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Longtown Primestock Sale
05/06/08

The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 73 prime cattle, 3 young bulls, 20 OTM cattle, 3,296 prime hoggs, 980 spring lambs and 4,266 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 5th June, 2008.

Prime cattle met a brisk trade for a poorer show of cattle, frequently selling from 160p to 175p. Top was 179.5p for a Belgian Blue bullock from Messrs Blaylock, Hallburn and purchased by W Kirkup, Butcher, Longtown, others to 178.5p for a Limousin bullock from Dashwellgreen and purchased by M J Wharton, Butcher, Wigton, others to 176.5p The Gill, 175.5p Dashwellgreen, 174.5p The Gill, Upper Tinwald & Hallburn, 172.5p Dashwellgreen, 172.5p Sceughdyke; Belgian Blues 179.5p Hallburn, 165.5p Snab, 164.5p Hallburn, 152.5p Becton Hall. Charolais 171.5p Sceughdyke. Top gross was £1285.13 Sceughdyke, £1210.55 Houghton House, £1160.43 The Gill & Hallburn.

Limousin heifers to 177.5p Dashwellgreen, 170.5p Upper Tinwald, 167.5p Dashwellgreen, 165.5p Hallburn; Charolais 164.5p, 163.5p Hallburn, 163.5p Sceughdyke, 158.5p Upper Mains. Top gross £1065.63 Upper Tinwald, £959.58 Gardrum, £943.08 Upper Mains.

The Over Thirty Month cattle met a flying trade with beef cows very dear. The whole sale average was a high of 113.6p. Top price per kilo was 154.5p for a Limousin heifer from A Arthur, Johnstone Bank. Limousin cows to 149.5p Johnstone Bank, 139.5p Upper Tinwald, 125.5p Smallholms; Friesians to 120.5p, 105.5p Stubbyknowe, 95.5p Bleatarn; Limousin heifers 154.4p, 137.5p Johnstone Bank; Angus 138.5p Burnfoot on Esk; Belgian Blues 135.5p Johnstone Bank. Limousin steers 123.5p, 112.5p Burnside.

Top price £1106.30 for a Limousin cow from Johnstone Bank, others to £903.60 Smallholms, £878.85 Upper Tinwasl, £733.65 Hightown; Friesian cows £964, £696.30 Stubbyknowe; Limousin heifers £1096.95, £1003.75 Johnstone Bank; Belgian Blues £880.75 Johnstone Bank; Angus £858.70 Burnfoot on Esk. The sale averaged £789.69.

longtown prime sheep

A larger show of lambs were forward with recent high rates upheld and a quality show forward. The sale topped at £92.80 for Texels from Messrs Armstrong, Broomhills and to 202p for Texels from Messrs Goldie, Townfoot. Suffolks £84.80 West End & Becton Hall; other Texels £91.80 Spawell; Charollais £81.80 The Farm, £78.80 Cardew Hall; Greyface £56.80 Jury Park; North Country Cheviots £59.80 Jury Park; Lleyns £63.80 Priorsford; Dorset £82.80 Farm Close.

Lightweight lambs were also more sought after and sold to £54.20 for Suffolks from Messrs Howey, Hawthorns and to 173.5p for Texels from Messrs Tinning, Mossband House. Other Suffolks £51.80 Kimmeter Green; Texels £54 Townfoot and Broomhill; Charollais £48.20 Tarnside House.

A very mixed show of hoggs met a cautious trade with only the best fleshed hoggs easily sold. The sale averaged 114p overall. Top price was £74.50 for Texels from S Stoddart, Hillside and 155.2p from the same. Other Texels to £69.50 Hillview; Suffolks £68.50 Oswie, £63.50 New Farm; Cheviots £71.50 Bloch, £61.50 Cowburn; Charollais £52 Red House; Greyface £57.50 Tone Hall, £54.20 Slodahill; Blackface £63.50 Bush of Ewes, £50 Haithwaite; North Country Cheviot £58.80 Whitton, £51.80 Broomhills; Swaledales £50.80 Whitton; Herdwicks £45 Redhouse; Leicesters £55 Knarr.

Lightweight hoggs were a very ordinary quality with a lack of good fleshed animals on show. Top was £44.20 for Cheviots from Knights Lodge and to 136.3p for Cheviots from Messrs Marrs, Broomhills. Other Cheviots £35.80 Beechcroft; Texels £43.50 Slodahill, £37.50 Hillside; Charollais £42.50 Lowoldshields; Greyface £38.80 Newington, £37.50 Dunjop; Blackface £41.20, £38.80 East Mains; North Country Cheviots £41.80, £38.20 Plumpe; Swaledales £40 East Mains, £38.20 Redhouse; Herdwicks £38.80 Redhouse; Beltex £40 Redhouse; Shetland £36.80 Sockbridge Hall.

The cast ewes and rams saw the usual buyers present with trade again sharp to average £43.55 overall. Top was £84.50 for Texel x ewes from Paulsland, £81.50 Townfoot, £80.50 Newry; Suffolks £72.50 Lesson Hall; Suffolk x £68.50 Roadside, £66.50 Newry; Rouges £66.50 Roadside; Beltex £73.50 Ballyclare, £70.50 Roadside & Winterhope; Bleu de Maines £58.50 Stannock; Charollais £73.50 Caledon; North Country Cheviots £60.50 Reaster, £58.50 Dounreay; £57 Tofts of Tain; Leicesters £53.50 Whitton, £52.50 East Mains & Ballinliss; Cheviot Mules £50.50 Sceughdyke; Greyfaces £56.50 Greenknowe, £51.50 Whitton, £50.50 Nivarna; Mashams £50.50 Old Rectory; Zwartbles £48.50 Old Rectory.

Hill ewes to £49.50 for Cheviots from Folley & Laalsteins; Blackfaces £46.50 Whitton, £45.50 Kellah, £42.50 Tone Hall; Swaledales £42.50 Whitton, £37.50 Lowthwaite & Coombe Crags; Herdwicks £36.50 Laalsteins; Lleyns £44.50 Roadside.

Rams to £76.50 for Texels from Roadside; Suffolks £74.50 Lesson Hall; Beltex £72.50 Newry; Bleu de Maines £63.50 Stannock; Charollais £68.50 Ballyclare; Cheviots £64.50 Whitton; Leicesters £59.50 Whitton; Lleyns £42.50 Oswie; Blackfaces £45.50 Tone Hall; Swaledales £40.50 Whitton; Herdwicks £35.50 Laalstein; Gritstone £45.50 Bush of Ewes.

Averages:

Steers
Light to 127.5p (127.5p)
Medium to 146.5p (142.5p)
Heavy to 179.5p (161.7p)

Heifers
Light to -------p (-------p)
Medium to 167.5p (162.3p)
Heavy to 177.5p (154.3p)

Young Beef Bulls to 166.5p (153.2p)

Hoggs
Light to 133.9p (111.0p)
Standard to 146.0p (113.3p)
Medium to 139.7p (116.5p)
Heavy to 155.2p (112.0p)
Shearlings to 114.1p ( 78.6p)

Lambs
Light to 173.5p (153.0p)
Standard to 202.0p (161.1p)
Medium to 194.7p (172.4p)
Heavy to 193.3p (173.9p)
O/Weight 166.9p (157.9p)

Ewes
Light to £49.50 (£28.53)
Heavy to £84.50 (£49.47)

Cast Rams £76.50 (£44.57)

link Longtown Primestock Sale - 29th May 2008
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 22nd May 2008
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 15th May 2008

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