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Longtown Primestock Sale
2012-03-29

The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 34 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 21 over thirty month cattle, 8,972 prime hoggs and 5,132 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th March 2012.

© Robert Smith Photography & Video

Longtown cattle ring

A small show of prime cattle, but plenty of good quality on offer saw trade rise 5p on the week and top at 223.5p for a Limousin heifer from J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn, others 222.5p for Charolais also from Hallburn. Limousin bullocks sold to 218.5p from A. & W.J. Taylor & Son, Dashwell Green and 217.5p from J.C. & D. Nicholson, The Gill.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Bullocks
Limousin – 218.5p Dashwell Green, 217.5p, 215.5p The Gill, 213.5p Dashwell Green, 206.5p The Gill.
Charolais – 208.5p Dashwell Green, 202.5p Sceughdyke, 201.5p Dashwell Green, 199.5p The Gill.
Galloway – 198.5p Shankfieldhead.
Heifers
Limousin – 223.5p Hallburn, 221.5p Dashwell Green, 219.5p Houghton House, 214.5p Dashwell Green, 212.5p Hallburn, 205.5p Houghton House, 202.5p Hallburn.
Charolais – 222.5p, 218.5p (x2), 217.5p Hallburn, 208.5p Sceughdyke.
Bazadaise – 216.5p Swaites.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Bullocks
Charolais – £1,636 Dashwell Green, £1,536 The Gill, £1,488 Sceughdyke.
Limousin – £1,511, £1,445, £1,442 The Gill, £1,398 Dashwell Green.
Heifers
Charolais – £1,386, £1,266 Sceughdyke, £1,218, £1,179, £1,125 Hallburn.
Limousin – £1,240 Houghton House, £1,151, £1,115 Hallburn.

A small show of Young Bulls but keenly sought after and topped at 201.5p and 198.5p from R. & E. Mercer, Stirches Mains.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Simmental – 201.5p, 198.5p Stirches Mains.
Limousin – 187.5p Harelawhole.
Friesian – 176.5p, 175.5p, 173.5p Harelawhole.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Simmental – £1,280, £1,198 Stirches Mains.

Over Thirty Month cattle were a better show for quality and topped at 170.5p for a Hereford from H. Johnston, Scotby Ghyll Farm, with Black & Whites to 158.5p from J.G. Vevers, Peterscrook.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Hereford – 170.5p, 167.5p, 153.5p Scotby Ghyll.
Limousin – 153.5p, 139.5p Kilnhill.
British Blue – 155.5p Swaites.
Friesian – 158.5p Peterscrook, 153.5p, 139.5p Dockray Hall, 127.5p Peterscrook, 114.5p Middlebie Hill.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Galloway – £1,283, £1,209, £1,207 West Foreshield.
Hereford – £1,219, £1,174, £1,097 Scotby Ghyll.
Friesian – £1,061 Peterscrook, £950 Middlebie Hill, £821 Dockray Hall.

© Robert Smith Photography & Video

Longtown sheep ring

A new record show of 8,972 prime hoggs was forward, numbers not seen since before the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.

The usual ring of buyers ensured a buoyant trade throughout with the best show of hoggs for quality seen in many years, even though too many hoggs are over 45 kilos! More export weights are required.

The sale average was 207p per kilo, SQQ 214p. The sale was topped at 278p per kilo for Beltex from Newbigging, top per head of £134.50 for Texels from Wileysyke, £118.50 Catslackburn, £116.50 Stackbraes, £114.50 Winterhope; Beltex £112.50 Conon Brae, £94.50 The Nook; Hill Cheviot £107 Blackwoodridge House, £101.20 Unthank, £100 North House; North Country Cheviot £100.50 Backmuir, £99.50 Wester Dunnet, £96.80 The Land; Suffolk £99.50 Maidencoates, £99.20, £98.80 The Land, £98.50 Sceughdyke; Charollais £99.50 Gate & West, £98.50, £95.80 Wick Farm; Greyface £95.20 Kirkland Green, £93.80 Oswie, £93.50 Nether Onsett; Blackface £93.20 Upper Hindhope, £92.80 Troloss, £92.50 Backmuir; Leicester £90 Kirkstead; £85.50 Peela Hill, £84.50 Maidencoates; Swaledale £86.80, £83.80 Francis Street, £82.50 Whitton;Herdwick £84, £83.80, £79.80 Rowhead.

Included in the sale was the Annual Show & Sale of both North Country and Hill Cheviot hoggs. The North Country Cheviots were kindly sponsored by Tarff Valley with the Hill Cheviots sponsored by P.J. Tractor Parts. Both classes were ably judged by Mr Andrew Dawson who awarded the champion North Country Cheviots to Messrs Martindale, Land Farm, scaling 50 kilos and realising £100 to Bowood Farms. In the Hill Cheviots the award went to Messrs Cartner, Blackwoodridge House, scaling 57 kilos and realising £107 also to Bowood Farms.

Prize lists:-

North Country Cheviots up to 43kilos
1st prize – Conon Brae Farms, Torgorm – 41kilos, £95.80 to Dunbia.

North Country Cheviots over 43kilos
1st prize & champion – Messrs Martindale, Land Farm – 50 kilos, £100 to Bowood Farms.
2nd prize – Messrs Hepburn, North House – 54 kilos, £100 to Bowood Farms.
3rd prize – Messrs Eastham, Longburgh Fold – 50 kilos, £97 to Bowood Farms.

Hill Cheviots up to 41kilos
1st prize – Messrs Weir, Springhill – 41 kilos, £92.80 to R. Vevers.
2nd prize – Messrs Busby, Unthank – 40 kilos, £94.20 to Dunbia.
3rd prize – Messrs Bell, Bloch – 41 kilos, £94.20 to J. Tucker.

Hill Cheviots over 41kilos
1st prize & champion – Messrs Cartner, Blackwoodridge House – 57 kilos, £107 to Bowood Farms.
2nd prize – Messrs Glendinning, Crawsknowe – 50 kilos, £94 to Bowood Farms.
3rd prize - Messrs Cartner, Blackwoodridge House – 48 kilos, £96 to J. Tucker.

The 1,979 lightweight hoggs topped at £85.50 for Suffolks from Stackbraes, £81.80 Crawfordjohn Mill; Texel £83.50 Newbigging, £81.20 Crawfordjohn Mill, £74.80 Gate & West; Hill Cheviot £82.80 Falnash, £81.50, £77.80 Glendearg; North Country Cheviot £79.80 West Millriggs; Beltex £79.50 Stackbraes; Greyface £76.50 Backmuir, £75.50 Haithwaite; Charollais £74.80 Butterdales; Herdwick £73.50, £70.80 Rowhead, £70.80 Longrow; Lleyn £71.80 Sloda Hill; Blackface £71.20 Hareshaw, £70.20 Draniegower, £69.80 Maidencoates; Swaledale £65.80 Whitton, £64.50 Westburnhope.

An excellent show of 5,132 cast ewes & rams were forward to the usual full ring of buyers with the best show of heavy ewes seen in many years. Trade was similar on the week. Hill ewes were short of requirements and easily upheld recent high rates.

Heavy ewes to £154.50 for Charollais from Newbigging, £133.50 Roadside, £130.50 Maidencoates; Texel £154.50 Severs, £150.50 Roadside, £148.50 Greenfold; Suffolk £149.50 The Land and Backmuir, £144.50 Haithwaite and Greenfold; Beltex £140.50 Greenfold, £136.50 Tercrosset, £132.50 Lirrit; Bleu d’Maine £136.50 Braithwaite Hall; Half Bred £130.50 Burnside of Edengight, £128.50 Greenfold; Leicester £124.50 Midtodhills, £120.50 High Edges Green, £118.50 East Greenridge; North Country Cheviot £120.50, £118.50 Backmuir, £115.50 Greenfold; Zwartbles £118.50 Greenfold; Cheviot Mule £114.50 Gilston, £110.50 Lirrit; Greyface £113.50 Bluebell, £112.50 Moon House, £106.50 Beech Grove; Dorset £108.50 Wick Farm.

Hill ewes to £92.50 for Cheviots from North Shortcleugh, £87.50 Medomsley; Blackface £90.50 Backmuir, £86.50 Bush of Ewes, £82.50 Nettling Flatt; Swaledale £82.50 Stonehall, £77.50 Spital Shields, £75.50 East Greenridge; Kendal Rough £80.50 Westhills; Herdwick £70.50 Nettling Flatt; Easycare £67.50 Doveden Hall; Shetland £46.50 Golden Lane, £44.50 Nettling Flatt.

Rams to £158.50 for Hill Cheviots from Backmuir, £108.50 Catslackburn; North Country Cheviot £154.50 Treehill, £138.50 Whitton, £134.50 Newbigging; Texel £150.50, £146.50 Backmuir, £144.50 Roadside; Charollais £148.50 Severs, £129.50 Winterhope, £126.50 Roadside; Suffolk £148.50 Burdon, £138.50 Roadside; Leicester £138.50 Whitton, £136.50 Fordlands; Beltex £122.50 Aldery Terrace, £118.50 Lirrit; Teeswater £119.50 Golden Lane; Dorset £119.50 Burdon; Border Leicester £112.50 Lirrit; Blackface £93.50 Severs, £92.50 Backmuir; Swaledale £88.50 East Greenridge, £80.50 Medomsley.

Averages:

Steers
Light to 198.5p (176.1p)
Medium to 218.5p (194.8p)
Heavy to 217.5p (202.2p)

Heifers
Light to 221.5p (210.5p)
Medium to 223.5p (205.9p)
Heavy to 208.5p (204.1p)

Young bulls 201.5p (186.5p)

Hoggs
Light to 278.0p (222.2p)
Standard to 259.0p (216.2p)
Medium to 262.0p (210.4p)
Heavy to 238.0p (191.1p)
O/weight to ------p (-------p)

Ewes
Light to £98.50 (£61.56)
Heavy to £154.50 (£105.18)

Cast Rams to £158.50 (£95.46)

link Longtown Primestock Sale - 22nd March 2012
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 15th March 2012
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 8th March 2012

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