AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 169 clean cattle, 105 OTM cattle, 143 spring lambs 408 prime hogg and 409 ewes.

Bullocks (92) averaged 186.5p per kg (-2.7p on the week) and sold to 205p from Inland Pastures, gross £1376 from Longnewton.

Heifers (75) averaged 183p per kg, (-2.7p on the week) and sold to 204p, gross £1183 from Bee Edge.

The two young bulls averaged 176.7p per kg and sold to 187p, gross £1150 from Haughhead.

The 101 beef type OTM cattle averaged 131p per kg (+2.8p on the week) and sold to 165p, gross £1386 from Humebyres. The four dairy type OTM cattle sold to 122p, gross £651 from Thornington,

The 143 spring lambs averaged 280.6p per kg( +5.6p on the week) and sold to £130 a head from M/s Fleming and Son, Lochside and 310p per kg from Marigold Farm, Duns.

The 408 prime hoggs averaged 225p per kg (-11.4p on the week) and sold to £137 a head from M/s Harvey, Blackadder Mains and 263.6p per kg from Sunwick Farm.

The 409 ewes averaged £93.19 (+£8.47 on the week) and sold to £160 from M/s Nisbet, Blackhill.

Principal prices: Inland Pastures 2.05, 1.98,1.97 M/s Moor; Bee Edge 2.04 Denholm Meat Supplies, 2.02 Forth Meat Supplies, 1.98 M/s Moor; Nisbet Mill 1.99 M/s WTS Forsyth and Son; Corsbie 1.99 Charles Wilson Ltd; Chapelhill 1.99 Malone of Edinburgh; Longnewton 1.98; Upper Nisbet 1.98 Forth Meat Supplies; Cockburn 1.98 M/s Moor; Lurdenlaw 1.98 M/s Moor, 1.96 Woodhead Bros.; Gospelhall 1.97 Lees Butchers Ltd; Shidlaw 1.96 M/s WTS Forsyth and Son.

Cows per head: Humebyres £1386; Bonjedward Mill £1229.25; Traprain £1131.90,£1050.45,£1044.05,£1043.70; Borthwickshiels £1087.20,£1049.40; Upper Nisbet £1078.70,£1072.50; Stoneypath £1058.50; Corsbie £1046.25; North Deanhead £1043.20; Pogbie £1026;

Cows per kg: Bonjedward Mill & Humebyres 1.65; Mosstower 1.64; Upper Nisbet 1.61,1.50; Lauder Barns 1.59, 1.56, 1.48; Corsbie 1.55; Pogbie 1.54,1.52, 1.51; Borthwickshiels 1.51; Traprain 1.49,1.47.

Bulls: Brothershiels £1079 (1.30p); Phantassie £1023.75 (1.17p).

A very poor show of hoggs sold to £137 for Texels and 263.6p for Suffolk.x. Lambs sold to £130 for Suffolk.x and 310p for Texel.x, averaging 280.6p (£118.06).

Leading Prices: Hoggs per head:- Suff.x;- £130 Ladylands, £129 Woodhouse.P, 3123 Bonjedward Mill, £120 St Dunstan, £116 Sunwick, Tex.x;- £137,£129,£123 Blackadder Mains, £127 Woodhouse.P, £126 Berryhill, £124 New Blainslie, £120 Bedrule and Gilston, BF;- £91.50 Bedrule, £84 Sunwick and Threeburnford, £83.50 Upper Chatto, Mule;- £98 Kaeside, £90 Broomiebank, Chev.x;- £90 Larriston, Chev;- £111 Easter Alemoor, £110.50 Gilston, £110 Saughtree, £107 Langhope, Chev Mule;- £99 Gilston, Beltex;- £125 Threeburnford, £118.50 Oakwood.

Hoggs per kg: Suff.x;-263.6 Sunwick, 255.6,246 Seafield.L, 244.4 Bedrule, 242.7 New Blainslie, 241.3 Dunstan, Tex.x;- 257.5 Seafield.L, 256.3 Blackadder Mains, 253.3 St Dunstan, 251.2 Bedrule, 251.1 Bonjedward Mill, BF;- 240.8 Bedrule, Mule;- 230.8 Broomiebank, Chev;- 248.8, 239.1 Saughtree, 231.6 Headshaw.L, 228.2 Gilston, 225.2 Stoneypath, Beltex;- 257.6, 255.7 Oakwood, 250 Threeburnford.

Spring lambs per head: Suff.x;- £130 Lochside, £128 Smailholm Mains, £126,£124.50 Blackhill, £123.50 Mersington, £123 Redheugh, Tex.x;- £127,£123 Elmscleugh, £125,£123.50 Redheugh, £123 Lochside, £120 Redpath East End.

Spring lambs per kg: Suff.x;- 297.4 Blackhill, 249.9 Edrom Mains, 292.7 Faughhill, 292.3 Marigold, Tex.x;- 310, 294.6 Marigold, 300 Lochside, 293.4 Faughhill, 288.9 Edrom Mains.

Cast ewes were again dearer and short of requirements.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £160 Blackhill, £145 Lochside and Mersington, £139 Lauder Barns, Chev Mule;- £117 Timpendean, BFL;- £107 Huntshaw, Beltex;- £121 Redden, Tex;- £136 Lauder Barns, £134 Oakwood and Redden, £129 Greenhead.S, £127 Timpendean, Chev;- £124 Blackhill, £111 Brockhouse, Mule;- £117 Middlethird, £114 Timpendean, £109 Foulshiels, £108 Bedrule, Mersington Threeburnford, BF;- £92 Elmscleugh, £83 Laidlawstiel, HB;- £118 Bonjedward Mill.

Rams: Tex;- £155 Huntshaw, £150 Timpendean, Chev;- £126 Brockhouse, BF;- £95 Elmscleugh, BFL;- £112 Laidlawstiel, Suff;- £154 Timpendean.


Border Livestock Exchange to week ending Friday May 6 sold 172 prime cattle including 61 cows, 349 prime sheep including 103 new season lambs, 108 cast ewes and 246 store cattle.

With the exceptional weather new season lambs are finishing quicker. Buyers are eager to secure lambs and a company record of 600p per kilo was secured for Messrs Freeland-Cook, Cliftoncote, Yetholm whose consignment averaged £121 per head.

Cattle trade continues to edge up with records breaking for cull cows. Belgian blue cows from Bowsden Moor, Berwick sold to 280p and £1,226 and £1,131. Hill cows sold to £942 for Blue Greys and Galloway crosses. Cast bulls again sold at extreme levels with mature Galloway bulls from Hedgeley Farms, Powburn selling to £1,127 per head, mature bullocks to £1,142 Middle Cawledge, Alnwick. Young bulls to £1,266 Deanfoot, Denholm. Organic AA heifers from Pallinsburn, Cornhill selling to 350p and £1,163 per head; and from Tullochallum Farm, Dufftown to 350p for 24 which averaged £1,285 per head. AAX bullocks from Bonjedward Mill, Jedburgh selling to 320p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick upon Tweed. Continental cross steers to 315p and £1,207 Newhouses Farm, Hallington. Continental cross heifers from Holydean, Melrose to 315p also from Hallrule Farms, Bonchester Bridge to 310p per kg averaging £1,082. Limousin cross Heifers to 310p per kg Fawside, Gordon.

Tremendous numbers of store cattle are being sold at prices just about exceeding last spring’s extreme levels. Limousin cross bullocks to £1,000. Simmental £950 and 10 month old Belgian Blue bullocks and beifers to £845


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 553 hoggs, 26 spring lambs and 235 ewes.

Also sold were 27 hoggs and lambs.

Lambs a smart little show with plenty of interest shown, selling to £127 Branxton Moor and 282.9p Newstead. Suff.x:- £121 Shotton. Tex.x:- £118 and 281.4p Shotton.

Hoggs forward in good numbers, fleshed types again attracting the buyers’ eye to provide vendors with a premium.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £120 Elwick, £116 Elsdonburn, £115 Hoppen Hall, £114 Ladykirk, £113 (2) Burradon Mains, £112 Ladykirk, £110 Hoppen Hall. Chev:- £118 Moorhouse, Coldingham, £113 Elsdonburn, £112 Moorhouse. BF:- £114, £110 Elsdonburn. Suff.x:- £114 Elsdonburn, £110 Fawdon Farms. Herd:- £114 Whiterig. Mule:- £106 Elsdonburn, £105 Ladykirk.

Leading prices per kilo:- Chev:- 262.8p, 251.2p Elsdonburn, 246p Shotton, 245p Lamberton. BF:- 261.9p, 259.1p Elsdonburn. Herd:- 259.1p Whiterig. Tex.x:- 252.2p Elsdonburn, 251.2p Ladykirk, 250p Hoppen Hall, 247.4p The Fleurs, 246.2p Shotton and Hoppen Hall. Suff.x:- 245p Lamberton. Mule: - 238.1p Ladykirk.

Ewes a decent show of all classes, late rates easily maintained.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £134 Barelees, £131 Elwick, £123 Barelees, £122 Belstruther, £120 Burradon Mains, £117 The Fleurs, £116 South Ditchburn. HB:- £133 Barelees. Suff.x:- £129 Burradon Mains, £121 East Haugh, £118 Shipley Lane, £117 Burradon Mains. Mule:- £109 Eglingham Hall, £105 Brockley Hall and Belstruther. Chev:- £89 Moorhouse. BF:- £83 Fawdon Farms.

Tex rams:- £139 Milfield Demesne. Chev:- £131 Humbleheugh.

Hoggs and lambs:- a show of tremendous sorts sold to £190 for mules and singles from Elsdonburn.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 47 prime cattle, three young bulls, 22 over 30 month cattle, 81 spring lambs, 6,070 prime hoggs and 3,995 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Prime cattle continued to maintain recent rates. Limousin x heifers sold to 204.5p per kilo from R. Neill, Upper Tinwald, 200p Dashwell Green both to W. Kirkup, Butcher, Longtown, others 194.5p, 193.5p, 191.5p, 190.5p Dashwell Green, 191.5p Hallburn; Charolais 185.5p Hallburn, 184.5p Sceughdyke. Limousin bullocks to 193.5p Houghton House, 192.5p, 191.5p Upper Tinwald, 190.5p, 189.5p Houghton House, 185.5p The Gill; British Blue 188.5p The Gill. Heifers to £1,175.88 Upper Tinwald, £1,090.13 Sceughdyke.

Bullocks to £1,301.25 The Gill, £1,291.33 Sceughdyke, £1,272.18 The Gill, £1,267.78 Sceughdyke, £1,266.83 Houghton House.

The 22 OTM cattle saw trade good for all classes. Holstein Friesian £1,082.50 Horsegills, £936 Halltown; Limousin £931 Moss Side, £1,013.80 High Floweryhirst; British Blue £931.60 Greystoke. Per kilo – Angus 157p Potholm; Limousin 148p High Floweryhirst, 140p Moss Side, 136p Greystoke; Holstein 145p Horsegills, 126p Jerriestown, 121p Brisco Hill, 120p Halltown and High Floweryhirst; Charolais 143p Swaites; Shorthorn 131p Brisco Hill.

At the opening show and sale of Spring Lambs, 81 head were forward.

The show was ably judged by Mr R. Booth who awarded the Championship in both the singles and the pairs to Hazel Martindale, Land Farm.

The single weighted 43 kilos and realised £131.50 (305.8p/kilo) to Pak Mecca Meats. The pairs weighed 52 kilos and realised £136.50 (262p/kilo) also to Pak Mecca Meats.

The lambs averaged 259p per kilo overall and more lambs are required regularly.

Top price of 316p per kilo for Texels from J. Jardine, Yett and to a top of £136.50 per head for Texels from H. Martindale, The Land, others £131.50 The Land, £126.50, £122.50 Yett; Suffolk £128.50 Bankhead of Tinwald, £118.50 The Land; Charollais £122.50, £111.50 Fowrass; Oxford £109.50 Guards; Zwartbles £108.50 Woodhousehill; Dorset £103.50 Edge Farm.

A massive show of 6,070 prime hoggs met an animated trade to a full ring of buyers all keen for good meated hoggs.

Messrs Fisher, Smalmstown sold 330 Blackface hoggs to average 43kilos, £104.50 and 240p/kilo.

Messrs Miller, Eycott sold 485 Blackface and Cheviot hoggs to average 36 kilos, £90.56 and 250.5p/kilo.

Messrs Errington sold 778 hoggs of all classes to average 39 kilos, £94.07 and 237p/kilo.

Messrs Mulgrew, Walney Island sold 213 Cheviot, Blackface and Suffolk hoggs to average 45 kilos, £110.36 and 241.1p/kilo.

The overall sale average was 238p per kilo and the sale was topped at 273p per kilo for Beltex from Mosshall with a top per head of £142.50 for Texels from Drinkstone.

The 1,330 lightweight hoggs met exceptional demand to average 245p/kilo.

Top of £90.80 for Cheviots from Golden Lane, £85.50 Old Church, £78.80 Mid Harrietsfield; Blackface £87.50 Jubilee, £87.20 Eycott, £86.50 Golden Lane; Texel £87.50 Kirkend and Jubilee, £85.50 Westernhopeburn; Beltex £86.50 Glendearg; Suffolk £85.50 Farmers Close, £84.50 West Hill; Shetland £84.80 Inkstack; Greyface £82.50 Hepplehill; Charollais £78.50 Kirkwood Mains; Swaledale £78.50 Milescott.

A larger than anticipated show of 3,995 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual full ring of buyers, resulting in trade being very similar on the week with an overall average of £95.88.

The sale was topped at £164.50 for North Country Cheviot rams from Lirrit. Heavy ewes to £158.50 for Suffolks from Lesson Hall, others £148.50 Fountanbleau, £146.50 Shoestanes, £144.50 Lesson Hall; Texel £156.50 Woodhead, £152.50 Lawshall, £150.50 Golden Lane, £148.50 Woodhead; Charollais £146.50, £135.50 Seavers, £134.50 Roadside, £132.50 Colte Coats; Zwartbles £140.50 Hoscote, £102.50 Broomhillbank; North Country Cheviot £138.50 Sinclair Street, £128.50 Golden Lane and Carruthers, £126.50 Carruthers and Allfornaught, £124.50 Broomhillbank and Carruthers; Leicester £136.50 Woodhouse and Fountanbleau, £132.50 Newbiggin, £126.50 Derwent, £120.50 Collin Bank; Greyface £118.50 Ty Croes, £115.50 Derwent, £112.50 Whinfield, £110.50 Yett; Cheviot Mule £118.50 Patties Hill, £144.50 Maxton, £113.50 Severs, £112.50 Kirkburn; Oxford £112.50 Golden Lane; Wensleydale £108.50 Fountanbleau; Berrichon £108.50 Colte Coates.

Hill ewes to £108.50 for Cheviots from Castletown, £97.50 Catslackburn, £96.50 Colte Coates, £90.50 Skelfhill; Blackface £94.50 Crowhall, £90.50 Dirrops, £88.50 Shitlington Hall and Low Old Shields; £87.50 Newbiggin; Herdwick £88.50 Maxton, £80.50 Winterhope; Lleyn £94.50, £68.50 Netherhirst; Welsh Mountain £88.50 Golden Lane; Swaledale £81.50 Milescott, £76.50 Batey Shield, East Unthank and Brampton Fell, £70.50 Broomhills; Jacob £74.50 Pennersaughs; Kerry Hill £56.50 Devonshire; Hebridean £34.50 Eastfield of Wiston; Shetland £25.50 Achswinegar.