Cheviot ewe lambs are £55 more expensive this year than last, as Quoybrae’s sale averaged £154/head.

Half-bred ewe lambs were also up, with a rise of £33 leaving the average at £166/head.

The sale of over 6,000 lambs saw price rises across the board, with cross-bred ewe lambs up £9 to £102/head. Half-bred wedders averaged £85/head, up £23, and Cheviot wedders were up £11 to average £74/head.

United Auctions held a sale of 8,648 store lambs at Stirling, with Texels £81/head, Beltex £87/head, Cheviot Mules £78/head, Suffolks £85/head, Cheviots £72/head, Mules £74/head and Blackfaces £57/head.

The average price at the sale of 4,218 lambs at Oben settled at £72/head, up £12 on the year.

The Tiree sale saw 4,967 lambs through the ring, averaging £77/head, up £7. Unlike some other sales where sheep have been smaller, the island of Tiree’s lambs were the same average weight as last year.

Lanark Mart’s first store lamb sale averaged £78/head, up £16/head for the 1,800 sold.

The lamb market this week has rallied, with prices at £2.34/kg for over 12,000 lambs sold through marts. Ayr on Monday sold lambs to an average of £2.36/kg, Lanark averaged £2.39/kg and St Boswells averaged £2.43/kg. Tuesday’s sale at Castle Douglas averaged £2.42/kg and Dingwall averaged £2.14/kg.

Abattoirs look to be paying around £5/kg for R grading lambs, up 20p/kg on the week for some. Most abattoirs will be paying up to 22kg for lambs this year. The AHDB price for lamb across Britain for the week ending 14 August was £5.12/kg, down 15p for an R grading carcase. The price of ewes averaged £84/head, unchanged on the week.

Beef price £4.15/kg

The price paid for R grading steers is in Scottish abattoirs is around £4.10-£4.20/kg.

The AHDB beef price for an R4L steer is £4.24/kg, unchanged on the week.

Same-grade heifers were £4.25/kg, which is up 1p on the week. The young bull price is £4.10/kg deadweight, up 1p/kg.

AHDB’s official price for cows in Scotland is down 1p/kg to £3.19/kg for an 0-4L.

Harrison and Hetherington held its fortnightly sale of store cattle, with steers averaging £2.31/kg and heifers £2.18/kg. United Auctions sold 1,275 store cattle and steers averaged £2.29/kg, down 8p/kg, and heifers averaged £2.19/kg, down 8p/kg. They also sold 38 dairy steers for an average of £1.84/kg down 5p/kg.

Fodder prices

Four-foot round straw bales were selling at Carlisle Mart’s crop sale for between £20-£24/bale.

Pig sale

This month’s sale of 63 pigs at Dumfries Mart was topped by a young purebred Pietrain sow with a litter of 12 crossbred weaners for £600.

Maiden gilts sold to £200 for a one-year-old Pietrain gilt. A super pen of Large Black bacon pigs sold to £200, with cutters at £160 and £120.

Weaners met the best trade for some months, selling to £92 for Large Blacks, £72 for Tamworths and £72 for Pietrains.