AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,103 lambs and 602 ewes.
Numbers slightly tighter than the previous week, with shapely fleshy lambs still in keen demand.
Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £76.50, £74 Black Heddon, £73 (3) Ladykirk, £72.50 South Charlton (M Hall), £72.20 (2) Linhope Farming (Roddam), £72 Ewart, £70.50 Amerside Law. Suff.x:- £68.50, £66.50 Kettleburn, £65 Marigold Farming. Ven:- £67.20 South Lyham. GF:- £65 Ladykirk, £64 High Learchild. CM:- £63 High Learchild, £62.50 South Charlton. Chv:- £59.50 Fawdon. BF:- £47 Angryhaugh.
Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 178.1p Ladykirk, 171.8p Black Heddon, 166.7p Redden, 162.9p Amerside Law, 162.5p Todrig and Amerside Law. GF:- 140.7p Butterknowes. Suff.x:- 139.8p Todrig. CM:- 139.5p Fawdon Farms. Chev:- 138.4p Fawdon Farms.
A larger show of ewes.
Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £99.50 Hartside (A Hutcheon), £98 Black Heddon, £88 Fenham Hill, £87, £86 Black Heddon. BFL:- £90.50 Branton Eastside (J Elliot), £85 Lickar Moor, £84 Venchen, Marigold Farming and Fawdon Farms. HB:- £76 Marigold Farming. Chev:- £58 Fawdon Farms. GF:- £57 Fawdon Farms.
Rams:- BF:- £93 Fawdon Farms.
AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 90 clean cattle, 75 OTM cattle, 2,539 new season lambs and 760 ewes.
Bullocks (35) averaged 211.8p per kg and sold to 234p (-0.9p on week) while heifers (51) averaged 211.2p per kg and sold to 238p (-1.1p on week). Four young bulls averaged 201.2p per kg and sold to 212p (n/c on week) and 75 beef type OTM cattle averaged 130.5p per kg and sold to 195 (+3.1p on week).
The 2,539 new season lambs averaged 147.3p per kg and sold to £80, 189.7p p/k (-9.9p on the week) and 760 ewes sold to £105 & £113 for tups.
Principal prices per kg: Humebyres 2.38 John Penny and Sons; Bee Edge 2.36 Robert L Wilson Butcher Ltd; Mosstower 2.36 W Taylor (Lockerbie) Ltd; Humebyres 2.35 John Penny and Sons; Bee Edge 2.35 M/s W.T.S Forsyth and Sons, 2.34 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd, 2.33 John Penny and Sons, Robert L Wilson Butcher Ltd; Wester Ulston 2.30 John Penny and Sons; Saltoun Home Farm 2.29 John Penny and Sons; Mosstower 2.29 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd; Traprain 2.29 M/s W.T.S Forsyth and Sons; Shidlaw 2.28 Michael Malone of Edinburgh Ltd; Lennoxlove 2.27 Colin Peat Esq; Longnewton 2.25 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd.
Principal prices per head: 10 Newmains, N Berwick £1608.75; Lennoxlove £1447.55; Bee Edge £1439.60; Broadmeadows £1431; Ford Westfield £1417.80.
Cows per head: Blythebank £1621.20; Kersknowe £1554; Blythebank £1464; Kersknowe £1303.50, £1235.80; Easter Happrew £1230.25; Blythebank £1194.60; Wester Middleton £1185; Humebyres £1177.05; Blythebank £1160.70; Upper Nisbet £1140.75; Wester Middleton £1121.80; Orkney Auction Mart Ltd £1109.85; Coates £1100.50; Glendearg £1092.20; Faughhill £1086.30.
Cows per kg: Upper Nisbet 1.95; Blythebank 1.93; Kersknowe 1.85; Blythebank 1.83, 1.81; Humebyres 1.77; Kersknowe 1.67, 1.65; Blythebank 1.59; Wester Middleton 1.58; Coates 1.55, 1.53; Faughhill 1.53; Wester Middleton 1.50; Howden 1.49; Orkney Auction Mart Ltd 1.47.
Principal prices - Lambs per head: Bel;- £90, £85 Crookston, £86 Shoestanes. Tex.x;- £86 Shoestanes, £84 Lower Ashtrees, Crookston, £82, £81 Shoestanes. Suff.x;- £80 Threepwood, £77 Toxside, £76 Crookston. GF;- £75 Crookston, £65 Whitehope. BF;- £66 Whitehope. Chv;- £64.50 North Synton £63.50, £61.50 Gospelhall. Zwa;- £62 East Bridgelands.
Principal prices - Lambs per kg: Tex.x;- 189.7 North Synton, 189.5 South Common, 185.9 Bow. Bel;- 183.7 Crookston, 173.2 Threeburnford. Chv;- 157.3 North Synton. Suff.x;- 155.6 St Leonards, 154.9 14 School Place, 154 Saughtree. GF;- 148.8 Burncastle.
Cast ewes: Suff;- £105, £97 Roxburgh Mains. Tex;- £97, £95 Roxburgh Mains, £95 Thirlestane. Chv;- £75 Thirlestane. GF;- £67 Newton, Hawick, £65 Thirlestane. Lle;- £65 Hillhouse. BF;- £51 Burncastle.
Rams: Tex;- £113 Bow, £107 Burnhouse Mains. BFL;- £107 Tinnis. Suff;- £95 Burnhouse Mains. BF;- £81 Burnhouse Mains.
THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 48 prime cattle, 11 young bulls, 35 over 30 month cattle, 5,494 prime lambs and 6,880 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
A nice show of quality in the prime cattle and a brisk trade to match, but more numbers required to satisfy a full ringside of buyers. Top price of 233.5p for a smart Limousin heifer shown by D.J. Garthwaite and Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage and purchased by W. Kirkup and Son, Butchers, Longtown, others to 231.5p from Messrs R. Neill, Upper Tinwald, and purchased by J. Little, Charolais to 230.5p from J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn, and bought by Border Meats, Lockerbie. Limousin bullocks sold to 227.5p shown by W.H. and D.A. Gass, Nunscleugh and purchased by Border Meats.
A few more bulls were on offer and trade did not disappoint.
Top price was 229.5p for a Belgian Blue from J. and P. Routledge and Son, Netherton.
Some better cows were on offer and saw trade sharper on the week. Top price was 192.5p for a Limousin from T. and M. Irving, Becton Hall.
Good quality lambs both export weight and heavy weight sold well, but Mules and heavier Blackfaces and rougher lambs proved very hard to cash. The sale average was 146.5p (SQQ 147.5p).
The sale topped at £90 for Texels from Catslackburn and to 214.5p/kg for Beltex from North Greenhill.
Texels £90 Catslackburn, £87.80 Woodhead, £85.80 Unity & Cairnside; Suffolks £87.80 Kinning Hall, £82.80 Sceughdyke, £75.80 Slealands; Cheviots £65.80 Roughet Hill, £60.80 Mangorhard, £59.80 Falnash; Charollais £69.80 Westgate, £68.80 Hallburn, £68.20 Beckhall; Halfbreds £69.80 Dodgsonstown; Greyface £66.20, £64.20 Low Fell, £63.20 High Floweryhirst; Blackface £62.80 Wanwood Hill, £58.80 Cramalt, £57.80 Drumhumphrey; North Country Cheviot £66.80 Cairnside, £63.20 Fenwick; Swaledale £61.80 Coatlith Hill, £51.80 Burnhouse; Beltex £85.80 Northgreenhill & Randalholme, £74.80 Sorbie.
Lightweight lambs to £66.80 for Beltex from Kinning Hall, £65.80 Byers Farm; Cheviot £58.80 Hillfield, £53.80 Brantwood, £46.80 Beauly; Texel £64.80 High Stenries, £58.80 Ashley Park, £57.80 HighParkfoot; Charollais £50.80 Barend, £52.80 Burnfoot; Blackface £51.80 Chapelhope, £50.20 Beauly, £46.80 Chapelhope; North Country Cheviot £54.80 Kelsocleugh, £53.80 Brantwood; Swaledale £43.80 Williamston & Newholme, £42.80 Pry Hill; Herdwicks £48.80 Ashley Park; Roussin £50 Craighead.
Another large show of cast ewes and rams were forward to a full ring of buyers with best selling ewes still a good trade but Mule Ewes and lesser Continental ewes easier. Good export type hill ewes Blackface/Cheviot and plainer ewes were sharper on the week.
The sale topped at £120.50 for Texel rams from Westhope, £114.50 Ballimachiller, £110.50 Unity, Middle Farm and Snowsgreen; Suffolks £108.50 Snowsgreen £104.50 Westgate, £99.50 Ballimachiller and Newbigging; Cheviot £108.50 Hownam Grange; Charollais £106.5p Severs, £97.50, £95 Coytre; Leicesters £109.50 East Unthank, £82.50 Lowes Fell; Blackface £74.50 Arnicle, £70.50 Snowsgreen; North Country Cheviot £98.50 Longoe, £93.50 Cairnside; Swaledale £57.50 Deadwater, £55.50 Randalholme.
LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 149 prime cattle including 42 cows, 2,493 prime lambs, 324 ewes and 186 store and breeding cattle.
A wonderful consignment of 16 organic Hereford cross steers from Cresswell Farms, Belford, sold to 435p per kg. Belgian Blue cow from Jonathan Watson, Bowden Moor, Berwick, sold for a record price, she weighed 673 kgs realising £2,254 for the selling price of 335p per kg. This 10 year old cow graded an E2 and is destined to go to Belgium.
Light weight heifers from Fenwick Steads, Belford, sold to 372p per kg. Aberdeen Angus cross heifers from Shidlaw, Cornhill, sold to 395p per kg. Aberdeen Angus steers from West Kyloe, Beal, sold to 390p per kg.
Lamb trade continues to be steady with best quality export lambs selling to 370p per kg from Milfield Demesne, Wooler, and Stagehall Farm, Stow. Texel crosses to 360p per kg from Blackcastle, Pathhead. Chatton Park, Wooler, and Hedgeley Farms, Powburn.