St Boswells Mart: April 4

John Swan Ltd sold 87 clean cattle, 23 OTM cattle, 2506 old season lambs + 6 new season lambs and 587ewes.

John Swan Ltd sold 87 clean cattle, 23 OTM cattle, 2506 old season lambs + 6 new season lambs and 587ewes. Bullocks (40) averaged 230.8p per kg and sold to 259p (+3.2p on week). Heifers (44) averaged 227.5p per kg and sold to 261p (-2.5p on week), 3 young bulls averaged 181.8p per kg and sold to 191p (-17p on week), 23 beef type OTM cattle averaged 156p per kg and sold to 184p (+2.8p on the week). Old season SQQ lambs averaged 212.4p per kg and sold to £125(-0.6p on week) New season lambs averaged 261.9 and sold to £110. Ewes averaged £69.47 and sold to £135. Heavy ewes £89.57, Lighter ewes £50.27.

BORDER LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE

April 5

Border Livestock Exchange to week ending Friday April 5 2013 sold 446 cattle including 62 prime; 31 cull cows and 353 stores. 824 Prime lambs including 249 cast ewes.

Prime cattle continue to sell extremely well. Aberdeen Angus cross heifers from Hallrule Farms, Bonchester Bridge and Fenwick Steads, Belford sold to 415p per kg. Aberdeen Angus cross steers sold to 410p per kg from Linkshead, Cockburnspath and Cairndinnis, Haddington. Continental cross heifers from Lochside Farm, Yetholm and Springhill Farm, Seahouses sold to 395p per kg (£1,762 per head).

Prime hoggs were considerably dearer on the week as numbers became very scarce. Export weights sold to 470p per kg from Billie Mains, Duns. 460p per kg for Suffolk crosses from Redpath Farm, Duns and North Doddington Farm, Wooler.

Store cattle sales hit an all-time high for the number of Cattle sold farm to farm. Several annual consignments sold to the same buyers and feed lots as last year. Breeding cattle also sold well with cows and calves to £1,650 and bulling heifers to £1,340.

 
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