AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 990 hoggs and 290 ewes.

Hogg numbers tightening but all classes keenly bid for, more heavyweights on offer but returns similar.

Leading prices per head:- Bel:- £75.50, £72, £70, £69 (3), £68.50 Ladykirk. Chev:- £75, £65 Humbleheugh. Suff.x:- £74 Mindrum Farming Co, £70.50 (2) Brandon, £68.50 Brandon, £68 Juries House, Glanton. Tex.x:- £71.50 West Longridge, £69.50 Burradon Mains and Wandon, £68.50 Newstead. Char:- £67, £66 Wandon, £65 (2) Auchencrow Mains (C Mcalpine). C.M:- £66.50 South Charlton. Ven:- £65, £64.50 North Lyham. Mule:- £66 Lamberton, £63 Fawdon Farms.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 174.3p Newstead, 172.4p Mindrum Farming Co, 165.5p Burradon Mains, 164.1p Mindrum Farming Co, 162.5p Fenham Hill, 160p Auchencrow Mains (C Mcalpine). Bel:- 167.1p, 160.5p Ladykirk. Ven:- 157.3p North Lyham. Suff.x:- 156.4p Newstead, 152.5p Fenham Hill. Mule:- 153.5p Lamberton. Char:- 151.2p (2) Auchencrow Mains (C Mcalpine). Chev:- 151.2p Humbleheugh.

Larger show of ewes with more meat and quality on show than the previous week.

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £94 The Hagg, £90 Juries House, £82 East Fleetham, £81.50 Black Heddon, £76 Auchencrow Mains (C Mcalpine), The Hagg, £69 Black Heddon. Suff.x.:- £87 East Fleetham, £83 Juries House, £80, £77.50 East Fleetham, £69.50 North Sharperton and Juries House, £69 West Longridge. HB:- £66 Village Farm. CHM: £65 High Learchild. GF:- £58 Kettleburn and Auchencrow Mains (C Mcalpine), £55 Fawdon, £54 Village Farm, Titlington Mount, Greystonnes and West Longridge. BF:- £49.50 Clennell, £46 Fawdon, £41 Great Ryle, £40 Titlington Mount and Fawdon.


AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 91 clean cattle, 65 OTM cattle, 2,048 old season lambs and 977 ewes.

Bullocks (41) averaged 215.1p per kg and sold to 243p (+3.1p on week), heifers (49) averaged 219.3p per kg and sold to 242p (-0.1p on week), one young bull sold to 187p (n/c on week) and 65 beef type OTM cattle averaged 146.2p per kg and sold to 187p (+4.3p on the week).

The 2,048 old season lambs averaged 162.5p per kg (+11.4p on week) and sold to £87, 38-42kgs averaging 167.1p and 977 ewes averaged £62.85 for heavier ewes, £37.78 for lighter ewes, topped £115.

Principal prices per kg: Inland Pastures 2.43, 2.39 M/s JP Mason and Sons, 2.30 W Taylor(Lockerbie); Bee Edge 2.42 Denholm Meat Supplies, 2.40, 2.36, 2.32, 2.31 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.29 M/s G Moor; Upper Nisbet 2.31 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.30 John Scot; Mosstower 2.31 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.28 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Greenknowe 2.29 Malone of Edinburgh; Shidlaw 2.29 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Saltoun Home Farm 2.28 M/s TA Shaw.

Principal prices per head: Inland Pastures £1828.35, £1676.70; Low Middleton £1559.40, £1527.60; Longnewton £1489.20.

Cows per head: Inland Pastures £1443, £1208.40, £1183; Kersknowe £1424.50, £1288, £1265.55; Thirlestane £1381.80; Headshaw.L £1356.25, £1328.25, £1287.90; Easter Middleton £1344.80, £1318.35; Corsbie £1261.50; North Lyham £1236.70; Rumbleton £1185.35.

Cows per kg: Easter Middleton 1.87, 1.64; Inland Pastures 1.85, 1.69; Kersknowe 1.85, 1.77, 1.61; Hoprigshiels 1.77, 1.71; Headshaw.L 1.75; Caverton Mill 1.75, 1.67; Corsbie 1.74, 1.61; Thirlestane 1.69, 1.62.

Bulls: Hermiston £1932.80 (1.51)

Principal prices, hoggs per head: Tex.x;- £87 Seafield, £83 Torsonce, £81 Howden, Bel;- £81 Gilston, £80 Wester Ulston, Suff.x;- £79 Seafield, £76.50 Bonjedward Mill and Seafield, Suff;- 377 East Buccleugh, GF;- £73 The Lee, £72 Burnhouse Mains, Chev;- £72.50 Stobshiel Mains, £72 Gilston, Char;- £70 Woodhouse, CM;- £68 Wester Ulston, £67.50 Gilston, HB;- £66.50 Stobshiel Mains, BF;- £66 Holylee and Hutlerburn, £65 Horseupcleugh Est.

Principal prices, hoggs per kg: Bel;- 197.2 Eildon Mains, 192.1, 188.2 Ashcraig, Tex;- 189.7 South Common, 1.88.5, 187.2, 186.3 Howden, Suff.x;-173.8 Woodhouse, 172.1 Bonjedward Mill, Chev;- 171.4 Gilston, 171.3 Seafield, Char;- 170.7 Woodhouse, HB;- 166.3 Stobshiel, BF;- 164.1 Holylee, GF;- 162.2 The Lee.

Cast ewes: Suff;- £115 Meigle, £105 Spotmains, Tex;- £107 Holylee, £97 Legerwood, Suff.x;- £91 Mayfield, £85 Torsonce and Shoestanes, £83 Legerwood, HB;- £85 Bonjedward Mill, BFL;- £77 Spotmains, CM;- £75 Torsonce, £73 North Synton, GF;- £65 Burnhouse Mains, £63 Brothershiels, £61 Middlethird and Mayfield, Chev;- £63 Lylestane, £61, £60 Satchells, Lleyn;- £59 Ruletownhead, £55 Whitriggs, BF;- £55 Burnhouse Mains, £53 The Lee and Burnhouse Mains.

Rams: Suff;- £99 Venchen, £97 Lylestane, BFL;- £95 Spotmains, £93 Torsonce, Tex;- £85 Ashcraig, £83 Cortleferry, Chev;- £73 North Synton and Lylestane, £71 Hindhope, BF;- £59 Ashcraig.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 45 prime cattle, seven young bulls, 40 over 30 month cattle, 7,134 prime hoggs and 5,897 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

The best show of prime cattle seen for many months, with an increased ringside of buyers ensuring a great trade was had and the whole sale averaged 212.09p. Topping the sale at 232.5p was a Limousin bullock shown by J.C. and D. Nicholson and Son, The Gill. Messrs Nicholson’s run of cattle averaged 229p. Other Limousin bullocks sold to 229.5p from D.J. Garthwaite and Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage, whose run of cattle levelled at 226.5p. A Charolais shown by J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn, topped the heifer section at 225.5p with Messrs Blaylock’s run of cattle averaging 218.9p.

Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks - Limousin 232.5p The Gill, 229.5p, 227.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 225.5p Dashwell Green and The Gill, 222.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 221.5p Nether Onsett, 216.5p Houghton House, 214.5p Fenton Farm, 212.5p Nether Onsett, 210.5p Fenton Farm. Blonde d’Aquitaine 222.5p Fenton Farm. British Blue 212.5p Houghton House. Galloway 208.5p Kilnstown. Saler 207.5p Nether Onsett. Charolais 202.5p Dashwell Green. Heifers - Charolais 225.5p, 224.5p Hallburn, 204.5p Low Hallburn. Limousin 220.5p Hallburn, 215.5p Kilnstown, 208.5p Low Hallburn, 202.5p Sceughdyke, 200.5p (x2) Newby Farm.

British Blue 219.5p Netherton. Blonde d’Aquitaine 218.5p, 205.5p Hallburn. Galloway 215.5p Kilnstown.

Principal prices per head: Bullocks - Limousin £1,635 Wyseby Hill Cottage, £1,592 The Gill, £1,506 Nether Onsett, £1,488 The Gill, £1,447 Fenton Farm, £1,465 Dashwell Green, £1,433 Wyseby Hill Cottage. British Blue £1,439 Sceughdyke. Blonde d’Aquitaine £1,401 Fenton Farm. Heifers - Charolais £1,285, £1,178 Hallburn. Limousin £1,172 Newby Farm, £1,167 Low Hallburn, £1,154 Sceughdyke, £1,109 Kilnstown. Simmental £1,183 Sceughdyke. British Blue £1,163 Netherton. Blonde d’Aquitaine £1,119 Hallburn.

A shortage of prime bulls and more needed to satisfy demand, a buoyant trade was had. The sale was topped at 217.5p twice for a Limousin and a British Blue both from J. and P. Routledge and Son, Netherton.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin 217.5p Netherton. British Blue 217.5p, 207.5p, 193.5p Netherton. Friesian 179.5p, 176.5p Becton Hall.

OTM’s were a much better show of quality and a brisk trade throughout. Top price was 214.5p for a Limousin bullocks shown by J.W. Slack and Son, Newby. Limousin cows sold to 201.5p from K.W. Coulthard and Partners, Low Hallburn.

Principal prices per kilo: Limousin 214.5p Newby Farm, 201.5p Low Hallburn, 160.5p Harehill, 130.5p Englishtown, 123.5p The Lamperts. Saler 197.5p, 179.5p Catslackburn. Charolais 188.5p Brydekirk Mains, 133.5p Moss Side. Black and White 175.5p Sceughdyke, 131.5p Peterscrook. Galloway 152.5p (x2) Flosh End. Angus 147.5p, 138.5p Spadeadam. Simmental 123.5p Sleetbeck Farm.

Principal prices per head: Limousin £1,340 Newby Farm, £1,027 Low Hallburn, £890 Harehill. Charolais £1,206 Brydekirk Mains, £907 Moss Side. Black and White £1,175 Sceughdyke. Galloway £1,159, £1,052 Flosh End. Saler £1,076, £906 Catslackburn. Angus £855 Spadeadam.

A massive show of 7,134 prime hoggs were forward to an increased ring of buyers. All classes, except Swales, again met a brisk selling trade resulting in a sale average of 155.3p per kilo. The sale topped at £97.80 for Beltex from Messrs Kennedy, Lurgan Farm, Aberfeldy and to 267p per kilo for Beltex from Backburn, Aberdeen. Many more best quality export hoggs could have been sold as demand continues to grow. Also best quality Blackface hoggs sharper on previous weeks.

A larger show of 5,897 cast ewes and rams were forward to a packed ring of 16 buyers. Trade for heavy ewes shows a rise of £11 on the week with Blackface, Cheviot and other light ewes up £2.

Heavy ewes to £128.50 for Texels from Ballimachiller, £126.50 Hazel Head, £123.50 Barrogill Mains; Suffolk £103.50 Hazel Head, £99.50 Allanshaws, £96.50 Hopehill; Leicester £88.50 Allanshaws, £82.50 Mains of Larg, £79.50 Easter Dawyck; Beltex £88.50 Nether Brotherstone, £84.50 Kilthill, £78.50 Ballimachiller; North Country Cheviot £86.50 Seaview and Allanshaws, £85.50 Oldfield, £81.50 Allanshaws; Greyface £86.50 Barend, £84.50 Hoddam, £69.50 High Glen Triplock; Cheviot Mule £84.50 Muircleugh, £80.50 Crawthat, £75.50 South Mains.

Light ewes to £58.50 for Cheviots from Fenwick Farm, £57.50 Alton, £54.50 Granton; Blackface £57.50 Hopehill, £56.50 Wanwood Hill, £54.50 Whiteside; Jacob £46.50 Barend; Swaledale £44.50 Hesleywell, £34.50 Westernhopeburn and Denton Mains.