Archive Article: 1997/07/11

11 July 1997




Gorgie Auction Mart, Edinburgh hosted a sale of breeding sheep for early lamb production last week. FW called in…

The day saw about 1100 sheep penned at the market. The question on everyones lips was would prices match the high levels of 12 months ago?

George Purves takes bids from the rostrum. Standing eagle-eyed in front of him was Willie Blair.

In the little red book… yardsman Tom Young had a busy day.

John Elliot puts the finishing touches to his Suffolk shearlings. Getting tups in tip-top shape will be high on the agenda over the coming weeks at the Elliots farm at Roxburgh Mains, with about 50 rams making the journey from there to Kelso for the September ram sale.

Breeding females were typically worth about £10 a head less than 12 months ago. Suffolk ewes averaged £60. The lower values of prime lambs and the weaker cull ewe trade were among the reasons, according to auctioneers John Swan and Sons.

Those at Gorgie saw Suffolk cross gimmers and ewes make to £84 and £72, respectively. Bidding for Greyfaced gimmers reached £64.


Homeward bound… loading up at the end of the sale. It wasnt just sheep that were traded, however. Store cattle changed hands, with Charolais cross bullocks claiming the highest price at £565 (112p/kg).

Homeward bound… loading up at the end of the sale. It wasnt just sheep that were traded, however. Store cattle changed hands, with Charolais cross bullocks claiming the highest price at £565 (112p/kg).


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