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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 72 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 26 OTM cattle, 5,447 prime lambs and 5,352 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 4th September, 2008.

A smaller show of clean cattle saw more quality sorts on offer, trade sharper by 6 ½p. Top price of 180.5p paid by Maurice Wharton Meats for a Limousin bullock from J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn, followed at 179.5p Toppin Castle, 177.5p Houghton House, Hallburn and Toppin Castle; 176.5p Hallburn, 170.5p Sceughdyke; Charolais 177.5p A. Irving, Toppin Castle, 175.5p Hallburn; Galloway 157.5p and 150.5p G.M. & P. Forrester, Skitby. Heifers sold to 179.5p and 175.5p for Limousins from J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn, 172.5p Newby Farm and Toppin Castle; Charolais 172.5p Hallburn.

A smaller show of 26 OTM cattle saw well fleshed cows maintain late high rates and plainer sorts cheaper. Belgian Blue cows to 125.5p Bankshead; Simmental 112.5p Newhouse; Limousin 112.5p Harehill; Charolais 106.5p Quarryfield; Black & White 104.5p Peterscrook; Angus 98.5p Harehill; Shorthorn 92.5p Midtodhills.

Prime lambs were a large show for numbers and upheld recent high rates to a full ringside of buyers. Overall average was 129.3p, although the 3,842 lambs over 37 kilos averaged 132.4p, selling to a top of 148p per kilo for Beltex’s from Messrs Bell, Kirkton, Hawick and to £76.50 for Texels from Smalmstown. The 1,605 lambs under 37 kilos averaged 123.9p per kilo and to a top of 133p per kilo and £52.80 per head for Texels from Solwaybank. Texel £76.50 Smalmstown, £76.20, £68.20 Kirkton; Cheviot Mule £69.80 The Mark; Suffolk £63.80 Slealands, £63.20 High Belltrees, £61.80 Sceughdyke; Bleu d’Maine £60.80 Kirkton; Zwartbles £60 Pennine View, £58.80 Mossband House; Charollais £59.80 Hallburn, £58.80 Pates Hill, £57.80 The Farm, Aikton; Greyface £55.80 Midtodhills and Woodhouse, £54.80 Crowhall, £54.20 Nunscleugh; Blackface £55.80 Boreland, £48.20 Tinnis, £47.80 Tarn House; North Country Cheviot £50 Tarn House.
Lightweight lambs sold to £48.80 for Texels from Solwaybank, £47.20 Wallholm; Suffolk £47.20 Meikle Busbie, £40.80 Lustruther and Mossband House; North Country Cheviot £44.80 Carlenrigg, £44.20 Birneyknowe; Blackface £44.20, £43.80 Black Mountain, £40.20 Pole Farm; Greyface £43.80 Bellmount, £43.20 Riggshield; Cheviot Mule £40.20 Stackbraes; Cheviot £38.20 Kilbride, £36.80 Laalsteins; Swaledale £37.80 High Burnfoot.
The 5,352 cast ewes and rams were a similar show and with more buyers operating trade was dearer on the week. Top of £69.50 for Texel ewes from East Mains, £68.50 Cold Coats, £67.50 Roadside; Charollais £66.50 Woodhead; Beltex £65.50 Winterhope; Suffolk £63.50 Kilnford Croft; Bleu d’Maine £60.50 Ballyclare; North Country Cheviot £61.50, £58.50, £57.50 Waterloo; Half Bred £56.50 Waterloo; Greyface £56.50 Willmoteswick, £52.50 West Greenland, £47.50 Stackbraes; Cheviot Mule £50.50 North House; Leicester £49.50 Cara. Hill ewes to £48.50 for Cheviots from Granton, Overacre and Terrona; Swaledale £30.50 Roachburn, £29.50 Wilson Park, £27.50 Stubsgill, Hightown, The Side and Roachburn; Blackface £29.50 Lawston, £27.50 East Mains, Boreland and The Side; Herdwick £27.50 Newington. Rams to £70.50 for a Texel from Kirkland Green; Beltex £68.50 Roadside; Suffolk £57.50 Becks; Charollais £52.50 Roadside; Leicester £48.50 Boreland; Cheviot £45.50 Becks; Blackface £34.50 High Creoch; Swaledale £27.50 Roachburn.


Light to 128.5p (128.5p)
Medium to 177.5p (154.8p)
Heavy to 180.5p (168.4p)

Light to -------p (-------p)
Medium to 167.5p (149.2p)
Heavy to 179.5p (155.2p)

Young Beef Bulls to 155.5p (155.5p)

Light to 134.0p (118.2p)
Standard to 146.0p (129.2p)
Medium to 145.0p (133.0p)
Heavy to 148.0p (131.1p)
O/Weight 144.0p (127.9p)

Light to £48.50 (£20.69)
Heavy to £69.50 (£40.51)

Cast Rams £70.50 (£37.94)

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