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AT their weekly Primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,346 Lambs and 497 ewes.

Lambs held up on the week and trade dearer, again in spec lambs very easily cleared.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £83, 11 Lamberton, £81 Yetlington Lane, £80 Burradon Mains, Elwick and Old Cambus, £77 Wandon (2), Elwick, £76 Shipley Smallburns, North Sharperton and Elwick. Suff.x:- £79 Chesterhill, £78 North Sharperton, £75 West Moneylaws and Chesterhill. Char:- £76 Wandon. Bel:- £76 Chillingham Home Farm and Lorbottle.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 204.2p Chillingham Home Farm, 189.7p 185.9p Crookham Dairy, 185.4p Lorbottle, 185p Roddam Estates. Tex.x:- 195.8p Fowberry Moor, 193.4p Yetlington Lane, 191.7p Springhill, Seahouses, 187.8p Elwick, 186.8p Allerdean Mill, 185p Ladykirk and Treaty Park, 184.2p Ladykirk and Kettleburn.

Ewes showed a slight ease but in general all classes sold to vendors advantage.

Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £99 Bewick Folly and West Moneylaws, £95.50 Springhill, Seahouses and South Bellshill, £91.50 Ladykirk, £90.50, £90 Chatton Broomhouse. Tex.x:- £96 South Farm, Belford, £95 Cresswell Farms, £93 Elwick, £91 Bewick Folly. Chev:- £88 Linbrig. HB:- £88 South Falaknowe. Mule:- £79 Ross Farm, West Ord and South Charlton, £78 Chesterhill. BF:- £64 Clennell. Suff Rams:- £136, £134 Chesterhill.


AT St Boswells on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 113 clean cattle, 54 OTM cattle, 2,912 spring lambs and 731 ewes.

Bullocks (49) averaged 203.1p per kg (+0.6p on the week) and sold to 219p, gross £1408 from Bee Edge. Heifers (59) averaged 196p per kg (-1.7p on the week) and sold to 226p from Bedrule, gross £1257 from West Mains, Lanark.

The five young bulls averaged 175p per kg (n/c on the week) and sold to186 p from West Mains, Lanark, gross £1428 from Blackcastle. The 52 beef type OTM cattle averaged 138p per kg (n/c on the week) and sold to 189p, gross £1549 from Traprain. The two dairy type OTM cattle averaged 110p per kg and sold to 123p gross £922 from Sandyknowe.

The 2,912 spring lambs averaged 169.1p per kg,(-0.1p on the week) and sold to £85 a head from Huntington and 193.2p per kg from M/s White, Howden. The 731 ewes averaged £67.01(-£1.15 on the week), and sold to £127 from J Connell, Wantonwalls.

Principal prices: Bedrule 2.26; Bee Edge 2.19 M/s WTS Forsyth & Sons, 2.16, M/s Moor, 2.15(3) M/s J Gilmour & Co Ltd, M/s Moor & Woodhead Bros.,2.14 M/s WTS Forsyth & Sons; Lennoxlove 2.18 Lees Butchers, 2.15 M/s J Gilmour & Co Ltd; Woodhead. A 2.17 M/s WTS Forsyth & Sons; Upper Nisbet 2.16, 2.15, 12.14 Woodhead Bros.; Longnewton 2.15 M/s WTS Forsyth & Sons; Snawdon 2.15 M/s WTS Forsyth & Sons; Cranshaws 2.15 Gosford Bothy Shop.

Cows per head: Traprain £1549.80; Whitehaugh £1263.25,£1170; Lustruther £1222.50; Bankhouse £1216.80; Howden. S £1193.50, £1065.35; North Synton £1169.20; Laidlawstiel £1145.40; Craigsford Mains £1109.70, £986; Kingside £1054; Gledswood £1004.80.

Cows per kg: Traprain 1.89,; Whitehaugh 1.63,1.56, 1.46; North Synton 1.58; Gledswood 1.57; Bankhouse 1.56; Howden. S 1.55; Towford 1.55; Kingside 1.55, 1.51; Colmslie 1.53; Lustruther 1.50; Chapel Mains 1.49; Parkhill 1.47; Kittyfield 1.46;

Bulls: Laidlawstiel £1452.20(1.37); West Mains. L £1419 (1.29); Sundhope £1336.20(1.31).

On Monday trade was similar on the week selling to £85 a head for a pen of Suffolk.x lambs and 193.2p to average (169.1p) and £72.90(+£2.56 on the week) 43kg.

Principal prices per head: Suff.x;- £85,£82.50 Huntington, £79.50 Blackhill, £79 Huntington, Ashcraig & Boon, £78.50 Saughland, £78 Headshaw.L, Shoestanes & Boon, £77.50 St Leonards, £77.20 Eastertoun, £77 Burnhouse Mains, £76.50 Torsonce, £75.50 Threepwood, Tex.x;- £82.50 Huntington, £82.20 Crookston, £81.50 Headshaw. L & Threepwood, £81.20 Crookston, £81,£80,£79.50 Howden, £79.50 Crookston, Bel;- £76 Craigsford Mains, £74.80 Threeburnford, £74.50 Ashcraig, £74 Clarilaw, £74,£73.50 Calaburn, £70 Threeburnford, Chev; £73.80 Stobshiel, £70.20 Wester Ulston, £68.80 Stobshiel, £68.20 Dere Street, GF;- £77.50 Crookston, £68 Middlestead, £67 Burnhouse Mains, Chev.x;- £68.50 Bierhope, ML;- £75.80, £75, £70 Whitmuir, Ham;- £72.20,£70 Townhead, HB;- £72.50,£70 Stobshiel.

Principal prices per kg: Tex.x;- 193.2, 188.1,186.2, 180.7 Howden, 1.88 Crookston, 180.8 Middlestead, 180. Dryden & Howden, 180, 179.5 Firth Farms, 178.6, 177.8 Howden, 178.2 New Blainslie, 178.1 Whitriggs, Bel;- 183.3, 181.6 Wester Deans, 178.1 Threeburnford, 177.4 Ashcraig, 173.7, 172 Wester Deans, 170.9 Calaburn, 170.7 Threeburnford, Suff.x;- 177.4 Firth Farms, 176.9 Middlestead, 176.8 Byrewalls, 175 Monklaw, 174.9Craiglea Cottage, 173.8 Dere Street & Camieston, 172.1Hyndsidehioll, 172 Currie Inn & Monklaw, GF;- 171.1 Myreside, 169 Wester Deans, ML;- 170.7 Whitmuir.

Ewes also sold to similar trade to that of last week.

Cast Ewes: Tex;- £93 Lylestane, £91 Calaburn, £89 Lee, £87 Torwoodlee, Choicelee & Lylestane, £85 Brothershiels, Hillhouse & Saughland, £83 Whitriggs, £81 Choicelee, Suff.x;- £89 Corsbie, £81 Brothershiels, £80 Berryhill, £79 Stobswood, £77 Craigsford Mains, BFL;- £75 Clifton on Bowmont & Stobswood, £73 Lylestane, Saughland, Lee & Shoestanes, £71 Torwoodlee & Stobswood, Chev;- £85 Saughland, £75 Satchells, £73 Lee, £71 Clifton on Bowmont, CM;- £77, £73 Brothershiels, £71 South Riccalton.

Rams: Tex;- £127 Wantonwalls, Bel;- £119, £91 Sydenham.


DURING the week ending Friday, September 9, Border Livestock Exchange sold 115 prime cattle, 43 cows, 177 store cattle, 85 cows with calves, 5,352 prime lambs, 316 cast ewes, 1,683 store lambs, 503 breeding sheep and 147 Kelso rams.

Cattle trade continues to firm with well finished cattle in great demand. Aberdeen Angus x steer from Bonjedward Mill, Jedburgh, sold 344p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. English Limousin x heifers from Fenwick Steads, Belford, sold to 332p per kg. Cast cows sold to record prices with an 11-year-old Luing cow from Duncrahill, Pencaitland, selling to 290p per kg and £1,197 per head. Simmental x cows from Roxburgh Mill, Kelso, to £1,219 per head.

Prime lambs remain steady with large numbers on offer. Ex farm prices per head £85.36 Langraw, Bonchester Bridge, £84 Lochside, Yetholm, £83.60 Hassendean, Hawick. £82.95 Hardenpeel, Jedburgh and South Riccalton also Jedburgh. Continental x export lambs to 390p per kg Sharplaw, Hownam, and Upper Chatto also Hownam.

Breeding sheep continue to sell extremely well. Mule gimmers to £165. One crop mule ewes to £145, Two crop mules to £130, Four crop warranted ewes to £100.

Store cattle very buoyant selling to £1,000 for Aberdeen Angus bullocks ex Borewell, Berwick. Store lambs slightly easier with Texel crosses selling to £60.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 75 prime cattle, six young bulls, 50 over 30 month cattle, 6,698 prime lambs and 7,416 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A larger show of prime cattle on offer and a poorer show of quality, with a shortage of good well fleshed inside feed cattle.

Topping the market at 211.5p for a Limousin bullocks from Mr I Nelson, Outertown and Limousin heifers peaking at 203.5p from C A Grieve and Sons, Snab Farm,

Another very large show of prime lambs were forward for the sale to the usual ring of buyers, averaging a very respectable 170.4p/kilo. The sale was topped at £103.50 for Texels from Haltcliffe and to 205p for Beltex from Newlands.

Other Texels £100, £92.50 Upper Mains; Suffolks £87.50 Miller Hill, £87.20 Upper Mains, £86.80 Boreland; Cheviots £75.50 Murtholm, £72.20 Archerbeck; Bleu de Maines £74.80 Henrys Hill & Middle Farm; Charollais £82.20 Broomhouse, £74.20 The Chestnuts; Halfbreds £74.80 , £71.80 Adderston Shiels; Greyface £76.80 Chapel House, £73 Braithwaite Hall, £72.80 Broomhouse; Cheviot Mules £71.80 Chapel, £67.80 Chapel, £66.20 Gall; Blackface £69.80 Peela Hill, £65.20 Sewing Shields, £64.80 Lamperts; North Country Cheviot £73.80 Danaskill; Beltex £76.80 Sorbie, £74.80 Sorbie.

Another monster show of cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers.

Trade maintained recent rates for most classes but the biggest ewes may have been slightly easier especially if to fat.