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AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 121 clean cattle, 65 OTM cattle, 2,610 spring lambs and 905 ewes.

Bullocks (65) averaged 202.8p per kg (+7.5p on the week) and sold to 2.22p from Honeyburn, gross £1519 from Lurdenlaw.

Heifers (48) averaged 198.5p per kg (+6.4 p on the week) and sold to 2.24p from Bee Edge, gross £1310 from Bee Edge.

The eight young bulls averaged 187.6p per kg (+3.2 p on the week) and sold to 205p from Thirlestane, gross £1190 from Thirlestane.

The 65 beef type OTM cattle averaged 145.1p per kg (+7.1p on the week) and sold to 182p from Ayton Cocklaw, gross £1333 from Northfield.

The 2,610 spring lambs averaged 171.6p per kg (£72.98 per head, -4.1p on the week) and sold to £85 a head from Saughland and Huntington and 188.5p per kg from Sydenham.

The 905 ewes averaged £68.82 (-£12.39 on the week) and sold to £95 (Suffolk) from Craigsford Mains.

Principal prices: Bee Edge 2.24 Denholm Meats, 2.18 (twice) WTS Forsyth and Sons and M/s Moor, 2.15 M/s Moor; Honeyburn 2.22 M/s Moor; Pathhead 2.21 Gosford Bothy Farm Shop, 2.16 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd, 2.15 J.Gilmour and Co Ltd; Mosstower 2.20 M/s Moor, 2.14 W.T.S Forsyth and Sons; Wester Ulston 2.19 R.Pringle; Tandlaw 2.18 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd, 2.16 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd, 2.13 J.Gilmour and Co Ltd; Cockburn 2.16 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd.; Upper Nisbet 2.14 W.T.S Forsyth and Sons.

Cows per head: Crookston £1301.30, £1272; Bankhouse £1266.50; Upper Blainslie £1253.30, £1115.40, £1114.70; Ayton Cocklaw £1210.30; Brockhouse £1197.20; Woodhead, A £1172.60; Harehead £1150.20; Harwood on Teviot £1102; Meigle £1088; Bow £1085; Gateshaw £1078, £1056

Cows per kg: Ayton Cocklaw 1.82; Crookston 1.73, 1.69, 1.60; Bankhouse 1.70; Gateshaw 1.69, 1.65, 1.62; Craighouse 1.64; Meigle 1.60, Nether Fala 160; Cockburn 1.59, 1.57; Gilston 1.58; Upper Blainslie 1.57, 1.56

Bulls: Southfield £1333.

2610 spring lambs slightly easier on the week selling to £85 per head for Texels from Huntington and Saughland and 188.5p per kg from Sydenham to average £72.98 (171.6p per kg).

Principal prices per head:. Texel £85 Huntington and Saughland, £83 Lower Ashtrees, £82.50 and £81 Huntington, £80 Saughland and Huntington; Suff.x £80.50 West Mains, Lauder, £77.50 Rumbletonrig, £77 Redheugh, £76 Rumbletonrig, £75.50 Yarlside and Ashcraig; Beltex.x £76 Threeburnford, £75.50 Justicehall, £75 Faughhill, £74 Threeburnford; Chev Mule £73.50 Gospelhall; Chev £72 Gilston; Mule £67.50 Saughtree.

905 ewes easier on the week. Blackface ewes upheld recent rates.

Cast ewes: Suffolk £95 Craigsford Mains; Tex.x £95 Wedderlie, £91 Bedrule and East Redfordgreen; Beltex. £90 Threeburnford; Suff.x £91, £81 Bedrule; Half Bred £85 Blegbie, Blue Leic £83 Burnhouse Mains, £87 South Riccalton; £83 Gilston; Mule £77 Threeburnford, Mossilee, Clarilaw Moor and Burnhouse Mains; Blackface £73 and £63 Burnhouse Mains, £63 South Riccalton, £61 Borthwickshiels and Broadmeadows

Rams: Texel £115 Burnhouse Mains; Suffolk £107 Woodhouse; Cheviot £101 Mount Benger; BF Leic £90 Wedderlie; Blackface £77 Middlesknowes and Craigburn


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 107 prime cattle, four young bulls, 31 over 30 month cattle, 7,276 prime lambs and 7,849 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Once again a large show of 107 prime cattle saw a tremendous trade throughout and vendors going home delighted with their returns.

Limousin bullocks topped the sale at 221.5p for an outstanding animal from J. Retson and Son, Gardrum, other Limousin bullocks to 215.5p Toppin Castle, 211.5p, 209.5p, 208.5p Outertown, 208.5p Toppin Castle.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, Limousin – 221.5p Gardrum, 215.5p Toppin Castle, 211.5p, 209.5p, 208.5p Outertown, 208.5p, 206.5p Toppin Castle, 206.5p Newby Farm, 203.5p (x2) Outertown, 200.5p Townfoot, 199.5p Nether Onsett, 195.5p Outertown, 195.5p, 192.5p Newtown. Blonde d’Aquitaine – 213.5p Gardrum. Charolais – 193.5p, 190.5p, 189.5p, 188.5p, 187.5p, 185.5p (x2) Blackwell Hall.

British Blue – 192.5p Outertown. Saler – 188.5p Hallburn, 184.5p Blackwell Hall and Hallburn. Simmental – 184.5p, 183.5p Blackwell Hall. Heifers, Charolais – 198.5p Outertown, 196.5p Sceughdyke, 195.5p, 192.5p Upper Mains. Limousin – 194.5p Newby Farm, 192.5p Bleatarn, 191.5p Townfoot and Bleatarn, 190.5p Brydekirk Mains.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks, Limousin – £1,386 Outertown, £1,368 Nether Onsett, £1,361 Outertown, £1,357 Toppin Castle, £1,343 Outertown, £1,334 Toppin Castle, £1,332 Outertown, £1,329 Gardrum, £1,317 Blackwell Hall. Charolais – £1,362 Blackwell Hall, £1,335 Sceughdyke, £1,309, £1,304, £1,300, £1,298, £1,289, £1,286 Blackwell Hall. Saler – £1,304, £1,273 Blackwell Hall. Heifers, Limousin - £1,137 Newby Farm. Charolais – £1,443, £1,368 Upper Mains.

Over 30 month cattle were a better show for quality and sold to a top of 168.5p for a British Blue from Messrs T. Armstrong and Sons, Sceughdyke with Limousins to 159.5p Kilbride Farm.

Principal prices per kilo: Charolais – 148.5p, 128.5p Byreburnside. Limousin – 159.5p Cowburn, 144.5p (x2) Greensburn, 143.5p Byreburnside, 134.5p (x2) The Flatt. British Blue – 168.5p Sceughdyke, 132.5p The Flatt, 127.5p Swaites. Friesian – 131.5p Becton Hall, 124.5p Grainhead, 114.5p Peterscrook, 109.5p Grainhead.

Principal prices per head: British Blue – £1,230 Sceughdyke. Limousin – £1,062 Greensburn, £1,011 Byreburnside, £960 Greensburn. Friesian – £1,038 Becton Hall. Charolais – £1,017 Byreburnside. Simmental – £1,003 Sceughdyke.

Young bulls – more required.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin – 169.5p Becton Hall. Galloway – 168.5p Calees Cottage. Friesian – 151.5p Becton Hall.

A collosal show of 7,276 prime lambs selling to the usual full ring of buyers and averaging a very respectable 176.1p per kilo for that sheer volume, a good 6-10p ahead of other centres on the same day.

The sale was topped at 207p per kilo for Beltex from Janey and Libby Hall, Blacksmiths Cottage.

The 2,079 lightweight lambs sold to a top of 207.5p per kilo and £72.50 per head for Texels from Miss Robyn Bowker, Ashrigg Park, Gretna.

A phenomenal show of 7,849 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual full ring of buyers and met a fantastic trade to be up £3 on the week as Ramadam comes to an end.

The sale was topped at £160.50 for a Charollais ram from Newbigging.

Heavy ewes to £134.50 for Texels from West Farm and Roadside.

Hill ewes to £90.50 for Cheviots from Raeburnfoot, £86.50 Terrona; Lleyn £88.50 Marygate, £77.50 Hazelbank; Blackface £82.50 Low Carry House, £76.50 Newbigging, £74.50 Kilchamaig; Kerry Hill £78.50 Winterhope, £76.50 Churchview; Swaledale £70.50 The Hollows, £68.50 Batey Shield and Pole Farm; Herdwick £58.50 Church Street.

Goats to £76.50 Common House Farm.