Shetland Livestock Marketing Group in conjunction with Aberdeen & Northern Marts sold 1280 Lambs at the first sale of the season. The pre-Sale Show was generously sponsored by Brae Building Centre, Suppliers of Livestock feed, minerals and nutritional products. The Judge was Mr Brian Anderson, Seafield Farm, Lerwick.
His awards were as follows:
Pen of 20 PRIME LAMBS
1st J & A Sinclair, Sandlodge Farm Sandwick (42.5 kgs £72.50)
2nd N. Williamson, Setter, Bressay. (39 kgs £64.50)
3rd J Abernethy, Verdahill, Twatt. (39.2 kgs £64)
Pen of 20 STORE LAMBS
1st – M Westmoreland, Keldabister, Bressay. (£63.50)
2nd – J & A Sinclair, Sandlodge Farm Sandwick (£64)
3rd – M Westmoreland, Hoversta, Bressay. (£64)
All classes met an excellent demand. The sale average showed an increase of £4.77 on the corresponding sale of last year. Lambs were lighter and not as well fleshed as previous years. Due to recent wet weather lambs were not shown to advantage however this did not adversely affect their price.
Leading Prices Suffolk Crosses – (Average price £60.02)
£72.50 Sandlodge, Sandwick; £66.50 Glenview, Symbister; £66 Vatnahoull, Setter Farm; £65 Almark, Symbister; £64.50 Setter, Bressay; £64 Hoversta, Bressay & Garths of Ham, Bressay; £63.50 Keldabister, Bressay; £63 Norvista, Symbister; £62 Djubadale, Busta & Uphouse, Weathersta;
Leading Prices Texel Crosses – (Average price £54.28)
£72.50 & £70 Sandlea, Sandwick; £64, £62 & £60.50 Verdahill, Twatt; £63 Ellie Knowe, Saltness;
Leading Prices Cheviot Crosses – (Average price £50.59)
£59.80 Vatnahoull, Setter Farm; £56.50 & £55.50 Uyea House, North Roe (Dowle);
Ewes to £64.50 for crosses from Verdahill, Twatt.