At St Boswells Mart on MondayJohn Swan Ltd sold 134 clean cattle, 89 OTM cattle, 756 spring lamb 208 prime hoggs and 337 ewes.

Bullocks (74) averaged 182p per kg (-2.1p on the week) and sold to 202p from Bee Edge, gross £1296 from Dunslaw. Heifers (53) averaged 181.8p per kg (+4.0p on the week) and sold to 201p from Bee Edge, gross £1184 from Upper Nisbet. The seven young bulls averaged 167p per kg (-5.0p on the week) and sold to 175p from Hopton gross £1139 from Haughhead. The 86 beef type OTM cattle averaged 127.5p per kg and sold to 164p from Bowland gross £1497 from Coates. The three dairy type OTM cattle sold to 89p gross £500 from Sandyknowe.

The 756 spring lambs averaged 252.1p per kg (-2.1p on the week) and sold to £120 a head for Texels from Huntington, Lauder and 310.3p per kg for Charolais from Firm of Hundalee, Jedburgh. The 208 prime hoggs averaged 195.7p per kg, and sold to £120.50 a head for Texels from Mr Dalton, Milrighall, Midlem and 239.1p per kg for Texels from J Manderson, Kilnknowe. The 337 ewes averaged £89.59 (+£11.39 on the week) and sold to £128 for Suffolks from M/s Clark and Son, Upper Bolton.

Principal prices: Bee Edge 2.02 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.01 Lees Butchers, 1.94, 1.92 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 1.91 M/s Moor; Cockburn 2.00 M/s Moor, 1.93 Woodhead Bros; Upper Nisbet 1.99 Craig Douglas Butchers; Wester Ulston 1.99 Woodhead Bros., 1.93 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Saltoun Home Farm 1.97, 1.93 Woodhead Bros.; Lennoxlove 1.97 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Butchercote 1.95 Malone of Edinburgh, 1.94 Woodhead Bros.; Smailholm Mains 1.92 Woodhead Bros.

Cows per head: Fans £1233.80£1038.50; Penston £1157.30; Wester Middleton £1155,£1139.85; Old Castles £1097.10; Kirkton £1075.45; Todheugh £1063.95; Huntington £1054; Eden Lodge £1044.90; Upper Samieston £1036.75.

Cows per kg: Crosslee 1.64; Penston 1.63; Wester Middleton 1.59, 1.54, 1.49, 1.44; Kirkton 1.57,1.49,1.43; Corsbie 1.57;Old Coates 1.51; Langtonlees 1.48; Upper Samieston 1.45, 1.44, 1.40; Stoneypath 1.43.

Bulls: Coates £1497.25 (1.13p); Fans £1415.70 (1.21); Huntington £1397.25 (1.35); Grahamslaw £1161.50 (1.15); Crosslee £1050.50 (1.10).

New season lambs continued to sell well and sharper than that of the end of the previous week, selling to £120 for Texels and 310p per kg for Charolais. Average weight 41kg £103.54.

Lambs per head: Suff;- £114,£112 Upper Bolton, £109.20 Chapelhill, £108 Glenrath, £107.50, £107 Upper Bolton, Tex;- £117.50 Thirlestane, £110 Birkenside and Redheugh, £109 Huntington, £107.50 Thirlestane, £107 North Synton, Chev;- £95.80 North Synton, Beltex;- £106.50 Redden.

Lambs per kg: Suff;- 277.1, 269.4, 263.6 Birkenside, 261.3 Thornington, 260.5, 259.1 Upper Bolton, Tex;- 285.3 Lower Ashtrees, 281.7 New Haggerston, 278.4, 271.9 22 The Hedges, 270.3 Hundal(Whittaker), Chev;- 239.5 North Synton, Beltex;- 287.8 Redden.

Prime hoggs sold extremely well on Monday for the time of year, peaking at £120.50 for Texels and 239.1p per kg also for Texels.

Hoggs per head: Mule;- £94 Minto Kames, Suff;- £120 Brotherstone, £117 Bonjedward Mill, Tex;- £119 Milrighall, £1035.50 Bonjedward Mill, Chev;- £99 North Synton.

A good show of cast ewes and rams was forward selling to £128 for Suffolks.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £122 Glenrath, £118 Upper Bolton, Tex;- £120 Mossburnford, £114 Redheugh, Lleyn:- £95 Kilnknowe, Chev;- £114 North Synton, GF;- £92.50 Mossburnford, £92 Greenend, HB;- £116 Smailholm Mains, BF;- £80.50 Stoneypath.


Border Livestock Exchange, week ending Friday May 27 sold 146 prime cattle, 54 cows and bulls, 741 prime lambs including 211 cast ewes and 124 store & breeding cattle.

Prime cattle were topped by Bonjedward Mill, Jedburgh with Aberdeen Angus Bullocks selling to 330p per kilo to Well Hung & Tender, Berwick-upon-Tweed. 13-month-old young bulls from Whitmuirhaugh, Kelso sold to 312p and £1,342 per head with the whole consignment averaging £1,186 per head. Aberdeen Angus bullocks from Sandystones, Ancrum, Jedburgh and Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso realised 325p per kilo and £1,192 per head. Continental crosses from Hallrule Farms, Bonchester Bridge, Hawick sold to 315p per kilo. Quality Simm x Luing young bulls from Attonburn, Yetholm to 300p and £1,047 per head.

New season lambs continue to sell extremely well with best quality lambs from Eastfield of Lempitlaw and Whitehaugh, Hawick selling to 560p per kilo and £117.60. Continental x from Easington Grange and Cornhill Farm to 550p and £115.80.

Breeding cattle with good health management policies sold readily with Aberdeen Angus x cows with Lim and Simm x calves selling to £1,500.


At their weekly Primestock Sale in Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 156 lambs, 133 hoggs and 126 ewes.

Lambs a mixed show, demand slightly dampened.

Leading prices price per head: Suff.x;- £119 South Bellshill, £108 Holy Island and Newstead, Bel;- £111 Clarabad Mill, Char;- £109 Southfield, Tex;- £108 Holy Island and Clarabad Mill.

Leading prices per kilo: Bel:- 260.5 (2) Chillingham Home Farm, Tex;- 257.1 Holy Island, Suff.x;- 257.1 Holy Island, Char;- 254.8 Southfield, Seahouses.

Hoggs in demand and dearer for a better show.

Leading prices price per head: Tex.x;- £128.50 Springhill, Berwick, £123, £118, £112 Hetton North, £100 The Stables, Suff.x;- £117 South Falaknowe, £109 Ladykirk, Chev;- £96.80, £92.50, £92 Humbleheugh. Mule;- £89.50 Ladykirk. BF;- £84 Fawdon Farms.

Leading Prices per Kilo: Tex;- 231.4,227.8,224 Hetton North, 227.4 Amerside Law, Chev;-,223.6 Humbleheugh, Suffx;- 219.6 Ladykirk, BF;- 215.4 Fawdon Farms.

Ewe numbers light, but all classes in very keen demand, more needed.

Ewes per head: Tex.x;- £119,£105.50 Pallinsburn, Suff.x;- £115 Thornington, £114 Southfield and South Falaknowe, £107.50 Fawdon Farms, £107 South Falaknowe, £105 Thornington and Reston Hill, Chev;- £96 Humbleheugh, Mule;- £96 Broadmeadows.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PL. had forward 48 prime cattle, 41 over 30 month cattle, 516 spring lambs, 2,217 prime hoggs and 2,567 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Another good show of well finished cattle on offer but more handyweight cattle required to fill buyer’s orders. Prices peaked at 199.5p for a British Blue bullock from A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwell Green, purchased by W. Kirkup and Sons, Butchers, Longtown. Mr A. Irving, Toppin Castle sold a run of six Limousin heifers to average 193.1p and topped at 198.5p twice. Limousin bullocks topped at 189.5p from J.C. and D. Nicholson, The Gill.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, British Blue – 199.5p, 180.5p Dashwell Green. Limousin – 189.5p The Gill, 184.5p (x2) Dashwell Green, 183.5p, The Gill, 176.5p, 175.5p Dashwell Green, 175.5p The Gill, 173.5p Houghton House. Charolais – 167.5p Sceughdyke.

Heifers, Limousin – 198.5p (x2), 197.5p, 195.5p, 187.5p Toppin Castle, 182.5p The Yett. Charolais – 181.5p Hallburn, 167.5.5p Sceughdyke. British Blue – 178.5p Hallburn.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks, British Blue – £1,348, £1,236, £1,200 Dashwell Green. Charolais - £1,330, £1,273, £1,234 Sceughdyke. Limousin – £1,307, £1,293 The Gill, £1,254 Dashwell Green, £1,249 Houghton House, £1,234 The Gill. Simmental - £1,283 Sceughdyke.

Heifers, Limousin – £1,145, £1,131 (x2), £1,114 Toppin Castle.

A shortage of well fleshed cows and plenty of feeding cows on offer met another brisk trade. Blonde d’Aquitaine cows topped at 145.5p from G. Smith, Campingholm with Limousins to 134.5p from Messrs T. Hutton, How Farm.

Principal prices per kilo: Cows, Blonde d’Aquitaine – 145.5p Campingholm. Limousin – 134.5p How Farm, 128.5p The Nook, 123.5p Mossband House, 122.5p (x2) Sorbietrees, 117.5p The Nook. Shorthorn – 119.5p Midtodhills. Angus – 132.5p, 124.5p Eldinhope, 123.5p Campingholm, 114.5p, 113.5p Eldinhope. Black and White – 119.5p Peterscrook, 113.5p Halltown.

Principal prices per head: Cows, Limousin – £914 How Farm, £869, £860 The Nook, £857 Sorbietrees. Angus – £881 Eldinhope. Black and White – £873, £828 Halltown. Blonde d’Aquitaine – £814 Campingholm.

A good show of 516 spring lambs was forward, with the average being 238.3p per kilo, in line with national trend. The sale was topped at 279p per kilo for Suffolks from Messrs Musgrave, Cardew Hall and to £128.20 per head for Suffolks from K. Johnson, Calees Cottage, others £115.50 Sceughdyke and Long Strumble, £114.50 Cardew Hall; Charollais £125.50, £122.50 Wester Parkgate; Texel £121.50 Yett Farm and Cardew Hall, £120.50 Guards Mill, £117.50 Cardew Hall; Oxford £91.20, £87.20 Guards Farm.

The 2,217 hoggets forward again met an animated trade and averaged 214.5p per kilo, with well fleshed hoggs still sought after. Top of 239p per kilo for Cheviots from Golden Lane and to £116.50 per head for Texels from Messrs Tullie, Bowan Hill.

The 941 lightweight hoggets sold to £81.80 for Blackfaces from Bush of Ewes, others £78.80 Eycott; Hill Cheviot £76.80, £74.50 Golden Lane; North Country Cheviot £76.50 Allerby Hall; Herdwick £76.50 Westernhopeburn; Greyface £74.50 Westernhopeburn, £68.50 Waughslea; Swaledale £73.50 Lyneholm, £69.80 Westhills; Beltex £64.50 Lyneholm; Shetland £51.50 Burnbrae.

A smaller show of 2,567 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers and met an animated trade. Ewes were £5 dearer on the week with smaller hill type ewes short of requirements.

The sale was topped at £144.50 for Texel tups from Clement Leazes.

Heavy ewes to £138.50 for Texels from Huntington, Severs and Clement Leazes.

Hill ewes to £92.50 for Cheviots from Crookston. Goats to £56.50 Whitedyke.