AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,632 lambs and 207 ewes.

Lamb numbers lighter due to show six day rule, all classes easier on the week with leaner types proving difficult to cash.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £91.50p Ladykirk, £91 Lickar Moor, £90.50p Wandon, £90 Fowberry Moor, £88 South Bellshill (2), £83 East Fleetham, £82.50p Springhill, Berwick, £82 Ladykirk, Wandon and South Bellshill, £81.50p Low Middleton. Suff.x:- £88 Wandon and Chesterhill, £86 West Longridge, £84.50p Chesterhill, £81.50p Brockley Hall, £80 Brandon, Brockley Hall and East Fleetham. Ven:- £80.50p South Lyham. Char:- £80 Wandon. Bel:- £78 Kimmerston.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 201.2p Springhill, Berwick, 200p Village Farm, Seahouses, 196.2p Milfield Demesne, 195p Ladykirk and Milfield Demesne, 194.9p Bolton Wing, 193.9p Ladykirk, 187.5p Todrig and Bewick Folly, 187.2p South Bellshill, 185.9p Goswick, 185.4p South Charlton. Bel:- 200p Chillingham Home Farm, 190.2p Kimmerston, 188.2p Chillingham Home Farm. Suff:- 186.6p Springhill, Berwick. Char:- 181.4p Wandon.

Ewes in keeping with market trends.

Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £90 Islay Hill, £87 Middle Ord, £83 Castlelaw and Goswick, £80 Howtel and High Learchild. Tex.x:- £80 Newstead, £79, £78 Village Farm, Seahouses, £78 Bolton Wing. Chev:- £65 Cheviot View. Mule:- £64 Castlelaw, £63 Middle Ord.

BF Rams:- Clennel.


AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 51 clean cattle, 57 OTM cattle, 2,224 new season lambs and 1,141 ewes.

Bullocks (27) averaged 215p per kg (-0.6p on the week) while heifers (21) averaged 224.8p per kg (+7.8p on the week). Three young bulls averaged 193.9p per kg (+9.9p on the week) and 57 beef type OTM cattle averaged 143.1p per kg (+1.5p on the week).

The 2,224 new season lambs averaged 177.8p per kg (-5.6p on the week) and 1,141 ewes averaged £60.43 (-£3.89 on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.42,2.39 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.40, 2.38 M/s J Penny and Sons; Wester Ulston 2.40 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Humbie Mill 2.37 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Longnewton 2.33 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.29 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Pathhead 2.33 Charles Wilson Ltd, 2.32 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.31 Gosford Bothy Shop; Traprain 2.30 M/s TA Shaw, 2.28 Malone of Edinburgh; Redheugh 2.29 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Caverton Mill 2.28 Malone of Edinburgh.

Principal prices per head: Honeyburn £1576.20; Bee Edge £1427.80, £1416.10, £1374.25; Longnewton £1366.80; Willowford £1352; Traprain £1345.50.

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1539, £1304; Howden. S £1336, £1288; Humebyres £1320.60; Old Castles £1319.50, £1238.80; Huntington £1311.40, £1279.80; Branton Eastside £1240.20; Muircleugh £1131; Northhouse £1116.90; Attonburn £1110.

Cows per kg: Humebyres 1.86; Old Castles 1.82, 1.63; Kersknowe 1.80, 1.63; Muircleugh 1.70, 1.57; Laggan of Clachaig; Howden. S 1.60 (2); Mountbenger 1.60; Huntington 1.58 (2); Branton Eastside 1.56, 1.55; Chapelhill 1.54.

Bulls: Laggan of Clachaig £1504.80 (1.52p); Dolphinston £1332.80 (1.19p); Falsidehill £1241(1.16p).

Spring lambs per head: Tex;- £101, £99 Crookston, £97 Corsbie, Suff.x;- £90.50 Huntington, £90 Rumbletonrig and Roxburgh Mains, Suff;- £90.50 Marvingston, Char;- £86 Burnhouse Mains, Bel;- £78 Threeburnford, GF;- £76.50 Lauderhill, Chev;- £70 Satchells, HB;- £71 Marvingston.

Principal prices per kg: Bel;- 195 Threeburnford, Suff.x;- 191.3, 184.7 Huntington, 183.3 Byrewalls, Tex;- 191.3 Torsonce, 190.9 Legars, GF;- 177.9 Lauderhill.

Cast ewes: Chev;- £97 North Synton, £93 Torwoodlee Mains, Tex;- £93 Wester Ulston, £87 Gilston, Suff.x;- £89 Upper Huntlywood, £87 Hermiston, HB;- £85 Marvingston, £81 Blegbie, BFL;- £81 Hillhouse, CM;- £77 Langtonlees and Gilston, GF;- £71 Rumbletonrig, Wedderlie and The Bow, BF;- £69 Burnhouse Mains, £63 Wedderlie.

Rams: Suff;- £119 Roxburgh Mains, BER;- £105 Bierhope, Char;- £87 Gilston, High;- £87 Newarkburn, Tex;- £79 Craigsford Mains, Chev;- £71 East Redfordgreen, BF;- £71 Torquan.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 58 prime cattle, 11 young bulls, 36 over 30 month cattle, 4,189 prime lambs and 7,240 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Prime cattle saw a shortage of fed cattle, but a full ring of 12 active buyers ensured a good trade throughout.

Top price to 219.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by J. Bell, Brydekirk Mains, purchased by W. Kirkup and Sons, Butchers, Longtown. Top price bullock to 212.5p for a Limousin from J.F. and I. Armstrong, Nether Onsett.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, Limousin – 212.5p Nether Onsett, 211.5p Newby Farm, 210.5p Newtown, 209.5p Brydekirk Mains, 207.5p Hallees, 206.5p Newby Farm, Low Hallburn and Newtown, 204.5p, 195.5p Nether Onsett. Galloway – 195.5p Becks. Heifers, Limousin – 219.5p Brydekirk Mains, 217.5p Newby, Newtown and Brydekirk Mains, 216.5p Newby Farm, 213.5p Houghton House and Brydekirk Mains, 211.5p, 209.5p Sceughdyke, 203.5p Houghton House, 199.5p Southwoodhead. Charolais – 208.5p, 206.5p Hallburn. Blonde d’Aquitaine – 203.5p Hallburn.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks, Limousin – £1,569 Newtown, £1,402 Nether Onsett. Heifers, Limousin – £1,261 Newtown, £1,259, £1,180 Houghton House, £1,136, £1,131 Newby, £1,122 Sandbed, £1,120 Brydekirk Mains. Charolais – £1,136 Hallburn, £1,118 Low Hallburn, £1,104 Hallburn.

Prime bulls maintain late high rates, topping at 207.5p (twice) for Limousins from Mr J. Jardine, Yett Farm and from G.J.A. Rome and Co, Niven Hill.

Principal prcies per kilo: Limousin – 207.5p Niven Hill and Yett, 203.5p Yett, 201.5p Niven Hill. British Blue – 196.5p, 193.5p Becton Hall. Simmental – 195.5p, 193.5p Shaw of Dryfe. British Blue – 196.5p, 193.5p Becton Hall.

The 36 OTM cattle saw a lot of weathered feeding cows on offer which saw the sale topped at 187.5p for Galloways from J. Robertson and Son, Becks Farm.

Principal prices per kilo: Galloway – 187.5p, 161.5p Becks. Limousin – 169.5p Longrow, 161.5p Southwoodhead, 148.5p Byreburnside, 136.5p, 135.5p The Flatt. Charolais – 166.5p Nether Albie. British Blue – 163.5p Longrow. Friesian – 154.5p The Stubb, 119.5p Stonewalls.

Principal prices per head: Charolais – £1,323 Nether Albie. British Blue – £1,234 Longrow. Galloway – £1,115, £993 Becks. Limousin – £1,093 Longrow, £965 Byreburnside, £805 The Flatt. Friesian – £1,073 The Stubb, £938 Stonewalls.

A smaller show of 4,189 prime lambs were a mixed trade this week with a big difference between lambs with flesh and lean lambs, good lambs regularly sold between 190p and 200p but leaner lambs were little more than store price. The sale averaged 181p per kilo, also a large number of lightweight lambs were forward, reflecting in the average.

Top price of 217p per kilo for Texels from Sorbie with a top price per head of £110.50 for Suffolks from Riddings Hill, £99.50 Kilnfordcroft, £98.80 Smalmstown; Texel £108.50, £102.50 Kilnfordcroft, £101.50 Peela Hill; North Country Cheviot £95.80, £80 Whiteknowe, £76.80 Chapel Farm; Charollais £89.80 Peela Hill, £85.80 Smalmstown, £82.80 The Chestnuts; Beltex £81.80 Sleetbeck, £72.80 Amoshill; Cheviot Mule £79.80, £76.80 Potholm, £72.80 Crossdykes; Greyface £78.80 Gibbs Hill, £77.80 Chapel Farm, £74.50 The Old Police House; Zwartbles £72 Westhills; Oxford £71.80 Guards, £68 Lowfield House; Half Bred £71.80 Adderston Shiels; Blackface £70.50, £64.80 Sewing Shields, £63.20 Dalveen; Dorset £65 Lowfield House, £60 Orchard House; Easycare £58.80 East Fortissat; Swaledale £54.80 Copperthorns, £49.80 Kilnstown.

A similar show of 1,182 lightweight lambs saw smaller Swaledale and English Mule lambs little more than store price if lacking flesh. Top of £67.80 for Texels from Glenehervie, £67.20 Balliemore; Suffolk £63.80 Clachan, £59.80 Redgatehead; Greyface £60.20 Arnicle, £53.80 Nether Albie; Blackface £59.80 Chapel, £52.80 Arnicle; Easycare £53.80 Cooilingel, £50 East Fortissat; Herdwick £51.80 Woodside; Swaledale £45 Woodside, £43.80 Softley.

A larger entry of 7,240 cast ewes and rams attracted the usual ring of buyers with trade being £4 to £6 up on the week, with a very good show of ewes for quality forward. Good selling Continental ewes remain easily sold and rams constantly short of buyers requirements.

Rams to £158.50 for Texels from Willimoteswick and Pirntaton, £158 Roachburn, £148.50 Ballimachiller; Suffolk £148.50 Lakeview, £113.50 Old Portglenone; Leicester £128.50 Lirrit, £126.50 Newside, £118.50 Kirksteads; Beltex £106.50 Draperstown, £98.50 Haithwaite; Hill Cheviot £106.50 Stackbraes, £93.50 North House, £86.50 High Dovecote and Burnfoot of Ewes; Lleyn £98.50 Cooilingel, £90.50 Haithwaite; Charollais £96.50 Roadside, £89.50 Ballyrobert; Blackface £92.50 High Staward, £86.50 Pirntaton, £84.50 Haithwaite; Dorset £78.50 Orchard House, £69.50 Roadside; Swaledale £77 Roachburn, £70.50 Spital Shields.

Heavy ewes to £138.50 for Texels from Pirntaton, £133.50 Severs, £124.50 Pirntaton; Suffolk £120.50 Severs, £108.50 Mountfield, £103.50 Ballimachiller; North Country Cheviot £104.50, £92.50, £90 Carruthers; Charollais £104.50 Alton, £102.50 Roadside, £98.50 Draperstown; Leicester £94.50 West Craigs, £89.50 Peela Hill, £88.50 Glenlaugh; Greyface £90.50, £80.50 Lawston, £79.50 Stackbraes; Cheviot Mule £88.50 Alton, £84.50 Morebattle Tofts, £77.50 North House; Dorset £76.50 Portglenone, £73.50 Severs, £70.50 Dunnabie.

Hill ewes to £79.50 for Cheviots from Terrona, £73.50 Sorbietrees, £71.50 Solwaybank; Lleyn £78.50 Wynholm, £74.50 Westward Park, £71.50 Glenkiln; Blackface £63.50 Mouldy Hills, £62.50 High Staward, £60.50 Sewing Shields; Swaledale £57.50 Roachburn, £52.50 Spital Shields, £50.50 Roachburn; Jacob £58.50 Haithwaite.


LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 86 prime cattle including 32 cows, 2,291 prime lambs and 3,015 store and breeding sheep.

Prime cattle were dearer again with numbers tightening. Aberdeen Angus steers from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso, sold to 390p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Butcher weight Continental cross heifers from Fenwick Steads, Belford, sold to 370p per kg. Other Continental crosses from Cresswell Farms, Belford, to 360p per kg. Holstein young bulls to 325p per kg flat rate.

Lamb trade also firmed with well fleshed lambs in short supply. Suffolk cross and Texel cross medium weights sold to 430p per kg from Raecleugh Head, Duns, Sharplaw, Hownam, and Tughall Grange, Chathill. Export weights to 425p per kg and £89.25 from Over Howden, Oxton.

In the store and breeding sheep section the company saw an unprecedented demand for both store and breeding sheep selling over 3,000 head. Short keep store lambs looked good value to the buyer while longer keeping Lambs were similar to the high prices of last year. Cheviot hill lambs sold to £60.