At their weekly Prime Stock sale John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,066 lambs and 567 ewes.
The stagnant lamb trade continued, although returns greater than most early week markets, quality types again easily sold at a premium.
Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £90 South Ditchburn, £82 Lickar Moor, £80 Wandon and Ladykirk, £78 Lilburn Estates, Wandon and Holy Island, £77.50 South Ditchburn, £75 Kettleburn, Amerside Law and Holy Island (2). Bel.x:- £80 Ladykirk. Char:- £78 Wandon. Suff.x:- £78 Wandon, £76 Kimmerston, £72 Holy Island. BDM:- £75.50 Chillingham Home Farm. Hamp:- £70 Kettleburn. Mule:- £68 Great Ryle.
Leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 190.5p Ladykirk, 189.7p Henlaw, 184.2p Chillingham Home Farm, 182.5p Henlaw, 180.6p Chillingham Home Farm, 180p Henlaw. Tex.x:- 180p Yetlington Lane, 175p Low Middleton.
Ewes forward in larger numbers, trade dearer on the week heavy fleshed types in keen demand.
Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £96 Lickar Moor, £90.50 South Bellshill, £90 Edlingham Newtown and Fawdon Farms, £89 Gainslaw Hill and Charlton Mires, £88 Marigold, £84 Low Middleton, £83 Chillingham Home Farm and Sandylands. Tex.x:- £88 Low Middleton and Holy Island, £84 Pallinsburn and Holy Island, £82 Chillingham Home Farm. BFL:- £85 Edlingham Newtown. Mule:- £73 Crookham Sandyford, £70 South Bellshill. Chev:- £63 Biddlestone Home Farm. BF:- £44 Edlingham Newtown, £40 Fawdon Farms and Edlingham Newtown.
John Swan Ltd sold 67 clean cattle, 90 OTM cattle, 1,793 new season lambs and 1,516 ewes.
Bullocks (29) averaged 240.3p per kg and sold to 273p (-3.8p on week), heifers (37) averaged 232.5p per kg and sold to 270p (-6.5 p on week), one young bull sold to 213p (n/c on week), 84 beef type OTM cattle averaged 127.8p per kg and sold to 191p (n/c on the week) and six dairy type OTM cattle averaged 94.2p per kg and sold to 107p (n/c on the week).
The 1,793 new season lambs averaged 178p per kg (+8.8p on week) and sold to £106 and 1,516 ewes averaged £46.93 and sold to £97, £125 for tups. Heavy ewes £64.20, light ewes £39.67.
Principal prices per kg: Upper Hundalee 2.73 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.55 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.54 M/s Cropper; Bee Edge 2.70 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons and 2.69, 2.64 W Taylor(Lockerbie), 2.61 M/s Cropper, 2.57 Robert Wilson Butcher; Upper Nisbet 2.65 Denholm Meats, 2.53 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd.
Principal prices per head: Bee Edge £1660.50, £1597.20, £1573.65, £1552.95; Upper Nisbet, £1550.25; Lennoxlove £1531.20.
Cows per head: Kersknowe £1436.50, £1297.20, £1163.25; Muircleugh £1212.85; Easter Middleton £1203.65; Howden. S £1110.55, £1061.75; Corsbie £1102, £999; Cockburn £1093.95; Northhouse £1061.10; Palace £1033.20.
Cows per kg: Muircleugh 1.91, 1.53; Easter Middleton 1.81; Kersknowe 1.69; Laidlawstiel 1.69, 1.57; Howden. S 1.67; Jedderfield 1.59. Bulls: Falahill £1267.25(1.37); Pogbie £1155.70 (1.27).
Lambs per head: Suff.x;- £106, £105 The Lee, £95.50 Burnhouse Mains, Tex;- £92 Muircleugh, £91 Craigsford Mains, £90 Burnhouse Mains, Bel;- £88 Crookston and Lochside, £86.50 Crookston, GF;- £85 The Lee, Char;- £77 Ladyflat, Chev;- £75.50 North Synton and Middlesknowes, CM;- £75 Gilston and Applecross.
Lambs per kg: Bel;- 216.2, 206 Crookston, 205.6 Sydenham, Tex.x;- 196.3 Ashcraig, 193 Craiglea, Suff.x;- 186.5 Whitriggs, Char;- £179.1, 178.6 Ladyflat, GF;- 175.7 Threeburnford.
Cast ewes: Tex;- £95 Lochside, £89 Crookston, Suff.x;- £85 Bowland, £80 Lochside, Chev;- £81Marvingston, HB;- £75 Marvingston, CM;- £71Gilston, £69 Lylestane, GF;- £67 Greenend, Berryhill and Bowshank, BF;- £55 Byrecleugh.
Rams: Tex;- £125 Winkston, £121 Rawburn, Suff;- £103 Newhouses, Chev;- £87 Gilston, BF;- £69 Crookston.
Last week Border Livestock Exchange sold 101 prime cattle including 31 cows, 1,798 prime lambs, 1,723 store and breeding sheep and 51 store and breeding cattle.
Prime cattle continue to sell exceptionally well with Aberdeen Angus x bullocks and heifers sold to 455p per kilo. Continental bullocks anhd heifers to 412p per kilo. Home bred young bulls from Bowsden Moor, Berwick, sold to £2,089 per head. Cull cows to £1,170 from Bowsden Moor, and £1,012 per head Hedgeley Farms, Powburn.
Lamb trade is on the rise with organic lambs selling to 400p per kilo from Edlingham Demesne, Alnwick. Texel x lambs to 390p. Store lambs continue to sell well with longer keeping types keenly sought after. North Country Cheviot gimmers to £135.