Livestock prices were better than expected at an extremely wet first sale of the season at Steinish yesterday (Wednesday August 28th).

The sale of lambs and sheep saw 3,900 animals pass through the pens at Lewis and Harris Auction Mart, to be sold under the direction of auctioneers from Dingwall and Highland Marts.

The day’s first sale was of two lambs being sold in aid of Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow, which provides accommodation for families with children in hospital. They were sold by Colin Macdonald of Barvas and raised £100 each for the charity.

For the rest of the sale, the top price was £69 for a Suffolk lamb from Murdo Murray of Back, and other prices were up about £2 on previous sales.

Mart director Kenny Macleod of Ness said most sellers were content with the prices, which were better than expected and compared well to sales in other locations.

Kenny told today: “There was concern some weeks ago about prices for this season, but the uncertainty of Brexit doesn’t seem to have had an impact on island sales as yet.

“Sale numbers were well up and the next sale, on Wednesday September 18th, is already close to capacity. We are likely to be closing the booking for that sale ahead of schedule, as early as this weekend.”

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The picture shows sheep in the outdoor pens at Steinish under a threatening sky and is by John Dyer.