AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,228 lambs and 223 ewes.

Lambs forward in larger numbers, many heavyweights on offer and all classes again sought after with caution.

Leading prices per head:- Bel:- £78.50 Clarabad Mill. Tex.x:- £74.50 Elilaw, £73.50 Lilburn Estates, £73 Broadmeadows, £72.50 Wandon, £71.50 Fawdon Farms and Kettleburn, £70.50 Mindrum Farming Co, £70 Butterknowes, South Bellshill (2) and Lilburn Estates. Suff.x:- £74 Chesterhill, £72 Elilaw (2), Wandon and Fawdon Farms, £71 Castlelaw. Char:- £68 Wandon. Hamp:- £68 Kettleburn. C.M:- £68 South Charlton. Mule:- £66.50 Fawdon Farms. Suff:- £66 Lilburn Estates. Ven:- £66 South Lyham. Chev:- £66 Linbrig.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 178.1p Broadmeadows, 171.1p, 170.9p Lilburn Estates, 162.5p Old Cambus, 161.5p Shipley Smallburns, 161.3p Old Campus and Linhope Estates (Roddam), 160.7p Linhope Estates (Roddam), 160p Linbrig and Biddlestone Home Farm. Bel:- 167.5p Hillcrest. Suff:- 157.1p Great Ryle, 154.9p Biddlestone Home Farm, 153.5p Linhope Estates (Roddam), 153.5p Lilburn Estates. C.M:- 154.6p South Charlton.

Ewes a mixed show, all classes again difficult to cash.

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £85 Shipley Smallburn. BFL:- £75 Fawdon Farms. Suff:- £70 Fowberry Moor. Mule:- £60 Chesterhill. Chev:- £58 Linbrig.


AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 87 clean cattle, 117 OTM cattle, 2,170 new season lambs and 479 ewes.

Bullocks (52) averaged 206.4p per kg and sold to 242p (+2.3p on week), heifers (34) averaged 212.4p per kg and sold to 235p (-0.8p on week), one young bull averaged 187p per kg and sold to 187p (n/c on week) and 117 beef type OTM cattle averaged 136.2p per kg and sold to 190p (+4.9p on the week).

The 2,170 new season lambs averaged 158.1p per kg £67.24 and sold to 207p, £89 (+3.6p on week) and 479 ewes averaged £42.13 and sold to £87 (Suff.x).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.42 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.32 Robert Wilson Butcher, 2.27 M/s TA Shaw; Sourhope 2.35 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.27 M/s TA Shaw, 2.24 Gosford Bothy Shop; Greenknowe 2.32 Colin Peat, 2.25 Gosford Bothy Shop; Redden 2.30 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Lennoxlove 2.28 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Cranshaws 2.27 M/s TA Shaw; Mosstower 2.25 Charles Wilson Butcher; Snawdon 2.25 Charles Wilson Butchers; North Synton 2.25 M/s TA Shaw; Upper Nisbet 2.24 M/s JA Waters and Sons; Wester Middleton 2.21 M/s Moor.

Principal prices per head: Bee Edge £1452; Butchercote £1439.90; Woodhead. A £1415.70; Upper Nisbet £1411.20; Lennoxlove £1402.20; North Synton £1394.25.

Cows per head: Humebyres £1503.60, £1358.50; Kersknowe £1494, £1283.25, £1208.70; Northhouse £1476; Longniddry £1339.20, £1248, £1205.20, £1198.50; Thirlestane £1320; Huntlaw £1295.60; Brockley Hall £1201.05; Inchkeith £1199.45; South Falaknowe £1170; Corsbie £1168.

Cows per kg: Humebyres 1.90, 1.79, 1.64; Longniddry 1.86, 1.84, 1.68, 1.70; Kersknowe 1.80

1.77; Roxburgh Mains 1.74; Wester Middleton 1.70; Tandlaw 1.69, 1.66; Thirlestane 1.65; Northhouse 1.64; Huntlaw 1.64.

Bulls: Woodhead. A £1478.70 (1.59); Ormiston £1308 (1.20); Ellemford Farms £1242 (1.35); Inchkeith £1217.20 (1.36); Priesthaugh £1184.40 (1.26);

Principal prices - lambs per head: Bel;- £89 Brotherstone, £87 Crookston and Sydenham, Tex;- £87 Crookston, £85.50 Howden, £82 St Leonards and Lower Ashtrees, Suff.x;- £78 Brotherstone, £76 Faughhill, £75.50 Brotherstone and Torsonce, Char;- £73 Woodhouse, Chev;- £70 Stagehall, £69, £68.50 Shaws, GF;- £68,£65 Burncastle, £64.50 Renniston Edge, BF;- £60 Henderland, £58 Larriston.

Principal prices, lambs per kg: Bel;- 207, 206.6, 201.2 Brotherstone, Tex;- 195 Corsbie, 192.5 Howden, 191.7 Faughhill, Suff.x;- 178.4 Helmburn, 168.6 Brotherstone, Char;- 168.8 Woodhouse, Chev;- 161 Stagehall, 159.3 Shaws, GF;- 154.9 Lauderhill, 154.6 Burncastle, 154 Saughtree.

Cast ewes and rams: Suff.x;- £87,£77 Mayfield, £71 Greenend, Tex;- £85 Mayfield, £73 Bonjedward Mill and Faughhill, HB;- £79 Bonjedward Mill, £69 West Moneylaws, GF;- £65 Whitehouse. A, £63 Greenend, Lighthouse (Orkney) and Inchkeith, Chev;- £59 Buchtrig, £49 Faughhill, BF;- £45 Leithenhope, £43 Elmscleugh.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 48 prime cattle, 10 young bulls, 48 over 30 month cattle, 5,596 prime lambs and 7,437 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A smaller, plainer show of prime cattle on offer but trade maintained last weeks good rates. More numbers are needed to satisfy a busy ringside of buyers. Top of 226.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by W. and W. Faulder, Houghton House. British Blue bullocks sold to 213.5p (700 kilos) from T. Armstrong and Sons, Sceughdyke.

Young bulls were a better show for quality.

A similar number of cast cows were forward with a large portion of them being feeders once again.

Top price of 207.5p for a Limousin from Messrs West, New Holme Farm, Charolais to 192.5p from the same home.

A larger show of 5,596 lambs was forward to a busy ring of buyers.

The sale average was 150p, 5p to 8p in front of most others centres this week. Best export lambs continue to sell well and short of buyers requirements.

The 982 lightweight lambs to £56.80 for Beltex from Maidencoates; Texel £55.20 Langholm Farm, £53.80 Castlemilk; Greyface £51.80 Ardlamy; Blackface £49.80 Brennanlea, £48.80 Balliemeanoch; Hill Cheviot £48 High Chesters, £46.80 Crossibeg; Cheviot Mule £46.80 Parkhill.

Another fine show of 7,437 were forward to a full ring of buyers although demand was steady but the quality of ewes was not as strong as last week. Plainer ewes beginning to dry up and numbers likely to slow up in coming weeks.


LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 132 prime cattle including 61 cows, 2,047 prime lambs including 411 ewes, 119 store cattle and 485 store lambs.

A tremendous consignment of heavyweight organic steers from Tullochallum, Keith, broke the current top price record with a 29 month old Charolais cross selling to £1,804. Conventional cattle sold to £1,602 for a Stabiliser cross steer from Easington Grange, Belford.

Young bulls from Bowsden Moor, Berwick, reached £1,624 for a 14 month old home bred Belgian Blue. Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Tughall Grange, Chathill, sold to 378p per kg and £1,587 per head.

Home bred Aberdeen Angus cross heifers from Whitmuirhaugh, Kelso, sold to 385p per kg.

Lambs were similar to the previous week with best quality Continental crosses selling to £77.70 from Syminton Mains, Stow, and Bowerhouse, Lauder. Organic lambs sold to £77 from Middle Moor, Alnwick. Cheviot crosses to £75.60 from Stagehall, Stow. Suffolk crosses also to £75.60 from Venchen, Yetholm, and Goswick Farm, Beal. Texel crosses to £75.60 from Roddam, Wooler.