First sale of 2016 at Ayr market

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd, sold 301 Store Cattle at their first sale of 2016 last Thursday, a mixed show for quality sold cheaper on the year.

The 148 bullocks averaged £843.21 or 201.24p/kg, 41 Friesian bullocks averaged £505.85 or 120.37p/kg and 112 heifers averaged £829.55 or 189.84p/kg.

Top price of the day was £1265 for a B/Blue bullock off High Kilbride or 240p/kg for a pen of six Limousin bullocks off Cairnwhin. Heifers peaked at £1260 for a Limousin off Knockgerran or 220p/kg for a pen off Burnhouse, a plain show of Friesians sold to £835 for a pen off Bourtreebush or 138.2p/kg.

Leading prices (per head) Blks - B/B: £1265 High Kilbride £1015 Gass £950 Knockrevoch; Lim: £1240 and £1200 Ravenslie, £1200 Howcommon, £1155, £1090 and £1020 North Waterland, £1000 Gass; Char: £1070 Rankinston, £1020 Mid Floak; AA: £1060 High Kilbride, £985 Balsaggart, £940 Bogany; Sim: £1030 Knockrevoch, £950 Balsaggart; Hfd: £930 Balsaggart Norw; Red: £910 Knockrevoch; Fries: £835 Bourtreebush. Leading prices (per head) Hfrs - Lim: £1260, £1200, £1155 and £1140 Knockgerran, £1120 Blairbowie, £1090 Knockgerran, £1080 South Walton and East Borland, £1045 Burnhouse, £1040 North Wterland, £1035 Blairbowie, £1015 Knockgerran, £1000 South Walton; Sim: £1060 Busbiehill, £960 Potterston, £950 South Walton; Blonde: £990 Barneil; Char: £960 Montgomerieston, £940 North Auchenbrain, £870 Dykes Farms; AA: £910 Montgomerieston, £900 Potterston; Hfd: £810 Potterston; B/B: £770 Bogany. Alos sold were 447 store hoggets. Top price was £73 for a pen of Texel hoggets from R. and J. Kerr, Dalreoch, Colmonell, Girvan, with the overall sale average being £49.95 per head. All classes were a lot sharper and many more could have been sold. Leading prices (per head) hoggets - Tex: £73 Dalreoch Mule, £67 Mid Knockglass; Tex Cross: £66 Craigneil; Sfk: £66 Mid Knockglass; Cont: £62.50 Wee Carleton; Cont Cross: £62 Dalreoch; Sfk Cross: £61.50 Craigneil; Beltex: £61.50 Mid Auchengowan £60, Mid Auchengowan; Beltex Cross: £59.50 Craigneil; Cross: £56.50 Mid Knockglass; Roussin: £56 Dalwyne; Char: £54 High Woodston;; Mule Cross: £54 High Woodston; Sfk: £53.50 Hunterston; Rouge: £50 Hunterston; Bf: £43 Hunterston £39 Wee Carleton.