Market Prices


At their fortnightly store sale last Tuersday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 162 store cattle.

Buyers in abundance and with grass arriving all classes in keen demand, greater numbers could be handled with confidence.

Steers, leading prices per head - Char: £1160 Alnham, £940, £870 South Ord. Lim.x:- £1150 Ford and Etal (Warcup), £960, £950, £930 (2) Wandon. A.A.x:- £980, £940 (2) Abberwick and East Bolton, £930 Wandon, £910 Alnham and Wandon, £900 South Ord and Abberwick and East Bolton. Leading prices per kilo - Char: 278p, 259.7p South Ord. Lim.x:- 255.2p Shotton, 240.9p Wandon. Sim.x:- 250p Shotton. A.A.x:- 242.4p South Ord.

Heifers, leading prices per head - Lim.x:- £1010 South Ord, £910 Ford & Etal (Warcup), £900 Barmoor Red House, £880 Shotton, £840 Ford and Etal (Warcup), £830 Barmoor Red House. Char:- £960 South Ord, £920, £905, £860 (3), £845 Alnham. A.A.x:- £880 South Ord, £840 Abberwick and East Bolton. Leading prices per kilo - Lim.x:- 244.8p Barmoor Red House, 240.7p, 234.7p Shotton. Char.x:- 234.3p South Ord, 232.1p, 222.8p Alnham. A.A.x:- 226.6p South Ord.

At their weekly primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 223 hoggs and young sheep and 85 ewes.

Tail end lots appearing fast and also teeth but again fleshy types easily sold.

Leading prices per head:- Suff.x:- £103 Castlelaw, £96 Low Middleton, £94.50 (2) Shotton, £94 Castlelaw, £92 Shotton. Tex.x:- £102 Edlingham Newtown, £101.50 South Ditchburn, £100 Village Farm, Seahouses, £98.50 South Ditchburn, £94.50 Amerside Law, £93.50 (2), £92.50 Ladykirk. Bel.x:- £95.50, £91.50 Ladykirk. Mule:- £90.50 Hedgeley Farms. BF:- £87 Edlingham Newtown, £81.50 West Wing, Eglingham Hall.

Leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 223.2p, 222.1p Ladykirk. Tex.x:- 222.6p Ladykirk, 217.5p Shipley Smallburns, 210.5p Ladykirk.

Ewes again very dear. Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £105, £93 Village Farm, Seahouses, £92.50 Shotton. Suff.x:- £99 Ladykirk, £95 Low Middleton and Ladykirk, £94 Lilburn Estates and Shotton. HB:- £92.50 Brandon. Mule:- £92 Low Middleton and Castlelaw, £90 Shotton, £87.50 Lilburn Estates. BF:- £69 Edlingham Newtown. Swale:- £65 Hedgeley Farms.

Rams: £130 Castlelaw.

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At their weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 131 clean cattle, 87 OTM cattle, 35 new season lambs, 1,155 old season SQQ lambs and 573 ewes.

Bullocks (48) averaged 202.9p per kg and sold to 233p (n/c on week), heifers 75) averaged 201.1p per kg and sold to 241p (n/c on week), eight young bulls averaged126.9p per kg and sold to176p (n/c on week) and 87 beef type OTM cattle averaged 121.6p per kg and sold to 195p (n/c on the week).

New season lambs averaged 250.6p per kg (+1p on the week) and sold to £120, old season SQQ hoggs averaged 218.5p per kg (-6.1p on week) and sold to £112 and ewes averaged £71.97, and sold to £120. Heavy ewes £88.88, light ewes £67.66.

Principal prices per head: Penston £1488.52; Shidlaw £1483.90, £1473.78; Inland Pastures £1477.22, £1451.40; Longnewton £1443.18.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.41, 2.25 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.38 M/s Black and Sons Ltd, 2.31, 2.30 W Taylor (Lockerbie); Inland Pastures 2.33 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.25 M/s Foley Bros; Upper Hundalee 2.29 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Longnewton 2.25 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Lurdenlaw 2.24 Scottish Border Meats; Gospel Hall 2.21 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.20 Scottish Border Meats; Upper Nisbet 2.21 M/s J Waters and Sons, 2.19 M/s TA Shaw; Hexpath 2.21 Malone of Edinburgh; Lennoxlove 2.20 Malone of Edinburgh.

Bulls: Easter Middleton £1297.74(1.29); Toxside £1233.24(1.29); Torsonce Mains £1223.82(1.17).

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1381.66; Easter Middleton £1297.74; Toxside £1233.24, £1040.40; Elmbank £1223.82, £1008.70; Cowbog £1195.56; Thrunton £1156.28; Longniddry £1126.46; Penston £1068.78; Pogbie £1063.92; Dunslaw £1058.40; Nether Howden £1029.60; Corsbie £1009.80; West Mains £1007.50.

Cows per kg: Dunslaw 1.80, 1.70; Thirlestane 1.71, 1.70; Middlestead 1.61, 1.41; Firth 1.54, 1.49; Toxside 1.53; Longniddry 1.51; Nether Howden 1.43; Pogbie 1.43; Fans 1.41; Wantonwalls 1.41; Penston 1.41.

New season lambs per head: Suff.x;- £120, £115 Smailholm Mains, Tex;- £115, £105 (2) Lochside, £106 Craighouse, Char;- £109, £105 Fairlaw, Hamp;- £115 East Fortune, Dor;- £106 The Granary.

New season lambs per kg:- Tex;- 271.8 Craighouse, 269.2(2) Lochside, Suff.x;- £255.6, 255.3 Smailholm Mains, Hamp;- 255.6 East Fortune.

Hoggs per head: Tex;- £112 Roundabouts, £109 Catcune, £106 Fountainhall, £105 Grasmiston, Suff.x;- £110, £101 Boghall (St Andrews), Bel;- £100 Clochnahill, Chev;- £99.50(2), £98.50, £98 Boghall(St Andrews) HB;- £99, £94 Stobshiel Mains, Suff;- £98, £97 Catcune, Mule;- £89 Slegden.

Hoggs per kg: Bel;- 238.1 Clochnahill, Tex;- 236.6 Wester Ulston, 233.3 Grasmiston, 227.9 Whitlaw, Chev;- £230.3 Swinnie, 228.2(2) Wester Ulston, 227.9 Boghall (St Andrews), Suff.x;- 229.3 Clochnahill, 221.1 Prenderguest.

Ewes: Suff;- £120 Highfield, £100 New Channelkirk, Tex;- £119, £105 Roundabouts, £105 Leaston, £105 Upper Huntlywood, Suff.x;- £103 Linkshead, £101 St Leonards, £98 Upper Huntlywood, £97 Fairlaw, HB;- £100, £97 Bonjedward Mill, Chev;- £99, £95 Upper Huntlywood, £91 Faughhill, £89 Gospelhall, Ham;- £96 East Fortune, Mule;- £95 St Leonards, £93 Burnhouse Mains, £91 Blackcastle, £90 Fairnilee, BFL;-£90 Blackshiels, £73 Blackcastle, £70 Linkshead, Bel;- £90 The Shieling, CHM;- £85 Linkshead, £83 Raperlaw, BF;- £80 Burnhouse Mains, £71 Blackcastle, £71 Thirlestane.

Rams: £111, £110, £100 Greenknowe, £102 Catcune, £100 Linkshead, Chev;- £110 Ashcraig, Suff;- £100 Greenknowe, Bel;- £100 Greenknowe.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 32 prime cattle, 11 young bulls, seven over 30 month cattle, 13 spring lambs, 4,987 prime hoggs and 2,938 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Prime cattle were slightly harder to cash as the deadweight prices continue to fall. The best end were still keenly sought after and topped at 227.5p for a Limousin heifer from A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen. British Blue heifers sold to 225.5p shown by P.T. and J. Inman, Kilnknowe Farm. Bullocks sold to £1,553.88 from Messrs R. Byers and Son, Woodslee.

Prime bulls upheld national trend and topped at 189.5p for a Limousin from J. and P. Routledge and Son, Netherton.

A small plain show of cast cows topped at 129.5p for a Blue Grey from R. Ackerley, Henrys Hill.

Spring lambs sold to a top of £110 per head (305p per kilo) for 36 kilo Texels from Messrs Ramsay, Dockray Hall. More lambs now required on a weekly basis.

A much larger show of 4,987 prime hoggs were forward to a full ring of buyers with trade being much better than anticipated and a quality show of hoggs easily sold with export type and lightweight hoggs keenly sought after. The overall sale average was 212.1p (219.1p SQQ). The sale topped at £132 for Texels from Messrs Marrs, Broomhills and to 277.8p for Beltex from Messrs Wharton, Snade.

A larger show of 2,938 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers all keen for sheep. Heavy ewes would be £4 to £5 dearer on the week with lighter ewes £4 to £5 easier than last weeks extreme rates.