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Longtown Primestock Sale
2012-12-06

The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 61 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 26 over thirty month cattle, 5,441 prime lambs and 6,815 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 6th December 2012.

© Robert Smith Photography & Video

Longtown cattle ring

A total of 21 cattle were on display at the Christmas Show & Sale of prime cattle, where the Judge Mr John Little cast his eye over them and awarded the Championship to a Limousin heifer shown by Messrs R. Neill, Upper Tinwald which later realised 280p (£1,708) and was purchased by the judge Mr John Little who purchased the beast on behalf of Lancaster Meat Co., Ltd.

The reserve ticket was awarded to M. & G.A. Nicholson, The Lake, for a Limousin bullock selling at 250p (£1,750) to Mr M.G. Hall. Also awarded was the cup for The Best British Beast which was given to a Galloway steer shown by A. Carruthers & Sons, Peela Hill, which went on to realise 225p (£1,350) purchased by W. Kirkup & Sons, Longtown.

We would like to thank The Judge Mr John Little, The Sponsors Jobsons Animal Health, also to the vendors who have supported the Show and to everyone supporting us each week.

Prize List:-

Champion – Messrs R. Neill, Upper Tinwald, 610kg 280p (£1,708) to J. Little.

Reserve Champion – M. & G.A. Nicholson, The Lake, 700kg 250p (£1,750) to M. Hall.

Limousin Bullock – 1st prize M. & G.A. Nicholson, The Lake, 700kg 250p (£1,750) to M. Hall, 2nd prize M. & G.A. Nicholson, The Lake, 620kg 232.5p (£1441) to M. Hall.

Charolais Bullock – 1st prize J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn, 690kg 220.5p (£1,521) to M. Hall.

Any other Continental Bullock – 1st prize W.H. & M. Sisson & Sons, Fenton, 690kg 229.5p (£1,583) to M. Hall, 2nd prize J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn, 530kg 244.5p (£1,295) Border Meats.

Any British breed Bullock/Heifer – 1st prize A. Carruthers & Sons, Peela Hill, 600kg 225p (£1,350) to W. Kirkup, 2nd prize W.G. & H.M. Kyle, Spoutbank, 540kg 213.5p (£1,152) to W. Kirkup.

Limousin Heifer – 1st prize Messrs R. Neill, Upper Tinwald, 610kg 280p (£1,708) to J. Little, 2nd prize Messrs R. Neill, Upper Tinwald, 550kg 241.5p (£1,328) to J. Little.

Charolais Heifer - 1st prize J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn, 585kg 219.5p (£1,284) to Highgate Turkeys, 2nd prize J. & N. Blaylock & Son, Hallburn, 560p 217.5p (£1,218) to Border Meats.

PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Bullocks
Limousin 250p, 232.5p The Lake, 227.5p, 220.5p Fenton Farm, 220.5p Sceughdyke, 217.5p, 206.5p Newby Farm, 203.5p Becton Hall, 200.5p Sandbed.
British Blue 244.5p Hallburn, 231.5p Upper Tinwald, 229.5p Fenton Farm.
Galloway 225p Peela Hill, 213.5p Spoutbank, 210.5p Streethead, 208.5p Spoutbank, 203.5p Barron House.
Charolais 220.5p Hallburn, 208.5p Sceughdyke.
Heifers
Limousin 280p, 241.5p Upper Tinwald, 237.5p, 233.5p Houghton House, 229.5p Ladyhousesteads and Hallburn, 227.5p High Stenries, 226.5p Sceughdyke.
British Blue 239.5p Houghton House.
Charolais 223.p, 219.5p High Stenries, 221.5p, 219.5p, 217.5p Hallburn, 206.5p High Stenries, 205.5p Hallburn.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Bullocks
Limousin £1,750, £1,441 The Lake, £1,411, £1,410 Fenton Farm.
Charolais £1,521 Hallburn, £1,511 Sceughdyke,.
British Blue £1,583 Fenton Farm, £1,400 Upper Tinwald.
Heifers
Limousin £1,708 Upper Tinwald, £1,336 Sceughdyke, £1,328 Upper Tinwald, £1,308 Ladyhousesteads and Hallburn.
Charolais £1,284, £1,251 Hallburn, £1,218 High Stenries and Hallburn.
British Blue £1,245 Becton Hall, £1,235 Sandbed.

Still more young bulls required with all breeds selling well and the best quality dearer. Top price to 226.5p for a British Blue shown by J. & P. Routledge & Son, Netherton.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
British Blue 226.5p Netherton, 188.5p Becton Hall.
Limousin 225.5p, 218.5p Netherton.
Friesian 136.5p Becton Hall.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
British Blue £1,434 Netherton, £1,262 Becton Hall.
Limousin £1,375, £1,332 Netherton.

A smaller show of over thirty month cattle forward with good meat cows selling well. Top price of 208.5p for a Limousin shown by Messrs West, New Holme Farm.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER KILO)
Limousin 208.5p New Holme Farm, 187.5p Nunscleugh, 171.5p, 166.5p, 157.5p, 121.5p Ladyhousesteads.
Saler 111.5p Greystoke Castle.
Friesian 109.5p Middlebie Hill.
PRINCIPAL PRICES (PER HEAD)
Limousin £1,303 Nunscleugh, £1,198 New Holme Farm, £1,003, £952, £932 Ladyhousesteads.

© Robert Smith Photography & Video

Longtown sheep ring

Today we held our Annual Xmas Show and Sale where an impressive 580 head were forward in nine classes in pens of ten.

Judging was ably carried out by Mr Michael Lomax of Little Deepthwaite, who awarded the Championship to last years winners, Messrs Cavers, Sorbie, Langholm for a pen of ten Beltex scaling 44kilos and realising £140 (318p per kilo) to Bowood Lamb, Busby Stoop, York.

Other awards & prices:-

Texel lambs – 1st (and reserve) Crumhaugh Hill, £120 to J. Tucker, 2nd Tercrosset, £90 to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb.

Beltex lambs – 1st Sorbie, £140 to Bowood Lamb, 2nd Sorbie, £85 to Bowood Lamb.

Continental lambs – 1st Cononbrae, £90 to Bowood Lamb, 2nd High Strenries, £89 to Bowood Lamb.

Suffolk lambs – 1st Beeches, £87 to Bowood Lamb, 2nd Sceughdyke, £77 to M. Lomax.

North of England Mules – 1st Nunscleugh, £70 to Dunbia, 2nd Crawsknowe, £65 to Dunbia.

Scotch Mules – 1st Westloch, £69 to R.T. Booth, 2nd Kirkhouse, £65 to R. Staveley.

North Country Cheviots – 1st Potholm, £60 to A. Dawson, 2nd The Gass, £57 to J. Tucker.

South Country Cheviots – 1st Sorbie, £63 to A. Dawson, 2nd Sorbie, £65 to Dunbia.

Blackface – 1st Boreland, £70 to Dunbia, 2nd Sorbie, £62 to M. Lomax.

Outwith the show, the 5,441 lambs saw trade for best type lambs and export lambs remain firm, but a larger increase in between 44 and 48 kilos are becoming out of spec and harder to cash. Also inclement weather conditions did not help with the realising of sheep true weight. Top prices outwith prize winners:- Beltex £96 Upper Duddlewick, £95 Albierigg; Texel £91 Kirkland Green, £90 Tercrosset; Suffolk £82.20 Sceughdyke, £77.80 Haymont; Charollais £75 Kirkend, £73.80 Compstone End; North Country Cheviot £71.80 Lower Thora, £65.80 Greystoke Castle; Cheviot Mule £70 Allfornaught, £65.80 Priesthaugh; Greyface £67 Yewtree and Kirkland Green; Half Bred £64.80 High Moat, £62.80 Earlside; Hill Cheviot £64.80 Priesthaugh, £61.80 Binks; Blackface £64 Sorbie, £61.20 Minsca; Leicester £60 East Cragside; Swaledale £48.80, £44.80 Orthwaite Hall.

The 851 lightweight lambs sold to £59.80 for Texels from Parknook, £58.80 Haithwaite; Blackface £52 Wanwood Hill, £50 Skelfhill; North Country Cheviot £50.20 Haymont; Hill Cheviot £50 Challoch and Skelfhill; Greyface £47 Challoch, £44.80 Tanlawhill; Shetland £45 Haymont.

Another large show of 6,815 cast ewes and rams were forward to the usual ring of buyers with large good selling ewes dearer but plainer ewes still in large numbers if a touch sharper.

Heavy ewes to £125.50 for Texels from Severs, £119.50 Bascodyke Foot, £116.50 Road Side; Charollais £118.50 Mount Field, £108.50 Severs, £100.50 Road Side; Suffolk £110.50 Roadside, £108.50 Severs, £100.50 Talkin Head; Beltex £98.50 Cardewlees; Millenium Blue £92.50, £89.50, £85.50 Lough Green; Half Bred £92.50 Greenlaw, £70.50 High Moat; North Country Cheviot £85.50 Redhouse, £84.50 Clatequoy, £82.50 Tofts of Tain; Leicester £82.50 Pitogarty, £80.50 East Cragside; Cheviot Mule £82.50 Brae Road, £76.50 Tresdale, £72.50 Thomas Telford Road; Greyface £74.50 Redhouse, £73.50 High Glen Triplock, £72.50 Keldhead.

Hill ewes to £67.50 for Cheviots from Draperstown, £58.50 Blakehope, £49.50 Pynag; Easycare £66.50 Haithwaite, £56.50 Port o Spittal; Blackface £58.50 Tresdale Farm, £57.50 Redhouse, £53.50 Wanwood Hill; Swaledale £42.50 Roundmeadows and Nunscleugh, £40.50 Harewalls, £38.50 Peasemyres; Herdwick £21.50 Cardewlees.

Rams to £126.50 for Texel from Severs, £114.50 Road Side, £113.50 Evistones; Suffolk £122.50 Wood Vale, £88.50 Draperstown; Charollais £110.50 Wood Vale and Roadside, £73.50 Cardewlees; Beltex £103.50 The Edge; North Country Cheviot £96.50 Earlside, £94.50 Clatequoy, £79.50 Tofts of Tain; Leicester £94.50 Severs, £87.50 Terrona, £72.50 Evistones; Zwartbles £79.50 Viewfields; Hill Cheviot £79.50 Terrona and Wood Vale; Blackface £62.50 Evistones, £60 Mill View.

Goats to £60.50 Port o Spittal.

Averages:

Steers
Light to 244.5p (217.1p)
Medium to 232.5p (209.3p)
Heavy to 250.0p (213.9p)

Heifers
Light to 239.5p (232.5p)
Medium to 241.5p (210.5p)
Heavy to 280.0p (211.7p)

Young bulls to 226.5p (198.8p)

Lambs
Light to 184.0p (148.8p)
Standard to 223.0p (149.2p)
Medium to 318.0p (157.9p)
Heavy to 261.0p (148.3p)
O/weight to 158.0p (135.4p)

Ewes
Light to £67.50 (£32.29)
Heavy to £125.50 (£64.88)

Cast Rams to £126.50 (£71.29)

link Longtown Primestock Sale - 29th November 2012
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 22nd November 2012
link Longtown Primestock Sale - 15th November 2012

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