Ringside: Last ever sale at old Stirling market site

United Auctions conducted its last store cattle and prime sheep sales at its Kildean market site in Stirling last week, as the site was replaced with a new £15m agricultural centre officially opened on the outskirts of the town.

A total of 586 store cattle were sold last Wednesday (22 July), with bullocks averaging 170p/kg, down about 3p/kg on the week. Heifer prices were also down slightly to an average of 168p/kg, up to £3/kg.

The highlight of the last store cattle sale was a pen of 347kg Limousin-cross heifers from P J Laidlaw & Son, bought by Watson Bros, Croftgarry. “The lot realised £1040 per head, an excellent end to cattle sales at Kildean, with everyone looking forward with anticipation to a new era at the Stirling Agricultural Centre,” a representative said.

Average price for 57 cast cows sold was 95p/kg, up to 127p/kg.

Meanwhile, Thursday’s (23 July) final prime sheep sale at Kildean saw 3983 prime sheep sold, including 2821 lambs averaging 141p/kg.