North auction marts: Week commencing March 3, 2014

Store & breeding sheep - An increased entry of 286 hoggs were forward with trade buoyant with a top call of £66 for a pen of mules from Messrs Gate, Low House, Cockermouth

Hampshire Down sheep
Hampshire Down sheep

CARLISLE

March 3

Store & breeding sheep - An increased entry of 286 hoggs were forward with trade buoyant with a top call of £66 for a pen of mules from Messrs Gate, Low House, Cockermouth.

Leading prices: Store hoggs: Greyfaced £66 Low House, £60.50 (x2) £59.50, £58, £56 Cleuchfoot Farm, Texel £60 Coach & Horses House.

Breeding Sheep: Ewes and lambs saw a marvelous trade with more being present and meeting a good response helped with the sun shining. Top of the day was £73 from S Bowe, Midtown Farm, Wiggonby

Ewes with lambs at foot: £73, £60 Midtown Farm, £69. £65, £64, £62, £61, £60 Clifton Moor

Crop: round bales of hay sold at £94 per tonne and £29 per bale. Round bales of barley straw sold at £29 and £25 per bale. Mini hestons of wheat straw sold at £87 per tonne. Silage made £23 per round bale. Haylage at £26 and £21 per bale.

LONGTOWN

March 4

Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Marthad forward 1,549 store hoggs and 629 in lamb ewes & hoggs.

Store hoggs a useful entry with all classes easily maintaining late high rates. Top of £88 for Texels from Upper Tofts, others £87 Hopestead; Suffolk £78.50 Muirfield and Bloch; Charollais £76.50 Moss Side; Beltex £75 Burn House; North Country Cheviot £75 Satchells; Greyface £69.50 Barnshangan; Hampshire £68 Dyke; Hill Cheviot £66.50 Burnfoot of Ewes; Blackface £58 Gate House; Swaledale £47.50 Brigg.

Cast ewes to £69 Newton, hill types £56 Thompson Wall. Cast rams to £72 Newton.

In lamb sheep attracted a good company of interested buyers, all classes proved good to sell and short of requirements.

In lamb hoggs to £138 for Cheviot Mule from The Gall who also sold Greyfaces at £120; Suffolk x Mule £124, £120 (x2) Tone Hall.

In lamb ewes carrying triplets to £125 for Texel from West Shipley who also sold Swaledale at £100; Suffolk cross £106 Muirfield who also sold Greyface at £100. Hill Cheviots scanned twins to £81 Mid Harrietsfield, £77 Priesthaugh. Hill Cheviots scanned singles to £71 Mid Harrietsfield, £66 Priesthaugh.

ACKLINGTON

March 3

North East Livestock Sales sold 187 store cattle and calves.

A good turnout of mainly calves met a fast trade in front of a large ring of buyers.

Calves - British Blue Steers 1200, 1090, 1050 Annsteads, Charolais Steers 1120, 1080, 1060, 1040 Great Ryle, 1090, 980 Howick Seahouses, Limousin Steers 1070, 990, 925 Eshott Home Farm, 1020, 985 The Lee, 1030 Great Ryle, 930 (2) Birchwood Hall, Angus Steers 930 Birchwood Hall, 905, 870, 830 Chathill

Charolais Heifers 990, 910, 905, 900 Great Ryle, 800 Birchwood Hall, Angus Heifers 715, 690 Broome Hill.

Cattle - Charolais Steers 1340 Firth, Limousin Steers 1280, 1150 Howick Seahouses, Saler Steers 1200, 1160 Firth.

ST BOSWELLS

March 3

John Swan Ltd sold 74 clean cattle, 79 OTM cattle, 1197 old season hoggs and 908 ewes

Bullocks (29) averaged 226.8p per kg and sold to 247p (+6.8p on week)

Heifers (40) averaged 215.8p per kg and sold to 252p (+1.8p on week) 5 young bulls averaged 161.4p per kg and sold to197p (n/c on the week) 79 beef type OTM cattle averaged 132.1p per kg and sold to 199p (+4.5p on the week)

Old season SQQ hoggs averaged 207.9p per kg (+8.3p on week) and sold to £102 ewes averaged £55.38, and sold to £100

Heavy ewes £71.49, light ewes £42.50.

BERWICK

w/e February 28

Border Livestock Exchange sold 149 Prime Cattle including 41 Cows; 335 Store Cattle; 972 Prime Lambs; 341 Ewes and 80 Breeding Sheep. Prime Cattle were a similar trade as the previous week with Aberdeen Angus Cross Steers and Heifers selling to 390p per kg to Well Hung & Tender, Berwick upon Tweed.

Continental Cross Heifers sold to 390p per kg and £1,825 per head. Cull Cows were also a similar price with heavy Pure Bred Charolais Cross Cows selling to £1,644 per had.

Prime Lambs sold to 430p per kg for Romney and Texel Crosses from Hallrule, Bonchester Bridge; Humbleton, Wooler and Brackenside, Berwick upon Tweed respectively.

In the Store Cattle department the firm had one of its busiest weeks. Yearling Steers and Heifers were constantly selling in excess of £1,000. Stronger types (20 months) sold to £1,365 per head ex farm. More are required to keep up with demand.

LONGTOWN

February 24

Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers’ Mart had forward 1,761 store hoggs, feeding ewes and in lamb sheep.

Store hoggs and feeding ewes sold to an increased ringside of buyers with the trade being the dearest of the winter so far. Top price of £88 for Texels from Winshield and Bascodyke Foot, £87, £86 Bascodyke Foot, £83 East Middle, £81 Courstein; Suffolk £87.50 Hallburn, £72 Cowcorse, £71 Whitchesters; Charollais £85 Hallburn, £67 Muirfield; North Country Cheviot £79, £74 Whitchesters, £61 Carlenrigg; Beltex £78 Culvennan; Zwartbles £78 East Middle; Greyface £64 Westernhopeburn, £62 Heatheridge House, £60 Tecket; Blackface £63.50 Drummuckloch, £61 Cotton Terrace, £55 Lawesknowe and Drummockloch; Hill Cheviot £59 Cadgillhead, £58 The Brigg; Swaledale £59 Winshield, £57 Branthwaite, £56, £49 The Brigg; Herdwick £50 Brae Mar.

Feeding ewes to £70, £68.50 for Texel from Towngreen, £68 Courstein; Greyface £64 Border Rigg, £62.50, £60 Towngreen; Blackface £55 Towngreen; North Country Cheviot £42 Borthwickshiels; Swaledale £34 Border Rigg.

In lamb sheep topped at £84 for Texels from Turgirvan; Romney Marsh £80 Turgirvan.

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