At their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 649 lambs and 258 ewes.

Hogg numbers tighter but trade received a serious boost to the delight of selling vendors.

Leading prices prices per head: Suff.x;- £90.50 Holy Island, £87.50 Newstead, £86.50 Wandon, £85.80 Holy Island (M Patterson), £83.50 Wandon, £81.50 Fawdon Farms, £81.20 Greystonnes, £81 Mindrum, £80.20 Chesterhill, £80 Newstead, Chev;- £88.50, £87 Humbleheugh, Char;- £83.80 Wandon, Tex;- £83.80 Wandon and West Longridge, £82.80 Greystonnes, £80.80 Lorbottle and Greystonnes.

Leading prices per kilo: Tex;- 192.5 Lorbottle, 192.3 Yetlington Lane, 191.6 Mindrum, 190.3 Shawdon Woodhouse, 189.8 Mindrum, 188.9 Alnham, 187.6 West Longridge, Suff.x;- 190 Fawdon Farms, 189.3 Newstead, Beltex;- 184.2, 183.7 West Moneylaws.

Ewe numbers easier but trade markedly dearer.

Ewes per head: Suff.x;- £94 Holy Island (M Patterson), £92, £89 Holy Island, £86 Newstead, £84.50 Gainslaw Hill, £83.50 North Sharperton, £81 West Ord, Tex;- £89.50 Holy Island (M Patterson), £84 Gainslaw Hill, £83.50 Marshall Meadows, £83 North Sharperton, Mule;- £80 Fawdon Farms, £79.50 Holy Island, £78.50 Chesterhill, £77.50 Brandon Whitehouse and West Ord, £77 Holy Island (M Patterson), Chev;- £69 The Newton, £68 Biddlestone Home Farm, BF;- £60 Marshall Meadows.

Rams per head: Suff;- £96 Holy Island, Tex;- £94 Holy Island.


At St Boswells Mart on Wednesday John Swan Ltd sold 176 clean cattle, 127 OTM cattle, 1,929 prime lambs and 959 ewes.

Bullocks (76) averaged 169.7p per kg (-6.2p on the week) and sold to 199p from Bee Edge, gross £1239 from Lurdenlaw. Heifers (91) averaged 172.3p per kg (4p on the week) and sold to 206p, gross £1190 from Inland Pastures. The nine young bulls averaged 154p per kg and sold to 170p from Bedrule, gross £1080 from Innerwick. The 127 beef type OTM cattle averaged 112.4p per kg and sold to 150p from Ramrig, gross £1317 from Mosstower.

The 1,929 prime Hoggs averaged 190.9p per kg(+16.6p on the week) and sold to £99 a head from M/s Kay, Hartside and 225p per kg from A and HC Smith, Crumhaughhill. The 959 ewes averaged £61.82 (+64p on the week) and sold to £102.50 from M/s MM Stewart.

Principal prices: Inland Pastures 2.06 Worsley Wholesale Butchers, 2.03 Ian White, 1.90 Charles Wilson; Bee Edge 1.99 Denholm Meats,1.90 Worsley Wholesale Butchers; Outerston 1.98 M/s R Pringle; Forge Cottage 1.94, Worley Wholesale Butchers, 1.90 WD Wight; Shidlaw 1.94, 1.92 Malone of Edinburgh; Saughland 1.92 Worley Wholesale Butchers; Longnewton 1.91 Ian White; Gospelhall 1.89 M/s WTS Forsyth & Sons; Crosshall 1.88 Lees Butchers.

Cows: Mosstower £1317.90, £1152; Ramrig £1252.50, £1127; Thrunton £1174.50, £1077.30; Humebyres £1152.30, £1022.45; Nunraw £1111.25, £1051.35; Penston £1050.80; Traprain £1007.50, £987.70, £941.85; Quixwood £951.75.

Hoggs were short of requirements selling at extreme rates, with a larger show of cast ewes and rams forward to a full ringside of buyers with plainer types also selling at extreme rates.

Leading prices:- Suff;- £98 Hartside, Oxton, £94 Lylestane, £91.50 Burnhouse Mains, £90 Headshaw. L, Beltex;- £96 Hartside, Oxton, £92 Crookston, Tex;- £97.50 Grey-peel, £95 Lee, 394.50 Hamildean, £93.50 Bedrule, £93 Crumhaughhill and Grey-peel, £92 Hartside, Oxton, Chesters Brae, North Synton and Lee, GF;- £81 Burnhouse Mains, £78.50 Hollybush and Stoneypath, BF;- £83.50 Hartside, Oxton, £77.50 Aikeyside and Hartside, Oxton, £76.20 Crookston, Chev;- £91 North Synton, £82 Headshaw. L, Hamp;- £87 Hollybush,£85.50 Hartside, Oxton, Chev.x;- £75.50 Bedrule, £75 Larriston and Saughtree, Zwar;- £84.50 East Bridgelands.

Lambs per kg: Suff;- 210.5 Seafield/Sunwick, 209.7 Broomilees, 200 Smailholm Mains, Stoneypath, Sunwick and Seafield, 199.5 Pawston and West Moneylaws, Beltex;- 214.1 Lylestane, 205 Threeburnford, 204 West Moneylaws, 203.7 Lylestane, Tex;- 214.1 Sunwick/Seafield, 211.4 Whitchesters, 211.3 Crumhaughhill, 210 Crookston, 209.8 Hollybush, GF;- 196.3 Hollybush, 189.5 Upper Samieston, 187.5 Woodhouse. P,BF;- 190.8 Saughtree, 189.5 Burnhouse Mains and Saughtree, 189 Aikeyside, Chev;- 204.5 North Synton, 196.3 Lylestane, Chev Mule;- 189.3 Blegbie, BFL;- 194.9 Hollybush, Chev.x;- 193.6 Bedrule, 192.3 Saughtree, Larriston. Cast ewes: GF;- £75 Hermiston, £74 Muirfield and Elmscleugh, £73.50 Hyndsidehill, Tex;- £88.50 Blackadder Mains, £87.50 Hyndsidehill and Elmscleugh, £84.50 Elmscleugh, £83.50 Foulshiels, Chev;- £80 North Synton, Suff;- £87.50 Bridge Park, £86.50 Corsbie, £84.50 St Leonards, Lleyn;- £69.50 Whitriggs, Chev Mule;- £69 Wester Ulston, Ber;- £80.50 Springwood, HB;- £77.50 Smailholm Mains, BF;- £62.50 Elmscleugh, £61.50 Cortleferry, £60 Broomhill, Selkirk, BFL;- £88.50 Clarilaw, SO;- £60 East Bridgelands, Chev.x;- £60 Seafield/Sunwick.

Rams: Tex;- £101 Elmscleugh, Chev;- £75.50 Saughtree, Suff;- £93.50 Brotherstone, Lleyn;- £88.50 Upper Samieston.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 46 prime cattle, four young bulls, 46 over 30 month cattle, 5,029 prime hoggs and 5,455 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A better show of prime cattle was presented to a full attendance of buyers. Trade was good for all classes and more could have been sold to advantage. Limousin cross bullocks from J.C. and D. Nicholson, The Gill sold to 184.5p per kilo, purchased by W. Kirkup, Butchers, Longtown, others to 178.5p Hallburn, 176.5p Dashwellgreen, 176.5p, 173.5p Haining House, 171.5p Dashwellgreen, 170.5p Nunscleugh; Bazadaise 181.5p Swaites; British Blue 177.5p Ladyhousesteads. Top gross bullock £1,226.68 Dashwellgreen. Limousin cross heifers to 183.5p (x4) Toppin Castle, 183.5p (x2) Houghton House, 183.5p Nunscleugh, 170.5p (x2) Smallholms; Bazadaise 180p Swaites; Charolais 175.5p Hallburn, 173.5p Sceughdyke. Top gross heifer £1,197.63 Sceughdyke.

Young bulls dearer. Limousin cross from Harelawhole to 155.5p, 154.5p, 151.5p and 150p.

Over 30 month cattle trade continues to improve for both fleshed and leaner cows. Cows to 111p for Limousin from The Nook, 109p Lawston, 108p The Nook, 107p Leahill, Langholm Farm and The Side, 106p Langholm, 104p Riggfoot, 103p Tinnis Hall; Montbeliard 108p Stonewalls; Blonde d’Aquitaine 107p Shankbridge End; Simmental 104p Sceughdyke; Holstein Friesian 85p Dockray Hall. Top per head – Simmental £858 Sceughdyke; Limousin £799.20 The Nook; Montbeliard £799.20 Stonewalls. OTM heifers to 132p for British Blue from Ladyhousesteads; Holstein Friesian 109p and 104p Dockray Hall.

An excellent show of 5,029 prime hoggs were forward. With a full ring of buyers and smaller shows at most centres across the country, Longtown capitalised with a brisk trade and for more quality hoggs forward which were still short of requirements. The sale average was 180p with SQQ (32-45kilos) 182.7p per kilo. The sale was topped at 258p per kilo for Beltex from S. Irving, Westerley. Travelled Texel hoggs from Kintyre sold to 228p per kilo from Killocraw. Top price per head of £107.80 for Beltex from Whitehill Cottage, others £105.50, £102.50 Gallowberry, £100.50 Kirkbarrow Hall, £100 Waterside; Suffolk £98.50 Skelfhill, £94.80 Alton, £93.50 Demense; Texel £98.50 East Middle and Caberston, £97.50 Raggetsyke, £95.50 Warkshaugh; North Country Cheviot £93.50 Wester Dunnet, £86.80 Waterside, £81.80 Wester Dunnet, £80.80 Hownam Grange; Greyface £87.50 Hartside, £82.80 Kirkland Green, £77.80 Hartside and Dykehead; Charollais £87.50 Kilnford Croft, £85.80 Leaona Villa; Blackface £81.20 Deuchrie, £79.80 Dunjop, £76.50 Hartside; Leicester £80, £77.80 Hartside; Hill Cheviot £78.80 Skelfhill, £77.80 Blackburn, £77.20 Mainside; Half Bred £73.50 Dodgsonstown; Cheviot Mule £72.20 Kirklands; Oxford £66.50 Guards; Swaledale £63.80 Sunday Sight.

The 836 lightweight hoggs sold to a top of £69.80 for Beltex from Whitehill Cottage and for Texel from Bridge End Farm, other Texels £67.80 Desoglin, £65.80 Kirtleton Hill; Hill Cheviot £66.80 Girnwood, £63.20 Catslackburn; Blackface £65.20 Castlemilk, £64.80 Chapel Farm; Swaledale £61.20, £58.20 High Dunashery; Easycare £58.20 Longrow; Greyface £56.80 Tarnside House; Herdwick £45.80 Middle Farm.

Another grand show of 5,453 cast ewes and rams were forward to a full ring of buyers. Hill ewes and good easy selling lean ewes easily maintained recent high rates but fat ewes easier with little demand. The sale was topped at £122.50 for a heavy Texel ewe from Carran, others £111.50 Loughrigg, £110.50 Sandilands, Raggetsyke and Carran; Leicester £102.50 Derwent Oak, £92.50 Colmslie Hill, £86.50 Bellfield; North Country Cheviot £98.50 Waterloo, £88.50 Wester Dunnet, £87.50 Torwoodlea Mains; Suffolk £98.50 Derwent Oak, £94.50 Colmslie Hill, £92.50 Oatfield Lodge; Half Bred £96.50 Derwent Oak, £86.50 Waterloo; Charollais £93.50 Loughrigg; Beltex £91.50 Tercrosset, £86.50 Hartside; Greyface £85.50 Thorns, £74.50 Wyseby Hill Cottage, £73.50 Tinnis Hall and Shield Green; Cheviot Mule £79.50 Clackmae and High Stenries, £78.50 Clackmae; Zwartbles £78.50 Viewfields; Hampshire £78.50 Croft House.

Hill ewes to £74.50 for Cheviots from Skelfhill, £73.50 Mainside, £67 Alton, £66.50 Philiphaugh and Sorbie; Blackface £70.50 Derwent Oak, £67.50 Low Carry House, £65.50 Stooprigg, £64.50 Thornton Tower; Kendal Rough £58.50 Chapel Farm; Swaledale £53.50 Gallowberry, £51.50 Miller Hill and Brisco Hill, £50.50 Batey Shield; Shetland £52.50 Kirkend; Herdwick £50.50 Raby Grange, £48.50 Chapel Farm.

Rams to £114.50, £108.50 Skelfhill, £108.50 Waterloo, £106.50 Maidencoates, £100.50 Brownchesters; Suffolk £110.50 Guards and Torwoodlea Mains, £103.50 Batey Shield; Oxford £108.50 Guards; North Country Cheviot £106.50 Philiphaugh, £76.50 Wester Dunnet; Leicester £93.50 Byers Hall and Skelfhill.