There was a smaller entry of 101 head at the monthly sale of pigs at Dumfries Mart on Monday but trade was considerably improved on the month with a significant demand for butchers` and cast pigs and more interest in stores and growers than of late.
Entries were forward from as far afield as Banffshire and Argyll and a total clearance was effected. The overall average was £86 per head.
Organic Large Black baconers realised £240 with others to £140 for Durocs and Tamworths and £130 for Saddlebacks. Cast sows topped at £180 for a Gloucester Old Spot. Other sows made to £140 and £120 and many more could have been successfully sold. Cutters went to £120 with growers and stores at £65 for Saddlebacks and others to £58 and £55.
The next Dumfries pig sale will be on Monday 3rd April with pedigree and non-pedigree breeding pigs on Monday 15th May.