Booking has opened today (Monday 3 August) for the first two livestock sales of the Lewis and Harris auction season.

Dates have been confirmed for the auction mart in Steinish, confirming the dates earlier reported by ( Sales of lambs are set for Wednesday 26 August and Wednesday 9 September.

There had been some concern over whether auctions could continue at all at the island marts in 2020, with stringent restrictions on hygiene and social distancing set for all livestock auctions.

But Dingwall and Highland Marts, who operate the markets in Stornoway, confirmed late in July that they could come to the islands to auction the large number of island lambs and ewes which will be ready for market this summer.

A third sale is to be held early in October, on a date yet to be confirmed.

A Lewis and Harris auction mart director said that booking for the 26 August sale was now open, by phone to any of the directors, or online at, where the online booking facility is due to go live later today.