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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 48 prime cattle, 11 young bulls, 35 over thirty month cattle, 5,494 prime lambs and 6,880 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 13th December 2012.

A nice show of quality in the prime cattle and a brisk trade to match, but more numbers required to satisfy a full ringside of buyers. Top price of 233.5p for a smart Limousin heifer shown by D J Garthwaite & Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage and purchased by W Kirkup & Son, Butchers, Longtown, others to 231.5p from Messrs R. Neill, Upper Tinwald and purchased by J Little, Charolais to 230.5p from J & N Blaylock & Son, Hallburn and bought by Border Meats, Lockerbie. Limousin bullocks sold to 227.5p shown by WH & D A Gass, Nunscleugh and purchased by Border Meats.

Limousin 227.5p Nunscleugh, 215.5p, 213.5p The Gill, 210.5p Houghton House, 204.5p Becton Hall
Limousin 233.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 231.5p Upper Tinwald, 229.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 228.5p Houghton House, 227.5p Hallburn, 224.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage & Houghton House, 223.5p Upper Tinwald, 217.5p, 215.5p Hallburn, 209.5p Upper Tinwald, 207.5p Low Hallburn
British Blue 221.5p Hallburn
Charolais 222.5p High Stenries, 213.5p, 212.5p Hallburn, 211.5p Sceughdyke.

Limousin £1443 The Gill, £1421 Becton Hall, £1419 The Gill, £1406 Sandbed
British Blue £1,417 Sandbed
Limousin £1307 Wyseby Hill Cottage, £1273 Upper Tinwald, £1234 Houghton House, £1228 Hallburn, £1223, £1216 Wyseby Hill Cottage
Charolais £1,343 Sceughdyke, £1,270, £1,256 Hallburn
British Blue £1,218 Hallburn

A few more bulls were on offer and trade did not disappoint. Top price was 229.5p for a Belgian Blue from J & P Routledge & Son, Netherton

British Blue 229.5p, 219.5p Netherton
Limousin 226.5p Netherton, 224.5p Yett Farm, 215.5p Yett Farm, 198.5p Brisco Hill
Angus 197.5p Yett Farm

British Blue £1,514, £1,317 Netherton
Limousin £1,449 Netherton, £1,369 Yett Farm

Some better cows were on offer and saw trade sharper on the week. Top price was 192.5p for a Limousin from T & M Irving, Becton Hall.

Limousin 192.5p Becton Hall, 157.5p Nunscleugh, 153.5p Sceughdyke, 151.5p Nunscleugh, 146.5p, 141.5p High Stenries
Charolais 135.5p Mosside
Simmental 147.5p, 143.5p Kirtleton House
Saler 127.5p The Ash

Limousin £1155 Becton Hall, £1126 Nuunscleugh, £1040 High Stenries, £999 Nunscleugh, £976 High Stenries, £944 Sceughdyke, £912 High Stenries
British Blue £964 Sceughdyke
Saler £841 The Ash
Charolais £1002, £975 Mosside
Simmental £1205, £1135 Kirtleton House

Another fine show of lambs were forward to a busy ring of buyers with a large amount of small lambs 27-33kg forward although keenly sought after. Good quality lambs both export weight and heavy weight sold well, but Mules and heavier Blackfaces and rougher lambs proved very hard to cash.

The sale average was 146.5p (SQQ 147.5p). The sale topped at £90 for Texels from Catslackburn and to 214.5p/kg for Beltex from North Greenhill.

Texels £90 Catslackburn, £87.80 Woodhead, £85.80 Unity & Cairnside; Suffolks £87.80 Kinning Hall, £82.80 Sceughdyke, £75.80 Slealands; Cheviots £65.80 Roughet Hill, £60.80 Mangorhard, £59.80 Falnash; Charollais £69.80 Westgate, £68.80 Hallburn, £68.20 Beckhall; Halfbreds £69.80 Dodgsonstown; Greyface £66.20, £64.20 Low Fell, £63.20 High Floweryhirst; Blackface £62.80 Wanwood Hill, £58.80 Cramalt, £57.80 Drumhumphrey; North Country Cheviot £66.80 Cairnside, £63.20 Fenwick; Swaledale £61.80 Coatlith Hill, £51.80 Burnhouse; Beltex £85.80 Northgreenhill & Randalholme, £74.80 Sorbie.

Lightweight lambs to £66.80 for Beltex from Kinning Hall, £65.80 Byers Farm; Cheviot £58.80 Hillfield, £53.80 Brantwood, £46.80 Beauly; Texel £64.80 High Stenries, £58.80 Ashley Park, £57.80 HighParkfoot; Charollais £50.80 Barend, £52.80 Burnfoot; Blackface £51.80 Chapelhope, £50.20 Beauly, £46.80 Chapelhope; North Country Cheviot £54.80 Kelsocleugh, £53.80 Brantwood; Swaledale £43.80 Williamston & Newholme, £42.80 Pry Hill; Herdwicks £48.80 Ashley Park; Roussin £50 Craighead.

Another large show of cast ewes and rams was forward to a full ring of buyers with best selling ewes still a good trade but Mule Ewes and lesser Continental ewes easier. Good export type hill ewes Blackface/Cheviot and plainer ewes were sharper on the week.

The sale topped at £120.50 for Texel rams from Westhope, £114.50 Ballimachiller, £110.50 Unity, Middle Farm & Snowsgreen; Suffolks £108.50 Snowsgreen £104.50 Westgate, £99.50 Ballimachiller & Newbigging; Cheviot £108.50 Hownam Grange; Charollais £106.5p Severs, £97.50, £95 Coytre; Leicesters £109.50 East Unthank, £82.50 Lowes Fell; Blackface £74.50 Arnicle, £70.50 Snowsgreen; North Country Cheviot £98.50 Longoe, £93.50 Cairnside; Swaledale £57.50 Deadwater, £55.50 Randalholme; Beltex £82.50 Broynach; Lleyn £87.50 , £84.50 Newbigging; Oxford £114.50 Severs; Wensleydale £84.50 Severs.

Heavy ewes to £116.50 for Texel from Newbigging & Hogstown, £110.50 Hill Farm, £109.50 Severs; Charollais £104.50 Ballimachiller, £89.50 Coytre, £86.50 Newbigging; Halfbred £84.50 Lintongate, £76.50 Brantwood, £75.50 Lintongate; Greyface £74.50 , £72.50 Backfield, £69.50 Ballimachiller; Cheviot Mule £77.50 Coytre, £76.50 Clackmae & Cowburnrigg; Leicester £85.50 Kirkland Green, £80.50 Druidhall, £70.50 Newbigging; North Country Cheviot £86.50 Lythmore, £83.50 Clachan, £80.50 Lythmore; Beltex £88.50 Newbigging, £86.50 Brantwood.

Lightweight ewes to £69.50 for Cheviots from Snowsgreen, £68.50 Lintongate, £66.50 Girnwood; Blackface £59.50 Sorbie, £57.50 Gateside, £53.50 Penpeugh; Swaledale £41.50 Kirkland Green, £38.50 Gateside, £34.50 Tarnside; Jacob £39.50 Pennersaughs; Lllyn £53.50 Newbigging, £47.50 Hunderlee; Woodland £61.50 Westgate; Shetland £43.50 Tister, £39.50 Cowcorse.


Light to -------p (-------p)
Medium to 227.5p (227.5p)
Heavy to 215.5p (199.9p)

Light to 227.5p (213.8p)
Medium to 233.5p (212.7p)
Heavy to 213.5p (202.6p)

Young bulls to 229.5p (201.7p)

Light to 172.0p (136.5p)
Standard to 210.0p (152.7p)
Medium to 214.5p (147.9p)
Heavy to 183.0p (143.0p)
O/weight to 166.0p (136.2p)

Light to £69.50 (£37.44)
Heavy to £116.50 (£63.04)

Cast Rams to £120.50 (£77.27)

corresponding week 2011 sale report

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