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The 28th National Vintage Tractor road run was hosted by Canonbie vintage club this year. Around 500 tractors took part in the event including locals Rob Gourla , Duns in his Massey Ferguson 135 and Tom Couper , Greenlaw in his Grey and Gold Ferguson. Tractors came from all over Britain took part, 4 competitors travelled by tractor some 265 mile from Hereford taking 4 days. While others travelled by sea from Co. Antrim. 'They travelled from Gretna to Canonbie around the back road of Dummfries and Galloway and Cumbria.'At Canonbie the tractors were all parked together in a field this was a great site ' lunch was available. Returning to Grentna by Gretna Green covering 27 mile in total. All money raised will go to charity.'Next year's event will be held in Devon.'Rob will be holding his tractor road run on the 7th June anyone interested in taking part can get info email robertrgourlay@btinternet.com all money made will go to Cancer research Scotland
The 28th National Vintage Tractor road run was hosted by Canonbie vintage club this year. Around 500 tractors took part in the event including locals Rob Gourla , Duns in his Massey Ferguson 135 and Tom Couper , Greenlaw in his Grey and Gold Ferguson. Tractors came from all over Britain took part, 4 competitors travelled by tractor some 265 mile from Hereford taking 4 days. While others travelled by sea from Co. Antrim. 'They travelled from Gretna to Canonbie around the back road of Dummfries and Galloway and Cumbria.'At Canonbie the tractors were all parked together in a field this was a great site ' lunch was available. Returning to Grentna by Gretna Green covering 27 mile in total. All money raised will go to charity.'Next year's event will be held in Devon.'Rob will be holding his tractor road run on the 7th June anyone interested in taking part can get info email robertrgourlay@btinternet.com all money made will go to Cancer research Scotland
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At their weekly primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 254 hoggs and 112 ewes and rams.

Hogg trade holding well, dearer than anticipated.

Leading prices per head – Tex.x:- £101 Chapelrigg, £97 Newstead, £86 Elwick, £85.50 Newstead and West Longridge, £84.50 Newstead and West Longridge, £84 West Longridge, £83.50 Newstead, £83 Elwick, £82 South Ord and Newstead. Suff.x:- £100.50 Castlelaw, £98.50 Brandon, £96.50 Greenhead, Reston, £94.50 Brandon, £92 Newstead, £89.50 Brandon, £89 Castlelaw and Chapelrigg. Cha:- £85, £83.50 South Ord. BF:- £77 West Longridge.

Leading prices per kilo – Tex.x:- 207.5p Elwick, 206.1p West Longridge, 204.8p Elwick, 201.2p Newstead, 200p, 198.8p West Longridge. Suff.x:- 194.1p West Longridge, 193.9p Grantsbanks, 190.5p Elwick, 190p Newstead. Cha:- 193.2p South Ord. Chev:- 200p Fawdon. Ven:- 193.1p Craigshouse. BF:- 187.8p West Longridge.

Ewes still a great trade.

Leading prices per head – Suf:- £138 Great Ryle. Tex:- £135 Alnham, £128, £123 Greenhead, Reston, £118 Grantsbanks, £116 Milfield Demesne, £105 Newstead, £97 Milfield Demesne, £96 Newstead. BFL:- £127, £94 Alnham. Chev:- £112 Alnham, £95 Newstead. Suff.x:- £122 Great Ryle, £121 Grantsbanks, £118 Milfield Demesne, £117 Greenhead, Reston, £111 Newstead. Zwa:- £108 East Horton, £95 The Villa, Bowsden. Swa:- £90 Low Bleakhope. Mule:- £103 Great Ryle, £97 Alnham, £95 Milfield Demesne and Greenhead, Reston, £92 Cold Martin. BF:- £90 Fawdon Farms, £79 Cold Martin, £73 Angryhaugh and Grantsbanks.

Rams – BF:- £107 Fawdon Farms, £103 The Villa, Bowsden. Tex.x:- £91 Greenhead, Reston. Chev:- £93 Low Bleakhope. Swa:- £99 Fawdon Farms.

St boswells

At their weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 99 clean cattle, six OTM cattle, 35 beef cows, 1,887 old season lambs and 224 ewes.

Bullocks (34) averaged 208.5p per kg and sold to 227p (+0.5p on week), heifers (65) averaged 213p per kg and sold to 245p (+1.5p on week), six OTM cattle averaged 175.6p and sold to 182p (n/c on the week), 30 beef type cows averaged 134.1p per kg and sold to 175p (n/c on the week) and five dairy type OTM cattle averaged 98.1p per kg and sold to 119p (n/c on the week).

Old season lambs averaged 178.4p per kg (-16.6p on the week) £80 per head and sold to £104, top price 216.7p per kg for Beltex. Ewes averaged £83.89, and sold to £142 for Texel. Heavy ewes averaged £89.60, Light ewes sold to £97 for Chev and averaged £64.53.

Principal prices per head: Bee Edge £1403.60 Shaws of Lauder; Longnewton £1382.40 Waters Butcher, Selkirk; Bee Edge £1372 Border Meats.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.45 Border Meats, 2.42 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.42 Shaws of Lauder; Gospel Hall 2.41 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons; Bee Edge 2.40 Charles Wilson, Edinburgh; Hexpath 2.37 W/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons; Nisbet 2.35 Malone of Edinburgh, J.F. Finlay and Co, Wishaw; Wester Ulston 2.34 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Caverton Mill 2.33 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Shidlaw 2.32 Malone of Edinburgh; Dunslaw 2.31 J.F. Finlay and Co; Upper Nisbet 2.28 Shaws of Lauder.

OTM cattle: Shidlaw £1292.20 (1.82); Phantassie £1194.60 (1.81); Toxside £1137.50 (1.75) £1091.90 (1.79). Cows per head: Humebyres £1327.20; Wester Middleston £1207.50; Humebyres £1198.75; Honeyburn £1147.60; Wester Middleston £1145.50; Rumbleton Farm £1124.70, £1078.70, £1059.75; Honeyburn £1057.50; Upper Huntlywood £1053; Corsbie £984.25; Colmslie £984.20; Upper Huntlywood £958.50; Rumbleton £938.45; Mosstower £930.10; Corsbie £909.45.

Cows per kg: Humebyres 1.75; Rumbleton 1.63; Wester Middleton, Rumbleton 1.61; Humebyres 1.58.

New season lambs per head: Tex;- £90 Ladyflat £78 Whitriggs, Suff.x;- £90 Ladyflat. New season lambs per kg: Tex;- 214.3 Ladyflat, 200 Whitriggs, Suff.x;- 219.5.

Hoggs per head: Suff.x;- £104 Lurdenlaw, £100 The Lee, Tex;- £94 Traprain, £90 The Lee, Chv;- £94, £88 Lurdenlaw, Bel;- £84.50 Lylestane, Chm;- £82 Garth Farm, Suff;- £81 Spotsmains, £80 Wester Middleton.

Hoggs per kg: Bel;- 216.7 Hartside, 201.2 Lylestane, Chv;- 207.3 Knock, 203.7 Longnewton Forrest, 202.5 Legerwood, Tex;- 206.6 Laggan of Clachaig, 203.7 Dunslaw, 201.2 Traprain, SD;- 200 Belford on Bowmont, Chm;- 198.5 Belford on Bowmont, Suff.x;- 197.6, 195.4 Dunslaw, 196.4 Knock.

Ewes: Suff;- £125 New Channelkirk, Suff.x;- £121 Whitsome West Newton, £117 Torsonce, Tex;- £113 Torsonce, Ashcraig, £109 Acreknowe Cott, Mul;- £109 Torsonce, £103 Whitsome West Newton, £97 Ashcraig, HB;- £109 Bonjedward Mill, BFL;- £101 Hartside, Cha;- £101 Ruletownhead, £100 Ladyflat, Chv;- £97 Lylestane, £97 Kincraig, £95 Whitchesters, Chm;- £93 Upper Samieston, BF;- £69 Hartside, £67 Ladyflat, £65 Greenhead S. Rams: Tex;- £142 Bettyfield, BFL;- £120 Hartside, £110 Whitchesters, Bel;- £102 Hartside.

longtown

The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 15 prime cattle, one young bull, eight OTM cattle, 51 spring lambs, 5,779 prime hoggs and 3,341 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A larger show of prime cattle were forward and met a slightly firmer trade than last week. OTM cattle also met a sharp trade.

There were 51 spring lambs forward of a mixed variety, mostly heavyweight, selling to a top of £103 for 44 kilo Suffolks and to 234p per kilo for 40 kilo Charollais from Westerparkgate. Overall average was 225p/kg.

Another large show of 5,779 prime hoggs were forward to the usual ring of buyers, with lightweight hoggs and export hoggs up to 44 kilos easily sold between 190 and 210p/kg with anything over 45 kilos proving very difficult to cash, unless of good quality. The sale averaged 189p, but the SQQ (up to 45kg) was 198p which tells its own story.