News Posted: 22nd December 2010

Shetland Livestock Marketing Group’s 2010 season has seen sales rise by £320,000.

While cattle sales were slightly down on 2009, the throughput of sheep rose from 34,257 to 37,441, thanks to better market prices. Sales have gone very well this year with both local and visiting buyers keeping trade brisk at the Mart.

Participating in Wool Week, an international initiative promoting real wool of which Prince Charles is patron, Jamieson & Smith (Shetland Wool Brokers) ran a supreme Shetland fleece competition, which was sponsored by one of their customers, luxury bed manufacturer Vi-Spring. The competition was judged at the Flock Book sale in October and the overall champion was owned by Sean Graham.

The new EID scanners, which read the electronic tags on sheep for identification purposes, have worked very well. If anyone requires the ear-tag number of sheep that they have bought or sold through the Mart, please contact the ScotEID Information Centre in Huntly on 01466 794323 or see www.scoteid.com. This information should be recorded in your new holding register.

Another positive development this season was the introduction of a farmers’ market on sale days, with a wide array of vegetables on display, which helped encourage more people to attend.

Also proving popular was the catering by Gloria Beaton, ‘Food by Ms Beaton’. This added another new - and delicious - dimension to the day.

With sales finished for the year, Shetland Livestock Marketing Group would like to remind readers that winter storage is available for caravans, boats, cars, etc at £3.25 per square metre, per month.

Over the coming months, the penning system in the lairage will be upgraded to speed up throughput next season.