At St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 140 clean cattle, 104 OTM cattle, 596 spring lambs 430 prime hoggs and 431 ewes.

Bullocks (70) averaged 184.1p per kg (-0.4p on the week) and sold to 2.02p, gross £1369 from Lurdenlaw. Heifers sold to 196p from Bee Edge, gross £1237 from West Mains, Lanark

The 13 young bulls averaged 172p per kg, -2.0p on the week and sold to 182p from Bayhill, gross £1222 from Phantassie. The 104 beef type OTM cattle averaged 129.3p per kg, (+2.2p on the week) and sold to 175p from Mains of Wardhead, Insch, gross £1278 from Teindside

The 596 spring lambs averaged 254.2p per kg, and sold to £125 a head for Texels from M/s Hogg and Son, Longyester and 270p per kg for Texels from Mossburnford, Jedburgh.

The 430 prime hoggs averaged 205.3p per kg, and sold to £133 a head for Texels from M/s Dunlop, Elmscleugh, Dunbar and 232.6p per kg for a pen of Texels from Mrs Menzies, Leason House.

The 431 ewes averaged £78.20 (+£0.49 on the week), and sold to £130 for Texels from S Anderson, Stouslie, Hawick.

Principal prices: Lurdenlaw 2.02 M/s WTS Forsyth & Sons, 1.97 M/s Moor, 1.96 Lees Butchers, 1.93 Woodhead Bros.; Bee Edge 1.99 Denholm Meat Supplies, 1.96 (2) Woodhead Bros & M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Smailholm Mains 1.95 M/s Moor; Upper Nisbet 1.94 Malone of Edinburgh, 1.93 Craig Douglas, 1.91 M/s JA Waters and Sons; Nisbet 1.92 Malone of Edinburgh; Lennoxlove 1.92 Colin Peat, 1.91 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Cockburn 1.91 Malone of Edinburgh; Longnewton 1.90.

Cows per head: Fairnilee £1234.80; Penston £1178.60,£1095.60; Mosstower £1115.40,£1093.40,£1078; Mains of Wardhead £1102.50; West Mains £1080; Burnhouse Mains £1072.80; Traprain £1065.60,£1043.90; Crosslee £1058.40; Hyndsidehill £1051.25.

Cows per kg: Mains of Wardhouse 1.75; Mosstower 1.69, 1.54; Fairnilee 1.68; Penston 1.66, 1.51; Langtonlees 1.55;Gospelhall 1.46; Traprain 1.46, 1.44; Hyndsidehill 1.45; Crosslee 1.44; Burnhouse Mains 1.44; Bedrule 1.44; West Mains 1.44.

Bulls: Teindside £1287.65 (1.07); Crosslee £1235.20 (1.28); Corsehope £1177.30 (1.22).

Well fleshed hoggs were still in demand selling to £133 for Texels and 232.6p per kg for a pen of Texels.

Leading prices: Hoggs per head:- Shet;- £71 Seafield House, Suff;- £112 Sunwick, £104 Home Farm, BF;- £83 Home Farm, Tex;- £120 Leaston House, £119 Girrick, £118 Elmscleugh, Dorset;- £99.50 Leason House, Chev;- £106 Home Farm, Kerry;- £91 Seafield House, GF;- £89 Home Farm, £84.50 Ashcraig, Beltex;- £108 Home Farm, Zwar;- £91.50 Home Farm, ML;- £85.50 Whitmuir.

Hoggs per kg: Suff;- 226.1 Home Farm, 223.3 Sunwick, 222.1 Broomilees, BF;- 218.4 Home Farm, Tex;- 232.6, 232.1 Home Farm, 223.3 Sunwick, Chev;- 220.8 Home Farm, GF;- 211.3 Ashcraig, Beltex;- 216 Home Farm, ML;- 225 Whitmuir.

A larger show of new season lambs was forward, peaking at £125 and 270p per kg for Texels. Average weight 42kg £109.08.

Spring lambs per head: Suff;- £122 Berrymoss, £120 Longyester, £118.50 Penston and Redheugh G, £118 Upper Bolton and Cockburn, Tex;- £124 Huntington, £120 Penston, £119.50 Thirlestane & Penston, £119 Greenend & Elmscleugh, Char;- £118 Penston.

Spring lambs per kg: Suff;- 262.5 Smailholm Mains, Edrom Mains and Lochside, 262.2 Cockburn, 260.7 Huntington, Tex;- 266.7 Penston, 265.9 Elmscleugh, 263.8 Huntington.

Leaner types of ewes were dearer on the week with fat types similar, selling to £130 for Texels.

Cast Ewes: HB;- £112 Marvingston, Chev;- £96 Marvingston, GF;- £90.50 Howden, £87.50 Cockburn, Thirlestane and Girrick, Suff;- £122.50, £121 Huntington, £121Lochside, Tex;- £121 Huntington, £119 Stouslie, BF;- £75 Elmscleugh, Lleyn;- £88 Brotherstone, ML;- £89.50 Whitmuir, Chev.x;- £91.50 Upper Samieston.


During the week ending May 20 Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 138 prime cattle, 54 cows, 486 prime lambs, 212 cast ewes and 146 store and breeding cattle.

Prime cattle continue to sell well with numbers remaining tight. Dan Gamble from Sharplaw Farm, Hownam won the junior carcase competition with a 15 month old home bred Limousin x Belgian Blue heifer which graded an E4L weighing 337.6kgs and sold to 325p per kilo £1,097.20 per head. Aberdeen Angus bullocks from Bonjedward Mill, sold to 328p to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Limousin x heifers from Over Whitton, Hownam, to 320p per kilo. Cast cows continue to sell to extreme rates for all types. Continental crosses to 275p per kilo Sharplaw, Hownam, and Swinhoe Farm, Belford. Dairy cows from Kelloe Mains, Duns, sold to 235p per kilo and £874 per head.

New season lambs also maintaining recent high prices with Texel x from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso, selling to 560p per kilo and £119.70 per head. Meatlinc x also sold to 560p from Cliftoncote, Yetholm.

Store cattle are short of numbers with buyers desperately trying to source even batches of 16 – 18 month old stores. Charollais bulls sold to £920 with yearling bullocks and heifers reaching 210p per kilo Live weight. Cows and calves have sold particularly well with 3rd to 7th calving Aberdeen Angus x and Limousin x cows reaching £1,560 per outfit. Aberdeen Angus bulls to £3,000 and Limousin bulls to £3,000.


At their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 96 lambs, 212 hoggs and 135 ewes.

More Lambs forward meeting a slightly hesitant demand. Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £116 Newburn, £112 Yetlington Lane. Suff.x:- £115 Newstead, £114.50 South Falaknowe, £114 Ladykirk.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 281.6p Chillingham Home Farm. Tex.x:- 266.7p Yetlington Lane. Suff.x:- 266.3p, 265p South Falaknowe.

Hoggs an end of season show, flesh still sort after. Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £124 Chatton Park, £120 Allerdean Mill, £114 Lowick Moorhouse, £109 Elwick. Suff.:- £120 Springhill, Seahouses, £100 Venchen and Springhill, Seahouses. Mule:- £96 Shipley Lane. Chev:- £95 Branton Eastside.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 228p Lowick Moorhouse, 219.5p Chatton Park, 218.2p Allerdean Mill. Suff.x:- 218.2p Springhill, Seahouses, 217.4p Venchen. Chev:- 216.1p Shotton, 215.9p Branton Eastside. BF:- 215.8p Prendwick. Mule:- 213.3p Shipley Lane.

Ewes easier. Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £124 Branton Eastside, £120 Springhill, Seahouses, £117 Ladykirk. Tex.x:- £115 South Falaknowe. BFL:- £104 Chatton Park. Chev:- £97 Springhill, Seahouses. Mule:- £95 South Falaknowe, £93 Branton Eastside, £91.50 Springhill, Seahouses. BF:- £80 Branton Eastside.

Rams:- Suff.x:- £129 Howtel. BL:- £116 Branton Eastside. BFL:- £107 Branton Eastside.

Hoggs and lambs again sought after selling to £192 and £96 per life Elsdonburn.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 52 prime cattle, 28 over 30 month cattle, 263 spring lambs, 3,618 prime hoggs and 4,045 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Another good show of well finished cattle ensured a buoyant trade was had throughout. Limousin bullocks topped the sale at 196.5p from A. Irving, Toppin Castle, 190.5p (740kg) The Gill. British Blue bullocks to 194.5p from Toppin Castle.

Principal prices per kilo, bullocks: Limousin – 196.5p Toppin Castle, 190.5p The Gill, 189.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 188.5p, 186.5p, 185.5p Dashwell Green, 185.5p, Upper Tinwald. British Blue – 194.5p Toppin Castle. Charolais – 173.5p Dashwell Green. Heifers: Limousin – 179.5p Hallburn, 170.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage. Blonde d’Aquitaine – 177.5p Hallburn. Charolais – 171.5p Hallburn, 170.5p Sceughdyke.

Principal prices per head, bullocks: Limousin – £1,419 The Gill, £1,326 Upper Tinwald, £1,313 Sceughdyke, £1,281 Dashwell Green, £1,270, £1,256 Upper Tinwald, £1,249 The Gill, £1,230 Dashwell Green. British Blue – £1,244 Toppin Castle. Charolais - £1,231 Dashwell Green.

A plainer show of cows on offer saw trade as dear as ever. British Blue bullocks topped at 152.5p from T. Armstrong and Sons, Sceughdyke with Limousin cows to 151.5p from Horseholme.

Principal prices per kilo, steers: British Blue – 152.5p Sceughdyke. Cows: Limousin – 151.5p Horseholme, 142.5p, 139.5p Nunscleugh. Simmental – 134.5p Bellfield. Charolais – 122.5p Linnbridgeford. Blue Grey – 115.5p Chapel Farm. Black and White – 115.5p Peterscrook.

Principal prices per head, steers: British Blue – £1,044 Sceughdyke. Cows: Limousin – £1,037 Horseholme, £990, £961 Nunscleugh.

A nice show of 263 spring lambs was forward, averaging 269p per kilo. More lambs now required and can be sold to vendor’s advantage. Top price of 303p per kilo and £138.50 per head for Texels from J. Marshall, Hermitage, others from the same home to £137.50, £136.50, £133.50; Suffolk £130.50, £129.50 Long Strumble, £120.50 Cardew Hall; Charollais £127.50 Kilnhill; Oxford £109.50, £107.80 Guards; Cheviot £105.80 Rottington Hall; Zwartbles £103.50 Holmlea; Blackface £100.50, £93.50 Brownchesters.

Another fine show of 3,618 hoggets were forward at Longtown, with best fleshed hoggs continuing to realise a marvellous trade.

The sale averaged 230p per kilo to a top of 278p per kilo for Beltex from Wreay and to £142.50 per head for Texels from Mosshall, others £139.50 Kellah, £138.50 Mosshall; Suffolk £138.50 Riddell Farms, £136.50 Southend; Greyface £121.50 Kirkland Green, £116.50 Kellah, £110.50 Muirhouse and Cranshaws; Hill Cheviot £119.50, £118.50 Southend, £116.50 Bloan; Blackface £119.50 Smalmstown, £116.50 Southend, £110.50, £107.50 Smalmstown; Beltex £114.50 Coytre, £97.50 Ballimore, £96.50 Snade; Charollais £108.50 Kirkland Green, £95.50 South Mains; Cheviot Mule £106.50 Newlands, £92.80 Whitton; Herdwick £98.50, £95.50, £88.50 Rowhead; Zwartbles £96.50 Fountanbleau; North Country Cheviot £94.50 Crowdieknowe, £89.50 Wester Dunnet; Leicester £93.50 Whitton, £89.50 Newbigging; Swaledale £89.50 Smalmstown, £79.50 Westernhopeburn; Dorset £86.50 Redhouse; Easycare £86.50 Cleongart; Milk Sheep £79.80 Golden Lane; Lonk £74.50 Mosshall.

The 1,259 lightweight hoggs sold to a top of £94.50 for Beltex from Wreay; Hill Cheviot £84.50 Allerby Hall; Texel £84.50 Askerton; Blackface £83.80 Smalmstown; North Country Cheviot £82.80 Bimmer Hill; Suffolk £81.50 Westernhopeburn; Greyface £80.50 Shaw Cottage South; Herdwick £77.50 Rowhead; Jacob £67.50 Cardewlees.

The 4,045 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual buyers. Best selling Continental ewe and all classes of rams maintained recent rates but Mule ewes and other heavy ewes, especially if fat were £4 to £5 back on the week.

The sale was topped at £146 for Texel ewes from Mosshall, others £141.50, £140.50 Severs, £138.50 Morningside; Suffolk £134.50 Newlands, £128.50 Fountanbleau, £123.50 Fron Heulog; Rouge £144.50 Severs; Charollais £126.50 Newbigging and Church Road; £124.50 Severs; North Country Cheviot £118.50 Lythmore, £110.50 Durran Mains, £106.50 Overacre; Leicester £114.50, £98.50 Kellah, £96.50 Whitoon, £94.50 Howburn; Zwartbles £110.50 Newlands, £99.50 Thorns; Oxford £110.50 Fountanbleau; Beltex £106.50 Newlands; Half Bred £106.50 Lirrit, £104.50 Overton Bush; Cheviot Mule £95.50 Glenafon, £94.50 Erw Goch; Greyface £90.50 Long Strumble and East Murkle, £89.50 Stirkoke Mains, Thorns, Glenafon and Overton Bush; Bleu d’Maine £90.50 Newlands; Easycare £79.50 Cleongart.

Hill ewes to £86.50 for Blackface from Kellan, others £84.50 The Side, £80.50 Southend and Chapel House; Cheviot £82.50 Newlands, £80.50 Lirrit, £78.50 Inkstack; Lonk £78.50 Bush of Ewes; Swaledale £76.50 Whitton and Dale End, £72.50 Gallowberry, £68.50 Morley Hill and Spoutbank; Jacob £66.50 Dale End; Herdwick £59.50 Cardewlees, £58.50 Mosshall; Kerry Hill £48.50 The Throp.

Rams to £129.50 and £127.50 for Texels from Severs, £126.50 Roadside; Leicester £128.50 Kellan, £118.50 Newbigging, £98.50 Morley Hill; Lleyn £126.50 Newbiggin, £82.50 East Murkle; Beltex £125.50 Severs, £112.50 The Wreay; Hill Cheviot £122.50, £98.50 Newbigging; Charollais £122.50 Newbigging; Suffolk £120.50 Newbigging, £114.50 Overton Bush; North Country Cheviot £108.50, £106.50 Whitton; Blackface £92.50 Kellah, £80.50 Gibblaston; Kerry Hill £92.50 Overton Bush; Swaledale £84.50 Whitton.