The 2012 salmon fishing season has got off to a flying start on the River Helmsdale and the first fish for the river was caught on a Suisgill rod! Well done to Michael Dudgeon who caught the 10lb springer on Beat 3 last Saturday, and also to local angler Pete McMillan who caught the second fish of the season (a 6.5 pounder) on the Helmsdale Association Water.
Despite two extremely harsh winters, record-breaking prices were obtained today at Lairg in the United Auctions first annual sale of North Country Cheviot lambs, bringing more than £750,000 to the local economy.
A total of 13,679 lambs were brought to the sale (with Suisgill bringing just under 500) and prices averaged out at £71.91 for ewe lambs and £58.55 for wether lambs, which meant an increase of £7.91 and £2.79 per head respectively compared to last year. We were extremely pleased with the results for Suisgill, with the price for the ewe lambs being up by between £9 and £20 on last year.
The top price for ewe lambs was £132 achieved by our neighbour Sandy Henderson from Achentoul Farms for his shepherd’s pack. Achentoul Farms was also the largest consignor with 979 lambs.