Market prices


AT their weekly Primestock Sale held at Wooler last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 1,892 lambs and 597 young sheep and ewes.

A larger show forward, trade dearer on the week, in spec lambs selling at a major premium, more numbers needed for a good, full ring of buyers.

Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £101 Lilburn Estates, £98 Wandon, £97 Fenham Hill, £96.50 Linhope Farming (Roddam), £95 Black Heddon, £92.50 East Fleetham, £92 Holy Island, Linhope Farming (Roddam), £91 Fowberry Moor. Suff.x:- £92 West Moneylaws, £83 Pawston, £82 Brockley Hall, £81.50 Great Ryle, £80.50 Reavley. Ven:- £92 North Lyham, £83, £82, £80.50 South Lyham. HB:- £81 Branton Eastside. Chev:- £82.50 Branton Eastside. Cha:- £82.50 Branton Eastside, £82.50 Wandon. Ham:- £82.50 Kettleburn. MB:- £85 Fenham Hill.

Leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 213.8p Ladykirk, 212.8p Black Heddon, 209p Yetlington Lane, 207.1p Wandon, 206.3p Ladykirk, 205.3p Fowberry Moor, 205p Wandon, 203.6p Fowberry Moor, 202.5p Shorewood Hall, 201.2p Mindrum Farming and Springhill, Seahouses, 200p Marshall Meadows, Lorbottle and Village Farm. Bel:- 205.4p Fowberry Moor, 204p High Learchild, 202.9p, 200p Chillingham Home Farm. Suff.x:- 194.7p, 193p Pawston, 187.8p West Moneylaws, 185.7p Shipley Lane, 184.9p Linhope Farming (Roddam), 183.3p Craighouse. Cha:- 196.4p Wandon. Ven:- 191.7p, 191.3p North Lyham, 186.4p, 183p South Lyham. MB:- 188.9p Fenham Hill.

Ewes forward in larger numbers with trade similar to previous weeks.

Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £101 Fowberry Moor, £99 Marigold Farming Co, £91 Lilburn Estates and Chillingham Home Farm, £89 Greenhead, Reston and Fowberry Moor, £87 Lilburn Estates, £83 Chillingham Home Farm, £81 Ladykirk. BFL:- £93 Alwinton Farm and Lamberton. Tex.x:- £91 Fowberry Moor. CM:- £83 Reavley. Mule:- £67 Brockley Hall, £65, £63 Alwinton Farm, £63 Greenhead, Reston and Marigold Farming Co. HB:- £85 Marigold Farming Co. Chev:- £85 Humbleheugh.


AT St Boswells Mart on Monday John Swan Ltd sold 62 clean cattle, 59 OTM cattle, 1,955 spring lambs and 746 ewes.

Bullocks (30) averaged 211p per kg (+30p on the week). Heifers (31) averaged 215.1p per kg +5.1 p on the week). One young bull averaged 230p per kg (n/c on the week) and 59 beef type OTM cattle averaged 139.7p per kg, n/c on the week)

The 1,955 spring lambs averaged 187.3 per kg (+1.6p on the week) and 746 ewes averaged £69.04 (+£2.70 on the week).

Principal prices per kg: Bee Edge 2.38, 2.32, 2.30 J.Penny and Son; Pathhead 2.38 J.Penny and Son, 2.28 Wm.J Hutton; Wester Ulston 2.37 J.Penny and Son; Humebyres 2.30 T.A Shaw; Longnewton 2.29 Michael Malone of Edinburgh, 2.24 J.Gilmour and Co Ltd; Ramrig 2.29 R.Pringle; 2.23 J.Gilmour and Co Ltd; Caverton Mill 2.28 W.T.S Forsyth and Sons; Corsbie 2.27 T.A Shaw, 2.27 W.T.S Forsyth and Sons; Traprain 2.26 J.Penny and Son; Thirlestane 2.25 W.T.S Forsyth and Sons.

Principal prices per head: Longnewton £1511.10, £1460; Butchercote £1443.

Cows per head: Larriston £1650; Humebyres £1456; Hermiston £1421.20; Oakwood £1221.20; Carfrae £1132.40, £1067.60; Huntington £1128.90, 1123.40; Northhouse £1128.90; Broomiebank £1128.80; Hownam Grange £1105.50; Butchercote £1086.40; Haltree £1065; Easter Middleton £1050.45; Whitlaw £1044; Muircleugh £1037.40

Cows per kg: Butchercote 1.94; Humebyres 1.82; Greenhead 1.66; Hownam Grange 1.65; Huntington 1.64, 1.59; Cockburn 1.61; Northhouse 1.59; Nether Howden 1.58; Carfrae Farming 1.57; Muircleugh 1.56, 1.54; Corsbie 1.52; Todshawhaugh 1.50; Standhill 1.50; Easter Middleton 1.50

First annual show and sale of Beltex lambs with the champion pen selling at £103 from M/S J and G Sinclair, Crookston and Reserve pen selling at £89 from M/S W.Murray, Redden (228.2p). The show lambs averaged 214.7p per kg selling to 242.9p for the champion pen.

Spring lambs per head: Bel £103, £102, £99.50 Crookston, £90 Berrymoss; Tex.x £97.50 Harehead Cranshaws, £97 Muircleuch, £96.50 Huntshaw House; Suf.x £95.50 Blackburn, £95, £94 Huntington; Cha £93 Borthwickshiels; HB £85 Stobshiel Mains; Chv £79.50, £77.50 Satchells; GF £78 Inchkeith; BF £76 Bedrule

Principal prices per kg: Bel 242.9, 231.4, 228.9 Crookston, 228.2 Redden, 218.4 Westerdeans (Purves); Tex.x 208.8 Lower Ashtrees, 208.1 Redden, 204.7 Sydenham, Suf.x 202.2 Saughland, 197.4 Berrymoss, 196.5 Huntington; Cha 187.2 Borthwickshiels

Cast ewes: Tex £113 Birkenside, £105, £99 Drinkstone; Suf.x £103 Torwoodlee Mains, £95, £93 Headshaw L; Suff £97 Drinkstone, £89 Falside; Chv £89 Blackburn and Headshaw, £87 Torwoodlee Mains; CHM £85 Brothershiels; Lei £85 Burnhouse Mains; HB £87 Wester Middleton, £81 Brothershiels and Wester Middleton; GF £77 Primside, £73 Bedrule, Inchkeith and Drinkstone

Rams: Chv £89 Mowhaugh; Lley £87 Falside Castle.


THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 75 prime cattle, 31 young bulls, 21 over 30 month cattle, 3,855 prime lambs and 7,630 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

A larger show of 75 prime cattle met a fast trade throughout and more numbers could have been sold. Top price of 225.5p for a Limousin bullock shown by A. and W.J. Taylor and Son, Dashwellgreen, purchased by Border Meat Wholesale Butchers, Lockerbie, others to 224.5p, 223.5p (x2), 222.5p, 221.5p all shown by Messrs Taylor. Charolais heifers sold to 223.5p from J.W. Vevers, High Stenries, with Limousins selling to 222.5p and 221.5p from J. and N. Blaylock and Son, Hallburn.

An increased number of prime bulls forward were a very good to sell and still short of buyer’s requirements. Take advantage of the good trade. Top price bull sold to 221.5p for a British Blue from Mr J. Jardine, Yett Farm and Limousins sold to 218.5p shown by J. Retson and Son, Gardrum.

Principal prices per kilo: British Blue – 221.5p Yett Farm, 217.5p Gardrum, 198.5p Shaw of Dryfe. Limousin – 218.5p Gardrum, 209.5p, 208.5p Netherton, 205.5p Gardrum, 204.5p Yett Farm, 203.5p Shaw Cottage South, 196.5p Gardrum and Becton Hall. Simmental – 197.5p, 192.5p Shaw of Dryfe. Friesian – 167.5p Whiteclose and Jerriestown.

The 21 OTM cattle were a small show due to the weather, selling to 178.5p and 177.5p for Galloways from J. Robertson and Son, Becks Farm.

The 3,855 prime lambs were a similar entry and better than expected to average 191p overall, a fall of 9p on the week, with all the usual buyers operating.

A bigger show of 999 lightweight lambs were again good to sell with a top price of £71.80 for Texels from Newington. A very large entry of cast ewes and rams attracted extra buyers, as a result trade remained unchanged on the week.


LAST week Border Livestock Exchange Ltd sold 104 prime cattle including 39 cows, 3,948 prime lambs including 611 ewes, 2,045 store lambs and 47 cows and calves.

Aberdeen Angus cross steer from Bonjedward Mill, Jedburgh, sold to 370p per kg to Well Hung and Tender, Berwick. Continental cross heifers from Cairndinnis, Haddington, sold to 360p per kg. Belgian Blue young bulls from Sharplaw Farm, Hownam, sold to 352p per kg and £1,396 per head. Limousin cross young bulls from Tenterhouse, Hexham, reached 335p per kg and £1,547.

Lambs were firmer on the week with organic Texel crosses from Over Langshaw, Galashiels, selling to 425p per kg and £87.15 per head. Export weights from Cliftoncote, Yetholm, sold to £88.20 for Meatlinc crosses. Other Continental crosses to 420p per kg from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso; Hedgeley Farms, Wooler; Lilburn Estate, Wooler; Prendwick Farm, Alnwick and Codlawhill, Hexham. Top price per head for exports to £89.25 from Syminton Mains, Stow.

Stores, breeding cattle and sheep all started with a bang with store lambs keenly bid for at £2 to £3 less than last year. Autumn calving Limousin cross cows with Charolais cross calves to £2,220 per outfit.