At their weekly Primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 729 lambs and 361 ewes.
Lamb numbers tight, helping trade along to make returns greater on the week quite substantially; more numbers could easily be handled in front of a good ring of buyers.
Leading prices per head:- Tex:- £98 South Ditchburn, £94.50, £93 (2) Lickar Moor, £90 South Ditchburn, £89, £88 Greenhead, Reston, £88 Lilburn Estates, £87.50 Springhill, Seahouses, £86 Low Middleton, £84.50 Mindrum Farming Co, £84 Lorbottle. Suff.x:- £95 Kinross, £88 Mindrum Farming Co and Kypie. Ven:- £82 Craigshouse.
Leading prices per kilo:- Tex:- 210.3p Lilburn Estates, 206.3p Mindrum Farming Co, 205.3p Lorbottle, 201.2p Mindrum Farming Co, 198.9p Springhill, Seahouses, 195.2p Lilburn Estates, East Fleetham and Springhill, Seahouses. Bel.x:- 207.9p Lilburn Estates, 200p (2) Ladykirk. Suff.x:- 196.5p East Fleetham.
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Ewes numbers similar and again very dear again more numbers could easily be handled.
Leading prices:- Tex:- £130 Kinross, Bamburgh, £119 Elwick, £105 Barmoor Red House and Mayfield, £97, £91 Barmoor Red House. Suff.x:- £119 Kypie, £115 Mayfield, £109.50 North Lyham. Char.x:- £100 East Fleetham. Chev:- £100 Linbrig. Mule:- £89.50 Barmoor Red House, £89 Mayfield. BF:- £67.50, £64.50, £63.50 Lilburn Estates.
Rams:- Tex.x:- £126 Shoreswood Hall.
At their weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 121 clean cattle, 37 OTM cattle, 2,338 new season lambs and 562 ewes.
Bullocks (50) averaged 220.2p per kg and sold to248p (-0.5p on week), heifers (70) averaged 217p per kg and sold to261p (-6.2p on week), one young bull sold to £155p (n/c on week) and 37 beef type OTM cattle averaged 124.1p per kg and sold to 2p (n/c on the week).
New season lambs averaged 202p per kg (+20p on the week) £88.26 per head and sold to £101, top price 236p per kg for Beltex. Ewes averaged £64.39, and sold to £106 for Suffolk. Heavy ewes averaged £74.06 and light ewes sold to £65 for Blackface and averaged £50.54.
Principal prices per head: Bee Edge £1555.56; Lurdenlaw £1543.70, £1489.50; North Synton £1527.96, £1504.16
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.61, 2.45 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.53 Robert L. Wilson, 2.53 W. Taylor (Lockerbie) Ltd, 2.45 M/s H. Black and Sons Ltd; Upper Nisbet 2.48 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.46 M/s J. Gilmour and Co; Lurdenlaw 2.46 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.43 Robert Pringle; Wester Ulston 2.46 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Honeyburn 2.45 Shaws of Lauder; Longnewton 2.42 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons; Dunslaw 2.42 M/s J. Saunderson Ltd, 2.41 J.F. Finlay and Co Ltd; Humbie Mill 2.42 J.F. Finlay and Co Ltd; Shidlaw 2.40 M/s J. Saunderson Ltd.
Bulls: Hyndsidehill Hill £1180 (100p); Bowershields £705.60 (80p).
Annual Show and Sale of Cows was judged by M/s G. Aitken and Sons, Traprain, who awarded the champion to Ramrig for b. Blue.x which weighed 826kgs, 160p, realising £1321 and reserve was awarded to Wester Middleton for a Char.x which weighed 960kgs, 163p realising £1564.80.
Beef cows - 1. Ramrig; 2. Wester Middleton; 3. Ramrig; OTM - 1. Humbie Mill; 2. Nisbet; 3. Humbie Mill
Cows per head: Wester Middleton £1564.80, £1469.16; Ramrig £1321.60, £1243.44; Nisbet £1212; Hyndsidehill £1180; Shidlaw £1106.30, £1099.82, £999.46; Huntington £1084.72; Cockburn £1031.94; Caverton Mill £1017.24, £967.44; Nisbet Mill £982.80; Barmoor Red House; Outerston £926.86.
Cows per kg: Nisbet 2.00; Shidlaw 1.85; Wester Middleton 1.63, 1.59; Ramrig 1.60, 1.57; Huntington 1.49; Caverton Mill 1.47, 1.39; Nisbet Mill 1.35, 1.31;; Barmoor Red House, 1.29(2); Cockburn 1.31.
Light lambs also met a sound trade selling to a top of 2.35p pkg, £77.50 for Belt.x from J. and G.S. Sinclair, Crookston. Averaging overall £63.76/192.9p pkg.
Other top prices:- Belt.x;- £77.50 Crookston, £77 Threeburnford, bf;- £77, £67 The Peel, £65 Middlesknowes, £64.50 Burncastle, SM;- £75 Belford on Bowmont, £72 Threeburnford, Suff.x;- £73 Woodside, £65 Kirktonhill and Woodside.
A good show of quality lambs forward, trade was firmer for all classes of lambs and levelled at 202.1p a rise of 20p/pkg on the week, averaging £88.26 per head.
John Swan Ltd held their Annual ‘St Boswells Christmas Cracker’ which was kindly sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
A fantastic show of cattle was forward: the judges were Mr C. Tulloch, Paisley, Mr J. Worsley, Dewsbury, and Mr J Robertson, Eskbank. Overall champion - Lim.x Heifer from W.B. Hamilton and Son, Bee Edge, 564kgs, 310p sold to Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd. Reserve champion Lim.x Heifer from S. and J. Allen, Longnewton was 580kg, 290p to W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons.
The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 42 prime cattle, two young bulls, 31 over 30 month cattle, 6,423 prime lambs and 3,377 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
At the annual Christmas show and sale there was a good entry of 23 cattle put forward to the judge J. Craig, Ballard Butchers, Castle Douglas. Mr Craig awarded the championship ticket to a Limousin heifer jointly owned and shown by Kilnstown Farms Ltd and E. Telfer and Son, Newton High House, which later went on to make 375p/kilo (£2043.75) and was purchased by the judge.
The reserve championship and best British breed went to the same animal, a Galloway bullock which was jointly shown by Kilnstown Farms Ltd and H. Watson, High Stobhill Farm, and later realised 360p per kilo (£1656) and purchased by Whitepeak Farm Butchers Ltd, Derbyshire.
We would like to thank the sponsors Jobson Animal Health for their generosity and the judge Mr Craig.