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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 43 prime cattle, 4 young bulls, 18 over thirty month cattle, 8,865 prime hoggs and 6,975 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st February 2013.

prime cattle

A shortage of numbers of prime cattle resulted in a fantastic trade, a much improved show of bullocks saw the sale top at 240.5p and 237.5p for Limousins shown by D.J. Garthwaite & Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage, Messrs Garthwaites run of cattle levelled at 229.7p. Other Limousin bullocks sold to 235.5p and 234.5p from J.D. & D. Nicholson, The Gill. Limousin heifers sold to 229.5p from Messrs Garthwaite, Wyseby Hill Cottage.

Limousin 240.5p, 237.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 235.5p, 234.5p The Gill, 227.5p Fenton Farm, 225.5p The Gill, 222.5p Houghton House, 218.5p The Gill, 217.5p High Stenries, 213.5p Houghton House, 211.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 210.5p Bleatarn, 203.5p Fenton Farm, 202.5p, 201.5p Bleatarn.
British Blue 222.5p, 216.5p High Stenries.
Charolais 222.5p High Stenries, 206.5p, 205.5p Sceughdyke.

Limousin 229.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 215.5p Hallburn, 205.5p Raeburnfoot.
British Blue 213.5p Beckhall, 200.5p Hallburn.
Blonde d’Aquitaine 207.5p Hallburn.
Charolais 204.5p Sceughdyke.

Limousin £1,613, £1,594 The Gill, £1,501 Fenton Farm, £1,499 The Gill, £1,484 Wyseby Hill Cottage, £1,474 The Gill, £1,451 Houghton House, £1,431 Bleatarn, £1,430 Wyseby Hill Cottage, £1,404 Fenton Farm, £1,401 Houghton House.
Charolais £1,572, £1,517 Sceughdyke, £1,501 High Stenries.
British Blue £1,457 High Stenries.

Charolais £1,288 Sceughdyke.
Limousin £1,285 Wyseby Hill Cottage.

Young bulls were a shortage of real quality and saw trade top at 205.5p for a Limousin shown by Messrs T. Armstrong & Son, Sceughdyke.

Limousin 205.5p Sceughdyke.
British Blue 200.5p Becton Hall.
Black & White 181.5p Becton Hall.

Limousin £1,520 Sceughdyke.
British Blue £1,503 Becton Hall.

Less cast cows on offer and a large portion of them being lean plain cows, the meat cows sold very well. Top price of 194.5p for a Limousin from Mr J. Watret, Burnside. British Blue to 160.5p shown by J.F. Latimer, Rinnion Hills.

Limousin 194.5p Burnside, 159.5p No 3 Woodall, 111.5p Horseholme.
British Blue 160.5p Rinnion Hills, 115.5p Longrow.
Norwegian Red 159.5p Shaw Head.
Simmental 109.5p Archerbeck.
Black & White 113.5p Peterscrook, 107.5p The Stubb.

Norwegian Red £1,156 Shaw Head.
Limousin £1,148 No 3 Woodhall, £1,128 Burnside.
British Blue £1,123 Rinnion Hills.

photo courtesy Robert Smith Photography & Video

sheep ring

A large entry of 8,865 prime hoggs and an excellent quality show forward attracted more buyers.

Trade was excellent throughout the whole sale with the average unchanged on the week at 172.2p per kilo (SQQ 175.1p).

The sale topped at £100 per head for Texels from Dinwoodie Green and to 270p per kilo for Beltex from Green Aton.

Texel £100 Dinwoodie Green, £98.20 Lairdlaugh, £97.80 Kennachy and Plantation Cottage; Beltex £99.80 Green Aton, £97.80 Wood Farm, £93.80 High Airyolland; Suffolk £94.80 Sykehead, £92.80 Cowburnrigg, £91.80 Kirkhouse; Charollais £89.80 Great Bidlake, £74.80 Sceughdyke and Nunscleugh, £73.20 Hallburn; Hill Cheviot £82.80 Plumpe, £78.20 Keirhill, £77.20 Dod Farm; North Country Cheviot £80, £79.80 Hownam Grange, £75.20 Dalemakethar; Greyface £78.80 Sceughdyke, £75.80 Guardsmill, £73.80 Justicetown and Smalmstown; Blackface £74.80 Kirkhouse, £73.80 Milnmark, £72.80 Smalmstown; Cheviot Mule £73.80 Achamore; Lleyn £65.80 Guards; Jacob £60.80 Horsecrook; Swaledale £57 Kirkland Green, £55.50 Haithwaite, £50 Potholm.

Beltex 270p Green Aton, 247p High Airyolland, 231p Green Aton; Texel 248p Oakwood, 239p Oldfield, 232p Lairdlaugh; Suffolk 207p, 204p, 197p Keirhill; Hill Cheviot 212p Plumpe, 188p, 186p Muirside; Charollais 191p Higher Grenofen, 190p Keirhill, 187p Nunscleugh; North Country Cheviot 184p, 179p Hownam Grange, 178p Green Aton; Greyface 183p North House, 182p Backhill, 169p Balgray Hill; Blackface 175p Barlaes, 170p Smalmstown, 167p Justicetown; Lleyn 165p Guards; Cheviot Mule 164p Achamore; Leicester 160p Nunscleugh; Swaledale 141.8p Hendra, 139p Potholm, 135p Haithwaite; Jacob 135p Horsecrook; Herdwick 131p Ashley Park.

The 1,657 lightweight hoggs were a big entry with trade again on par with last week. Top of £74.80 for Texel from High Greenhill, £65.80 High Crubasdale; Beltex £72.80 Bellmount, £66.80 Lower Ashtree; Charollais £64.80 Higher Grenofen; Greyface £63.80 Ruidhall; Suffolk £63.20 Maryhill, £51.80 Archerbeck; Hill Cheviot £58.80 Hillend, £57.80 Airyolland; Blackface £55.80, £51.80 Milnmark; North Country Cheviot £51.50, £50 Hownam Grange; Swaledale £46.80 Hendra; Jacob £44.80 Horsecrook; Herdwick £36.80 Ashley Park.

A similar entry of 6,975 cast ewes and rams attracted the usual buyers, all classes were well bid for with trade slightly up on the week, especially for heavy pure Texel ewes.

Heavy ewes to £133 for Texels from Bowsden Moor, £126.50 Severs, £125 Kennachy; Charollais £121 Haithwaite, £119 Severs, £107 Road Side; Suffolk £120 Severs, £115 Bowsden Moor, £101 Severs; Rouge £113 Road Side; Beltex £106 Snade, £99, £87 Hopehill; Half Bred £89 Greenlaw, £87 School House, £85.50 Whins; Leicester £79 Haystown, £75 Nunscleugh, £73 Fordlands; Greyface £79 Merrick, £77.50 Sceughdyke, £74.50 High Glentriplock; North Country Cheviot £77 Severs and Oldfield, £75 School House, £74.50 Earlside; Cheviot Mule £65 Springwells, £57 Shawhill, £55 Dunnabie.

Light ewes to £55.50 for Blackfaces from Sceughdyke, £51.50 Westhill, £49.50 Gibblaston; Hill Cheviot £53 Allfornaught, £50 Greenlaw, £49.50 Milnholm; Lleyn £50 Dunnabie, £43.50 Windshield, £40 Dunnabie; Easycare £48.50 Synton Mains; Swaledale £30 High Burnfoot, £29.50 Low Struthers, £28.50 Snowden Close.

Rams to £101.50 for Texel from Byreburnside, £85 High Wood, £84.50 Haithwaite; Charollais £89 Oldfield, £79 Haithwaite, £70 Ballimachiller; Bleu d’Maine £83 Lawston; North Country Cheviot £81.50 Swinside Townfoot, £74 Oldfield; Suffolk £75.50 Merryhill, £75 West Millhills, £65 Ashley Park; Beltex £73 Snade; Lleyn £65 Todholes, £61 Stackbraes; Leicester £63 Cowcorse, £59 High Airyolland, £50 Patties Hill; Blackface £55 Kirkhouse, £45 Haystown, £43 Milnmark; Hill Cheviot £54.50 West Deloraine, £52.50 Airyolland, £50 Springwells; Easycare £49.50 Synton Mains.
Goats to £49 Draperstown.

Light to -------p (-------p)
Medium to 240.5p (212.7p)
Heavy to 235.5p (214.3p)

Light to 200.5p (200.5p)
Medium to 229.5p (207.1p)
Heavy to 204.5p (204.5p)

Young bulls 205.5p (193.2p)

228.0p (153.2p)
Standard to 270.0p (177.3p)
Medium to 232.0p (177.0p)
Heavy to 204.0p (162.6p)

Light to £55.50 (£29.65)
Heavy to £133.00 (£63.95)
Cast Rams £101.00 (£57.01)

corresponding week 2012 sale report

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