At their weekly Primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,449 lambs, 15 hoggs and young sheep and 227 ewes and rams.
With larger numbers forward last week bringing the sheep trade crashing almost £20 a head back, this weeks early markets well back in numbers resulted in a small rise giving local farmers a firmer trade, with Wooler being one of the top SQQ’s nationwide. SQQ 186.9p.
Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £90 West Longridge, £85 Low Middleton and Auchencrow Mains, £84 Black Heddon, West Longridge and Fowberry Moor. Suff.x:- £86 Cresswell Farms, £83 Brandon, £82.50 Shotton, £82 Treaty Park and Auchencrow Mains. Bel:- £83 Henlaw. Pri:- £83, £82 Cresswell Farms.
Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 218.4p Henlaw, 210p, 208.3p Chillingham Home Farm. Tex.x:- 211.4p Linbrig, 210p Black Heddon, 203.9p Linbrig. Suff.x:- 190.2p Great Ryle.
Hoggs and young sheep sold to £71 with numbers decreasing weekly.Ewe numbers steady with trade similar.
Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £89 Branton Eastside, £83 Middle Ord and Cresswell Farms. Tex.x:- £87 Greenhead, Reston, £83 Middle Ord, £81 South Ditchburn. Mule:- £65 Middle Ord, £63 West Longridge, Middle Ord (2) and Greenhead, Reston.
Rams:- Tex.x:- £80 (2) West Longridge.
Private sales - Organic Lambs sold to 420p per kilo; 13m A.A.x Hfrs sold to £925; 15m Char Bull sold to £3250.
At St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 74 clean cattle, 76 OTM cattle, 1,998 new season lambs, 122 old season lambs and 751 ewes.
Bullocks (31) averaged 238.5p per kg and sold to 256p (-10.5p on week), heifers (43) averaged 233.4p per kg and sold to 253p (-8.6p on week) and 76 beef type OTM cattle averaged 137p per kg and sold to 203p (-11p on the week).
New season lambs averaged 182.4p per kg (+3.2p on week) and sold to £100. Ewes averaged £58.90 and sold to £109. Heavy ewes £76.04, light ewes £37.38.
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.56 M/s R and G Moor, 2.55 M/s J.A Waters and Sons (Butchers), Upper Nisbet 2.55 M/s W.T.S Forsyth and Sons (Butchers), Bee Edge 2.53 M/s W.T.S Forsyth and Sons (Butchers), Kirkton and Butchercote 2.53 M/s R and G Moor, Lennoxlove 2.51 M/s T.A Shaw (Butchers), Upper Nisbet 2.49 M/s John Saunderson Ltd (Butchers), Wester Ulston 2.49 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd (Butchers), Butchercote 2.47 M/s R and G Moor, Bee Edge 2.47 Robert L Wilson Butcher Ltd, Lurdenlaw 2.46 M/s Gilmour and Co Ltd and Ramsay Family Butchers, Caverton Mill 2.46 M/s R Pringle (Butchers).
Principal prices per head: Butchercote £1720.80, £1720.40 and £1704.30, Bee Edge £1702.40, Lurdenlaw £1621.50, Longnewton £1620.
Cows per head: Northhouse £1253.55; Stobswood £1226.15; Smailholm Mains £1184.40; Stobswood £1167.25; Pathhead £1146.10; Muircleuch £1128.90; Huntington £1107.15; Upper Nisbet £1102.30 and £1086.75; Kaeside £1085.70; Woodhouse, A £1079.65; Hyndsidehill £1078.65; Kaeside £1065.75.
Cows per kg: Stobswood 2.03; Northhouse and Huntington 1.83; Stobswood 1.79; Upper Nisbet 1.67; Smailholm Mains 1.67; New Blainslie 1.65; Stobswood, Billiemains and Upper Nisbet 1.61, Muirceluch, Huntington and Upper Nisbet 1.59; Halidean Mill and Upper Nisbet 1.57.
Bulls: Attonburn £1645.65, Wolfstar £1444.80, Saughtree £1087.50.
Lambs per head: Suff.x;- £100 Crookston, £99 Huntington. Bel;- £96, £95 Redden. Tex.x;- £90 Huntington, £88 Crookston and Torsonce. CM;- £78.50 Foulshiels, £78 Blegbie. Cha;- £77 Hallrule Mill, £76.50 Thirlestane. HB;- £74.50 Stobshiel Mains. Lambs per kg: Bel;- 206.5p Redden, 201.3p Upper Tofts. Tex.x;- 193.8p New Blainslie, 192.5p Huntington and Muircleuch. Suff.x;- 190p Huntington, 189.3p Crookston. Cha;- 185p Thirlestane, 183.3p Hallrule Mill. CM;- 183.8p Priesthaugh.
Cast ewes: Tex;- £109 Wantonwalls. Suff.x;- £91 Bedrule & Brotherstone. Zwa;- £85 Eildon Mains. CM;- £83 Torwoodlee Mains. BFL;- £83 Foulshiels. Chv;- £81 Stobshiel Mains. Suf;- £89 Acreknowe, £75 Belmont. Lle;- £67 Brotherstone. GF;- £65 Toxside and Thirlestane. BF;- £51 Mardon.
Rams: Tex;- £109 Butterdean. Suf;- £93 Westerhall. Chv;- £73 Ruletownhead. Cha;- £63 Ruletownhead.
The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 52 prime cattle, three young bulls, 16 over 30 month cattle, 2,382 prime lambs and 4,423 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
A larger show of prime cattle saw heifers hard to sell, although good bullocks continued to sell at recent high rates and topped the sale at 259.5p for a Limousin shown by A and W J Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen with heifers selling to 239.5p (x2) both from DJ Garthwaite.