When it comes to producing a solid Stirling Bull Sales trade, the Charolais rarely disappoint.
A ewe lamb, Woodies Windstrom ET, led the way at the Beltex Scotland Female sale at the Livescot event in Lanark Mart.
Spectators braved the blustery conditions to witness a strong turnout of stock in the sheep lines over the first two days of the Royal Highland, with entries up by more than 100 on the year, to 1,972 head.
The Beltex Scotland in-lamb sale, which featured for the first time in the Scottish Winter Fair programme, attracted a packed ringside and a high clearance rate, with only four entries of those forward returning home unsold.
It was a case of deadlock amidst the judging of Scotland’s heavy horses on the opening day of the Royal Highland Show.
This year the Princess Royal, as patron of the Shorthorn Cattle Society, will help celebrate the 150th anniversary of United Auctions’ bull sales.
Some of the country’s best and most expensive Limousin bulls were heading to the Highlands and Islands last night after their breed sale at Stirling.
A high clearance of Limousin bulls at Stirling was “very clearly” driven by commercial demand.
The prices Scottish producers are receiving for prime cattle remain 6-7% higher than this time last year, according to Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s head of economics services.
The Highland Cattle Society has reported a buoyant trade at its 124th annual show and sale held at Caledonian Marts in Oban on Monday.