At their weekly sale of primestock last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,181 new season lambs, 64 hoggs and young sheep and 187 ewes and rams.
Lambs forward in larger numbers as countrywide. Homes very difficult to find, resulting in the inevitable with all classes easier.
New season lambs, leading prices per head:- Suf:- £108, £100 (2) Roseden. Tex.x:- £95 Holy Island, Holy Island (M Patterson), £90 Lilburn Estates, £89.50p Ewart, £88 Chesterhill, £85 Lilburn Estates, Village Farm, Springhill, Seahouses. Sfx:- £92 Chesterhill, Holy Island, £90 Chesterhill, Fawdon Farms, £88 Goswick (2), £86 Marigold, £85.50p Chesterhill, £85 Kettleburn. Bel:- £87, £85 (2) Ladykirk, £82 (2) Chillingham Home Farm. Ham:- £90 East Fleetham.
New season lambs, leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 220.9p Holy Island, Holy Island (M Patterson), 218.9p Kettleburn, 216.2p Shipley Smallburn, 213.2p Fawdon Farms, 211.4p Dunslaw, 210.8p (2) Lilburn Estates, 210.3p Wrangham East, 210p Branton Eastside, Springhill, Seahouses (2). Bel:- 220p, 216.2p Chillingham Home Farm, 214.3p, 211.1p Ladykirk, 210.3p (2) Chillingham Home Farm. Sfx:- 209.1p Holy Island, 208.5p Chesterhill, 205.6p Dunslaw, 205.3p Brandon, 205.1p Fawdon Farms, Shawdon Woodhouse. Suf:- 212.8p Roseden.
Hoggs, leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £101.50p, £98.50p, £96.50p East Fleetham. Sfx:- £96.50p East Fleetham.
Similar returns again this week.
Leading prices:- Sfx:- £96 Chillingham Home Farm, £88 Milfield Demesne, £86 Lilburn Estates (2), £86 Chillingham Home Farm, £85 West Longridge. Tex:- £89 Crunklaw, £87 The Hagg, £80 Wrangham East, Chillingham Home Farm. Bel:- £85 Chillingham Home Farm. Cha:- £84 North Lyham. Oxf:- £85 East Fleetham. SD:- £63 East Fleetham. Mule:- £75 West Longridge, £70 The Hagg. Jac:- £65 Charlton Mires. Swa:- £65 Charlton Mires. Chv:- £64 Sourhope.
Rams:- Tex:- £118 West Longridge, £107 The Hagg. BF:- £91 Treaty Park, £85 West Longridge, £80 Hethpool.
At its weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 71 clean cattle, 46 OTM cattle, 1,134 new season lambs 31 old season hoggs and 232 ewes.
Bullocks (29) averaged 203.5p per kg and sold to 226p (-3.8p on week), heifers (40) averaged 211.1p per kg and sold to 235p (+2.8p on week) and 46 beef type OTM cattle averaged 136p per kg and sold to 170p (n/c on the week).
The 1,134 new season lambs averaged 225p per kg (-21.1p on the week) and sold to £113, top price 247p per kg for Beltex, 31 old season hoggs averaged 1.46p per kg (+9p on the week) and sold to £81 a top price of 180p per kg for Texels and 232 ewes averaged £82.82 and sold to £102 for Suffolk.
Heavy ewes averaged £90 and light ewes sold to £92.
Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1447.80, £1385.72; Mosstower £1378.
Principal prices per kg: Kirkton 2.35 Robert Pringle, 2.19 Charles Wilson Butchers; Chapelhill 2.29 Kevin Watt Butchers; Applecross 2.29, 2.27 Gosford Bothy Shop; Haughhead 2.28 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Traprain 2.26 Linton Butchers, 2.20 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Lennoxlove 2.26 Finlay and Co Ltd, 2.19 Forth Meat Supplies; Humbie Mill 2.24 John Anderson Butchers; Caverton Mill 2.20 Malone of Edinburgh; Bee Edge 2.20 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons 2.20, 2.19 Shaws Fine Meats.
Cows per head: Honeyburn £1241.22, £1203.92; Gateshaw £1182.96, £1177.10, £1145.82, £1115.56, £1106.64, £1085.76,£1054, £1052.48, £1039.34, £1005.66; Newton £1159.74; Saughtree £1036.94; Middlestead £1032.84; Mosstower £1020.74.
Cows per kg: Gateshaw 1.69, 1.67, 1.59, 1.57, 1.55, 1.51, 1.49, 1.47; Mosstower 1.61; Newton 1.53; Middlestead 1.51; Honeyburn 1.49; Roxburgh Mains 1.47.
New season lambs per head: Tex;- £108 Lochside, £105 Headshaw. L, £104.50 Thirlestane, Suff.x;- £95 Whitsome West Newton and Headshaw. L, Suff;- £113 Hatchendnize; HB;- £89 Stobshiel, £87 Marvingston, Bel;- £99, £95, £92.50 Redden, Ham;- £92 Greenburn, Char;- £91.50 Greenburn.
New season lambs per kg:- Bel;- 247.5, 237.5, 237.2 Redden, Tex;- 241.9 Thirlestane, 240, 239.5 Lochside, 239.2 Slegden, Suff.x;- 232.4 Slegden, 231.7 Headshaw. L, 228.1 Hermiston, HB;- 212.2 Marvingston, Ham;- 214 Greenburn, Char;- 218.8 Greenburn.
Hoggs per head: Tex;- £81 Swinside, £75, £74 Dunslaw, BF;- £51 Burncastle, Chev;- £75 Saughtree.
Young Sheep: Tex;- £80 Middlestead, £70 Dunslaw, Chev;- £60 Leaderfoot.
Ewes: Suff.x;- £102 Thirlestane, £99 Hermiston, £97 Fans, £95 Brotherstone, £93, Greenend, £92 Legars, £90 Greenend, Rumbletonrig, Thirlestane and Legerwood.
Suff;- £100 Marvingston, Tex;- £92 Greenend (St Bos), Crosshall, Headshaw. L, £91 Lochside, £90 Fans, Mule;- £81 Greenend, £76 Grahamslaw, £73 North Synton, Chev;- £75 Leaderfoot, HB;- £87, £76 Marvingston, £75 Fans, BF;- £65 Burncastle, Lleyn;- £84 Brotherstone, CM;- £92 Legars, High;- £71 Carterhaugh.
The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 14 prime cattle, three young bulls, 18 over 30 month cattle, 2,203 prime lambs, 1,582 prime hoggs and 4,294 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
Less prime cattle and short of requirements saw trade sharper on the week topping at 222.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by Messrs A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen whose run of heifers averaged 218.2p. More cattle required on a weekly basis.
Bulls sold to 150.5p and 141.5p for Angus from Messrs Routledge, Netherton.
Cast cows sold to a similar trade and topped at 136.5p for a Limousin from L. Black and Co., Lephinmore Farm.
Another large show of 2,203 prime lambs defied the weeks collapsing trade to produce an average of 224p per kilo. Heavyweight lambs over 45 kilos short or requirements with the best quality export lambs keenly sought after. Lightweight lambs similar on the week. Top of 276p per kilo for Beltex from Messrs Gribbon, Waterside.
A smaller show of 507 prime hoggs were forward to a busy ring of buyers all keen for hoggs, especially those with flesh. Leaner types harder to cash but still finding homes. Hogg trade will remain consistent until the end of the month, after which they shall be auctioned amongst the ewes. Top price of £100 per head for Texels from Auchengray, with a top per kilo of 224p for Hill Cheviots from Kirkhill. The overall sale average was 173.5p per kilo.
A similar show of 4,294 cast ewes and rams (1,000 more than the corresponding sale last year) saw trade for heavy ewes a couple of pounds cheaper with small ewes in strong demand.
BORDER LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE
Border Livestock Exchange Ltd conducted a farm dispersal sale on behalf on E.J. and A.M. Fox at Ewart Farm, Wooler.
A tremendous offering of well-maintained modern machinery was presented to a huge company of buyers who had travelled from all over the UK. The quality of machinery was outstanding with prices achieved amongst the dearest ever witnessed at a farm sale.
Leading prices to include 2010 MF 2190 Square Baler £43,500; JCB 310S Loadall 2012 £38,000; JD 6330 Tractor 2007 £25,000. A Stewarts 30’ Stock Trailer 2007 £20,200; JD 6320 Tractor 2003 £17,800; BVL Twin Tub Mixer Wagon £14,000. Bailey 12 tonne Silage Trailer £8,400.