An afterword to lambing updates from our very own Donald Morrison, crofter and Changeworker, who lives in the village of Cross on Lewis. Donald’s updates featured during March and April, see his firstsecondthird and fourth posts.

As a postscript to my lambing blogs which some of you may have followed, I eventually decided to put my lambs to market early due to their good condition. I am fair chuffed to report that my two batches of Texel cross lambs made the highest (£60) and third highest (£54.50) prices for their breed at market that day.

Here's an excerpt from Dingwall Auction Mart sales report for 30 August:

Lewis Livestock Producers lambs leading prices: Chev: 24 Upper Barvas, £63, 5 Ballantrushal, £61.50, 8 South Shawbost, £58.50; Cross: Glebe House, £62, 34 New Shawbost, and 14 Lower Shader, £61.50, 8 Upper Barvas, £57; SuffX: 6 Upper Shader, £62, 28 Lower Shader, £56, 6 Upper Shader, £51.50; TexX: 5 South Shawbost, and 27 Cross, £60, Cnoc Glas, £56.50, 27 Cross, £54.50CHM: 13 South Dell, £58.50; Mule: 69 North Shawbost, £51.50; BF: 46 North Shawbost, £51, 14 Lower Shader, £50, 27 South Dell, £45.50; CharX: 28 Lower Shader, £49.

This gives some satisfaction knowing that the hard work of the year has culminated in a successful outcome. It also offers encouragement to carry on with the whole cycle, due to start again in about four weeks’ time!

- Donald