Market Prices


At their weekly sale of Primestock held last Wednesday, John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 237 hoggs and 97 ewes.

Hogg numbers similar with a good show of flesh on offer, dearer on the week.

Leading Prices Per Head:- Suff.x:- £93 Hoppen Hall, £88 Yetlington Lane, £83 Elwick, £82 Ladykirk. Tex.x:- £90.50 Conundrum, £86.50, £85 Hoppen Hall, £83.50 Conundrum and Hoppen Hall, £83 Elwick. CM:- £88.50 West Newbiggin. Chev:- £82 Birchwood Hall. BF:- £81.50 Birchwood Hall and Hethpool. Bel.x:- £82 Ladykirk.

Leading Prices Per Kilo:- Tex.x:- 191.3p Yetlington Lane, 189.2p Lowick Moorhouse, 188.8p Ladykirk, 185.6p Conundrum and Hoppen Hall, 184.5p Yetlington Lane, 183.3p Mid Edrom. Bel.x:- 191p, 186.4p Ladykirk. Chev:- 190.7p Birchwood Hall. BF:- 189p Birchwood Hall. Suff.x:- 184.9p Mid Edrom.

Ewe numbers tight but again dear.

Leading Prices:- Mule:- £130, £97 West Newbiggin, £95 Alwinton Farm. BFL:- £126 Alwinton Farm. HB:- £125 Alwinton Farm. Char:- £121 East Fleetham. Tex.x:- £121 East Fleetham, £114 Black Heddon, £108 Brockley Hall. Suff.x:- £117.50 East Fleetham, £112.50 Ladykirk, £105 Mid Edrom. Bel.x:- £113 East Fleetham.

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At vtheir weekly Primestock sale on Monday, John Swan Ltd sold 95 clean cattle, four OTM cattle, 53 beef cows, 655 old season lambs, 373 new season lambs and 360 ewes.

Bullocks (37) averaged 208p per kg and sold to 235p (+3.7p on week), heifers (57) averaged 207.6p per kg and sold to 246p (-3.2p on week), four OTM cattle averaged 158.8p and sold to 179p (-0.2p on the week) and 53 beef type cows averaged 134.2p per kg and sold to 181p (-1.2p on the week). One young bull sold to 246p per kg.

Old season lambs averaged 1.67p per kg (-9p on the week) £79.43 per head and sold to £97, top price 1.89p per kg for Cha. New season lambs averaged 1.99p per kg (-8p on the week) £84.85p per head and sold to £105, top price 2.22p per kg for Texel.

Ewes averaged £72.68, and sold to £152 for Texel. Heavy ewes averaged £76.96 while ight ewes sold to £99 for Chv and averaged £62.42.

Principal prices per head: Bee Edge £1480.92, Longnewton £1479.94, Bee Edge £1438.78, Haughhead £1434.80, Lennoxlove £1429.52.

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.46 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.40, 2.39 Shaws of Lauder, Pathhead 2.35 Denholm Meat Supplies, Longnewton 2.33 Shaws of Lauder, Caverton Mill 2.32 Shaws of Lauder, Haughhead 2.32 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, Phantassie 2.30 Michael Malone of Edinburgh, Pathhead 2.30 Halliwells Butchers, Gospell Hall 2.29 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, Pathhead 2.26 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, Bee Edge 2.26 Worsley Wholesale Butchers, 2.22 Michael Malone of Edinburgh, Wester Ulston 2.20 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, Saltoun Home Farm 2.18 Robert Wilson Butchers.

OTM Cattle: Bowshiel £1128.60 (1.65), £1113.38 (1.79), Mervinslaw £897.60 (1.65).

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1504.06, £1470.60, Byrewalls £1318.26, Kirkton £1267, Honeyburn £1248.62.

Cows per kg: Kirkton 1.81, 1.75, 1.73, Kersknowe 1.71, Crookston 1.63, Pathhead 1.63, Mosstower 1.61, Kersknowe 1.57, Bowshiel 1.55, Honeyburn and Corsbie 1.51, Honeyburn 1.49, Corsbie 1.45, Crookston and Bowshiel 1.43, Honeyburn 1.41.

New season lambs per head: Sfx;- £99 (2) The Lee, £95 Smailholm Mains, £92 Edrom Mains, Suf;- £91 Berrymoss, Tex;- £96 Lochside, £94 (2) Lilburn Estate, Cha;- £85 (2) Penston.

New Season Lambs per kg: Tex;- 2.22 (5) Lochside, 2.04 Lilburn Estate, Sfx;- 2.10, 2.07, 2.06 The Lee, 2.03 Smailholm Mains, Cha;- 1.97 (2) Penston.

Hoggs per head: Tex;- £105 Lochside, £95 Pirnie, Sfx;- £97, £95, £93 Boghall St Andrews, £92.50 Bonjedwad Mill, Chv;- £86, £80 Traprain, £85 Gilmanscleuch, £84 Lylestane, Chx;- £81 Boghall St Andrews, Cha;- £83.50 Woodhouse, BF;- £77 Boghall, £72 Traprain.

Hoggs per kg: Tex;- 2.05 Lochside, 1.89 Hallrule Mill, Cha;- 1.89 Woodhouse, Chm;- 1.89 Lylestane, Chv;- 1.89 Lylestane, 1.88, 1.85 Dunslaw, Sfx;- 1.85 Dunslaw, 1.76 Woodhouse, BF;- 1.80 Traprain, 1.72 Aikeyside.

Young sheep: Tex;- £97 Boghall St Andrews, Traprain, £90 Pirnie, Sfx;- £92 Bonjedward Mill, £90 Boghall, BF;- £84 Boghall.

Ewes: Tex;- £112, £111 Pirnie, £110 Wester Middleton, £107 Bogend, Sfx;- £100 Bonjedward Mill and Lochside, HB;- £100 Bonjeward Mill, SM;- £100 West Mains L, £87 Middlethird, £85 Belmont, Chv;- £99 Torwoodlee Mains, Chm;- £95 Blegbie, £90 Northfield, £88 Torwoodlee Mains, Lle;- £88 Morridgehall, BFL;- £83 Laidlawsteel, £80 Threepwood, BF;- £67 Laidlawsteel, £65 Burncastle and Aikeyside.

Rams: Tex;- £152 Corsbie, £130 New Blainslie, Suf;- £132 Wester Middleton, £120 Corsbie, Bel;- £128 Wester Deans.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward six prime cattle, two OTM cattle, 4,738 prime hoggs, 201 spring lambs and 3,159 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A smaller show of cattle forward.

Prime bullocks, principal prices per kilo: Limousin 199.5p, 189.5p Nether Onsett. Angus 172.5p Low Hallburn. Prime bullocks principal prices per head: Limousin £1,411, £1,356 Nether Onsett. Angus £1,035 Low Hallburn.

Prime heifers, principal prices per kilo: Angus 178.5p, 169.5p Low Hallburn. Prime heifers, principal prices per head: Angus £1,053, £1,017 Low Hallburn.

A larger entry of 201 spring lambs were forward. Many more could be sold to advantage, especially lighter weights 32kilos plus. Heavy lambs gain no premium. Top price of £97 per head for Suffolks from North Cowshaw and The Land, and to 251p per kilo for Texels from Trawill.

Principal prices per kilo: Texel 251p Trawill, 230p Low Hallburn, 221p Hermitage, 220p Guardsmill, 211p Hermitage. Suffolk 200p Low Hallburn and Kimmeter Green, 195p Kimmeter Green, 193p Mossband Hall, 192p The Land, 190p North Cowshaw. Zwartbles 187p Guardsmill. Oxford 186p Guards.

Principal prices per head: Suffolk £97 The Land and North Cowshaw, £93 North Cowshaw, £88 Kimmeter Green, £85 Mossband Hall, High Balgray and Kimmeter Green. Texel £91 Guardsmill, £89 Rottington Hall, £88 Trawill and Hermitage, £86.50 Upper Brydekirk, £86 Hermitage and Mossband Hall. Zwartbles £86 Guardsmill. Oxford £95, £80 Guards.

Another large show of 4,738 prime hoggs were forward to the usual ring of buyers.

Trade was similar on the week, although a two tier trade was evident between well fleshed hoggs and plainer sorts. Heavyweight hoggs as dear as seen for a good few weeks.

The sale averaged 181p overall (SQQ 185.7p).

Top price per head was £100 per head for Texels from Mossband Hall and Glenzierfoot and to 213p per kilo for Beltex from Uppercleuch.

A larger show of 3,159 cast ewes and rams were forward to a full ringside of buyers.

All classes of ewes remain dear apart from the heaviest fat end of the ewes. Rams maintained recent high rates. Many more could be sold to advantage.

Heavy ewes: Texel £148 Heatherglen, £144 Chaseside, £141, £138 Heatherglen, £137 Westhills. Suffolk £140 Skelfhill, £130, £129 Heatherglen, £125 East Murkle, £124 Easter Dawyck. Charollais £138, £130 Heatherglen, £130, £127 Chaseside, £124 Beckfoot, £122 Heatherglen. Leicester £124 Orchard Mains, £119 Stonehall, £118 Hightown, £114 Kellah, £109 Easter Dawyck. Beltex £124 Graceside.