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Longtown Primestock Sale
2012-05-10

The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 44 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 25 over thirty month cattle, 85 spring lambs, 5,014 prime hoggs and 4,316 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th May 2012.

© Robert Smith Photography & Video

Longtown cattle ring

A mixed show of prime cattle saw the best quality cattle good to sell and the plainer sorts harder to cash, but prices peaked at 227.5p for a Charolais heifer shown by Messrs J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn, purchased by Mr J. Little, Limousin heifers to 224.5p from A. & W.J. Taylor & Son, Dashwell Green and British Blue bullocks topped at 219.5p, also from Messrs Taylor.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Bullocks
British Blue – 219.5p Dashwell Green.
Limousin – 209.5p The Gill, 209.5p, 207.5p, 203.5p, 202.5p Dashwell Green.
Charolais – 204.5p High Stenries.
Heifers
Charolais – 227.5p, 203.5p Hallburn.
Limousin – 224.5p, 221.5p, 219.5p Dashwell Green, 216.5p High Stenries, 211.5p Hallburn, 210.5p Low Hallburn, 206.5p (x2) Houghton House, 204.5p Sceughdyke.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Bullocks
Charolais – £1,557 Sceughdyke, £1,453 High Stenries, £1,436 Sceughdyke, £1,392 Becton Hall.
Limousin – £1,456 The Gill, £1,442, £1,404 Dashwell Green, £1,342 Bleatarn.
British Blue – £1,371 Dashwell Green.
Heifers
Charolais – £1,228 Hallburn.
Simmental - £1,196 Sceughdyke, £1,100 Low Hallburn.
Limousin – £1,190 High Stenries, £1,187 Houghton House, £1,185, £1,178, £1,107 Dashwell Green, £1,175 Sceughdyke.
British Blue - £1,165 Sceughdyke.

Young bulls sold to a top of 169.5p (£1,161) for Friesians from Becton Hall.

OTM cattle saw cows with flesh maintaining late rates but plainer leaner cows were a little easier, topping at 164.5p for an Angus cow from Messrs Tinning, Burnfoot on Esk.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Cows
Angus – 164.5p Burnfoot on Esk, 124.5p Cumcrook.
Limousin – 155.5p, 128.5p Cumcrook, 124.5p Bonshawside, 119.5p, 114.5p Highend.
Simmental – 135.5p High Stenries.
PRINCPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Cows
Angus – £1,044 Burnfoot on Esk, £865 Cumcrook.
Limousin – £1,133 Highend, £909, £803 Cumcrook.
Simmental – £894 High Stenries.

© Robert Smith Photography & Video

Longtown sheep ring

The 85 spring lambs were short of buyers requirements with no necessity for lambs to be any heavier than 42 kilos as they are worth less if so. Top per kilo of 231p (38 kilos) for Texels from Lanehead, with a top per head of £95 (41kilos) for Texels from Rottington Hall, £94 Tarnside House and Rottington Hall; Suffolk £91 (48kilos) North Cowshaw, £90 Newbigging; Charollais £86 Golden Lane; Oxford £85, £82 Guards.

The 5,014 prime hoggs forward averaged 178.4p (187.8p in SQQ) with more heavy weight hoggs forward. Best export weight hoggs (38-44kilos) were short of requirements, small light weight hoggs were still well sold but need to have flesh. Many more splitting hoggs were forward today resulting in lesser trade. The sale was topped at 219p per kilo for Beltex from Crossgates and to £102.50 per head for Texels from Hyde Park, £100.50 Backmuir, £96.80 Hyde Park; Suffolk £100.50, £92.80 Hyde Park, £91.80 Carsloe; North Country Cheviot £97.80, £93.80 Hyde Park, £91.20 Newbigging; Charollais £92.80 Red House, £92.80 Hyde Park, £89.80 Red House; Hill Cheviot £89.80 Wicket Thorn, £89.20 The Land, £88.20 Haithwaite; Greyface £84.80 Drycleughlea, £82.80 Maidencoates, £79.80 Kelmore Hills; Blackface £82.80 Smalmstown and The Yett, £81.80 Clonrae and Cowcorse, £80.20 Mains of Collin; Swaledale £79.80 Itonfield, £78.80 Westernhopeburn, £73.80 Itonfield; Half Bred £77.80 Mosshead; Cheviot Mule £72.80 Ringligate.

A larger show of 4,316 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers with trade similar on the week but smaller ewes easier sold than heavy ewes.

Top price of £148.50 for Texel rams from Moonspark, £144.50 Newbigging, £140.50 Nilston Rigg; Suffolk £138.50 Roadside, £125.50 Nilston Rigg and Houghton House, £120.50 South Farden; Beltex £128.50 Kirkland Green, £103.50 Nilston Rigg, £96.50 Maidencoates; Leicester £128.50, £98.50 East Unthank, £95.50 Moonspark; Charollais £127.50 Roadside, £120.50 Lirrit, £110.50 Newbigging; North Country Cheviot £122.50 Backmuir, £119.50 Tormore, £108.50 Tofts of Tain; Millenium Blue £112.50 Stackbraes; Wensleydale £108.50 Hardhurst; Zwartbles £99.50 Severs, £96.50 Fontanbleau, £89.50 Backmuir; Hill Cheviot £96.50 Third Farms, £92.50 Tushielaw, £85.50 South Farden; Swaledale £92.50 Minsca, £76.50 East Unthank, £72.50 Hudgillrigg; Lleyn £88.50 Moonspark; Dorset £89.50 Fontanbleau; Jacob £88.50 The Parks; Blackface £82.50 Bluebell, £79.50 Backmuir, £73.50 Boreland; Herdwick £68.50 Sparretts Farm.

Heavy ewes to £138.50 for Texels from Backmuir, £134.50 Stackbraes, £130.50 Severs and Church Road; Beltex £128.50 Kirkland Green, £120.50 Tercrosset, £118.50 Maidencoates; Suffolk £126.50 Lirrit, £124.50 Stackbraes, £119.50 Hopehill; Charollais £124.50, £120.50 Road Side, £118.50 Severs; Leicester £118.50 Woodhouse, £108.50 Fordlands, £106.50 Shitlington Hall; North Country Cheviot £112.50 Tormore, £110.50 Durran Mains, £106.50 Lirrit; Bleu d’Maine £112.50 Stackbraes, £110.50, £96.50 Orchard Mains; Half Bred £108.50 Haithwaite, £104.50 Backmuir, £100.50 Fontanbleau; Greyface £102.50 Fontanbleau, £98.50 Tree Farm, £92.50 Newbigging; Cheviot Mule £96.50 Millhill, £95.50 Fontanbleau, £89.50 Castletown; Zwartbles £94.50 Screel Farm, £89.50 Roadside; Wensleydale £89.50 Hardhurst; Dorset £85.50 Higher Grenofen, £84.50 Severs; Oxford £79.50 Barend.

Hill ewes to £94.50 for Cheviots from Bluebell, £90.50 Clatequoy, £88.50 Auchengray; Blackface £85.50 Bluebell, £82.50 Nilston Rigg Farms, £79.50 Newbigging; Kendal Rough £80.50, £78.50 Churchview; Swaledale £74.50 Kelmore Hills, £72.50 East Unthank, £70.50 Mulberry Farm; Jacob £72.50 The Parks; Herdwick £62.50 Longrow, £56.50 Stackbraes, £49.50 Kelmore Hills; Shetland £60.50 Fontanbleau.

Averages:

Steers
Light to ------p (-------p)
Medium to 219.5p (201.5p)
Heavy to 209.5p (193.1p)

Heifers
Light to 221.5p (206.4p)
Medium to 227.5p (200.2p)
Heavy to 204.5p (187.0p)

Young bulls to 169.5p (169.5p)

Hoggs
Light to 215.0p (189.2p)
Standard to 208.0p (190.4p)
Medium to 219.0p (186.3p)
Heavy to 200.0p (163.9p)
Shlgs to 205.0p (150.2p)

Lambs
Light to 226.7p (226.6p)
Standard to 231.0p (224.6p)
Medium to 230.0p (211.5p)
Heavy to 189.0p (185.3p)
O/weight to 164.0p (164.0p)

Ewes
Light to £94.50 (£64.53)
Heavy to £138.50 (£90.45)

Cast Rams to £148.50 (£95.20)

link Longtown Primestock Sale - 3rd May 2012
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 26th April 2012
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 19th April 2012

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