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Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC held their weekly sale of Primestock in Dumfries on Wednesday 13th August 2008.

98 Prime Cattle – trade remained good

Lightweight heifers – Limousin 195p G Shankland, East Raffles to Haining Bros, Butchers, Kirkcudbright, 187.5p Nether Barr to R Johnstone & Son, Butchers, Annan, 174.5p WestLanegate to W W Wales Ltd, Galston.
Simmentals 187.5p Genoch Mains to J D Owen & Sons, butchers, Newton Stewart.
Charolais 175.5p Inglestone to Galloway Quality Meats, Dumfries, 170.5p Maulscastle to J Kerr & Sons, Butchers, Gretna

Heavyweight heifers – Limousin 184.5p, 180.5p Nether Barr to Border Meats, Lockerbie and The Nith Hotel, Glencaple, 171.5p Lennox Plunton to PR Duff & Son, Wishaw.
British Blue to 177.5p East Raffles to Border Meats.
Charolais 175.5p, 173.5p Ingleston both to Border Meats.
Simmental 171.5p Genoch Mains to J Whannell, Wishaw

Top gross heifer £1029 Genoch Mains

Bullocks – Limousin 187.5p, 179.5p Upper Tinwald to R Johnstone & Sons, Annan and Border Meats, Lockerbie, 170.5p Shawhill to Scotch Premier.
Simmental 177.5p, 174.5p Genoch Mains to J Whannell, Wishaw.

Top gross bullock £1265.13 Genoch Mains.

116 OTM cattle – trade continues to improve. More buyers present.
Limousin 153p Castlewigg, 147p Maulscastle, 138p Castlewig, 135p Maulscastle, 134p Dinnans, 132p Castlewigg.
Simmental 143p Dinnans, 134p Meikleholm.
Angus 137p Druidhall, 127p Lairdlaugh.
Devon to 126p Upper Portrack.
Saler 126p Meiklewood
Holstein Friesian 119p Guillyhall, 119p Kirkbride, 113p Rigghead, 109p Shawsmuir, Newbie Mains, 106p Kerricks, 106 Cruggleton, 105p Netherwood.

Prices per head Limousin £1132.20, £1048.80 Castlewigg, £980.40 Dinnans, £952.95 Blackshinnoch, £944.70 Dinnans, £908.05 Lairdlaugh.
Saler £970.20 Meiklewood
Simmental £933.45, £900.90 Dinnans, £884.40 Meikleholm
Angus £854.85 Blairshinnoch, £840.95 Carsegowan
Holstein Friesian £828.40 Newbie Mains, £821.10 Guillyhill, £808.50 Newbie Mains, £806.60 Shawsmuir.
Cast bulls – Charolais £1248.50 (110p) Gelston Castle.

The firm had forward 2310 prime lambs and 907 cast ewes and rams.

The prime lambs sold to a top of 142.3p for Beltex x from JR & NG Smith, Westhills. The top price of £65.50 per head was paid for 51 kilo Texels from A C Austin, Woodcroft. Despite having the largest show of the season lambs were a good trade throughout the sale and averaged 130.1p a rise of 6p on the week.

Top prices:-
Light lambs (25.5-32 kilo) Top 119.3p average 117.4p
Blackface £38 Kilmichael; Texels £37 Airds of Balcray, £35 Bennan; Greyface £37 Hartwood; Cheviot Mule £34 Nithside.
Standard lambs (32.1 – 39 kilo) Top 142.3p average 128.6p
Beltex £55.50 Westhills, £52.50 Burnton, £52.20 Dalhannan; Texel £53.50 Skemrigghead, £52 Bennan, £50.80 Airds of Balcray; Suffolks £51.20 Shawhill, £50 Ewanston, £49.90 High Cairn; Blackface £46.80 Crawford, Greyface £46.80 Nunnerie, £46.50 High Cairn, £44 Hartwood, Lleyns £44.50 Glenkiln.
Medium lambs (39.1 – 45.5 kilos) Top 140p average 130.3p
Texel £59.50, £59 Drumcruilton, £59 Kirkton of Crawford, £58.20 Capelfoot, £57.40 East Polquhirter; Beltex £57.80 Dalhanna; Greyface £57.50 Abune The Brae; Suffolk £57 Kenmuir, £56.80 Lanarkland, £56.50 Liscleugh, £56 Abune The Brae.
Heavy lambs (45.6-52 kilos) Top 141.3p average 129.8p
Texel £65.50 Woodcroft, £65 Hall of Drumpark & Boreland, £64.20 Upper Portrack; Suffolk £64.50 Boreland, £63.80 West Skelston, £63.20 Longbeoch, £63 Hallmyre; Beltex £63 Dalhannan; Leicester £55 Midlock; LLeyn £52.50 Glenkiln.

Cast ewes and rams – 907 sold. Trade still good except medium to plain Blackface ewes which were £6 easier on the week.

Top prices:-
Texel £59 Dressertland, £57.50, £55.50, £54.50 Castlehill, £51.50 Kirkton of Crawford, £46.50 East Polquherter; Leicesters £48 Ardoch, £40.40 Carsencarn; Cheviot Mules £47.50 Kirkton of Crawford; Greyfaces £41.50 Kirkton, £41.20 Leithenhall; Blackface £33 Kilmichael, £27 Carsencarn, £25 Fraserford, £23 High Cairn.

Rams: Texel £45.50 Castlehill, £37.50 Upper Portrack.

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