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Longtown Primestock Sale

The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 83 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 18 OTM, 5,353 prime hoggs, 81 spring lambs and 3,852 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th May, 2008.

Prime cattle were rather easier on the week. Top was 176.5p for a Blonde heifer from Drumknowe and purchased by J A Jewitt Meat Ltd. Limousins to 173.5p Drumknowe, 164.5p Southlambhill, 162.5p Dashwellgreen 161.5p Hallburn; Charolais to 159.5p, 155.5p Hallburn, 152.5p Sceughdyke & Hallburn. Limousin bullocks to 175.5p, 170.5p Hallburn, 165.5p Toppin Castle & Houghton House, 164.5p Dashwellgreen; Belgian Blues 156.6p, 155.5p Beckhall; Charolais 152.5p Houghton House & Hallburn, 152.5p, 149.5p Sceughdyke.

Prime bulls to 128.5p, 121.5p for Charolais from Gretna House (£1161.60 & £1017.60 per head).

OTMs met a brisk trade with the whole sale averaging 105.4p. Limousin cows sold to 124p from Harelaw Hill, 114p Beckhall, 112p Englishtown, 109p, 106p Leahill. Angus to 114p Minsca; Friesians 109p Becton Hall, 106p Bleatarn. OTM heifers to 124p for Limousin from Ryehills.

Top price per head was £793.60 for Limousin cow from Harelaw Hill, £718.20 Beckhall. Friesians to £784.80 Becton Hall, £694.30 Bleatarn; Angus £740 Cubbyhill, £718.20 Minsca.

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Prime lambs were a smaller show and short of buyers requirements, meaning that trade was sharper on the week averaging 193.2p. Top was £85 for Suffolks from Sceughdyke, others to £80.50 Westend, £80 Kimmeter Green, Texels £84 Kimmeter Green & Hermitage, £82 Hermitage.

The prime hoggs were the dearest trade this year selling to levels not seen since pre BSE. A large ring of buyers ensured a flying average of 159.6p selling to a top of £97.50 for Texels from Dinwoodie Green and to 198.6p for Beltex hoggs from Messrs Stoddart, Hillside. Other Texels to £92.50 Colter Coats, £90.50 Dinwoodie Green; Suffolks £88.50 Sykehead, £84.5p Borthwick Brae, Smalmstown & Broomhills; Cheviots £93.50, £81.50 Bloan, £77.50 Todhillrigg; Halfbreds £77.50 Snade; Greyfaces £78.80, £76.80 Dunjop; Leicesters £55 The Bog, £53.50 Stackbraes, Blackface £90.50, £84.50 Smalmstown, £74.50 Newhouse; North Country Cheviots £89.50, £84.50 Smalmstown, £79.20 Kirkland of Longcastle; Swaledales £67.50 High Aketon, £63.50 Roachburn; Beltex £94.50 Hillside, £92.50 Snade; Cambridge £74.80 Kirkwood Mains.

The lightweight hoggs were again forward in large numbers and easily upheld recent rates, with well fleshed types in short supply. Trade was topped at £65 for Beltex hoggs from Messrs Stoddart, Hillside and sold to 198.2p for Cheviots from W Skilling, Cara View, Campbelltown. Suffolks £57.50 Borthwick Brae, £55.80 The Wreay; Cheviots £57, £54.50 Bloch, £53.80 Graystale; Texels £60.20 Sockbridge Hall, £55.50 Hollands; Greyface £54.50 Graystale, £49.50 Cara View; Blackface £52.80 Heathery Hall, £49.80 Stonehouse, £47.20 Cleuchhead; North Country Cheviots £62.20 Plumpe, £54.50 Newington; Shetland £47.50 Little Larbrax.

The cast ewes and rams easily upheld recent high rates. Top was £83.50 for Texel rams from Millantae who sold others at £81.50; Suffolks £68.50 Rhion, Oxfords £59.50 Newton House, Lleyns £60 Roadside; Dorset £56 Newry; Cheviots £73.50 Carruthers; Blackfaces £52.50 Arnicle; Swaledales £34.50 Mallsgate; Leicesters £67.50 Roachburn.

Heavy ewes to £80.50 for Texels from Winterhope & Roadside, others £77.50 West Morley; Halfbreds £68.50 Skinnet; Suffolks £77.50 Ford Mill & Drinkstone, £73.50 West Morley; Charollais £75.50 Thackwood, £71.50 Roadside; Suffolk x £72.50 Newry, £70.50 Waterloo & Ballyclare; Beltex £72.50 Winterhope; Bleu de Maines £62.50 Newry; Leicesters £67.50 Roachburn; Lleyns £46.50 Ford Mill; Greyfaces £55.50 Newton House, £54.50 Easthouse & Upper Mains; Cheviot Mules £58.50 Mossknowe.

Hill ewes to £45.50 for Blackfaces from Leadgate, £43.50 Mallsgate & £42.50 Winterhope, Tappait Lane & Borthwickshiels; Cheviots £42.50 Allfornaught; Swaledales £41.50 Cooks House, £40.50 Spout Bank & Roachburn; Shetlands £36.50 Newton House, £34.50 High House; Herdwicks £33.50 Murraythwaite, £31.50 Abbey Moss.


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Medium to 158.5p (139.8p)
Heavy to 175.5p (152.2p)

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Medium to 162.5p (151.6p)
Heavy to 176.5p (150.6p)

Young Beef Bulls to 128.0p (124.2p)

Light to 198.2p (146.5p)
Standard to 198.6p (158.4p)
Medium to 196.4p (166.9p)
Heavy to 188.7p (156.5p)
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Shearlings to 146.0p (102.9p)

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Standard to 194.4p (193.4p)
Medium to 207.3p (193.2p)
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Light to £45.50 (£31.52)
Heavy to £80.50 (£55.46)
Cast Rams £83.50 (£49.02)

link Longtown Primestock Sale - 8th May 2008
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 1st May 2008
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 24th April 2008

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