Market Prices


At their weekly primestock sale last Wednesday, John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 274 hoggs and 167 ewes.

Numbers similar, no camouflage here all classes a lump easier.

Leading prices per head:- Zwa:- £119.50, £113 Sanson Seal. Suff.x:- £100 Edlingham Newtown, £86 Brandon, £85.50 Brandon, £85 Castlelaw. Chev:- £84 Humbleheugh. Tex.x:- £96 Edlingham Newtown, £80 South Ditchburn. BF:- £76 Edlingham Newtown.

Leading prices per kilo:- Chev:- 184.6p Humbleheugh. Tex.x:- 173p Ladykirk.

Ewes on the same level.

Leading prices per head:- BFL:- £123 Edlingham Newtown. Suff.x:- £120 Springhill, Seahouses, £119, £118 Wandon, £110 Springhill, Seahouses, £102 Edlingham Newtown. Tex.x:- £118 West Rennington, £116 Wandon, £115 West Rennington and South Ditchburn, £111.50 West Moneylaws, £110 Lorbottle Farm, £107 Yetlington lane. Cha:- £104 The Fleurs.

ML:- £97 Baldersbury Hill. Mule:- £92 Milfield Demesne, £91 Wandon and Edlingham Newtown, £90.50 Wandon, £90 Kimmerston. Chev:- £77 Baldersbury Hill, £73 Alnham Farms. BF:- £69.50, £68 Alnham Farms, £67 Milfield Demesne.

Rams:- Tex.x:- £117 South Ditchburn. BFL:- £93 Edlingham Newtown.

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At their weekly primestock sale on Monday, John Swan Ltd sold 113 clean cattle, two OTM cattle, 57 beef cows, 1,170 old season lambs, 23 new season lambs and 271 ewes.

Bullocks (38) averaged 207p per kg and sold to 230p (-1.5p on week). Heifers (75) averaged 207.3p per kg and sold to 241p (+5.7p on week). Two OTM cattle averaged 184p and sold to 185p (n/c on the week) and 57 beef type cows averaged 122.3p per kg and sold to 179p (n/c on the week).

Old season lambs averaged 166p per kg (-12.4p on the week) £77 per head and sold to £102, top price 191p per kg for Texel.

Ewes averaged £71, and sold to £119 for Texel. Heavy ewes averaged £80, Light ewes sold to £89 for Chv and averaged £48.

Principal prices per head: Wantonwalls £1439.20, Longnewton £1423.52, Bee Edge £1421.90, £1413.72.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.41 W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.40 Shaws of Lauder, 2.38 M/s Foley Bros, Phantassie 2.37 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, 2.36 W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.35 M/s Foley Bros, Upper Nisbet 2.34 W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, Phantassie 2.31 M/s J. Saunderson Ltd, Wester Ulston 2.31 M/s Foley Bros, Upper Nisbet 2.30 Shaws of Lauder, Sourhope 2.30 J.F. Findlay and Company Ltd, Herdmanston Mains 2.30 Worsley Wholesale Butchers Ltd, Bee Edge 2.28 Border Meats, Hopton 2.27 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, Shidlaw 2.26 Robert Wilson Butchers Ltd, Gospel Hall 2.26 Denholm Meat Supplies.

OTM cattle: Phantassie £1116.30 (1.83), £1047.10 (1.85).

Cows per head: Humebyres £1768.52, £1428.90, Kersknowe £1378.46, £1291.22, Wester Middleton £1152.38, Huntlaw Farm £1102.10, Stagehall £1077.48, South Ord £1068.12, Buskin £1061.10, Aikeyside £1058.68, £1058.48, Stagehall £1046.48, Buskin £1011.32, Wester Middleton £1005.48, Stagehall £1005, Wester Middleton £997.36.

Cows per kg: Humebyres 1.79, 1.65, Kersknowe 1.61, 1.57, Wester Middleton 1.57, 1.37.

New season lambs per head: Sfx;- £120, £117, £110 Smailholm Mains, Ham;- £102 East Fortune, Suf;- £99 Blackhill, Char;- £92 Fairlaw.

New season lambs per kg: Sfx;- 260, 244, 240 Smailholm Mains, Ham;- 212 East Fortune, 204 Fairlaw.

Hoggs per head: Chv £102, Lurdenlaw £94, Saughtree, Sfx;- £100 Lurdenlaw, £93 Blackburn Mill, £92, £89 Boghall St Andrews, Tex;- £95.50, £94 Butterdean, £90 Lower Ashtrees, Lurdenlaw, Char;- £94 Butterdean, Suf;- £92.50, £91, £88.50 Butterdean, Chm;- £84.50, Boghall St Andrews, £80 Gilston, BF;- £76, £75 Boghall St Andrews.

Hoggs per kg: Tex;- 191, 189.2 Bedrule, 184.6 Redheugh, Chv;- 189.7 Bedrule, 186.6 Saughtree, 183.3 Wester Ulston, BF;- 187.5, 168.9 Boghall St Andrews, Sfx;- 181.5 Boghall St Andrews, 180.5 Bedrule, Chm;- 180 Bedrule, 173.8 Wester Ulston, ML;- 174.4, 171.1 Curling.

Ewes: Tex;- £119 Greenend, £106 Blackburn Mill, Sfx;- £106 Hatchednize, £90 Bedrule, Dere Street, Monklaw, HB;- £100, £94 Smailholm Mains, £90 Blackhill, Suf;- £94 Butterdean, £91 Ecclaw, Ham;- £90 East Fortune, Chv;- £89 North Synton, £69 Monklaw, Mule;-£89, £87 Saughland, £87 Chapelhill Hawick, £83 Spottiswoode, Edston, Char;- £87 Fairlaw, Chm;- £83 Langtonlees, BF;- £71 Edston, £63 Mervinslaw.

Rams: Tex;- £103, £100 Corsbie, Suf;- £102 Corsbie.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 11 prime cattle, eight OTM cattle, 4,488 prime hoggs and 2,855 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Prime cattle met a sharper trade with both new purchasers and vendors in attendance. More cattle required to meet buyer’s requirements. Top price per kilo and per head was a Limousin heifer from Messrs Fiddler, Barrow Ling, Southwaite, which sold for 217.5p (£1,359.38) purchased by M.J. Wharton, Wigton. Another Limousin heifer from the same home sold for 213.5p (£1,259.65) to the same buyer.

Prime bullocks – principal prices per kilo Angus 193.5p, 191.5p, 189.5p Plumpe Farm.

Prime heifers – principal prices per kilo: Limousin 217.5p, 213.5p Barrow Ling, 209.5p Houghton House, 207.5p Sceughdyke, 195.5p Plumpe Farm. Charolais 193.5p Sceughdyke. Stabiliser 189.5p Sceughdyke. Angus 189.5p Plumpe Farm.

Prime bullocks – principal prices per head: Angus £1,025 Plumpe Farm.

Prime heifers – principal prices per head: Limousin £1,359, £1,259 Barrow Ling, £1,245 Sceughdyke, £1,192 Plumpe Farm, £1,110 Houghton House. Charolais £1,180 Sceughdyke. Stabiliser £1,137 Sceughdyke.

OTMS – principal prices per kilo: Limousin 169.5p Palmer Hill, 119.5p Newbie Barns. Angus 120.5p North Howes. British Blue 171.5p Low Old Shield. Simmental 173.5p Low Old Shield, 130.5p, 129.5p Kirtleton House.

OTMS – principal prices per head: Simmental £1,037, £1,010 Kirtleton House. Angus £843 North Howes. Limousin £806 Newbie Barns.

A smaller show of 4,488 prime hoggs were forward to the usual ring of buyers. Following national trends, all classes of prime hoggs were easier on the week, especially hoggs which were out of spec (over 45 kilos) due to large numbers throughout the country. Export weight and lightweight hoggs continue to sell well, being short of buyers’ requirements. The sale averaged 184.5p overall (SQQ 189p). Top price per head was £102 for Beltex from Whitehill Cottage & Texels from Golden Lane, and to 235p per kilo for Beltex from Waterside.

Principal prices per kilo: Beltex 235p Waterside, 229p Whitehill Cottage, 214p Albierigg, 213p Whitehill Cottage, 205p Ericstane. Texel 218p Maidencots, 210p Plumpe, 209p Dinwoodie Green, 206p The Firs, 205p Kirtlebank. Greyface 213p, 203p Marygate, 183p Braidlie, 176p Maidencots, 173p Culquhasen. Hill Cheviot 209p Kirtlebank, 206p Dryfeholm, 200p Challoch and Stoneraise, 199p Wicket Thorn, Falnash and Bloch, 198p Plumpe Farm and Haithwaite. North Country Cheviot 206p Whins, 205p Station Yard, 201.2p Kirtlebank, 201p, 199p Whins. Blackface 206p Thorns, 194p Easter Dawyck, 193p Plumpe, 188p Sykehead, 187p Thorns. Suffolk 202p Maidencots, 193p Dunjop, 192p Sykehead, 189p Waterside, 188p Millfield Demesne. Charollais 188p Croft House. Lonk 172p Bush of Ewes. Cheviot Mule 163p Catslackburn. Herdwick 161p Longrow.