At their weekly Primestock Sale John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,486 lambs, 59 hoggs and young sheep and 313 ewes.
Lamb numbers larger, a large ring of buyers present resulting in trade again being dearer on the week to show another leading average countywide.
Leading prices per head:- Ven.x:- £90 South Lyham. Tex.x:- £86.50 Lilburn Estates, Shotton, Low Middleton, Linhope Farming (Roddam), Yetlington Lane and West Longridge, £86 Great Ryle, Cresswell Farms, The Hagg and Kimmerston, £85.50 West Longridge (3) and South Charlton, £85 Elwick and Lilburn Estates. Suff.x:- £85.50 East Fleetham and Great Ryle, £85 Great Ryle and Shotton, £84.50 The Newton and Linhope Farming (Roddam), £84 Branton Eastside (2). Bel.x:- £83.50 Yetlington Lane.
Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 226.4p Shipley Smallburn, 213.2p, 210.5p Bewick Folly, 209.2p Yetlington Lane, 207.5p Cockhall, 206.8p Shipley Smallburn, 205p Greenhead, Reston and Lilburn Estates, 204.9p Village Farm, Seahouses, 204.1p, 204p Lilburn Estates, 203.7p The Hagg, 202.4p Great Ryle, 201.3p Lilburn Estates (2), 201.2p Linhope Farming (Roddam). Bel.x:- 214.1p Yetlington Lane, 204.2p Ladykirk.
Larger number of ewes, due to spaining time. Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £93 Edlingham Newtown, £87 West Longridge, £85 Edlingham Newtown, £81 Edrom Mains and Cresswell Farms. Bel:- £89 The Loan. Suff.x:- £87 Middle Ord and Edrom Mains, £85 Lilburn Estates and West Longridge, £83 Bewick Folly and East Fleetham, £81 Lilburn Estates. Char.x:- £83 East Fleetham. Ven.x:- £81 North Lyham. BF:- £73 Lilburn Estates. Mule:- £71 Branton Eastside.
Rams:- BF:- £81 Lilburn Estates.
At St Boswells on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 49 clean cattle, 90 OTM cattle, 2,330 new season lambs and 561 ewes.
Bullocks (29) averaged 239.8p per kg and sold to 262p (+1.3p on week), heifers (17) averaged 233.3p per kg and sold to 253p (n/c on week), three young bulls averaged 181.6p per kg and sold to 198p (n/c on week) and 90 beef type OTM cattle averaged 136.4p per kg and sold to 199p (-0.6p on the week).
SQQ new season lambs averaged 199p per kg (+16.6p on week) and sold to £105 and ewes averaged £58.20 and sold to £97 for ewes and tups. Heavy ewes £73.27, light ewes £40.77.
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.62 M/s Cropper, 2.57 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.53 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.51 John Anderson Butchers, 2.49 M/s TA Shaw; East Loanend 2.58 M/s TA Shaw,; Caverton Mill 2.53 Linton Butchers, 2.51 G and L Archibald Ltd, 2.50 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.46 Ramsay Butchers; Lennoxlove 2.49 Denholm Meats, 2.44 M/s Cropper, 2.42 Scottish Borders Abattoir; Humbie Mill 2.45 M/s Cropper; Woodhead. A 2.42 Alex Smith.
Principal prices per head: Humbie Mill £1898.75; East Loanend £1702.80; Bee Edge £1656, £1611.30; Lurdenlaw £1654.30, £1616.60.
Cows per head: Birkenside £1402.80, £1373.10; Boon £1368, £1235.80; Lammerview £1346.40; Easter Middleton £1318.80, £1139.25, £1117.40; Wester Middleton £1270.50, £1086.30; Girrick £1219.10, £1096.
Cows per kg: Birkenside 1.99, 1.67; Lammerview 1.87; Mossilee 1.77, 1.57; Priesthaugh 1.77.
Lambs per head: Bel; £105 Sydenham, £94 Nether Howden Cott, Tex.x;- £104, £102.50 Crookston, £98 Saughland and Maidenhall, Suff.x;- £96 West Moneylaws, Char;- £85.50 Woodhouse. J, MB;- £84 Craiglea, Ham;- £84 Whitehouse. A, Beu;- £80 Craighouse, GF;- £80 Lylestane.
Lambs per kg: Bel;- 229.7, 227 Sydenham, Tex.x;- 226.3 Saughland, 220.9 Threeburnford, Suff.x;- 202.4 Kittyfield & Lylestane, MB;- 200 Craiglea, Char;- 198.8 Woodhouse. J, Ham;- 195.2 Marigold.
Cast ewes: Tex;- £95 Blackadder Mains, Suff.x;- £97 Haltree, Bel;- £93 Sydenham, HB;- £90 Haltree, BFL;- £89 Hamildean, Suff;- £85 Broomiebank, CM;- £77 Shoestanes and Blackhill, Chev;- £75 North Synton, GF;- £71 Crailing Nook, Lly;- £69 Whitriggs.
Rams: Lly;- £97 Ruchlaw Mains, Tex;- £91 Blackadder Mains.
Last week Border Livestock Exchange sold 97 cattle including 31 cows, 2,803 lambs including 260 ewes and 30 heifers and calves.
Aberdeen Angus Cross Steers sold to 445p per kg to Well Hung and Tender. Continental cross steers and heifers sold to 405p per kg. Cull cows to 300p per kilo.
Lamb trade firmed as the week went on with lambs killing well with improved keep from the rain. Texel crosses to 425p per kilo and 89.25 per head. Suffolk and Continental crosses to 415p per kilo. Small hill Euro lambs sold to 400p per kg for Cheviot and Beulah crosses. More required to fill orders for these lightweight lambs.
Aberdeen Angus heifers with calves at foot sold to £2,100.