Market Prices

Kelso Ram Sales 2014 at Springwood Park. Brian Ross on the rostrum.
Kelso Ram Sales 2014 at Springwood Park. Brian Ross on the rostrum.


At their weekly sale of primestock last Wednesday John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 950 lambs and 514 ewes and rams.

Lamb numbers tight due to vendors thinking the job must improve, all classes similar on the week.

Lambs, leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £80 Springhill, Seahouses, £77 Wandon and Brandon, £75.50 West Rennington, £75 Holy Island and Kimmerston, £73 (2) Holy Island, £72.50 Fowberry Moor, £72 Holy Island. Bel:- £78 Lilburn Estates.

Lambs, leading prices per kilo:- Tex.x:- 176.3p Fowberry Moor, 170p Low Middleton, 167.5p Yetlington Lane, 166.7p Shipley Smallburn, 165.5p Bewick Folly. Bel:- 167.9p Chillingham Home Farm and Ladykirk.

As everywhere more ewes on offer resulting in the gloss just leaving trade.

Leading prices:- Tex.x:- £98 Kettleburn, £97 Wandon. Suff.x:- £91 Wandon, £90 Holy Island (M. Patterson), £85 Wandon and Branton Eastside. Chev:- £83 Reavley. HB:- £79 Brandon. Mule:- £70 Wandon.

Rams:- Tex:- £101 Kimmerston. BF:- £79 Lilburn Estates.


At their fortnightly Store Cattle Sale last Thursday John Swan Ltd sold 46 cattle.

Bullocks per head: Lim.x;- £1040, £995, £970 Broomiebank, Sim.x;- £1040 Whitemire, Saler.x;- £930 Whitemire, Luing.x;- £750 Tushielaw, AA.x;- £710 Earlston Mains.

Bullocks per kilo: Lim.x;- 220.5 Broomiebank, AA.x;- 211.9 Earlston Mains.

Heifers per head: AA.x;- £1020 Stouslie, Lim.x;- £930, £925 Saughtree, Saler.x;- £930 Whitemire.

Heifers per kilo: Lim.x;- 237.2, 222.9, 218.8 Saughtree, 220.5 Broomiebank, 211.9 South Common.

At their weekly sale of primestock on Monday, John Swan Ltd sold 70 clean cattle, 32 OTM cattle, 1,795 new season lambs and 516 ewes.

Bullocks (27) averaged 219.1p per kg and sold to 246p (+2p on week), heifers (43) averaged 225.4p per kg and sold to 251p (+9.4p on week) and 32 beef type OTM cattle averaged 132.9p per kg and sold to 198p (-1p on the week).

New season lambs averaged 1.53p per kg (n/c on the week) and sold to £85, top price 189p per kg for Beltex.x.

Ewes averaged £56, and sold to £90 for Texel. Heavy ewes averaged £61, Light ewes sold to £71 for Lleyn and averaged £51.

Principal prices per head: Lennoxlove £1564, £1489.44, £1482.40; Longnewton £1529.34, £1529.34; Dunslaw £1487.80.

Principal prices per kg: Snawdon 2.51 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.46 Colin Peat, 2.40 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Bee Edge 2.48, 2.44 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.36 W. Taylor (Lockerbie); Upper Hundalee 2.46 Malone of Edinburgh, 2.36 Charles Wilson Edinburgh; Dunslaw 2.46 M/s W.T.S. Forsyth and Sons, 2.41 M/s J. Gilmour and Co Ltd; Greenknowe 2.40 (2) Robert Wilson Edinburgh and M/s J Saunderson, 2.36 Malone of Edinburgh; Muircleugh 2.36 Malone of Edinburgh.

Bulls: Woodhouse. J £1251.20 (1.36).

Cows per head: Kersknowe £1692.60, £1283.10; Brothershiels £1142.60; Huntlaw £1098; Corsbie £1071.20; Greenknowe £1053.36, £989.52; Queenscairn £1034.58; Muircleugh £1011.84, £952; Lustruther £993.20, £961.92, £885.60; Skelfhill £961.88; Easter Middleton £926.10.

Cows per kg: Greenknowe 1.98, 1.86; Lustruther 1.67, 1.35; Kersknowe 1.55, 1.41; Huntlaw 1.50; Brotherstone 1.45; Skelfhill 1.39; Woodhouse. J 1.36; Muircleugh (2) 1.36; Stoneypath 1.35; Easter Middleton 1.35; East Redfordgreen 1.35; Mossilee 1.33.

Lambs per head: Tex.x;- £85, £80 St Leonards and Crumhaughhill, £80.50, £79, £78.50 Huntington, Suff.x;- £85 Huntington, £80 Stoneypath, £73 St Leonards, £72 Howden and Hermiston, Bel;- £85 Craigsford Mains, £85, £75.50, £74, £72 Crookston, £72 Lylestane, Char;- £69 West Mains. L, CM;- £66 Hawthornside.

Lambs per kg: Bel;- 189.7, 189.5, 177.1, 175.6 Crookston, 175.170.7 Threeburnford, 170 Eildon Mains, Tex.x;- 177.8, 170.5 Lower Ashtrees, 172.5 Torsonce Mains, 166.7 Wedderlie and ST Leonards. Suff.x;- 170 Huntington, 163.8 Stagehall, 163.3 Stoneypath, Char;- 162.2 Ladyflat.

Ewes: Tex £90, £83 Rawburn, £84 Mid Harrietsfield, £75 Kittyfield, Suff.x;- £85 Berryhill, £83 Craigsford Mains, £79 Ecclaw, £77 Leetside, Bel;- £78 Quarry Bank, CM;- £77 Hyndsidehill, HB;- £73 Smailholm Mains, SM;- £72 Hyndsidehill, £71 Crailing Nook and Wedderlie, £69 Ecclaw, Lleyn;- £71, £65 Upper Samieston, Chev;- £69, £63 Stobshiel, £63 Birneyknowe, £60 Rawburn, BF;- £49 Wedderlie.

Rams: Chev;- £84 Wedderlie, Tex;- £70 Mossilee, Suff;- £70 Brothershiels.


The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 19 prime cattle, seven young bulls, 12 over 30 month cattle, 3,957 prime lambs and 6,397 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale at Longtown last Thursday.

Clean cattle were forward in similar numbers with heifers being considerably dearer than last week and steers a very similar trade. Top price per kilo was a Limousin heifer at 223.5p from W. and W. Faulder, Houghton House, followed by 217.5p for a Limousin heifer from J.W. Slack and Son, Newby Farm.

Prime bulls maintained recent high rates, top of the tree in this section was G. Mitchinson andf Son, Gallowberry, with a Saler bull at 175.5p (£1,193). Messrs Tattersall, Enzieholm, sold a run of Angus bulls achieving £1,080.45, £1,076.33 and £1,033.05. Black and White bulls peaked at £1,018.53 and £988.90 from T. and M. Irving, Becton Hall.

A similar show of OTM cattle were forward with the better sorts achieving an increase of 5-8p on the week. Top price was an Aberdeen Angus heifer at 185.5p from J.A. and E. Dinwoodie, Archerbeck. Black and White cows peaked at 118.5p from Messrs Ramsay, Dockray Hall.

The 3,957 prime lambs forward saw a sharper trade on the week with the overall average of 160.4p per kilo exceeding other centres this week.

Top was £94 for Suffolks from Dunglass Farm and to 231p per kilo for Beltex from High Greenhill.

Another large show of 6,397 cast ewes and rams were forward to our usual ring of buyers, with trade being very similar on the week, all classes still remaining easily sold. Top price of £220 for a Millenium Blue ram from Dormonsteads.