Top trade for Staffin lambs at first Skye sale of season

MORE than 1,900 lambs were sold at the first Skye livestock sale of the season and stock from Staffin fetched excellent prices in the ring.

On a key day in the calendar for crofters in Staffin the sale at Portree on Monday, held by Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, saw 2,247 store lambs and ewes sold.

Staffin lambs did well at Portree.

Staffin lambs did well at Portree.

Despite recent concerns at a fall in the price of lamb and the poor weather over the summer a company spokesman praised the standard of stock and said that the “lambs were shown well and met a highly satisfactory demand.” There were 1,983 lambs sold and they averaged £42.06 each with the top sale price of £62 fetched by a Vatten crofter in Dunvegan from a pen of Meatlincs.

Charlie Beaton, 4 Flodigarry, came away with the best price for the Cheviot lambs at the sale fetching an excellent £57. Charlie also got the best price for sheep selling Cheviot ewes for £50. John “Bertie” MacKenzie, Lynton, Stenscholl scored the top Texel X price with £56 while Iain Macleod, 28 Stenscholl, got the best Cross lamb price with £49. The second lamb sale at Portree will be held in early September.