Lewis and Harris Auction Mart announced late yesterday (Saturday August 29) that they have agreed with their partners at Dingwall Mart on a date for the third sale of the new season.

There will be sales of cattle and sheep at the Stornoway Mart in Steinish on Tuesday 6th October. They promise that more details to follow with online and telephone booking to open soon – http://lewisandharrisauctionmart.co.uk/index.html

Earlier the organisers said that the first Covid-19 sale of livestock went better than could have been hoped for, with sale days on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 August running like clockwork.

Directors of the Lewis and Harris Auction Mart said: “The first sale in the Covid-19 era has been a success and we'd like to thank everyone who made it all work. Thanks to all the sellers and buyers, old and new, who supported the sale and were so patient with the safety measures that had to be in place and a big thanks to the volunteers and staff from our own team and from Dingwall Mart who staffed the sales and ensured as smooth an operation as possible.”

The sale at Steinish mart was broken down into two days to allow the best use of buyers’ time, after they arrived by air from the mainland on Tuesday afternoon. More than 4,100 store lambs were sold on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, with auctioneers from Dingwall and Highland Marts describing the stock as ‘looking in great bloom’.

There was an overall increase of £9.60 on the corresponding sale last year, with top prices paid for cross lambs from 6 Valtos at £110, Suffolk cross lambs from 4 Park, Barvas, at £78 gross and Texel cross lambs from Anerley Cottage, Back at £77.

The sale was livestreamed on social media. More than 9,000 followers viewed the livestream on the mart’s Facebook page, with more than 2,000 searching it out via the website.

A spokesperson for Dingwall and Highland Marts said: “A big thank you to all locals attending the sale for observing the COVID protocols.”

The next sale at the Steinish mart is on Wednesday 9 September and live-streaming is also planned for that sale at https://www.facebook.com/auctionmart/

On Thursday August 27, a Scottish Texel lamb became the world's most expensive sheep after being sold for £367,500 at an auction. Double Diamond was sold at the Scottish National Texel Sale in Lanark.