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John Swan Christmas Cracker'Overall Champion Sheep from Robert Rennie and Becca Oldham, Sydenham Farm, Kelso
John Swan Christmas Cracker'Overall Champion Sheep from Robert Rennie and Becca Oldham, Sydenham Farm, Kelso


At their weekly Primestock sale last Wednesday, John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,663 lambs and 300 ewes.

The Annual Christmas Show took place along with the primestock sale, expertly judged by Mr J. Curle, Bowsden.

The Championship was awarded to Messrs H.N. Howard and Son, Chillingham Home Farm, for a pen of Beltex.x lambs weighing 48kg and selling at £140 to the judge Mr J. Curle, a treble for the Chillingham Home Farm team at this centre this year. The Reserve Championship went to last year’s winners Messrs S.H. Spours and Sons, Henlaw, for a pen of Beltex.x lambs weighing 42kg and selling at £90 again to the judge.

A larger show of lambs and a larger show of buyers saw returns again head in the right direction, vendors receiving trade above expectations.

Leading prices per head:- Bel.x:- £140, £98.50, £96, £95 Chillingham Home Farm, £90 (2) £89, £88.50 (2), £87.50. £86, £85.50, £85, £84.50 Henlaw, £84.50 Yetlington Lane. Tex.x:- £95.50 South Charlton, £94, £93.50 Fowberry Moor, £90 Henlaw, Inland Pastures, Fowberry Moor and Edlingham Newtown, £89.50 Mindrum Farming Co. C.M:- £91 South Charlton. Suff.x:- £90, £87.50 Brockley Hall, £85.50 Biddlestone Home Farm and Brockley Hall. Char:- £89 Yetlington Lane, £88.50, £88 Elwick. Chev:- £84, £83 South Charlton. Mule:- £77 Hedgeley Farms and Ladykirk. BF:- £76.50 Lilburn Estates, £76 Henlaw.

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At their weekly Primestock sale on Monday, John Swan Ltd sold 116 clean cattle, 60 OTM cattle, 3,700 new season lambs and 650 ewes.

Bullocks (45) averaged 217.8p per kg and sold to 240p (-2.4p on week), heifers (69) averaged 218p per kg and sold to 251p (+1.0p on week), two young bulls averaged 219p per kg and sold to 220p (n/c on week) and 60 beef type OTM cattle averaged 115.6p per kg and sold to 204p (n/c on the week).

New season lambs averaged 187p per kg (-15p on the week) £78.63 per head and sold to £102, top price 237.8p per kg for Texel from M/s Bell, Charlesfield, and Beltex from M/s Kay and Son, Hartside.

Ewes averaged £72.14 (+£8 on the week) and sold to £111 for Texels from M/s Rennie and Son, Sydenham.

Heavy ewes averaged £82.43, light ewes sold to £75 for Cheviots from M/s Tennant, Shaws, and averaged £66.49.

Principal prices per head: North Synton £1532.16; Longnewton £1531.80; Bee Edge £1480.90; Toxside £1474.60; Lurdenlaw £1456.40. Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.51 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.44 Shaws of Lauder, 2.40, 2.35 W. Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.36 Scottish Border Meats; Upper Nisbet 2.40 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons; Honeyburn 2.40 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Longnewton 2.39 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons; Lurdenlaw 2.38 W. Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.33 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.31 Malone of Edinburgh, Greenknowe 2.35 J.F. Finlay and Co Ltd; Smailholm Mains 2.34 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, Dunslaw 2.34 Malone of Edinburgh; Redden 2.33 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Saughland 2.33 Malone of Edinburgh.

Bulls: New Heaton £1103.52 (88p); Thirlestane £1010.16 (92p).

Cows per head: Upper Nisbet £1350.48, £1240.28, Shoestanes £1228.08, £1000.16; Roxburgh Mains £1152.50; Kersknowe £1129.70, £1103.90; Wester Middleton £1061.34, £927.10; Burnhouse Mains £1047.50; Thirlestane £1030.40, £925.28; Middlethird £998.76; Cortleferry £953.54; Birkenside £922.24; Corsbie £920.36.

A total of 635 light lambs sold to a top of 225.7p pkg, £74.50 for 33kg Beltex.x from M/s Sinclair, Crookston, averaging overall 188p pkg. Per head: Bel.x;- £74.50 Crookston, BF;- £68.50, £66 Williamhope, £65 Scamblesby Farm and Hartside, £68 Middlestead, Tex;- £66.50 Scamblesby Farm, £61 Thornielee, £58 Middlestead, SM;- £65 Threeburnford, £64 Scamblesby Farm, Chev;- £65 Philiphaugh and Saughtree, £63 Mountbenger, Chev.x;- £64.50 Burncastle.

Although trade was easier on the week it still compares favourably with most other livestock auction marts.

Lambs per head: Tex;- £102, £100 Charlesfield, £100 Lower Ashtrees, £97 St Leonards, Bel;- £100 Crookston, £92.50 Hartside and Lylestane, Suff.x;- £96 Bonjedward Mill and Falside, £95 Headshaw. L, £94.50 Elmbank, Chev.x;- £82 Burncastle, CM;- £82.50 Falnash, £80 Wester Ulston, Char;- £82 Woodhouse, HB;- £80 Stobshiel Mains, Chev;- £82.50 Shaws, £81.50 Saughtree, £80 Philiphaugh, Ber;- £86.50 Springwood, SM;- £82 Burncastle, £81.50 Burnhouse Mains, £80 Burncastle, BF;- £79.50 Burnhouse Mains, £70.50 Roxburgh Mill, £70 Threeburnford.

Larger show of ewes forward, all classes sharper on the week.

Ewes: Tex;- £111 Sydenham, £102.50 Hermiston, £100 Bow, £95 St Leonards, Suff.x;- £108 Faughhill, £105.50 Hermiston, £100 Greenhead. R, £92.50 Berryhill, SM;- £87.50 Greenhead. R, £83.50 Berryhill, £79 Falside, CM;- £80 St Leonards and Stoneypath, £78.50 Lylestane, HB;- £83 Drumreach, BFL;- £80Hartside, BL;- £72 Brunt Court, Chev.x;- £62 Belford on Bowmont, Chev;- £75, £72, £69 Shaws, £68 Wormerlaw, Bel;- £90 Faughhill, BF;- £60 Toxside, £59 Stoneypath.

Rams: Tex;- £100 Leetside, £90 Ruletownhead, Suff;- £91 Cavers Lea, Chev;- £80 Gospelhall.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 21 prime cattle, 14 over 30 month cattle, 8,005 prime lambs and 4,529 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale.

A small mixed show of prime cattle with quality selling well. The sale was topped at 237.5p for a Limousin heifer sold by A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen, others to 226.5p from J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn. Not so many OTM cattle but big fit cows forward with all classes selling to similar rates. Top price to 155.5p for a Montbeliarde shown by J.G. Vevers, Peterscrook.

A great show of 8,005 prime lambs forward to a full ring of buyers all keen for sheep. Export weight and light weight lambs remain very easily sold with 50 kilo plus lambs also in demand.