At their weekly sale of Primestock last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 220 spring lambs, 125 hoggs and young sheep and 295 ewes. The first spring lambs of the season met hesitant demand for the time of year.
Leading prices per head:- Zwa:- £88.50 Barelees. Bel:- £84.50 (2) Chillingham Home Farm. Tex.x:- £82.50 Ladykirk, £81 Wagtail and Lilburn Estates, £80.50 Holy Island and Barelees, £80 Lilburn Estates and Ladykirk (4). Suff.x:- £82 Newstead, £80 Holy Island.
Leading prices per kilo:- Bel:- 228.4p, 206.1p Chillingham Home Farm. Tex.x:- 213.2p Wagtail, Rothbury, 202.5p Lilburn Estates, 200p (3) Ladykirk, 200p Lilburn Estates (2). Suff.x:- 200p Newstead.
Hoggs and young sheep sold easily.
Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £91.50 Yetlington Lane, £80 Broomhouse, Cambo, £75.50 Ladykirk, £75 Broomhouse, Cambo. Mule:- £79.50 8, Mordington, £77.50 Ladykirk, £70.50 8, Mordington
Ewes slightly easier but still a good trade.
Leading prices per head:- Suff.x:- £123 Shipley Lane, £113 East Fleetham, £101 Shipley Lane, £99 (2) Mayfield, £95 Branton Eastside. Tex.x:- £115 East Fleetham, £105 Pallinsburn. Hamp:- £100 East Fleetham. Wen:- £95 Prior House, Berwick. Mule:- £94 Branton Eastside, £93 Shipley Lane, £92 Mayfield. BF:- £75 Branton Eastside, £72 Fawdon Farms.
Rams:- Ber:- £112 Mayfield.
At their weekly Primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 90 clean cattle, 54 beef cows, 260 old season lambs, 323 new season lambs and 428 ewes.
Bullocks (30) averaged 210.6p per kg and sold to 231p (+2.6p on week), heifers (58) averaged 212p per kg and sold to 252p (+4.4p on the week), 2 year old bulls averaged 143p per kg and sold to 159p (n/c on the week) and 54 beef type cows averaged 131.3p per kg and sold to 171p (-2.9 on the week).
Old season lambs averaged 155p per kg (-12p on the week), £66.75 per head and sold to £91, top price 170p per kg for Mule.
New season lambs averaged 188p per kg (-10p on the week) £82.55 per head and sold to £95, top price 211p per kg for Texel.
Ewes averaged £78.18, and sold to £140 for Texel.
Heavy ewes averaged £81.18, light ewes sold to £109 for Chv and averaged £63.85.
Principal prices per head: Lennoxlove £1503.36, Toxside £1460.12, £1419.60, Bee Edge £1411.20.
Principal prices per kg: Shidlaw 2.52 M/s J. and B. Fitton Butchers Ltd, Bee Edge 2.40, 2.39 Shaws of Lauder, Pathhead 2.38 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, Michael Malone of Edinburgh, Bee Edge 2.35 Michael Malone of Edinburgh, Gospel Hall 2.34 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd, Haughhead 2.32 Shaws of Lauder, Caverton Mill 2.31 Shaws of Lauder, Dunslaw 2.30 M/s J. and B. Fitton Butchers Ltd, Hexpath 2.30 J.F. Finlay and Company Ltd, Longnewton 2.29 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, Bee Edge 2.29 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd, Haughhead 2.28 M/s John Saunderson Ltd, Bee Edge 2.28 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons.
Cows per head: Mosstower £1364.52, £1309.86, Glenrath £1175.46, Todshawhaugh £1153.26.
Cows per kg: Mosstower 1.71, Harwood on Teviot 1.67, Mosstower 1.53, Upper Samieston 1.51, Todshawhaugh 1.49, Glenrath 1.47, Mitchelston 1.43, 1.41, Shaws, Upper Samieston, Glenrath 1.41, Northhouse, Fullarton, Todshawhaugh 1.39, Bowshiel, Mosstower 1.37.
New season lambs per head: Sfx;- £95 Coltcrooks, £93 Upper Bolton, Tex;- £94, £90 Thirlestane, £93 (2) Lochside, Suf;- £84.50 Little Swinton, £79.50 Glenrath, Cha;- £83 Fairlaw, £82 Greenburn, Dor;- £78, £76, £75 The Granary.
New Season Lambs per kg: Tex;- 2.11 Lochside, 2.09 Thirlestane, Sfx;- 2.04, 2.02, 1.97 Thirlestane, 1.97 Coltcrooks, Cha;- 1.96, 1.95 Greenburn, Suf;- 1.90 Glenrath.
Hoggs per head: Bel;- £91 Threeburnford, Chv;- £85.50 Headshaw L, £76.50, £70 Langhope, Sfx;- £75 (3) Dunslaw, £71 West Moneylaws, Tex;- £79.50, £70 Traprain, £76 West Moneylaws, BF;- £79, £72 Traprain, £73 Edston, Mul;- £76.50 Traprain, £67 Threeburnford.
Hoggs per kg: Mul;- 1.70 Traprain, BF;- 1.67 Traprain, Chv;- 1.66 Langhope, 1.65 Dunslaw, Tex;- 1.65 Traprain, Lamberton, Sfx;- 1.62 Lamberton.
Young sheep: Tex;- £101 Headshaw L, £75 Traprain, £71 Dunslaw, Chv;- £90 Soutra. Sfx;- £77 West Moneylaws, ewes: Tex;- £115 Drumreach, £112 Headshaw L, £110 Corsbie, Suf;- £113, £111 Oxmuir, Sfx;- £111 Headshaw L, £105 Hermiston, Upper Bolton, Chv;- £109 Drumreach, £90 Headshaw L, BDM;- £103 Drumreach, Bel;- £102 Threeburnford, HB;- £100 Smailholm Mains, £91 Upper Bolton, SM;- £89 Redpath East End, £87 Glenwood, BFL;- £89 No.3 Glenrath Cottages, Chm;- £87 Northfield St Abbs, ML;- £85 Houdshall Cottage, Chvx;- £83 Carterhaugh, Rom;- £75 Towford, Lly;- £75 Kidshielhaugh, BF;- £71 No.3 Glenrath Cottages, £65 Threeburnford, EC;- £70 Kilnknowe.
Rams: Tex;- £140 Drumreach, £135 Edston, Suf;- £105 Drumreach, Chv;- £100 Soutra.
The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 25 prime cattle, 12 OTM cattle, 4,433 prime hoggs, 299 spring lambs and 3,467 cast ewes and rams at their sale last Thursday.
A larger show of 25 prime cattle were forward, trade was very similar to previous weeks with all buyers in attendance ensuring prices remain competitive with other local centres. OTM cattle were dearer on the week peaking at 172.5p and 159.5p from Messrs Ritson, Swaites and 164.5p and 157.5p from A. and A. Ewing, Dumbretton.
A larger show of spring lambs were forward at our annual show and sale. Classes sold better than anticipated but fell short of expectations. Sale averaged 180ppk with light weight lambs easier to sell but heavy weights more per head. Top price of £100 per head for Suffolks from Mid Upper Priestside and to 211p per kilo for Texels from The Wynd and Cottage Farm.