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WOOLER

At their weekly Primestock Sale John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,390 lambs, 26 hoggs and 353 ewes.

Lamb numbers tighter, similar returns achieve within national averages.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £90 Teviotdale, £88 Wandon, £86 Black Heddon, £85, £84 Roddam (Linhope Farming), £84 Brackenside and West Longridge. Suff.x:- £84 (2) Lilburn Estates, £80 Shipley Lane, £79 Brandon. PRM:- £82, £81.50, £81 Cresswell Farms. Cha:- £80.50, £79 Wandon. Mule:- £79 Lilburn Estates. Bel:- £78, £76, £75 Ladykirk, £77, £75 Chillingham Home Farm. Ham:- £78 Kettleburn. Ven:- £77.50, £76 South Lyham.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 210p West Longridge, 200p, 195p Yetlington Lane, 196.1p Marshall Meadows, 195.2p Roddam (Linhope Farming). Bel.x:- 205.4p Ladykirk, 197.4p Chillingham Home Farm. PRM:- 200p, 189.5p, 188.4p Cresswell Farms. Leading prices – Ewes:- Tex.x:- £83 Mid Edrom, £81 Black Heddon, £78 Chillingham Home Farm, £71 Holy Island. Suff.x:- £83 Lickar Moor, £81, £77 Edlingham Newtown, £79 Holy Island, £77 Chillingham Home Farm and Brackenside. Mule:- £67 Brackenside, £63 North Sharperton, £61 West Longridge. Bel:- £63 Chillingham Home Farm. CHM:- £51 Lorbottle. BF:- £50 Teviotdale, £47 Clennell and Edlingham Demesne.

Rams:- Suff.x:- £91 East Fleetham.

ST BOSWELLS

On Monday John Swan Ltd sold 82 clean cattle, 44 OTM cattle, 2,187 new season lambs and 1,149 ewes.

Bullocks (36) averaged 238.4p per kg and sold to 256p (+2.4p on week), heifers (43) averaged 234.4p per kg and sold to 261p (+3.4p on week), three young bulls averaged 189.4p per kg and sold to 214p (n/c on week) and 44 beef type OTM cattle averaged 135.9p per kg and sold to 207p (n/c on the week).

New season SQQ lambs averaged 193.8p per kg (+6.3p on week) and sold to £105, ewes averaged £59.33 and sold to £99, tups sold to £137, heavy ewes £71.60 and light ewes £44.93.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.61 Robert Wilson Butcher, 2.56 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.55 M/s Cropper, 2.51 M/s TA Shaw; Butchercote 2.54 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd.

Principal prices per head: Butchercote £1626.30, £1584.40; Lurdenlaw £1625.90, £1580.10; Bee Edge £1587.20; Longnewton £1575.

Cows per head: Meigle £1280.95, £1131, £1101.60.

Cows per kg: Willowford 2.07, 1.95; Mervinslaw 1.99; Meigle 1.87, 1.53; Muircleugh 1.79, 1.47; Middlestead 1.77; Crookhouse 1.71(2); Huntington 1.67(2), 1.59, 1.51;Howahill 1.63; Shielswood.

Lambs per head: Tex.x;- £105 Birkenside, £95.50 St Leonards, £95 Birkenside & Holybush, Suff.x;- £105 Foulshiels, £93 Saughland, £91 Huntington and Marigold,

Bel.x;- £84.50 Hartside, £84 Lylestane, Mule;- £83, £82.50 Meigle, £82 Lugate, BDF;- £70 Cathpair.

Lambs per kg: Tex.x;- 215.8 Lower Ashtrees, 211.5 Ruchlaw, 210.5 Lower Ashtrees, Suff.x;- 206.8, 205.7 Huntington, 202.6 Larriston, Bel.x;- 204.9 Lylestane, 203.7 Hartside, 203.2 Lustruther, CM;- 190.5 Blegbie and Wester Ulston, Mule;- 188.6, 187.5 Meigle.

Cast ewes: Tex;- £99 Drinkstone, Suff.x;- £93 Drinkstone, Bel;- £77 Sydenham. HB;- £77 Smailholm Mains, Chev;- £75 North Synton, Ham;- £71 The Knowe, CM;- £67 Gilston, GF;- £65 Inchkeith, Burnhouse Mains, Headshaw. L and Craigsford Mains, Jac;- £61 Elvingston, BF;- £45 Bankend.

Rams: Suff;- £137 Roxburgh Mains, Tex;- £89 Greenend, Bel;- £89 Wester Deans, Chev;- £79 Headshaw. L, BFL;- £65 Gilmanscleugh, BF;- £61 Torquan, Rye;- £53 8 Camptown Holdings.

BORDER LIVESTOCK

Last week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd to week sold 101 prime cattle including 27 cows, 3,194 prime lambs, 284 ewes and 2,404 store lambs.

After easing back for a week or two the shortage of summer cattle resulted in trade ticking upwards. Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Whitrighill, St Boswells, sold to 460p per kg. Continental cosses sold to 410p per kg for both steers and heifers.

The cow trade has never missed a beat this year and they continue to be short and consequently dear. Suckler cows sold to 330p per kg and £1,248, dairy cows sold to £884.

Like the cattle after a period of level trading lambs also show signs of improving. This is particularly so for export types 18 -21 kg which sold to 420p per kg. Same morning pick-up and process again proved popular selling to 405p per kg (with negligible costs). Premiums were available for up to 25kgs, selling to £93.40. Ewe trade continued to be steadier with Continentals to £100 and Mules to £68. Decent numbers of store lambs were available, these keenly offered for by regular buyers in the south of England, who have more keep about them than for many years.