Lewis and Harris Auction Mart has decided today (Wednesday 30 September) that they must double up on livestock sale days in the face of soaring bookings.

As bookings closed yesterday (Tuesday) for the sale of cattle and sheep planned for next Tuesday (6 October) a late surge added large numbers to the animals already for sale.

Directors have responded positively and are now to split the sale days, designating the original sale day, Tuesday 6 October, for the year’s only sale of cattle and a new date, Monday 12 October, for all classes of sheep. This will be the third sheep sale of the year.

Mart director Kenny Macleod said: “There was a late surge in bookings, meaning that we had much more stock than we expected. Based on a couple of large, late bookings we have decided today to divide the sale.

“We now expect to have 150 cattle for sale at the Steinish mart from 10am on Tuesday 6 October and 2,200 sheep in the mart from 9.30am on Monday 12 October.

“All the information on timings, COVID arrangements and other details will be available on our website at https://lewisandharrisauctionmart.co.uk/index.html, or call any of the directors for information.”

The sale will, as usual, be conducted by auctioneers from Dingwall and Highland Mart and it is also hoped that both sales can be live-streamed on the mart’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/auctionmart/

Picture: Cattle grazing in Lewis (Roddy Macdonald).