At their fortnightly sale last week John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 357 store cattle.
The annual show for the Robin Scott Trophy was also held which was kindly sponsored by Minsups, represented by Nikki Gilbertson and expertly judged by David Carins, Gardeners Houses, who awarded the championship to Messrs RW and K Telford, Branton East Side for a Lim.x Steer weighing 410kg and selling at £1150 to the Judge. Reserve Champion went to Messrs E Carse and Son, South Ord for a Lim.x Steer weighing 430kg and selling at £1080 to Messrs S and J Allen, Longnewton.
Buyers turned up in numbers all looking for cattle resulting in returns greater than expectations. More cattle could easily be sold at this centre to advantage.
At their weekly primestock sale John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 767 hoggs and 134 ewes.
Hoggs forward in greater numbers. Quality types the dearest trade of the year, tail ends appearing.
Leading prices per head:- Sfx:- £103.50p Ford Westfield, £100 Ford Westfield, Howtel, £98.50p Craigs House, £97.50p Brandon, £95 Ford Westfield. Tex:- £102 Hartside A Hutcheon), £99, £98 Ford Westfield, £94 South Charlton. CM:- £88 South Charlton. Suf:- £98 Mindrum Farming Co. Bla:- £85 Linhope Farming (Hartside), Mules:- £93.50p Ladykirk, Ford Westfield, £89 Craigs House, £87 West Longridge, Ladykirk, £85 West Longridge. BF:- £85 Ladykirk, £84 South Charlton (M Hall). Zwa:- £94.50p Mindrum (TP Fairfax). Cha:- £90 Craigs House. Bel:- £86 Ladykirk.
Leading prices per kilo:- Tex:-221.3p Ladykirk, 220.5p Yetlington lane, 220.3p Moorlaws, 218.9p Mindrum Farming Co, 218.8p Kimmerston, Greystonnes. Sfx:- 217.5p Greystonnes, 215.9p Mindrum Farming Co, 213.4p Moorlaws. Bla:- 202.4p Linhope Farming (Hartside). Mules:- 205.1p Shotton, 205p West Longridge, 202.6p Moorlaws, 202.4p, 202.3p West Longridge, 202.3p Craigs House. Chv:- 218.8p South Charlton (M Hall), 215p South Charlton, 214.3p Greystonnes, 213.5p Shotton. Chx:- 208.1p Mindrum Farming (TP Fairfax), 202.4p Linhope Farming (Hartside) Bel:- 220.5p, 215.8p Ladykirk.
At their weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 93 clean cattle, 44 OTM cattle, 1,496 old season hoggs and 472 ewes.
Bullocks (34) averaged 218.7p per kg and sold to 255p (+4.8p on week), heifers (55) averaged 213.4p per kg and sold to 250p (-4.6p on week), four young bulls averaged 180.8p per kg and sold to 185p (+9.8p on the week) and 44 beef type OTM cattle averaged 131.3p per kg and sold to 164p (n/c on the week).
Old season SQQ hoggs averaged 218.5p per kg +9.1p on week) and sold to £114 and averaged £92.40 per head while ewes averaged £65.64, and sold to £115. Heavy ewes £78, light ewes £56.15.
Principal prices per head: Shidlaw £1583.30; Bee Edge £1542.75, £1476, £1475; Upper Nisbet £1488.50; Longnewton and Inland Pastures £1445.40.
Principal Prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.55 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.50 Robert Wilson Butcher Edinburgh, 2.49 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.48 W Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.40 M/s Cropper; Upper Hundalee 2.41 M/s TA Shaw, 2.31 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.29 Malone of Edinburgh; Grahamslaw 2.39 Malone of Edinburgh; Longnewton 2.38 Malone of Edinburgh; Lennoxlove 2.38 Denholm Meat Supplies; Upper Nisbet 2.37 M/s WTS Forsyth an Sons, 2.29 M/s Cropper; Caverton Mill 2.36 Malone of Edinburgh; Shidlaw 2.35 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Outerston 2.29 Gosford Bothy Shop.
Cows per head: Thrunton £1288, £1057; Stagehall £1110.90; Woodhouse. J £1099.80, £1098.80; Grahamslaw £1080.40, £1014.70; Halidean Mill £1037.40, £1011.36; Phantassie £1035, £954.60; Aikeyside £997.50; Branton East Side £1028.10, £986.90, £944.70; West Mains £952.50.
Cows per kg: Woodhouse. J 1.64, 1.56; Hyndlee £1.51; Phantassie 1.50, 1.48, 1.44; Aikeyside 1.50; Branton East Side 1.49 (2), 1.41; Grahamslaw 1.48, 1.39; Corsbie(Fullerton) 1.43, 1.41; Thrunton 1.40 (2).
Hoggs per head: Suff.x;- £114, £113 Clochnahill, £110 Lurdenlaw and Berryhill, Tex.x;- £110 West Mains. L, £108 Lurdenlaw and West Mains. L, Char;- £110 Clochnahill, Chev;- £104 The Whitehouse, Swinside, £103, £100 Lurdenlaw, Rye;- £96 Clochnahill, HB;- £95 Gillahill, Chev.x;- £93 Gillahill and Saughtree, GF;- £92.50 Westwood, Zwa;- £91 Billiemains, CM;- £90 Wester Ulston, BFL;- £90 Hartside, BF;- £86 Hutlerburn.
Hoggs per kg: Tex.x;- 236.3 Housebyres, 235.7 Gillahill, 233.8 Swinnie, Suff.x;- £232.1 The Knock, 229.7 Threepwood, 229.3 Gillahill, Chev;- 227.9 Saughtree, 227.4 Thorlieshope, 225 Wester Ulston, Char;- 219.4 Woodhouse. J, GF;- 215.1 Westwood, 211.9 Thistle Doo, EC;- 211.1 Bedrule, CM;- 209.3 Wester Ulston, BF;- 200 Bedrule and Larriston.
During last week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd to week sold 172 prime cattle including 70 cast cows, 1,467 prime sheep, 348 cast ewes, 245 store and breeding cattle.
Charolais cross heifers sold to 387p per kg and £1,277 from New Smailholm Farm, Kelso. Aberdeen Angus cross heifers sold to 390per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick.
Cast cows continue to reach satisfactory levels with numbers well up for this time of year. Leading prices:- Simmental crosses to 275p per kg and £1,259. Dairy cows from Kelloe Mains, Duns, hit the high spot at £1,208. Other dairy cows to £1,136 per head from Edinburgh University Farm, Roslin. Pure Limousin cows to £1,427 per head. Major consignment of 29 Continental Ccrosses average £1,051 per head to a top of £1,194.
The Sheep trade finally livened up as numbers begin to dry up. Export lambs from Great Tosson, Rothbury, sold to 440p per kg while light weight lambs from Barnsley sold to 430p per kg for Pure Swales. Store cattle continue to sell extremely well with many lots 40 kgs heavier than the previous year’s cattle. Quality lots were also dearer per kg in many cases. Luing cows to £2,000 for calvers.