At their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday, John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 926 lambs and 147 ewes.
Poor weather conditions again played their part, but selling vendors received extreme rates.
Prices per head: Tex,x;- £94 Elsdonburn, £86.50 Lickar Moor, £85.80 Gatherick, £84.50 Lickar Moor, £83.80 Kettleburn, £83.50 Gatherick. Chv;- £89.20(2), £87 Humbleheugh. Suff.x;- £88 West Moneylaws, £87.50 Roddam Estates, £85 Gatherick, £84.80 West Moneylaws. Mule;- £86, £85.80 Elsdonburn, £82.50 Alnham, £81.80 Elsdonburn, £80 West Longridge. BF;- £84 Elsdonburn. Char;- £81 Gatherick. Bel;- £77 The Hagg.
Leading prices per kilo: Mule;- 232.4p Elsdonburn, 188.9p Lamberton. Bel.x;- 192.5p The Hagg, 192p Ladykirk. Tex;- 188.8p West Longridge, 188.5p Lorbottle, 187.5p, 187p Roddam Estates, 186.5p Wandylaw, 185.7p West Longridge, 185.4p Yetlington Lane, 182.2p West Longridge and Roddam Estates. BF;- 186.7p Elsdonburn. Chev;- 186.5 Wandylaw. Suff.x;- 185.7p West Longridge, 182.6p Kettleburn, 182.4p Roddam Estates, 181.4p Newstead, 181.3p Shawdon Woodhouse, 181p Yetlington Lane.
Ewes a smaller show, but sold easily at late rates.
Leading prices per head: Tex.x;- £90 Gatherick, £84 Newstead. Mule;- £76.50 Gatherick, £75.50 West Longridge. Suff.x;- £72 West Longridge, £70 Abbey St Bathans. BF;- £65 Gatherick.
At St Boswells Mart on Monday, John Swan Ltd sold 78 clean cattle, 50 OTM cattle, 2,571 prime lambs and 512 ewes.
Bullocks (36) averaged 172.3p per kg (+0.3p on the week) and sold to 1.98p from Bee Edge, gross £1181 from Saughland.
Heifers (42) averaged 173p per kg (-5.8p on the week) and sold to 199p from Humebyres, gross £1183 from Upper Nisbet.
The 50 beef type OTM cattle averaged 114.1p per kg and sold to 147p, gross £1073 from Coxydene.
The 2,571 prime lambs averaged 192.9p per kg (+8p on the week) and sold to £100 a head from Mr J Grieve, Lee, and 214.5p per kg from DE and J Birkett, Hexpath.
The 512 ewes averaged £61.88 (+£5.09 on the week) and sold to £90 from BQ Farming Partnership Ltd Carterhaugh.
Principal prices: Humebyres 1.99 (2) Craig Douglas and M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Bee Edge 1.98 Denholm Meat Supplies, 1.91 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 1.89 West Scottish Lamb, 1.88 Woodhead Bros, 1.85 M/s J Saunderson Ltd; Lennoxlove 1.90 M/s Douglas, Selkirk, 1.85 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Standhill 1.89 M/s R Pringle; Marvingston 1.87, 1.84 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, Saughland 1.86 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Upper Nisbet 1.85 Lees Butcher Ltd; Redden 1.82 (2) Forth Meat Supplies and Colin Peat.
Cows: Coxydene £1073.10; Fans £1033.20, £957, £931.50, £837.90; Pallinsburn £1014.30; Quixwood £1012.50, £909.45, £837.50; Traprain £963.90, £822.95; Marvingston £834; Outerston £831.25; Dalkeith Home Farm £821.40; Humbie Mill £818.40; Huntington £806.60.
Prime lambs met a fast selling trade with all classes short of requirements, selling to £100 for a tremendous pen of Texel lambs and 214.5p per kg for 30 Beltex. Cast ewes and rams sold to £90 for Texels.
Leading prices:- Tex;- £94 St Leonards, Huntington and Redden, £90.50 Bow, £90 Lower Ashtrees, £88.50, £87.50 Bow, Suff;- £92 St Leonards, £86.50 Edgerston Home Farm, £85.20 Redheugh, £84.50 Berryhill, £83.80 Pawston, GF;- £78 Lee and Swinnie, £74 Lee and Inchkeith, Belt;- £89.50 Crookston, £85.50 Hexpath, HB;- £86.50 Stobshiel Mains, Chev;- £86 North Synton, £85.20 Stobshiel Mains, SCC;- £80 Broomhill, Selkirk.
Lambs per kg: Tex;- 210 Bow and Edgerston Home Farm, 209.8 Swinnie, 207.2 Bedrule, 203.6 Mosshall and Craighouse, 202.6 Whitriggs, Suff;- 209, 208, 207.7 Seafield/Sunwick, GF;-108.5 Inchkeith, Belt;- 210.6 Edgerston Home Farm, 208.5 Hexpath, Chev;- 202.1 Bedrule, Chev Mule;- 200 Edgerston Home Farm.
Cast ewes: GF;- £82 Langraw and Heriot Mill, £79.50 Langraw and Mardon, £78.50 Berryhill, BF;- £62.50 Mardon, £62 Saughtree, Chev;- £80.50 Seafield/Sunwick, Tex;- £89.50 Seafield/Sunwick, NB;- £88.50 Berryhill, Lleyn;- £70.50 Ruletownhead, Welsh;- £40 Shielswood, Herdwick;- £50 Shielswood.
Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 21 prime cattle, six over-30 month cattle, 4,577 prime lambs and 4,621 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last week.
A small show of prime cattle due to the weather was met by an outstanding trade.
Top price of 182.5p for a Limousin bullock from R.M. and P. Armstrong, Slealands, others 179.5p, 176.5p, 174.5p Dashwell Green, 171.5p Nether Onsett, 169.5p Slealands, 168.5p Dashwell Green; Blonde d’Aquitaine 175.5p Nirvana; Angus 171.5p, 162.5p Burnfoot on Esk; Simmental 169.5p Nirvana; Charolais 165.5p Sceughdyke. Heifers to 169.5p and 165.5p for Charolais from Sceughdyke; British Blue 168.5p Becton Hall.
Top price per head of £1,234 for Limousin bullocks from Nether Onsett, £1,221, £1,182, £1,179, £1,157 Dashwell Green; Angus £1,166 Burnfoot on Esk; Charolais £1,108, £1,103 Sceughdyke. Heifers to £1,036 for British Blue from Becton Hall; Charolais £1,000 Sceughdyke.
A small show of cows were forward with a top price of 93.5p for Luing from Arkleton; Galloway 59.5p Whiteknowe.
A grand show of 4,577 prime lambs was forward, selling to the usual ring of buyers and enjoying a very festive trade with the best average of the week at 190.3p per kilo (193.7p per kilo SQQ). A highlight of this late festive sale was a terrific consignment of 1,250 head from Kintyre and Mid Argyll who saw an exceptional trade. The sale was topped at 228p per kilo for Beltex from Copperthorns, with a top per head of £111.50 for Texels from Aldermanseat.
Others £103.50 Newbigging, £97.80 Low Longthwaite; Suffolk £99.50 Ashley Park, £98.50 Sceughdyke, Hallburn and Low Longthwaite; Beltex £95.20 Raggetsyke, £94.50 Tinnis Hall, £90 Raggetsyke; Charollais £93.80 Hallburn, £92.80 Moss Side, £84.80 Ardlamy; Greyface £87.80 Sandbed, £87.50 Whitchester, £86.20 Guards Mill; Hill Cheviot £84.80, £81.80 Sorbie, £80 Pilmuir; Cheviot Mule £84.20 Falnash; Blackface £81.20 Silloans, Cleuch Head, £80.20 Cleuch Head, £78.80 Sceughdyke; Leicester £79.80, £78.80 Drumhumphrey, £77.80 Raggetsyke.
The 795 lightweight lambs sold to a top of £68.80 for Texels from Castlenook, £68.20 Greenburn; Greyface £68 Old Graitney, £64.80 Arnicle; Blackface £67.80 Haystown and Skelfhill, £66.20 Kildaloig; Cheviot £67.50 Clifton on Bowmont, £64.20 Killean Estate.
Another good show of 4,621 cast ewes and rams were forward to a full ring of buyers and seasonal trade resulted in ewes being £5 to £6 dearer on the week.
Heavy ewes to £120.50 for Texels from Kirkton, £118.50 Tenter House, £112.50 Kirkton, Allfornaught and Nether Stenries; Bleu d’Maine £114.50 Rottington Hall; Suffolk £108.50 Allfornaught, £104.50 Lowes Fell, £100.50 South Mains; Leicester £100.50 Lowes Fell, £98.50 Halliday Hill, £96.50 Lowes Fell; Half Bred £98.50 Burnfoot on Esk and Allfornaught; Charollais £96.50 Allfornaught, £90.50 Becklees; North Country Cheviot £91.50 Halliday Hill, £88.50 Longrow, £81.50 Achamore; Greyface £88.50 Middle Farm, £86.50 Newbigging, £84.50 Rigg House, £83.50 Tenter House, Sevenacres and Brownchesters; Beltex £86.50 Becklees; Dorset £77.50 Colte Coates.
Hill ewes to £78.50 for Blackfaces from Tenter House, others £73.50 Tonehall and Lowes Fell, £72.50 Thornton Tower and Drumhumprey; Cheviot £77.50 Newbigging, £65.50 Achamore, £64.50 Skelfhill; Kerry £66.50 Becklees; Swaledale £60.50 Brampton Fell, £59.50 Derwent, £55.50 Brampton Fell, £52.50 Tenter House; Herdwick £52.50 Milton; Lleyn £58.50 Sloda Hill.
Rams to £120.50 for Bleu d’Maine from Middle Farm; Texel £108.50 Langa, £94.50 Newbigging, £92.50 Colte Coates; Leicester £89.50 Brampton Fell, £78.50 Lowes Fell; North Country Cheviot £88.50 Killean Estate, £82.50 South Mains; Blackface £84.50 Thornton Tower, £65.50 Auchengibbert; Suffolk £74.50 Achamore; Charollais £74.50 Netherton.