At their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 569 hoggs and 240 ewes.
Well fleshed hoggs again reaching high returns, 569 average 40.7kg at 208.3p. SQQ to 40.1kg at 210.9p.
Leading prices per head:- Suff.x:- £101.50 Ewart, £99 East Fleetham, £98 Castlelaw, £95.50 Todrig, £88 Newstead. Tex.x:- £94.50, £90 Ewart, £94, £92, £90 (4) Ladykirk, £88.50 Todrig. Chv:- £98, £93.50, £93, £91.50, £90, £89.50, £89 Ewart, £92 Barelees. GF:- £93.50 Ewart. BF:- £90, £89.50 Ewart.
Leading prices per kilo:- Chv:- 228.8p, 228.1p, 226.8p, 222.5p, 217.8p Ewart, 216.2p Biddlestone Home Farm. Tex.x:- 225p Ewart, 215.8p, 215p, 214.3p Ladykirk, 211.3p East Fleetham. BF:- 223.8p, 219.5p Ewart. GF:- 212.5p Ewart. Suff.x:- 203p Ewart. Greater numbers with more flesh available, averaging £66.67.
Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £136 (2) Ewart, £106 Branxton Moor, £103 Village Farm, £100 Branxton Moor. Suff.x:- £121 Barelees, £107 Branxton Moor, £99 Fowberry Moor, £96 Branxton Moor. HB:- £112 Barelees. Zwa:- £100.50 Barelees. GF:- £95 Castlelaw, £91 Ewart, £89, £85 Branxton Moor, £82 Todrig. Chv:- £72 Biddlestone Home Farm. BF:- £66 Branton Eastside, £65 West Longridge.
Rams:- Suff.x:- £125 Lilburn Estates (Ilderton), £123 Biddlestone Home Farm. Tex.x:- £120, £117 Lilburn Estates (Ilderton). LLY:- £107 Lilburn Estates (Ilderton).
John Swan Ltd sold 87 clean cattle, 23 OTM cattle, 2506 old season lambs + 6 new season lambs and 587 ewes.
Bullocks (40) averaged 230.8p per kg and sold to 259p (+3.2p on week)
Heifers (44) averaged 227.5p per kg and sold to 261p (-2.5p on week)
Three young bulls averaged 181.8p per kg and sold to 191p (-17p on week), 23 beef type OTM cattle averaged 156p per kg and sold to 184p (+2.8p on the week)
Old season SQQ lambs averaged 212.4p per kg and sold to £125(-0.6p on week)
New season lambs averaged 261.9 and sold to £110.
ewes averaged £69.47 and sold to £135. Heavy ewes £89.57, Lighter ewes £50.27
To week ending Friday, April 5.
446 cattle sold including 62 prime, 31 cull cows and 353 stores. 824 prime lambs including 249 cast ewes.
Prime cattle continue to sell extremely well. Aberdeen Angus cross heifers from Hallrule
Farms, Bonchester Bridge and Fenwick Steads, Belford sold to 415p per kg. Aberdeen Angus cross steers sold to 410p per kg from Linkshead, Cockburnspath and Cairndinnis, Haddington.
Continental Cross heifers from Lochside Farm, Yetholm and Springhill Farm, Seahouses sold to 395p per kg (£1,762 per head).
Prime hoggs were considerably dearer on the week as numbers became very scarce. Export weights sold to 470p per kg from Billie Mains, Duns.
460p per kg for Suffolk Crosses from Redpath Farm, Duns and North Doddington Farm, Wooler.
Store cattle sales hit an all-time high for the number of cattle sold farm to farm.
Several annual consignments sold to the same buyers and feed lots as last year. Breeding cattle also sold well, with cows and calves to £1,650 and bulling heifers to £1,340.