AT their weekly Primestock Sale held last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,263 hoggs and 401 ewes.
Adverse weather conditions curtailed numbers slightly but selling vendors receiving returns above expectations. All classes dearer.
Leading prices per head:- Suff:- £74.50p, £72 Lilburn Estates. Tex.x:- £72 Linhope Farming (Roddam), £70.50p Yetlington Lane, £70 Linhope Farming (Roddam), £68 Black Heddon (2), Ladykirk, Butterknowes and Mindrum Farming Co (2), £67.50p Old Cambus (2), Crookham Dairy and Ladykirk (2), £67 Old Cambus, £66.50p Linhope Farming (Roddam). Bel:- £67.50p Ladykirk (2). Chev:- £67.50p
Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 184.6p Linhope Farming (Roddam), 197p Black Heddon, 172p Yetlington Lane, 170.3p Akeld Steads, 170p Butterknowes, 167.6p Akeld Steads and Butterknowes, 166.7p Linhope Farming (Roddam) (2) and Lorbottle, 165.9p Ladykirk and Mindrum Farming Co. Bel:- 177.6p Ladykirk. Chev:- 169.2p. Suff.x:- 161.5p Akeld Steads.
Ewe numbers similar, trade remaining firm.
Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £85 Great Ryle, £84 Hendersyde and Brackenside. £83 Brandon, £82.50p Brackenside. Tex.x:- £82.50p, £79, £78 Black Heddon. HB:- £72 Brandon. Mule:- £60.50p Black Heddon, £60 West Ord. Chev:- £62.50p Biddlestone Home Farm.
AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 85 clean cattle, 38 OTM cattle, 2,221 old season lambs and 320 ewes.
Bullocks (26) averaged 212.3p per kg and sold to 231p (-0.7p on week), heifers (56) averaged 215.2p per kg and sold to 240p (+2.8p on week), three young bulls averaged 197.6p per kg and sold to 215p (n/c on week) and 38 beef type OTM cattle averaged 138.1p per kg and sold to 185p (+3.1p on the week).
The 2,221 old season lambs averaged 157.3p per kg and sold to £76 (+14p on week) including 1,126 hoggs 37-41kg hoggs averaging 164.6p pkg and 320 ewes averaged £45.66 and sold to £91(-£4.69 on week).
Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.40, 2.37 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons, 2.31 (2) M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.28, 2.25 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Shidlaw 2.34 M/s J Penny and Sons; Humbie Mill 2.31 Scottish Borders Abattoir, 2.30, 2.28 (2) Malone of Edinburgh and Gosford Bothy Shop; Upper Hundalee 2.31 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Herdmanston Mains 2.31 Malone of Edinburgh; Longnewton 2.29 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Nisbet 2.29 M/s R Pringle; Gospelhall 2.25 M/s TA Shaw.
Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1533, £1410.50; Bee Edge £1443.75, £1379.40, £1371.45; Saltoun Home Farm £1389.85.
Cows per head: Humebyres £1535.50, £1352, £1287.90; Phantassie £1345.20, £1185.05; Upper Samieston £1176.40, £1014.30, £984.90; Roxburgh Mains £1133.15; Wester Middleton £1110.90; Trows £1041.40; Earlston Mains Farm Trust £986; Grahamslaw £958.85.
Cows per kg: Humebyres 1.85, 1.69, 1.59; Phantassie 1.85, 1.77; Upper Samieston 1.73, 1.61, 1.47, 1.41; Roxburgh Mains 1.73; Wester Middleton 1.61, 1.49; Grahamslaw 1.51, 1.41; Earlston Mains Farm Trust 1.45; Broomiebank 1.41.
Bulls: Phantassie £1684.95 (114p), £1609.50 (185p), £1436.40 (133p).
Principal prices hoggs per head: Tex.x;- £76 Mardon, £75 Crookston and Mardon, Bel;- £76 Wester Ulston, £74 Crookston, Suff.x;- £75 St Leonards, £74 Bonjedward Mill and St Leonards, Chev;- £67.50 Longnewton Forest, £66 Thorlieshope, Saughtree and Scottish Procurement Services, GF;- £66.50 Threepwood, £65 Burnhouse Mains, CM;- £64.50 Gospelhall, £64 Wester Ulston, HB;- £63 Marvingston, BF;- £53.50 Woodheads. L.
Principal prices hoggs per kg: Bel;- £184.6 Bedrule, 183.8 Wester Ulston and Sydenham, Tex.x;- 183.8 Nisbet, 183.3 Whitriggs, 182.9 Howden. S, Chev;- 172.4, 170.3, 168 The Shaws, Newcastleton, Suff.x;- 169.2 Blegbie, 165.4 Craigsford Mains, CM;- 160 Wester Ulston, Chev.x;- 159.5 Larriston.
Cast ewes: Tex;- £91 Legars, £81 Burnhouse Mains, HB;- £79,£73 Smailholm Mains, £73 Haltree, High;- £67 Carterhaugh, Suff.x;- £65 Smailholm Mains, £63 Mossilee, CM;- £63 Legars, BFL;- £63 Hutlerburn, GF;- £55 Baillieknowe, £53 Blackburn, Carterhaugh, Baillieknowe and Burnhouse Mains, BF;- £53 Burnhouse Mains, Chev;- £51 Faughhill.
Rams: BFL;- £83 Haltree, Tex;- £73 Legars, Chev;- £73 Brockhouse.
THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 37 prime cattle, three young bulls, 38 over 30 month cattle, 6,676 prime hoggs and 6,799 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
A small show of prime cattle and a shortage of quality on offer which reflected in the trade, more numbers required. The sale was topped at 218.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by Messrs R. Neill, Upper Tinwald, with Charolais heifers selling to 217.5p from J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn. Limousin bullocks sold to 215.5p from J.C. and D. Nicholson and Son, The Gill.
Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks - Limousin 215.5p The Gill, 211.5p Hallburn, 210.5p Swaites, 205.5p The Gill, 199.5p Bleatarn, 198.5p Stonehouse. Charolais 208.5p Stonehouse. British Blue 197.5p Nether Onsett. Heifers - Limousin 218.5p, 216.5p Upper Tinwald, 214.5p Hallburn, 211.5p, 209.5p Upper Tinwald, 206.5p Houghton House, 200.5p Roe Farm. Charolais 217.5p, 214.5p, 209.5p, 205.5p Hallburn, 204.5p Sceughdyke. British Blue 207.5p Houghton House.
Another large show of 6,679 prime hoggs were forward and averaged 155p per kilo. One of the best shows of hoggs seen in this centre was forward with trade for best quality export weight hoggs being outstanding regularly selling between 200-250p/kg. Top was £101.50 from C Hebson, Chapel Farm and 255p per kilo for 38kg Beltex lambs from W. McGill, Carsloe, Ayrshire, with lighter weights and plainer hoggs still hard to cash, so diluting the average.
A large show of 6,799 ewes were forward with only the very best Texels and Continental ewes good to sell.
LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 129 prime cattle including 49 cows, 1,862 prime lambs, 409 cast ewes and 88 breeding cattle.
Aberdeen Angus cross steers and heifers hit the top prices this week with both West Kyloe and Fenwick Steads, Belford, selling to 400p per kg. Charolais crosses sold to 367p per kg for heifers from Easington Grange, Belford, and Primside, Yetholm. Limousin cross steers and heifers from Shidlaw, Cornhill, sold to 371p per kg. Limousin cross heifers from Ross Farm, Belford, sold to 365p per kg.
Prime lambs were slightly firmer with numbers held back due to the weather. Top prices were for Texel cross export weights from Milfield Farm, Wooler. Lleyn crosses to 335p per kg from Carlophill, Penicuik. Texel and Suffolk also to 335p per kg from Bowerhouse, Lauder; High Learchild, Alnwick and Goswick Farm, Berwick. Meat Linc to 335p Ex Cliftoncote Farm, Yetholm.