14 August 1998
Lairg lamb sale degenerates into
a ‘real disaster’
POOR sales and prices at the Lairg lamb sale has left hill farming in Scotland in a state of shock, reports The Scotsman.
Almost 40,000 North Country Cheviot lambs were entered but only 27,000 changed hands, compared with 30,000 last year.
The 19,022 wedder lambs averaged £23.67 with the 8,241 ewe lambs at £31.70. The gross takings for the sale fell from £1.3m to just over £700,000. Some 2,000 lambs were left unsold.
George Lyon, president of the National Farmers Union of Scotland, said: “This is a real disaster and I hope it is not a pointer to the rest of the season. No-one can produce sheep at this sort of price.”
- Price flop at Europes biggest sheep show, FWi, yesterday (13 August)
- The Scotsman 14/08/98 page 25