AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 91 clean cattle, 33 OTM cattle, 1,614 spring lambs, 207 old season lambs and 281 ewes.

Bullocks (45) averaged 206p per kg (-6.1p on the week). Heifers (39) averaged 205.2p per kg (+0.2p on the week). Seven young bulls averaged 185p per kg (n/c on the week) and 33 beef type OTM cattle averaged 154.9p per kg (+3.1p on the week).

The 1, 614 spring lambs averaged 186.1p per kg (-15.9p on the week) including 843 38-41kgs averaging 187.1p and 281 ewes averaged £87.76 (-£1.63 on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Nisbet 2.24 Malone of Edinburgh; Bee Edge 2.21, 2.20 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.20 M/s TA Shaw, 2.19 (3) M/s WP Tulloch, Malone of Edinburgh and M/s Moor, Pathhead 2.19 Charles Wilson Ltd, 2.15 Ramsay Family Butcher; Snawdon 2.18 Malone of Edinburgh; Upper Hundalee 2.17 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Lennoxlove 2.17 M/s Moor; Cranshaws 2.17 Gosford Bothy Farm Shop; Longnewton 2.16 M/s Moor; Crookhouse 2.15 M/s Moor; Lurdenlaw 2.15 M/s TA Shaw.

Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1562.20; Lurdenlaw £1546.60, £1512.35, £1509.20, £1489.20, £1480, £1473.45.

Cows per head: Kirkton £1506.60, £1287.60, £1284.40, £1231.20, £1177.80, £1161.30, £1109.40, £1094.80; Toxside £1247.40, £1154.40, £1138.25; Bemersyde £1240.30, £1152.75; Eden Lodge £1122; Cortleferry £1082.30.

Cows per kg: Huntington 2.05, 1.59; Kirkton 1.86, 1.74, 1.72, 1.71, 1.69, 1.61; Eden Lodge 1.68, 1.65; Greenknowe 1.63, 1.59; Whitriggs 1.59; Bemersyde 1.59, 1.58; Cortleferry 1.58.

Spring lambs per head: Tex.x;- £96 Thornington, £92 Birkenside, £90 Corsbie (Hedley) and Birkenside, Suff.x;- £94.50 Hatchednize, £92.50 Smailholm Mains, £90 The Lee and Huntington.

Spring lambs per kg: Tex.x;- 196.6 Huntington, 195.1 Fountainhall, 193.8 Blackshiels, 193.2 Birkenside, Suff.x;- 195.7 The Lee and Huntington, 194.4 Huntington, 193.6 Saughland.

Hoggs reached a top price of £130 for Suff.x from M/s Harrison, 25 Brunt Court, Dunbar followed by a pen of mules at £94 and Texels at £93 from M/s Arres, Dryden, Selkirk.

Cast ewes: Tex;- £133 Lylestane, £123 Headshaw. L, £121 Wantonwalls, HB;- £113, £99 Haltree, £97,£95 Bonjedward Mill, Suff.x;- £111 Hatchednize, £107 Headshaw. L, £105 Corsbie and Thirlestane, GF;- £97 Westhall Farms, £93 The Challenge, BFL;- £93 Corsbie, (Hedley), CM;- £87 Lylestane, Chev;- £83 Headshaw. L, bf;- £77 The Grove.

Rams: Tex;- £131 Corsbie, Chev;- £111 Lylestane, £95 Headshaw. L.


AT their weekly primestock sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 960 lambs, 47 hoggs and young sheep and 88 ewes.

In conjunction with the sale was the Annual Summer Show which was kindly judged by Mr J. Curle who awarded the Championship to Mr J. Scott-Smith, Village Farm, Seahouses, for a pen of Tex.x weighing 40kg and realizing £85 to the judge. Reserve champion went to Messrs J. Fairbairn and Sons, Marshall Meadows, for a pen of Tex.x weighing 41kg making £84.50 to Robert Wilson.

Lambs arriving on the scene in larger numbers nationwide resulting in all classes being harder to sell, although vendors still receiving adequate returns.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £99.50 Shotton, £96.50 Ladykirk, £96 Lilburn Estates, Roseden, £94.50 Branton Eastside, £92.50 Chesterhill and Shotton, £92 Village Farm, Seahouses and Ladykirk, £91 Treaty Park, £90.50 South Charlton, £90 Branton Eastside. Suff.x:- £95 Wandon, £89.50 (2) Chesterhill, £88 Howtel.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 212.5p Village Farm, Seahouses, 210.3p Black Heddon, 208.8p Wandon, 207.3p Lilburn Estates, South Middleton, 206.9p Shipley Lane, 206.1p Marshall Meadows, 205.6p Lilburn Estates, Roseden, 205.1p Black Heddon, 205p Springhill, Seahouses, 203.9p Village Farm, Seahouses, 203.7p Ladykirk, 202.8p Milfield Demesne, 202.4p Chesterhill (3) and High Learchild. Suff.x:- 207.7p, 207.5p Lilburn Estates, Roseden, 198.9p Chesterhill. Char:- 203.8p Wandon, 203p Lorbottle.

Hoggs and young sheep still meeting good demand.

Leading prices per head:- Suff.x:- £85 High Learchild, £74 West Longridge, £72.50, £70 West Newbiggin. Tex.x:- £75.50 Springhill, Berwick.

Leading prices per kilo:- 165p West Newbiggin, 160.5p High Learchild.

Ewes a small mixed show, more needed for buyers requirements.

Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £102 High Learchild, £99 (2) Lorbottle, £95 Milfield Demesne. Tex.x:- £99 Lorbottle, £95 Springhill, Berwick. CM:- £91 South Charlton. Mule:- £82 South Charlton and Lorbottle. Chev:- £80 South Charlton, £79 Reavley. BF:- £78 West Longridge.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 75 prime cattle, 10 young bulls, 32 over 30 month cattle, 1,695 spring lambs, 567 prime hoggs and 4,097 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A large show of prime cattle and a good show of quality saw a firm trade throughout. Top price of 225.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by D.J. Garthwaite and Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage. Limousin bullocks sold to 224.5p from A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, Limousin – 224.5p Dashwell Green, 222.5p Haining House and Dashwell Green, 220.5p, 219.5p, 218.5p, 217.5p (x2) Dashwell Green, 217.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 215.5p Houghton House and Dashwell Green, 214.5p The Gill, 213.5p Dashwell Green, The Gill and Houghton House, 212.5p Dashwell Green and The Lake, 210.5p Dashwell Green, 203.5p, 201.5p Hallees. Charolais – 218.5p, 210.5p High Stenries. British Blue – 211.5p (x2) The Lake. Angus – 202.5p, 193.4p Plumpe Farm.

Heifers, Limousin – 225.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 218.5p, 215.5p Upper Tinwald, 213.5p Newby Farm, 207.5p Low Hallburn and Hallburn, 206.5p Nunscleugh, 205.5p Hallburn. Charolais – 209.5p, 208.5p High Stenries, 207.5p Hallburn and Sceughdyke. Angus – 205.5p Sceughdyke.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks, British Blue - £1,586, £1,522 The Lake. Limousin –£1,522 Dashwell Green, £1,480 The Gill, £1,479 Haining House. Heifers, Limousin – £1,321 Upper Tinwald, £1,296 Wyseby Hill Cottage, £1,224 Hallburn, £1,216 Newby Farm, £1,185 Upper Tinwald, £1,153 Newtown. Charolais – £1,198 High Stenries, £1,134, £1,130 Sceughdyke, £1,126 Upper Tinwald, £1,110 High Stenries. Simmental - £1,116 Sceughdyke. Angus - £1,059 Low Hallburn.

Young bulls were a good show of quality and more numbers required. Top of 213.5p twice, both for Limousins from Mr A. Moffat, 6 Stonehouse.

Once again OTM cattle met a brisk trade and topped at 193.5p for a Charolais from T. Armstrong and Son, Sceughdyke.

Principal prices per kilo: Charolais - 193.5p Sceughdyke. Aberdeen Angus – 180.5p Plumpe. British Blue – 174.5p Nunscleugh, 142.5p Longrow, 141.5p Standingstonerigg. Limousin –173.5p Slealands, 157.5p Nunscleugh, 148.5p Upperburnmouth, 147.5p Bellfield, 143.5p High Stenries, 141.5p Longrow. Simmental – 144.5p, 136.5p High Stenries. Limousin Bull – 155.5p Black House.

Principal prices per head: British Blue – £1,186 Nunscleugh, £1,110 Standingstonerigg, £914 Slealands. Charolais - £1,122 Sceughdyke.

Limousin – £1,106 Bellfield, £1,093 Slealands, £1,023 Nunscleugh. Aberdeen Angus –£1,083 Plumpe, £927 Sorbie. Simmental – £900 High Stenries.

A smaller show of 1,695 spring lambs averaged 189.5p per kilo (SQQ 190.3p), following this week decline in trade. Another good show of 4,097 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers with trade similar on the week, hill ewes and small ewes still short of buyers requirements. Rams demand premium prices and more could be sold.


DURING the week ending Friday, June 29, Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 141 prime cattle including 41 cast cows, 949 prime sheep including 219 ewes and 64 store cattle.

Top prices went to Bonjedward Mill, Jedburgh, for an Aberdeen Angus cross steer which realised 380p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Continental heifers from Swinhoe Farm, Belford, sold to 350p per kg. Charolais cross heifers from New Smailholm sold to 356p per kg. Dairy cows experienced the dearest trade so far selling to 280p per kg for pure Holsteins from Kelloe Mains, Duns. Heifers from North Doddington to 337p per kg. Veal calves continue to be short of requirements selling to 305p per kg flat rate from West Meikle Pinkerton, Dunbar, Blackadder Mains, Duns, and Baldersbury Hill, Berwick.

Lambs slightly easier than previous weeks but killing out reasonably well. Organic lambs from Middle Moor, Alnwick, sold to 485p and £100.80 per head. Texel crosses from Shieldykes also sold to 485p per kg. Export lambs from Goswick Farm, Beal, sold to 430p per kg and £90.30. Continental lambs from Cresswell Farm, Belford, sold to 435p per kg £91.35.

Store cattle very short of requirements and heavily sought after of similar prices to recent weeks. Charolais heifers to 220p per kg live and £910 per head.