AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 85 clean cattle, 38 OTM cattle, 2,221 old season lambs and 320 ewes.

Bullocks (26) averaged 212.3p per kg and sold to 231p (-0.7p on week), heifers (56) averaged 215.2p per kg and sold to 240p (+2.8p on week), three young bulls averaged 197.6p per kg and sold to 215p (n/c on week) and 38 beef type OTM cattle averaged 138.1p per kg and sold to 185p (+3.1p on the week).

The 2,221 old season lambs averaged 157.3p per kg and sold to £76 (+14p on week) including 1,126 hoggs 37-41kg hoggs averaging 164.6p pkg and 320 ewes averaged £45.66 and sold to £91(-£4.69 on week).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.40, 2.37 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.31 (2) M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.28, 2.25 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Shidlaw 2.34 M/s J Penny and Sons; Humbie Mill 2.31 Scottish Borders Abattoir, 2.30, 2.28 (2) Malone of Edinburgh and Gosford Bothy Shop; Upper Hundalee 2.31 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Herdmanston Mains 2.31 Malone of Edinburgh; Longnewton 2.29 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Nisbet 2.29 M/s R Pringle; Gospelhall 2.25 M/s TA Shaw.

Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1533, £1410.50; Bee Edge £1443.75, £1379.40, £1371.45; Saltoun Home Farm £1389.85.

Cows per head: Humebyres £1535.50, £1352, £1287.90; Phantassie £1345.20, £1185.05; Upper Samieston £1176.40, £1014.30, £984.90; Roxburgh Mains £1133.15; Wester Middleton £1110.90; Trows £1041.40; Earlston Mains Farm Trust £986; Grahamslaw £958.85.

Cows per kg: Humebyres 1.85, 1.69, 1.59; Phantassie 1.85, 1.77; Upper Samieston 1.73, 1.61, 1.47, 1.41; Roxburgh Mains 1.73; Wester Middleton 1.61, 1.49; Grahamslaw 1.51, 1.41; Earlston Mains Farm Trust 1.45; Broomiebank 1.41.

Bulls: Phantassie £1684.95 (114p), £1609.50 (185p), £1436.40 (133p).

Principal prices hoggs per head: Tex.x;- £76 Mardon, £75 Crookston and Mardon, Bel;- £76 Wester Ulston, £74 Crookston, Suff.x;- £75 St Leonards, £74 Bonjedward Mill and St Leonards, Chev;- £67.50 Longnewton Forest, £66 Thorlieshope, Saughtree and Scottish Procurement Services, GF;- £66.50 Threepwood, £65 Burnhouse Mains, CM;- £64.50 Gospelhall, £64 Wester Ulston, HB;- £63 Marvingston, BF;- £53.50 Woodheads. L.

Principal prices hoggs per kg: Bel;- £184.6 Bedrule, 183.8 Wester Ulston and Sydenham, Tex.x;- 183.8 Nisbet, 183.3 Whitriggs, 182.9 Howden. S, Chev;- 172.4, 170.3, 168 The Shaws, Newcastleton, Suff.x;- 169.2 Blegbie, 165.4 Craigsford Mains, CM;- 160 Wester Ulston, Chev.x;- 159.5 Larriston.

Cast ewes: Tex;- £91 Legars, £81 Burnhouse Mains, HB;- £79,£73 Smailholm Mains, £73 Haltree, High;- £67 Carterhaugh, Suff.x;- £65 Smailholm Mains, £63 Mossilee, CM;- £63 Legars, BFL;- £63 Hutlerburn, GF;- £55 Baillieknowe, £53 Blackburn, Carterhaugh, Baillieknowe and Burnhouse Mains, BF;- £53 Burnhouse Mains, Chev;- £51 Faughhill.

Rams: BFL;- £83 Haltree, Tex;- £73 Legars, Chev;- £73 Brockhouse.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,263 hoggs and 401 ewes.

Adverse weather conditions curtailed numbers slightly but selling vendors receiving returns above expectations. All classes dearer.

Leading prices per head:- Suff:- £74.50p, £72 Lilburn Estates. Tex.x:- £72 Linhope Farming (Roddam), £70.50p Yetlington Lane, £70 Linhope Farming (Roddam), £68 Black Heddon (2), Ladykirk, Butterknowes and Mindrum Farming Co (2), £67.50p Old Cambus (2), Crookham Dairy and Ladykirk (2), £67 Old Cambus, £66.50p Linhope Farming (Roddam). Bel:- £67.50p Ladykirk (2). Chev:- £67.50p

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 184.6p Linhope Farming (Roddam), 197p Black Heddon, 172p Yetlington Lane, 170.3p Akeld Steads, 170p Butterknowes, 167.6p Akeld Steads and Butterknowes, 166.7p Linhope Farming (Roddam) (2) and Lorbottle, 165.9p Ladykirk and Mindrum Farming Co. Bel:- 177.6p Ladykirk. Chev:- 169.2p. Suff.x:- 161.5p Akeld Steads.

Ewe numbers similar, trade remaining firm.

Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £85 Great Ryle, £84 Hendersyde and Brackenside. £83 Brandon, £82.50p Brackenside. Tex.x:- £82.50p, £79, £78 Black Heddon. HB:- £72 Brandon. Mule:- £60.50p Black Heddon, £60 West Ord. Chev:- £62.50p Biddlestone Home Farm.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 37 prime cattle, three young bulls, 38 over 30 month cattle, 6,676 prime hoggs and 6,799 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A small show of prime cattle and a shortage of quality on offer which reflected in the trade, more numbers required. The sale was topped at 218.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by Messrs R. Neill, Upper Tinwald, with Charolais heifers selling to 217.5p from J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn. Limousin bullocks sold to 215.5p from J.C. and D. Nicholson and Son, The Gill.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks - Limousin 215.5p The Gill, 211.5p Hallburn, 210.5p Swaites, 205.5p The Gill, 199.5p Bleatarn, 198.5p Stonehouse. Charolais 208.5p Stonehouse. British Blue 197.5p Nether Onsett. Heifers - Limousin 218.5p, 216.5p Upper Tinwald, 214.5p Hallburn, 211.5p, 209.5p Upper Tinwald, 206.5p Houghton House, 200.5p Roe Farm. Charolais 217.5p, 214.5p, 209.5p, 205.5p Hallburn, 204.5p Sceughdyke. British Blue 207.5p Houghton House.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks - Charolais £1,563 Stonehouse. Limousin £1,486 The Gill. British Blue £1,461 Nether Onsett. Heifers - Limousin £1,300, £1,246 Upper Tinwald, £1,245, £1,244 Upper Tinwald, £1,169 Hallburn. Charolais £1,260 Sceughdyke, £1,186 Sceughdyke, £1,141 Hallburn.

A small show of prime bulls sold to a top of 193.5p for British Blue from Becton Hall.

Principal prices per kilo: British Blue 193.5p Becton Hall. Friesian 179.5p Becton Hall.

A smaller show of cast cows on offer sold to a top of 198.5p for a Limousin shown by T. Armstrong an Sons, Sceughdyke. Limousin bulls sold to 187.5p from Messrs Ritson, Swaites.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin 198.5p Sceughdyke, 181.5p Stonehouse, 150.5p Nunscleugh, 147.5p Harelawhill, 145.5p Gallowberry, 136.5p Netherton, 129.5p Harelawhill. British Blue 165.5p Gallowberry, 123.5p Netherton. Blonde d’Aquitaine 157.5p Nunscleugh. Black and White 149.5p Becton Hall, 121.5p, 118.5p Peterscrook. Angus 143.5p Toftholm. Limousin bull 187.5p Swaites.

Principal prices per head: Limousin bull £1,500 Swaites. Limousin £1,270 Stonehouse, £1,002 Sceughdyke, £1,187 Harelawhill, £996 Netherton, £974 Gallowberry, £880 Nunscleugh. Black and White £1,166, £850, £835 Peterscrook. Blonde d’Aquitaine £1,110 Nunscleugh. British Blue £993 Gallowberry, £913, £828 Netherton. Angus £825 Toftholm.

Another large show of 6,679 prime hoggs were forward and averaged 155p per kilo. One of the best shows of hoggs seen in this centre was forward with trade for best quality export weight hoggs being outstanding regularly selling between 200-250p/kg. Top was £101.50 from C Hebson, Chapel Farm and 255p per kilo for 38kg Beltex lambs from W. McGill, Carsloe, Ayrshire, with lighter weights and plainer hoggs still hard to cash, so diluting the average.

Prices per head: Texels: £101.50 Chapel Farm, £99.80 Backlane, £99.50 Commonside; Suffolk £80 Tone Hall, £79.20 Roanstree, £77.80 Backlane; Cheviot £68.80, £67.80 Potholm, £67.80 Kelsocleugh, £65.80 Commonside; Charollais £90.80 Backlane, £77.80 Roanstree, £70.80 Nook House; Greyface £78.80 Nilston Rigg, £67.80 Haining House, £64.80 Pole Farm; Cheviot Mule £51.80 Granton; Leicester £73.80 Arnicle, £70 Boreland; Blackface £65.80 Silloans, £59.80 Catslackburn, £58.80 Boreland; North Country Cheviot £70 Kelsocleugh, £66.80 Backgate, £65 Biggin; Swaledale £50 Newbiggin; Jacob £44.80 Skirling; Beltex £99.50 Isle of Dalton, £96.80 Carsloe, £88.80 Oakwood; Llyn £59 Broomhillbank, £58 Woodside, £57.80 South Bowerhouses; Kendal Roughs £53.80, £50.80 Low Northsceugh; Zwartbles £55 Vallance Rigg; Soya £41.80 Dawyck; Kerry £53 Low Northsceugh.

Lightweight lambs to £88.80 for Beltex from Willimoteswick, £84.80 Mossband House; Suffolks £53.80 Cardew Hall and Netherton; Cheviot £59.80 Skelfhill, £49.80 Commonside, £48 Dinley; Texel £68.80 Cumcrook, £65 Blackhamilton, £64.80 High Stenries; Charollais £48.80 Dalbhraddan; Greyface £50.80 Dalbhraddan, £43 Walton Park; Blackface £47.80 Hayclose, £46.80 Arnicle, £45.80 Silloans and Clonrae; Swaledale £46.80 Hayclose, £35 Westernhopeburn and Sunday Sight; Herdwick £46.80 Longrow; Llyn £38 Firth Farm.

Price [per kilo: Beltex: 255p Carsloe, 254p Willimoteswick, 249p Mossband House, 247p Oakwood, 229p, 215p Mains Farm, 215p Gallowberry, 213p Byers Farm; Texel 243p, 242p, 236p Chapel Farm, 230p Backlane, 228.8p High Greenhill, 223p Willimoteswick, 221p, 219p, 217p Backlane, 217p Blackhamilton 215p Gallowberry, 212p, 211p Backlane, 210p Low Lonning, 207p Backlane, 205p Guards Mill and Kimmeter Green, 202p Allerby Hall; North Country Cheviot 163p Backlane,152p Broomhillbank; Greyface 164p Nilston Rigg, 161p Haining House, 156p Dalbhraddan, 151p Pole, 147p Achadunan, 145p Dalbhraddan, 144p Ryehills; Blackface 151p Fenwick, 143p Lanehead, Silloans and Clonrae, 142p Craigburn, 141p Hayclose, Winterburnhope and Craigburn, 139p Westloch, Dalbhraddan, Boreland and Roughet Hill; Suffolk x 174p, 173p Backgate, 166p Guards Mill, 164p High Cattadale 159p Mossband House, 157p Bloch, 156p Upper Mains, 155p Broughton Mains, Druchtag, Low Dunashery and Chapel Farm, 153p Kirkhouse and Tone Hall; Cheviot 174p Kelsocleugh, 171p Skelfhill and Broughton Mains 170p Kelsocleugh, 165p Commonside and Kelsocleugh

A large show of 6,799 ewes were forward with only the very best Texels and Continental ewes good to sell, with little demand from the Muslim Community. £5-£6 per head back for all other ewes, plain ewes very hard to cash. The sale topped at £134.50 for Texels from South Mains, £130.50 West Morralee, 124.5p Home Farm and West Morralee; Suffolks £106.5 West Morralee, £92.50 Gospel Hall, £91.50 Severs, £90.50 Roadside; Charollais £108.50 Severs, £96.50 South Mains, £94.50 Severs and Drapers; Halfbred £71.50 Brantwood; Greyface £69.50 Knocknain, £60.50 Gatewest, £58.50 Baron Road; Cheviot Mule £63.50 Isle of Dalton, £59.50 Winterhope, £55.50 Allfornaught; Leicester £71.50, £70 Brantwood, £66.50 Cowcorse; North Country Cheviot £72.50 Ach, £65.50 Whinneyknowe, £60.50 Whitton; Beltex £106.50 Roadside, £78.50 Brantwood, £69.50 Cowcorse; Leicester £74.50 Glenhowl, £66.50 Snowsgreen, £65 Severs; Zwartbles £59.50 Eastgate and Borderview; Dorset £60 Braeedge; Romney Marsh £48.50 Borderview.

Light ewes to £64.50 for Llyns from Aldery, £59.50 Gatewest, £56.50 Lustruther; Cheviot £59.50 Allfornaught, £52.50 Cowcorse, £51.50 West Clyth; Blackface £45.50 Crowhall, £44.50 Allfornaught, £42.50 Easton; Swaledale £29.50 Round Meadows, Whitton and Bailey Mill; Herdwicks £24.50 Auchentaggart; Shetland £44.50 West Clyth; Clun £58.50 Cambwell; Kerry Hill £47 Whitcastle.

Rams to £115.50 for Texels from Severs, £112.50 Bordergate, £110.50 Drapers; Charollais £114.50 Drapers, £87.50 Severs; Leicester £72.50 Eastgate, £70 Falnash, £67.50 Easter Dawyck and Broughton Mains £60 Tone Hall and Roadside; Blackface £59.50 Snowsgreen and Shield Green, £58 Eastgate, £57.50 Eastgate; North Country Cheviot £67.50 Whitcastle, £60.50 Whitton, £58.50 Kelsocleugh; Swaledale £29.50 Newbiggin; Beltex £89.50 Eastgate, £80, £72.50 Broughton Mains; Suffolk £101, £92.50 Conside, £90.50 Roadside; Cheviot £68.50 Baron Road, £65.50 Chapel Farm, £60 Falnash.


Border Livestock Exchange in the week ending Friday January 18, 2013 sold 129 prime cattle including 49 cows; 1,862 prime lambs; 409 cast ewes and 88 breeding cattle.

Aberdeen Angus cross steers and heifers hit the top prices this week with both West Kyloe and Fenwick Steads Belford selling to 400p per kg. Charolais crosses sold to 367p per kg for Heifers from Easington Grange, Belford and Primside Yetholm. Limousin cross steers and heifers from Shidlaw, Cornhill on Tweed sold to 371p per kg. Limousin cross heifers from Ross Farm, Belford sold to 365p per kg.

Prime lambs were slightly firmer with numbers held back due to the weather. Top prices were for Texel cross export weights from Milfield Farm, Wooler. Lleyn crosses to 335p per kg from Carlophill, Penicuik. Texel and Suffolk also to 335p per kg from Bowerhouse, Lauder; High Learchild, Alnwick and Goswick Farm, Berwick upon Tweed. Meat Linc to 335p Ex Cliftoncote Farm, Yetholm.

Saler bulling heifers sold to £1,000 for 14/15 months old. Limousin cross fourth calvers due March sold to £1,500 for 50 head.