Quality Islay grazing cattle attract mainland buyers

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United Auctions held its annual early spring sale of grazing cattle at Islay Auction Mart on Saturday March 10, when 898 head were sold.

A good show of quality grazing cattle was presented to the usual strong force of mainland buyers. Cattle in general were lighter on the year.

Bullocks sold to an average of £853.79 per head or 250.2 pence per kilo (down £38.10 per head and up 6.7 pence per kilo). Heifers averaged £774.50 per head or 234.1 pence per kilo (up £8.52 per head and 3.83 pence per kilo).

Bullocks sold to £1,200 from Craigfad and Lossit and to 309 pence per kilo from Aoradh. Heifers from Craigfad sold to £1,180 whilst Starchmill sold heifers to 279 pence per kilo.

Principal lots and prices

Top prices per head
Bullocks

AAx: £1,030 – Tallant : £1,000 (2) – Octomore : £960 (7) – Aoradh : £940 (6) – Octofad : £920 (2) – Tallant : £910 – Uiskentuie.

CHARx: £1,200 – Tallant and Craigfad (3) : £1,150 (2) – Octofad : £1,080 – Tallant : £1,030(8) – Craigens : £1,020 – Eorrabus : £990 (2) – Tallant : £980 (5) – Eorrabus : £970 – Aoradh (6) and Craigens (6).

LIMx: £1,200 (7) and £1,190 (7) – Lossit : £1,180 – Octofad : £1,140 – Ardbeg : £1,120 (2) – Craigfad : £1,100 – Ardbeg : £1,090 – Balaclava (2) and Ardbeg (2) : £1,080 – Lossit (4) and Balaclava : £1,050 (10) – Octofad : £1,040 – Tallant (2) and Starchmill (2) : £1,030 – Ardbeg : £1,020 (2) – Starchmill : £990 – Tallant (3) and Eorrabus(6) : £980 – Eorrabus, Aoradh (4) and Balaclava : £970 – Octofad and Blackrock (6) : £960 – Kilchiaran (5) & Starchmill : £950 – Balaclava (2), Ardbeg (4) and Aoradh (3).

LUINGx: £730 (9) – Duich.

SIMx: £900 (4) – Carrabus.

Heifers

AAx: £1,000 (2) – Eorrabus.

BAx: £840 (2) – Eorrabus.

CHARx: £1,180 (2) and £1,130 (5) – Craigfad : £1,000 – Tallant : £970 (3) – Octofad : £950 – Tallant and Craigens (6).

LIMx: £1,100 – Eorrabus : £1,020 (2) – Starchmill : £1,000 (13) – Lossit : £970 – Octofad : £960 – Starchmill, Kilchiaran (3) and Uiskentuie.

Top prices per kilo
Bullocks

AAx: 282p (5) – Tallant : 272p (7) and 262p (9) – Aoradh : 256p (2) – Tallant : 255p – Uiskentuie : 253p – Ballinaby.

CHARx: 286p (5) and 279p (5) – Aoradh : 274p (2) and 271p – Tallant : 271p (4) – Aoradh : 270p (5) – Eorrabus : 269p (7) – Ballinaby : 263p (4) – Craigens : 261p (3) – Ballinaby : 258p (6) – Aoradh : 257p – Carrabus (2) and Claggan (2) : 255p (8) and 254p (6) – Craigens : 251p (2) – Eorrabus : 250p (2) – Aoradh.

LIMx: 309p (3) – Aoradh : 302p, 294p and 293p (2) – Ardbeg : 292p (2) – Uiskentuie : 286p – Ardbeg : 284p – Tallant (5) and Lossit (4) : 282p – Ardbeg (5), Smaladh and Tallant (2) : 281p – Uiskentuie (2), Tallant (4) and Duich (7) : 278p – Blackrock (7) and Lossit : 277p – Claggan : 276p (2) – Ardbeg : 275p – Aoradh (10) and Octofad (6) : 273p – Ardbeg (2) and Lossit (7) : 272p – Ardbeg (8) and Tallant (3) : 271p – Claggan and Tallant (2) : 270p – Tallant (5), Aoradh and Eorrabus : 269p and 268p (3) – Kinnabus : 265p – Smaladh and Aoradh (4) : 264p (6) – Blackrock : 263p – Octofad (9) and Duich (9) : 262p – Ardbeg, Tallant (4) and Grulinbeg : 261p – Starchmill (3) and Eorrabus (8) : 260p – Tallant (2) and Octofad (4) : 256p – Octofad (6) and Balaclava : 255p – Eorrabus (5) and Uiskentuie (4) : 253p – Starchmill (2) and Ardbeg (4) : 252p – Sannaigmore, Tallant (2) and Aoradh (3) : 251p – Starchmill and Eorrabus : 250p – Starchmill (2) and Carrabus.

LUINGx: 263p (6) and 262p (9) – Duich.

SIMx: 252p – Sannaigmore : 248p – Carrabus.

Heifers

AAx: 248p and 230p – Craigens.

CHARx: 274p (3) – Tallant : 273p (6), 268p (4), 264p (4) and 260p (9) – Aoradh : 258p – Ballinaby (5) and Aoradh (12) : 257p (2) – Aoradh : 256p (2) – Tallant : 255p (3) – Aoradh : 251p (9) – Octofad : 250p – Aoradh : 248p – Craigens (5) and Octofad (5) : 240p (20) – Eorrabus.

LIMx: 279p – Starchmill : 276p (2) – Ardbeg : 261p – Starchmill : 260p (3) and 259p (2) – Tallant : 257p (6) – Ardbeg : 255p – Aoradh : 254p (13) – Lossit : 251p – Ardbeg : 250p – Starchmill (2), Ardbeg, Kinnabus (6) and Grulinbeg (2) : 249p – Ardbeg (6) and Blackrock (4) : 248p – Tallant, Octofad and Aoradh (6) : 247p(5) – Starchmill : 245p (3) – Smaladh : 243p (9) – Uiskentuie : 241p (8) and 240p (3) – Eorrabus.