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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 33 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 32 over thirty month cattle, 5,379 prime hoggs and 4,940 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th January 2013.

prime cattle

A small show of prime cattle and a shortage of quality saw the trade sharper on the week. Top price to 223.5p, twice, firstly for a Limousin bullock shown by J.C. & D. Nicholson & Son, The Gill, then for a Limousin heifer from J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn.

British Blue 223.5p The Gill, 215.5p Newtown.
Limousin 213.5p The Gill, 208.5p Raeburnfoot, 205.5p, 204.5p Newtown, 203.5p Raeburnfoot, 198.5p Newtown.
Charolais 206.5p Sceughdyke.
Limousin 223.5p, 222.5p Hallburn, 209.5p, 204.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage.
Charolais 211.5p, 209.5p Hallburn, 205.5p Houghton House, 203.5p Hallburn.

British Blue £1,519 Newtown, £1,452 The Gill.
Limousin £1,485, £1,469 Raeburnfoot, £1,441 The Gill.
Charolais £1,453 Sceughdyke.

Limousin £1,283 Smallholms, £1,218, £1,201 Hallburn.
Charolais £1,253 Houghton House.

A small show of prime bulls sold to a top of 203.5p for British Blue from Becton Hall.
British Blue 203.5p Becton Hall.
Friesian 175.5p Becton Hall.
British Blue £1,343 Becton Hall.

More Black & White cows on offer saw the trade up on the week, particularly plain cows. The sale topped at 207.5p and 204.5p for Limousins from Messrs J. Magnay, Smallholms.

Limousin 207.5p, 204.5p Smallholms, 167.5p, 146.5p Ladyhousesteads, 133.5p Swaites.
Black & White 128.5p Peterscrook, 123.5p Low Moat, 119.5p Peterscrook, 117.5p The Stubb, 112.5p The Nook.
Ayrshire 113.5p Rowanburnfoot.

Limousin £1,231 Ladyhousesteads, £1,079, £1,032 Smallholms.
Black & White £893 The Stubb, £845 Low Moat.

photo courtesy Robert Smith Photography & Video

sheep ring

Another fine show of 5,379 prime hoggs were presented to the usual ring of buyers. The sale average was 156.4p per kilo, similar on the week. Export hoggs easy to sell with best quality Beltex and Texels regularly between 220p and 270p. Heavy hoggs sharper with less about and lightweight hoggs well sold with flesh, others little more than store price. More top quality hoggs required to satisfy buyers demand. Top was £96.50 for Texels from Backhill and to 271p per kilo for Beltex hoggs from Walton Woodhead and High Greenhill.

Texel £96.50 Backhill, £94.80 Hillside, £91 Station Yard; Beltex £92.80 Albierigg, £90 Bridgestone, £87.50 Longburgh Fauld; Suffolk £88 Cumcrook, £78.80, £76.80 Backhill; North Country Cheviot £83, £77.50 Whiteknowe, £66.20 Backhill; Bleu d’Maine £75 The Firs; Charollais £73.80, £65.80 Brisco Meadows, £64.80 Moss Side; Blackface £70 Larg Farm, £69.80, £65 Blackburn; Hill Cheviot £68.80 Blackwoodridgehouse, £67.80 Skelfhill, £66 Blackburn; Leicester £65 Albierigg, £60 Nunscleugh; Greyface £61.80 Sceughdyke, £61.50, £61.20 Hepple Hill; Cheviot Mule £60.80 Hepple Hill; Rouge £60 Waltonwoodhead.

Beltex 271p Waltonwoodhead and High Greenhill, 254p, 249p Waltonwoodhead, 244p Albierigg, 228p High Greenhill, 225p Bridgestone, 219p Longburgh Fauld, 218p High Greenhill; Texel 222p Chapel Farm, 210p High Wreay, 209.7p Brisco Meadows, 209p Chapel Farm, 208p High Parkfoot, 206.8p Station Yard; Charollais 173p Braithwaite Hall, 156.7p Brisco Meadows, 154p High Crubasdale; North Country Cheviot 170p Backhill, 160p, 157.1p Whiteknowe; Hill Cheviot 168p Blackwoodridgehouse, 165p, 160p, 158p Skelfhill, 156p, 154p Bloch; Suffolk 164p Barnglies, 163p High Wreay, 160p High Crubasdale and Cumcrook; Blackface 159p Larg Farm, 157p Skelfhill, 156p Larg Farm, 155p Blackburn, 153p Larg Farm; Greyface 145p Haithwaite and Kirkland Green, 141p Albierigg, Nunscleugh, Kilmaho and Easterfrew.

The 1,533 lightweight hoggs sold to £94.80 for Beltex from High Greenhill, others £89.50, £79.80 Waltonwoodhead; Suffolk £55.80 Barnglies, £50 Windyhill; Texel £67 Kirkland Green, £65.80 High Crubasdale, £60 High Stenries; North Country Cheviot £55 Whiteknowe; Blackface £54.20, £48.80 Larg Farm, £45 Haithwaite; Hill Cheviot £51.80 Bloch, £48 Blackburn; Lonk £48 Bush of Ewes.

A smaller show of 4,940 ewes was forward to the usual ring of buyers with best Texel and Continental ewes easy to sell, heavy ewes short in numbers, Mule ewes similar on the week but Blackface and Cheviot ewes with flesh £2-£3 sharper on the week.

Heavy ewes to £116.50 for Texels from South Mains, £110, £108.50 Hillhead; Beltex £94.50 Upper Tofts, £86.50 South Mains; Suffolk £93.50 Muirside, £89.50 Wick, £84.50 Howgillside; Leicester £84.50 Townfoot, £70.50 Hillhouse; Cheviot Mule £76.50 Westhill, £66.50 Muirside, £56.50 Skelfhill and Northfield; Greyface £75 Westerly, £59.50 Wick, £58.50 Golden Lane; North Country Cheviot £65.50 Bidlake, £61.50, £59.50 Allfornaught.

Light ewes to £51.50 for Cheviots from Toftholm, £49.50 Smyllum, £49.50 Newland; Blackface £46.50 Smyllum, £44.50 Netherplace, £42.50 Milnmark; Swaledale £40, £39 Newington, £35.50 Randalholme; Herdwick £30 Allfornaught and Milton Mains.

Rams to £118.50 for Texel from Fellview, £85.50 South Mains; Charollais £95.50 Parkgate Hall, £69.50 Muirside; Leicester £90.50 Randalholme, £64 Greyside; Suffolk £90.50 Haithwaite, £78.50 Skelfhill; Romney Marsh £68.50, £52.50 Holme Farm; Hill Cheviot £63.50 Skelfhill, £59.50 Longburgh Fauld; Blackface £59.50 Newbiggin, £50 Milnmark.

Goats to £70.50 Skidaw Drive, £60.50 Maidencots.


Light to 198.5p (198.5p)
Medium to 223.5p (210.2p)
Heavy to 215.5p (204.8p)

Light to 204.5p (204.5p)
Medium to 223.5p (205.4p)
Heavy to 205.5p (199.7p)

Young bulls to 203.5p (189.9p)

Light to 249.0p (135.1p)
Standard to 271.0p (160.3p)
Medium to 225.0p (158.3p)
Heavy to 178.1 (140.5p)
Shlgs -------p (-------p)

Light to £51.50 (£32.64)
Heavy to £116.50 (£53.25)

Cast Rams to £115.50 (£56.65)

corresponding week 2012 sale report

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