Market Prices

Combine harvester near Morebattle in the Scottish Borders.
Combine harvester near Morebattle in the Scottish Borders.


At their weekly sale of primestock last Wednesday John Swan Ltf had forward and sold 1,251 lambs and 442 ewes.

Lamb numbers tighter and all classes dearer on the week smart in-spec sheep very dear.

Lambs, leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £85 Lorbottle, £82 Wandon, £81.50 South Bellshill, £80 Black Heddon, £79.50 Yetlington Lane, £79 South Bellshill, £78.50 South Charlton and Lorbottle, £78 Cresswell Farms, Bewick Folly and Wandon. Bel.x:- £83.50 Chillingham Home Farm, £83 Henlaw, £82.50 Ladykirk. Suff.x:- £82 Yetlington Lane. Chev:- £77 Humbleheugh, CM:- £73.50 Linbrig.

Lambs, leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 225.7p, 201.4p, 196.2p Chillingham Home Farm, 204.1p, 196.4p Ladykirk, 184.4p, 183.8p Henlaw. Tex.x:- 196.2p Ladykirk, 188.5p Shipley Smallburns, 187.5p Yetlington Lane, 186.3p Black Heddon. Suff.x:- 194.7p Lilburn Estates, 182.2p Yetlington Lane. CM:- 182.9p Linbrig.

A larger show of ewes on offer with 51.35% of the sale horned ewes, averages look easier but all classes dear

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £100 Edlingham Demesne and Ford Dairy, £97 Black Heddon, £94 Lilburn Estates, £93 Cresswell Farms, £87 Cresswell Farms, £86 Edlingham Demesne, £84 Ford Dairy. BFL:- £100, £93 Lilburn Estates. Suff.x:- £90 Lilburn Estates, £87 West Longridge, £85 Edlingham Demesne, £84 Chillingham Home Farm. CM:- £86 South Charlton. Mule:- £79 Milfield Demesne. BF:- £69 Alnham, £62 Clennell.

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At their weekly primestock sale on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 75 clean cattle, 54 OTM cattle, 2,086 new season lambs and 575 ewes.

Bullocks (34) averaged 206.6p per kg and sold to 240p (+0.4p on week), heifers (40) averaged 214.9p per kg and sold to 237p (+6.4p on week) and 54 beef type OTM cattle averaged 117.9p per kg and sold to 163p (n/c on the week). One young bull sold to 160p (n/c on the week).

New season lambs averaged 1.68p per kg (-5p on the week) and sold to £90, top price 188p per kg for Texel. Ewes averaged £66.27, and sold to £121 for Texel. Heavy ewes averaged £75.96, Light ewes sold to £79.

Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1508.98; Milrighall £1429.92, £1408.68; Lennoxlove £1424.64, Butchercote £1409.76.

Principal prices per kg: Greenknowe 2.40 Linton Butchers, 2.39, 2.33 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.32 Colin Peat; Greenknowe 2.37 Shaws of Lauder. Longnewton 2.36 Robert Pringle, 2.34 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Faughhill 2.34 Kevin Watt Butchers; Sourhope 2.31 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Bee Edge 2.30 Shaws of Lauder, 2.29 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Butchercote 2.28 Malone of Edinburgh; Lennoxlove 2.28 Shaws of Lauder.

Bulls: Humbie Mill £1300.20 (1.10): Whitriggs £1077.38 (1.03); Allanshaws £868.60 (1.01).

Cows per head: Wester Middleton £184.22, £1138.36, £1125.18, £1108.40; Brockley Hall £1174.50; Butchercote £1055.34; Woodhouse. J £1015.20; Bemersyde £1011.70; Corsbie £982.50; Mosshill £975; Stewards Cott.; Bow £894.08, £882.66; Northfield St Abbs £890.11.

Cows per kg: Wester Middleton 1.63, 1.53, 1.49, 1.41; Bemersyde 1.51; Brockley Hall 1.45; Butchercote 1.43; Bow 1.41; Woodhouse. J 1.41, 1.35, 1.33, 1.31; Corsbie 1.31; Birkenside 1.29; Northfield St Abbs 1.29.

New season lambs per head: Suff.x £90 Broadmeadows, £86 Threepwood and Upper Nisbet, £85 Huntington, Tex;- £89, £87.50, £86.50 Huntington, £85 West Moneylaws and Crailing Nook, Chev;- £87 Wester Ulston, £75, £72 Blegbie, Bel;- £80 Fountainhall, £76, £75 Faughhill, MB;- £74 Craigend, HB;- £71 Stobshiel, ML;- £70.50 Whitmuir, Ham;- £68.50 Blackburn Mill.

New season lambs per kg: Tex;- 1.88, 1.85 Lower Ashtrees, 1.86 Huntington, Suff.x;- 1.84 Huntington, 1.80 Broadmeadows, 1.77 Lauder Barns and Blackburn Mill, Bel;- 1.75 Craiglea, 1.74 Threeburnford, 1.72 Faughhill, MB;- 1.72 Craiglea, Char;- 1.72 Woodhouse. J, 1.71 Upper Chatto.

Ewes: Tex;- £115 Wanton Walls, £111 Blackadder Mains, £105 Upper Bolton and Bogend, Suff;- £95 Brotherstone, £91 Upper Bolton, Suff.x;- £95 Hermiston, £91 Cortleferry, £89 Inchkeith, HB;- £93 Smailholm Mains, £77 Haltree, Chev;- £89, £73 Stobshiel Mains, £79 Crailinghall and Blegbie, Char;- £85 Ruletownhead and Carterhaugh, GF;- £79 Hermiston, £73 Hartwoodmyres and Ashcraig, BF;- £55, £51 Benson Wemyss, £53 The Peel.

Rams: Tex;- £121 Blackadder Mains & Cortleferry, Suff;- £109 Haltree, EC;- £81 Mill Farm.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 20 prime cattle, three young bulls, 14 over 30 month cattle, 3,346 prime lambs and 5,908 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A similar number of 20 cattle forward saw handy weight cattle sharper with the heavy cattle on a par to last week’s trade. Top price of 216.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen.

A mixed show of 14 cast cows met a firm trade and topped at 128.5p for a British Blue from W.S. Waugh, The Flatt.

The annual show of sale of young handlers’ lambs was kindly sponsored by Farmers Guardian Ltd and ably judged by Mr. Chris Brodie who awarded the following prizes:

The Champion was awarded to a Beltex Lamb from Miss Alexandra Bouch scaling 43kg and realising £170 (395p) to Messrs Lennox, Wick Farm Meats,Colchester, Essex. Reserve Champion Lewis Little £126 39kg (323p) to M. Lomax.

Longtown Young Farmers Club prize show and sale of prime lambs kindly sponsored by Tarff Valley Feeds and again judged by Mr Chris Brodie who awarded the following prizes: Single Lamb - Champion, Robert Carruthers scaling 46kg realising £110 to Master Charlie Tucker; Reserve Champion, Rory Beard 39kg £86 to A. Dawson

A smaller show of 3,346 prime lambs were forward to a busy ring of buyers with new faces present. All classes of lambs sold better on the week, resulting in an average of 175p per kilo.

A very large show of 5,908 cast ewes and rams were forward to a busy ring of buyers.