At St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 164 clean cattle, 95 OTM cattle, 2,526 prime hoggs and 941 ewes.

Bullocks (74) averaged 167p per kg (-2.9p on the week) and sold to 194p from Gospelhall, gross £1308 from Lurdenlaw. Heifers (81) averaged 170p per kg (-2.3p on the week) and sold to 200p from Penston, gross £1247 from Humebyres. The nine young bulls averaged 150.3p per kg (-3.7 on the week) and sold to 172p gross £1195 from Upper Nisbet. The 95 beef type OTM cattle averaged 110.7p per kg and sold to 157p from Huntington, gross £1225 from Dods.

The 2,526 prime hoggs averaged 179.8p per kg (-11.1p on the week) and sold to £95 a head for Suffolks from M/s RG Laing and Sons, Oxmuir, and 218.4p per kg from A and K Rhind and Sons, Newton of Struthers, for a tremendous pen of Beltex lambs. The 941 ewes averaged £59.68 (-£2.14 on the week) and sold to £103 for a pen of Suffolks from W and W Dawson, Whinbrae, Huntly.

Principal prices: Penston 2.00 Worsley Wholesale Butchers, 1.91 Colin Peat, Humebyres 1.98 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Gospelhall 1.95 Denholm Meat Supplies, 1.94 Craig Douglas; Upper Nisbet 1.91 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 1.86 (3) Worsley Wholesale Butchers, Woodhead Bros. and Gosford Bothy Farm Shop; Inland Pastures 1.89, 1.86 Charles Wilson Ltd,; Wester Ulston 1.89 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Bee Edge 1.89 (2) Lees Butchers Ltd and M/s Douglas, Selkirk; Corsbie 1.86 Worsley Wholesale Butchers.

Cows: Dods £1225; Humebyres £1139, £1029.30; Titlington Mount £1090.20, £1008.15; Middlestead £1067; Huntington £1051.90; Dunglass £1014.80, £912; Cockburn £989.10; Saughland £958.80, £931.30; Stoneypath £948.75, £893.75; Penston £926.10, £911.40.

Prime hoggs met a similar trade to the end of the previous week 38-44kgs and were short of requirements with another good show of cast ewes and rams forward.

Leading prices:- Tex;- £90 Thirlestane, £88 Burnhouse Mains, £85 Lower Ashtrees, £84.80 Howden, £84 Oakwood, Suff;- £86 Dyke Farm, £85 Burnhouse Mains, £84 Bonjedward Mill and Cragside, £83 Aikeyside, £82.50 Oxmuir and Stoneypath, GF;- £72 Burnhouse Mains, £70 Cragside, Zwar;- £75 Broomilees, BF;- £74 Hartside, Oxton, £72 Burnhouse Mains, £71 Craig Douglas, Chev;- £78, £76.80 Wester Ulston, £76.20 Newton of Struthers, £75.50 Seafield/Sunwick, £75 Gilmanscleugh, Beltex;- £83 Newton of Struthers, £76 Oakwood, £74.50 Sunwick, Chev.x;- £65 Bedrule, Ber;- £71 Sunwick, Hamp;- £77.50 Dyke Farm, ML;- £69.50 Whitmuir.

Lambs per kg: Tex;- 196.3 Lower Ashtrees, 194.9 Newton of Struthers, 194.4 Broom, Seafield/Sunwick, 192.5 Sunwick/ Seafield, 191 Newton of Struthers, 190.8 Colmslie, GF;- 188.3 Cocklaw, Suff.x;- 194.5, 191.8, 191.3, 190.5, 190.3, 190 Seafield/Sunwick, Zwar;- 186.3 Broomilees, BF;- 180 Burnhouse Mains, 168.1 Bedrule, Chev;- 190 Newton of Struthers, 187.7 Swinnie, 187.3 Wester Ulston, 186 Brockhouse, Beltex;- 211.1 Oakwood, 189.5 Threepwood.

Cast ewes: £95 Whinbrae, GF;- £71 Whinbrae, £70 Howden, Suff;- £90 Oxmuir, BF;- £60 Stoneypath, Zwar;- £75 Blawearie, HB;- £77 Bonjedward Mill, Chev;- £70 Torwoodlee Mains, ML;- £60.50 Whitmuir, Chev Mule;- £71 Brothershiels.


At their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,146 hoggs and 244 ewes.

Larger show of hoggs forward, vendors taking advantage of buoyant rates.

Leading prices price per head: Chev;- £91, £88, £84.50 Biddlestone Home Farm. Tex;- £90 South Falaknowe, £89.50 Burradon Mains, £87.50 Ladykirk, £87, £85.50 Burradon Mains, £85 Lorbottle and Shipley Smallburns, £83.50 Old Cambus and South Ditchburn. Suff.x;- £89 Roddam Estates, £88 Castlelaw, £87 South Falaknowe, £86.50 Castlelaw, £83.50 West Longridge, £83 Titlington Mount and Old Cambus. Char;- £84 Wandon.

Leading prices per kilo: Tex;- 220p Milfield Demense, 200p Yetlington Lane, 198.8p South Ditchburn, 197.1p Burradon Mains, 195p Old Cambus, 194.8p Kettleburn, 194.2p Ladykirk, 191.9p South Ditchburn, 191.3p Shipley Smallburns, 191p Todrig, 190.4p Burradon Mains. Suff.x;- 195p Old Cambus, 191.2p, 190.5p Greystonnes. Chev;- 191.7p Branton Eastside, 191.3p Greystonnes.

Ewes easily sold at recent dear rates.

Ewes per head: Tex;- £103 Hartsidehill, £88 Wandon, £84 Todrig, £82.50 Chillingham Home Farm. BFL;- £102 Branton Eastside. Suff.x;- £90(2) Chillingham Home Farm, £88 Wandon, £82 Great Ryle. BL;- £82 Branton Eastside. Mule;- £75.50 Burradon Mains, £75 Wandon, £74 Great Ryle and Castlelaw, £73.50 The Peels, £72 Burnside of Tynet and Branton Eastside. BF;- £64 Burnside of Tynet.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 43 prime cattle, two young bulls, 23 over 30 month cattle, 4,526 prime hoggs and 5,238 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A mixed show of prime cattle saw quality sorts maintaining recent high rates to a top of 184.5p (x2) for Limousins from A. Irving, Toppin Castle, others 180.5p Toppin Castle and Hallburn 177.5p, 175.5p Houghton House, 174.5p, 167.5p, 165.5p Hallburn. Limousin bullocks to 176.5p Dashwell Green, others 171.5p The Gill, 169.5p, 167.5p (x2) Dashwell Green. Top per head of £1,191 (x2) for Limousin bullocks from Dashwell Green, Limousin heifers to £1,079 and £1,060 Toppin Castle, £1,044 Houghton House.

Young bulls sold to 155.5p for Limousin from Whiteclose. A lot of feeding cows on offer were met by a similar trade with top prices of 141.5p and 123.5p for Simmental and Charolais heifers from J.W. Coulthard & Son, Brisco Hill. Cows to 114.5p for British Blue from Mill Street; Simmental 98.5p Sceughdyke, 95.5p, 82.5p Hallburn; Limousin 98.5p Shaw Cottage South, 93.5p Ladyhousesteads, 91.5p Hallburn.

An excellent show of 4,526 prime hoggs were forward. A few new buyers around the ring resulted in a stronger trade and an overall average of 185.9p per kilo. More lean export weight lambs (35-42kg) could have been sold to advantage (SQQ 32-45kg 186.2p per kilo). The price per kilo of 249p for Beltex from Stockwellhall.

The sale was topped at £110.50 for Beltex from Messrs Dickinson, Kirkbarrow Hall, others £100.50 from the same home, £99.50 High Greenhill; Texel £107.50, £106.50 Kirkton, £100.50 Kirkbarrow Hall, £99.50 Chapel House; Charollais £102.50 High Glen Triplock, £92.50 Maryholm; Suffolk £89.80 Brown House, £88.50 Knowe Farm and Tinnis Hall; Greyface £89.50 Colte Coates, £84.20 Kirkland Green, £83.50 Newington; North Country Cheviot £84.80 Whitecroft Mains, £84.20 Wester Dunnet, £83.50 Westhouses; Leicester £84.50 Kilnstown, £78.80 Hesleywell; Blackface £79.80 Westloch, £75.50 Brownleazes, £73.50 Mount Benger; Half Bred £77.80 High Moat; Hill Cheviot £76.80 Tarrasfoot, £74.80 Bloch Farm; Kerry £74.80 Westerhouses; Swaledale £70.50 Kilnstown, £64.50 Hesleywell, £64.20 Ravenwood; Herdwick £67.80 Butterdales.

The 595 lightweight hoggs sold to a top of £79.80 for Beltex from Brown House; Texel £70.80 Glencartholm and Nether Ernambrie; Suffolk £70.80 Desoglin; Hill Cheviot £69.80 Bloch Farm; Blackface £70.20 Burnside; Charollais £69.80 Kirkwood Farms; Greyface £64.80 Silloans; Swaledale £43.20 West Shipley.

An excellent show of 5,238 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers. Hill ewes (Blackface and Cheviot) and lean selling Continental ewes were sharper on the week with thick fat ewes still proving hard to cash. The sale was topped at £128.50 for Texels from Stackbraes, others £118.50 Pirntaton and Kirkton, £116.50 Pirntaton and Grey Peel; Beltex £114.50 Crailloch, £93.50 Cumcrook; Suffolk £110.50 Pirntaton, £100.50 Burnside Cottages and Thurso School House, £96.50 Broughton Mains; Bleu d’Maine £108.50 Kirkton; Charollais £104.50 Maryholm, £96.50 Stackbraes, £79.50 High Glen Triplock; North Country Cheviot £101.50 Netherplace, £96.50 Sordale, £94.50 Thurso School House; Leicester £96.50 Kildaloig, £92.50 Cara View, £84.50 Hesleywell; Greyface £92.50 Westerhouse, £79.50 Cottage Farm, £78.50 Chapel Farm; Half Bred £91.50 Skinnet, £84.50 Netherplace; Cheviot Mule £79.50 Skinnet.

Hill ewes to £73.50 for Cheviots from The Farm, Aikton, £72.50 Newbigging, £69.50 Mount Benger, £68.50 Crossdykes; Blackface £70.50 Redesmouth, £69.50 Roan, £67.50 Cara View; Lonk £68.50 Colte Coates; Swaledale £67.50 East Farm and Cowrigg, £61.50 Chapel Farm; Herdwick £55.50 Cottage Farm, £49.50 Townfoot; Jacob £53.50 Stackbraes, £52.50 Cairnbowie; Lleyn £46.50 The Mark; Shetland £32.50 Chapel Farm.

Rams to £108.50 for Texels from Netherplace, £104.50 Middle Farm, £102.50 West Morralee; Suffolk £106.50 Carpet Farm, £90.50 Stirches Mains, £72.50 Stackbraes; Leicester £98.50 Yatesfield, £89.50 Kildaloig; North Country Cheviot £94.50 Gospel Hall, £81.50 Mount Benger; Hill Cheviot £88.50 Carpet Farm, £82.50 Newbigging, £79.50 Crossdykes; Blackface £88, £79.50 Haithwaite, £75.50 East Farm; Beltex £79.50 Broughton Mains, £76.50 Uppercleugh; Swaledale £59.50 Randalholme, £52.50 Kilnstown.