Market Prices

Grass cutting near Midlem in the Scottish Borders.
Grass cutting near Midlem in the Scottish Borders.


At their weekly sale of primestock last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,107 new season lambs, 282 hoggs, young sheep and ewes.

As with early week markets lamb trade took another lapse, quality in spec types again easiest to cash.

New season lambs, leading prices per head:- Tex:- £80 West Longridge, Todrig and Holy Island (2), £78.50 Pallinsburn, £76.50 East Fleetham and Holy Island (2). Suff.x:- £80 Holy Island, £75.50 Shipley Lane and Holy Island, £75 Chesterhill. Bel.x.:- £79, £77, £76 Chillingham Home Farm. Mule:- £67 Lilburn Estates.

New season lambs, leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 208.1p, 207.9p, 196p (2), 190p Chillingham Home Farm, 188.9p Ladykirk. Tex.x:- 184.6p Village Farm, Seahouses, 184.2p Black Heddon, 183.8p Great Ryle, 182.6p Pallinsburn, 181.6p Yetlington Lane, 180.8p Alnham.

Hoggs and young sheep sold to £77 Lilburn Estates. Ewe numbers similar but more leaner sorts on offer.

Leading prices:- Tex:- £125 Wrangham East. Tex.x:- £88 Wrangham East, £80 West Longridge, £79 Branxton Moor and Todrig. Suff.x:- £91 Branxton Moor, £88 Holy Island, £83 West Longridge, £80 Dunslaw. HB:- £86.50 Dunslaw. Mule:- £77 Mayfield, £76 Brockley Hall and Hedgeley Farms, £75.50 Holy Island, £75 Branxton Moor. Swa:- £62 Hedgeley Farms. Rams:- Tex.x: £99. Suff.x:- £98 Ladykirk.

st boswells

At its weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 87 clean cattle, 41 OTM cattle, 1,207 new season lambs, 20 old season SQQ lambs and 316 ewes.

Bullocks (46) averaged 207.6p per kg and sold to 230p (n/c on week), heifers (39) averaged 210.8p per kg and sold to 229p (+0.9p on week), beef type OTM cattle averaged 120.9p per kg and sold to 155p (n/c on the week) and young bulls averaged 2.00p and sold to 130p (n/c on week).

New season lambs averaged 1.83p per kg (-3p on the week) and sold to £95.50, top price 2.03p per kg for Texel ewes averaged £72.51, and sold to £110 for Suffolk. Heavy ewes averaged £83.43 and light ewes sold to £80 for Cheviot and averaged £66.70.

Principal prices per head: Lennoxlove £1399.68, £1329.24, £1327.14; Longnewton £1392.56, £1289.40; Bee Edge £1374, £1347.80, £1330.22, £1312.74, £1285.70, £1270.22; Kirkton £1339.52, £1254.40; Dunslaw £1328.94, £1254.54; Lurdenlaw £1274.58.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.30 Shaws Butcher, Lauder, 2.29 Anderson, Leith, 2.29 W. Taylor (Lockerbie) Ltd, 2.27 W.T.S Forsyth and Sons, 2.21 W.P. Tulloch, Paisley; Wester Ulston 2.28, 2.21 J.Gilmour and Co Ltd; Kirkton 2.26 Scottish Border Meats, 2.25, 2.24 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd, 2.24 Shaws Butcher, Lauder; Mosstower 2.25 J.F. Findlay and Co Ltd; Dunslaw 2.24 Robert Pringle and Sons; Muircleugh 2.23 J.Gilmour and Co Ltd; Lennoxlove 2.22 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd; Haughhead 2.21 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd.

Cows per head: Ford Westfield £1194.72; Burnhouse Mains £1071.98; Halidean Mill £1031.38, 1003.86; Kirkton £1023; Torsonce £1014.30; Mossburnford £1002.84.

Cows per kg: Kirkton 1.55; Upper Samieston 1.49; Torsonce 1.47; Huntington 1.43; Burnhouse Mains 1.39; Halidean Mill 1.39; Cockburn 1.37; Mossburnford 1.37.

New season lambs per head: Tex:- £95.50 Kaeside, £91 Birkenside, £90 Edrom Mains; Suff.x :- £85 West Moneylaws, Birkenside; £84 Sunnyside Cottage, Ladyflat; CHM:- £75 Torwoodlee, £71 Gilston; Bel:- £94.50, £92.50, £91 Redden; Cha:- £77.50 Ladyflat, £74, (twice) Falsidehill; Zwa:- £70 Lauder Barns; HB:- £69.50 Haltree.

New season lambs per kg:-. Tex:- 203 Lower Ashtrees, 202 Lauder Barns; Suff.x:- 192 Traprain, 188 West Moneylaws, Birkenside; Bel:- 206, 205 Redden, 204 Sydenham.

Ewes: Suff:- £110, £84 Oxmuir; Mul:- £82, £77 Thirlestane, £77 Birkenside; Suff.x:- £90 Birkenside, Greenhead, £83 Gilston; LLe:- £80 Whitriggs, £78 Lustruther, £76 Whitriggs; Tex:- £106 Huntington, £98 Birkenside, £86 Lower Ashtrees; HB:- £85 Haltree; CHM:- £85, £72 Gilston. Rams: Suff:- £101 Kaeside; Bel:- £94 Hartside; Tex:- £107 Craig Douglas, £102 Huntington; Chv:- £75 Floors Farming.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 24 prime cattle, four young bulls, 15 over 30 month cattle, 2,326 prime lambs and 3,809 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

More prime cattle forward sold well to a similar trade, although plenty of weight on offer. The sale was topped at 217p for a Charolais heifer shown by Messrs Armstrong, Sceughdyke, Limousin bullocks topped at 213p from Messrs Taylor, Dashwellgreen.

Cows remain a good trade with more required. Charolais to 142p and 140p from Messrs Watret, Burnside, other to 132p for Limousin shown by Messrs Vevers, High Stenries.

A similar show of 2,326 prime lambs sold to an average of 182p per kilo, better than expectations considering the collapse of lambs midweek in other centres across the country. All classes of lambs easier on the week, with only lightweight lambs under 33 kilos realising around the £2 mark.

Another good show of 3,809 cast ewes and rams were forward and short of buyer’s requirements with trade being every bit as dear as last week. Many more could have been sold to advantage. Tups short of requirements.

border livestock

Last week Border Livestock Exchange sold 142 prime cattle including 36 cows, 2,019 prime lambs including 516 small lambs (ewe lambs), 391 cast ewes and 88 store and breeding cattle. Aberdeen Angus cross heifers from South Farm, Newcastle, sold to 370p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick.

Export lambs from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso, sold to £94.50 for Continental crosses with Texel crosses from Cherrytrees, Yetholm, selling to £93.50. Quality Suffolk crosses from Easington Grange, Belford, and Outerston, Corbridge, sold to £92.40.

Breeding cattle sold extremely well with Limousin cross cows and calves selling to £1,800 and £1,460 for mixed ages. Aberdeen Angus bulls sold to £3,000.