At their weekly Primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 760 new season lambs, 173 hoggs and 326 ewes.
Increased numbers with an increase in quality reflected in higher returns.
Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £107, £104, £100.50, £100 Lilburn Estates, £101, £100 Holy Island, £100 Chesterhill. Suff.x:- £100 Shipley Lane, £98 Treaty Park and Clarence House, £97 Holy Island. Chev:- £94 Humbleheugh, £90 Barelees. Ven:- £93 North Lyham. Bel.x:- £92, £91, £90 Chillingham Home Farm. Zwa:- £90 Barelees.
Leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 257.1p, 255.6p, 246p Chillingham Home Farm, 242.9p, 233.8p Ladykirk. Tex.x:- 250p Little Swinton, 247.4p Lilburn Estates, 243.9p Holy Island. Suff.x:- 238.8p Clarence House, 233.3p Treaty Park, 232.4p Kettleburn. BDM:- 229.5p Chillingham Home Farm. Chev:- 225.6p Humbleheugh.
Hoggs, leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £80 Charlton Mires and Clarence House, £70 Elwick and Ladykirk. Suff.x:- £70 Cockhall and Ladykirk. Mule:- £70 Ladykirk.
Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 166.7p Charlton Mires, 154.1p, 150p The Hagg, 152.2p Ladykirk, Suff.x:- 152.2p Ladykirk, 145.8p Cockhall. GF:- 145.8p Ladykirk.
Strong show of ewes, with plenty of flesh available achieving similar returns. Leading rices:- Suff.x:- £95 Barelees, £93.50, £86 Wandon, £85.50 (x2), £82 Lilburn
Estates, £82 Milfield Demesne. Tex.x:- £86 Wandon, £84 The Hagg, £83 Barelees. Zwa:- £86 Barelees. Mule:- £68 Elwick, £67 Charlton Mires, £65.50 Greystonnes, £65 Whitsome West Newton and West Rennington. BF:- £61 Ladykirk. Ven:- £60 South Lyham.
Rams:- Tex.x:- £97 Chesterhill, £90 Wrangham East, £82 West Longridge. Suff.x:- £95 Goswick.
On Monday John Swan Ltd sold 85 clean cattle, 44 OTM cattle, 839 new season lambs, 383 old season lambs and 407 ewes.
Bullocks (31) averaged 240.7p per kg and sold to 256p (+1.2p on week), heifers (53) averaged 235p per kg and sold to 255p (+0.2p on week), one young bull averaged 212p per kg and sold to 212p (n/c on week) and 44 beef type OTM cattle averaged 154.7p per kg and sold to 207p (n/c on the week).
New season lambs averaged 240.4p per kg(+8.4p on week) and sold to £121, old season SQQ lambs averaged 166.4p per kg (-4.7p on week) and sold to £98, ewes averaged £66.41, and sold to £95, heavy ewes £75.83, light ewes £56.29.
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.56 (2) M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd and W Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.55 (2), Robert Wilson Butcher and M/s TA Shaw, 2.53 M/s J Saunderson Ltd; Longnewton 2.55 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Caverton Mill 2.55 M/s TA Shaw; Lurdenlaw 2.54 Colin Peat; Traprain 2.51 Charles Wilson Butcher; Pathhead 2.50 Robert Wilson Butcher; Upper Hundalee 2.50 W Taylor(Lockerbie), 2.49 Malone of Edinburgh; Lennoxlove 2.48 M/s Moor; Thirlestane 2.48 Ramsay Butcher; Ramrig 2.47 Malone of Edinburgh.
Principal prices per head: Lurdenlaw £1809.50, £1747.90, £1715.50, £1610.
Bulls: Haltree £1313 (1.30p).
Cows per head: Humbie Mill £1891.50; Kersknowe £1559.25, £1488, £1435; Honeyburn £1451.40; Muircleugh £1169.55, £1107.20; Roxburgh Mains £1165.45; Lakewood Stud £1147.50; Kirkton £1144.80, £1088.50, £1056; Thirlestane £1110.90; Bonjedward Mill £1094.80; Kaeside £1085.50.
Cows per kg: Muircleugh 2.07, 1.73; Kaeside 1.99; Humbie Mill 1.94; Kersknowe 1.89, 1.75; Honeyburn 1.77; Kirkton 1.77, 1.65; Kaeside 1.67; Huntington 1.67; Bonjedward Mill 1.63, 1.61; Roxburgh Mains 1.63; Bogbank 1.61; Thirlestane 1.61.
New season lambs per head: Suff.x;- £121 Roxburgh Mains, £117 Ladyflat, £113 Thirlestane; Tex.x;- £121 Preston, £115.50 Upper Bolton, £112 Thirlestane; Zwar;- £110 Eden Lodge; High;- £109 Carterhaugh.
New season lambs per kg: Tex;- 269.2 Legers, Tex.x;- 251.3 Sydenham, 251.2 Huntington, Suff.x;- 242.1 Lauder Barns, 241 Marvingston.
Rams: Tex;- £111 Newbiggin Walls, Char;- £91 Carterhaugh, BFL;- £85 Newbiggin Walls.
Last week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 115 prime cattle including 34 cows, 2,019 prime lambs including 214 ewes and 149 store cattle.
Prime cattle numbers were short of requirements with trade subsequently firmer for all classes. Aberdeen Angus crosses sold to 454p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Simmental crosses sold to 413p per kg with Limousin young bulls selling to 410p per kg and £1,555 from Whitmuirhaugh, Kelso.
Lambs were considerably dearer towards the end of the week with Hoggs also being easier to sell. Texel cross lambs sold to £107.10 for 21kg. Suffolk crosses and Meatlinc to £99.75. Heavy lambs 22kg sold to £109.80 with light Lambs 8-12kgs selling to 465p per kg.