AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 86 clean cattle, 116 OTM cattle, 2,356 new season lambs and 1,498 ewes.

Bullocks (40) averaged 208.2p per kg and sold to 241p (-7.8p on week) while heifers (43) averaged 208.6p per kg and sold to 240p (-6.0p on week). Three young bulls averaged 182p per kg and sold to 194p (n/c on week) and 116 beef type OTM cattle averaged 123.4p per kg and sold to192p (-10.3p on the week).

The 2,356 new season lambs averaged 150.6p per kg and sold to £97(-3.4p on week) and 1,498 ewes averaged £46.64 (£81 for ewes and £89 for tups).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.41, 2.30 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.27 Robert Wilson Butcher; Longnewton 2.40 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Humebyres 2.35 M/s J Penny and Sons; Lennoxlove 2.33 M/s TA Shaw, 2.30 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.26 Denholm Meats; Upper Nisbet 2.32 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Ramrig 2.30 M/s R Pringle; Traprain 2.30 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Low Middleton 2.29 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Greenknowe 2.29 Gosford Bothy Shop, 2.26 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.25 M/s TA Shaw; Woodhead. A 2.25 M/s J Penny and Sons.

Principal prices per head: Humebyres £1492.25; Ramrig £1462; Bee Edge £1409.85, £1384.70, £1380; Low Middleton £1377.95.

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1438.10, £1355.20, £1320; Philiphaugh £1315.20; Smailholm Mains £1277.50; Ramrig £1276.80, £1269.20; Cortleferry £1260.85; Humebyres £1244.10, £1161.30; Birkenside £1156.20; Eden Lodge £1146.75; Legerwood £1123.75; Crossflat £1082.95.

Cows per kg: Ramrig 1.92, 1.67; Crossflat 1.79, 1.41; Humebyres 1.74, 1.58; Cortleferry 1.55, 1.51; Kersknowe 1.54, 1.50, 1.46; Birkenside 1.49; Smailholm Mains 1.46, 1.42;Legerwood 1.45; Wester Middleton 1.43.

Bulls: New Blainslie £1277.25 (1.31); Earlston Mains £1180 (1.18).

Principal prices, lambs per head: Bel:- £97, £95 Crookston. Tex.x;- £95, £93, £92 Crookston, £84 Huntington, Suff.x;- £84 Huntington, £83 Hartside, Beu;- £71.50 Craighouse, CM;- £73 Gospelhall, GF;- £69 Saughtree, Chev;- £66 Gospelhall, £64.50 Blackcastle, BF;- £56 Burnhouse Mains and Roxburgh Mill.

Principal prices, lambs per kg: Bel;- 193.9 Crookston, 182.6 Sydenham, Tex.x;- 189.8 Crookston, 177.4 Howden, Suff.x;- 173.4, 168 Huntington, Chev;- 155 Saughtree.

Cast ewes: Tex;- £81 Mossburnford, £73 Buckholm, Suff.x;- £79 Linkshead and Smailholm Mains, £77 Craigsford Mains, BFL;- £69 Linkshead, Chev;- £67 Gospelhall, £63 Torwoodlee Mains, Lle;- £67 Hillhouse, GF;- £63 Craigend, £61 Linkshead and Mossburnford, BF;- £47 Lauderhill, £43 Linkshead, Falside and Hillhouse.

Rams: Tex;- £89 Thistle Doo, BFL;- £67 Lee, Chev;- £65 Hindhope.


AT their fortnightly Store Sale held at Wooler Livestock Centre last Tuesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 37 head.

A small show forward but still in demand with good returns.

Leading prices per head:- A.A.x:- Strs. £1120, £1065, £1050 (2), £1030, Hfrs:- £980, £940 South Lyham. Lim:- Strs:- £975 Barmoor Red House, £900 South Lyham, Hfrs:- £895, £840 Barmoor Red House, £720 Barmoor South Moor. BRB Hfrs:- £750, £700 Chillingham Home Farm.

Last Wednesday at their weekly Primestock Sale John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,579 lambs and 579 ewes.

Lamb numbers slightly larger, trade in keeping with national trends. Fleshy types still at a premium.

Leading prices per head:- Bel:- £85 The Loan, £83, £74.50, £72.50 Ladykirk, £66 Roddam, £65 Chillingham Newtown. Tex:- £77 South Ditchburn, £76, £73 Greenhead.R, £72 East Fleetham, Whitsome West Newton, Greenhead.R, West Longridge, £71 South Ditchburn, Black Heddon, £70 Lorbottle, Mordington, £69.50 Shotton, £68.50 Lilburn Estates, £68 Black Heddon. Suff.x:- £74 East Fleetham, £72 Chesterhill (2), Shotton, £71.50 East Fleetham, £69 Chesterhill. Chv:- £72 Humbleheugh.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 202.4p The Loan, 176.8p, 165.6p Ladykirk, 165p Roddam. Tex:- 171.8p Lilburn Estates, 171.4p Greenhead.R, 169.1p Black Heddon, 168p Lilburn Estates, 166.7p Conundrum Farm, 162.8p Mordington, 161.9p, 161p, 160.7p Lilburn Estates, 160p Cockhall, 157.3p Yetlington Lane, 155.8p Whitsome West Newton, Biddlestone Home Farm, Kettleburn, Roddam. Suff.x:- 157.1p Titlington Mount, 154.9p Roddam, 153.7p, 152.3p, 152.2p, 151.3p Lilburn Estates, 151.2p Shipley Lane, Lilburn Estates. CM:- 142.5p Bewick Folly.

Larger number of ewes forward with prices again in keeping with national trends. Cheaper on the week.

Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £72 Lilburn Estates, £71 Newton Farm, £69 Berryhill, Shipley Lane, £67 East Port, Edlingham Newtown, £65 Titlington Mount, Lintlaw, £63 Lorbottle, £61 Cresswell Farms, North Sharperton. Tex: -£69 Black Heddon, £65 Cresswell Farms, Titlington Mount, £61 Lorbottle, Ladykirk. BF:- £43 Blackmountain Farms. Mule:- £57 Cresswell Farms, Lilburn Estates, £55 Newton Farm, Berryhill, Lintlaw, Mordington, Brockley Hall, £53 Edlingham Newtown, Lilburn Estates, Greystonnes, Shipley Lane, West Longridge, Cockhall. Chv:- £55, £51 Branton Eastside. CM:- £53 Biddlestone Town Foot. Bel:- £71 The Loan.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 44 prime cattle, six young bulls, 47 over 30 month cattle, 6,956 prime lambs and 10,814 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A much plainer show of prime cattle saw trade in line with recent rates. Top price of 210.5p for a Limousin heifer from I. and H. Douglas, Cambeck Hill.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, Limousin – 203.5p, 196.5p Sceughdyke. Heifers, Limousin – 210.5p Cambeck Hill, 193.5p, 192.5p Houghton House, 191.5p Bleatarn.

Principal prcies per head: Bullocks, Limousin – £1,343 Sceughdyke, £1,342, £1,340 Sandbed. Heifers, British Blue – £1,265 Sandbed. Limousin – £1,231 Cambeck Hill, £1,174 Smallholms, £1,113 Sandbed. Charolais – £1,162 Sceughdyke, £1,107 Cambeck Hill.

A small show of bulls topped at 199.5p for a British Blue from J. and P. Routledge and Son, Netherton.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin – 192.5p Yett Farm, 191.5p Netherton. British Blue – 199.5p Netherton.

Principal prices per head: British Blue - £1,316 Netherton. Limousin - £1,311 Netherton.

A larger show of cast cows on offer and a lot of weathered hill cows forward saw trade similar on the week. The top price of the sale was 147.5p for a Limousin from Greystoke Castle Farms. Limousin stock bulls sold to 145.5p from Messrs T.B. Imrie, Harelawhole.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin – 147.5p Greystoke Castle, 143.5p Swaites, 135.5p Greystoke Castle, 129.5p (x2) Bleatarn, 121.5p Shankbridge End. Friesian – 113.5p Harelawhole. Galloway – 112.5p Old Irvine. Blue Grey – 108.5p, 107.5p Potholm. Limousin Bull – 145.5p Harelawhole.

Principal prices per head: Limousin – £995, £880 Greystoke Castle, £868 Swaites, £809 Bleatarn. Limousin Bull - £1,309 Harelawhole.

The company had forward a colossal show of 6,956 lambs and 10,814 ewes being the largest show this century.

The large show of lambs had an overall average of 155p. Well fleshed handy weight lambs still sold regularly at 165-175p, with smaller lambs lacking flesh little more than store price. Top price per kilo was 217.3p for Beltex lambs from Messrs Park, Harleyrigg.

Prime lambs sold to a top of £102 for Charollais from Messrs A. Hoggan, Maryholm, others to £80.80 The Chestnuts, £80.20 Becton Hall; Suffolk x £90 High Barlcray, £87.80 Becton Hall, £86.80 Slealands; Cheviot £73.80 Granton, £70.20, £69.80 Gospel Hall; Texels £100 Catslackburn, £97.80 Overwhitlaw, £95.50 Catslackburn; Bleu de Maine £82.80, £81.80 Braithwaite Hall; Halfbred £70.80 High Moat, £63 Earlside; Greyface £72.80 Brampton Fell and Nunscleugh, £68.80 Brampton Fell and Woodhouse; Cheviot Mules £72.80 Springwells, £66.80 Killeonan, £66.80 Tarrasfoot; Blackface £64.80 Crindledykes, £62.80 Winterhopeburn & Cramlat, £61.80 Riskinhope; North Country Cheviot £74.80 Sebay, £69.80 Sibmister, £62.80 Earlside; Herdwicks £50 Shortrigg; Beltex £97.80 Harleyrigg, £89.80 Hightown, £79.80 Windyhill; Lleyn £66.80 Whitcastles, £65.80 Kersheugh; Romney Marsh £61.80 Swaites.

Lightweight lambs to £68.80 for Texels from Upper Dounreay, £67 Temon, £59.80 Hillfield; Rouge £54.20 Killinochnoch Cottage; Greyface £54.80 Arnicle and Cooperhouse; £43.80 Redgatehead; Blackface £56.80 Upperburnmouth, £55.80 Riskinhope, £55 Cooperhouse; North Country Cheviot £48.80 Upper Dounreay; Swaledale £42.80 High Dunashrey, £36.80 Bateyshield; Herdwicks £42, £40 Shortrigg. Beltex £60.80 Hilltop.

The 10,814 ewes and rams saw big heavy ewes and good selling ewes sharper on the week, with smaller and plainer ewes easier due to the sheer amount of weathered ewes forward.

Cast rams to £125 for Charollais from Thackwood, £108.50 Mosshead, £100 Thackwood; Suffolks £89.50 High Balcray, £86.50 Eastside, £85.50 Spittal; Texels £118 Cottage, £116.50 Brantwood, £113.50 Sibmister; Rouge £78.50 Harperhill; Leicester £86.50 Brantwood, £85.50 Eastside, £75.50 Softley; Blackface £75.50 Eastside, £69.50 Kilfillan, £68.50 Hott; North Country Cheviot £79.50 Seavers; Beltex £102.50 Sibmister, £89.50 Draperstown; Lleyn £69.50 Overwhitlaw; Zwartbles £69.50 Achaurole Mains; Romney Marsh £59.50 Copperthorns; Easycare £69.50 Eastside.

Heavy ewes to £106.50 for Texels from roadside, £102.50 Sibmister, £100.50 Mains of Machermore and Severs Road; Suffolk £95.50 Old Portgleone, £92.50 Roadside, £91.50 Severs Road; Charollais £92.50 Thackwood and Severs Road, £86.50 Severs Road, £85.50 Roadside; Halfbred £85.50 Cowcorse, £74.50 Broadhaugh; Greyface £80.50, £77.50 Maryfield, £76.50 Fallowfield; Cheviot Mule £77.50 Ardlamy, £76.50 Severs Road, £74.50 North House; Leicesters £86.50 Larel, £85.50 Roadside, £79.50 Old Police House aqnd Cowcorse; North Country Cheviot £88.50 Broomhillbank and Severs Road, £84.50 Sornfallow; Beltex £102.50, £86.50 Mains of Machermore, £82.50 Keld Farm; Zwartbles £56.60 Low Lonning; Oxford £78.50 Seavers Road; Romney Marsh £59.50 Higher Bughill.

Lightweight ewes to £82.50 for Cheviots from Westlinton, £74.50 Westgate, £68.50 Westlinton; Blackface £64.50 Old Police House, £63.50 Brownleazes.


LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 173 prime cattle including 41 cows and bulls, 3,071 prime lambs, 491 cast ewes, 971 store sheep and 111 store cattle.

Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso, sold to 397p per kg and £1,472. Continental cross heifers from Cairndinnis, Haddington, sold to 370p per kg. Heavy Continental cross steers from Easington Grange, Belford, peaked at 351p per kg and £1,449.98. Young bulls to £1,434 from Blackadder Mains, Duns. Cull cows continue to sell extremely well with more being offered. Top price Blackadder Mains, Duns, £1,374. Saler cross cows to £1,148 from Cliftoncote, Yetholm.

Lambs remained steady with some tremendous consignments on offer. Organics from Tullochallum, Keith, topped the section at 380p per kg with conventional Texel crosses from Scotstounbank, Peebles, selling to 375p per kg and £78.75. Suffolk’s from Sweethope Farm, Kirkwhelpington, also sold to 375p per kg. Other Continental crosses to 365p per kg Edlingham Demense, Alnwick, 360p per kg Carlopshill, Penicuik; Howden, Jedburgh; Redpath Farm, Duns; Shipley Lane, Alnwick and Threeburnford, Lauder.

Store lambs continue to move steadily with the majority heading South. Suffolk crosses to £55.50, Texel crosses to £54 and Hill Cheviots to £52. Running on mule ewe lambs to £90. Cull ewes were dearer with mules selling to £80.50 Duncrahill, Pencaitland.