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At their weekly primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 616 hoggs and 269 ewes.

Hogg numbers tightening.

Many inspec types on offer, resulting in greater returns for vendors.

Leading prices per head:- Sfx:- £95 West Blanearne, £92, £92 Brandon, £88.50p East Fleetham, £88 Brandon, Craigs House, West Blanearne. Tex.x:- £90, £88.50p Craigs House, £88 Biddlestone Home Farm, £85.50p Wandon, £85 Hoppen Hall, West Blanearne. Chv:- £88.50p Humbleheugh, £85.50p West Blanearne, Shotton, £85 Biddlestone Home Farm. Suf:- £85 East Fleetham. Oxf:- £88 East Fleetham. Mule:- £88.50p, £82 Ladykirk, £81 Craigs House. Bel:- £85, £84.50p, £82, £81.50p Ladykirk.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 215.8p, 211.3p, 209p Ladykirk. Tex:- 212.8p Yetlington Lane, 210.3p Hoppen Hall, 209p West Blanearne, 207.5p Yetlington lane, 205.4p Hoppen Hall, 204.7p Biddlestone Home Farm. Sfx:- 205.8p East Fleetham, 205p West Blanearne, 204.9p Biddlestone Home Farm. Chv:- 214.1p Biddlestone Home Farm, 213.8p, 212.8p Shotton, 210.3p Humbleheugh, 207.3p Biddlestone Home Farm. Mule:- 201.1p Ladykirk.

Ewe numbers less, with similar returns achieved.

Leading prices:-Tex:- £115 Castle Hills, Berwick, £100, £83 East Horton, £98, £80 The Hagg, £83 Newstead. Sfx:- £80 Alnham, £78.50p South Lyham, £78 Newstead. Mule:- £78, £73 South Lyham, £74 Alnham. Ven:- £75 South Lyham. BF:- £68, £57 Sourhope, £58 Lilburn Estates, £55 Alnham. Chv:- £65, £55 Sourhope, £55 Alnham.

Rams: Suf:- £85 Brandon White House. Oxf:- £79 East Fleetham.

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At their weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 81 clean cattle, 57 OTM cattle, 2,473 old season lambs and 602 ewes.

Bullocks (38) averaged 213.9p per kg and sold to 244p (-12p on week), heifers (43) averaged 218p per kg and sold to 252p (+2.2p on week), two young bulls averaged 171p per kg and sold to 173 and 51 beef type OTM cattle averaged 139.6p per kg and sold to 203p (+7.5p on the week).

Old season SQQ hoggs averaged 209.4p per kg (+1.5p on week) and sold to £120 and ewes averaged £59.69, and sold to £91.

Heavy ewes £76.83, light ewes £47.98.

Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1614.45; Caverton Mill £1532.25; Bee Edge £1512, £1482.30; Grahamslaw £1507.50; Ramrig £1478.40.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.52, 2.44 W Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.45 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.44 Robert Wilson Butcher Edinburgh, 2.43, 2.37 M/s Cropper; Cauldshiel 2.43 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Lennoxlove 2.37 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.30 Scottish Border Meats; Upper Hundalee 2.35 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Shidlaw 2.32 W Taylor (Lockerbie); Upper Nisbet 2.30 Denholm Meats.

Bulls: Kirklands £1000.45 (1.07)

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1542.25, £1440.95, £1149.15; Upper Nisbet £1461.60; Mosstower £1323.35, £1128.50; Marchcleugh £1300.20, £1168.75; Cockhall £1185.55, £1090.60; Ramrig £1147.30; Grahamslaw £1144, £1053; Shidlaw £1077.30; Woodhouse. J £1077.25; Muircleugh £1073.25.

Cows per kg: Upper Nisbet 2.03; Mosstower 1.99, 1.85; Marchcleugh 1.97, 1.89, 1.87, (2), 1.69; Shidlaw 1.71; Kersknowe 1.61, 1.55; Muircleugh 1.59, 1.47; Kaeside 1.55; Ramrig 1.49; Woodhouse. J 1.47.

Hoggs per head: Tex.x;- £120 Roundabouts, £112 Whitsome West Newton, £110 Lower Ashtrees, Bel;- £115 Crookston, Suff.x;- £110 Lurdenlaw, £106 Whitsome West Newton, £104 Boghall (St Andrews), Chev;- £103.50 Stobshiel Mains, £100 Lurdenlaw, ML;- £92 Whitmuir, GF;- £91 Boghall (St Andrews), CM;- £90.50 Blegbie, £87.50 Hawthornside, BF;- £90, £87.50 Hartside, £87.50 Tinnis and Burncastle, Char;- £86 Woodhouse. J, £85.50 Dunslaw, Chev.x;- £86 Boghall (St Andrews).

Hoggs per kg: Suff.x;- 246 Bedrule, 222.5 Woodhouse.J, Tex.x;- 237.9 Broadlaw, 232.2 Blackburn, Bel;- 230 Crookston, 228.6 Hartside, Chev;- 226.9 Boghall (St Andrews), 221.8 Traprain, Char;- 220.5 Woodhouse. J, 217.1 Lamberton, Ham;- 210.8 Dunslaw, Char.x;- 209.8 Boghall (St Andrews), CM;- 208.3 Hawthornside, 205.7 Blegbie, GF;- 204.8 Boghall (St Andrews) BF;- 200 Stoneypath.

Ewes: Tex;- £91 New Blainslie, £88 Boon, Suff.x;- £88 Woodside and Whitsome West Newton, £85 Whitsome West Newton, Chev;- £87 Traprain, Bel;- £80 Brotherstone, GF;- £80 Whitsome West Newton, £77 Graden, BF;- £59 Stobswood, £55 Aikeyside.

Rams: Chev;- £100 Brockhouse, £70 Woodside, Tex;- £100(2) Headshaw. L, Suff.x;- £93 Woodside, Char;- £80 Ladyflat.

longtown

The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 22 prime cattle, six young bulls, 20 over 30 month cattle, 4,546 prime hoggs and 4,582 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Also held was the Annual Prize Show and Sale of Blackface prime hoggets. The show was ably judged by Mr Andrew Dawson who awarded the Championship to regular consignor J. McTurk, Barlaes, which scaled at 49 kilos and realised £94 to Dunbia Ltd.

The show was kindly sponsored by Agri-Lloyd.

border livestock

Last week Border Livestock Exchange sold 114 prime cattle, 233 store cattle, also 814 prime and cull sheep.

Aberdeen Angus cross heifers from South Farm, Matfen, sold to 390p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Prime cattle trade in general continues to be steady with the exception being handy weight steers and heifers which are keenly sought after.

Prime lambs firmed with the bestselling to 450 per kg for Texel cross and Suffolk cross export weights.

Cull ewes continue to improve with pure Texels selling to £134 from Bowsden Moor, Berwick.

Store cattle sold in good numbers with regular buyers securing their favourite lots with more required to satisfy demands.