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AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 123 clean cattle, 88 OTM cattle, 315 spring lambs, 136 old season lambs and 435 ewes.

Bullocks (57) averaged 207.3p per kg (+0.4p on the week), heifers (55) averaged 202.2p per kg (+1.8p on the week), 11 young bulls averaged 177.7p per kg (n/c on the week) and 88 beef-type OTM cattle averaged 147p per kg (+3.0p on the week).

The 315 spring lambs averaged 189.5p, 136 old season lambs averaged 140.1p per kg (-6.1p on the week) and 435 ewes averaged £78.21 (-£8.61 on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.25 (2) Robert Wilson Butcher and M/s Moor, 2.23 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.22 Charles Wilson Butcher; Butchercote 2.24, 2.18 M/s Moor; Snawdon 2.21 Ramsay Family Butcher; Gospelhall 2.19 M/s R Pringle; Phantassie 2.19 Scotbeef; Traprain 2.19 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Penston 2.18, 2.17 Malone of Edinburgh; Cranshaws 2.18 M/s TA Shaw; Lurdenlaw 2.16 M/s TA Shaw; Lennoxlove 2.16 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Thirlestane 2.16 M/s Saunderson Ltd.

Principal prices per head: Lurdenlaw £1640, £1638, £1469.70; Glenrath £1525.70; West Mains £1467.95; Butchercote £1449.70.

Cows per head: Innerwick £1645.60; Ruletownhead £1377.80; Phantassie £1352, £1219.65, £1168.65; Crookston £1290.50; Marigold £1278.20; Hoselaw £1267.50; Traprain £1256, £1196.80, £1163.25; Glenrath £1167.65; Dunslaw £1167.45; Lower Ashtrees £1156.20.

Cows per kg: Glenrath 1.93, 1.89; Dunslaw 1.81; Crookston 1.78, 1.66; Traprain 1.76, 1.72; Innerwick 1.76; Phantassie 1.73,1.69; Branton Eastside 1.70; Hoselaw 1.69; Soutra 1.69; Corsbie 1.67; Hexpath 1.66.

Bulls: Mitchelston £1445.60 (1.39p); Hartside £1401.30 (1.62p).

Spring lambs per head: Tex.x;- £93.50,£92.50 Lochside, £85 Thirlestane, Suff.x;- £86.50 Lee, £85 Craigsford Mains and Lochside, Cha;- £85 Hundalee.

Spring lambs per kilo: Tex.x;- 205.6 Lochside, 195.2 Thirlestane, Suff.x;- 196.6 Lee, 191 Byrewalls, Suff;- 193.2 Glenrath.

Hoggs: Principal prices per head: Tex.x;- £80 Kirktonhill and Lee, £75.50 Mervinslaw, Suff.x;- £75 Kirktonhill, £71.50 Deanfoot, Chev;- £75 Towford, EC;- £75 Mitchelston, Ham;- £71.50 Stichill Eastfield, BF;- £69 Mervinslaw (Craig), £65 Stoneypath.

Principal prices per kg: BF;- 191.7 Mervinslaw (Craig), 171.1 Stoneypath, Tex.x;- 162.2 Kilnknowe, Jac;- 161 Threepwood Cott (Sandilands).

Cast ewes: Suff;- £113 Glenrath, £107 Smailholm Mains, HB;- £105,£103, £97 Smailholm Mains, £97 Blegbie and Wester Middleton, Tex;- £99 Towford, £97 Redheugh (Fleming), Suff.x;- £99 New Blainslie, £97 Thirlestane, GF;- £83 Deanfoot, £81 Smailholm Mains 7 Heriot Mill, Chev;- £83 Stagehall, £81 Woodside, MS;- £83 Puttonmill, EC;- £75 Mitchelston, Lleyn;- £75 Brotherstone, BF;- £73 Kincraig, £65 Middle Monynut and Stoneypath.

Rams: £113 Kirktonhill, £107 Stagehall, EC;- £105 Mitchelston, Chev;- £105 Stagehall, Tex;- £83 Kirktonhill, BF;- £77 Mervinslaw.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 118 spring lambs, 106 hoggs and young sheep and 119 ewes.

Spring lambs in keeping with national trend.

Spring lambs per head:- Suff.x:- £85 Fowberry Moor, £81 Newstead, £80 Shotton, Campfield and West Longridge. Tex:- £84, £83.50p West Longridge, £82.50p, £81.50p Barelees.

Spring lambs per kilo:- Tex.x:- 209.2p Shotton and Barelees, 206.6p Barelees. Suff.x:- 205.1p Shotton.

Hoggs, all classes in demand.

Hoggs, young sheep per head:- Tex.x:- £93.50p, £89.50p, £86.50p Ladykirk. Suff.x:- £92.50p, £92, £88.50p, £85.50p Ladykirk, £79.50p Roddam Estates. Mule:- £88.50p, £83 Ladykirk. Chev:- £79.50p, £72 New Haggerston.

Hoggs, young sheep per kilo:- Chev:- 185.9p, 180p, 173p New Haggerston, 169.2p Shotton. Tex:- 173p Ladykirk, 167.4p Woodhall, Harbottle. Mule:- 162.8p High Learchild.

Ewes maintaining late rates.

Ewes:- Suff.x:- £108, £104 Galewood, £106 South Bellshill, £103 Newstead, £100 South Fallaknowe and South Bellshill. Tex.x:- £100.50p Clarence House and Pallisburn. H.B:- £95 Galewood. Mule:- £87 Greystonnes, £83 South Fallaknowe. Chev:- £83 (2) Galewood.

Rams:- Suff :- £99 Ladykirk.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 40 prime cattle, four young bulls, 28 over 30 month cattle, 335 spring lambs, 5,400 prime hoggs and 4,881 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Prime cattle were an improved show of quality which saw trade rise 6p on the week. The sale was topped at 227.5p twice, firstly for a Limousin heifer shown by A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwell Green and then also for a Limousin heifer from J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn. Limousin bullocks sold to 219.5p, 218.5p and 217.5p all from Messrs Taylor, Dashwell Green. Top price per head was £1,593.75 for a Limousin bullock shown by N. Forster, Haining House.

A better show of OTM cattle and more buyers present saw trade sharper and a top of 189.5p for a British Blue from T. Armstrong and Sons, Sceughdyke.

At the Show and Sale of Spring Lambs, 335 head were forward. Lambs averaged 198p per kilo with an SQQ of 200p per kilo, harder to sell. The show was judged by Stephen Stoddart, who awarded the championship on both the singles and pairs to Alex and Robbie McGimpsey, The Thorns, The single weighed 40 kilos and realised £98 to the judge, with the pairs also weighing 40 kilos and also selling to the judge at £96. Other Texels to £94 The Thorns, £90 Lanehead; Suffolk £96 Thorns, £72 Sunnyhill; Charollais £86, £85 Rottington Hall; Oxford £80, £75 Guards.

The 5,400 prime hoggs forward were a very mixed show for quality, averaging 152.1p per kilo, with only well fleshed hoggs receiving a premium, lean hoggs very hard to cash but 50 kilo+ hoggs dearer on the week, more could have been sold to advantage. Far too many small bad hoggs forward with no flesh, reflecting in the poor average.

As from next week many firms will be switched off hoggets, killing lambs instead. The sale was topped at 195p per kilo for Texels from Waterside and to £98.50 per head for Texels from Hillside.

A larger show of 4,881 cast ewes and rams were forward to a smaller ring of buyers with heavy fat ewes hard to cash, £6 to £10 less on the week with lean selling ewes at a premium.

Hill ewes remain dear in comparison, with tups short of requirements. Top price of £148.50 for Charollais rams from Severs, £140.50 Burdon, £110.50 Longrigg House; Texel £146.50 Stackbraes, £140.50 Burdon, £138.50 Willimoteswick; Millenium Blue £144.50 Severs.