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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 56 prime cattle, 10 young bulls, 31 over thirty month cattle, 5,463 prime hoggs and 2,848 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 4th April 2013.

prime cattle

More prime cattle on offer saw a busy ringside of bidders which ensured all classes were dearer on the week. The sale was topped at 256.5p for a fantastic British Blue bullock shown by J.C. & D. Nicholson, The Gill. Limousin bullocks sold to 250.5p and 248.5p also from The Gill. Messrs Nicholson had a run of bullocks to average 245p. Limousin heifers sold to 248.5p and 247.5p both sold by A. & W.J. Taylor & Son, Dashwellgreen.

British Blue 256.5p The Gill, 234.5p Dashwellgreen.
Limousin 250.5p, 248.5p The Gill, 244.5p Dashwellgreen, 241.5p Houghton House, 234.5p, 232.5p Dashwellgreen, 226.5p Gallowberry, 225.5p Dashwellgreen, 224.5p The Gill.
Charolais 224.5p, 215.5p Sceughdyke.
Angus 212.5p (x2) Plumpe.

Limousin 248.5p, 247.5p Dashwellgreen, 239.5p Houghton House, 238.5p Hallburn, 231.5p, 230.5p, 223.5p Wyseby Hill Cottage.
Charolais 236.5p Dashwellgreen, 211.5p Plumpe, 225.5p, 219.5p Hallburn, 219.5p, 211.5p Sceughdyke.
Angus 216.5p Plumpe.
British Blue 212.5p Sandbed.

British Blue £1,731 The Gill, £1,606 Dashwellgreen.
Charolais £1,661, £1,583 Sceughdyke.
Limousin £1,603 The Gill, £1,601, £1,592 Dashwellgreen, £1,577 The Gill, £1,547 Dashwellgreen.

Limousin £1,502 Hallburn, £1,329 Houghton House, £1,200 Dashwellgreen.
British Blue £1,381, £1,349 Sandbed.
Charolais £1,360, £1,279 Sceughdyke, £1,288 Dashwellgreen, £1,205 Plumpe.
Angus £1,212 Plumpe.

A shortage of Cast Cows on offer and more needed, trade upheld recent rates. Top price of 221.5p and 217.5p for Bazadaise from Messrs Ritson, Swaites. Limousin sold to 199.5p from D. & Y. Wilson, Plumpe Farm.

Bazadaise 221.5p, 217.5p Swaites.
Limousin 199.5p, 187.5p Plumpe, 176.5p Sceughdyke, 156.5p Dinley, 147.5p Slealands, 145.5p Aimshaugh, 131.5p Dinley.
Angus 187.5p, 176.5p Plumpe Farm.
Black & White 158.5p Peterscrook 111.5p The Stubb.
Saler 134.5p Smithsteads.

Limousin £1,157, £1,087 Plumpe, £1,023 Sceughdyke, £985, £946 Dinley, £929 Slealands, £916 Aimshaugh.
Angus £1,120, £1,012 Plumpe Farm.
Bazadaise £1,085, £1,076 Swaites.
Saler £934 Smithsteads.
Black & White £911 Peterscrook.

A better show of bulls forward met a buoyant trade selling to a top of 232.5p and 223.5p for British Blue shown by J. Retson & Son, Gardrum.

British Blue 232.5p, 223.5p Gardrum, 222.5p Yett Farm, 208.5p Becton Hall.
Blonde d’Aquitaine 216.5p Yett Farm.
Simmental 213.5p, 211.5p Stirches Mains.

British Blue £1,497, £1,453 Gardrum, £1,303 Becton Hall.

photo courtesy Robert Smith Photography & Video

sheep ring

The 5,463 prime hoggs were a larger show on the week with a busy ring of buyers operating. The sale average was 211.1p per kilo (SQQ 212.4p) which showed a rise of 11p on the week. Best quality hoggs with flesh were keenly sought after by all buyers, plainer types easier with lightweight hoggs in good demand.

Heavyweight hoggs short of requirements at recent high rates. The sale topped at £132 per head for Texels from Messrs Renwick, Craig Douglas, Peebleshire with a top per kilo of 359p for Beltex from N.J. McQuiston, High Airyolland.

Texel £132.50 Craig Douglas, £122.50 Broadlea Cottage and North Deanhead, £119.50 Lairdlaugh.
Beltex £127.50 High Airyolland, £121.80 Snade, £120.50 Torgorm, £118.50 Ericstane.
Suffolk £114.50 High Parsonbridge, £113.50 Sceughdyke, £112.50 Kilnford Croft, £108.50 Newington.
Hill Cheviot £113.50, £109.50, £107.50 Blackwoodridge House, £101.50 Henderland, £99.80 West Scales.
Charollais £112.50 Guards Mill and Oak Stables, £110.50 Bushfield, £109.50 Torgorm, £105.50 Whins.
North Country Cheviot £108.50 Crawsknowe, £107.80 Dykehead, £107.50 Whins and Hill Crest.
Lleyn £104.50, £100.80 Whitcastles.
Blackface £100.80 Syart, £100.80 Winterhopeburn, £99.80 Meggethead, £97.50 Milnmark and Craig Douglas.
Greyface £99.50 Sceughdyke, £98.80 Macharioch, £97.50 Quarry House, £95.80 Kirkland Green.
Cheviot Mule £94.50, £91.80 Kilnford Croft, £74.50 North House.
Leicester £92.50 Shielsknowe.
Zwartbles £80 High House.
Swaledale £74.50 Hollinclose.
Herdwick £72.80, £60 Rowhead.

Beltex 359p High Airyolland, 313p Lairdlaugh, 312p Ericstane, 310p Snade, 309p Torgorm, 305p Snade, 301p Lairdlaugh, 297p Snade, 287p Haithwaite and High Airyolland, 282.9p Westerly, 266p Ericstane.
Texel 299p Clyth Mains, 291p Ericstane, 278p Broadlea Cottage, 272p Lairdlaugh, 271p Almagill, 265p High Greenhill, 264p Ericstane, 263p High Greenhill, 257p Clyth Mains, 156p High House and Greengatehouse.
Charollais 281p Torgorm, 262p Guardsmill, 246p Bushfield, 240p Whins, 224p Moss Side.
North Country Cheviot 249p Longburgh Fauld, 243p Creca Hall, 239p Whins, 237.5p Longburgh Fauld, 236p North House, 234p Hillcrest, 231p Ericstane, 229p Dykehead, 227p Plumpe and Longburgh Fauld.
Hill Cheviot 242p Longburgh Fauld, 241p Shaw Head, 240p, 238p West Scales, 237p Shaw Head, 235p Ward Park, Smalmstown and Blackwoodridgehouse, 234p Longburgh Fauld.
Suffolk 241p Smalmstown, 227p Guardsmill, 225p Sceughdyke, 218p High Greenhill, 217p Eycott, 216p Kilnfordcroft.
Blackface 231p Milnmar, 230p Clonrae, 223p Milnmark, Knockreoch and Clonrae, 222p Clonrae, 220p Milnmark, 219p Dunjop, 218p Smalmstown.
Greyface 228p Smalmstown, 209p Pirntaton, 208p Kirkland Green, 207p Quarry House, 202p Beyond the Moss, 199p Sceughdyke.
Cheviot Mule 220p, 200p Kilnfordcroft, 186p North House.
Easycare 201.5p Pilmuir.
Herdwick 197p, 193p, 184p, 173p Rowhead.
Lleyn 190p, 171p Whitcastles.
Swaledale 170p Kirkland Green, 169p Hollinclose, 159p Peasemyres, 155p Rawfoot.

The 1,452 lightweight hoggs sold to a top of £118.50 for Beltex from High Airyolland, £97.50 High Airyolland; Texel £78.80 Pallet Hill, £69.80 Compstone End; Hill Cheviot £76.20, £74.80 Glendearg; North Country Cheviot £74.80 Dod Farm; Easycare £68.50 Pilmuir; Suffolk £67.80 Beyond The Moss, £65.50 Haithwaite; Blackface £67.80 Larg Farm and Plumpe, £64.80 Haithwaite; Charollais £61.50 Kildalloig; Herdwick £58.80, £57.80 Rowhead; Greyface £58.80 Peasemyres, £54.80 Newington; Swaledale £57.80 Kirkland Green, £49.50 Raw Foot.

A smaller show of 2,848 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers. A severe shortage in numbers saw ewes very dear being £5 to £6 up on the week, especially for big heavy ewes and well fleshed ewes, others continued at recent rates.

Heavy ewes to £150.50 for Texels from Lynegar, £146.50 Studhill, £144.50 Pirntaton; Suffolk £148.50 The Land, £134.50 Lynegar, £128.50 Torgorm; Charollais £144.50 Wester Parkgate, £142.50 Chapel, £140.50 Studhill; Beltex £138.50, £122.50 Kirkland Green, £104.50 Kilnford Croft; Half Bred £122.50 Guardsmill, £110.50 Hoddomtown; North Country Cheviot £116.50 Skaill, £110.50 Ericstane, £98.50 Torgorm and Ericstane; Greyface £111.50 Holme House, £106.50 Lochend, £104.50 Greengatehouse and Hoddomtown; Cheviot Mule £84.50 Bidlake; Dorset £74.50 North Deanhead; Zwartbles £72.50 Howgillside; Leicester £69.50 Pirntaton.

Light ewes to £76.50 for Blackface from The Side, £72.50 Dalhabboch, £71.50 Keith; Cheviot £73.50 Boat Croft, £68.50 Keith, £66.50 Dalhabboch; Lleyn £68.50 High Acres and Steel Farm, £60.50 Steel Farm, £53.50 Westhills; Beulah £64.50 Blindhillbush, £62.50 North Deanhead; Swaledale £62.50 Raw Foot and Castle Nook, £56.50 Milescott, £53.50 Kirkland Green; Herdwick £40.50 Cardewlees, £29.50 Redhouse.

Rams to £144.50 for Texel from Pirntaton, £138.50 Chapel, £136.50 Hoddamtown; Leicester £142.50 North Deanhead, £128.50 Keith, £110.50 Longrow; Suffolk £130.50 Skaill, £128.50 Macharioch, £118.50 Keith; Charollais £124.50 Severs; North Country Cheviot £110.50 Torgorm; Blackface £100 Meggethead, £88.50 Boat Croft, £86.50 Meggethead; Beltex £94.50 Studhill; Swaledale £84.50 Keith, £52.50 Haithwaite; Hill Cheviot £72.50 Henderland; Herdwick £50.50 Longrow.


Light to 209.5p (201.0p)
Medium to 250.5p (220.9p)
Heavy to 256.5p (231.6p)

Light to 248.5p (225.0p)
Medium to 239.5p (213.8p)
Heavy to 238.5p (212.8p)

Young bulls 232.5p (214.7p)

Light to 222.0p (187.4p)
Standard to 359.0p (210.3p)
Medium to 299.0p (223.8p)
Heavy to 296.0p (208.0p)

Shlgs 211.0p (147.1p)

Light to £76.50 (£47.07)
Heavy to £150.50 (£89.41)
Cast Rams £144.50 (£87.41)

corresponding week 2012 sale report

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