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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 70 prime cattle, 39 over thirty month cattle, 6,621 prime hoggs and 4,312 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 12th April 2012.

A large show of prime cattle with a mixed show of quality saw trade lift once again and top was 243.5p for an outstanding Charolais heifer which is a new centre record, shown by J & N Blaylock & Son, Hallburn and purchased by W Kirkup & Sons, Butchers, Longtown, closely followed by 240.5p for a British Blue heifer from A Irving, Toppin Castle and purchased by J Little. Limousin bullocks peaked at 229.5p from JC & D Nicholson & Son, The Gill and purchased by W Kirkup and Sons, Butchers, Longtown and British Blue bullocks sold to 227.5p shown by A & W J Taylor & Son, Dashwellgreen, also purchased by W Kirkup & Sons.

Limousin – 229.5p The Gill, 218.5p, 216.5p Gardrum,212.5p Fenton, 211.5p Dashwellgreen & Haining House 210.5p Swaites & The Gill, 208.5p Fenton, 207.5p Haining House, 202.5p Nether Onsett, 199.5p The Gill
British Blue – 227.5p Dashwellgreen, 204.5p Beckhall, 197.5p Gardrum
Charolais – 202.5p Dashwellgreen
Galloway – 198.5p Becks Farm

Charolais – 243.5p, 223.5p Hallburn, 213.5p Beckhall, 204.5p Castletown, Sceughdyke, Plumpe & Hallburn
Limousin – 233.5p, 226.5p, Dashellgreen, 225.5p Toppin Castle, 224.5p Houghton House, 223.5p Dashwellgreen & Nirvana, 218.5p Toppin Castle, 210.5p Hallburn, 202.5p Houghton House, 201.5p Smallholms
British Blue – 240.5p Toppin Castle
Blonde d’Aquitaine – 205.5p Castletown
Aberdeen Angus – 206.5p Plumpe

Charolais – £1,548, £1460.93 Sceughdyke, £1437.75 Dashwellgreen
British Blue – £1,462.18 Beckhall
Limousin – £1,543.95 Haining House, £1501.65 Haining House, £1497.05 Nether Onsett, £1483.63 Haining House, £1478.25 Nether Onsett, £1476.88 Fenton Farm, £1431.40 The Gill, £1406.48 Dashwellgreen

Charolais – £1,363.60 Hallburn, £1323.70 Beckhall, £1229.25 Hallburn, £1227 Sceughdyke, £1155.43 Plumpe, £1145.20 Castletown, £1114.53 Hallburn
Limousin – £1,302.38, £1225.88 Dashwellgreen, £1212.30 Houghton House, £1206.90 Nirvana, £1183.88, £1158.05, £1138.78 Toppin Castle, £1117.50 Dashwellgreen, £1102.95 Beckhall
British Blue –£1370.85 Toppin Castle, £1,226.93, £1190.63 Sceughdyke, £1146.08 Sandbed

The 39 OTM cattle were an improved show and a fast trade was had throughout and more could have been sold to advantage. Top was 203.5p for a Limousin shown by Messrs Ritson, Swaites.

Black & White – 159.5p Jerriestown, 140.5p, 118.5p The Stubb, 116.5p Highmoorhead
Charolais – 172.5p, 156.5p Mosside
Limousin – 203.5p Swaites, 173.5p Westwinds, 163.5p Burnside, 158.5p Harelawhill, 155.5p Potholm, 151.5p Horseholm, 150.5p Harelawhill & Snab, 142.5p Albierigg
British Blue – 155.5p Mossband House
Aberdeen Angus – 153.5p Greenknowe, 149.5p Harelawhill, 137.5p Cubbyhill, 135.5p Greenknowe
Galloway – 183.5p Swaites

Black & White - £1074.83 The Stubb, £893.20 Jerriestown
Charolais - £1371.38, £1087.68 Mosside
Limousin - £1196.85 Horseholm, £1078.55 Swaites £1077.80 Harelawhill, £1038.45 Snab, £1023.65 Westwinds, £955.68 Snab, £948.30 Burnside
British Blue - £987.48 Mossband House
Aberdeen Angus - £1061.45 Harelawhill, £921.25 Cubbyhill
Galloway - £981.73 Swaites

There was an excellent show of 6621 prime hoggs with a massive amount of 2540 hoggs over 48kgs. This making the overall sale average 203p/kg but the SQQ for hoggs in spec was a satisfying 216p/kg.

The sale was topped at £123.50 for Charollais from Wester Parkgate and for Texels from Station Road and to 261p/kg for Texels from Laws Hall. Other Charollais to £114.50 Hillside, £104.50 Westerparkgate; other Texels £119, £118 Station Road, £117.50 Boreland, £116.50 Kelmore Hills; Suffolk x £107.50 Forget Me Not & Boreland, £106.50 Justicetown, £105.50 Sandbed; Cheviot £100.20 The Land, £99.80 Blackwoodridgehouse & Dykehead; Halfbreds £89.80 Wiston Place; Greyface £94.80 Justicetown, £92.50 Kelmore Hills; Blackface £94.50 Yett, £93 Nether Onsett, £91 Cleughbraemill; North Country Cheviot £104.50 Crawesknowe, £99.50 Hillside, £99.20 Waterside; Swaledale £81.50 Kirkland Green, £80 Hayclose, £79.80 Longrow; Beltex £114.50 Hillside, £113.50, £110.50 Station Road.

Lightweight lambs to £85.80 for Texels from Crawfordjohnmill, £77.80 Longrow, £77.20 Brantwood; Suffolk x £82.80 Tarrasfoot, £77.80 Drumburgh Castle. £73.50 Jubilee House; Cheviots £84.20 Sorbie, £81.80 Wynd, £80.80 Gorrenberry; Charollais £73.80 Barnakill, £70.80 Barrasgate; Greyface £75.20 Clonrae; Blackface £81.50 Boreland, £74.80 Chapel & Alternun; Swaledale £73.80 Wynd, £69.80 Brantwood; Herdwick £78.80, £77.80 Longrow.

Also held today was the annual show and sale for both Blackface and Swaledale hoggs kindly sponsored by A W Jenkinson and Border Vets respectively and ably judged by Mr. Michael Bowe, Keswick.

Henderson family with Michael Bowe the judge with champion pen of Blackfaces
Henderson family with Michael Bowe the judge with champion pen of Blackfaces

The champion Blackfaces was awarded to a pen of 42kg from Messrs Henderson, Cleughbrae which realised £91 to the judge. The reserve Blackfaces went to a pen scaling at 53kg from Messrs Jardine, Yett realising £94.50 to Pak Mecca Meats. 2nd in the lightweight class went to E Smith, Westhills, scaling 38kg and realising £82 to Bowood Farms, 2nd in the heavy class went to Messrs JP Fisher, Smalmstown scaling 49kilos and realising £90 to R J Vevers.

W Tinning showing the champion pens of Swaledales from Claremont Properties, Hayclose
W Tinning showing the champion pens of Swaledales from Claremont Properties, Hayclose

The Swaledale section was won by Claremont Properties, Hayclose scaling at 39kg and realising £80 to M Lomax, with second going to E Smith, Westhills scaling 38kg and relising £78 also to M Lomax.

Sheep in the sale ring also from Hayclose
Sheep in the sale ring also from Hayclose

Another excellent show of 4312 cast ewes and rams were forward at a time where numbers are at a low all over. The whole sale averaged a record £104 per head all included and was topped at £186.50 for Blueface Leicester ram from Chapel, Moffat. Suffolks £158.50 The Land, £148.50 Boreland, £133.50 Stackbrae; Cheviot £112.50 Bloch, £110.50 South Mains; Texel £163.50 Beckhall, £158.50 The Land, £156.50 Tarool, £146.50 Newbigging; Charollais £158.50 Sibmister, £148.50 Wester Parkgate; Halfbred £128.50 Severs; Blackface £120.50 Newbigging, £116.50 Alton; North Country Cheviot £148.50 Biggin, £118.50 Cleughhead; Swaledale £89.50 Rowhead; Herdwicks £79.50 Rowhead; Beltex £113.50 Hillside; Lleyn £110.50 Newbigging; Dorset £146.50 Berkgrange.

Texel Prime ewes to £162.50 Roadside & Dormansteads, £156.50 Newbigging, £154.50 Roadside & Dormansteads; Rouge £146.50 Severs; Charollais £152.50 Broadlea Cottage & Wester Parkgate, £148.50 Ballinliss; Suffolk £149.50 East Cliff, £148.50 Stackbraes, £146.50 Cowrigg & Beckgrange; Halfbred £129.50 Alton, £128.50 Guards Mill, £126.50 Severs; Greyface £114.50 Alton, Wyseby Hill & Hendrefor, £112.50 Beckhall & Stouslie; Cheviot Mule £122.50 Newbigging, £112.50 Crossbankhead; Leicester £129.50 Newbigging, £116.50 Kirkland Green, £114.50 Kelmore Hills; North Country Cheviot £128.50 Tirril, £124.50 Watergate, £118.50 Backmuir; Beltex £156.50 Fowrass, £138.50 Watergate, £128.50 Stackbraes; Berrichon £129.50 Beckgrange.

Light ewes to £112.50 for Cheviots from Watergate, £108.50 Grains Cottage, £104.50 Bloch, £103.50 Braidlie; Blackface £96.50 Ballinliss & Backmuir, £89.50 Chapel & Barnakill; Swaledales £95.50 Kelmore Hills, £84.50 Kirkland Green, £82.50 Williamston; Herdwicks £71.50 Rowhead, £69.50 Kelmore Hills; Shetland £71.50 Brantwood, £69.50 Hendra.


Light to 194.5p (194.5p)
Medium to 229.5p (205.4p)
Heavy to 212.5p (203.4p)

Light to 223.5p (195.1p)
Medium to 243.5p (205.9p)
Heavy to 213.5p (202.0p)

Young bulls to ------p (-------p)

Light to 237.0p (216.7p)
Standard to 258.0p (218.6p)
Medium to 261.0p (215.7p)
Heavy to 240.0p (186.2p)
O/weight to ------p (-------p)

Light to £112.50 (£73.94)
Heavy to £162.50 (£114.41)

Cast Rams to £186.50 (£107.01)

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