AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,109 hoggs and 346 ewes.
Hogg numbers tight due to vendors worries over trade, but selling vendors left happy after returns well above early week markets, In spec Hoggs in great demand.
Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £73.50 Linhope Farming (Roddam), £70 Ashcraig Farming Co, £69.50 Linhope Farming (Roddam), £67.50 Linhope Farming (Roddam), West Longridge and Old Cambus, £67, £66.50 Mindrum Farming Co, £66 Auchencrow Mains, Ladykirk, North Lyham, Cockhall and Titlington Mount, £65 Gatherick, Linhope Farming (Roddam), West Longridge and Fenham Hill. Bel.x:- £70 (2) Hillcrest Livestock, £69, £66 Ladykirk. Char:- £68 Auchencrow Mains. Chev:- £64 Linbrig, £60 (2) Biddlestone Home Farm and Linbrig. Suff.x:- £63 Mindrum Farming Co and Old Cambus.
Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 178.4p Cockhall, 175p Linhope Farming (Roddam), 171.6p Amerside Law, 169.2p Titlington Mount, 168.8p Linhope Farming (Roddam), 167.6p Amerside Law, 163.4p Mindrum Farming Co, 161.6p Lorbottle and Linhope Farming (Roddam), 161p North Lyham. Bel:- 164.3p Ladykirk. Suff.x:- 162.9p Cockhall. Char:- 158.1p Auchencrow Mains.
Ewes a mixed show retaining late rates.
Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £93 Gatherick. Suff.x:- £85 Old Cambus, £85 Middle Ord, £83 South Lyham and Newstead, £81 Marigold, £79 Low Middleton, £77 Middle Ord, £76 Fowberry Moor. Mule:- £63 South Lyham. C.M:- £63 Old Cambus. Chev:- £55 Linbrig. BF:- £45 Titlington Mount.
Rams:- Tex:- £85 Auchencrow Mains.
AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 115 clean cattle, 90 OTM cattle, 2,510 old season lambs and 787 ewes.
Bullocks (43) averaged 213p per kg and sold to 236p (-4.7p on week), heifers (71) averaged 212.4p per kg and sold to 235p (-3.8p on week), one young bull averaged 211p per kg and sold to 211p (n/c on week) and 90 beef type OTM cattle averaged 135p per kg and sold to187p (+1.8p on the week).
The 2,510 old season lambs averaged 143.3p per kg and sold to £91(-9.1p on week) including 861 38-41kg lambs which averaged 154.3p pkg. 787 ewes averaged £50.35 and sold to £103 (-£6.87 on week).
Principal prices per kg: Inland Pastures 2.36, 2.34 M/s Mason; Thirlestane 2.35 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.28 M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Bee Edge 2.33 Denholm Meats, 2.29(2) M/s Waters and Sons and W Taylor(Lockerbie), 2.28 R Wilson Butcher, 2.27(2) M/s Mason and M/s J Gilmour and Co Ltd; Saughland 2.31 M/s J Penny and Sons, 2.29 M/s J Saunderson; Shidlaw 2.31 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons; Hundalee 2.30 W Taylor (Lockerbie); Longnewton 2.29 Malone of Edinburgh; Old Castle 2.29 M/s WTS Forsyth and Sons.
Principal prices per head: Wantonwalls £1582.50; Inland Pastures £1581.20, £1497.60; Honeyburn £1482.40; Bee Edge £1401.20.
Cows per head: Hepburn £1313.50, £1255.50, £1087.80; East Loanend £1207.50, £1206.20, £1169; Cockburn £1185.70; Branton Eastside £1150.05; Honeyburn £1124.55, £1118.95; Muircleugh £1085.70; Woodhead. A £1073.25.
Cows per kg: Branton Eastside 1.87; Hepburn 1.85, 1.55; Broomiebank 1.77, 1.60; Dunslaw 1.77; East Loanend 1.75, 1.67, 1.63, 1.53; Cockburn 1.67; Gateshaw 1.59; Newstead 1.57; Falahill 1.57; Muircleugh 1.54; Langtonlees 1.51.
Bulls: Wester Middleton £1414(1.40); Cockburn £1350(1.50); Branton Eastside £1316.25(1.35); Mervinslaw £1085.85(1.27).
Principal prices, lambs per head: Tex.x;- £91, £82 Crookston, £80 The Lee and Sydenham, Bel;- £90 Crookston, £76 Hexpath, Suff;- £80,£74 Oxmuir, Chev;- £78 Cocklawfoot, £59 Mainside, Suff.x;- £71 Redheugh, Cockburnspath, £70 Burnhouse Mains and Sydenham, GF;- £63.50 Huntershall, £60 Burnhouse Mains, CM;- £63 Gospelhall, Chev.x;- £63,£62 Laggan of Clachaig, Lleyn; £62 Brotherstone, BF;- £57,£55 Hartside.
Principal prices, lambs per kg: Bel;- 197.3 Sydenham, 194.9 Hexpath, 187.5 Crookston, Tex.x;- 187.2 Lower Ashtrees, 185.7 Crookston, Chev.x;- 163.2 Laggan of Clachaig, Suff.x;- 156.1 Hexpath, 155.1 Swinnie, Cha;- 152.6 Howahill, CM;- 146.5 Gospelhall, Lleyn;- 144.2 Brotherstone.
Cast ewes: Tex;- £103 Shoestanes, £85 Sydenham, Suff;- £101, £95 Oxmuir, £93 Torwoodlee, Suff.x;- £93 Berryhill, £90, £89 Shoestanes, Bel;- £75,£59 Wester Ulston, HB;- £73 Torwoodlee Mains, £63 Bonjedward Mill, Chev;- £65 North Synton, £61 Laggan of Clachaig, CM;- £57 Wester Ulston and Hyndsidehill, GF;- £57 Thirlestane, Elwartlaw and Berryhill, ML;- £57 Whitmuir, BF;- £47 Hartside, £43 Toxside.
Rams: Tex;- £95, £87 Corsbie, Suff;- £85 Hartside, BFL;- £79 Lauderhill, Chev;- £77 Crailinghall.
THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 35 prime cattle, six young bulls, 45 over 30 month cattle, 5,260 prime hoggs and 7,549 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.
A similar sized show of prime cattle saw quality scarce, with the best cattle continuing to sell at recent rates. The sale was topped at 225.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by Messrs Faulder, Houghton House.
Principal prices per kilo: Bullocks - Limousin 219.5p The Gill, 217.5p The Haining House, 206.5p Nether Onsett, 194.5p Castletown. Charolais 218.5p High Stenries, 203.5p Sceughdyke. Simmental 201.5p Nunscleugh. British Blue 199.5p, 191.5p Sandbed. Galloway 193p Kirksteads. Friesian 190.5p Calees Cottage.
Heifers - Limousin 225.5p Houghton House, 220.5p Sceughdyke, 215p, 214.5p Houghton House, 202.5p Hallburn. Charolais 222.5p, 211.5p, 207.5p Hallburn, 205.5p Sceughdyke. Blonde d’Aquitaine 200.5p Hallburn.
A small show of prime bulls yet again met a brisk trade and sold to 229.5p for a great Blonde d’Aquitaine shown by J. Jardine, Yett Farm.
An increased and improved show of cast cows were forward and were in demand. Top price of 215p for a Limousin bullock shown by Messrs Ritson, Swaites with cows to 193p for Limousin from Blindhillbush.
Principal prioces per kilo: Limousin 215p, 210p Swaites, 193p, 181p, 161p Blindhillbush, 136p Woodcroft, 133p Wanwood Hill, 123p Henrys Hill. Angus 203p Plumpe, 123p Woodcroft. Charolais 199p Burnside, 179p Burnside, 133.p, 123p Moss Side. British Blue 197p, 191p, 189p, 187p, 183p, 171p Plumpe Farm, 177p Nunscleugh, 139p Wanwood Hill, 119p Albierigg. Simmental 154p Sceughdyke, 109p High Stenries. Friesian 152.5p The Stubb. Hereford 139p, 133p, 123p Woodcroft. Galloway 131p Castletown, 113p Henrys Hill.
Principal prices per head: Limousin Bull £1,599 High Stenries. Charolais £1,482 Burnside, £975 Burnside, £837, £787 Moss Side. Angus £1,319 Plumpe Farm. British Blue £1,300 Nunscleugh, £1,132, £1,115, £1,088, £1,065, £1,043, £1,033 Plumpe Farm.
Another large show of 5,260 hoggs were forward to a full ring of buyers. The sale average was 147.1p (SQQ 149.5p), dearer than other centres this week. Export hoggs and best quality hoggs demanded an excellent premium with one of the best shows for quality seen in many years. The trade for these hoggs eclipses most other centres each week and are keenly sought after. The sale topped at 239p per kilo for Beltex from A.F. Young and Co., Bankhead and to £92.80 per head for Texels from D. and D. Aitken, Upper Cleugh and from T. Renwick and Sons, Craig Douglas, others £87.80 High Wreay, £86.80 Dickstree; Beltex £90.80 Bridgestone, £83.80, £82.80 Miller Hill; Suffolk £83.80 East Cliff, £73.20 Ladybridge, £72.80 Sceughdyke; Charollais £82.80, £65 Broomhouse, £64.80 Cooilingel; Greyface £74.80 Newbigging, £63 Crawesknowe, £62.50 Pitland Hills; Leicester £69.80 Newbigging, £57 Crowhall; North Country Cheviot £68 Potholm, £67.80 Knock, £66.80 Potholm; Cheviot Mule £66.80 Tushielaw, £61.80 Tarrasfoot; Hill Cheviot £66.80 Guidebest, £57.80 Tushielaw, £56.80 Falnash; Blackface £64 Corsebank, £60 Wanwood Hill, £56.80 Mill View; Half Bred £55.80 Dodgsonstown and Adderston Shiels; Herdwick £53.20 Longrow; Swaledale £43.50 Westerhopeburn.
The 1,327 lightweight hoggs sold to £73.80 for Beltex from Byers Farm, £71.80 Bankhead; Texel £68.80 Powheads, £60.80 High Stenries; Charollais £52 Hallrule Mill; Cheviot Mule £52.20 Yetholm Mains; Suffolk £51.80 Ashintully, £46.80 Houghton House; Hill Cheviot £50 Brydekirk Mains, £49 Dinley; Blackface £47.20, £44.80 Craig Douglas; Greyface £47 Brydekirk Hall, £45 Newington.
Another large show of 7,549 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers with best selling ewes similar on the week with all other classes £3 less on the week. Blackface and Cheviot export ewes and plain ewes remain similar. Heavy ewes to £122.50 for Texels from Kilncroft, £120.50 Severs, £116.50 Sibmister; Suffolk £114.50 Lintlaw, £99.50 Cleughbrae, £90.50 Baron Road; Charollais £102.50 Severs, £80.50 Allfornaught; Beltex £99.50 Waterside, £84.50 Greenhill, £79.50 Wood Vale Terrace; Leicester £79.50 Newbigging Walls, £78.50 Quarry House and Woodhouse, £76.50 Crowhall; Cheviot Mule £73.50 Clackmae, £72.50 Colmslie Hill, £64.50 West Wharmley; Greyface £69.50 Hillhouse, £68.50 Keepwick and Unity, £67.50 Cypress House.
Hill ewes to £54.50 for Blackfaces from Tone Hall, £53.50 Carrick, £48.50 Cowburnrigg; Lleyn £51.50 Newbigging, £47.50 Haithwaite, £45.50 Roadside; Hill Cheviot £49.50 Westerhall, £46.50 Hillhouse, £43.50 Clonrae; Kerry Hill £45.50 Gall Farm; Swaledale £44.50 Coldshield, £42.50 Yewtree, £40.50 Miller House; Herdwick £25 Butterdales, £20 Sloda Hill; Shetland £23.50 Knock, £20 Butterdales; Kendal Rough £20.50 Screel.
Rams to £130.50 for Texels from Severs, £126.50 Wanwood Hill, £116.50 Christian; North Country Cheviot £96.50 Marchbank, £59.50 Weydale Mains; Suffolk £94.50 Newbiggin, £80.50 Colmslie Hill; Leicester £80.50 Newbigging Walls, £80 Skelfhill, £78.50 Miller Hill; Hill Cheviot £70.50 Ballimachiller and Potholm, £68.50 Eldinhope, £67.50 Skelfhill; Blackface £68.50 Newhall, £60.50 Crowhall, £58.50 Skelfhill; Swaledale £46.50 Sunday Sight, £45.50 High Edges Green.
LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 104 prime cattle, 61 cast cows, 2,177 prime sheep including 365 ewes, and 94 store and breeding cattle.
Prime cattle continue to be in short supply with top quality home bred Charolais heifers from Blackadder Mains, Duns, selling to 372p per kg. Charolais heifers from Chesterhill, Belford, sold to 370p per kg and £1,491 per head. Aberdeen Angus and Shorthorn steers from Cairndinnis, Haddington, sold to 395p per kg.
Lambs look good value for the time of year. Top prices for Texel and Suffolk crosses to 350p per kg from Embleton Steads, Alnwick; Sweethope Farm, Kirkwhelpington; Stagehall, Stow and Deanfoot Farms, Hawick. Romney crosses to 340p per kg from Humbleton, Wooler. Blackfaced lambs to 345p per kg from Prendwick Farm, Alnwick. Cast ewes sold to £91.50 for Suffolk crosses; Mules to £66.50; Easycare to £63.50 and Meatlinc crosses to £62.50.