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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 83 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 52 OTM, 4,969 prime hoggs and 6651 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 19th February, 2009.

All classes of clean cattle sold to a brisk trade with Charolais heifers topping at 191.5p from Messrs JW Vevers, High Stenries and purchased by M J Wharton, Butchers, Wigton, 170.5p High Stenries, 169.5p Sceughdyke; Limousin heifers 187.5p, 186.5p from J Retson & Son, Gardrum and purchased by W Kirkup, Butchers, Longtown, 181.5p Houghton House, 179.5p, 165.5p Hallburn; Belgian Blues 177.5p Gardrum. Top gross heifer £1200 for Limousin from Gardrum.

Limousin bullocks to 184.5p Slealands, 178.5p Hallburn, 176.5p The Gill & Hallburn; Blondes 183.5p The Gill; Charolais 173.5p High Stenries, 160.5p Hallburn; Salers 169.5p, 165.5p Hallburn.

The OTM met a great trade with more flesh on offer. Top was 144.5p for a Limousin heifer from D & Y Wilson, The Plumpe. Limousin cows to 130.5p, 123.5p, 120.5p Hallburn, 120.5p Copperthorns; Friesian 116.5p Riddings, 112.5p West Scales, 108.5p Evertown; Charolais 139.5p, 136.5p Sceughdyke; Simmental 133.5p, 125.5p, 119.5p Hallburn; Belgian Blues 117.5p Cumcrook; Angus 119.5p Harelaw Hill. Top gross £1053 for Charolais from Sceughdyke; £1047, £1030 Simmental & Limousin from Hallburn; Angus £1003.80 Harelawhill.

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Another grand show of hoggs were forward selling to a full ring of buyers who were keen for sheep. The 3494 hoggs over 36 kilo averaged 169.2p and the 1475 under 36 kilo averaged 160p.

The overall sale average was 167.7p. The sale was topped at £106.5p for Texel hoggs from Pirntation and to 206p for Beltex hoggs form Messrs MacTaggart Bros., Castle Douglas. Other Texels to £102.5p Pirntation, £100 Riddle Cottage & Smalmstown; Suffolks £92.50 Demense, £91.50 Wiltonburn, £90.50 Smalmstown; Suffolks £80 Gateside, £79.50 Riddings Hill, £60 Riddel Farm; Cheviots £92.50 Becks, £84.50 Potholm, £81.50 Becks; Charollais £89.50 Aldermanseat, £88.50 Leaona Villa, £82.50 High Crubasdale; Greyfaces £75.80 Aimshaugh, £74.80 Sceughdyke & Sandbed; Cheviot Mules £65.50 Ifferdale; Leicesters £75 Plenderleith, £73.50 Knarr, £70 Raggetsyke; Blackface £78.50 Blackburn, £77.50 Newton, £76.80 Stair & Smalmstown; North Country Cheviot £95 Tomore, £86.50 Potholm & Hownam Grange; Swaledales £61.50 Cowburnrigg & Aimshaugh, £58.50 Burn House; Herdwicks £57.20 Stybeck; Beltex £68.20 High Airyolland.

Lightweight hoggs to £70.80 for Texels from Nunscleugh, who sold others to £64.80, £64.50 Balliemore; Suffolks £60.80 Archerbeck, £57.50 Maidencoates, £53.80 Newington; Cheviots £58.20 Sorbie & Newtown, £51.80 Chapel; Blackfaces £62.80 Corsebank, £58.20 Halterburnhead, £55.80 Barlaes; North Country Cheviots £59.20 Naddle & Newington; Swaledale £57.20 Ballywillan, £51.80 Greystoke Castle; Herdwicks £49.20 Stybeck; Gritstones £51.50 Nettling Flatt.

Top prices per kilo in weight ranges:-
17-25.4kg – Blackface 109p Cara View

25.5 – 32 kg – Suffolk 168p Archerbeck; Cheviot 182p Sorbie, 169p Bush of Ewes; Texel 189p Hilltop, 182p Tordale; Greyface 172p Butterdales, 158p High Airyolland; Blackface 178p Sorbie, 166p Uppercleugh; Swaledale 150p Shield; Herdwick 154p Stybeck.

32.1 – 39 kilo – Suffolk 179p High Crubasdale, 174p Cleongart; Cheviots 178p Clerkhill, 175p Bloch; Texels 197p Nunscleugh, 195p Balliemore, 194p Nunscleugh; Charollais 166p Houghton House; Greyface 174p Cara View, 164p High Crubasdale; Cheviot Mules 172p Ifferdale; Blackface 177p Boreland, 176p Boreland; North Country Cheviot 180p, 179p Naddle; Swaledale 159p Ballywillan; Herdwicks 155p Stybeck.

39.1-45.9 kilos – Suffolk 180p, 178p Aimshaugh; Cheviot 178p Falnash & Clerkhill; Texel 206p Station Yard, 200p Tundergarth, 195p Cubbyhill; Charollais 179p Stybeck, 177p Justicetown; Greyface 172p Kirkhaugh & Aimshaugh; Blackface 182p, 178p Smalmstown; North Country Cheviot 185p, 183p Station Yard; Swaledale 150p Cowburnrigg; Beltex 166p High Airyolland.

46 + kilo – Suffolk 177p High Crubasdale, 175p Tinnis Hall; Cheviot 173p Becks, 169p Potholm; Texel 195p Pirntation, 179p Demense; Charollais 179p Aldermanseat, 177p Leaona Villa; Greyface 165p Aimshaugh, 163p Sandbed; Leicesters 147p Old Police House; Blackface 167p Balker Farm, 161p Boreland; North Country Cheviot 166p Hownam Grange, 163p Potholm.

Another monster show of cast ewes and rams were forward with heavy ewes and good selling ewes sharper on the week, regularly selling between £90 and £100, with the best Hill ewes maintaining recent rates, but plainter ewes easier on the week.

The sale was topped at £117.50 for Suffolk ewes from Stackbraes, others £97.50 Whins, £94.50 Ballyrobert & Riddings Hill; Texel £114.50 Sunnycroft, £106.50 Woodhead, £104.50 Ballyrobert; Charollais £96.50 Candybank, £93.50 Castle Drive; Halfbreds £90.50 Whins; Greyface £78.50 Stackbraes, £77.50 Meikle Tongue, £74.50 Newry; Leicesters £88.50 Harden, £86.50 Hartside, £80.50 Finnieness; North Country Cheviot £84.50 Tormore, £77.50 Ericstane & Earlside; Beltex £88.50 Ballyrobert, £86.50 Maxton & Stackbraes; Oxford £86.50 Castle Drive; Dorset £82.50 Stackbraes.

Hill ewes to £61.50 for Blackfaces from Calla who sold others to £57.50, £56.50 Wanwood Hill; Cheviots £59.50 Stackbraes, £56.50 Winterhope; Swaledale £50.50 Bailey Mill, £49.50 Gallowberry, £46.50 Whinfield.

Rams to £96.50 for Suffolks from Greenah Villa, £88.50 Stanley Estate; Cheviots £74.50 Snowdon Close, £71.50 Whitchesters; Texels £94.50 Barker House, £92.50 Raggetsyke, £90.50 Barker House; Charollais £80.50 Castle Drive; Leicesters £72.50 Beckfoot; Blackfaces £64.50 Cooks House, £60.50 Hartside; North Country Cheviot £93.50 Ericstane; Swaledales £46.50 Lowthwaite; Beltex £70.50 Balgray Hill.

Steers Light to -------p (-------p)
Medium to 184.5p (170.3p)
Heavy to 183.5p (164.1p)

Heifers Light to ------p (-------p)
Medium to 165.5p (153.9p)
Heavy to 191.5p (160.7p)

Hoggs Light to 189.0p (155.8p)
Standard to 197.0p (165.9p)
Medium to 206.0p (172.2p)
Heavy to 195.0p (162.2p)
O/Weight ------p (-------p)

Ewes Light to £61.50 (£36.44)
Heavy to £117.50 (£62.53)
Cast Rams £96.50 (£52.60)

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