AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 74 clean cattle, 67 OTM cattle, 2,509 new season lambs and 556 ewes.

Bullocks (37) averaged 211.1p per kg and sold to 235p (+4.7p on week) while heifers (33) averaged 209.3p per kg and sold to 241p (-3.1p on week). Four young bulls averaged 185p per kg and sold to 206p (n/c on week) and 67 beef type OTM cattle averaged 137.6p per kg and sold to 180p (+1.4p on the week).

The 2,509 new season lambs averaged 160.2p per kg and sold to 200p/£89 (+2.1p on week) while 556 ewes averaged £48.19 and sold to £107 for ewes and £107 for tups.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.41,2.39 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.31 M/s TA Shaw, 2.28 M/s J Penny and Sons; Humbie Mill 2.35 M/s J Saunderson Ltd, 2.32 Alex Smith Butcher, 2.29 Gosford Bothy Shop; Upper Nisbet 2.33 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.31 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.30 Ramsay Family Butcher; Gospelhall 2.33 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.27 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Saughland 2.31 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.25 M/s TA Shaw, 2.25 Colin Peat.

Principal prices per head: South Ditchburn £1510, £1411.85; Bee Edge £1458.05; Broadmeadows £1421.40; Upper Nisbet £1419, £1398; Lennoxlove £1401.60.

Cows per head: Deanfoot £1487.30, £1235.80, £1135.20; Ramrig £1341; Wester Middleton £1324.40; Broadmeadows £1307.20. Haltree £1201.20, £1162.80, £1146.60, £1080.40; Cockhall £1175.30; Woodhouse £1117.20; Milrighall £1093.95; East Loanhead £1080.75.

Cows per kg: Ramrig 1.80, 1.53; Over Roxburgh £1.75; Burnhouse Mains 1.74; Wester Middleton 1.72; Crosslee 1.72; Haltree 1.71, 1.54; East Loanend 1.67, 1.65; Deanfoot 1.67; Greenknowe 1.63; Woodhouse 1.58; Ford Westford 1.55; Milrighall 1.53; Fowberry Moor 1.53.

Bulls: Fowberry Moor £1236.90 (1.33); Outer Huntly £1144 (1.10).

Principal prices, lambs per head: Tex.x;- £89 Lower Ashtrees, £86 The Lee and Craighouse, Bel;- £87 Wester Ulston, £86 Hartside, Suff.x;- £81.50, £80 Huntington, £79 Faughhill, Chev;- £74, £70.50 Philiphaugh, £70 Gilston, GF;- £72 Hartside, £70 Burncastle, Char;- £71 Woodhouse. J, BFL;- £71 Philiphaugh, CM;- £69.50 Gilston, BF;- £68 Hartside and Tinnis.

Principal prices, lambs per kg: Bel;- 200 Hartside, 193.3 Wester Ulston, Tex.x;- 197.6 Redheugh, 195.4 Craighouse, 194.9 Howden, Chev;- 176.2, 175.6 Philiphaugh, Suff.x;- 170 Dere Street and Bedrule, 168.8 Kittyfield.

Cast ewes Tex;- £107 Headshaw.L and Legars, £83 Ednam West Mains, HB;- £91,£89 Smailholm Mains, Suff.x;- £89 Headshaw.L and Smailholm Mains, £87 Avielochan, Chev;- £85 Philiphaugh, £81 Headshaw.L, BFL;- £85 Philiphaugh, GF;- £69 Headshaw.L and North Synton, £67 Corsbie and Smailholm Mains, LLY- £67 Over Whitlaw, ML;- £59 Whitmuir, BF;- £53 Borthwickshiels.

Rams: Tex;- £107 Greenend, £101 West Moneylaws, Chev;- £103 Philiphaugh, £101 Haltree, Suff;- £97 Haltree, BFL;- £95 Philiphaugh, BL;- £95 Haltree.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,208 lambs and 205 ewes.

Lamb numbers similar, slightly less weight about resulting in greater returns and recording a healthier average, all classes in keener demand on the week.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.:- £78 South Charlton, £76.50 East Fleetham, £76, £75 Ladykirk, £75 Yetlington Lane, £74.50 Fawdon Farms and Cockhall, £74 Shotton, Burradon Mains, Ladykirk, West Longridge and Kettleburn, £73.50 Burradon Mains, £73 Lemmington Hill Head and Roddam. BFL:- £77.50 Clennell. Bel:- £77.50, £73 Chillingham Home Farm. Suff.x:- £74.50 Marigold Farming Co, £73.50 Chesterhill, £73 Fawdon Farms, £71.50 Cockhall, £71 Chesterhill, £70 Lilburn Estates and Lemmington Hill Head. Ven:- £72.50, £71.50 South Lyham. C.M:- £68 Bewick Folly, £67.50 South Charlton. Hamp:- £67 Kettleburn.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 183.3p Chillingham Home Farm. Tex.x:- £173.8p Ladykirk, 172.6p Bewick Folly, 172p Yetlington Lane, 169.7p Todrig, 169.5p Roddam, 168.3p Lilburn Estates, 167.1p Cockhall, 166.7p Burradon Mains, 166.3p Roddam, 165.9p Lemmington Hill Head, 165p Shipley Lane. Chev:- 165.9p South Charlton. Suff.x:- 163.1p Lilburn Estates, 162.8p Lemmington Hill Head, 161.3p Biddlestone Home Farm, 160.5p East Fleetham. C.M:- 158.1p Bewick Folly.

Ewes all classes sharper.

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £84 Elwick, £73 Milfield Demesne, £71.50 (2) Cold Martin. Suff.x:- £82.50 Lorbottle, £79 Chillingham Home Farm, £73 Lorbottle, £72.50 West Longridge. HB:- £68.50 Marigold Farming Co. Mule:- £64 Shotton, £60 Shipley Lane. BF:- £50 Fawdon Farms. Chev:- £69.50 Ladykirk.

Rams:- Suff:- £80 Mowhaugh. BF:- £80 Clennell. Bel:- £79 Alnham. Chev:- £74 Mowhaugh.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 48 prime cattle, 40 over 30 month cattle, 5,244 prime lambs and 6,479 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Some better quality prime cattle on offer met a keen demand and the sale was topped at 231.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by R. Neill, Upper Tinwald, others sold to 222.5p, 219.5p also from Messrs Neill with all three being purchased buy Mr J. Little.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks, Limousin 216.5p Houghton House, 211.5p Becton Hall, 204.5p Newtown, 203.5p Houghton House. Bazadaise 210.5p Swaites.

British Blue 193.5p Sandbed. Heifers, Limousin 231.5p, 222.5p, 219.5p Upper Tinwald, 216.5p Swaites, 215.5p Hallburn, 204.5p High Stenries, 203.5p Smallholms. Charolais 213.5p, 210.5p High Stenries, 206.5p Sceughdyke, 204.5p Hallburn, 203.5p Tone Hall, 200.5p High Stenries, 199.5p Hallburn, 194.5p Tone Hall.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks, British Blue £1,480 Sandbed. Simmental £1,383 Sceughdyke. Limousin £1,387 Sandbed, £1,311 Becton Hall. Heifers, Charolais £1,259 Sceughdyke, £1,167 Hallburn, £1,149 Tone Hall, £1,102 High Stenries. Limousin £1,226 Upper Tinwald, £1,217 Hallburn, £1,212, £1,185 Upper Tinwald, £1,151 Hallburn, £1,124 High Stenries. British Blue £1,165 Becton Hall.

A plainer show of cast cows forward saw a plainer cows sharper and the sale was topped at 186.5p for a Limousin from Messrs Rome, Shawhead.

PrincipaL prices per kilo: Limousin 186.5p Shawhead, 174.5p South Dene, 161.5p Shawhead, 145.5p Meinbank, 137.5p Leahill, 130.5p Slealands, 128.5p Englishtown, 124.5p, 122.5p Henrys Hill. Simmental 173.5p Butterdales. Charolais 125.5p Catslackburn. Shorthorn 116.5p Boghall. Galloway 107.5p High House.

Principal mprices per head: Simmental £1,075 Butterdales. Limousin £1,029 South Dene, £983 Lea Hill, £950 Englishtown, £946 Slealands, £932 Shawhead, £923 Meinbank, £912 Shawhead, £854 Englishtown, £846 Henrys Hill.

Another large show of 5,244 lambs was forward to a busy ring of buyers. The sale average was 151.4p, which fell from a 157p average in the first three hours when the lambs were sold bone dry. More export lambs required to fulfil orders. The sale was topped at 203p per kilo for Beltex from Haithwaite and to £90.80 per head for Texels from Westside, £89.80 Kirkton; Suffolk £87.80 South Farden, £83.80 Howthat; Greyface £83.80 Kilnford Croft, £68.80 Albierigg; Charollais £76.80 Streethead, £71.80 Newtown; Half Bred £75.80 Dodgsonstown, £69.80 High Moat; Blackface £66.50 South Farden, £59.80 Winterhopeburn; Leicester £63.80 Old Police House, £60 Woodhouse; Hill Cheviot £63.80 Roughet Hill, £62.80 Parkhill; Cheviot Mule £59.80 North House, £55 Parkhill.

The 665 lightweight lambs to £67 for Beltex from Haithwaite, £62.20 Byers Farm; Texel £58.80 Ryehills, £57.80 Wallend; Suffolk £57.80 Byers Farm; Greyface £50 Low Closegill; Hill Cheviot £48.80 Glendearg, £45 Bloch Farm; Blackface £46.80 Smyllum, £45.80 Chaplehope; Swaledale £42.80 Redburn, £40 Sheepriggs.

Another fine show of 6,479 cast ewes and rams were forward to a full ring of buyers, demand was stronger for the biggest heavy ewes and ewes well fleshed as these remain short of requirements.

Large numbers of plainer ewes and ewes having lost condition still forward and showing no signs of rising.

Heavy ewes to £126.50 for Texels from Kirkton, £118.50 Winterhope, £117.50 Redhouse; Charollais £103.50 Muirhead, £99.50 Hollands; Suffolk £100.50 Muirhead, £90.50 Redhouse, £89.50 Wallend and Thorns; North Country Cheviot £90.50 Redhouse, £80.50 Dodgsonstown; Beltex £90.50 Mossband House; Leicester £86.50 Alton, £82.50 Whitton, £80.50 Kellah; Cheviot Mule £85.50 Guardsmill, £73.50 Whitton; Greyface £74.50 Harelawhill, £72.50 High Wood, £70.50 Greyside and Todburn.

Hill ewes to £69.50 for Cheviots from Muirhead, £66.50 Priesthaugh, £65.50 Glendearg; Blackface £58.50, £54.50 Kellah, £47.50 Horseholme; Lleyn £51.50, £44.50 Gatehouse Cote; Easycare £49.50 Dams of Craig; Swaledale £44.50 Whitton, £38.50 Stackbraes, £35.50 Low Leam; Shetland £35.50 Hillcrest, £29.50 Nether Brotherstone; Gritstone £31.50 Stackbraes; Herdwick £29.50 Mossband House.

Rams to £126.50 for Texel from Catslackburn, £100 Todburn and Hott Farm; Suffolk £110.50 Maryhill, £90 Priesthaugh; Leicester £100 Hightown, £88.50 Brownleazes; Hill Cheviot £82.50 Priesthaugh, £49.50 Graystale; North Country Cheviot £80.50 Whitton, £76.50 Durran Mains; Blackface £69.50 Ballimachiller, £68.50 Newbigging; Dorset £66.50 Ballimachiller; Swaledale £62.50 Gall Farm, £47.50 Burn House; Zwartbles £62.50 Thorns.

Goats to £80.50 Draperstown.