AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 112 clean cattle, 53 OTM cattle, 1,942 spring lambs and 316 ewes.

Bullocks (57) averaged 194.5p per kg (n/c on the week) and sold to 218p from Bee Edge gross £1406 from Longnewton. Heifers (48) averaged 191.2p per kg (+0.2p on the week) and sold to 217p from West Mains gross £1290 from Whitrighill. The seven young bulls averaged 181.2p per kg (+ 4.4p on the week) and sold to 192p from Huntington gross £1181 from Blackcastle. The 51 beef type OTM cattle averaged 140.2p per kg (+3.1p on the week), and sold to 182p from Newstead gross £1302 from Torsonce Mains. The two dairy type OTM cattle averaged 130p per kg and sold to 132p gross £844 from Thornington.

The 1,942 spring lambs averaged 213.2p per kg (+14.7p on the week) and sold to £113.50 a head from Muircleugh Ptrs and 229.4p per kg from Huntington Ptrs. The 316 ewes averaged £86.13 (n/c on the week), and sold to £130 from M/s Forrest, Preston, Duns.

Principal prices: Bee Edge 2.18 Denholm Meats, 2.14 Woodhead Bros., 2.13(2) M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons and M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; West Mains 2.17 M/s Pringle; Humebyres 2.14 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.10 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Upper Nisbet 2.13 Lees Butchers, 2.05(2) Craig Douglas and M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Kirkton 2.12 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Traprain 2.10; Lennoxlove 2.09 Woodhead Bros.; Longnewton 2.07 Robert Wilson; Lurdenlaw 2.06 Ramsey Family Butchers, 2.05 John Anderson Butchers.

Cows per head: North Synton £1273.95; West Mains £1192.90; Falsidehill £1161.30; Penston £1160.70; Kaeside £1152.75; Traprain £1150.20, £1062.60; Whitburgh £1065.80; Stoneypath £1056, £1020.70; Haystoun £1051.90; Towford £1044.90; Blackcastle £1036.35.

Cows per kg: Newstead 1.82; Stoneypath 1.73, 1.65; Dunslaw 1.71; Traprain 1.62, 1.54, 1.50, 1.48; Towford 1.62; Huntington 1.60; Kaeside 1.59; Penston 1.59; Falsidehill 1.58; West Mains 1.58; North Synton; Torsonce 1.48.

Bulls: Torsonce £1302.90(1.29); Priesthaugh £1285.35(1.23); Over Whitlaw £1269.60(1.38).

Lambs met a fast selling trade and were keenly bid for by a full ring of buyers. Average £88.51, 41kgs selling to £113.50 for Texels and 229.4p per kg also for Texels.

Lambs per head: Tex;- £112.50 North Synton, £111.50 Huntington, £110 Gilston, Suff;- £108.50,£104.50 Huntington, £100 St Leonards, Char;- £98.50 Lammerview, Lleyn;- £91.50 Whitriggs, HB;- £88.50 Stobshiel Mains, GF;- £86.50 Newton.

Lambs per kg: Tex;- 227.8, 227.6 Huntington, 227 Muircleugh, 226.8 Sydenham, Suff;- 224.4 Haltree, 220 Craighouse & Smailholm Mains, 218.3 Meigle, Char;- 223.9 Lammerview, HB;- 210.7 Stobshiel Mains, Lleyn;- 213.5 Whitriggs, GF;- 206 Newton.

Cast ewes and rams continued to sell well, peaking at £130 for Oxfords.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £120 ,£117 Upper Bolton, £116 Marigold, Tex;- £128 Greenend, £120 Lammerview, £114 Muircleugh, GF;- £95 Mowhaugh Schoolhouse, £93.50 Greenburn, £93 Nisbet, BF;- £77 Outerston Hill, £75.50 Edston, HB;- £108.50 Marigold, £105.50 Upper Bolton, CM;- £103 Craighouse, Welsh;- £66 Shielswood.

Rams: Tex;- £112 Edston, BF;- £90 Stoneypath, Suff;- £110 Stoneypath.


AT their weekly Primestock sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,046 lambs, 12 hoggs and young sheep and 151 ewes.

At the annual Summer Show, expertly judged by Mr J Curle, Bowsden, the champion was awarded to Messrs HN Howard and Son, Chillingham Home Farm, for a tremendous pen of Beltex lambs weighing 41kg selling at £92.50 to Messrs PR Duff Ltd, Wishaw. The reserve champion also went to Chillingham Home Farm weighing 37kg and making £83.50 to Andrew Atkinson.

A tremendous show of lambs were forward and with extra buyers present all vendors received rates well above early week markets, more needed to satisfy demand, Overall average 208.5p.

Leading prices per head:- Suff.x:- £101 Fairlaw, £90.50 Springhill, Seahouses. Bel.x:- £92.50, £91, £89.50 Chillingham Home Farm. Tex.x:- £92, £91.50 (2), £90 (3) Holy Island, £90.50 The Hagg.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 225.7p, 225.6p 220.3p (3), 219.4p, 219.2p, 218.4p, 218.3p, 217.6p 217.5p Chillingham Home Farm. Tex.x:- 217.1p Black Heddon, 215.8p The Hagg, 213.5p Crookham Dairy, 212.8p Titlington Mount, South Charlton and Holy Island (2), 212.5p Branton Eastside and Springhill, Seahouses, 211.4p Fowberry Moor, 211.1p Shawdon Woodhouse, 211p Black Heddon. Suff.x:- 211.8p Mindrum, 211.4p Fowberry Moor, 209.5p Chesterhill, 209.2p Shawdon Woodhouse and Ross Farm.

Ewes a mixed show but all classes in keen demand, more numbers required.

Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £110 Mayfield, £104 Fawdon Farms, £100 Cresswell Farms. Tex.x:- £105 South Falaknowe, £103.50, £102 Cresswell Farms, £101 South Falaknowe. Mule:- £90, £89 Mayfield. £89 Ross Farm. BF:- £80 Fawdon Farms. S.C Chev:- £83 Sourhope. Tex Rams:- £110 Fawdon Farms.


DURING the week ending Friday, July 1, Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 94 prime cattle, 946 prime lambs and 48 breeding cattle.

Organic cattle topped the bill with home bred Limousin cross heifers from Halls Farm, Penicuik, selling to 365p per kg also Charolais cross bullocks from Tullochallum, Keith, Aberdeenshire, also to 365p per kg and £1,496.50 per head, 14 averaged £1,248.67. Simmental cross and Limousin cross young bulls, Scottish, under 16 months, sold to 320p per kg and £1,267 per head.

Prime lambs sold to 435p per kg and £91.35 per head for Texel cross export weights from Hollybush, Galashiels. Charollais cross medium weights from Cornhill Farm, Cornhill, sold to 425p per kg and £89.25. Suffolk cross lambs from Easington Grange, Belford, sold to 420p per kg and £88.20.

Fantastic Texel cross lambs from Meadowrig, Lamberton, also sold to 420p per kg.

Breeding and store cattle continue to sell well with strong demand coming from the North East of Scotland. Charolais cross and Simmental cross cows in regular ages averaged £1,460 for 37 head.