News Posted: 6th April 2011

Shetland’s average price per kilo exceeded the Scottish average at Shetland Livestock Marketing Group’s annual Spring Show and Sale.

The event, held at the Lerwick Marts on Wednesday 06 April, attracted sellers and spectators from all over Shetland.

Shetland Marts is performing well having achieved an average of 188 per kilo for Steers and 174 per kilo for Heifers at the sale. The current Scottish average for Steers is 181 per kilo and 178 per kilo for Heifers (according to QMS’s market average on 06 April 2011).

Brian Anderson judged the show and declared a Charolais Cross from Messrs Sinclair, Sandlodge Farm, Sandwick as the overall champion which weighed in at 424 Kg and sold for £920. Commenting on this year’s winner, Brian Anderson said: “There was a tremendous show of cattle this year which made my decision very difficult. I selected the Charolais Cross as our champion as it was an all-round first-class animal, with an outstanding shape and was at a perfect weight for its age.”

Prizes awarded in the male and female categories, 2011 prize winners were as follows:

  • Male Category: both first and second prize was awarded to Messrs Sinclair, Sandlodge Farm, Sandwick
  • Female Category: first prize was awarded to Jim Budge, Bigton Farm and second prize went to Jim Irvine, Sumburgh Farm.

Shetland Livestock Marketing Group in conjunction with the Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold a total of 116 sheep and 228 cattle at the event. Auctioneer, Rod Mackenzie said: “The quality of cattle at today’s (Wednesday 6th) sale was excellent. This was met by a very strong demand which was in line with the rising prime stock prices.”

The quality of cattle was high and the prices received were as follows:

Steers

  • Aberdeen Angus – three sold to £730 from Kurkigarth, Weisdale to average £610 and 173.1p per Kg
  • Aberdeen Angus Cross – eight sold to £855 from Gremista Farm to average £793.13 and 182.7p per Kg
  • Beef Shorthorn – three sold to £795 from Gremista Farm to average £685 and 175.6p per Kg
  • Beef Shorthorn Cross – two sold to £750 from New House, Grups to average £750 and 173.2p per Kg
  • British Blue Cross – ten sold to £760 from Ernahoull Uyeasound to average £696 and 186.3p per Kg
  • Charolais Cross – 71 sold to £990 from Bigton Farm to average £815.78 and 194.4p per Kg
  • Galloway Cross – one sold at £470 at 153.6p per kg from Hamar, North Mavine
  • Limousin Cross – 11 sold to £935 from Bigton Farm to average £712.27 and 183.0p per Kg
  • Salers – two sold at £750 from Gremista Farm to average 184.7p per Kg
  • Salers Cross – 15 sold to £895 from Bigton Farm to average £763.67 and 183.8p per Kg
  • Shorthorn Cross - one sold at £715 at 155.4p per Kg from Gremista Farm
  • Simmental Cross – 11 sold to £815 from Sumburgh Farm to average £694.54 and 178.5p per Kg
  • Whitebred Shorthorn Cross – one sold at £450 at 151.0p per Kg from Haygreen Cunningsburgh

Heifers

  • Aberdeen Angus – one sold at £665 at 145.5 per Kg from Gremista
  • Aberdeen Angus Cross – two sold at £550 from East Gate, East Burrafirth to average 160.8p per kg
  • Beef Shorthorn – five sold to £640 from Gremista Farm to average £600 and 184.5p per Kg
  • Beef Shorthorn Cross – one sold at £800 at 159.0 per kg from Gremista Farm
  • British Blue Cross – two sold at £665 from Ernahoull, Uyeasound to average £637.50 and 173.0p per kg
  • Charolais Cross – 48 sold to £835 from Bigton Farm to average £700.42 and 178.5p Kg
  • Galloway Cross – one sold at £430 at 151.9p per Kg from Hamar, North Mavine
  • Limousin Cross – five sold to £665 from Ernahoull, Uyeasound to average £624 and 172.7p per Kg
  • Salers – four sold at £640 from Gremista Farm to average 187.1p per Kg
  • Salers Cross – six sold to £710 from Toft, Funzie to average £596.67 and 175.8p per Kg
  • Shorthorn Cross – seven sold to £800 from New House, Grups to average £662.14 and 162.6p Kg
  • Simmental Cross – six sold to £850 from Sumburgh Farm to average £590.83 and 159.1p per Kg
  • Whitebred Shorthorn Cross – one sold to £710 at 158.5p per Kg from Haygreen, Cunningsburgh

 

Five categories of sheep were up for sale, the quality here was mixed and the prices attained were as follows:

  • Ewe – 11 sold to £113 from North House Gonfirth to average £71.36
  • Ewe Lamb – 40 sold to £97 from Clousta, Bixter to average £88.90
  • Hoggets – five sold to £50 from Uphouse Weathersta to average £47.60
  • Ram – 23 sold to £115 from North House Gonfirth to average £53.61
  • Store lamb – 37 sold to £95 from Grindischool, Bressay to average £57.27

 

Shetland Livestock Marketing Group would like to thank Harbro who sponsored the event.

For further information:
Hazel Mackenzie
Shetland Livestock Marketing Group
Tel: 01595 696300
Email: hazel@tasteshetland.com