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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 75 prime cattle, 47 OTM cattle, 5,059 prime lambs and 5,210 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 27th November, 2008.

The trade in the prime cattle was the same as last week. Top price of 176.5p, 173.5p for Limousin heifers from Hallburn to W Kirkup, Butcher, Longtown and Border Meats, Lockerbie, others 168.5p Dykehead, 165.5p Hallburn, 164.5p Newtown, 163.5p Brydekirk Mains. Belgian Blue heifers 168.5p Hallburn. Steers lacked quality and sold to 164.5p for Limousin from Crookholm.

The OTM on offer met a slightly sharper trade. Angus to 120.5p, 106.5p Waughslea; Charolais 119.5p Brisco Hill; Belgian Blues 101.5p Brisco Hill; Galloway heifers 115.5p Spout Bank; Holsteins 91.5p Roanstree.

Another large show of lambs with a faster trade for the better sorts, with light lambs similar on the week. The 3487 lambs over 36 kilos averaged 123p/kg and the 1,572 under 36 kilos averaged 118.2p. The overall sale average being 121.8p. The sale was topped at £72.50 for Suffolk lambs from Messrs Graham, Barnglies and to 147p for Beltex from Messrs Oliver, Waltonwoodhead. Other Suffolks to £66.80 Dyke, £66.20 Sceughdyke; Cheviots £55.20, £54.20 Sorbie; Texels £65.20 Sorbie, £62.80 Shieling Moss, £60.20 Barnglies; Charolais £61.80 Aldermanseat, £58.80 Leaona Villa; Halfbreds £53.80 High Moat, £50.20 Dodgsonstown; Greyface £56.20 Roughet Hill, £53.80 Mouldy Hills, £53.20 Dunjop; Cheviot Mules £54.80 Springwells, £54.20 Barharrow; Leicesters £48.80 Westerhall, £48.20 Hightown; Blackfaces £51.20 Cramlat, £46.20 Selbystown, £45.80 Winterhopeburn; North Country Cheviots £59.80, £56.20, £55.20 Whiteknowe; Swaledales £42.20 Greystoke Castle; Herdwicks £52.80 Ashley Park; Beltex £67.80 Mouldy Hills, £60 Naddle, £58.80 Mouldy Hills; Leicesters £51.80 East Mains, £49.80 Roxburgh Mill; Zwartbles £63.20 Burn House; Hampshire £50.80 Dyke; Wensleydale £51.20 Dyke.

Light lambs to £52.80 for Beltex from Waltonwoodhead who sold others at £49.20. Suffolks £42.80 Haithwaite; Cheviots £38.20 Mount Benger, £37.80 Newington & Solway Bank; Texels £47.80 Hillfield, £45.20 Allfornaught, £44.80 Bush of Ewes; Charollais £44.80 Kirkwood Mains; Greyface £43.20 Ryehills, £42.20 Beechcroft; Blackface £45.20 Cramalt, £43.20 Barnglieshead, £41.80 Mount Benger; North Country Cheviot £42.80 Naddle; Swaledale £42.80 Ballywillan, £39.80 Ravenseat; Beltex £52.80, £49.20 Waltonwoodhead.

A lighter show of cast ewes and rams saw a full ring of buyers keen for sheep. Heavy ewes were £5-£8 dearer on the week with the best hill ewes also firmer. Plainer half meated ewes were similar. The sale was topped at £68.50 for Texel ewes from Messrs D Story, Greensburn, others to £67.50 Sharplaw & Severs Road; Suffolks £64.50 Roadside, £62.50 Old Wall, £59.50 Roadside; Charollais £64.50 Roadside, £58.50 Thackwood; Halfbreds £58.50 Burnfoot on Esk, £54.50 Stackbraes; Greyfaces £49.50 Newington, £48.50 Leaona Villa, £46.50 Hassendean; Leicesters £63.50 Roxburghmill, £55.50 Brockhouse; North Country Cheviots £53.50 Adderston Shiels, £47.50 Brockhouse; Beltex £53.50 Flagstaff.

Light ewes to £36.50, £35.50 for Blackfaces from Tenterhouse, £34.50 Medomsley Edge; Cheviots £30.50 Relief Farm, Stackbraes, £28.50 Bloch Farm; Swaledales £34.50 Whitton, £30.50 Albyfield, £28.50 Derwent.

Prime rams to £60.50 for Texels from Dashwellgreen, £56.50 Round Meadows; Suffolks £53.50 Ormiston; North Country Cheviots £47.50 Haithwaite; Leicesters £51.50 Hightown; Oxfords £49.50, £45.50 Guards.


Light to -------p (-------p)
Medium to 160.5p (152.5p)
Heavy to 164.5p (152.5p)

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Medium to 155.5p (139.5p)
Heavy to 176.5p (148.9p)

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

Light to 130.0p (113.3p)
Standard to 147.0p (121.8p)
Medium to 141.0p (124.7p)
Heavy to 128.0p (119.5p)
O/Weight 121.0p (112.5p)

Light to £36.50 (£22.11)
Heavy to £68.50 (£38.83)

Cast Rams £60.50 (£34.38)

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