Wooler Mart, January 3

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At their weekly primestock sale, John Swan Limited had forward and sold 991 hoggs and 169 ewes.

With the festive season coming to a close all classes were keenly sort after, selling vendors receiving greater returns and lifting averages substantially.

Leading Prices Per Head - Suff.x: £105 Edlingham Newtown, £86.50 Craigshouse, £84 Ladykirk, £83.50, £83 West Longridge. Tex.x: £96, £92 Ewart, £90, £89 Ladykirk, £89 Edlingham Newtown, £88 Lickar Moor, £86.50 Ewart, £85.50 Kettleburn and Black Heddon, £85 Newstead, Ewart, Kettleburn, Lickar Moor, Black Heddon and West Longridge. Bel: £86.50 Ewart, £85 Ladykirk (2). Chev: £84, £81.50 Humbleheugh. Char: £82.50 Wandon. Mule: £80 Ewart.

Leading Prices Per Kilo – Bel: 223.7p, 207.9p Ladykirk. Tex.x: 213.8p Black Heddon, 211.3p Cockhall and Lickar Moor, 209.2p Greystonnes, Warenford, 203.7p Lorbottle, 202.4p Lickar Moor and Ladykirk. Chev: 202.6p Humbleheugh. BFL: 202.6p Broadlaw. Suff.x: 196.3p Kettleburn. Mule: 196.3p Broadlaw.

A strong show of ewes, with an increase in returns,

Leading Prices - Tex.x: £97 Middle Ord, £89 Ford Dairy, £83 Berryhill. Suff.x: £89 Berryhill, £86 Middle Ord. Chev: £73 Humbleheugh. Mule: £66 Middle Ord, £58 Berryhill, £57 Brandon White House. BF: £41 (2) Linhope Farming (Hartside).

Rams – Tex.x: £127 Edlingham Newtown, £127 Ewart, £113 Ford Dairy. Suff.x: £93 Edlingham Newtown. BF: £81 Edlingham Newtown.