Market Prices


At wooler Livestock Centre last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,663 lambs and 511 ewes and rams

Lambs similar to last week’s rates.

Leading prices per head:- Bel:- £86 Henlaw, £75, £68 (2) Ladykirk. Tex.x:- £82 Holy Island, £78.50 Lorbottle, £77 Edlingham Demesne and Lorbottle, £75.50 Mindrum, £75 Lilburn Estates, £74.50 Holy Island, £73.50 Greenhead, Reston, £72.50 Lorbottle and South Charlton, £72 Shipley Smallburn and Wandon. BFL:- £75 Clennell, £72 Edlingham Demesne, £71.50 Clennel. Suff.x:- £73.50 Chesterhill, £73 Lorbottle, £72.50 Castlelaw, £71 Lorbottle, £70.50 Chesterhill, £70 Lilburn Estates. Suf:- £72.50 Brockley Hall. Cha:- £68 Wandon. Chev:- £65.50 South Charlton, £64 Great Ryle. Mule:- £67 Great Ryle, £64.50 Ladykirk, £64 Great Ryle.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 215p Henlaw, 202.7p Ladykirk. Tex.x:- 189.2p Lilburn Estates, 175p Kettleburn and Yetlington Lane, 169.7p Ladykirk, 168.6p Lorbottle, 167.5p Kettleburn, 166.7p Lilburn Estates and Henlaw. Suff.x:- 163.4p Ladykirk, 157p West Longridge, 154.9p Shieldykes, 152.4p Bowmont Hill and Shipley Lane. Chev:- 157.5p Great Ryle, 155p Fawdon. Mule:- 153.7p Great Ryle, 151.2p Shieldykes.

Ewes in keeping with nationwide rates.

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £100 Black Heddon, £96.50, £85.50 The Hagg, £85 Black Heddon, £81 Village Farm, £76 Brockley Hall. Suff.x:- £100, £84 Wandon, £82 Holy Island. Chev:- £73.50 South Charlton. CHM:- £75, £65 South Charlton. Mule:- £68 Castlelaw, £67 Lilburn Estates, £65 Holy Island, £63 South Charlton (M Hall). BFL:- £76 Clennell.

Rams:- BFL:- £108 Clennell. Tex.x:- £102 Reavley, £100.50 Shotton. Chev:- £90 Reavley.

St Boswells

At their special sale of Prime Ram Lambs John Swan Ltd sold 1,313 lambs to average 148.1p pkg (£58.39).

Tex.x;- £77, £76 Akeld Steads, Tex;- £75 Rawburn and Knock, Suff.x;- £76, £71 Threepwood, Mule;- £70 Akeld Steads, Chev;- £68.50 Whitehouse, £64.50 Gilston, CM;- £66 Buchtrig, Lleyn;- £66 Dolphinston, BF;- £64 Peel, £62 Stobbs.

At their weekly primestock sale on Wednesday John Swan Ltd sold 85 clean cattle, 76 OTM cattle, 1,620 new season lambs and 584 ewes.

Bullocks (32) averaged 218.5p per kg and sold to 246p (-0.4p on week), heifers (49) averaged 217p per kg and sold to 247p (-2.2p on week), four young bulls averaged 142.3p per kg sold to 150p (n/c on week) and 76 beef type OTM cattle averaged 129.5p per kg and sold to 195p (+1p on the week).

New season lambs averaged 153p per kg (+1p on the week) and sold to £90, top price 1.81p per kg for Beltex. Ewes averaged £53.66, and sold to £95 for Suffolk Heavy ewes averaged £59.62, Light ewes sold to £71 for Zwarbles and averaged £31.50.

Principal prices per head: Upper Nisbet £1499.40, £1497.60; Woodheads. A £1482.88, £1479.94.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.47 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.40 (2) Shaws of Lauder and W. Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.38 Shaws of Lauder; Upper Nisbet 2.46 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.42 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.40 Denholm Meat Supplies, 2.38 M/s J.A. Waters and Sons; Snawdon 2.42 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.32 J.F. Finlay and Co Ltd; Honeyburn 2.39 M/s Moor; Longnewton 2.36 Shaws of Lauder; Thirlestane 2.36 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons; Upper Hundalee 2.32 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Outerston 2.31 Charles Wilson Edinburgh; Traprain 2.30 M/s Moor.

Bulls: Ashcraig £1231.70 (1.09p); Laidlawstiel £1151.32 (1.07p); Chapelhill £1126.40 (1.10p).

Cows per head: Willowford £1226.10; Dalkeith Home Farm £1176, £1081.70; New Jeaniefield £1154.34; Bowshiel £1119.96, £1029.50; Corsbie £1112, £1066.80; Ormiston £1104.90; Gateshaw £1099; Muircleugh £1039.52; Minto Kames £1034.06; Todshawhaugh £1031.38.

Cows per kg: Greenknowe 1.95 (2), 1.89, 1.87, 1.77, 1.71; Willowford 1.83; Gateshaw 1.75, 1.53; Dunslaw 1.70; New Jeaniefield 1.59, 1.47; Bowshiel 1.53, 1.45; Minto Kames 1.49; Muircleuch 1.46.

Lambs per head: Tex;- £90 The Lee, £87, £84, Huntington, Suff.x;- £85, £84 Huntington, £82 The Lee, Bel;- £84 Craigsford, £80 Bow, £76 Lylestane, Char;- £66.50 Torview, £64 Edenbrook and Woodhouse, CM;- £66 Blegbie, Mule;- £65 Threeburnford, BF;- £60 Mailingsland.

Lambs per kg: Bel;- 1.81 Bow, 1.78, 1.76, 1.96 Lylestane, 1.68 Craigsford Mains, Tex;- 1.75 Calaburn, 1.74 Applecross, 1.71 Craigsford Mains, Suff.x;- 1.71 Huntington, 1.70 The Lee, 1.66 Avielochan, Char;- 1.60 Woodhouse and Eden Brook.

Ewes: Suff;- £93 Hyndsidehill, £88, £71 Spotsmains, £81 Headshaw. L, £75 Redheugh, Tex:- £81 Headshaw. L, £80 Redheugh, £73 Greenend & Magdalane Hall, CM;- £71 Blackhill, £69 Northfield St Abbs, Zwar;- £71 Torview, HB;- £70 Blegbie, Mule;- £68 Burnhouse Mains, £65 Corsbie and Northfield St Abbs, BF;- £51 Headshaw. L, Jac;- £61 Magdalane Hall, BL;- £63 Spotsmains.

Rams: Suff;- £95 Brotherstone, Tex;- £85 Redheugh, Lleyn:- £77 Brotherstone.

At their annual Aberdeen Angus Cross and feeding and breeding sheep Show and Sale John Swan Ltd sold 1,240 head of native bred suckled calves.

The show was expertly judged by Mr R. Lawson, Blackburn, awarding Champion to M/s Ross, Wester Middleton, for Aberdeen Angus cross bullock which made £1380 (290.5p).

The reserve was also awarded to Wester Middleton for a haltered Aberdeen Angus cross bullock which made £5000 (917.4p)

The T.W. Forrest Trophy was awarded to Easter Middleton for a pen of 11 Aberdeen Angus cross bullocks which made £1130.

At their fortnightly sale of Feeding and Breeding Sheep the company sold 2605 head. Store lambs, especially Cheviots met a very strong demand.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 31 prime cattle, two young bulls, 18 over 30 month cattle, 6,262 prime lambs and 5,342 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A mixed show of prime cattle with quality in short supply. Top price to 215.5p for a British Blue heifer shown by W. and W. Faulder, Houghton House.

Prime bulls sold sold to 156.5p and 148.5p for Black and White from Becton Hall.

A plain show of cast cows selling to similar rates. Top price to 145.5p for a Limousin cow from T.N. and F. Cowan and Son, The Ash.

A larger show of 6,262 prime lambs forward to an increased ring of buyers saw an overall average of 165p per kilo (SQQ 169p), dearer than most other centres this week, best export weight lambs short of requirements.

Top was £90 per head and 221p per kilo for Beltex from Wallend.

Another grand show of 5,342 cast ewes and rams was forward to our usual ring of buyers, with trade being £6-£8 up on the week for all classes in the build up to the festival.

Top price of £160 for a Suffolk ram from Kingfield.

There was a catalogue entry of 9,198 head, comprising 4,797 horned sheep and 4,401 Cheviot ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs for the Annual Border Ewe Sale. With the mild winter and good summer, all sheep looked brilliant. A similar quality entry of Cheviots forward for sale attracted buyers from all parts of the UK, as a result a very good trade prevailed with averages up substantially on the year by £10 to £20 per head, only the Hill Cheviot ewe lambs seemed harder to sell.