North East Livestock Sales sold 74 prime cattle, including 13 cows. 1194 sheep comprising 683 Hoggs and 511 Cast Ewes.
Cattle- A more commercial show forward with trade being a shade easier.
Lim Bulls- 2127 Widdrington, 1482, 1431 Bilton. Lim Steers- 1614 Widdrington. Sim Steers- 1600 Eslington, 1585 Warton. Lim Hfrs- 1484, 1412 Paxton Dene.
Leading Prices/Kg: Lim Steers- 230p, 227.5p Blagdon Burn, 227.5p Warton. Lim Hfrs- 228.5p, 225.5p Paxton Dene. Lim Bulls- 222.5p Bilton. Sim Cows- 1151 (163.5p) East Coldside. Lim Cow- 1110 (144.5p) Elyhaugh. Angus Cow- 1030 (143.5p) Embleton Mill.
Hoggets- Quality fleshed sorts in very short supply.
Texels- 110, 108 Edlingham Newtown, 108, 102 Intake, 101 South Side, 100 (two) Preston Mains. Suffolks- 108, 107.50, 97.50 Tosson Tower, 99 Doxford. Half Breds- 100 Dovecote, 99, 96 Doxford. Charolais- 99 Snitter. Cheviots- 103, 97 South Side. Blackface- 96, 90.50 Edlingham Newtown.
Leading Prices/Kg: Texels- 220p Southside, 214p Norwoods, 211p Wingates Moor. Charolais- 211p Snitter. Cheviots- 211p, 210p Ferneybeds.
Cast Ewes- Again more lean ewes forward, all classes being easier in line with the weekly trend. Overall Average £70.
Texels- 122, 112 Newton Red House, 112 Brinkburn Newhouses, 108 Bank Top, 104 Mickley Moor, 100 Preston Mains. Suffolks- 118, 106 Rashercap, 118 Brinkburn Newhouses, 114 Branxton Moor, 112 Preston Mains, 108 Make Me Rich. Half Breds- 110, 106 Dovecote, 100 Elilaw, 100 South Side. Mules- 90 Dovecote, 88 Crookdene, 82 Bank Top, 82 Branxton Moor, 80 Coldrife. Texel Rams- 124 Mickley Moor.
w/e April 19
Border Livestock Exchange Ltd to week ending Friday, April 19, sold 149 Prime Cattle including 41 Cast Cows; 196 Store Cattle and 811 Prime Hoggs and Cast Ewes.
Cattle trade remains very dear with Native Bred Steers selling to 417p per kg for Shorthorn Crosses from Whitmuirhaugh, Kelso. Aberdeen Angus Cross Heifers from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso sold to 440p per kg to Well Hung & Tender, Berwick upon Tweed.
Cast Cows set a new record price for all breeds.
Pedigree Belgian Blues sold to 400p per kg from Bowsden Moor, Berwick upon Tweed, with Holsteins from Kelloe Mains, Duns selling to £1,362 per head.
First New Lambs of the Season sold to £126 per head and £6.00 per kg to West Scottish Meats, Carlisle.
Store Cattle slightly dearer with the first signs of grass starting to appear.
Limousin Cross Steers to 265p per kg. Charolais Cross Heifers to 240p per kg and £1,100.
At their weekly Primestock Sale John Swan Limited had forward and sold 414 Hoggs and 222 Ewes.
Hoggs, flesh again in keen demand, leaner sorts difficult with the price gap between the two widening.
Leading Prices Per Head:- Tex.x:- £94.50 Ewart, £90 Doune Brae and Newstead, £89 West Longridge, £87.50 Doune Brae, £87 Shipley Smallburn, £86.50 Elwick. Mule:- £93 South Falaknowe, £85 Ewart and West Longridge (two) Chev:- £89.50 Ewart (two) Bel.x:- £89.50 Ewart. Suff.x:- £89.50 Ewart, £85 West Longridge.
Leading Prices Per Kilo:- Bel.x:- 220p Ewart, 200p Ladykirk. Chev:- 218.3p (two) Ewart. Suff.x:- 218.3p Ewart.
Tex.x:- 210.5p Ladykirk, 210p West Longridge and Ladykirk, 204.6p Doune Brae, 202.3p West Longridge. BF:- 210p Ewart, 200p West Longridge. Mule:- 202.4p Ewart.
More ewes forward with all classes showing marked improvement on the week.
Leading Prices:- Tex.x:- £118.50, £118 Ewart, £107 Black Heddon, £103 Ewart, £100 West Ord. Suff.x:- £115.50 Wandon, £113.50 West Ord, £99.50 Lintlaw. Bel.x:- £98.50 Ewart. Mule:- £94 Ewart, £90 Lintlaw. BFL:- £91 Ewart. Chev:- £73.50 Ewart. BF:- £66.50 Great Ryle, £62.50 Ewart.
Rams:- Suff.x:- £125, Tex.x:- £125 (two) Chev:- £112 Ewart.