At their weekly Primestock sale John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,652 lambs and 292 young sheep and ewes.
Lamb numbers increasing weekly with trade leveling out countrywide, all buyers present leaving vendors satisfied.
Leading prices per head:- Suff.x:- £86.50 Cresswell Farms, £85 Shotton, £83 Shipley Lane, £81 Holy Island and West Longridge. Tex.x:- £86 Wandon and Holy Island (M Patterson), £84.50 Holy Island and Wandon, £84 Wandon, Fowberry Moor and South Lyham. Pri:- £85.50, £85, £84.50, £84 Cresswell Farms. Cha:- £84.50 Wandon. Ham:- £82.50 Kettleburn. Chev:- £84, £82, £81 Humbleheugh. Bel.x:- £84.50, £81 Henlaw. Ven:- £81.50, £80 South Lyham.
Leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 222.4p, 216.7p, 213.2p Henlaw. Tex.x:- 208.1p Henlaw, 205.6p Bewick Folly, 200p Kettleburn. Suff.x:- 189p Shipley Lane, 188.4p West Longridge. Chev:- 190.9p, 187.5p Humbleheugh. Ven:- 185.7p North Lyham.
Hoggs, leading prices per head:- GF:- £67, £63 South Lyham. Zwa:- £64 Mindrum (T P Fairfax). Suff.x:- £62 Mindrum, £60 Shipley Lane.
Smaller show and end of the Ramadan festival resulted in all classes being dearer.
Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £97 Alnham, £88 Barelees and Chillingham Home Farm, £82 Cresswell Farms, £80 Chillingham Home Farm. BFL:- £93 Clennell, £92 Alwinton Farm, £88 Clennell, £87 Alnham. GF:- £67.50 Alnham, £66 Alwinton Farm, £63 Mindrum, £62 Shipley Lane. BF:- £49 Alnham. Suff.x:- £89 Chillingham Home Farm, £83 Alnham, £80 West Longridge. CM:- £62 Fairlaw. Chev:- £75 Alnham.
Rams:- Tex.x:- £103 Barelees, BF:- £73 Clennell.
Private Sales: 2012 small bales of hay sold at £2.50 p/b, Sol 14m Blks sold at £850, Sol cow and calf sold at £1400.
John Swan Ltd sold 70 clean cattle, 71 OTM cattle, 2,464 new season lambs and 544 ewes.
Bullocks (34) averaged 236p per kg and sold to 259p (-3.8p on week), heifers (36) averaged 231p per kg and sold to 258p (-2.3p on week) and 71 beef type OTM cattle averaged 139.5p per kg and sold to 205p (+3.1p on the week).
New Season SQQ lambs averaged 187.5p per kg (-11.5p on week) and sold to £105.50 and ewes averaged £58.89 and sold to £97. Heavy ewes £68.76, light ewes £36.51.
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.59 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.58 Robert Wilson Butcher, 2.50 M/s Cropper, 2.44 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Lennoxlove 2.56 M/s Cropper, 2.53 M/s TA Shaw, 2.48 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Corsbie 2.52 M/s WS Forsyth and Sons; Snawdon 2.50 M/s WS Forsyth and Sons, 2.46 Denholm Meats, 2.46 Charles Wilson Butcher; Caverton Mill 2.49 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.47 Ramsay Butchers Gullane; Penston 2.49 Scottish Borders Abattoir; Upper Hundalee 2.47
Malones of Edinburgh; Longnewton 2.46 M/s JA Waters and Sons.
Principal prices per head: Lurdenlaw £1785, £1684.95, £1677.90, £1673; Longnewton £1660.50.
Cows per head: Oakwood £1517; Roxburgh Mill £1419; Thrunton £1391.25, £1343.90, £1299.60; Boon £1326.65; Wester Middleton £1296.45, £1167.25, £1159.40, £1131.50, £1120.95;Shoestanes £1284.40; Dalkeith Home Farm £1128.90; Saughtree £1109.25.
Bulls: Wester Middleton £1664.55 (1.37).
Lambs per head: Suff.x;- £105.50 Bluecairn, Tex.x;- £100 Sydenham, £99 Howden and Blackburn Mill, Char;- £93 Crumhaughhill, Bel;- £89 Redden, Suff;- £85 Oxmuir, Chev;- £76 Crailinghall, CM;- £75.
Lambs per kg: Tex.x;- 220.5 Craigsford Mains, 217.1 Crumhaughhill, Bel;- 207.9 Sydenham, 200 Redden, Suff.x;- 197.5 Greenknowe, Chev;- 190.3 South Riccalton, MB;- 198.5 Craiglea, CM;- 187.5 Torwoodlee Mains.
Cast ewes: Suff;- £97 Oxmuir, Tex;- £91 3 Tannage Brae, £89 Burnhouse Mains, Suff.x;- £87 Scarlaw and Birkenside, BFL;- £75 Holybush, GF;- £73 Burnhouse Mains, Bel;- £65 24 Main St, Heitton, Chev;- £61 Ruletownhead.
Rams: Suff;- £80 Oxmuir, Tex;- £77 Saughland, High;- £75 Carterhaugh, EC;- £67 Girrick.
Last week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 91 prime cattle including 29 cows, 2,491 prime lambs, 484 ewes and 2,040 store lambs.
Cattle trade eased slightly with numbers of cattle really beginning to tighten. Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Fenwick Steads, Belford, sold to 450p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Continental cross heifers sold to 410p per kg with steers selling also to 410p per kg.
Lambs sold particularly well for export weights, with a shortage of heavy lambs, premiums were available for up to 25kgs. Export weights sold to 410p per kg for Continental crosses and £91.35 per head. Store lambs started this week with large numbers keenly offered for by regular buyers in the south of England.