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Reporter Peter Ross spent time working on Whitmuir Organic Farm in West Linton. Pictured is one of this year's lambs. 19th May 2010. Picture by JANE BARLOW
Reporter Peter Ross spent time working on Whitmuir Organic Farm in West Linton. Pictured is one of this year's lambs. 19th May 2010. Picture by JANE BARLOW
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At their weekly Primestock Sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 253 hoggs and 95 ewes.

Numbers tight and with very few pens of good flesh available trade easier on the week.

Leading prices per head:- Suff.x:- £98.50 Brandon, £96.50 Castlelaw, £95 Brandon, £92 Fawdon Farms, £91 Castlelaw. Bel:- £92 Ladykirk. Chev:- £88.50, £87.50, £86.50 Humbleheugh. BFL:- £88 Clennell. Tex.x:- £84.50 Shotton, £84 Hillcrest Livestock, Ladykirk (2), £83 Fawdon Farms. Mule:- £82.50 Ladykirk, £81 Fawdon Farms. BF:- £80 Clennell.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 237.1p The Loan, 195p, 194.7p, 193.9p Ladykirk. Chev:- 211p, 208.3p, 196.7p Humbleheugh. Tex.x:- 200p Hillcrest Livestock, 197.6p Fawdon Farms, 191.9p Lickar Moor, 188.5p, 187.8p Shotton. Suff.x:- 196.5p Lickar Moor, 193.2p Ladykirk.

Ewe numbers also tight but dearer.

Leading prices:- BFL:- £118 Clennell, £109 Clennell (R Hunter). CM:- £116 Ladykirk. Suff.x:- £113 Ladykirk, £108 Fawdon Farms. Mule:- £74 Fawdon Farms. BF:- £70 Fawdon Farms.

Rams:- BFL:- £100 Clennell.

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John Swan Ltd sold 103 clean cattle, 34 OTM cattle, 1,022 old season lambs, six new season lambs and 301 ewes.

Bullocks (32) averaged 238.7p per kg and sold to 264p (+8p on week), heifers (71) averaged 229.8p per kg and sold to 264p (+2.3p on week) and 34 beef type OTM cattle averaged 164.3p per kg and sold to 225p (+8.3p on the week).

Old season SQQ lambs averaged 207.7p per kg (-4.7p on week) and sold to £111, new season lambs averaged 229.7p and sold to £120.

Ewes averaged £72.45 and sold to £137. Heavy ewes £89.69, Light ewes £50.31.

Principal prices per kg: Shidlaw 2.64 M/s Foley Bros.; Longnewton 2.60, 2.54 M/s Moor; Bee Edge 2.59 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.58 Denholm Meats, 2.49 W Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.48 Ramsay Butchers; Lurdenlaw 2.54 Malone of Edinburgh; Upper Hundalee 2.53 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.48 M/s Moor; Smailholm Mains 2.52 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.46 M/s Foley Bros.; Upper Nisbet 2.52 M/s J Mason and Sons; Nisbet 2.45 M/s R Pringle; Lenoxlove 2.45 M/s J Mason and Sons; Penston 2.45 M/s Foley Bros.

Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1742, £1612.90; Upper Nisbet £1726.20, £1602.65; Bee Edge £1579.90; Lurdenlaw £1570.80.

Cows per head: West Newbiggin £1517.55, £1449.25, £1213.90; Hepburn £1203.60, £1118.90; Penston £1448.40, £1417.50, £1350; Wester Middleton £1313.50, £1199.90; West Mains. L £1174.55, £1144; New Blainslie £1139.70; Middlethird £1120; Coxydene £1111.50; Thirlestane £1098.50.

Cows per kg: Penston 2.25, 2.13, 2.00; West Newbiggin 2.01, 1.99, 1.87; Coxydene 1.95; Wester Middleton 1.85,1.69; Hepburn 1.77,1.71; West Mains. L 1.76, 1.69; Eweford Cott. 1.74; New Blainslie 1.74; Thirlestane 1.72.

New season loambs sold to £120, 230.8p pkg for South Downs from North Deanhead.

Principal prices hoggs per head: Suff.x;- £111, £109,£107 Boghall ( St Andrews), £104, £102 Bonjedward Mill, Bel;£101 Sydenham, Tex.x;- £99 Redheugh (Fleming), £98.50 Bonjedward Mill, Chev;- £94 Soutra, GF;- £87 Boghall ( St Andrews).

Principal prices hoggs per kg: Suff.x;- 241.9 Bonjedward Mill, 229.3,227.9 The Knock, Bel;- 230,224.4 Sydenham, Tex.x;- 228.6, 223.9 Bonjedward Mill, 223.3 Redheugh (Fleming).

Cast ewes: Suff;- £137 Springwood Est., £133 Bowdenmoor, £123 Springwood, Tex;- £135 Legerwood, £127 Prenderguest (Lindsay), £123 Sydenham, HB;- £111 Wester Middleton, £109 Bonjedward Mill, £105 Upper Bolton, Suff.x;- £105 Lawfield, £99 Legerwood, Chev;- £99 Soutra, £83 Gilston, CM;- £97 Gilston, GF;- £98 Legerwood, £93 Langraw, £89 Bonjedward Mill and Heriot Mill, BF;- £67,£61 Elmscleugh.

Rams: Tex;- £105 Corsbie, Suff;- £95 Falside, £93 Saughtree, Chev;- £91 Saughtree (Walker).

border livestock

Last week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 349 cattle including 94 prime and 39 cast cows, 216 stores, 419 prime hoggs and 261 cast ewes.

Prime cattle were dearer on the week with Continental heifers from Cairndinnis, Haddington, selling to 402p per kg and £1,549 per head. Limousin cross heifers sold to 410p per kg Shambling Farm, Alnwick. Ten month old Holstein veal calves sold to £820 Kelso and 11 month Aberdeen Angus young bulls sold to 385p per kg and £1,247 from Borewell Farm, Berwick.

A terrific consignment of organic lambs from Tullochallum, Keith, sold to 485p per kg and £101.85. Export weight Suffolk cross lambs from Ross Farm, Beal, sold to 460p per kg and £96.60.

Store cattle sales show signs of slowing up due to the lack of grass, although purchasers continue to source large numbers direct from farm to farm.