AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 75 clean cattle, 104 OTM cattle, 3,436 new season lambs and 1,030 ewes.

Bullocks (46) averaged 204.1p per kg and sold to 236 (-4.4p on week), heifers (29) averaged 213.2p per kg and sold to 238 (+4.9p on week) and 104 beef type OTM cattle averaged 125.7p per kg and sold to 181 (+1.0p on the week).

The 3,436 new season lambs averaged 154.5p per kg and sold to £89.50 (-6.8p on week) and 1,030 ewes averaged £43.91 and sold to £91 for ewes and £113 for tups.

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1547.55, £1530, £1487.20; Humebyres £1444.55; Innerwick £1422, £1258.40; Kaeside £1283.52; Grahamslaw £1224; Brockhouse £1205.40; Birkenside £1164.50; Kirklands £1136; Wester Middleton £1139; Timpendean £1087.70.

Cows per kg: Kersknowe 1.81, 1.70, 1.69; Humebyres 1.73; Grahamslaw 1.70; Wester Middleton 1.70; Innerwick; Langlee Mains; Corsbie 1.55; Langtonlees 1.53; Kaeside 1.51, 1.49; Crookston 1.49; Brockhouse 1.47; Nether Fala 1.46; Old Jeddart 1.46.

Bulls: Phantassie £1334(1.15), £1251.05 (1.31); Muircleugh £1309.35 (1.29).

Prime and cast sheep, principal prices - Lambs per head: Bel;- £89.50, £88 Crookston, Tex.x;- £86.50 Crookston, £85 Greypeel, Suff.x;- £85, £81 The Lee, £79, £78 Huntington, Suff;- £76 Woodside, Char;- £71.50 Greenhead. R, GF;- £68.50 Hartside, £67.50 Burncastle, CM;- £67, £65 Woodside, Chev;- £66.50, £64.50 Whitchesters, Chev.x;- £63.50 Woodside, Ber;- £63 Borthwickshiels, BF;- £60 Harts1de.

Cast ewes: Suff.x;- £91, £85 Smailholm Mains, Tex;- £77 Sorrowlessfield Mains, £75 Eildon Mains, HB;- £67 Haltree, CM;- £67 Langtonlees, GF;- £63 Hillhouse, £61, £59 Thistle Doo, Lle;- £65 Dolphinston, Chev;- £59 Lylestane, BF;- £53 Outerston, £51 Carterhouse.

Rams: Tex;- £113 Greenend, £99 Tynehead.


LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 123 prime cattle including 64 cull cows, 2,291 prime lambs including 402 cast ewes, 671 store lambs and 171 store cattle.

Aberdeen Angus cross heifers from Eastfield of Lempitlaw sold to 380p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Howden Farm, Jedburgh, and Symington Mains, Stow, sold to 378p per kg. Dairy heifers from Kelloe Mains, Duns, sold to 340p per kg and £1,228 per head. Heavy Charolais crosses from Chesterhill, Belford, hit top price per head at £1,455. Cows continue to sell well selling to 290p per kg and £1,271 per head for a Charolais from Blackadder Mains, Duns.

Prime lambs were easier sold towards the end of the week with trade sharpening. Prices for organics from 360p per kg Charlton Mires, Beal, and Netherton Northside, Morpeth. Suffolk crosses to 365p per kg (£76.65) Redpath Farms, Duns. Texel and Cheviot crosses to 360p per kg South Riccalton, Jedburgh, and Tullochallum, Keith.

Store lambs look good value with Suffolk crosses to £57.50 and Cheviot crosses to £47. Spring born suckled calves to £700 and 230p per kg.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale, John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 902 lambs and 78 ewes.

With numbers still tight a slight jump in the lamb trade giving selling vendors returns above expectations. More could have been sold to an advantage but again fleshy lambs more sort after.

Leading prices per head:- Sfx:- £80 Whitsome West, £76 Brandon, £75 Whitsome West and Brandon, £74.50p Mindrum, £73 Shipley Lane (2), Biddlestone Home Farm, Treaty Park, Mindrum, Cockhall, Whitsome West, £72 Whitsome West, £71.50p Cockhall, £71 Biddlestone Home Farm and Ladykirk. Tex:- £77.50p Mindrum, £76.50p Ladykirk, £76 West Longridge and Burradon Mains, £74.50p Mindrum, Shipley Lane, Ladykirk, Yetlington Lane and Ladykirk,

£74 Ladykirk, Cockhall, Kettleburn, West Longridge, Biddlestone Home Farm, £73.50p West Longridge (2). Ven:- £73, £72 (2), £71 South Lyham. Cha:- £73 Lorbottle. Ham:- £70 (2) Kettleburn. H.B:- £72.50p Brandon.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex:- 177.9p, 176.2p Ladykirk, 176.2p Cockhall, 174.4p Yetlington lane, 13.3p Shipley Lane, 172.7p, 172.1p West Longridge, 172.1p Biddlestone Home Farm, 170.9p Shipley Lane, West Longridge, 170.2p Mowhaugh. Sfx:- 169.8p Shipley Lane, Biddlestone Home Farm, Cockhall, 165.9p Shipley Lane, 164.6p Cockhall, 160.2p Treaty Park. Char:- 169.8p Lorbottle. H.B:- 164.8p Brandon. Chv:- 165.9p Linbrig.

No change in ewe prices, numbers tight.

Ewes:- Sfx:- £74 Ladykirk. Tex:- £74 Cockhall, £60 Ladykirk and Cockhall. BF:- £34 Black Mountain, £32 Shawdon Woodhouse. Chv:- £61, £56 Linbrig. Mule:- £48 Ladykirk.

Rams:- Tex:- £70 Shawdon Woodhouse. Rye:- £57 Islay Hill.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 50 prime cattle, five young bulls, 60 over 30 month cattle, 4,974 prime lambs and 7,595 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A larger show of cattle with a much better offering of quality. Trade exceeded previous weeks helped by a larger ringside of buyers. The sale was topped at 228.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by Messrs R Neill, Upper Tinwald, others to 224.5p from W and W Faulder, Houghton House both heifers being purchased by Mr John Little. Limousin bullocks to 222.5p from PJ Armstrong, High Moat and purchased by MJ Wharton, Wholesale Butcher, Wigton.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, Limousin 222.5p, 216.5p, 205.5p High Moat, 204.5p Swaites. Bazadaire 208.5p Swaites. Heifers, Limousin 228.5p Upper Tinwald, 224.5p Houghton House, 217.5p, 215.5p Brydekirk Mains, 213.5p Brydekirk Mains and Smallholms, 211.5p Houghton House, 210.5p, 207.5p, 203.5p Brydekirk Mains. British Blue 215.5p Upper Tinwald. Bazadaire 218.5p Swaites. Charolais 215.5p Upper Tinwald.

Priuncipal prices per heade: Bullocks, Limousin £1417 High Moat, £1361 Nether Onsett, £1342 High Moat. Charolais £1465 Nether Onsett. Heifers,

Limousin £1291 Upper Tinwald, £1201 Houghton House, £1196 Brydekirk Mains, £1142 Smallholms and Brydekirk Mains, £1120 Houghton House and Brydekirk Mains, £1118 Sandbed, £1105 Brydekirk Mains. British Blue £1206 Upper Tinald. Bazadaire £1103 Swaites. Charolais £1314 Upper Tinwald.

The best quality prime bulls sold well, topping at 223.5p for a Limousin from J and P Routledge, Netherton.

Principalo prices per kilo: Limousin 223.5p, 197.5p Netherton. British Blue 212.5p Netherton.

Principal prices per head Limousin £1397 Netherton. British Blue £1455 Netherton.

More cast cows were on offer with a large portion of weathered cows forward which saw trade similar to late rates. Top price was 173.5p for a Limousin from GT Bewley, Southdene.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin 173.5p, 139.5p, 133.5p South Dene, 133.5p, 130.5p, 127.5p, 124.5p, 121.5p Greystoke Castle. Charolais 132.5p Shankbridge End. British Blue 133.5p Home Farm, 129.5p South Dene. Aberdeen Angus 140.5p Minsca. Galloway 133.5p Park Nook, 112.5p Byers Hall. Shorthorn 164.5p ,134.5p Minsca. Luing 124.5p Geltsdale.

OTM bull, Limousin 129.5p Rinnion Hills.

Principal prices per head: Limousin £835, £828 Greystoke. Charolais £887 Shankbridge End. British Blue £1041 Home Farm. Shorthorn £981 Minsca. Aberdeen Angus £1025 Minsca. Limousin bull £1275 Rinnion Hills.

There was a large show forward of 4,974 lambs to a busy ring of buyers and with the quality of lambs on offer far better than seen in previous months, this due to increased buyer demand for best quality export lambs. The sale average was a very respectable 163p and more good lambs could have been sold to advantage.

The sale was topped at 238p per kilo for Beltex from AF Young and Co., Bankhead and to £100 per head for Texels from JA Park and Co., Drinkstone.

Another fine show of 7,595 were forward to a full ring of buyers although demand was steady owing to the backlog after weeks of huge numbers and resulting in trade being easier on the week.

Plainer ewes beginning to dry up and numbers likely to slow up in coming weeks. The sale topped at 118.50 for Texel rams from Four O Boot and Backlane.