At Wooler last Wednesday Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly Primestock sale of sheep.
They sold 474 hoggs and 253 ewes and rams.
Hogg numbers were again tight but all classes keenly sought after and more needed.
Hoggs per head: Suffolk - £102.50 (2) Brandon, £96 Kettleburn, £92.50 North Lyham. Texel - £95.50 Kettleburn, £95 Hartside, £90 Ladykirk. Mule - £93 Ladykirk. Vendeen - £95 North Lyham, £91.50 South Lyham. Beltex - £90 Ladykirk. Cheviot - £82.50 North Lyham, £80 South Ord.
Hoggs per kg: Beltex - 197.5p (2), 195.7p, 192.5p Ladykirk. Texel - 196.4p Eglingham Moor, 195.7p Teviotdale, 195.2p Eglingham Moor, 195p Newstead, 194.9p Kettleburn, 193.8p Hoppen Hall, 192.7p Ladykirk, 192.3p Newstead, 190.6p Hoppen Hall, 190p Hedgeley Farms. Vendeen - 192.8p North Lyham. Suffolk - 191.1p North Lyham, 195.1p South Ord.
Ewes the poorest show for weeks but all classes again meeting unprecedented demand.
Ewes: Suffolk - £101 Wandon, £100 Edlingham Newtown, £95, £90 (2) Wandon. Texel - £96 Chatton Park. Mule - £86 South Lyham, £84 Shawbraes, £83 Edlingham Newtown, £81 Chatton Park. Cheviot - £80 Linhope. Blackfaced - £79 Edlingham Newtown, £75 Ingram.
Rams: Texel - £116 Shawbraes.
At St Boswells on Monday Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly Primestock sale of cattle and sheep.
They sold 81 clean cattle, 46 beef cows, 1,690 hoggs and 641 ewes.
Bullocks (23) averaged 199.6p per kg and sold to 234p (-0.9p on the week).
Heifers (58) averaged 204p per kg and sold to 237p (-7p on the week).
Beef type cows (42) averaged 116.3p per kg and sold to 183p (-1.9p on the week) and dairy type OTM cattle (4) averaged 90p per kg and sold to 93p (n/c on the week).
The 1,690 Hoggs averaged 188.8p per kg (+5.3p on the week) £84.95 per head and sold to £112, top price 211.3p per kg for Texel while the 641 ewes averaged £65.20, and sold to £112 for Suffolk.
Heavy ewes averaged £70.24 and light ewes sold to £88 for Cheviot and averaged £56.63.
Principal prices per head: Seggarsdean £1438.40, Bee Edge £1407.78, Longnewton £1389.44, Setonhill £1384.16, Bee Edge £1372.14 and £1361.60.
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 237 W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, Huntington 236 Robert Pringle and Sons, Mosstower 234 Shaws of Lauder, Seggarsdean 232 W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, Bee Edge 231 M/s Foley Brothers, Traprain 230 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd, Bee Edge 230 Shaws of Lauder, Wester Middleton 230 J.F. Finlay and Co Ltd, Greenknowe 228 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd, Wester Ulston 228 Shaws of Lauder, Bee Edge 228 M/s Hugh Black and Sons Ltd.
Cows per head: Wester Middleton £1151.30, Stobswood £1135, Whitburgh £1112.64, Upper Samieston £1081.92, Mosstower £1073.10, Thirlestane £1055.44.
Cows per kg: Whitburgh 183, Thirlestane 167, Mosstower 147, Wester Middleton 145, Thirlestane 141 and 131.
Hoggs – Numbers similar on the week, with returns higher, in line with national averages. Flesh still needed (SQQ 195p).
Hoggs per head: Texel - £112 Wester Ulston, £105 Lurdenlaw, £103 Wester Deans, £100 Lurdenlaw and North Synton, £96 Crookston, £95.50 Southfield; Suffolk - £105 Lurdenlaw, £101.50 Boghall, £100 Lurdenlaw, £99 Bonjedward Mill, £98.50 (2) Boghall, £98 Bonjedward Mill, £97 (2) Boghall, £96.50 Headshaw and Bonjedward Mill; Cheviot - £97.50 Gospelhall, £97 Nisbet Mill, £93 North Synton, £91 Attonburn, £90 Gilmanscleuch, £88.50 Headshaw; Cheviot Mule - £93.50 Standhill, £85 Lylestane; Zwartble - £92 White Cottage; Beltex - £90 (2), £87 and £84.50 Crookston; Blackface - £82.50 Aikeyside; Mule - £79 Threepwood, Hoggs per kg: Beltex - 211.3 Crookston, 207.5 Lylestane, 204.7 and 202.7 Crookston; Texel - 211.3 Dunslaw, 208.9 Lylestane, 208 Kedzlie, 203.8 Wester Ulston, 202.4 The Knock, 201.1 Lylestane, 200 Chesters Brae and Dunslaw, 198.8 Bowshiel and Bedrule, 197.7 The Knock and Swinnie; Cheviot - 202.4 and 201.2 Wester Ulston, 201.1 Headshaw, 197.7 The Knock and Saughtree, 197.6 Dunslaw, 196.3 Southfield; Cheviot Mule - 193 Dunslaw; Mule - 188 Threepwood; Blackface - 179.3 Aikeyside.
Ewes – Good numbers forward, with limited flesh available, similar trade achieved. Suffolk - £112 Woodside, £100 Cosbie, £91 Lyne, £90 and £87 Bowland; Texel - £101 Wester Ulston, £87 Lanton Cragg and Wester Deans (2), £85 Stouslie; Beltex - £101 Bedrule, £100 Wester Deans, £80 Ruecastle; Cheviot - £88 Gilston, £87 Lylestane, £78 (2) and £77 Woodside; Mule - £82 Wester Deans and Stobswood, £81 and £80 Wester Deans, £79 Reidhaven Estate and Bowland, £78 Hillhouse; Cheviot Mule - £81 Ruletownhead, £79 Gilmanscleuch, Easycare £68 Pilmuir, £67 Hillhouse, £65 Wester Deans; Blackface - £65 and £64 Roxburgh Mill, £61 Outer Huntly, £57 Burncastle, Cademuir and Wester Deans; Shetland - £33 Camptoun Holdings.
Rams: Bluefaced Leicester £100 Ettrickshaws, £80 Stobswood and Wester Ulston
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 30 prime cattle, 24 OTM cattle, 3,952 prime hoggs and 5,282 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
An increased ringside of buyers saw 24 cows on offer. Trade would be 4-6p dearer with the keeping cows 10p dearer on the week.
Jim Robertson topped the sale with a strong Limousin at 131p with Blonde from Davie Robison to 111p. Blue x sucklers sold to 105p from Andy Hogg. Native breeds sold to 108p for a Devon x cow from Greystoke Castle with hill cows to 100p for Galloway from Jim Robertson. Top per head was £975.95 from The Becks, followed at £951.60 High Greenhill, £831.60 Greystoke Castle.
More prime cattle on offer and readily bid for but still a shortage of 520kg-580kg U Grade’s. Overall trade would be similar on the week. Top price was 213.5p for a Limousin heifer sold by D.J. Garthwaite and Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage, others to 208.5p shown by Beacom Farms Ltd, Swordwellrigg, both heifers bought by Mr Granville Moor.
A similar show of 3,952 prime hoggs were forward to a strong ring of buyers with the recent new faces present again.
Best quality hoggs were dearer on the week in all weight ranges and were well short of buyer requirements.
Heavyweight hoggs regularly over £100 with best Beltex and Texel hoggs regularly between £2.50 and £3 per kilo and many more needed to supply increasing demand. Lightweight hoggs sharper. Overall average of 190.1p per kilo (SQQ 194p).
Top price of 297p per kilo for Beltex from Messrs Nixon, Oakwood, Selkirk and to £118 per head for Beltex from A. and A. Little, Hollands, Penton.
A much larger show of 5,282 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual busy ring of buyers all keen for sheep.
Trade for best selling heavy ewes was sharper on the week but overfat easier. Mules remained on par with last week whilst Blackface, Swaledale and Cheviot were £2-£3 sharper. Tups saw a much increased demand.