Farming - Border livestock

w/e October 26

Border Livestock Exchange Ltd to week ending October 26, sold 173 prime cattle, including 41 cows and bulls; 3,071 prime lambs; 491 cast ewes; 971 store sheep and 111 store cattle.

Aberdeen Angus cross steers from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso sold to 397p per kg and £1,472. Continental cross heifers from Cairndinnis, Haddington sold to 370p per kg. Heavy continental cross steers from Easington Grange, Belford peeked at 351p per kg and £1,449.98.

Young bulls to £1,434 from Blackadder Mains, Duns. Cull Cows continue to sell extremely well with more being offered. Top price Blackadder Mains, Duns £1,374. Saler cross cows to £1,148 from Cliftoncote, Yetholm.

Lambs remained steady with some tremendous consignments on offer. Organics from Tullochallum, Keith topped the section at 380p per kg with Conventional Texel Crosses from Scotstounbank, Peebles selling to 375p per kg and £78.75. Suffolk’s from Sweethope Farm, Kirkwhelpington also sold to 375p per kg. Other Continental Crosses to 365p per kg Edlingham Demense, Alnwick, 360p per kg Carlopshill, Penicuik; Howden, Jedburgh; Redpath Farm, Duns; Shipley Lane, Alnwick and Threeburnford, Lauder.

Store lambs continue to move steadily with the majority heading south. Suffolk crosses to £55.50, Texel crosses to £54 and Hill Cheviots to £52. Running on mule ewe lambs to £90. Cull ewes were dearer with mules selling to £80.50 Duncrahill, Pencaitland.


October 31

At their weekly primestock sale, John Swan Limited had forward and sold 896 lambs and 129 ewes.

Low national trade caused a smaller show of both lambs and ewes. As a result, trade seemed to be a touch dearer but with no sign of the long-term trade changing.

Leading prices per head – Suff.x: £76, £75, £74 Lilburn Estates (Roseden). Tex: £75.50 South Ditchburn, £75 Greenhead, Reston (2), Hoprig and Wandon, £74 M Hall, South Charlton, £73.50 Wandon, £73 Low Middleton, £72 South Charlton, Shipley Smallburn, £71 South Ditchburn, Springhill, Seahouses (2), Elwick, £70 Kettleburn (2). Suff.x: £74 Springhill, Seahouses, £70 South Lyham (2), Craighouse, £69.50 North Sharperton, £68.50 Craighouse, Low Middleton and East Fleetham. Cha: £74 Wandon, £70 Elwick (2), £67.50 Lemmington Hill Head. Bel: £70 Roddam, £69 Ladykirk. Chev: £65 South Charlton. Ven: £65.50 South Lyham.

Leading prices per kilo – Bel: 179.5p Roddam, 173p, 164.3p Ladykirk, 160.7p Roddam. Tex: 171.6p South Ditchburn, 169.8p Low Middleton, 168.3p Ladykirk, 165p Lorbottle, 164.6p Roddam, 163.3p Wandon, 161.9p Ladykirk, East Fleetham and Pallinsburn, 161.4p South Ditchburn and Elwick, 160.7p Lemmington Hill Head and Roddam, 159.6p Greenhead, Reston, 159.5p Castlelaw.

Suff.x: 156p Castlelaw, 155.7p Craighouse, 153.5p Roddam, 152.3p Shipley Smallburn. Cha: 169.2p, 161.3p, 159.1p (2), 156.8p, 151.2p Elwick, 151p Wandon, 150p Lemmington Hill Head. Chev: 154.8p South Charlton. GF: 151.3p Craighouse.

Ewes, leading prices – Mule: £82 Wandon, £55 Hoprig, £52 Ross Farm and Ladykirk. Tex: £80 Chillingham Newtown Sheep, £75 Wandon, £65 M Hall, South Charlton and Hoprig, £58 Hoprig, Springhill, Seahouses, £55 Todrig and Ladykirk. Lei: £55 Todrig. Suff.x: £74 Wandon, £70 Springhill, Seahouses, £66 Hoprig, £65 Doune Brae, £60 Ross Farm. CM: £60 South Charlton. BF: 75 Clennell.