Market prices


At their weekly Primestock sale last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 174 hoggs and 251 ewes and rams.

A small show of hoggs but better types showed a slight increase in average returns, gloomy for time of year.

Leading prices per head – Suff.x:- £95 Craigshouse, £91.50 Low Middleton. Tex.x:- £87 Low Middleton, £83.50 Shotton, £81 Holy Island. C.M:- £79 Shotton.

Leading prices per kilo – Tex.x:- 175.6p Shotton, 174.4p Auchencrow Mains. Chev:- 175p Shotton. Bel:- 174.4p Ladykirk.

Ewes also in reverse gear, but a lot of leaner, lambing field types on offer.

Leading prices per head – Suf:- £109 (2) Holy Island, £109 South Falaknowe, £105 Brockley Hall, £100 Alnham, £98 Marigold and Low Middleton, £97 Kettleburn. Tex.x:- £99 Cresswell Farms, £97 Brockley Hall, £94 Low Middleton. HB:- £95.50 Marigold. Mule:- £89 Kettleburn, £87 Brockley Hall, £85 Reston Hill. Chev:- £87 Humbleheugh, £80 Bewick Folly. C.M:- £85 Bewick Folly. Swale:- £68 Low Bleakhope.

Rams – Chev:- £97 Humbleheugh.

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At their weekly Primestock sale on Monday, John Swan Ltd sold 81 clean cattle, four OTM cattle, 42 beef cows, 982 old season lambs, 26 new season lambs and 277 ewes.

Bullocks (22) averaged 206.2p per kg and sold to 228p (-2p on week), heifers (58) averaged 209.5p per kg and sold to 238p (-3p on week), one young bull sold to 190p, four OTM cattle averaged 149.1p and sold to 174p (-11p on the week) and 42 beef type cows averaged 128.6p per kg and sold to 184p (+5p on the week).

Old season lambs averaged 167p per kg (+1p on the week) £82.40 per head and sold to £96.50, top price 196p per kg for Texel. New season lambs averaged 222p per kg (+15p on the week) £94.62 per head and sold to £107, top price 232p per kg for Suffolk.

Ewes averaged £75.14, and sold to £120 for Texel. Heavy ewes averaged £88.46, light ewes sold to £99 for Chv and averaged £56.10

Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1449.04, Bee Edge £1406.40, Lurdenlaw £1399.44, Over Roxburgh, Mervinslaw £1381.80.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.44, 2.40 Border Meats, Lurdenlaw 2.38 M/s Foley Bros, Gospel Hall 2.38 J.F. Findlay and Company Ltd, Longnewton 2.36 Scottish Borders Meats, Traprain 2.34 Linton Butchers, Pathhead 2.34 Halliwells Butchers, Bee Edge 2.34 Michael Malone of Edinburgh, Border Meats, Upper Nisbet 2.33 Charles Wilson Butchers, Longnewton 2.31 W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, Upper Nisbet 2.31 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, Pathhead 2.28 Charles Wilson Butchers, Wester Ulston 2.28 Michael Malone of Edinburgh.

OTM cattle: Corsbie £1144.78 (1.19), £1091.58 (1.61), Longnewton £1071.84 (1.74).

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1191.40, £1150.48, Aikeyside £1136.32, Rumbleton Farm £1126.08, Birkenside £1116.12.

Cows per kg: Brothershiels 1.84, Rumbleton Farm 1.65, Kersknowe 1.61, 1.50, 1.46, Rumbleton Farm 1.45, Birkenside 1.42, Marvingston 1.41, Grahamslaw, Brothershiels 1.40, Pathhead 1.39, Humebyres 1.38, Hamildean, Rumbleton 1.37, Rumbleton 1.36, Nisbet Mill 1.35.

New season lambs per head: Sfx;- £107 (2), £102 (3) Smailholm Mains, Tex;- £100 (2), £90, Lochside.

New season lambs per kg: Tex;- 2.32, 2.30 Lochside, Sfx;- 2.32 (2), 2.31 (3) Smailholm Mains.

Hoggs per head: Tex;- £96.50, £95.50, £90 Butterdean, £88.50 Traprain Berryhill, Sfx;- £96.50, £94.50, £94, £93 Boghall St Andrews, Chv;- £95 Thorlieshope, £93 (2) Saughtree, BF;- £82 Emscleugh, £73 Traprain, Bel;- £78.50 Lylestane, Chm;- £75, £73.50 Lylestane, £73 Faughhill, Westwood.

Hoggs per kg: Tex;- 1.96 Legerwood, 1.92 Traprain, 1.90 New Blainslie, Sfx;- 1.89 Stobshiel Mains, 1.83 Boghall St Andrews, Chv;- 1.96 Lylestane, 1.91 Legerwood, Kirklands, Chm;- 1.92 Faughhill, 1.82 Lylestane, BF;- 1.82 Traprain.

Ewes: Sfx;- £103 Faughhill, £101 (2) Butterdean, Tex;- £105 Butterdean, £103, £91 Burnhouse Mains, £90 The Lee, Chv;- £99 Gospelhall, £91 Faughhill, £87 Haltree, HB;- £103 Haltree, £95 Bonjedward Mill, Chm;- £93 Grahamslaw, £92 Legerwood, £91 Burnhouse Mains, BF;- £75 Burnhouse Mains, £63 (2) Elmscleugh.

Rams: Suf;- £111 Langraw, Tex;- £120 Grahamslaw, £115 Burnhouse Mains.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 15 prime cattle, three OTM cattle, 4,668 prime hoggs, 13 spring lambs and 3,010 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Prime cattle met a similar trade to last week, once again with new buyers in attendance, many more could have been sold.

Prime bullocks – principal prices (per kilo): Limousin 217.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 214.5p, 207.5p Houghton House, 183.5p Bleatarn; Charolais 179.5p High Stenries.

Prime heifers – principal prices (per kilo): Limousin 209.5p, 193.5p Sceughdyke, 191.5p High Stenries, 188.5p Bleatarn; Charolais 202.5p Sceughdyke; Angus 181.5p, 179.5p, 178.5p (x2) Low Hallburn.

Prime bullocks – principal prices (per head): Limousin £1,404, £1,390 Houghton House, £1,247 Bleatarn, £1,087 Wyseby Hill Cottage, £1,079 Bleatarn; Charolais £1,023 High Stenries.

Prime heifers – principal prices (per head): Limousin £1,246 Sceughdyke, £1,177 High Stenries, £1,161 Sceughdyke, £1,046 Bleatarn; Charolais £1,285 Sceughdyke; Angus £1,079, £1,068, £1,035, £1,026 Low Hallburn.

OTMS – principal prices (per kilo): Limousin 129.5p Shankbridge End; Bazadaise 111.5p Swaites.

OTMS – principal prices (per head): Limousin £757 Shankbridge End; Bazadaise £735 Swaites.

Thirteen spring lambs sold to £95 per head and 216p per kilo for Charollais from Kimmeter Green. Many more could be sold.

Principal prices (per kilo): Charollais 216p Kimmeter Green; Texel 212p Cardewlees; Suffolk 209p Cardewlees, 200p Kimmeter Green.

Principal prices (per head): Charollais £95 Kimmeter Green; Suffolk £90 Cardewlees, £87 Kimmeter Green; Texel £87 Cardewlees, £86 Kimmeter Green.

A grand show of 4,668 prime hoggs were forward to the usual ring of buyers. Averages down on the week, but trade better than expected.

Lightweight hoggs short of buyer’s requirements.

Best quality export and heavyweight easily sold. The sale averaged 175.5p overall (SQQ 181.2p).

Principal prices per kilo: Beltex 227p The Firs and Cardewlees, 191.3p Coulter Station House, 188p Sowerby Wood, 183p Cardewlees.

Texel 219p Lurgan, 208p Eastside, 200p Harper Hill, 195p Station Yard, 193p Plumpe.

Hill Cheviot 211p Finnieness, 203p Golden Lane and Shaw Head, 200p Shaw Head, 199p The Firs, 197p Burnhouse and Blackwoodridgehouse; Blackface 199p Maidencots, 196p Lurgan, 195p Mid Harrietsfield, 194p Palgowan, 189.5p Finnieness; North Country Cheviot 198p Blackwoodridgehouse, 193p Plumpe, 184p Whinneyknowe, 178p Burnbrae, 173p Station Yard; Greyface 188p Barnakill, 184p Houghton House and Whinneyknowe, 183p Lurgan, 170p Broadlea Cottage, 167p Burnbrae; Suffolk 188p Chapel Farm, 186p Barnakill, 185p Finnieness, 179p Marygate, Caulside and Larel, 173p Burnbrae; Charollais 187p Kirkend, 178p, 172p Eastside; Jacob 166p Finnieness, 157.9p The Firs; Lonk 164p Caulside; Herdwick 161p Newfield House Farm; Swaledale 161p Batey Shield.