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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 61 prime cattle, 9 young bulls, 26 over thirty month cattle, 10,584 prime hoggs and 4,830 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st March 2013.

prime cattle

Prime cattle saw an increase in numbers and a great show saw a flying trade throughout with ten active buyers around the ring to ensure the whole sale averaged 223.07p.

The top price was 243.5p for a Limousin bullock shown by M. & G.A. Nicholson, The Lake, others to 242.5p and 239.5p from J.C. & D. Nicholson & Son, The Gill. Heifers sold to a top of 239.5p twice for Limousins shown by A. & W.J. Taylor & Son, Dashwellgreen and from D.J. Garthwaite & Son, Wyseby Hill Cottage.

Limousin 243.5p The Lake, 242.5p, 239.5p The Gill, 238.5p, 237.5p (x2) Dashwellgreen, 237.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage, 236.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage and The Haining House, 235.5p Dashwellgreen, 233.5p The Lake and The Gill, 230.5p The Haining House and Houghton House, 228.5p The Gill and Dashwellgreen, 223.5p Houghton House, 222.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage and Dashwellgreen, 218.5p High Stenries, 217.5p Bleatarn and Woodslee, 216.5p Woodslee.
Charolais 234.5p, 221.5p High Stenries, 217.5p Sceughdyke, 216.5p High Stenries.
Angus 214.5p Sceughdyke.

Limousin 239.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage and Dashwellgreen, 238.5p Nunscleugh, 237.5p Dashwellgreen, 225.5p Houghton House and Hallburn, 224.5p Dashwellgreen, 219.5p Hallburn.
British Blue 233.5p Houghton House, 216.5p Hallburn.
Charolais 226.5p Sceughdyke, 221.5p Hallburn, 215.5p Sceughdyke.

Limousin £1,773 The Haining House, £1,661 The Gill, £1,634, £1,631 The Lake, £1,592 The Gill, £1,543 Dashwellgreen, £1,541 The Gill, £1,531, £1,526 Dashwellgreen, £1,519 Dashwellgreen, £1,508 The Gill, £1,501 Dashwellgreen.
Charolais £1,559 High Stenries, £1,544 Sceughdyke.

Charolais £1,573, £1,562 Sceughdyke.
Limousin £1,550 Nunscleugh, £1,228 Houghton House, £1,217 Hallburn, £1,209 Dashwellgreen and Wyseby Hill Cottage.
British Blue £1,272 Houghton House.

More bulls forward and all classes well bid for. Top price to 220.5p for a Simmental shown by R. & E. Mercer, Stirches Mains. Black & Whites sold to 190.5p from T.B. Imrie, Harelawhole.

Simmental 220.5p Stirches Mains.
Angus 218.5p, 213.5p Stirches Mains.
Limousin 213.5p Becton Hall.
Black & White 190.5p Harelawhole, 187.5p Becton Hall, 184.5p, 180.5p Harelawhole.

Simmental £1,389 Stirches Mains.
Limousin £1,377 Becton Hall.
Angus £1,311 Stirches Mains.
Black & White £1,265 Becton Hall.

A shortage of OTM’s forward, plenty of keen bidders, more numbers required. Top price of 195.5p for a Limousin cow from W.H. & D.A. Gass, Nunscleugh.

Limousin 195.5p Nunscleugh, 129.5p Middlebie Hill, 129.5p, 124.5p Gallowberry.
Montbeliard 175.5p Peterscrook.
Simmental 174.5p Bellfield.
Black & White 167.5p Enzieholm, 165.5p Sceughdyke, 136.5p Enzieholm, 117.5p Middlebie Hill, 115.5p The Stubb.
Hereford 162.5p Craigburn.
British Blue 147.5p D’Mainholm.

Limousin £1,388 Nunscleugh, £828 Whitehill.
Black & White £1,130 Enzieholm, £1,117 Sceughdyke.
Simmental £1,099 Bellfield.
Montbeliarde £1,064 Peterscrook.
British Blue £1,039 D’Mainholm.
Montbeliard £938 Peterscrook.
Hereford £845 Craigburn.

photo courtesy Robert Smith Photography & Video

sheep ring

An even larger show of 10,584 prime hoggets were forward again this week to a busy ring of buyers, which is attracting a far better quality of hogg.

Although today many more grass fed Blackface and Mule lambs were forward along with a large number of lightweight hoggs, thus resulting in averages being slightly down on the week.

The best quality hoggs in any weight range continued to demand premium prices and are always keenly sought after regardless of the number of sheep on show.

The whole sale averaged 205.5p per kilo with a top per kilo of 330p for Beltex from Messrs Ritson, Swaites and to £127.80 per head for Texels from Messrs Fisher, Lairdlaugh.

Texel £127.80 Lairdlaugh, £121.50, £117.50 Keith, £117.50 Cochranes, £116.50 Keith.
Beltex £124.80 Lairdlaugh, £117.50, £114.80 Keith, £113.50 Lairdlaugh and East Cliff.
Suffolk £112.50 Long Strumble, £108, £107, £105 The Land, £102.80 Keith.
Hill Cheviot £103.50 North Shortcleugh, £100.80, £100, £97.80 Blackwoodridgehouse.
North Country Cheviot £102.80 Ericstane, £99.80 Oldfield, £97.80 Keith, £97.50 Hownam Grange, £96.80 Longburgh Fauld.
Charollais £96.80, £95.80 Keith, £92.80 Oswie, £92.20 Keith.
Lleyn £93.80 Keith, £67 Sloda Hill, £64.50 Whitcastle.
Half Bred £90.80, £89.80 Tormore, £86.80 Tain Olrig.
Blackface £89.80 Newbiggin, £85 Nether Onsett, £84.80 North Shortcleugh, £80 Nether Onsett.
Greyface £89.80 Edge Farm, £88.80 Cowburnrigg, £86.80 Nether Onsett, £86.20 Oswie.
Cheviot Mule £86.80 Coulter Station.
Leicester £74.80 Kildalloig, £60 Albierigg.
Lonk £70 Bush of Ewes.
Swaledale £64.80 Pole Farm and Newbiggin, £63.80 Hayclose, £58.80 Pole Farm.

Beltex 330p Swaites, 328p Lairdlaugh, 310p, 301p, 299p Keith, 294p, 291p Lairdlaugh, 291p Nether Albie, 288.3p Westerkirk Mains, 281p, 264p Keith, 261p Woodhousehill, 260p Albierigg.
Texel 318p Keith, 304p Lairdlaugh, 296p, 287p Keith, 283p Newbiggin, 282p Keith, 280p Lairdlaugh, 278p Keith, 272p Laws Hall, 269p Keith, 267p Ericstane, 265p Whitstonehill, 264p Cumcrook, 262p Keith, 261p Ericstane.
Hill Cheviot 252p North Shortcleugh, 240p Kelsocleugh, 237p The Land, 227p Blackwoodridgehouse, 226p Kelsocleugh, 223p Henwell and Potholm, 222p Potholm, 221.5p Smalmstown, 221p Woodhousehill and Longburgh Fauld.
North Country Cheviot 230p Hill Crest, 229p, 222p Keith, 220p Longburgh Fauld, 218p Raeburnfoot, 217p Longburgh Fauld and Keith, 215p Laws Hall.
Suffolk 228p Keith, 224p The Land, 219p Keith, 216p The Land.
Charollais 227p, 223p Keith, 215p Newtown, 212p Keith.
Blackface 208p Kildalloig, 199p Sorbie, 194p Becks, 193p Kildalloig, 191p Cara View, 190p Becks, 189p Cara View and Upper Hindhope, 187p Crookdake Hall.
Half Bred 204p, 202p Tormore, 202p Tain Olrig.
Greyface 197p Newbiggin, 196p Dalbhraddan, 194p Upper Hindhope, 192p Smalmstown, 191p Culquhasen, Clonrae and The Edge, 190p Newington, 189p Doveden Hall, 188p Culquhasen, Newbiggin and Oswie.
Cheviot Mule 193p Coulter Station.
Swaledale 184p Haithwaite, 170p Newbiggin, 168p Hayclose, 166p Newbiggin.
Leicester 181p Achamore, 174p Hownam Grange, 164p Kildalloig.
Lleyn 177p Skinnet, 176p Sloda Hill.
Herdwick 176p, 167p Hillcrest, 152p Rowhead.

The 2,551 lightweight hoggs sold to £115.50 for Beltex from Swaites, £85 Westerkirk Mains; Texel £95.80 Keith, £90 Oakwood, £80 Keith; Hill Cheviot £76.80 Kelsocleugh, £73.80 Raehills, £71.80 Becks; Suffolk £73.50 Haithwaite, £63.80 Newbiggin; Blackface £68.80 Kildalloig, £67.80 Becks, £64.80 Cara View; Greyface £63.80 Newbiggin, £62.80 Ardlamy, £59.80 Dalbhraddan; Leicester £63.50 Achamore, £57.50 Hownam Grange; Herdwick £60 Hillcrest, £47 Rowhead; Swaledale £55.20 Haithwaite, £41.80 Newbiggin and Corsebank; Lleyn £54.80 Skinnet; Shetland £44 Wardrew.

A similar show of 4,830 cast ewes and rams were forward to a busy ring of buyers. All classes of ewes were dearer on the week as numbers begin to tighten across the country.

Heavy Ewes to £140.50 for Texels from Riddle Cottage and Stud Farm, £136.50 Orchardton Mains, £134.50 Catslackburn; Suffolk £130.50, £126.50, £118.50 The Land; Charollais £118.50 Wester Parkgate, £110.50 Seathall, £106.50 Lesson Hall; Bleu d’Maine £107.50 Dunjop; Half Bred £102.50 Graystale, £90.50 Stobshiel Mains, £86.50 Quoyshakes; Cheviot Mule £98.50 Graystale, £89.50 Isle of Dalton, £73.50 Orchardton Mains; Leicester £94.50 Dunjop, £89.50, £77.50 Newbigging Walls; Greyface £93.50 Golden Lane, £85.50 Graystale, £84.50 Wolfcleugh Cottage; North Country Cheviot £92.50 Ericstane, £90.50 Keith, £88.50 Stud Farm; Zwartbles £74.50 Newtonfield.

Light ewes to £78.50 for Cheviots from Plumpe Farm, £68.50 Nether Ernambrie, £63.50 Haithwaite; Lleyn £72.50 Glebelands and Whitcastles, £66.50 Glebelands, £64.50 Whitcastles; Blackface £62.50 Wardrew, £61.50 Minsca, £59.50 Gibblaston; Swaledale £57.50 Wolfcleugh Cottage, £52.50 Cleughbrae, £48.50 Wolfcleugh Cottage; Shetland £40 Plumpe, £35.50 South Farden.

Rams to £128.50 for Charollais from Wester Parkgate, £106.50 Low Struthers, £100.50 Burncroft; Texel £126.50 Ericstane, £116.50 Newtonfield, £112.50 Balgerran; Suffolk £118.50 Howden, £107.50 Long Strumble; North Country Cheviot £98.50 Old Hall; Oxford £96.50 Chapel Farm; Beltex £77.50 Wick, £76.50 Isle of Dalton; Beulah £73.50 Wick Farm; Hill Cheviot £69.50 Priesthaugh, £60.50 Hownam Grange, £59.50 Raeburnfoot; Blackface £58.50 Satchells, £49.50 Scabcleugh, £48.50 Pike.


Light to 237.5p (237.5p)
Medium to 238.5p (215.6p)
Heavy to 243.5p (228.1p)

Light to 237.5p (230.9p)
Medium to 239.5p (225.2p)
Heavy to 238.5p (226.3p)

Young bulls 220.5p (199.4p)

Light to 250.0p (182.9p)
Standard to 330.0p (203.1p)
Medium to 304.0p (212.3p)
Heavy to 245.0p (193.7p)

Ewes Light to £78.50 (£40.23)
Heavy to £140.50 (£74.85)
Cast Rams £128.50 (£59.73)

corresponding week 2012 sale report

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