DURING the week ending January 6, Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 127 prime cattle, including 48 cast cows and bulls, and 2,097 prime lambs and 129 ewes.

The year got off to a good start with prime cattle selling to 360p per kg for Aberdeen Angus heifers from Bonjedward Mill, Jedburgh, to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Continental steers sold to 345p per kg and £1,458 West Kyloe, Beal (11 averaging £1,242); Limousins 344p and £1,434 (six averaging £1,247) Shipley, Alnwick.

Cows were short of requirements and consequently dear with Simmentals and Belgian Blues to 285p and £1,313 and £1,178 Quixwood, Duns; 275p Outerston, Gorebridge and 270p Tughall Grange, Seahouses and Fawdon, Alnwick.

Lambs were again good to sell with organics selling to 490p per kg Tullochallum, Keith. Export weight lambs to £465p and £97.50 Roddam Estates, Wooler, and £94.50 The Hardens, Duns, and Deanfoot, Hawick.

Heavy lambs sold to £120 per head Broadmeadows, Berwick.


Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 48 prime cattle, six young bulls, 20 over-30 month cattle, 3,365 prime hoggs and 5,197 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A larger show of prime cattle maintained a brisk trade and plenty of cattle still breaking the £2 barrier.

Top price of 219.5p for a Limousin bullock from M. and G.A. Nicholson, The Lake, purchased by W. Kirkup and Sons, Butchers, Longtown, others 215.5p from A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen. Limousin heifers sold to 214.5p from J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn. Charolais heifers peaked at 209.5p from J. and D. Longlands Ltd., Tone Hall.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, Limousin – 219.5p The Lake, 215.5p, 205.5p, 204.5p, 203.5p Dashwellgreen, 203.5p Ratten Castle, Upper Tinwald, Toppin Castle and The Gill (x2), 201.5p Newtown. British Blue – 208.5p, 196.5p The Lake. Simmental – 206.5p The Haining House. Charolais – 198.5p The Haining House, 186.5p Sceughdyke.

Heifers, Limousin – 214.5p Hallburn. Charolais – 209.5p, 205.5p Tone Hall, 204.5p Sceughdyke, 203.5p Hallburn, 198.5p (x2) Tone Hall, 198.5p (x2) Hallburn. Blonde d’Aquitaine – 196.5p Tone Hall.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks, Limousin – £1,481 The Haining House, £1,393 The Lake, £1,366 Newtown, £1,363 Upper Tinwald, £1,353 Toppin Castle, £1,352 Fenton Farm, £1,338 Newtown, £1,322 Dashwellgreen. Charolais – £1,449 The Haining House. British Blue – £1,326 The Lake.

Heifers, Charolais – £1,314, £1,267 Sceughdyke, £1,267, £1,250, £1,200 Tone Hall, £1,171 Hallburn. Limousin – £1,200 Ratten Castle, £1,190 Hallburn.

Bulls met a great trade, still more required to fill the buyers order books.

Top of 188.5p for a Limousin from T. and M. Irving, Becton Hall.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin – 188.5p Becton Hall. British Blue – 185.5p Becton Hall, 169.5p The Stubb. Friesian – 163.5p, 162.5p The Stubb.

Principal prices per head: Limousin – £1,102 Becton Hall. British Blue – £1,029 Becton Hall. Friesian – £1,007 The Stubb.

A small show of OTM’s saw trade remain good to sell, topping at 198.5p for a Limousin from Messrs J. Stalker, Ratten Castle, with Black and Whites to 139.5p from G. and A. Lockhart, Underwood House.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin – 198.5p Ratten Castle, 153.5p, 151.5p Nunscleugh, 118.5p Sceughdyke. Shorthorn – 168.5p Brae Mar. Black and White – 139.5p Underwoodhouse, 117.5p Becton Hall.

Principal prices per head: Shorthorn – £1,061 Brae Mar. Limousin – £1,060, £982 Nunscleugh Black and White – £990 Underwoodhouse.

A smaller show of 3,365 prime hoggs was forward due to inclement weather on Wednesday making sorting impossible.

The usual ring of buyers still required sheep although only at a price.

Hoggs sold to a top of 256.5p per kilo for Texels from Backmuir with a top per head of £120.50 for Texels from Woodhead, others £115.50 Kirkton, £114.50 Hallburncroft; North Country Cheviot £113.50, £100.50 Backmuir, £94.50 Skelfhill; Suffolk £112.50 Sceughdyke, £107.50 Newbigging, £103.50 Colinton Mains; Greyface £100 Crawfordjohn Mill, £97.80 The Beeches, £96.50 Kirkland Green; Charollais £95.80 Hallburn, £93.20 Sceughdyke, £90.80 Hallburn; Cheviot Mule £94.80 Newtown; Beltex £92.50 Sorbie, £88.80 Shankfieldhead and Byers Farm, £87.80 Bankhead; Blackface £90.50 Milnmark, £89.80 Barlaes, £87.80 Streethead; Hill Cheviot £82.80 Broathill and Hermitage, £78.80 Sorbie; Roussin £76.80 Craighead; Swaledale £74.50 Westburnhope.

The 663 lightweight hoggs continued to sell at recent high rates. Top of £85.80 for Beltex from Whinneyknowe, £81.50 Bankhead; Texel £79.50 Backmuir, £77.80 Walton Highrigg; Suffolk £77.20 Hassendean, £76.80 Swaites; Charollais £76.50 Streethead; Blackface £73.20 Skelfhill, £69.80 Archwood; Greyface £72.50 Barnglieshead, £69.80 Swaites; Hill Cheviot £72.50 Kilncroft, £71.50 Low Eals; Swaledale £69.80 Westburnhope, £64.50 Ravenwood Cottage; Beulah £47.50 Waterloo.

Another good show of 5,197 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers with all classes again £5 to £6 dearer on the week as it becomes increasingly evident that cast ewes are beginning to become scarcer nationwide.

The sale was topped at £154.50 for Texel ewes from Newton Farm and Suffolk ewes from Shaw Cottage South, other Texels £150.50 Roadside, £148.50 Severs, other Suffolks £142.50 South Mains, £131.50 Severs; Charollais £146.50 Severs, £106.50 Backmuir; Leicester £133.50 Westhouse, £119.50 West Shipley, £96.50 Balker Farms; North Country Cheviot £118.50 Ericstane, £108.50 North House and Courthill, £106.50 Ericstane and Marchbank; Half Bred £118.50 South Mains, £112.50 Smyllum; Beltex £112.50 Roadside; Greyface £110.50 West Nubbock, £108.50 Newton Farm and Whinfield, £106.50 Studdondene; Cheviot Mule £108.50 High Stenries, £102.50 North House.

Hill ewes to £103.50 and £93.50 for Blackfaces from West Nubbock, £91.50 Nilston Rigg; Cheviot £95.50 Newton Farm, £94.50 High Stenries, £88.50 South Mains; Easycare £94.50 Redhouse, £91.50, £90.50 Backmuir; Lleyn £90.50, £75.50 Pallet Hill; Clun £76.50 Golden Lane; Woodland £76.50 Stackbraes; Swaledale £75 Coldshield, £74.50 Stackbraes, £73.50 Pryhill; Kendal Rough £68.50 Stackbraes.


AT St Boswells Mart on Monday, John Swan Ltd sold 113 clean cattle, 130 OTM cattle, 3,458 old season lambs and 848 ewes.

Bullocks (46) averaged 200p per kg (-1.3p on the week). Heifers (64) averaged 203p per kg (-2.5p on the week).

Three young bulls averaged 186p per kg (n/c on the week). 126 beef type OTM cattle averaged 135.8p per kg (-5.4p on the week).

Four dairy type OTM cattle averaged 126.3p per kg (n/c on the week).

The 3,458 old season lambs averaged 204.3p per kg (+1p on the week) including 2,082 36-42kgs averaging 211.2p, 465 light lambs averaged 196.9p. 848 ewes averaged £83.67 (n/c on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.26 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.24(2) M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.22 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.20 Robert Wilson Butcher Ltd, 2.18 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Corsbie 2.26 Gosford Bothy Shop; Humebyres 2.26 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.18 Jewitt Meat Ltd; Jedderfield 2.21 M/s JP Mason and Sons; Hamildean 2.21 M/s R Pringle, 2.18 Worsley Wholesale Butcher Ltd; Wester Ulston 2.20 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Gospelhall 2.19 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Dunslaw 2.19 Malone of Edinburgh; Longnewton 2.18 Worsley Wholesale Butchers Ltd.

Principal prices per head: Humebyres £1547.80; Longnewton £1452.20, £1406.10; Gospelhall £1394.25; Jedderfield £1381.25; Huntington £1373.10, £1178.60; Bee Edge £1367.30, £1355.20.

Cows per head: Humebyres £1469.60; Blackadder Mains £1460.20; Thrunton £1435.60, £1275; Huntington £1333.30; Hyndsidehill £1262.50; Mosstower £1246.40; Phantassie £1243.20, £1178.10; Nisbet Mill £1238.80; Heavyside £1221; Meigle £1205.40 Trows £1193.50; Muircleugh £1191.40; Upper Nisbet £1175.30.

Cows per kg: Huntington 1.99, 1.66; Upper Nisbet 1.83, 1.71; Bedrule 1.80, 1.62; Phantassie 1.80, 1.67; Humebyres 1.76; Wester Middleton 1.74, 1.64; Ayton Cocklaw 1.71; Kittyfield 1.68; Mosstower 1.66, 1.64; Heavyside 1.65.

All classes of hoggs slightly dearer on the week.

The 3,458 prime hoggs averaged 204.3 (+1p on the week selling to 237p per kg ex Oakwood.

Principal prices per head: Tex.x;- £113 Monksford, £110 Flex, Suff.x;- £112,£110 Burnhouse Mains, Chev;- £93 Edgerston Home Farm, £92 Mowhaugh, BF;- £92.50 Kirkstead, £90 Hartside, Mule;- £92 Heriot Mill, £87 Burncastle, Char;- £91 Thirlestane, £88.50 Redheugh.

Principal prices per kg: Tex.x;- 237 Oakwood, 229.7 Hillhouse, Beltex.x;- 232 Lylestane, 222.1 Flex, Chev;- 226.5 Wedderlie, 222.8 Broom, Suff.x;- 223.8 Broom, 222.4 Upper Huntlywood, BF;- 209 Larriston and Saughtree.

Lightweight lambs: Tex.x;- 228 Thirlestane, Chev;- 222.8 Broom, Beltex.x;- 210 Faughhill, BF;- 205.8 Wedderlie.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £119 Thirlestane and Lauder Barns, Tex;- £119 Craig Douglas, £117 Wanton Walls, HB;- £115 North Cranna, Blueface;- £111 Colmslie, £103 Foulshiels, Chev Mule;- £109 Colmslie, Char;- £107 Borthwickshiels, Chev;- £97 North Cranna, £95 Rawburn, Mule;- £95 Greenend, £93 Thirlestane, Lleyn;- £87 Whitriggs, BF;- £71 Hamildean, £70 Byrecleugh.

Rams: Char;- £137 Whitriggs, Tex;- £131 Wedderlie, Chev;- £101 Mowhaugh, Lleyn;- £99 Brotherston, BF;- £83 Elmscleugh.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 703 hoggs and 251 ewes.

Hoggs:- Overall average 43.8kg at 197p – 39-42kg – 211.6p.

Handy weighted hoggs again easily sold but out of spec sorts harder to sell. Averages dearer on the week.

Leading prices per head:- BFL:- £99.50p Alnham, Suff.x:- £98.50p North Doddington, £96 Castlelaw, £95 Mindrum Farming Co, £93 Edrom Mains, £92 Berryhill and Pasture Hill, £91 Mindrum Farming Co and Newstead. Char:- £95 (2) East Fleetham.

Tex.x:- £95 West Longridge, £94 Ladykirk and East Fleetham, £93.80 Newstead, £93 West Longridge and Pasture Hill, £92 Castlelaw, £92 Castlelaw and Edrom Mains. Bel:- £93.80 Alnham. Oxf:- £92.50 East Fleetham. Chev:- £84.50 Linbrig. Mule:- £83.50 Alnham.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 226.3p, 220.5p The Hagg, 220.5p Yetlington Lane, 220.3p Todrig, 216.7p The Hagg, 215.4p Lorbottle, 214.3p Newstead, 213.5p The Hagg, 213.4p Kettleburn, 211.7p The Hagg, 210.3p South Falaknowe and Titlington Mount, 210p Biddlestone Home Farm, 209.5p Ladykirk, 209.3p Mindrum Farming Co. Suff.x:- 210p South Falaknowe, 209.8p Mindrum Farming Co. Chev:- 206.1p Linbrig. Ewes a more mixed show, good types still easy to sell.

Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £123 Thornington, £122 Edlingham Newtown, £111.50 Thornington, £110 Edlingham Newtown and Thornington, £109.50 Low Middleton, £109.50 Low Middleton, £104.50 The Fleurs. Tex.x:- £122.50 Edlingham Newtown, £106.50 The Fleurs, £105.50 Newstead. Mule:- £97 The Fleurs, £96.50 Thornington, £96 Kettleburn, £94 Barmoor Red House, £93.80 Thornington. BFL:- £106.50 Edlingham Newtown. BF:- £74 Alnham, £72.50 The Hagg.

Rams:- Suff.x:- £134 Edlingham Newtown. BFL:- £132 Edlingham Newtown.