone was very happy at the outcome.

“Older animals went off the island, but the good young rams stayed in the islands, meaning they will improve the stock for a good while to come.”

Tuesday’s cattle show and sale saw 100 beasts through the mart, with prices ‘as good as anywhere in Scotland’ according to Kenny. He said: “About 100 were sold with some waiting until the main sale in November, but the main thing is that we are having a cattle sale in Lewis, which is excellent.”
Before the sale, prizes awarded by judge Mr B. Duffton went to the overall champion and first prize bullock, belonging to A J Corbett of 12 Lionel (231 kg sold for £700), second prize bullock from C D Macmillan of 25 Lower Barvas, 252 kg at £610 and first prize heifer belonging to D J Macinnes of Atlantic View at £660 for 257kg.

Full sale reports are available at the auctioneers’ website,
http://www.dingwallmart.co.uk/salereports.html

The next sale is of all classes of sheep on Thursday 11th October.

Booking officially closes tomorrow (Thursday October 4th) at http://www.lewisandharrisauctionmart.co.uk , although there will be some flexibility until Saturday for late bookings.