Sheep trade has proven positive in the north-east, according to a report.
Farming company Aberdeen & Northern Mats has announced trade is ahead of last year where store lambs were selling in the region of £40 per head and is now selling at an average of £61.62 per head.
Colin Slessor, deputy head of livestock at ANM, said: “Sheep trade at Thainstone and Caithness has been satisfactory and the improved weather has certainly helped all sectors of the industry.
“Assuming all goes well with Brexit negotiations, the future of the sheep industry looks optimistic.”
The grass situation is still a concern for farmers, and there are some who are finishing off lambs using concentrate.
In Aberdeenshire, the grazing situation has stabilised, and many farmers have been able to take second and third cuts of silage.
The area received rain at the right time, stimulating grass growth.