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AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 119 clean cattle, 88 OTM cattle, 1,723 old season lambs and 617 ewes.

Bullocks (52) averaged 202.3p per kg (+6.3p on the week). Heifers (66) averaged 202.3p per kg (+4.3p on the week). One young bull averaged 168p per kg (n/c on the week). The 82 beef type OTM cattle averaged 150.7p per kg (+14.7p on the week) and six dairy type OTM cattle averaged 109.4p per kg (n/c on the week).

The 1,723 old season lambs averaged 203.8p per kg (-8.1p on the week) including; 496 38-41kgs averaging 213.6p. The 617 ewes averaged £79.91 (-£8.10 on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Inland Pastures 2.22 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.19 Scottish Borders Abattoir, 2.17 M/s Moor, 2.15 M/s Moor; Upper Huntlywood 2.20 Forth Meat Supplies, 2.18 Malone of Edinburgh; West Mains 2.19 M/s JP Mason; Bee Edge 2.19 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.17 Denholm Meat Supplies, 2.15 Scottish Border Abattoir; Dunslaw 2.18 Scottish Border Abattoir; Shidlaw 2.17 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Upper Nisbet 2.16 M/s Moor; Longnewton 2.15 M/s Pringle; Wester Ulston 2.15 Scottish Border Abattoir: Phantassie 2.15 M/s Moor;

Principal prices per head: Inland Pastures £1666.25, £1483.90; Hepburn Farm £1640; West Mains £1533,£1492.50, £1457.80; Lurdenlaw £1473.45.

Cows per head: Humebyres £1543.80, £1453.60; Headshaw.L £1386; £1343, £1240.30, £1232.40; Phantassie £1377.40; Upper Nisbet £1338.75, £1313.40, £1258.40; Hepburn Farm £1268.80, £1261.60; Cranshaws £1264.80; Mains of Wardhouse(Inch) £1256, £1168; Coates £1231.20,£1215.

Cows per kg: Upper Nisbet 2.08,1.99,1.91,1.75; Langtonlees 1.95; Hepburn Farm 1.92; Cranshaws 1.86; Humebyres 1.86, 1.84, 1.70; Dunslaw 1.81; Mains of Wardhouse (Inch)1.77, 1.57; Lammerview 1.75; Coates 1.71;

The 1,723 hoggs averaged 203.8p pkg, £85.77 per head and averaged 42.1kg, included were 496 hoggs 38-41kgs and averaged 213.6p pkg.

Principal prices per head: Tex.x;- £118 Crookston, £116 Burncastle(Brady), Suff.x;- £117.50 Eastertoun, £113 Bonjedward Mill, Bel;- £115 Wester Deans ( McCormack), £110 Crookston, Chev;- £93, £92.50 North Synton, £91 Lylestane, BF;- £92.50 Lee, £89 Crookston, GF;- £90.50 Larriston, £88.50 Swinnie, BFL;- £84.50 Burnhouse Mains, Chev.x;- £83 Larriston.

Principal prices per kg: Bel;- 227.6 Lylestane, 226.8 Wester Deans (McCormack), Tex.x;- 227 Dunslaw, 221.3 Whitlaw, Chev;- 220.2 North Synton, 213.8 Kirklands, Suff.x;- 219.7, 219.5 Upper Huntlywood,217.6 Dunslaw, BF;- 203.6 Burnhouse Mains.

The 617 ewes averaged £79.91. Cast ewes: Tex;- £130 Elmscleugh, £124 Threepwood, Suff;- £130 Inchkeith, Suff.x;- £125 Roundabouts and Meigle, £110 Blackhill, HB;- £105 Dunslaw, £98 Bonjedward Mill, GF;- £91 Inchkeith, £90 Woodhouse, Lleyn;- £85 Upper Samieston, £79 Elmford, CM;- £83 Lylestane, £78 Gilmanscleugh, BFL;- £80 Gilmanscleugh and Hutlerburn, Chev;- £75 Saughtree, £72 Satchells, BF;- £71 Burnhouse Mains and Satchells,

Rams: Tex;- £132,£125 Burnhouse Mains, Suff;- £128 Burnhouse Mains, £110 Saughtree, BFL; £114 Newbiggingwalls, £109 Burnhouse, Lleyn;- £108,£98 Elmford, Bel;- £101 Crookston, Chev;- £100 Satchells, £88 Saughtree and Thorlieshope, BF;- £88 Hutlerburn, £75 Burncastle.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 599 hoggs and 335 ewes.

Hoggs a plain heavyweight show, with very few in spec types on offer. Leading prices per head:- Char:- £107 Lorbottle. Suff.x:- £106.50 Castlelaw, £106 Kinross, Bamburgh, £103.50 South Lyham, £101.50 Kettleburn, £98.50 South Lyham, £98 Chesterhill, £96.50 Brandon White House. Tex.x:- £105.50 Shipley Smallburn, £97.50 West Longridge, £96 Bolton Wing, £95 Shotton, £94, £93 Chesterhill. Bel:- £92 Ladykirk. Chev:- £103.50 Kettleburn. Mule:- £90 West Longridge.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 213.8p, 211.1p Yetlington Lane, 211.3p Ladykirk, 205p South Charlton, 204.8p Pallinsburn, 203.6p Shipley Smallburn, 202.3p Ladykirk. Bel:- 204.4p Ladykirk. Suff.x:- 202.5p Prendwick.

Ewes forward in larger numbers and all classes meeting fantastic late rates.

Leading prices:- Suff:- £130 East Haugh Farm. Tex.x:- £123.50 South Falaknowe, £119, £116 Pasture Hill, £116 High Learchild, £115 Pallinsburn, £114, £112 Mordington, £111 Bolton Wing and The Newton. CM:- £111 South Charlton (M Hall) £110.50 South Charlton. Suff.x:- £109.50 Doune Brae, £108 Burradon Mains. Zwa:- £108 Marshall Meadows, £106 East Haugh Farm. Mule:- £95 South Lyham, £94 Pasture Hill, £93 Alwinton and Kettleburn, £92.50 South Charlton and Chesterhill, £92 Reavley Greens and West Longridge. Chev:- £91.50 South Charlton. BF:- £78.50 Reavley Greens.

Rams:- Tex.x:- £125 Burradon Mains. Suff:- £116 South Falaknowe. Leic:- £106 Alwinton. BF:- £90.50 Alwinton.


DURING the week ending February 3, Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 128 prime cattle including 61 cast cows and bulls, 1,141 prime lambs including 189 cast ewes and 106 store and breeding cattle.

Cresswell Farms, Belford, topped the prime cattle section selling to 370p per kg for organic home bred Hereford cross steers and heifers. Continental cross steers sold to 353p per kg twice from both Butchercote, St Boswells and Lochside Farm, Yetholm. Limousin cross heifers from Goswick Farm, Beal, sold to 340p per kg. Dairy cattle; Veal calves to 300p per kg flat rate. Young bulls from Haughhead, Wooler, and Middle Moor, Alnwick, to 325p per kg. Best quality dairy cast cows to 270p per kg (£1,104) Lemington, Cockburnspath, with heifers to 310p per kg from the same dairy farm. Other cow prices:- Suckler bred to 285p per kg Upper Samieston, Jedburgh, and Bowsden Moor, Berwick.

Prime lambs firmed as demand increased and numbers tighten. Top prices:- Organics to 490p per kg Tullochallum, Keith and 470p per kg Upper Chatto, Hownam, Kelso. 450p per kg North Doddington, Wooler; Carlopshill, West Linton and Hallrule, Bonchester Bridge, Hawick.

Store cattle continue to firm with records being broken for on farm sales every week. Top prices:- Charolais cross steers 18 months old to £1,100 for 20. Limousin cross heifers to 230p per kg. Aberdeen Angus bulls to £5,000.