At their weekly primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,203 lambs and 234 ewes.
Lambs forward in greater numbers, all classes in keeping with late rates.
Leading prices per head:- Suff.x:- £88 Mindrum Farming Co, £82 Brockley Hall, £81 Treaty Park, £80.50 Treaty Park. Tex.x:- £83 Kimmerston and Fawdon Farms (I Coe), £82.50 Fawdon Farms (I Coe), £80.50 Kinross, £80 Treaty Park and High Learchild.
Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 205.7p Lilburn Estates, 196.1p Lilburn Estates, 190.8p Ladykirk. Tex.x:- 200p Bewick Folly and High Learchild, 192.3p Yetlington Lane, 188.2p Lilburn Estates, 188.1p Black Heddon, 186.9p Auchencrow Mains, 185.7p, 185.4p Mindrum Farming Co, 185.4p Kettleburn, 185p Todrig. Chev:- 189.7p Biddlestone Home Farm. Suff.x:- 184.6p Biddlestone Home Farm, 182.9p Lilburn Estates. Ven:- 181.7p North Lyham.
At their weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 74 clean cattle, 92 OTM cattle, 3,001 new season lambs and 1,199 ewes.
Bullocks (28) averaged 240p per kg and sold to 266p (-4.1p on week), heifers (46) averaged 237.2p per kg and sold to 262p (-8.6p on week) and 92 beef type OTM cattle averaged 122p per kg and sold to 215p (+2.1p on the week).
The 3,001 new season SQQ lambs averaged 173.5p per kg (-5.3p on week) and sold to £93 (202.6p pkg) and 1,199 ewes averaged £42.70, and sold to £93, £107 for tups. Heavy ewes £61.05, light ewes £35.82.
Principal prices per kg: Traprain 2.66, 2.50 M/s Cropper, 2.56(2) Colin Peat, Haddington and M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.50; Upper Nisbet 2.64 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.55 M/s TA Shaw, 2.54 W Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.50 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Bee Edge 2.62 M/s Cropper, 2.61 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.60 Robert Wilson butcher Edinburgh; Mosstower 2.62 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Woodhead. A 2.56 M/s TA Shaw ; Upper Hundalee 2.55 Malone of Edinburgh; Longnewton 2.53 W Taylor (Lockerbie); Ramrig 2.50 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd.
Principal prices per head: Lurdenlaw £1697.85, £1696.50, £1592.50; Smeaton Shaw £1583.30; Upper Nisbet £1570.80.
Cows per head: Stobshiel Mains £1365.25, £1147; Thrunton £1351.35, £1219.30, £1155.75 Bemersyde £1323.10; Kersknowe £1296; Carlaverock £1237.50; Milrighall £1179.90; Haltree £1147.50, £1093.85; Roxburgh Mains £1118.75; Scamblesby £1087.80; Stichill £1080.75.
Cows per kg: Stobshiel Mains 2.15, 1.87, 1.55; Thrunton 1.89, 1.37; Ellemford 1.81, 1.75; Milrighall 1.71; Whitehaugh 1.69; Haltree 1.67, 1.53; Carlaverock 1.65; Scamblesby 1.47; Old Jeddart 1.47; Sandyknowe 1.39; Kittyfield 1.35.
Bulls: Bemersyde £1485(1.35); Aikeyside £1267.20(.99).
Lambs per head: Tex;- ££93 Wantonwalls, Tex.x;- £91 Lower Ashtrees, £89 Lighthouse, £83 Threeburnford, Bel.x;- £88 Threeburnford, £87 Redden;, Suff.x;- £84 Lylestane and Bonjedward Mill, £83 St Leonards, Chev;- £77 Gospelhall, £75.50 Philiphaugh, HB;- £75.50 Stobshiel Mains, Mule;- £75.50 Bettyfield, £73.50 Burncastle, BF;- £66 Peel, £64.50 Larriston.
Lambs per kg: Bel.x;- 202.4 Ashcraig, 196.2 Lylestane, 192.1 Craighouse, Tex.x;- 200 Lower Ashtrees, 197.4 Acreknowe Cott., Suff.x;- 190 West Monylaws, 187.5 Whitriggs, Char.x;- 186.3 Lighthouse, Mule;- 182.5 Craighouse, 173.1 Burncastle, Chev;- 180.8 Whitehill, 177.5 Shaws, BF;- 169.4 Middlesknowes and Ashcraig.
The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 33 prime cattle, eight young bulls, 38 over 30 month cattle, 5,316 prime lambs and 6,574 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last week.
Less prime cattle on offer met a similar trade on the week. The sale was topped at 244.5p for a Limousin bullock shown by W. & W. Faulder, Houghton House.
Young bulls were a mixed show for quality and saw trade the same as recent weeks. Top price to 229.5p for a Limousin shown by Messrs J. Jardine, Yett Farm, others 217.5p A. & A. Ewing, Dumbretton.
Another large show of 5,316 prime lambs were forward to the usual full ring of buyers resulting in an average of 179p overall, SQQ 182.4p. Noticeable was the fact that good export lambs between 37-42kgs were every bit as dear per head as 43-48kgs which are forward in too large a number for the volume required. Lambs should be drawn lighter to fit the majority of requirements, heavy lambs 50kg plus were easier on the week but light weight lambs under 34kg short of requirements and dearer on the back of the buoyant store trade.
Last week Border Livestock Exchange sold 128 prime cattle including 62 cows, 2,014 prime lambs including 411 cast ewes, 2,491 store and breeding sheep and 104 store cattle.
Prime cattle sold exceptionally well with the top price going to Easington Grange, Belford, for a home bred Charolais cross steer which reached £1,786. Organic Hereford cross steers from Newlands Farm, Belford, sold to 460p per kg and £1,368 per head. Cast cows were also selling well with several selling in excess of £1,000. Joint top price £1,216 from The Juries, Glanton, and Tughall Grange, Chathill. Luing cows from Ewart sold to £1,182 with Simmental crosses to £1,042 from Redpath Farms, Duns.
Lamb trade was steady with surprisingly large numbers still coming forward. Top price for Suffolk and Texel lambs to 390p per kg from Redpath Farms, Duns, and Edgerston Farm, Jedburgh.