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At their weekly Prime Stock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 629 hoggs and 368 ewes and rams.

Hoggs numbers tighter, but early week markets left well behind with trade above expectations, good to see heavy types in keen demand, more needed for buyers requirements.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £85 East Fleetham, £84 Auchencrow Mains (C. McAlpine), £84 (3) East Fleetham, £83.50 Village Farm, Seahouses, £82.50 Edlingham Newtown and Auchencrow Mains, £81.50 Mindrum Farming Co and Village Farm, Seahouses, £81 East Fleetham and Ladykirk. Char.x:- £82 Kettleburn. Oxf:- £82 East Fleetham. Bel.x:- £81.50 (2), £81, £80 (2) Ladykirk. Suff.x:- £80.50 Doune Brae and Auchencrow Mains, £80 Craigshouse, Castlelaw and North Sharperton. Ven:- £78 North Lyham. Jac:- £76.50 North Sharperton.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 207.7p, 205.1p, 203.8p Ladykirk. Tex.x:- 204.9p East Fleetham, 201.2p, 200p Auchencrow Mains, 200p Newstead, 198.8p, 197.5p Craigshouse, 198.7p Newstead, 196.3p West Longridge. Suff.x:- 196.3p Auchencrow Mains and Craigshouse. Chev:- 187.8p North Lyham. Jac:- 186.6p North Sharperton.

Ewe numbers tighter, with a similar show on offer.

Leading prices:- Tex:- £87 Hartside (A Hutcheon), £70.50 Fowberry Moor. Suff.x:- £78.50 Marigold Farming Co, £78 Gainslaw Hill, £76.50 Hendersyde, £76 Castlelaw. HB:- £77 Brandon. Mule:- £62 West Longridge, £56 Castlelaw, £52 Great Ryle, £51 Hendersyde. Bf:- £35 North Lyham. Rams:- Tex.x:- £88 Gainslaw Hill, £81 Craigshouse and Great Ryle. Chev:- £81 Great Ryle.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 26 prime cattle, three young bulls, 52 over 30 month cattle, 3,099 prime hoggs and 5,961 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A similar show of prime cattle saw trade follow national trend with a top price of 224.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by D.J. Garthwaite and Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage.

All Black and White bulls over 16 months sold to recent rates. Top to 160.5p shown by Messrs R. Byers and Son, Woodslee.

A large show of 52 cast cows forward with many hill cows on offer and a shortage of big meat cows. Top price to 163.5p, 155.5p and 150.5p for Limousin cows from W.H. and D.A. Gass, Nunscleugh.

A smaller show of 3,099 prime hoggs (409 lightweights) were forward to the usual ringside of buyers, numbers were short of buyers requirements due to a very sticking trade all week, especially for heavyweight lambs, resulting in a much better trade.

The overall sale average of 184.9p per kilo (SQQ 188.7p per kilo). Top was £109 per head for Texels from W.S. Robson and Co., Yatesfield, with a top per kilo of 274p for Texels from Keith Farm. A similar show of 5,961 cast ewes and rams were forward to a smaller ring of buyers, horned ewes dearer on the week with fewer numbers forward and more demand.


At their weekly sale of prime stock on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 104 clean cattle, 70 OTM cattle, 2,070 old season lambs and 606 ewes.

Bullocks (40) averaged 217.9p per kg and sold to 248p (-2.4p on week), heifers (62) averaged 219.4p per kg and sold to 258p (-1.1p on week), two young bulls averaged 161.2p per kg and sold to 164p (n/c on week) and 70 beef type OTM cattle averaged 117.9p per kg and sold to 187p (n/c on the week).

Old season SQQ lambs averaged 194.4p(38-42kg) per kg (+13.2p on week) and sold to £92 while ewes averaged £47.42 and sold to £97, £81 for tups. Heavy ewes £63.75, light ewes £43.94.

Principal prices per head: Lurdenlaw £1694, £1483.50; Bee Edge £1537.50, £1535.10, £147.60.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.58 Robert Wilson Butchers Edinburgh, 2.50, 2.42 M/s H Black and Sons, 2.49 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.48 (2) Denholm Meat Supplies and W Taylor(Lockerbie), 2.40 W Taylor (Lockerbie); Wester Ulston 2.45, 2.41 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Ramrig 2.43 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Saltoun Home Farm 2.42 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.39 M/s TA Shaw.

Cows per head: Ramrig £1353, £1105.05; Phantassie £1179.75, £1077.15, £996.30; West Meikle Pinkerton £1110.90; Winfield £1109.85; Grahamslaw £1093.95; Whitrighill £1058.20; Rosebrough £1049.45; Thirlestane £1034.90, £972.40; Caverton Mill £1000.35; Coates £993.84.

Cows per kg: Grahamslaw 1.87; Toxside 1.75; Ramrig 1.65, 1.39; Upper Samieston 1.65, 1.41, 1.37; West Meikle Pinkerton 1.61; Winfield 1.47; Phantassie 1.43; Whitrighill 1.43; Thirlestane 1.43; Rosebrough 1.39;Wester Middleton 1.37; Huntington 1.31; Northhouse 1.31.

Bulls: Meigle £1212 (1.01); Milkieston £7976.50 (1.05); Ruletownhead £969.15 (.91).

Lambs per head: Tex.x;- £92 The Lee, £88.50 Flex, Suff.x;- £85.50 Burnhouse Mains, £85 Huntington, Bel;- £85 Craighouse, Suff;- £83 Sundhope, GF;- £82.50 Hartside, Chev;- £82 Whitehouse, £80 Wester Ulston, Ham;- £81 Dunslaw, Lleyn;- £77.50 Highfield, HB;- £76.50 Marvingston, BF;- £70.50, £70 Williamhope.

Lambs per kg: Bel;- 236.1 Craighouse, 209 Bedrule, Suff.x;- 214.3 Helmburn, 197.5 Dunslaw, Suff;- 212.8 Sundhope, Tex.x;- 212.5 Crailing Nook, 209.7 Dunslaw, 209 Howden, Chev;- 198.8 Traprain, 195 Thornington, Ham;- 188.5 Dunslaw, HB;- 186.6 Marvingston.

Cast ewes: Tex;-£97 Corsbie, Suff;- £89 Meigle, Suff.x;- £73 Middlethird, £71 Hyndsidehill, Chev;- £65 Ruletownhead, £63 Raperlaw, HB;- £63 Marvingston, BFL; -£63 Craighouse, £61 Corsbie(Hedley), Bel;- £61 Ruecastle Cott., Char;- £61 Ruletownhead, GF;- £61 West Mains.L, CM;- £59 Wester Ulston and Hyndsidehill, BF;- £45 Marvingston, £43 Meigle and Toxside.

Rams: Suff;- £81 Hyndsidehill, £75 Meigle, Tex;- £67 Craighouse.