Off the hill and on a firm trade…Lairg hosts the largest sale of North Country Cheviots with 17,750 being offered this week. Cast ewes topped at £40.50 a head for entries from Auchentoul Estates, Helmsdale. Gimmers went to £61.50 each. Tups – a better trade than last year – topped £2200 for a four-shear from Messrs Elliot, Balnakeil. Two others made £2000 each, reports auctioneer David Leggat (United Auctions).