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Longtown Primestock Sale
2012-05-31

The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 57 prime cattle, 5 young bulls, 36 over thirty month cattle, 499 spring lambs, 2,521 prime hoggs and 4,054 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 31st May 2012.

© Robert Smith Photography & Video

Longtown cattle ring

A larger show of prime cattle saw trade sharper and plenty of keen bidders. Top price was 225.5p for a smart Limousin heifer shown by A. & W.J. Taylor & Son, Dashwell Green purchased by Mr J. Little, others to 222.5p also from Messrs Taylor. Limousin bullocks sold to 223.5p again from Messrs Taylor whose run of 12 cattle averaged 216.9p, other Limousins sold to 221.5p from J.C. & D. Nicholson, The Gill with Messrs Nicholsons cattle levelling at 219.8p. Charolais bullocks sold to 221.5p from Messrs Taylor.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Bullocks
Limousin – 223.5p Dashwell Green, 221.5p The Gill, 220.5p Dashwell Green and The Gill, 217.5p Roachburn and Toppin Castle, 216.5p Dashwell Green, 215.5p (x2), 214.5p (x2) Dashwell Green, 209.5p, 206.5p High Moat, 202.5p Armeria.
Charolais – 221.5p Dashwell Green, 217.5p The Gill, 204.5p Fenton Farm.
British Blue – 209.5p Dashwell Green.
Simmental – 201.5p Plumpe Farm.
Heifers
Limousin – 225.5p, 222.5p Dashwell Green, 216.5p, 215.5p Slealands, 203.5p Dashwell Green, 202.5p Sceughdyke.
Charolais – 203.5p, 200.5p Sceughdyke, 199.5p Houghton House and Armeria.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Bullocks
Limousin – £1,554 The Gill, £1,519 Dashwell Green, £1,450 The Gill, £1,418 Dashwell Green.
Charolais – £1,517 Dashwell Green, £1,435 The Gill.
Heifers
Limousin – £1,228 Dashwell Green, £1,217, £1,179 Slealands, £1,179, £1,109 Dashwell Green.
Charolais – £1,366 Armeria, £1,332, £1,172 Sceughdyke, £1,155 Armeria, £1,147 Houghton House, £1,137 Sceughdyke.
British Blue - £1,149 Armeria.
Bazadaize - £1,127 Swaites.

Young bulls met a good trade and more needed to fill buyers orders. Top of 195.5p (£1,424) for Simmental from Stirches Mains. Limousins to 195.5p Harelawhole; Black & Whites 176.5p, 171.5p Harelawhole.

A better show of OTM cattle met another brisk trade and topped at 196.5p for a Limousin from Messrs Ritson, Swaites, others to 185.5p, 184.5p and 177.5p shown by Messrs T. Armstrong & Sons, Sceughdyke.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Limousin – 196.5p Swaites, 185.5p, 184.5p, 177.5p Sceughdyke, 154.5p Riggfoot, 151.5p Stonehall, 140.5p Burnfoot on Esk, Smallholms and D’Mainholm, 136.5p D’Mainholm.
Friesian – 159.5p, 149.5p Peterscrook, 114.5p The Stubb.
British Blue – 146.5p Oakland, 142.5p Peela Hill.
PRINCPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Limousin – £1,281, £1,242, £1,189 Sceughdyke, £1,181 Stonehall, £1,060 D’Mainholm, £1,011 Swaites, £948 Smallholms, £896 Riggfoot, £843 Burnfoot on Esk.
Friesian – £1,084 Peterscrook.
British Blue – £966 Oakland, £912 Peela Hill, £841 D’Mainholm.

© Robert Smith Photography & Video

Longtown sheep ring

A larger show of 499 spring lambs averaged 211p per kilo, well in front of all other centres this week as abattoirs make sure they have sheep over the long bank holiday. Lambs aren’t required over 44 kilos to meet this good trade with heavy lambs worth no extra. Top of 237p per kilo for Texels from Burncroft and to £96.80 per head for Charollais from Rottington Hall who sold others at £94.80; Suffolk £94.80 The Land, £93.80 Fenton Farm; Texel £94.80 The Wreay, £93.80 Westhills, £90.80 Burncroft; Oxford £79.80, £75.80 Guards Farm.

The 2,521 prime hoggs forward were a smaller mixed show for quality, averaging 152.6p per kilo, with well fleshed hoggs receiving a premium and short of requirements. Lean hoggs remained hard to cash, with 50 kilo + hoggs in demand, more could be sold to advantage. The sale was topped at 184p per kilo for Texels from Lairdlaugh and to £107.50 per head for Texels from Noss Farm, £104.50 Aydon Farm, £97.50 Noss Farm; Hill Cheviot £97.50 Broomhills, £87.80 Southend and Sloda Hill, £84.80 Southend; Suffolk £93.80 Marygate, £92 Broomhills, £91.50 Riggfoot; Greyface £88.50 Red House, £75.50, £73.50 Southend; North Country Cheviot £87.80 Hyde Park, £86.50 Glenlea, £79.80 Aydon Farm; Leicester £71.50 Howburn; Blackface £68.80 Broomhills, £67.80, £65.80 Red House; Herdwick £50, £45 Stoneraise Place; Swaledale £43.80 Westernhopeburn.

A smaller show of 4,054 cast ewes and rams were forward to a larger ring of buyers with trade remaining static on the week and smaller hill type ewes looking dearer per head than large fat ewes.

Top price of £140.50 for Texel rams from Severs, £127 High Greenhill, £125 Dinwoodie Green; Leicester £135.50, £122.50, £107 Knarr Farm; Suffolk £134.50 Road Side, £128.50 Stackbraes, £118.50 Road Side; Millenium Blue £129 Aydon Farm; Charollais £126.50 Burdon; Rouge £113.50 Burdon; Bleu d’Maine £103.50 Burdon; Hill Cheviot £95.50 Lirrit; Swaledale £93 Wolf Hills, £77 Knarr Farm, £69.50 Howburn; Blackface £92.50 The Heugh, £85 Backmuir; North Country Cheviot £90.50 Murtholm, £83.50 Cooilingel; Jacob £88.50 Burdon, £69.50 Haithwaite.

Heavy ewes to £135 for Texels from Colinton Mains, £130.50 Lirrit, £129 Haas Grove and Colinton Mains; Beltex £134.50 Stackbraes, £123 Newbigging, £106.50 Lirrit; Leicester £132.50, £102.50 Severs, £99 The Old Police House; Suffolk £107.50 Studholme Bungalow, £107, £102.50 Stackbraes; Charollais £107 Thackwood, £104.50 Brae Road, £92.50 Severs; Half Bred £99.50 South Mains, £94.50 Jenkins Cross, £92.50 Ringligate; Millenium Blue £97 Lurgan; North Country Cheviot £97 Derwent House, £87 Whiteknowe, £74.50 Medomsley; Bleu d’Maine £92.50 Road Side; Greyface £92 Stackbraes, £91 Backmuir, £83 Alton; Zwartbles £88.50 Thorns, £83 The Bents, £80.50 Severs; Cheviot Mule £86.50 Severs, £85.50 Kirkland Green, £82.50 Treehill; Romney Marsh £79.50 Westcott, £75.50 Golden Lane; Dorset £69.50 Backmuir, £67 Cooilingel.

Hill ewes to £78.50 for Blackface from Wolfhills, £72.50 Glenlea, £69.50 Horseholme; Hill Cheviot £77 New Farm, £75.50 Lirrit, £74.50 Blackhaugh; Lleyn £70.50 Cooilingel, £69.50 South Mains; Swaledale £67.50 Bellmount, £67 Edges Green, £63.50 Denton Mains; Easycare £67 Blackhaugh, £54.50 Cooilingel; Jacob £65 Backmuir, £53 Stackbraes; Shetland £48.50 Lirrit, £37.50 Cowcorse; Herdwick £45.50 Derwent House, £43.50 Cowcorse, £41.50 Lirrit.

Averages:

Steers
Light to 175.5p (175.5p)
Medium to 220.5p (198.3p)
Heavy to 223.5p (202.9p)

Heifers
Light to 202.5p (196.4p)
Medium to 225.5p (204.3p)
Heavy to 203.5p (194.9p)

Young bulls to 196.5p (182.3p)

Hoggs
Light to 178.8p (147.6p)
Standard to 179.0p (144.4p)
Medium to 184.0p (151.9p)
Heavy to 183.3p (157.7p)
Shlgs to 177.0p (138.4p)

Lambs
Light to 237.0p (222.1p)
Standard to 236.6p (216.8p)
Medium to 236.0p (206.7p)
Heavy to 206.0p (191.6p)
O/weight to 163.0p (163.4p)

Ewes
Light to £78.50 (£56.51)
Heavy to £135.00 (£80.52)

Cast Rams to £140.50 (£100.73)

link Longtown Primestock Sale - 24th May 2012
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 17th May 2012
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 10th May 2012

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