It was a different format this year for the LiveScot event held at Lanark market with no spectators and animals judged in the pens, but there was a good turnout of livestock and strong demand from buyers.
Taking the overall title in the cattle, judged by Sam Carlisle, Border Meats, Lockerbie, was Mateus Rosie, a 608kg home-bred 20-month-old Limousin-cross heifer by Carmon Lionbar, from Wilson Peters, Crieff. It went on to sell for the top price of £10.86/kg (£6,600), to B. and T. Kitson Butchers, Northallerton.
Reserve overall went to the reserve heifer, Red Hot Ruby, another Limousin cross, this time from Stewart and Lynsey Bett, Stirling. The 20-month-old 702kg heifer was bought last year from W.P. Hughes and Sons, Uchaf. By Derrygullinane Kingbull, it sold for 427p/kg (£3,000) also to Messrs Kitson.
Best of the steers was a 676kg pure Aberdeen-Angus from George McFadzean, Perth. The home-bred two-year-old by Glenbuchat Black Bruce sold to John Scott Meats, Paisley, for 253p/kg (£1,710).
Reserve overall steer was Diplo, a 622kg home-bred Limousin-cross by Brutus Hashtag from Stewart Dunlop, Ochiltree, which sold for 260p/kg (£1,617) to Fleming Butchers, Arbroath.
Mr Peters also picked up the Housewives’ Choice champion ticket, with Coilavoulin Elle, an April 2019-born Limousin cross heifer by Naby Director. Bought from Willie Stevenson, Pitlochry, it made 748p/kg (£4,100) to Jimmy Cairns, Law.
In the sheep lines the championship went to John Guthrie, Crieff, with a pair of Beltex-cross lambs totalling 92kg in weight, which sold for £350/head to David Comrie and Son Butchers, Crieff.
The reserve champion lambs from the same home were a pair of Beltex crosses weighing 84kg. They sold for £310/head to Mathieson Butchers, Edinburgh, who bought the butcher’s champion in the cattle, a 602kg heifer from Gavin Scott, Linlithgow, which made 664p/kg (£4,000).
Overall hill champions were the winning Blackfaces, a pair from Messrs Shawhead, Douglas, weighing a combined 78kg. They sold for £136/head to John Scott Meats.
Reserve hill pair were North Country Cheviots from Bruce Lang, Cupar, weighing a total of107kg which sold at £150/head, to the judge, Robert Lawson, Lanark.
Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.