AT St Boswells Mart on Monday, John Swan Ltd sold 110 clean cattle, 55 OTM cattle, 1,219 new season lambs and 333 ewes

Bullocks (52) averaged 212.1p per kg (+0.2p on the week).

Heifers (58) averaged 205p per kg (-4.4p on the week) and 55 beef-type OTM cattle averaged 151.8p per kg (n/c on the week).

The 1,219 new season lambs averaged 202p per kg (-9p on the week), including 793 38-41kgs averaging 203.2p and 333 ewes averaged £89.39 (-£6.62 on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.27 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.24, 2.21 M/s Moor, 2.23 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Pathhead 2.27 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Phantassie 2.25 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.20 John Anderson Butchers; Traprain 2.25 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Lennoxlove 2.25 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.24 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.21 Denholm Meats; Redden 2.23 M/s TA Shaw; Low Middleton 2.21 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Cockburn 2.19 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Wester Ulston 2.19 Robert Wilson Ltd; Crookhouse 2.19 Malone of Edinburgh.

Principal prices per head: Lurdenlaw £1663.20, £1609.30, £1601.60, £1568, £1557.05, £1500; Longnewton £1597.50.

Cows per head: Thirlestane £1264, £1198.50, £1197.20; Ormiston £1262.80, £1215.55, £1192.80, £1184; Haltree £1226.70; Hartshaw Mill £1216.75, £1215; Buskin £1172.50, £1163.20; Loughend £1147.60; Phantassie £1143.90; Cockburn £1135.60.

Cows per kg: Phantassie 1.86; Broomiebank 1.86, 1.79; Buskin 1.75, 1.65; Thirlestane 1.83, 1.70, 1.64, 1.58; Ormiston 1.68, 1.64, 1.60; Earlston Mains 1.68; Cockburn 1.67, 1.64; Crossflat 1.57.

Bulls: Hartshaw Mill £1477.50 (150p)

Last year corresponding sale lambs averaged 198p.

Spring lambs per head: Suff.x;- £100 The Lee, £97 Headshaw. L and Upper Bolton, Tex.x;- £100 Thirlestane, £99 Grey Peel, Chev.x;- £87.50 Stobshiel, Cha;- £87 Thirlestane, GF;- £86 Edston.

Spring lambs per kg: Tex.x;- 220 Grey Peel, 218.2 Sydenham, Suff.x;- 215.9 Huntington, 212.8 The Lee, Cha;- 202.3 Thirlestane.

Hoggs reached a top price of £95 doe Suff.x from Whitelaw, Duns while Texels topped at £93 from Bedrule.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £115 Belmont, Tex;- £113, £111 Elmscleugh, £109 Mailingsland, Suff.x;- £111 Applecross, £105 Bedrule, Whitelaw, Duns and Cockburn, Duns, HB;- £103 Ecclaw, £101 Marvingston, GF;- £100 Mount Ulston (Morley), £99 Nether Howden, CM;- £95 Elmscleugh, Chev.; -£83 Sourhope, BF;- £75 Elmscleugh.

Rams: Tex;- £139 Elmscleugh, £133 Ecclaw, £131 Bedrule, Suff;- £127, £101 Roxburgh Mains, BF;- £85 Broadmeadows.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday, John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 761 lambs, 167 hoggs and young sheep and 217 ewes.

Lambs in keen demand with all classes giving vendors great returns, more numbers needed for buyers requirements.

Leading prices, lambs per head:- Cha:- £103.50, £98.50, £92 Lorbottle. Tex.x:- £102.50 Ladykirk, £102.50 Shipley Smallburn, £98.50 Springhill, Seahouses, £98.50 Shipley Smallburn. Suff.x:- £97 Chesterhill, £96, £94 Holy Island, £93.50 Chesterhill, £92 Budle, £91.50 West Longridge.

Leading prices, lambs per kilo:- Bel.x:- 232.4p, 228.4p Chillingham Home Farm, 224.3p Hillcrest Livestock, 223.7p Chillingham Home Farm, 218.9p, 218.1p Fowberry Moor. Tex.x:- 217.4p Springhill, Seahouses, 216.3p Black Heddon, 214.1p Ladykirk, 213.8p Fowberry Moor, 210p Low Middleton, 209.8p Edrom Mains, 209.8p West Longridge, 209.5p Shipley Smallburn, 209.1p West Longridge, 208.5p Kettleburn. Suff.x:- 215.8p, 215p, 208.3p Fowberry Moor, 208p Holy Island, 207.8p Chesterhill, 207.5p Chesterhill, 207.5p Edrom Mains, 207.1p Whitsome West Newton, 204.9p Treaty Park, 204.8p Goswick. Cha:- 211p, 204.4p Lorbottle.

Hoggs and young sheep also a great trade selling to: Per head:- £96 Alnham, £89.50 West Newbiggin, £87.50 Hetton North Farm, £86 West Newbiggin. Per Kilo:- 165.4p Amerside Law.

Ewes yet again forward in larger numbers with a flying trade.

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- 119 Alnham, £97 Fowberry Moor, £95 Reston Hill. Suff.x:- £104 Alnham, £102 Kettleburn, £102 Lorbottle, £100 Milfield Demesne, £99 Reston Hill. Bel:- £104 Alnham. BFL:- £99 Alnham.

Rams:- Cha:- £135 Henlaw. Suff.x:- £120, £94 Goswick. Tex.x:- £109 Alnham. Chev:- £100 Alnham.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 65 prime cattle, seven young bulls, 35 over-30 month cattle, 2,233 spring lambs, 888 prime hoggs and 4,201 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

An increased number of prime cattle saw trade sharper on the week and a top price of 229.5p twice, firstly for a Limousin heifer show by J. and N. Blaylock and Sons, Hallburn, and again for a Limousin heifer from J.F. and S.J. MacDonald, Ladyhousesteads. Limousin bullocks sold to 224.5p, 223.5p and 221.5p from A. and W.J. Taylor and Sons, Dashwell Green. Top price per head of the day was for a Limousin bullock 800 kilos at 212.5p = £1,700, also shown by Messrs Taylor, Dashwell Green.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, Limousin – 224.5p, 223.5p, 222.5p, 221.5p, 220.5p Dashwell Green, 219.5p High Stenries, 216.5p The Gill, 215.5p, 214.5p Dashwell Green, 214.5p The Gill, 213.5p High Stenries, 212.5p (x2) Dashwell Green, 209.5p (x2) The Gill, 207.5p Fenton Farm, 206.5p Sceughdyke, 205.5p Dashwell Green, 205.5p Beckhall, 202.5p Low Hallburn. Charolais – 219.5p High Stenries.

Heifers, Limousin – 229.5p Ladyhousesteads and Hallburn, 218.5p Ladyhousesteads, 217.5p High Stenries, 216.5p Sceughdyke, 214.5p Slealands, 211.5p (x2) Low Hallburn, 201.5p Slealands and Sceughdyke, 200.5p Smallholms. Charolais – 216.5p Hallburn, 211.5p, 205.5p High Stenries. Angus – 205.5p Sceughdyke.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks, Limousin – £1,700 Dashwell Green, £1,529 The Gill, £1,514 Becton Hall, £1,504, £1,480 The Gill, £1,472, £1,468, £1,437 Dashwell Green, £1,413 Hallees, £1,404 Sceughdyke, £1,400 Dashwell Green. Charolais – £1,536 Sceughdyke, £1,481 High Stenries.

Heifers, Charolais – £1,380 Sceughdyke, £1,212, £1,184 High Stenries, £1,180 Sceughdyke, £1,104 Hallburn. Limousin – £1,296 Hallburn, £1,216 Ladyhousesteads, £1,158, £1,136 Sceughdyke, £1,109 High Stenries, £1,103 Ladyhousesteads. Angus - £1,171 Sceughdyke.

Young bulls again met an excellent trade and more numbers are required to fill buyers orders. Top price of 217.5p for a British Blue from J. Retson and Son, Gardrum.

Principal prices per kilo: British Blue – 217.5p. 211.5p, 207.5p Gardrum. Limousin – 215.5p, 213.5p (x2) Stonehouse. Simmental – 193.5p The Hagg.

A better show of OTM cattle saw a sharper trade throughout and topped at 171.5p for a Limousin stock bull from M.J. Irving, Braehead. Black and Whites sold to 170.5p from J.G. Vevers, Peterscrook, with Limousins to 168.5p from J.W. Vevers, High Stenries.

Principal prices per kilo: Black and White – 170.5p Peterscrook, 155.5p Low Moat, 154.5p High Stenries. Limousin – 168.5p High Stenries, 161.5p Upperburnmouth, 160.5p, 150.5p Shankbridge End, 153.5p Slealands, 149.5p High Stenries, 141.5p Burncroft. Charolais – 149.5p Shankbridge End. Aberdeen Angus – 149.5p High Stenries. British Blue – 146.5p Holme House. Hereford – 145.5p Craigburn. Limousin Bull – 171.5p Braehead.

Principal prices per head: Limousin – £1,305 High Stenries, £1,128 Shankbridge End, £1,106 Upperburnmouth, £1,039 High Stenries, £1,025 The Howes, £1,011 Shankbridge End, £944 Slealands. Black and Whites – £1,135 Low Moat, £927 High Stenries, £946 Peterscrook. British Blue – £1,106 Holme House. Aberdeen Angus – £1,068 High Stenries. Charolais - £1,068 Shankbridge End. Hereford - £953 Craigburn. Limousin Bull – £1,440 Braehead.

A larger show of 2,233 Spring Lambs averaged 202.5p per kilo (SQQ 203.6p), in line with this weeks trading. Surprisingly, heavy lambs were sought after and short of requirements.

Top of 230p per kilo for Texels from Old Rectory and to £108.50 per head for Texels from Woodhouse Hill, £104.50 Old Rectory and Upper Mains, £103.50 Old Rectory; Suffolk £106.50, £98.80 Upper Mains, £96.80 Spoutbank and Burnfoot on Esk; Zwartbles £96.80, £91.80 Woodhouse Hill; Charollais £95.80 Cardew Hall, £90.80 Horseholm, £89.80 Hallburn; Greyface £87.80 Brownleazes, £80 Bidlake; Oxford £87.20, £82.20 Guards; Berrichon £85.80 Moonspark, £75.80 Roseland; Leicester £80 Archerbeck; Blackface £74 Clonrae; Jacob £70.50 Cardewlees.

A smaller show of 888 prime hoggs forward with well-fleshed hoggs of all weight ranges realising an excellent trade, 5p sharper on the week.

The sale was topped at 194p per kilo for Texels from Cowcorse and to £87.80 per head for Suffolks from Brackenbrae and Texels from Castlenook, other Texels £87.50 Kirkhouse, £85.50 High Aketon; other Suffolk £87.80, £80.50 Brackenbrae; North Country Cheviot £84.50 Muirhouse; Bleu d’Maine £83.50 Stackbraes; Greyface £78.50, £78.20 Castlenook, £76.80 Chapel Farm; Jacob £77.50 Hudspeth; Blackface £76.80 Castle Nook and Far Howe, £75.50 Far How; Hill Cheviot £75.50 Somerton House; Herdwick £61.50 High Aketon.

Another good show of 4,201 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers, with trade sharper on the week apart from over-fat ewes, hill ewes and small ewes still short of requirements.

Rams demand premium prices and more could be sold to advantage.

Top price of £156.50 for Texel rams from Westgate, £148.50 Kirkton; Millenium Blue £148.50 Kirkton, £118.50 Road Side; Leicester £148.50 Castle Nook, £133 Sofley Farm; Suffolk £143.50 Road Side, £124.50 Castle Nook; North Country Cheviot £141 Adderston Shiels; Charollais £128.50 Mulberry, £114.50 Road Side; Lleyn £117 The Height; Hill Cheviot £107 Greenrigg.