At St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 121 clean cattle, 63 OTM cattle, 2,116 prime lambs and 943 ewes.
Bullocks (52) averaged 169.1p per kg (-0.1p on the week) and sold to 199p from Longnewton, gross £1276 from Saughland. Heifers (64) averaged 170.9p per kg (-1.6p on the week) and sold to 190p from Longnewton and Fawside, gross £1246 from Inland Pastures. The one young bull averaged 155p per kg and sold to 155p, gross £728 from Hexpath. The 63 beef type OTM cattle averaged 118p per kg (+14p on the week) and sold to 167p from Thrunton, gross £1357 from Humebyres.
The 2,116 prime hoggs averaged 183.9p per kg (+5.9p on the week) and sold to £106.50 a head for Suffolks from P. Middlehurst, Burnhouse Mains, and 206.5p per kg for Texels from GB and AM Anderson Seafield and Sunwick Farms. The 943 ewes averaged £52.42 and sold to £114.50 for Texels from M/s WA Wilson, Hutlerburn, Ettrick.
Principal prices: Longnewton 1.99 Craig Douglas, 1.90 Worsley Wholesale Butchers; Nisbet 1.95 Colin Peat, 1.87 Malone of Edinburgh; Bee Edge 1.91 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 1.89 Worsley Wholesale Butchers, 1.88 Denholm Meat Supplies; Pilmuir. L 1.90 Malone of Edinburgh, 1.86 Worsley Wholesale Butchers; Saughland 1.89 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Inland Pastures 1.89 Lees Butchers; Caverton Mill 1.88 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 1.85 Malone of Edinburgh; Huntington 1.86 Worsley Wholesale Butchers; Crosshall 1.85 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Standhill 1.85 M/s R Pringle.
Cows per head: Humebyres £1357.80, £1307.20, £1092; Deuchrie £1160.70, £1121.80; Rosebrough £1058.20, £1018.70; Smeatonshaw £1029.50; Mosstower £1014, £946.15; Traprain £1000.10, £912; Whitburgh Farms £942; Huntington £932.40; Bedrule £921.10; Berryhill £901.60.
Cows per kg: Rosebrough 1.67, 1.43; Bedrule 1.62; Humebyres 1.52, 1.46; Deuchrie 1.46, 1.42; Smeatonshaw 1.42.
All classes of prime hoggs were short of requirements and dearer. A mixed show of ewes for quality was forward.
Leading prices:-Suff;- £100.50 Burnhouse Mains, £100 Hartside, Oxton, and Wester Middleton, £99.50 Wester Middleton, £98.50 Bonjedward Mill, £93 Wester Middleton and Bonjedward Mill, Tex;- £102.50 Threepwood, £98.50 Burnhouse Mains, £96 Wantonwalls, £91 Bonjedward Mill, £89.50 Wormerlaw, BF;- £81, £80 Hartside, Oxton, £79, £78.50 Hutlerburn, GF;- £71.80 Larriston, £71 Burnhouse Mains, Zwar;- £78.80 Broomilees, SD;- £77 Belford on Bowmont, Beltex;- £77 Hartside, Oxton, BFL;- £74.50 Hutlerburn, Chev;- £91, £84 Stobshiel Mains, £80.80 Saughtree and Thorlieshope, HB;- £78 Stobshiel Mains.
Lambs per kg: Suff;- 193.6 Upper Huntlywood, 191 Sunwick/Seafield, 190 Broomilees, Tex;- 206.1 Wormerlaw, 200 Oakwood and Craighouse, 198.9 Wormerlaw, 198.7 Oakwood, BF;- 182.6 Larriston, 181.6 Middletoun, GF;- 189.1 Borthwick Mains. G, 184.1 Larriston, Zwar;- 187.6 Broomilees, SD;- 190.5, 186.7 Belford on Bowmont, Beltex;- 192.5 Hartside, Oxton, Chev.x;- 178.4 Borthwickshiels, Chev;- 198.8 Stagehall, 190 Home Farm, Arnage, Ellon, HB;- 169.6 Stobshiel Mains.
Cast Ewes: HB;- £97 Bonjedward Mill, £96.50 Blegbie, Suff;- £105 Bassendean (Harris McDougal), £98 Haltree and Spotmains, GF;- £77.50 Buckholm, £76 Blackcastle, £75 Bonjedward Mill, EC;- £69 Synton Mains, Chev;- £71.50 Haltree, SCC;- £69.50 South Riccalton, Jacob;- £61 Justice Hall, Shet;- £55.50 Sunwick/Seafield, Tex;- £89 Buckholm, £88.50 Hermiston, High;- £67.50 Carterhaugh, BL;- £74 Spotmains, BF;- £60 Torsonce Mains.
Rams: BF;- £73 Hutlerburn, Chev;- £92 Woodside, £90 Haltree, Tex;- £97 Belmont, High;- £82 Carterhaugh, Beltex;- £72 Justice Hall, SF;- £90 Bassendean.
Last Thursday John Swan Ltd sold 74 feeding cattle and 449 feeding hoggs.
Bullocks sold to £970 AA.x Hoselaw + 174.3p per kg Lim.x Burnhead.P. Heifers sold to £885 AA.x Whitchesters + 181.3p per kg B.Blue.x Burnhead.P.
Leading prices - Bullocks: Lim.x;- £950, £760 Burnhead. P (174.3 Burnhead. P), Char.x;- £850 Burnhead. P, AA.x;- £970 Hoselaw (163.3 Burnhead. P), B.Blue.x;- £895 Burnhead. P(175.5 Burnhead. P), Sim.x;- £765 Whitchesters. Overall average 151.8p per kg, £816.56.
Heifers: Lim.x;- £750 Burnhead. P, £620 Bedrule (163.2, 162.5 Bedrule), Char.x;- £665 Inchkeith, AA.x;- £885 Whitchesters, £745 Hoselaw (151.3 Whitchesters), B.Blue.x;- £750, £725 Burnhead. P (181.3 Burnhead. P). Overall average 151.3 p per kg £601.53.
Feeding hoggs: Suff.x;- £70 Broadmeadows. Y, Tex.x;- £69 Hundalee, Chev;- £65 North Synton, Mule;- £46 Edston, BF;- £43.50 Wedderlie.
Border Livestock Exchange Ltd to week ending Friday 4th February sold 169 Prime Cattle including 42 Cast Cows and Bulls, 1349 Prime Lambs including 141 Cast Ewes, 67 Store Cattle and 1047 Breeding Ewes.
Cattle trade showed the 1st signs of improving with numbers starting to tighten. AA x Bullocks and Heifers from Stagehall, Stow sold to 300p also from Whitmuirhaugh, Kelso. Cont x Bullocks and Heifers from Fenwick Steads, Belford sold to 295p per kg. Home Bred quality Bullocks from Goswick Farm, Berwick upon Tweed realised 290p per kg.
In the Sheep section Prime Lambs sold to 440p per kg for Organics. Conventional Cont x Lambs from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso sold to 400p per kg also from Henlaw, Wooler. Export quality Lambs sold to 390p from Sweethope Farm, Kirkwhelpington.
Breeding Ewes sold exceptionally well for Scotch Mule Ewes in Lamb to Texel Rams. Gimmers to £145, 1 crop to £130, 2 crop to £115 and 3 crop to £110.
At their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last week John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 790 hoggs and 214 ewes and rams.
Hogg numbers tighter but trade remained very similar, in spec types easily managed. Overall average 176.2p per kilo.(+ 0.9p on the week).
Leading prices per head: Suff.x;- £90 Greenhead.R, £88.50 Newstead, £84.80 Mindrum, £84.50 Titlington Mount, £82.50 Mindrum. Tex;- £89.50 Edlingham Newtown, £86 Newstead, £83 Yetlington Lane, £82.80 and £81.50 Burradon Mains, £81 Mindrum, £80 Black Heddon and West Longridge. Chev;- £78.50, £76, £75.80 Humbleheugh. BF;- £77.50 Edlingham Newtown, £73.20 Clennel. Mule;- £74.20 West Longridge, £73.50 Horseupcleugh, £73.20, £73 Fawdon Farms.
Leading prices per kilo: Tex;- 193.4p Amerside Law, 188.2p Mindrum, 188p Amerside Law, 185.5p Old Cambus, 185.2p Mindrum, 184.5p Biddlestone Home Farm, 183.3p Amerside Law, 182.9p Black Heddon, 181.6p Yetlington Lane. Suff.x;- £186.7p Mindrum, 186.3p Biddlestone Home Farm, 184.2p Mindrum, 182.4p Old Cambus. Chev;- 185.4p, 184.9p Humbleheugh, 181.1p Fawdon Farms.
Ewes the plainest show in a number of weeks, all classes remaining very satisfactory. Overall average £66.10 (-£1.34 on the week).
Leading prices per head:- Tex;- £92 Edlingham Newtown, £90 Black Heddon, £86 Greenhead.R, £85 Black Heddon. BFL;- £89.50 Edlingham Newtown. Suff.x;- £85 Brandon White House, £83 Reston Hill. Mule;- £78.50 Brandon White House and Greenhead.R, £75 Reston Hill. BF;- £70 Horseupcleugh. Swale;- £63 Fawdon Farms. RAMS- Tex;- £95, £92.50(2) Burradon Mains. BF;- £84.50 Edlingham Newtown.
The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 46 prime cattle, 24 over 30 month cattle, 5,743 prime hoggs and 5,936 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
Prime cattle – well bred handy weight heifers met another brisk trade, selling to a top of 177.5p for a British Blue heifer from A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen, purchased by J.A. Jewitt Wholesale Butchers, others from the same home 167.5p; Limousin 176.5p Dashwell Green, 171.5p Houghton House, 169.5p Dashwellgreen, 167.5p Hallburn; Simmental 173.5p Hallburn; Charolais 171.5p Houghton House, 165.5p Hallburn, 162.5p Upper Mains. Limousin bullocks to 174.5p from Messrs J.F. and S.J. MacDonald, Ladyhousesteads, others 168.5p, 162.5p Haining House; British Blue 162.5p The Gill.
Top per head for bullocks of £1,161.88 for British Blue from The Gill; Limousin £1,153.75 Haining House, £1,148.40 The Gill. Charolais heifers to £1,096.88 from Upper Mains, £1,037.58 Houghton House; Limousin £1,029 Houghton House, £926.63 Dashwell Green; British Blue £994, £954.75 Dashwell Green.
A smaller, plainer show of OTMS was met by keen bidding which ensure a brisk trade was had throughout. Angus cows to 131.5p (£782.43) from Messrs Tinning, Burnfoot on Esk, others 97.5p (£736.13) from the same home; Limousin 113.5p (£754.78) Shaw of Dryfe, 101.5p (£710.50) Burnfoot on Esk, 97.5p Knarr Farm; Friesian 103.5p (£859.05) Evertown; British Blue 91.5p Sceughdyke, 84.5p Swaites; Charolais 98.5p Blindhillbush. Bulls to 108.5p (£884.28) for British Blue from Monk Farm; Limousin 103.5p Shaw Cottage South. Limousin bullocks to 113.5p Ladyhousesteads.
An excellent show of 5,743 prime hoggs sold to the usual ring of buyers. Hoggs met a similar trade averaging 177.8p overall and SQQ (32-45kg) 180.8p per kilo. Expert weight (32-42kg) and light weight hoggs were still short of requirements.
The sale was topped at 257p per kilo for Beltex from Newton and to £102.50 per head for Texels from Eskdale Street, others £97.50 Catslackburn and Stackbraes, £96.50 Stackbraes; Beltex £97.80 Newton, £92.50, £90 Tercrosset; Suffolk £97.80 Stackbraes, £93.50 Barend, £89.50 Duns House; Charollais £88.50 Newton Cottage, £86.50 Moss Side; North Country Cheviot £86.50 Potholm, £82.80 Townhead of Greenlaw, £81.80 Catslackburn; Greyface £84.50 Ashkirk Town, £81.20 Jacksonrigg, £80.50 Williamston; Hill Cheviot £84.20, £81.20 Becks, £79.80 Potholm; Leicester £83.80 Midtodhills, £73.80 Scarrowmanwick; Half Bred £78.20, £73.80 Adderston Shiels; Blackface £76.80 Corsebank, £74.80 Duns House, £74.20 Catslackburn and Kilbride; Cheviot Mule £71.80 Allanshaws, £70.80 Granton, £69.80 Tarrasfoot; Swaledale £65.80 Westernburnhope, £62.50 Gallowberry.
The 1,053 lightweight hoggs sold to £71.80 and £67.80 for Texels from Cumcrook, £66.50 Cleamire; Suffolk £68.20 Blingery; Blackface £64.20 Sceughdyke, £62.80 The Brigg; Hill Cheviot £64.20 Blingery, £62.80 Chapel; Greyface £63.50 Marygate, £61.80 North Deanhead; Lleyn £59.80 Rerrick Park; Swaledale £52.20 Williamston.
Also forward was a monsterous show of 5,936 cast ewes and rams. Ewes were £5 - £6 sharper on the week for all classes and were keenly sought after.
The sale was topped at £134.50 for Texel ewes from Tercrosset and Roadside, others £131.50 Allanshaws, Severs and Nether Stenries, £128.50 East Kirk and Roadside; Suffolk £129.50 Roadside, £120.50 Linton House, £118.50 East Cliff; Charollais £124.50, £120.50 Roadside, £118.50 Severs; Beltex £122.50 Newbigging, £94.50 Stackbraes; North Country Cheviot £108.50 Allanshaws, £103.50 No 2 West Whatten, £99.50 Allanshaws; Rouge £108.50 Middle Farm; Leicester £104.50 Midtodhills, £102.50 Stackbraes, £102.50, £98.50 Quarry House; Cheviot Mule £96.50 Allfornaught, £94.50 Muircleugh, £90.50 Shawhill; Half Bred £94.50 Linton House, £92.50 Bluebell, £90.50 Broomhill Bank; Greyface £89.50 Roadside, £86.50 Allfornaught, £81.50 Cowburnrigg, £80.50 Stubsgill; Dorset £85.50 Stackbraes, £59.50 Dunnabie; Zwartbles £84.50 Broom Isle.
Hill ewes to £83.50 for Blackfaces from Quarry House, £80.50, £78.50 Haswell Moor Farm, £75.50 Duns House, Whiteside and Quarry House; Lleyn £79.50, £75.50 Newbigging; Hill Cheviot £75.50 Allfornaught, £74.50 Woodfoot, £72.50 Alton; Swaledale £66.50 Coldshield and Temon, £65.50 Midtodhills, £63.50 Barnshangan, £61.50 Derwent Dale; Shetland £36.50 Forsie.
Rams to £132.50 for Texels from Muircleugh, others £128.50 Linton House, £126.50 Peela Hill; Beltex £126.50 Stubsgill, £118.50 Pearsby Hall, £88.50 Crawthat; Charollais £110.50 Severs and Roadside, £86.50 Newbank; North Country Cheviot £108.50 Allanshaws, £98.50 Carruthers; Leicester £104.50 Farmers Close, £99.50 Quarry House, £96.50 Winshield, Suffolk £103.50 Severs, £98.50 Winshield, £90.50 Archerbeck; Blackface £95, £80 Smyllum, £79.50 Crowhall, £76.50 Dunns House; Hill Cheviot £88.50 Upper Hindhope, £84.50 Kelsocleugh, £78.50 North House and Sorbie; Lleyn £86.50 Newbiggin; Swaledale £76.50 Howburn, £56.50 Coldshield; Zwartbles £74.50 Sloda Hill.
Goats to £88.50 Midtodhills.