AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 959 lambs and 312 ewes.
Lamb numbers reasonable for first sale after New Year but again in spec types sort after, others treated with caution.
Leading prices per head:- Bel.x:- £76.50, £75 Ladykirk, £73, £71 Ewart, £72, £70 Ladykirk, £70 Ewart. Tex.x:- £75.20, £75, £74 (2), £71.50 Holy Island, £71 Todrig, £70.50 Holy Island. Suff.x:- £75.20 Holy Island, £70.50 Yetlington Lane. Ven.x:- £66.50 South Lyham. Chev:- £69.50 Humbleheugh.
Leading prices per kilo:- Bel.x:- 179.5p, 174.4p Ladykirk, 173.8p Ewart. Tex.x:- 161p Mindrum Farming Co, 158.5p Todrig, 157.1p Yetlington Lane, 157p Ewart. Suff.x:- 161p Biddlestone Home Farm.
Ewes a good show and dearer on the week.
Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £114 Wrangham East, £109 Bowsden Moor, £92 Wrangham East, £89 Bowsden Moor. Suff.x:- £89 Middle Ord, £88 Holy Island, £83.50 Holy Island, £82.50 Thornington. BFL:- £84 Clennell. Mule:- £59.50, £57.50, £57.20 Thornington. BF:- £49.50 Ladykirk.
Rams:- Tex:- £110 Bowsden Moor. BFL:- £90 Clennell.
AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 70 clean cattle, 97 OTM cattle, 2,297 old season lambs and 714 ewes.
Bullocks (29) averaged 217.7p per kg and sold to 236p (+3.4p on week), heifers (39) averaged 216.2p per kg and sold to 238p (+5.3p on week), two young bulls averaged 190.8p per kg and sold to 197p (n/c on week), 91 beef type OTM cattle averaged 133.2p per kg and sold to 209p (-1.5p on the week) and six dairy type OTM cattle averaged 92.3p per kg and sold to 113p (n/c on the week).
The 2,297 old season lambs averaged 152.4p per kg and sold to £89 and 714 ewes averaged £57.22 and sold to £115(+ £12.40 on week).
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.38(2) R Wilson Butcher Ltd, 2.36 M/s Moor, 2.32 W Taylor (Lockerbie), 2.31 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.29 Denholm Meat Supplies, 2.28 John Scott; Mosstower 2.38 M/s Moor, 2.36 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.29 M/s TA Shaw; Humebyres 2.36 M/s J Penny and Sons; Saughland 2.34 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.31 Malone of Edinburgh; Upper Hundalee 2.31 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.30 M/s Moor; Low Middleton 2.27 M/s Moor.
Principal prices per head: Low Middleton £1566.30; Shidlaw £1473.75; Bee Edge £1427.80, £1396.90, £1374.45; Traprain £1375.
Cows per head: Brothershiels £1595; Kersknowe £1593, £1228.30; Wolfstar £1500.75; Humebyres £1408.90; Hyndsidehill £1336; Traprain £1327.15; Thrunton £1308.15, £1267.50, £1193.40; Mosstower £1294.15; Wester Middleton £1271.60, £1159.10; Whitburgh £1217.20; Hexpath £1176.60; Corsbie £ 1169.65;
Cows per kg: Traprain 2.09; Humebyres 1.93; Wester Middleton 1.87, 1.73; Mosstower 1.81; Whitburgh 1.79; Kersknowe 1.77, 1.73; Thrunton 1.71, 1.69; Greenhead. S 1.67; Hyndsidehill 1.67; Stobswood 1.65; Hexpath 1.59; Hartside 1.57; Corsbie 1.57.
Principal prices, lambs per head: Bel;- £89, £85, £84 Crookston; £75.50 Wester Deans; Tex.x;- £85 Crookston, £84 Elmscleugh and The Lee, Suff.x;- £76 Crookston and Ormiston, £74.50 Hartside, CM;- £71.50 Linkshead, Char;- £70, £68 Ladyflat, GF;- £68 Crookston, £67.50 Hartside, Chev;- £67 Brockhouse, £66 Middlesknowes and Gilston.
Principal prices, lambs per kg: Tex.x;- 205 Treaty Park, 187.2 Wester Ulston, 186.1 Bow, Bel;- 194.6 Ashcraig, 192.1 Bedrule, Char;- 168.8 Ladyflat, Suff.x;- 165.1 Haltree, 161.3 Smailholm Mains, Chev;- 164.9, 157.1 Lylestane, CM;- 155.1 Wester Ulston.
Cast ewes: Tex;- £115 Roxburgh Mains, £101 Wanton Walls, £97 Greenend, Suff.x;- £93 Berrymoss, £91 Helmburn, HB;- £91, £87 Haltree, £79 Bonjedward Mill, Blackhill and Haltree, CM;- £85 Brunton (Hamilton), Suff;- £77, 75 Woodside, Bel;- £70 Berrymoss, £69 Borthwickshiels, Chev;- £73, £67 Haltree, £65 Whitehouse (Turnbull), GF;- £65 Linkshead, Greenend, Broomlands & Ecclaw, High;- £63, £59 Carterhaugh, BF;- £49 Linkshead.
Rams: Suff;- £111 Upper Bolton, £89 Hartside, Suff.x;- £93 Berrymoss, Bel;- £91, £89 Hartside.
THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 42 prime cattle, 16 young bulls, 44 over 30 month cattle, 6,851 prime hoggs and 7,526 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
More prime cattle forward and a ringside of 11 active buyers ensured a buoyant trade throughout. Top price of 227.5p twice, firstly for a Limousin heifer heifer shown by J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn, and then for Limousin bullock from J.C. and D. Nicholson and Son, The Gill.
Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks - Limousin 227.5p, 223.5p The Gill, 209.5p, 208.5p The Lake, 205.5p, 200.5p Newtown, 201.5p High Stenries, 199.5p Somerton House. Charolais 212.5p, 201.5p High Stenries. British Blue 203.5p Sandbed.
Heifers - Limousin 227.5p Hallburn, 225.5p Upper Tinwald and Hallburn, 220.5p Upper Tinwald, 218.5p Houghton House, 215.5p Hallburn, 207.5p Houghton House. Charolais 215.5p, 207.5p, 209.5p Sceughdyke. British Blue 205.5p Houghton House.
Principal prices per head: Bullocks - British Blue £1,638 Sandbed. Limousin £1,508 The Lake, £1,403 Newtown, £1,421, £1,419 The Gill. Charolais £1,466 High Stenries, £1,451 Sceughdyke.
Heifers - Charolais £1,328, £1,293 Sceughdyke, £1,290 Upper Tinwald, £1,282 Hallburn, £1,201 High Stenries. Limousin £1,240, £1,190 Upper Tinwald, £1,183, £1,161 Hallburn, £1,147, £1,130 Houghton House. British Blue £1,108 Sandbed.
Some good quality bulls on offer saw a sharp trade. Topping the sale at 232.5p was a Limousin and a British Blue both shown by J. and P. Routledge, Netherton. Messrs Routledge’s run of six bulls averaged 218.8p and top grossed at £1,606.50.
Principal prices per kilo: British Blue 232.5p, 229.5p, 228.5p Netherton, 199.5p Becton Hall. Limousin 232.5p, 209.5p Netherton, 183.5p Somerton House. Simmental 183.5p Somerton House.
Principal prices per head: British Blue £1,606, £1,462, £1,395 Netherton. Limousin £1,360 Netherton.
A larger show of cast cows met a fast trade selling to a top of 210.5p for a Limousin from L.E. Grice and Son, Newtown Farm, others to 187.5p from Mr J. Watret, Burnside.
Principal prices per kilo: Limousin 210.5p, 195.5p Newtown, 187.5p Burnside, 155.5p, 153.5p Nunscleugh, 149.5p Woodcroft, 145.5p Nunscleugh. Charolais 174.5p Burnside, 140.5p Moss Side and Woodcroft, 135.5p Woodcroft, 131.5p Moss Side. Shorthorn 164.5p, 130.5p Minsca, 127.5p The Side. Luing 155.5p Arkleton. Angus 140.5p Woodcroft. Hereford 139.5p, 129.5p, 122.5p Woodcroft, 121.5p Enzieholm. Friesian 111.5p Brisco Hill, 108.5p Newby Farm.
Principal prcies per head: Charolais £1,256 Burnside, £1,091, £1,081 Moss Side, £892 Woodcroft. Limousin £1,210, £1,133 Newtown, £1,142, £1,043 Nunscleugh, £1,106 Burnside, £880 Nunscleugh, £867 Woodcroft. Shorthorn £1,019, £887 Minsca, £835 The Side. Angus £976 Woodcroft, £805 Falnash. Luing £956 Arkleton. Hereford £815, £802 Woodcroft.
Another exceptional show of 6,851 hoggs were forward to the usual ring of buyers, with good export lambs and best quality lambs easily sold at high rates.
Heavyweight hoggs harder to cash with lightweight hoggs similar on the week. The sale average was 150.4p (SQQ 152.2p).
The sale topped at 206p per kilo for Texels from Messrs Nixon, Oakwood and to £96.80 per head for Texels from Messrs Hasting, Kilncroft, others £87.50 Mossband Hall, £85.50 Nether Brotherstone; Beltex £79.80 Gallowberry, £77.80 Nether Brotherstone and High Greenhill, £75.80 High Greenhill; Suffolk £73.80, £72.20 Sceughdyke, £72 Newbiggin; North Country Cheviot £70.80 Dalemakethar, £62.80 Crosscleugh, £59.80 Kirkland Green; Charollais £70 Leaona Villa, £66.20 Hallburn, £65.80 Barend; Half Bred £68.80 North House, £62.80 Dalemakethar; Hill Cheviot £68.20 Muirhill, £65.80 Grassfield, £63.80 Wicket Thorn; Cheviot Mule £64.80 North House, £55.80 Barnglies; Blackface £64.20 Silloans, £61.80 Kirkhouse, £56.80 Nilston Rigg; Greyface £62.80 The Haining House, £61.80 Mains of Larg, £60.80 Greenburn; Herdwick £56.80 Longrow, £50 Ashley Park; Swaledale £55 Westernhopeburn, £40 Greystoke Castle; Leicester £50 Silloans and Kelsocleugh.
The 1,734 lightweight hoggs sold to £65.80 for Beltex from Sorbie, £62.80 Waltonwoodhead; Texel £65.20, £62.80 Muirhill; Hill Cheviot £55.80 High Barlay, £53.80 Bloch; Blackface £51.80, £50.80 Skelfhill; Charollais £50 Cardew Hall; Suffolk £50 High Floweryhirst, £44.80 Coshogle; Greyface £45.80 Bonshawside, Coshogle and Newington; Easycare £41.80 Mossfennan; Swaledale £36.80 Dallowie, £35.80 Pry Hill.
Another astonishing show of 7,526 cast ewes and rams were forward to a full ring of buyers with best selling ewes short of requirements and similar on the week. Blackface and Cheviot export ewes remained similar with plainer ewes harder to cash. Heavy ewes to £134.50 for Texels from The Laurels, £130.50 Kilncroft, £128.50 Townfoot; Charollais £110.50 Draperstown, £89.50 Baron Road, £85.50 Road Side; Beltex £104.50 Nether Brotherstone, £85.50 Draperstown; Suffolk £106.50 Draperstown, £100.50, £97.50 Road Side; North Country Cheviot £82.50 Marchbank, £80.50 Forget Me Not, £77.50 Courthill; Leicester £77.50, £75.50 Quarry House, £70.50 Stotsfold; Cheviot Mule £76.50, £68.50 Roseland, £66.50 Saxalbye.
LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 114 prime cattle, 42 cast cows, 2,194 prime lambs, 487 cast ewes and 102 store and breeding cattle.
Prime cattle remain firm with exceptional demand for certified Aberdeen Angus and organic steers and heifers. Aberdeen Angus cross steers from West Kyloe, Belford, sold to £1,636.88 and 400p per kg. Eleven-month-old pure Limousin young bulls from Bowsden Moor, Berwick, sold to 350p per kg and £2,117 per head. Pure Belgian cows from the same farm sold to 335p per kg and £2,272 per head. Organic steers from Newlands Farm, Belford, sold to 440p per kg.
Lambs remain steady with trade looking slightly sharper as numbers tighten up ever so slightly. Top prices for Texel and Suffolk crosses to 360p per kg from Fawdon Farms, Alnwick; Embleton Steads, Alnwick and Redpath Farms, Longformacus, Duns. Cull ewes a similar price to last week with Suffolk crosses to £91.50; Mules to £66; Easy care £69.50 and Beulah crosses to £70.50. Store cattle to 230p per kg for 10-month-old Limousin cross steer calves.