AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 92 clean cattle, 72 OTM cattle, 3,592 spring lambs and 1,109 ewes.

Bullocks (26) averaged 206.6p per kg (+5.4p on the week) and sold to 2.24p from Lennoxlove and Bee Edge, gross £1455 from Bee Edge.

Heifers (52) averaged 199.4p per kg (+4.4p on the week) and sold to 2.25p from Penston, gross £1302 from Mervinslaw. The 14 young bulls averaged 177p per kg (n/c on the week) and sold to 206p, gross £1638 from Carwood. The 60 beef type OTM cattle averaged 140.2p per kg (+5.8p on the week) and sold to 173p from Willowford, gross £1572 from Harehead C. The 12 dairy type OTM cattle averaged 130.3p per kg and sold to 150p, gross £977 from Thornington.

The 3,592 spring lambs averaged 166.1p per kg (-3.9p on the week) and sold to £84.50 a head from Huntington Partnership and 184.5p per kg from Gateside. The 1109 ewes averaged £62.37 (-£1.32 on the week) and sold to £103 from M/s JS and JB Mauchlen, Spotsmains, and Tups to £115 from J Connell, Wantonwalls.

Principal prices: Penston 2.25 Gosford Bothy Shop, 2.16 (2) M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons and M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.11 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Lennoxlove 2.24 Denholm Meats, 2.23, 2.14 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, Learmonth Butchers; Bee Edge 2.24 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.19, 2.17 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.14(2) M/s Moor and Robert Wilson;; Wester Ulston 2.15 Forth Meat Supplies; Upper Nisbet 2.14 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons.

Cows per head: Old Castles £1256; Swinside Townfoot £1226.10, £1080; Butchercote £1219.65; Stoneypath £1162.20; Harehead. C £1146.10; Broomiebank £1134; Gainslaw Hill £1095.20; Willowford £1055.30, £1037; Nether Fala £1051.05; Kedzlie £1041.40.

Cows per kg: Willowford 1.73, 1.71,1.70,1.69; Butchercote 1.73; Broomiebank 1.62; Old Castles 1.60; Phantassie 1.60; Towford 1.60,1.59;Gateshaw 1.59, 1.58, 1.54, 1.52; Thornington 1.50.

Bulls: Harehead. C £1572(1.35); Phantassie £1536(1.60); Corsbie £1420(1.42); Fowberry Moor £1215.20 (1.26)

On Monday 4,701 prime sheep were forward, an increase of 1,101 head on the year. 3,592 prime lambs slightly heavier show, selling to £84.50 (184.5p) for Texels.

Principal prices per head: Tex.x;- £84.50 Huntington, £84.20 Saughland, £84 Huntington, £83 West Mains.L, £82,£81.80 Howden, £81 North Synton, £80 Huntington, £79 Crookston, Corsbie, Lower Ashtrees and West Mains.L, Suff.x;- £83.50,£82.50 Huntington, £82 Shoestanes, £81 Torsonce, Beltex;- £79 Crookston, £74 Corsehope, £73.50 Faughhill, Chev Mule;- £73.80 Gilston, £72.80 Gospelhall, GF;- £74.50 Horseupcleugh, £72 Huntershall, Chev;- £70 Tandlaw, HB;- £72 Marvingston, BF;- £67 Bankend, £66.50 Huntershall, Char;- £73 Whitehaugh, £72.80 Gilston.

Principal prices per kg: Tex.x;- 184.5 Gateside, 183.8 Borthwickshiels, 181.4 Lylestane, 181.3 Firth, 181 Crookston, 180 Primside, Suff.x;- 180 Torview, 179.4 Gilston, 177.5 Firth, Beltex.x;- 179.6 Crookston, 178.5 Faughhill, 177.5 Threeburnford, Chev Mule;- 171.6 Gilston, GF;- 170 Horseupcleugh, 166.7 Bierhope, Chev;- 170.7 Tandlaw, Char;- 170.2 Torview.

The 1,109 ewes forward averaged £62.37, peaking at £103 for a pen of Suffolks and £115 for a pen of Texel rams.

Cast Ewes: Suff;- £103,£87,£83 Spotmains, Suff.x;- £103 South Riccalton, £91 Sydenham, £89 Carterhaugh and Shoestanes, £85 Smailholm Mains, Tex.x;- £93 Saughland, £91 Wester Ulston, £89 Primside, Berryhill and Sydenham, £88 Hexpath, £87 Calaburn, Threepwood, Saughland and Hyndsidehill, GF;- £83 Primside, £77 Smailholm Mains, £75 Saughland, Wedderlie, Middlethird and Hyndsidehill, BF;- £65 Meigle and Horseupcleugh, £59 Horseupcleugh, Chev;- £75 South Riccalton, £71 Saughtree, Chev Mule;- £76 Sydenham, £71 Lee, £69 Carterhaugh, Lleyn;- £77,£65 Ruchlaw Mains.

Rams: Tex;- £115 Wantonwalls, £109 Hyndsidehill, Ham;- £111 Borthwickshiels, Suff;- £89 Belmont, £85 Mossilee.


DURING the week ending Friday, September 23, Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 96 prime cattle including 42 cast cows, 3,496 prime lambs, 828 cast ewes, 360 breeding sheep, 848 store lambs and 174 store cattle.

Superb Aberdeen Angus x steers from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso, sold to £1,401 per head. Quality Aberdeen Angus x heifers from Borewell, Scremerston, Berwick, sold to £1,234 per head. Continental x heifers from Fenwick Steads, Belford, sold to 335p per kilo.

Lamb trade continues with well bred sorts commanding a premium. Texel x to 390p per kilo from Sharplaw Farms, Hownam, The Juries, Wooler, Inchkeith, Lauder, Symington Mains, Stow, and organic lambs to 395p per kilo. Heavy lambs to £83.60 per head Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso.

Breeding sheep and cattle were again keenly sought after. Mule gimmers to £160 and £150. Mule ewe lambs to £115. MeatLinc shearling ram to £700. Store cattle dearest ever with three quarter bred Limousin steers to 230p per kilo. Limousin heifers to 210p per kilo.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,103 lambs and 254 ewes.

Lambs a slightly larger show, but the show was predominately heavy types, in spec lambs again very dear.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £82 Hoppen Hall and Edrom Mains, £80 Burradon Mains, £79 Fowberry Moor, £78.50 Wandon, £78 West Longridge and Fowberry Moor, £77.50 Hoppen Hall, £77 Wandon and Burradon Mains. Suff.x:- £82 Chesterhill, £79 Chesterhill, £78 Shipley Smallburns, £76.50 North Sharperton, Wandon and West Longridge. Char:- £76.50, £75.50 Wandon. Bel:- £74.50 Chillingham Home Farm.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.:- 198.5p Fowberry Moor, 189.5p Todrig, 189.2p Cockhall, 187.2p Ladykirk, 185p The Hagg, 184.5p Hoppen Hall, 184.2p Ladykirk, 182.5p The Hagg, 181.4p Fowberry Moor, 181p Village Farm, Seahouses. Bel:- 194.4p, 181.7p Chillingham Home Farm. Suff.x:- 182.4p Cockhall, 180.3p Cockhall.

Ewes a larger show, trade remained at very similar levels.

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £90 Cresswell Farms, £88 Burradon, £87 High Learchild, £84 (2) Cresswell Farms, £81.50 Ladykirk, £81 Fowberry Moor. Suff.x:- £89 Chillingham Home Farm, £88 (2) Burradon Mains, £86 Burradon Mains, £84 Cresswell Farms, Kypie and Greenhead, Reston, £83.50 Chillingham Home Farm. CM:- £88 High Learchild. Mule:- £79 Chesterhill, £75 West Longridge, £74 Greenhead, Reston, £73 Burradon Mains. Chev:- £67 High Learchild. BF:- £58 Alwinton.