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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 86 prime cattle, 14 OTM, 270 prime hoggs, 2,539 prime lambs and 5,531 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th July, 2008.

The prime cattle saw the quality sorts maintaining late high rates. Plainer sorts were cheaper. Top was 185.5p for a Charolais heifer from Messrs Blaylock, Hallburn, others 162.5p Hallburn; Limousin 168.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 167.5p Hallburn, 165.5p Beckhall. Limousin bullocks from Messrs Taylor, Dashwellgreen to 176.5p, 170.5p, 169.5p, others to 168.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 167.5p Hallburn. Belgian Blue 172.5p The Gill; Charolais 168.5p Hallburn.

A small show of otm were in keeping with national trend with all classes cheaper. Limousin cows to 125.5p Cocklet Hill; Black & Whites 105.5p Chapeltown; Blondes 103.5p Wysebyhill Cottage; Simmental 95.5p Cambeck Hill.

The cast ewes and rams attracted many buyers with all classes still dear with the exception of overfat and lean hill ewes.

The hoggs met a firm trade for the end of season goods and averaged 100p/kg to a top of £50 for Texels from Whitehope, £45.50 Pitogarty, £45 Whitehope; Suffolks £48.50 Far Howe. £42.50 Dinley; Cheviots £45.50 Easthouse; Charollais £47.50 Easthouse; Greyface £49.50 Far Howe, Blackface £41.50 Haithwaite; North Country Cheviot £46.50 Newington.

The prime lambs were a good show for quality and sold above expectations to a full ring of buyers. The sale was topped at £72.50 for Suffolks from E A Dodd, Roanstree and for Texels from M/s Sutherland, Carran and to 147.1p for Texels from Messrs Bell, Greenknowe. Other Suffolks to £69.50 Wallend, £66.80 Upper Mains; Other Texels £68.50 Carran, £67.20 High Floweryhirst; Bleu de Maines £57.20 Kirkton; Charollais £67.80 Pates Hill & Cardew Hall; Greyface £53.20 Riggshield, £52.20 Wallend, £51.80 High House; Blackface £44.80 Caberston; Leicesters £50.50 Laalsteins.

The lightweight lambs were again keenly sought after and averaged 136.4p overall. To a top of £50.20 and 147.6p for Texels from G & C Edminson, Middle Farm. Suffolks £49 Sykehead, £47.20 Kilnknowe; Texels £50.20, £47.20 Middle Farm; Greyface £44.80 The Old Police House, £44.20 Nettling Flatt; Blackface £42.80 Nettling Flatt.

Top was £77.50 for Texels from Roadside, £76.50 Burnside, £72.50 Peela Hill & Stackbraes. Beltex £72.50 Winterhope, £70 Carran; Charollais £69.50 Stackbraes, £68.50 Waterloo; Suffolk x £67.50 Roadside, £66.50 Cardew Hall; North Country Cheviot £59.50 Waterloo; Halfbreds £55.50 Cardew Hall; Cheviot Mules £55.50 Winterhope; Leicesters £59.50 Pitogarty; Greyfaces £59.50 Tarnflatt, £55.50 Sykehead, £54.50 Pitogarty & Tarnflatt; Zwartbles £52.50 Mossband Hall.

Hill ewes to £46.50 for Cheviots from Sornfollow, £45.50 Forss. Blackfaces £43.50 Crawfordjohnmill, £38.50 Pitogarty; Swaledales £31.50 Kirkland Green; Lleyns £34.50 Hunderlee Past; Shetlands £31.50 Nettling Flatt.

Rams to £69.50 for Texels from North Farm; Charollais £67.50 Newry; Beltex £56.50 Newry; Suffolks £68.50 Waterloo; Leicesters £59.50 Gate House; Cheviots £53.50 Whitstone Hill; Zwartbles £49.50 Whitstone Hill; Blackface £44.50 North Farm; Swaledales £30 Laalsteins.

Steers Light to 131.5p (123.6p)
Medium to 176.5p (145.8p)
Heavy to 170.5p (157.2p)

Heifers Light to 124.5p (122.0p)
Medium to 157.5p (139.3p)
Heavy to 185.5p (152.3p)

Young Beef Bulls to -------p (-------p)

Hoggs Light to 119.3p ( 93.2p)
Standard to 125.8p (115.0p)
Medium to 118.2p ( 97.3p)
Heavy to 105.3p ( 85.4p)
Shearlings to 106.7p ( 73.5p)

Lambs Light to 156.8p (136.5p)
Standard to 147.6p (132.7p)
Medium to 147.1p (131.1p)
Heavy to 138.3p (126.2p)
O/Weight 132.0p (128.4p )

Ewes Light to £46.50 (£22.25)
Heavy to £77.50 (£43.75)
Cast Rams £69.50 (£41.45)

Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart plc, Townfoot, Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 5LY
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