AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 139 clean cattle, 132 OTM cattle, 2,485 old season lambs and 628 ewes. Bullocks (63) averaged 196p per kg (-5.2p on the week). Heifers (71) averaged 198p per kg (-2.0p on the week). Five young bulls averaged 183p per kg (n/c on the week). The 123 beef type OTM cattle averaged 136p per kg (-3.2p on the week) and nine dairy type OTM cattle averaged 120.2p per kg (n/c on the week).

The 2,485 old season lambs averaged 211.9p per kg (+11.1p on the week) including 708 38-41kgs averaging 222.6p, 628 ewes averaged £88.01 (+£8.11 on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Longnewton 2.23 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.09 M/s Moor; Bee Edge 2.23 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.21 Gosford Bothy Shop 2.14, 2.13, 2.11 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Dunslaw 2.19 M/s Moor; Upper Nisbet 2.18 M/s JA Waters and Sons, 2.11 (2) M/s Moor and M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Honeyburn 2.10 M/s J Saunderson Ltd, 2.08 M/s Moor; Crookhouse 2.10 Forth Meat Supplies Ltd; Penston 2.10 Colin Peat; Thirlestane 2.10 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons.

Principal prices per head: Lurdenlaw £1442.75, £1389.15; Dunslaw £1434.45; Upper Nisbet £1384.30; Newstead £1373.10; Marvingston £1360.10; Fairnilee £1331.70.

Cows per head: Deuchrie £1314.80; Humebyres £1308.15, £1176; Humbie Mill £1302.60; Mosstower £1263.85, £1159.20; Whitchesters £1256.10; Gilston £1251.25; Brandon £1239.70; Butchercote £1208.90; Traprain £1179.20; Kersknowe £1161; Upper Nisbet £1159.20; Penston £1152.

Cows per kg: Penston 1.80; Coxydene 1.79, 1.78; Gilston 1.75; Humebyres 1.71; Shotton 1.71; Upper Nisbet 1.68; Mosstower 1.68, 1.61; Berryhill 1.68; Blackcastle 1.66; Traprain 1.66, 1.63; Muircleugh 1.63;

Bulls: Fans £1703 (1.30p); North Deanhead £1279.80 (1.62p).

Principal prices per head: Suff.x;- £113 Eastertoun, £111 Burnhouse Mains (Middlehurst), Tex.x;- £111 Hermiston, £108 Burnhouse Mains (Cutter), Chev;- £104, £96 Whitchesters, £95.50 Stobshiel, Bel;- £100 Hartside, £85 Borthwickshiels, HB;- £94 Newton of Struthers, £92 Stobshiel, CM;- £89 Stobshiel, £88 Gilston, GF;- £89 Swinnie, £88 Hartside, BF;- £86 Pirntaton (Redpath).

Principal prices per kg: Tex.x;- 244.6, 244.4,243.2, 241 Newton of Struthers, 240.8 Bedrule, Chev;- 244.6 Newton of Struthers, 228.6 Broom, Suff.x;- 236.8 Newton of Struthers, 236.5 Broom, Bel;- 229.7 Borthwickshiels, CM;- 214.1 Blegbie, HB;- 212.2 Newton of Struthers, BF;- 205.1 Bedrule.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £130 Roxburgh Newton(Nelson), Suff.x;- £121 Meigle, £116 Primside, Tex;- £120 Headshaw.L, £116 Symington Mains, Zwa;- £144,£108 Eildon Mains, HB;- £111 Blegbie, £110 Bonjedward Mill, CM;- £106 Torwoodlee, £98 Lylestane, Lleyn;- £100 Falside, Chev;- £97 Torwoodlee, £94 South Riccalton, Bel;- £95 Hexpath, GF;- £95 Trowknowes, £94 Hermiston, BF;- £79 Toxside, £74 Falside.

Rams: Tex;- £138 Wester Middleton, £120 Stobshiel, Suff;- £133 Headshaw. L, £117 Sunderland Hall, Chev;- £108 Headshaw L, £105 Stobshiel, Zwa;- £97 Eildon Mains, £93 Bungalow, Mailingsland, BF;- £80 Foulshiels and Lauderhill.


AT their first seasonal sale of store cattle at Wooler last Tuesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 122 head.

All classes shown sold at extreme rates to a ring packed full of buyers. More cattle could have easily been handled. Fortnightly sales will take place throughout the season.

Leading prices per head: Steers - Lim.x;- £1200 Wandon, £1120 Shipley Lane, £1110, £1060 Wandon, £1040 Shipley Lane, £1000, £980, £960 Wandon. AA.x;- £1200, £1080, £1070 Shipley Lane, £1000, £970 South Lyham. Mont.x;- £940 Shipley Lane. Lim.x nine months;- £900 (2), £850, £820 Branton Eastside. Heifers: A.A.x;- £1030, £975, £870 South Lyham, £900, £835 Alnham, £830 The Hagg, £800 South Lyham, £780 Alnham. Lim.x nine month’s;- £780, £770, £765, £740 Branton Eastside. Sim.x;- £740 Alnham.

Leading prices per kilo: Steers - Lim.x:- 228.4p Wandon, 217.4p, 215.2p, 214.8p Branton Eastside, 212.9p, 212.8p, 211.8p Wandon, 207.6p Branton Eastside. A.A.x:- 205.5p Shipley Lane, 203.7p Alnham, 202.5p South Lyham, 201.5p Shipley Lane. Heifers: Lim.x:- 220.6p, 215.5p, 207.3p Branton Eastside. Hols Fries Strs three months;- £220 New Heaton.

At their weekly Primestock sale last Wednesday 592 hoggs and 328 ewes were forward and sold.

A very mixed show of heavy hoggs on offer, Inspec types dearer on the week.

Hoggs:- overall average 45.5kg at 191.7p, 36-42kg–208.5p

Leading prices per head: Tex.x:- £110, £105 Black Heddon, £98 Village Farm, Seahouses, £97 Titlington Mount, £96 Newstead. Suff.x:- £100 Roddam Estates and South Lyham, £99 Newstead, £98 Ladykirk, £97 Prendwick and South Lyham, £96.50 Titlington Mount and Newstead, £96 West Longridge and Titlington Mount, £94 Mindrum Farming Co. Char:- £95.50 Wandon. Mule:- £95 West Longridge. Chev:- £94 Humbleheugh.

Leading prices per kilo: Tex.x:- 230.8p Ladykirk, 221.3p Low Middleton, 220p Yetlington Lane, 215.5p Newburn, 215.4p Roddam Estates, 214.3p Black Heddon, 211.1p Yetlington Lane, 210.7p Titlington Mount, 210.5p Newstead, 209.3p Roddam Estates, 207p Ladykirk, 205.1p Milfield Demesne. Suff.x:- 212.8p West Moneylaws, 205.8p South Lyham, 203.4p Mindrum Farming Co, 202.5p South Lyham, 202.4p Prendwick. Chev:- 206.1p Humbleheugh. Char:- 202.2p Wandon. Mule:- 190.9p West Longridge.

Ewes forward in larger numbers to maintain late rates. Larger numbers needed for buyers requirements.

Leading prices:- Suff:- £135 Newburn, £124 Wandon, £121 Wandon, £114 Chillingham Home Farm, £108, £105 Reston Hill, £104 Brandon White House. Tex:- £124 Wandon, £119 Auchencrow Mains, £115, £112 Hillcrest Livestock, £102 Lowick Moorhouse. Bel:- £112 Chillingham Home Farm. Chev:- £101 Linbrig. Mule:- £98.50 Reston Hill, £93 Chesterhill. BF:- £81.50 Cold Martin.

Rams:- Suff:- £139 Chesterhill, £123 Prendwick. BFL:-£114 Prendwick. Chev:- £114 Bendor. Tex:- £113 Brandon Whitehouse.


DURING the week ending Friday, January 27, Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 152 prime cattle including 45 cast cows and bulls, 1,409 prime lambs including 148 cast ewes and 119 store cattle.

Organic lambs sold to £5 per kg.

Prime cattle prices edged up as supplies remain tight. Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Howden, Jedburgh, sold to 354p and £1,382. British Angus steers from West Kyloe, Berwick, to £1,497 and 345p, also 349p Fenwick Steads, Belford; 345p Ross Farm, Belford, and 340p Murton, Berwick. Continental steers to 345p Upper Samieston, Jedburgh; 336p and £1,436 West Kyloe. Belgian Blue young bulls from Sharplaw Farms, Hownam, Kelso, sold to 335p per kg and £1,496 per head. Quality dairy bred young bulls from Lilburn Hill, Wooler, to 320p per kg and £965 per head. OTM heifers from Bowsden Moor, Berwick, reached 330p per kg. All other classes of OTM cattle sold exceptionally well with Limousin crosses from Whitmuirhaugh, Kelso, selling to £1,348. Simmental and Stabiliser crosses sold to £1,175 from Easington Grange, Belford. Dairy veal calves to 300p per kg flat rate Baldersbury Hill, Berwick. Good competition and more required.

Lamb trade also moved forward with organic types still making the top prices. Texel crosses from Tullochallum, Keith, to £102.90 and £5.00 per kg. Export weights from Stagehall, Stow, sold to 460p per kg and £96.60 as did Suffolk X from Hardenpeel, Jedbugh. Texel X from Roddam Estates to 450p and £94.50 also from Thorneydykes, and The Hardens, Duns. Romney crosses to 450p per kg from Humbleton, Wooler.

Store cattle are extremely dear and easy to sell. Record prices for on farm sales were achieved with a batch of Blonde heifers from Cairndinnis, Haddington, selling to £1,150; and a batch of 50 Stabiliser heifers sold at £880 from Marleyknowe, Wooler. Simmental in calf heifers sold to £1,650.