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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 58 prime cattle, 11 young bulls, 36 over thirty month cattle, 4,189 prime lambs and 7,240 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 30th August 2012.

Prime cattle saw a shortage of fed cattle, but a full ring of 12 active buyers ensured a good trade throughout. Top price to 219.5p for a Limousin heifer shown by J. Bell, Brydekirk Mains, purchased by W. Kirkup & Sons, Butchers, Longtown. Top price bullock to 212.5p for a Limousin from J.F. & I. Armstrong, Nether Onsett.

Limousin – 212.5p Nether Onsett, 211.5p Newby Farm, 210.5p Newtown, 209.5p Brydekirk Mains, 207.5p Hallees, 206.5p Newby Farm, Low Hallburn and Newtown, 204.5p, 195.5p Nether Onsett.
Galloway – 195.5p Becks.
Limousin – 219.5p Brydekirk Mains, 217.5p Newby, Newtown and Brydekirk Mains, 216.5p Newby Farm, 213.5p Houghton House and Brydekirk Mains, 211.5p, 209.5p Sceughdyke, 203.5p Houghton House, 199.5p Southwoodhead.
Charolais – 208.5p, 206.5p Hallburn.
Blonde d’Aquitaine – 203.5p Hallburn.

Limousin – £1,569 Newtown, £1,402 Nether Onsett.
Limousin – £1,261 Newtown, £1,259, £1,180 Houghton House, £1,136, £1,131 Newby, £1,122 Sandbed, £1,120 Brydekirk Mains.
Charolais – £1,136 Hallburn, £1,118 Low Hallburn, £1,104 Hallburn.

Prime bulls maintained late high rates, topping at 207.5p (twice) for Limousins from Mr J. Jardine, Yett Farm and from G.J.A. Rome & Co., Niven Hill.
Limousin – 207.5p Niven Hill and Yett, 203.5p Yett, 201.5p Niven Hill.
British Blue – 196.5p, 193.5p Becton Hall.
Simmental – 195.5p, 193.5p Shaw of Dryfe.
British Blue – 196.5p, 193.5p Becton Hall.

The 36 OTM cattle saw a lot of weathered feeding cows on offer which saw the sale topped at 187.5p for Galloways from J. Robertson & Son, Becks Farm.
Galloway –187.5p, 161.5p Becks.
Limousin – 169.5p Longrow, 161.5p Southwoodhead, 148.5p Byreburnside, 136.5p, 135.5p The Flatt.
Charolais –166.5p Nether Albie.
British Blue – 163.5p Longrow.
Friesian – 154.5p The Stubb, 119.5p Stonewalls.
Charolais –£1,323 Nether Albie.
British Blue – £1,234 Longrow.
Galloway –£1,115, £993 Becks.
Limousin – £1,093 Longrow, £965 Byreburnside, £805 The Flatt.
Friesian – £1,073 The Stubb, £938 Stonewalls.

ewe ring

A smaller show of 4,189 prime lambs were a mixed trade this week with a big difference between lambs with flesh and lean lambs, good lambs regularly sold between 190p and 200p but leaner lambs were little more than store price. The sale averaged 181p per kilo, also a large number of lightweight lambs were forward, reflecting in the average.

Top price of 217p per kilo for Texels from Sorbie with a top price per head of £110.50 for Suffolks from Riddings Hill, £99.50 Kilnfordcroft, £98.80 Smalmstown; Texel £108.50, £102.50 Kilnfordcroft, £101.50 Peela Hill; North Country Cheviot £95.80, £80 Whiteknowe, £76.80 Chapel Farm; Charollais £89.80 Peela Hill, £85.80 Smalmstown, £82.80 The Chestnuts; Beltex £81.80 Sleetbeck, £72.80 Amoshill; Cheviot Mule £79.80, £76.80 Potholm, £72.80 Crossdykes; Greyface £78.80 Gibbs Hill, £77.80 Chapel Farm, £74.50 The Old Police House; Zwartbles £72 Westhills; Oxford £71.80 Guards, £68 Lowfield House; Half Bred £71.80 Adderston Shiels; Blackface £70.50, £64.80 Sewing Shields, £63.20 Dalveen; Dorset £65 Lowfield House, £60 Orchard House; Easycare £58.80 East Fortissat; Swaledale £54.80 Copperthorns, £49.80 Kilnstown.

A similar show of 1,182 lightweight lambs saw smaller Swaledale and English Mule lambs little more than store price if lacking flesh. Top of £67.80 for Texels from Glenehervie, £67.20 Balliemore; Suffolk £63.80 Clachan, £59.80 Redgatehead; Greyface £60.20 Arnicle, £53.80 Nether Albie; Blackface £59.80 Chapel, £52.80 Arnicle; Easycare £53.80 Cooilingel, £50 East Fortissat; Herdwick £51.80 Woodside; Swaledale £45 Woodside, £43.80 Softley.

A larger entry of 7,240 cast ewes and rams attracted the usual ring of buyers with trade being £4 to £6 up on the week, with a very good show of ewes for quality forward. Good selling Continental ewes remain easily sold and rams constantly short of buyers requirements.

Rams to £158.50 for Texels from Willimoteswick and Pirntaton, £158 Roachburn, £148.50 Ballimachiller; Suffolk £148.50 Lakeview, £113.50 Old Portglenone; Leicester £128.50 Lirrit, £126.50 Newside, £118.50 Kirksteads; Beltex £106.50 Draperstown, £98.50 Haithwaite; Hill Cheviot £106.50 Stackbraes, £93.50 North House, £86.50 High Dovecote and Burnfoot of Ewes; Lleyn £98.50 Cooilingel, £90.50 Haithwaite; Charollais £96.50 Roadside, £89.50 Ballyrobert; Blackface £92.50 High Staward, £86.50 Pirntaton, £84.50 Haithwaite; Dorset £78.50 Orchard House, £69.50 Roadside; Swaledale £77 Roachburn, £70.50 Spital Shields.

Heavy ewes to £138.50 for Texels from Pirntaton, £133.50 Severs, £124.50 Pirntaton; Suffolk £120.50 Severs, £108.50 Mountfield, £103.50 Ballimachiller; North Country Cheviot £104.50, £92.50, £90 Carruthers; Charollais £104.50 Alton, £102.50 Roadside, £98.50 Draperstown; Leicester £94.50 West Craigs, £89.50 Peela Hill, £88.50 Glenlaugh; Greyface £90.50, £80.50 Lawston, £79.50 Stackbraes; Cheviot Mule £88.50 Alton, £84.50 Morebattle Tofts, £77.50 North House; Dorset £76.50 Portglenone, £73.50 Severs, £70.50 Dunnabie.

Hill ewes to £79.50 for Cheviots from Terrona, £73.50 Sorbietrees, £71.50 Solwaybank; Lleyn £78.50 Wynholm, £74.50 Westward Park, £71.50 Glenkiln; Blackface £63.50 Mouldy Hills, £62.50 High Staward, £60.50 Sewing Shields; Swaledale £57.50 Roachburn, £52.50 Spital Shields, £50.50 Roachburn; Jacob £58.50 Haithwaite.


Light to 209.5p (196.4p)
Medium to 211.5p (193.6p)
Heavy to 212.5p (190.8p)

Light to 219.5p (206.0p)
Medium to 217.5p (199.2p)
Heavy to 190.5p (179.9p)

Young bulls to 207.5p (194.6p)

Light to 200.0p (169.3p)
Standard to 210.0p (180.1p)
Medium to 217.0p (186.0p)
Heavy to 208.7p (183.5p)
O/weight to 189.6p (162.7p)

Light to £79.50 (£46.09)
Heavy to £138.50 (£73.19)

Cast Rams to £158.50 (£88.08)

corresponding week 2011 sale report

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