At their weekly primestock sale, John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 729 lambs and 361 ewes.
Lamb numbers tight, helping trade along to make returns greater on the week quite substantially; more numbers could easily be handled in front of a good ring of buyers.
Leading prices per head – Tex: £98 South Ditchburn; £94.50, £93 (2) Lickar Moor; £90 South Ditchburn; £89, £88 Greenhead, Reston; £88 Lilburn Estates; £87.50 Springhill, Seahouses; £86 Low Middleton; £84.50 Mindrum Farming Co; £84 Lorbottle. Suff.x: £95 Kinross; £88 Mindrum Farming Co and Kypie. Ven: £82 Craigshouse.
Leading prices per kilo – Tex: 210.3p Lilburn Estates; 206.3p Mindrum Farming Co; 205.3p Lorbottle; 201.2p Mindrum Farming Co; 198.9p Springhill, Seahouses; 195.2p Lilburn Estates, East Fleetham and Springhill, Seahouses. Bel.x: 207.9p Lilburn Estates; 200p (2) Ladykirk. Suff.x: 196.5p East Fleetham.
Ewes numbers similar and again very dear again more numbers could easily be handled.
Leading prices – Tex: £130 Kinross, Bamburgh; £119 Elwick; £105 Barmoor Red House and Mayfield; £97, £91 Barmoor Red House. Suff.x: £119 Kypie; £115 Mayfield; £109.50 North Lyham. Char.x: £100 East Fleetham. Chev: £100 Linbrig. Mule: £89.50 Barmoor Red House; £89 Mayfield. BF: £67.50, £64.50, £63.50 Lilburn Estates.
Rams – Tex.x: £126 Shoreswood Hall.