At their weekly sale of primestock last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 288 new season lambs, 38 hoggs and young sheep and 33 ewes.
Sheep numbers curtailed by inclement weather conditions and Scotsheep but selling vendors receiving cracking returns.
New season lambs: Leading prices per head - Tex.x:- £111.50, £110 Lilburn Estates, £110 (3) Springhill, Seahouses, £108.50 Ladykirk, £108 (2) Lilburn Estates. Bel:- £108, £106, £105, £104 Chillingham Home Farm. Sfx:- £102 Treaty Park, £101 (2) Howtel. Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 271.8p, 269.2p, 266.7p, 257.1p Chillingham Home Farm. Tex.x:- 268.3p (3) Springhill, Seahouses, 263.4p, 262.5p Lilburn Estates, 259p Newstead, 258.3p Ladykirk, 257.5p Springhill, Seahouses, Sfx:- 252.5p Howtel, 248.8p Treaty Park.
Hoggs: Leading prices per head - Tex.x:- £119.50p, £117.50p Norham, £102.50p South Ditchburn, £99.50p Treaty Park, £94.50p Islay Hill, Shotton. Sfx:- £104.50p Newstead, £96 Kettleburn. Mule:- £100.50p Shotton. Swa:- £71.50p Treaty Park.
Ewes short of numbers but a flier. Leading prices:- BL:- £118, £109 Eildon Cottage. Tex:- £109 South Ditchburn, £99 Norham, £93 Milfield Demesne. Sfx:- £104 Kettleburn. Mule:- £88.50p Kettleburn, £86 Howtel, £85 Milfield Demesne, £84 Ladykirk.
Rams:- BL:- £119 Eildon Cottage.
At its weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 78 clean cattle, 29 OTM cattle, 1,009 new season lambs, 298 old season hoggs and 203 ewes.
Bullocks (25) averaged 199p per kg and sold to 221p (-2.5p on week), heifers (49) averaged 207p per kg and sold to 235p (-2.3p on week), young bulls (4) averaged 169.2p per kg and sold to 190p (n/c on the week), 29 beef type OTM cattle averaged 128.4p per kg and sold to 159p (-0.4p on the week) and five dairy type OTM cattle averaged 103.4p per kg and sold to 117p.
New season lambs averaged 248.6p per kg (-12.5p on the week) and sold to £126, old season hoggs averaged 167.4p per kg and sold to £101 and ewes averaged £75.42, and sold to £116. Heavy ewes £89.47, light ewes £64.29.
Principal prices per head: Dunslaw £1325.16; Crookhouse £1319.50, £1306.50; Bee Edge £1316, £1309.62.
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.35 Ms WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.19 M/s TA Shaw, 2.17 Robert Wilson Butcher Edin; Upper Nisbet 2.25 Charles Wilson Butcher, 2.19 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Haughhead 2.24 JF Finlay, 2.23 Malone of Edinburgh; Upper Hundalee 2.22 Charles Wilson Butcher; Caverton Mill 2.21 G and L Archibald, 2.19 TA Shaw, 2.18 Malone of Edinburgh; Hexpath 2.21 Malone of Edinburgh; Lennoxlove 2.20 Denholm Meats; Longnewton 2.19 WTS Forsyth and Sons; Snawdon 2.19 Robert Pringle and Sons; Lurdenlaw 2.18 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons.
Cows per head: Penston £1052.58, £1023.78; Bee Edge £1014.70, £1003.58; Northhouse £982.70, £899.08; Upper Hundalee £948.04; Towford £946.96, £915.90; Over Roxburgh £942.30; Todshawhaugh £941.64; Hyndsidehill £904.24.
Cows per kg: Penston 1.59, 1.51; Nisbet Mill 1.55, 1.35; Northhouse 1.55, 1.33; Bee Edge 1.39 (2); Blegbie 1.37, 1.29 (2); Over Roxburgh 1.35; Towford 1.33 (2); Todshawhaugh 1.33.
Bulls: Upper Hindhope £1146.20 (1.10); Wolfstar £1086.80 (1.10); Shaws £1018.03 (1.26); Nisbet Farms £960.36 (1.06).
New season lambs per head: Tex;- £126 Headshaw. L, £125 Redden, £122 Sunnycroft, £117 (2) Lochside, £117 Thornington, Suff.x;- £125, £123 Knock Farm, £119.50 Oxmuir, £119 Headshaw. L, £118 Knock Farm, Oxmuir and Huntington, £116 Applecross, Suff;- £118 Trows Cott. Ham;- £101.50 Greenburn.
New season lambs per kg:- 284.1 Redden, 280 Headshaw. L, 272.1 (2) Lochside, 271.8 Huntington, 269.8 Lochside, 267.5 Headshaw.L, 265.9 (4) Thornington, 265.9 Lochside, Suff.x;- 268.3 Headshaw. L, 268.2 Oxmuir, 265.1 Upper Bolton, 263.4 Knock Farm,, 261 Upper Bolton, Ham;- 238.1 Marigold Farming.
Hoggs per head: £101 Carcant and Venchen, £92 Linton Farm, £90 West Moneylaws, £80 Housebyres, Suff.x;- £80 Dunslaw and West Moneylaws (2), Chev;- £87 Carcant, £84 Lylestane, BF;- £66 Dunslaw.
Hoggs per kg: BF;- 200 Dunslaw, Tex;- 187 Carcant, 183.7 West Moneylaws, 173.7 Dunslaw, Suff.x;- 173.9 West Moneylaws, 164.3 Dunslaw, Chev;- 181.3 Carcant.
Ewes: Tex;- £109 Oxmuir, £106 Greenhead, £101 Greenburn, GF;- £85 Traprain, £81 Venchen, £81, £77 Greenburn, Suff.x;- £113 Lochside, £111 Venchen, £100 Greenhead, Corsbie and Hermiston, Chev;- £95 Torwoodlee, £87 Traprain, HB;- £91 Applecross, Suff;- £116 Oxmuir, £113 Torwoodlee, £93 Belmont Farm, BF;- £63, £60 Danesgarth Mill, £60 Henderland.
Rams: Suff;- £93 Belmont, £83 Haltree, Tex;- £97 Danesgarth Mill.
The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 28 prime cattle, two young bulls, 19 over 30 month cattle, 1,551 spring lambs, 1,654 prime hoggs and 3,667 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
A nice show of prime cattle were on offer, prices followed a similar pattern to all other centres this week. The sale was topped at 219.5p twice for Limousin heifers, firstly from D.J. Garthwaite and Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage, then soon followed by A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen.
Bulls sold to 119.5p per kilo for Black and Whites from T. and M. Irving, Becton Hall.
Cast cows were more keenly sough after and a Limousin cow topped the sale at 140.5p from Messrs D. and Y. Wilson, Plumpe Farm.
A much larger show of 1,551 spring lambs sold fantastically well with a top of 310p per kilo for Texels from J.R. and N.G. Smith, Westhills, and to £136 per head for Suffolks from C. Nixon, Long Strumble. Overall average of 257.5p per kilo. With more and more producers drawing lambs at lighter weights, heavyweight lambs sold extremely well and short of requirements.
A good show of 1,654 prime hoggs for the time of year. All good quality hoggs carrying flesh as well as heavyweight hoggs again sold extremely well. Top price of £127 per head for Texels from Messrs Hyslop, West Logan, with a top per kilo of 258p for Texels from W. Gribbon and Co., Waterside. The overall sale average was 205p per kilo (SQQ 205.2p).
Another good show of 3,667 cast ewes and rams sold to an increased ringside of buyers. All ewes sold to great demand with best quality ewes and cast rams being extremely dear. Top of £154 for a Texel ram from J.F. Latimer, Ina House.
border livestock exchange
Last week Border Livestock Exchange sold 186 prime cattle including 28 cows, 1,639 prime lambs, 215 cast ewes, 82 store cattle and 26 cows with calves at foot.
Prime cattle were again steady with good demand for in spec steers and heifers. Over 16 month young bulls were slower to sell. Aberdeen Angus cross steers from South Farm, Newcastle, sold to 365p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Cast cows were short of demand selling to 270p per kg and £1,329 per head for a Charolais crosses also from South Farm.
Prime lambs continue to sell very well with top prices going to Yetholm farms of Primside, Lochside and Cherrytrees. Texel cross to 535p per kg and £112.35 per head. Charollais crosses from Cornhill to 520p per kg and £109.20.
Old season lambs sold to 460p per kg and £101.20 Hill Top East, Darlington.
Breeding and store cattle were short of requirements with a firm demand for all types.