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Longtown Primestock Sale
04/01/07

The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 70 prime cattle, 7 young beef bulls, 4,525 prime hoggs and 2,278 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 4th January, 2007.

Skipton Christmas prime lambs champions

More heavyweight cattle were on offer with averages the same as last week.

Top price of 139.5p twice for Limousin and Belgian Blue bullocks from W.E. Lockhart & Co., Faulding Cleugh, both purchased by Messrs Nattress Butchers, Carlisle. Limousin bullocks from J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn sold to 134.5p to Woodhead Bros., Colne, others to 132.5p and 131.5p The Gill, 131.5p Faulding Cleugh, 126.5p Houghton House; Blonde d’Aquitaine 134.5p N. Forster, Haining House to Woodhead Bros.; Charolais 133.5p Hallburn to to Woodhead Bros.; Belgian Blue 129.5p Hallburn to Woodhead Bros.; Belted Galloway 113.5p L.E. Grice & Son, Newtown to W. Kirkup & Son, Butcher, Longtown.

Heifers topped at 128.5p for a Limousin from D. & L. Graham, South Lambhill to Border Meats, Lockerbie, others 126.5p Hallburn; Charolais 124.5p T. Armstrong & Sons, Sceughdyke to Woodhead Bros., 123.5p Hallburn; Belgian Blue 123.5p A.S. & C.E. Coulthard, Justicetown to Border Meats, Lockerbie.

The young bull section comprised of mainly dairy sorts with heavy weight Simmentals to 111.5p and 109.5p (800kg) from T. Armstrong & Sons, Sceughdyke; Limousin 106.5p D. Ferguson & Son, Fawcettlees; Black & Whites 99.5p T.B. Imrie, Harelawhole.

Lightweight hoggs peaked at £42.80 for Continentals from Roachburn, Hallbankgate; Texel £40 Hallburn and Longrow; Hill Cheviot £37.50 Haithwaite; Greyface £36.80 Middleknowes; Blackface £35.50 Upper Glendivan; Swaledale £32 Westburnhope.

The 4,525 prime hoggs met a sharp selling trade peaking at £58 per head for Suffolks from Cowans Farm, Biglands and to 133.8p per kilo for Texels from Rinnion Hills, West Hall. Suffolk cross £56.20 Sceughdyke; Texel £55.20 Corries Mill, £52 Tinnis Hall; Bleu d’Main £53.50 Nilston Rigg; Charollais £53 Whitehead Hill; Beltex £52 Stubsgill; North Country Cheviot £48.80 Humbleheugh; Greyface £48.50 Sceughdyke; Blackface £47 Hott Farm; Hill Cheviot £47 Culquhasen; Cheviot Mule £44 High Stenries; Swaledale £42.80 Stubsgill.

The 2,278 cast ewes and rams were a smaller entry and with more buyers present trade was dearer with numbers forward short of requirements. Top of £72.50 for heavy Texel ewes from Greenlands, others £71.50 Mosshouse. Suffolks £65.50 Stackbraes, Suffolk x £56.50 Cowans, Halfbreds £48.50 Guards Mill, Cheviot Mules £42.50 Barnglies, Leicesters £51.50 Raggetsyke, North Country Cheviots £51.50 West Nubbock, Beltex £57.50 East House, Charollais £56.50 Stackbraes, Greyfaces £46.50 Englishtown, £42.50 Tonehall & Stackbraes.

Hill ewes to £45.50 for Cheviots from St Johns Kirk, Blackfaces £40.50 Stooprigg, £35.50 Tonehall, £33.50 Townshield, Swaledales £28.50 Mosshouse, LLeyns £30.50 Satchell, Herdwicks £26.50 Bayldon.

Rams to £49.50 for Texels from Easthouse, Suffolks £42.50 Easthouse, Leicesters £47.50 The Knarr, Beltex £37.50 St Johns Kirk, Blackfaces £28.50 Baron House, Swaledales £25.50 High Crossgill.

AVERAGES:-

Steers
Medium to 110.5p (107.4p)
Heavy to 139.5p (120.9p)

Heifers
Heavy to 128.5p (114.0p)

Young Beef Bulls to 111.5p ( 99.7p)

Hoggs
Light to 104.6p ( 95.9p)
Standard to 133.8p (105.4p)
Medium to 123.7p (101.1p)
Heavy to 108.3p ( 96.6p)

Ewes
Light to £45.50 (£19.97)
Heavy to £72.50 (£37.71)
Cast Rams £49.50 (£31.64)

link Longtown Primestock Sale 29th December 2006
link Prime performances at Skipton Christmas shows
link Manderlea flock tops again at Skipton Texel females winter show

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