AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 93 clean cattle, 67 OTM cattle, 1,971 old season lambs and 504 ewes.

Bullocks (41) averaged 212p per kg and sold to 242p (-0.3p on week), heifers (50) averaged 219.4p per kg and sold to 241p (+4.2p on week), two young bulls averaged 200.9p per kg and sold to 223p (n/c on week) and 67 beef type OTM cattle averaged 141.9p per kg and sold to 177p (+3.8p on the week).

The 1,971 old season lambs averaged 151.1p per kg and sold to £77 (-6.2p on week) including 1061 38-42kgs averaging 156.1p. 504 ewes averaged £44.15 and sold to £109.

Principal prices per kg: Inland Pastures 2.42 M/s J Mason and Sons, 2.38 M/s Moor, 2.36 (2) M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.33 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Bee Edge 2.41 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons 2.32 Robert Wilson Butcher 2.32 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.30 W Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.29 Malone of Edinburgh; Housebyres 2.38 M/s J Penny and Sons; Caverton Mill 2.35 M/s J Penny and Sons; Mosstower 2.33 Denholm Meats; Thirlestane 2.31 M/s J Saunderson, 2.29 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Upper Hundalee 2.30 M/s TA Shaw.

Principal prices per head: Inland Pasture £1657.70, £1416.10, £1404.20; Bankhouse £1645.50; Mosstower £1432.95; Longnewton £1419.

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1580.15, £1418.60; Inland Pastures £1424.85, £1294.25; Hepburn Farm £1271.55, £1139.25, £1116; Birkenside £1225.25; Humebyres £1222.65; Huntington £1172.60, £1169, £1128; Woodhead. A £1123.20; Oakwood £1118.90.

Cows per kg: Inland Pastures 1.77, 1.55; Kersknowe 1.73, 1.69; Hepburn Farm 1.73, 1.55 (2),Humebyres 1.71; Thirlestane 1.70, 1.61; Huntington 1.67, 1.64, 1.60; Oakwood 1.67, 1.54; Corsbie 1.57.

Bulls: Headshaw. L £1501.50 (1.43P); Oakwood £1141.65 (1.29p).

Principal prices hoggs per head: Suff.x;- £77 Burnhouse, £75 St Dunstan, £74 Bonjedward Mill and Huntington, Tex.x;- £75 Lower Ashtrees, £73 Huntington, £72 Hartside, Bel;- £74, £68.50 Bedrule, Chev.x;- £70, £68 Linburn. P, £65 Seafield, HB;- £67 Haltree, £65, £60 Stobshiel, GF;- £67 Tollishill, £66 Burncastle, BF;- £63 Hartside, £60 Mountbenger.

Principal prices hoggs per kg: Bel.x;- 175.6 Bedrule, Tex.x;- 175 Lower Ashtrees, 172 Seafield, 170.7 Gilston, 169.7 Bow, Suff.x;- 166.7 Whitchesters, 163.1 Broomilees, 162.5 Swinnie, Chev.x;- 156.6 Haltree.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £109, £95 New Channelkirk, Bel.x;- £81 Hartside, Suff.x;- £77 Hamildean, £75 Corsbie, Tex.x;- £75 Bow, £71 Cockburn & Wester Middleton, Chev;- £75 Torwoodlee, £70 Linburn. P, GF;- £59 Hartside, £57, £55 Bow, BFL;- £63 Newbigging Walls, £61 Hartside, BF;- £45 Meigle, £41 Inchkeith, £39 Harden Hwk., Lleyn;- £41 Over Whitlaw.

Rams: Tex;- £81 Hamildean, Lleyn;- £81 Over Whitlaw, Chev.x;- £77 Birneyknowe, BFL;- £75 Heriot Mill, BF;- £57 Heriot Mill, £54 Ettrickshaws.


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 749 hoggs and 109 ewes.

Weather conditions again playing a part but all classes dearer on the week, In spec lambs receiving premium rewards.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £80, £73.50 Henlaw, £71 Pallinsburn, Mordington and Henlaw, £70 Black Heddon, Henlaw and Ladykirk, £69.50 Black Heddon, £69 Pallinsburn. Suff.x:- £73.50, £68.50 Brandon, £68 West Longridge, £66.50 Newstead, £65 West Longridge. HB:- £63 Brandon. Chv:- £67.50, £65.50, £65 Humbleheugh, £61 North Lyham. Ven:- £67.50, £67, £65 North Lyham. Bel:- £74.50, £71, £70 Ladykirk. GF:- £57 Mordington. LLE:- £57 (2) Amerside Law.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 181.7p, 162.8p Ladykirk. Tex.x:- 175p Henlaw, 173.2p Mordington, 170.5p Ladykirk, 167.5p West Longridge, 166.7p Black Heddon, 165.9p Mordington, 165.1p Henlaw, 163.4p Mordington. LLE:- 164.7p, 162.9p Amerside Law. Ven:- 162.5p, 155.8p North Lyham. Suff.x:- 154.8p West Longridge, 151.1p Newstead, 150p Brandon, 148.7p Shipley Lane. Chv:- 148.8p North Lyham, 146.3p Humbleheugh.

Ewes a poor show gaining similar returns

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £62 Craigshouse, £59 Pallinsburn, £52 Village Farm. Mule:- £50 Mordington, £42 Black Heddon, £41 Craigshouse. Suff.x:- £50, £45 Todrig. HB:- £55, £46 North Lyham.

Rams:- £80 Hendersyde.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PL. had forward 33 prime cattle, two young bulls, 32 over 30 month cattle, 5,379 prime hoggs and 4,940 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday. A small show of prime cattle and a shortage of quality saw the trade sharper on the week. Top price to 223.5p, twice, firstly for a Limousin bullock shown by J.C. and D. Nicholson and Son, The Gill, then for a Limousin heifer from J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks - British Blue 223.5p The Gill, 215.5p Newtown. Limousin 213.5p The Gill, 208.5p Raeburnfoot, 205.5p, 204.5p Newtown, 203.5p Raeburnfoot, 198.5p Newtown. Charolais 206.5p Sceughdyke. Heifers - Limousin 223.5p, 222.5p Hallburn, 209.5p, 204.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage. Charolais 211.5p, 209.5p Hallburn, 205.5p Houghton House, 203.5p Hallburn.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks - British Blue £1,519 Newtown, £1,452 The Gill. Limousin £1,485, £1,469 Raeburnfoot, £1,441 The Gill. Charolais £1,453 Sceughdyke. Heifers - Limousin £1,283 Smallholms, £1,218, £1,201 Hallburn. Charolais £1,253 Houghton House.

A small show of prime bulls sold to a top of 203.5p for British Blue from Becton Hall.

Principal prices per kilo: British Blue 203.5p Becton Hall. Friesian 175.5p Becton Hall.

Principal prices per head: British Blue £1,343 Becton Hall.

More Black and White cows on offer saw the trade up on the week, particularly plain cows. The sale topped at 207.5p and 204.5p for Limousins from Messrs J. Magnay, Smallholms.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin 207.5p, 204.5p Smallholms, 167.5p, 146.5p Ladyhousesteads, 133.5p Swaites. Black and White 128.5p Peterscrook, 123.5p Low Moat, 119.5p Peterscrook, 117.5p The Stubb, 112.5p The Nook. Ayrshire 113.5p Rowanburnfoot.

Principal prices per head: Limousin £1,231 Ladyhousesteads, £1,079, £1,032 Smallholms. Black and White £893 The Stubb, £845 Low Moat.

Another fine show of 5,379 prime hoggs were presented to the usual ring of buyers. The sale average was 156.4p per kilo, similar on the week. Export hoggs easy to sell with best quality Beltex and Texels regularly between 220p and 270p. Heavy hoggs sharper with less about and lightweight hoggs well sold with flesh, others little more than store price. More top quality hoggs required to satisfy buyers demand. Top was £96.50 for Texels from Backhill and to 271p per kilo for Beltex hoggs from Walton Woodhead and High Greenhill.

Principal prices per head: Texel £96.50 Backhill, £94.80 Hillside, £91 Station Yard; Beltex £92.80 Albierigg, £90 Bridgestone, £87.50 Longburgh Fauld; Suffolk £88 Cumcrook, £78.80, £76.80 Backhill; North Country Cheviot £83, £77.50 Whiteknowe, £66.20 Backhill; Bleu d’Maine £75 The Firs; Charollais £73.80, £65.80 Brisco Meadows, £64.80 Moss Side; Blackface £70 Larg Farm, £69.80, £65 Blackburn; Hill Cheviot £68.80 Blackwoodridgehouse, £67.80 Skelfhill, £66 Blackburn; Leicester £65 Albierigg, £60 Nunscleugh; Greyface £61.80 Sceughdyke, £61.50, £61.20 Hepple Hill; Cheviot Mule £60.80 Hepple Hill; Rouge £60 Waltonwoodhead.

Principal prices per kilo: Beltex 271p Waltonwoodhead and High Greenhill, 254p, 249p Waltonwoodhead, 244p Albierigg, 228p High Greenhill, 225p Bridgestone, 219p Longburgh Fauld, 218p High Greenhill; Texel 222p Chapel Farm, 210p High Wreay, 209.7p Brisco Meadows, 209p Chapel Farm, 208p High Parkfoot, 206.8p Station Yard; Charollais 173p Braithwaite Hall, 156.7p Brisco Meadows, 154p High Crubasdale; North Country Cheviot 170p Backhill, 160p, 157.1p Whiteknowe; Hill Cheviot 168p Blackwoodridgehouse, 165p, 160p, 158p Skelfhill, 156p, 154p Bloch; Suffolk 164p Barnglies, 163p High Wreay, 160p High Crubasdale and Cumcrook; Blackface 159p Larg Farm, 157p Skelfhill, 156p Larg Farm, 155p Blackburn, 153p Larg Farm; Greyface 145p Haithwaite and Kirkland Green, 141p Albierigg, Nunscleugh, Kilmaho and Easterfrew.

The 1,533 lightweight hoggs sold to £79.80, £71.80 for Beltex from Walton Woodhead, £66.80 Braithwaite Hall; Suffolk £55.80 Barnglies, £50 Windyhill; Texel £67 Kirkland Green, £65.80 High Crubasdale, £60 High Stenries; North Country Cheviot £55 Whiteknowe; Blackface £54.20, £48.80 Larg Farm, £45 Haithwaite; Hill Cheviot £51.80 Bloch, £48 Blackburn; Lonk £48 Bush of Ewes.

A lesser show of 4,940 ewes were forward to the usual ring of buyers with best Texel and Continental ewes easy to sell, heavy ewes short in numbers, Mule ewes similar on the week but Blackface and Cheviot ewes with flesh £2-£3 sharper on the week.

Heavy ewes to £116.50 for Texels from South Mains, £110, £108.50 Hillhead; Beltex £94.50 Upper Tofts, £86.50 South Mains; Suffolk £93.50 Muirside, £89.50 Wick, £84.50 Howgillside; Leicester £84.50 Townfoot, £70.50 Hillhouse; Cheviot Mule £76.50 Westhill, £66.50 Muirside, £56.50 Skelfhill and Northfield; Greyface £75 Westerly, £59.50 Wick, £58.50 Golden Lane; North Country Cheviot £65.50 Bidlake, £61.50, £59.50 Allfornaught.

Light ewes to £51.50 for Cheviots from Toftholm, £49.50 Smyllum, £49.50 Newland; Blackface £46.50 Smyllum, £44.50 Netherplace, £42.50 Milnmark; Swaledale £40, £39 Newington, £35.50 Randalholme; Herdwick £30 Allfornaught and Milton Mains.

Rams to £118.50 for Texel from Fellview, £85.50 South Mains; Charollais £95.50 Parkgate Hall, £69.50 Muirside; Leicester £90.50 Randalholme, £64 Greyside; Suffolk £90.50 Haithwaite, £78.50 Skelfhill; Romney Marsh £68.50, £52.50 Holme Farm; Hill Cheviot £63.50 Skelfhill, £59.50 Longburgh Fauld; Blackface £59.50 Newbiggin, £50 Milnmark.

Goats to £70.50 Skidaw Drive, £60.50 Maidencots.


DURING last week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 131 prime cattle including 50 cows, 1,688 prime lambs and 365 cast ewes.

Organic heifers sold to 435p per kg and £1,540 Cresswell Farms. Aberdeen Angus cross steers and heifers hit the top prices this week with Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso, selling to 405p per kg with both Fenwick Steads, Belford, and West Kyloe, Beal, selling to 400p per kg and £1,541. Charolais crosses sold to 367p per kg for heifers from Easington Grange, Belford, and Primside, Yetholm. Limousin cross steers and heifers from Shidlaw, Cornhill, sold to 371p per kg. Cull cows to 280p per kg and £1,563 Bowsden Moor, Berwick.

Prime lambs continued to firm with numbers held back due to the weather. Top prices were 350p per kg and £73.50 for Texel cross export weights from Roddam Home Farm, Wooler. Texel and Suffolk also to 345p per kg and £72.45 from The Hardens and Thorneydykes, Duns. Romney’s to 335p per kg Humbleton, Wooler. Organic lambs sold to 370p per kg Tullochallum, Keith.

Texel ewes to £98.50 Blackadder Mains, Duns; Lleyn to £67.50 Tughall Farm, Chathill; Blackfaced to £50.50.