Market prices


At their weekly Primestock Sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 999 hoggs and 426 ewes.

Larger numbers of hoggs on offer, trade easily maintained at late rates, heavyweights dearer.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £105, £99 The Hagg, £98 Newstead, £96.50 Kettleburn, £94 Elwick, £93.50 Kettleburn, Elwick and Craigshouse, £92 The Hagg, £91 St Johns Kirk. Suff.x:- £102 Castlelaw, £97.50 Brandon, £94 Castlelaw, £90.50 St Johns Kirk, £90 The Hagg. Bel:- £93.50 Ladykirk. Chev:- £90 Humbleheugh. CM:- £88 South Charlton. Char:- £86 St Johns Kirk. Mule:- £79 West Longridge. BF:- £77 West Longridge.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 208.8p (2) The Hagg, 206.4p Craigshouse, 204.9p St Johns Kirk, 203.8p The Hagg, 200p (2) Springhill, Seahouses and The Hagg (2), 200p St Johns Kirk. Bel:- 204.9p St Johns Kirk, 202.6p (2), 200p Ladykirk. Chev:- 203.7p St Johns Kirk and Humbleheugh. Suff.x:- 200p West Longridge. Mule:- 188p West Longridge. BF:- 183.3p West Longridge.

Ewes, larger show forward with more flesh and quality about, again very dear.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £127.50 Elwick, £124 Haugh Head, £122 Elwick and Shipley Smallburn, £121 Conundrum Farm, £119 Tughall, £116 Bowmont Hall, £111 Eglingham Moor, £108 Tughall (2), £104 Shipley Smallburn, £102 Tughall, £101 Chatton Park. Suff.x:- £124 Eglingham Newtown, £122 Kettleburn, £114 Bowmont Hill. CHM:- £115, £109 South Charlton. Mule:- £106 Elwick, £100 Bowmont Hill, Tughall and Edlingham Newtown. LLY:- £92 Reavley Greens. BFL:- £98.50 Edlingham Newtown. BF:- £90 Edlingham Newtown. Chev:- £89 South Charlton, £87 Humbleheugh.

Rams:- Suf:- £119 Shawdon Woodhouse. Zwa:- £108 Conundrum Farm.

St boswells

At their Primestock Sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 95 clean cattle, five OTM cattle, 60 beef cows, 1,631 old season lambs and 397 ewes.

Bullocks (25) averaged 215.7p per kg and sold to 236p (-1.3p on week), heifers (68) averaged 218.8p per kg and sold to 253p (n/c on week). Five OTM cattle averaged 171.1p and sold to 207p (+11.1p on the week) and 55 beef type cows averaged 136.3p per kg and sold to 185p (n/c on the week).

Old season lambs averaged 194p per kg (+7p on the week) £83.87 per head and sold to £109, top price 232p per kg for Texel. Ewes averaged £77.71, and sold to £141 for Texel.

Heavy ewes averaged £89.19 while light ewes sold to £83 for EC and averaged £62.63.

Principal prices per head: Shidlaw £1516.90, £1483.38; Redheugh £1496.28; Lennoxlove £1493.66.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.53 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.48 M/s J. Cockburn and Son, 2.46 Border Meats, 2.45 Shaws of Lauder; Mosstower 2.44 Border Meats; Longnewton 2.38 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.34 M/s A.F. Thomson and Son, 2.33 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Dunslaw 2.38 Alex Smith, Butcher, Edin; Lennoxlove 2.36 M/s C. Kirkpatrick; Upper Nisbet 2.35 Shaws of Lauder; Smailholm Mains 2.35 M/s J. Saunderson Ltd; Shidlaw 2.34 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.33 M/s A.F. Thomson and Son; Saltoun Home Farm 2.34 Robert Wilson, Butcher, Edin; Eccles Bankhead 2.33 M/s J.F. Finlay and Co Ltd.

OTM cattle: Meigle £1328.94 (2.07); Hutlerburn £1043 (149p).

Bulls: Ransfield £1144.80 (135p); Corsbie (F) £1143.10 (115p).

Cows per head: Headshaw L £1322.64, £1258.32; Grahamslaw £1320.60, £1118.26, £1093.26; South Ord £1250.60, £1214.10, £1155, £1091.20; Boon £1206.90, £1070.74, £1046.52; Mosstower £1206.20; Middlestead £1082.88; Northhouse £1080.06; Ransfield £1054.

Cows per kg: Mosstower 1.85; South Ord 1.71, 1.69, 1.65, 1.59, 1.55, 1.49; Ransfield 1.70; Headshaw L 1.67, 1.47; Boon 1.57, 1.53, 1.49, 1.47; Grahamslaw 1.55 Northhouse 1.45.

Lambs per head: Suff.x;- £109, £99, £98 Bonjedward Mill, £106, £102 Lurdenlaw, £97 Dunslaw, Tex;- £107.50 Ashcraig, £105 Bonjedward Mill, £96 Lurdenlaw, Chev;- £97 Lurdenlaw, £85.50 Lylestane, £83 The Dod, BF;- £90 Craig Douglas, £85 Ashcraig, £82 Hartside, Bel;- £88, £87.50 Lylestane, £86.50, £86 Thistle Doo, Suff;- £87.50, £83 Brunt Court, Ham;- £85 Dunslaw, £81 Lauder Barns, £80 Redhouse, Mule;- £85 Lumsdaine, £83.50 Swinnie, £79.50 Aikeyside, BFL;- £84.50 Hartside.

Lambs per kg: 2.37 Todhills, 2.14 Inchkeith, 2.12 Corsbie, Bel;- 2.30, 2.00 Lylestane, 2.16, 1.95 Thistle Doo, Chev;- 2.21 Thistle Doo, 2.18 The Dod, 2.15, 2.09, 1.98 Lylestane, Suff.x;- 2.11, 2.02 Blackburn, 2.08, 2.01, 2.00 Dunslaw, 2.01 Aikeyside, 1.99 Highfield, BF;- 2.01 Stoneypath, Mule;- 1.96 Inchkeith, 1.94 Swinnie.

Ewes: Tex;- £141, £140 New Blainslie, £118 Symington Mains, Belt;- £121 New Blainslie, Suff.x;- £119 Lauder Barns, £113 Blackburn. L, £111 Corsbie, £107 Broom, HB;- £119 Bonjedward Mill, Char;- £103 Helmburn, Zwa;- £99, £93 Lauder Barns, Suff;- £98 Stoneypath, EC;- £83 Girrick, Jac;- £79 Henderson Gdns, Chev;- £75 Whitefield, £73 Carcant, BF;- £73 Eckford & Lumsdaine, £71 Newarkburn, £69 Fauldshope, £67 Ashcraig,

Rams: Suff;- £123 Hermiston, Tex;- £100 Todhills.

Border Livestock exchange

During the week ending February 27, Border Livestock Exchange sold 174 Prime Cattle including 61 cows, 1,280 prime lambs, 364 cast ewes, 900 store lambs, 310 breeding sheep and 376 store and breeding cattle.

Prime cattle were slightly firmer on the week with Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Hallrule Farm, Bonchester Bridge, selling to 387p per kg. Continental crosses sold to 379p per kg for Charolais crosses from South Farm, Seahouses, and £1,625 per head.

With trade for cast cows improving, larger numbers of weekly consignments are coming forward. Dairy cows from Kelloe Mains, Duns, sold to £1,128 with Pure Continentals from Bowsden Moor, Berwick, reaching £1,467 per head and 300p per kg. Sharplaw, Hownam, sold Continental crosses to £1,210.

Prime sheep also firmed with Suffolk and Texel cross lambs selling to 425p per kg (£89.00 per head) from Newlands, Belford. Lleyn export lambs also to 425p per kg from Wharmley Farm, Hexham.

The company sold a record number of store and breeding cattle and sheep with prices well above sellers’ expectations with yearling suckler bred store cattle averaging well over £1,000 per head on farm. Store and breeding sheep are also selling extremely well.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 12 prime cattle, five young bulls, 11 OTM cattle, 5,026 prime hoggs and 3,965 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Prime cattle were slightly cheaper on the week but very much in line with the national trend.

Prime bulls were a fantastic trade peaking at 221.5p and 218.5p for Limousin from Messrs Taylor, Fellend, Bassenthwaite and 219.5p for Limousin from G. Mitchinson and Sons, Gallowberry.

OTMS cattle were dearer than last week peaking at 162.5p for a Limousin cow from R. and H. Braid, Moffat. Many more could have been sold.

Another grand show of 5,026 prime hoggs was forward to the usual ring of buyers present trade was steady all day.

Export weight hoggs and lightweight hoggs continue to sell at recent high rates, although a shortage of 38-43 kilo hoggs were forward.

A similar show of 3,965 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers with trade a lot sharper on the week, especially for the heavy ewes.