17 August 2001

Lairg lamb event on without stock

THE Lairg lamb sale is to go ahead, but North Country Cheviot lambs passing through sale rings will be sold "by description" only this year.

United Auctions, the Perth-based auctioneers who run the Lairg sales, plans to hold the sale on Aug 29 (01738-626183).

Each year thousands of Cheviot lambs are sold through Lairg sale rings, with about 30,000 lambs changing hands at the August fixture alone.

But even though live sales might be allowed in Scotland from September, no compromises will be made over bio-security, said United Auctions David Leggat.

"There are doubts about the bio-security of seasonal centres such as Lairg. We are fully behind the Scottish Executive in ensuring there is containment of foot-and-mouth.

"However, Lairg is crucial to the Highland agricultural economy with the sale of store lambs the only income for many producers."

A catalogue of entries will be produced as usual and will be circulated to regular buyers. Entries for the sale must be received by United Auctions by Aug 15. &#42