AT St Boswells on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 134 clean cattle, 59 OTM cattle, 1,736 old season lambs and 586 ewes.

Bullocks (53) averaged 207.8p per kg (+2.8p on the week). Heifers (81) averaged 202.3p per kg (-1.8p on the week). The 59 beef type OTM cattle averaged 155.3p per kg (+6.2p on the week).

The 1,736 old season lambs averaged 197.4 per kg (-3.1p on the week) including 632 38-42kgs averaging 208.5p per kg. The 586 ewes averaged £76.46 (+£5.95 on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.29 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.27 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.24 M/s Moor, 2.22 Robert Wilson Ltd, 2.21 (2) M/s Moor and John Scott Meat (Paisley); Wester Ulston 2.27 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Inland Pasture 2.26, 2.25 M/s JP Mason and Son, 2.21 M/s Moor; Rumbletonlaw 2.20 M/s Moor; Pathhead 2.20 John Thompson; West Mains 2.20 M/s J Saunderson Ltd; Gospelhall 2.19 Malone of Edinburgh.

Principal prices per head: Inland Pastures £1638.50, £1524.90, £1524.90, £1500.15, £1496.25; Saltoun Home Farm £1424.75, £1390.50; Honeyburn £1424.50.

Cows per head: West Newbiggin £1548, £1490.40, £1404, £1402.80, £1336.50, £1235.25, £1223.20; Kersknowe £1522.50, £1352; Kirkton £1381.60, £1252.80; Headshaw. L £1336.60; Wester Middleton £1307.20, £1201.70; Traprain £1198.80.

Cows per kg: Howtel 2.04, 2.03; Wester Middleton 1.97, 1.72; West Newbiggin 1.84, 1.83, 1.80, 1.78, 1.76, 1.72, 1.68; Kirkton 1.77, 1.74; Kersknowe 1.74, 1.69; Mervinslaw 1.72.

Bulls: Cacrabank £1549.40 (1.27).

Principal prices per head: Tex.x;- £119, £117.50 Lee, £115, £113 Burnhouse Mains (Middlehurst), Suff.x;- £114 Burnhouse Mains (Middle-hurst), £111 Thornfield, GF;- £108.50 Lee, £104 Woodhouse, NCC;- £95 Gilston, £90 Whitchesters, Beltex;- £90.50 Sydenham, CM;- £88.50 Gilston, Chev.x;- £87, £86 Westwood, £85 Larriston, BF;- £86 Larriston, £83 Horseup-cleugh.

Principal prices per kg: Beltex;- 244.6 Sydenham, Tex.x;- 231.9 Glenalmond, 230.8 Bedrule, Suff.x;- 211.9 Whitchesters, 211.8 Broomilees, Cha;- 210.3 Gilston, NCC;- 209.3 Whitchesters, SCC;- 206.6 Kirklands, BF;- 199.4 Glenalmond, GF;- 198.7 Cathpair and Glenalmond.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £139 Parklands, £137 Spotmains, Tex;- £137 Greenend, £129 Wedderlie, Suff.x;- £115 Smailholm Mains, £111 Mowhaugh, BFL;- £107 Cathpair, £91 Hillhouse, Chev;- £107 Brockhouse, £105 North Synton, GF;- £105 Wedderlie, £101 Mowhaugh, Lleyn;- £103 Kilnknowe, CM;- £95 Gilmanscleugh, £91 Girrick, BL;- £89, £85 Gilmanscleugh, EC;- £85 Kilnknowe, £83 Girrick, BF;- £83 Wedderlie, £77 Cathpair.

Rams: Suff.x;- £133 Hermiston, Tex;- £129 Thistle Doo, £121 Camieston, BDM;- £113, £109 Borthwickshiels, Suff;- £110 Treaty Park, £99 Camieston, BFL;- £105 Horseupcleugh, Chev;- £99 Borthwickshiels, Lleyn;- £93 Borthwickshiels, BF;- £93 Horseupcleugh, £89 Wedderlie.


AT their fortnightly Store Sale at Wooler last Tuesday, John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 141 head of cattle.

A show of mainly young cattle were presented to a large ring of buyers, vendors received returns described as the dearest around.

Leading prices per head – Steers:- Char.x:- £1210, £1120, £1090 Newstead, £1025, £1010 (2), £1000, £990, £960 Fawdon Farms, £1010, £970, £960 Great Ryle. Lim.x:- £1150 Newstead, £980, £970, £930, £910 Branton Eastside, £930, £920, £900 Barmoor Red House.

Leading prices per head – Heifers:- Char.x:- £1160, £980(2) Newstead, £870, £845, £800 Great Ryle, £870, £865, £815, £810 (2), £800 Fawdon Farms. Lim.x:- £1125, £1110 (2), £900, £915 Goswick, £920 Newstead, £820 (2), £800 Branton Eastside.

Leading prices per kilo – Steers:- Char.x:- 258.5p, 230.2p, 221.1p, 210.9p Great Ryle, 252.5p, 249.4p, 247.5p, 239.9p, 237.8p, 231.9p, 226.7p Fawdon Farms, 216.5p, 216.3p Newstead. Lim.x:- 257p, 248.6p, 243.2p, 238.1p, 234p Barmoor Red House, 246.2p, 239.1p, 234p, 231p Branton Eastside.

Leading prices per kilo – Heifers:- Char.x:- 244p, 239p, 219.5p, 216.6p Fawdon Farms, 216.8p, 212.7p, 211.8p Great Ryle, 211.3p Newstead. Lim.x:- 229.7p, 224p, 221p, 214.3p, 210p Branton Eastside, 218.8p, 213.3p Barmoor Red House.

At their weekly Primestock sale last Wednesday, 638 hoggs and 221 ewes were forward and sold.

Rumour’s circulating of a crash in the sheep trade proved unfounded, all classes remained at late rates.

Leading prices per head:- Bel:- £106.50p, £101.50p Clarabad Mill. Suff.x:- £106.50p Brandon, £104.50p Fawdon Farms, £104.50p South Fallaknowe, £103p Castlelaw. Tex:- £104.50p Fawdon Farms and Brandon, £102.50p Clarabad Mill, £100 South Fallaknowe. Mule:- £94 Fawdon Farms. BF:- £80 Clennel.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 219.7p Greystonnes, Warenford North, 217.1p Old Cambus, 213.2p Ladykirk and Elwick, 212.8p Mindrum Farming Co, 211.5p Elwick, 211.4p Shawdon Woodhouse, 211p Mindrum Farming Co and Ladykirk. Suff:- 217.1p Old Cambus, 214.5p, 213.2p Greystonnes, Warenford North, 211.3p Howtel, 211p Mindrum Farming Co. Bel:- 214.3p Shotton. Chev:- 205.4p Greystonnes, Warenford North. Mule:- 197.4p Howtel, 192.3p Reavley Greens. BF:- 192.3p Reavley Greens.

Ewes a mixed show, very dear returns for all vendors.

Leading prices:- Tex:- £149 Wrangham East and Clarabad Mill, £127 Prenderguest, £124 Cresswell Farms, £122 Ladykirk, £116, £114 Cresswell Farms. Suff.x:- £145 Fawdon Farms, £129 Brackenside, £127 Old Cambus, £122 Berryhill, £121 Clennel (W Waite), £120 Castlehills, £119 West Longridge. BFL:- £106 Fawdon Farms. Mule:- £102 Brackenside, £99.50p Elwick, £99 Brackenside and Berryhill, £97 West Longridge. Chev:- £95.50p Old Cambus. BF:- £85.50p Cold Martin.

Rams:- BFL:- £139 Howtel. Suff:- £118 Old Cambus


DURING the week ending February 24 Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 134 cattle including 61 cast cows, 791 prime lambs, 347 cast ewes and 186 store cattle.

A good trade was experienced with quality cattle heavily sought after with prices firming as the week progressed. Aberdeen Angus cross heifers from Bonjedward Mill, Jedburgh, sold to 360p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Other Aberdeen Angus cross steers sold to 355p per kg Lucker Hall, Belford. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus heifers to 350p per kg Howden Farm, Jedburgh. Continental cross steers from New Houses, Hallington, also sold to 350p per kg and £1,432. Home bred Limousin cross heifers from Hallrule Farms, Bonchester Bridge, realised 350p per kg £1,326 per head.

A tremendous consignment of top quality cast cows was topped by Whitmuirhaugh Farm, Kelso, with a home bred Belgian Blue cow which weighed 524kgs at 310p per kg £1,624.40. Dairy veal calves at 10 months old sold for 300p per kg £645 to Linden Foods, Newcastle.

Organic lambs sold to 510p per kg Tullochallum, Keith, £107.50 for Shetland cross Suffolk May born lambs. Export weight lambs from Raecleugh Head, Duns, sold to 455p per kg and £95.50. Cast ewes firmer with mules to £96.50; Cheviot crosses £106 and Black Faced £87.50. Suffolk rams to £156.

Store cattle: Trading on farms has started earlier with several consigners selling a month quicker than in pervious years, as they take advantage of the very strong demand. Several batches showing a rise in excess of £200 up on last year. Strong Charolais cross bullocks sold to £1,265 a record on farm price for this Centre. Small Limousin cross bullocks seven months to £900 and 272p per kg.