Staffin stock shines at biggest Skye lamb sale of year

LAMBS from Staffin were again among the top prices at the island’s second big sale of the season in Portree.

More than 4,100 store lambs were sold by Dingwall and Highland Marts on Monday in what was described by a company spokesman as a “good sound trade” for all classes. It comes after the first sale last month saw several Staffin crofters come away with top prices, further enhancing the district’s reputation among buyers as a source of top quality store lambs.

The dry weather conditions on the day helped show the lambs well in the ring which comes after a poor summer for weather.

Lambs averaged £37.99 this week, which was down £1.87 on the year, with the top price going to a pen of Blackface lambs from Kilmuir.

Lambs here

Staffin lambs did well in the Portree sale ring.

Young Allan Wilson at 3 Sartle got the top price for Blackface wedder lambs at £57.50 while Ian MacDonald, Digg, had one of the leading prices in the Cheviots at £55. Iain MacLeod, 28 Stenscholl, at £53 was among the top Suffolk X prices.

For ewe lambs, David McDonnell, Digg, had the top prize for Blackfaces with £41, closely followed by James MacDonald, 5 Brogaig, who got £40.