North East auction marts: February 17 & 20

John Swan Ltd sold 207 Store and Grazing Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Cattle sold higher than vendors' expectations

Andy Commins A sheep in snowy conditions in County Durham
A sheep in snowy conditions in County Durham

ST BOSWELLS

February 20

John Swan Ltd sold 207 Store and Grazing Cattle at their fortnightly sale. Cattle sold higher than vendors’ expectations.

Bullocks per head: Char.x:- £1480, £1370, £1330 Hoprigshiels, £1320 North Synton, £1140 Meigle, AA.x £1390, £1360 Hoprigshiels, £1350 North Synton, BRB.x;- £1190, £1125 Burnhead. P, £1010 Orchard Hwk., AA;- £1130, £1020 Meigle, Lim.x;- £1120, £1110, £1090, £1040 The Lee, £1110 Burnhead. P, Sim.x;- £1035, £960, £950 South Common.

Bullocks per kg: Sim.x;- 278.3,260.3,249.4 South Common, 254.2 Townhead. C, Lim.x;- 272.5,261.2,254.6 The Lee, 253.9 The Grove, 253.5 Overhall, Char.x;- 260,245.2 Meigle, 250 Monklaw, 241.8, 236.2 Hoprigshiels, BRB;- 256, 255.7 Orchard. Hwk., 233.3 Burnhead. P, AA.x;- 250 Townhead. C, 248.1, 244.4, 240.4 Easter Middleton, 240, 237.2 Meigle.

Bullocks averaged 445kgs and 235.4pkg

Dairy Bred Bullocks to £800

Heifers per head: Lim.x;- £1220 Northfield St Abbs, £1050, £1020, £1000, £980 The Lee, Char.x;- £1205, £1005 Meigle, £1125 Northfield St Abbs, £1060 Burnhead. P, AA.x;- £1130 Falnash, £1120 Newton Hwk., £1070 Orchard Hwk. £1010 Meigle, Sim.x;- £1010 Newton Hwk., £970 South Common, £835 Townhead. C, AA;- £1010 Falnash, BRB;- £980, £940 Burnhead. P.

Heifers per kg: Lim.x;- 274, 261.3, 258.2, 256.1 The Lee, 245.3 Orchard Hwk., Sim.x;- 235.2, 224.6 Townhead. C, 228.6 South Common, AA.x;- 231.3, Meigle 231, 228.6, 222.1 Townhead. C, Char.x;- 227.6, 225.3 North Synton, 224.1 Meigle, BRB;-226.5 Burnhead.

Heifers averaged 402kgs and 222.5p pkg

The firm also sold 308 Feeding Hoggs. Tex:- £73 Lower Ashtrees, £71.50 Wester Middleton, Suff.x;- £70.50 Monklaw, Chev.x;- £65 Middlesknowes, BF;- £55 Middlesknowes.

CARLISLE

February 17

A good entry forward. Top price of the day was £75 for a Texel from Messrs Coulthard of Fellside Farm, Caldbeck. With ewes and lambs topping at £70 for Suffolks from Messrs Bowe of Midtown Farm.

Leading prices: Store Lambs: Texel £75, £67, £59 Fellside Farm, £65.50 Penny Hill Park, £58 Unity Farm, Greyfaced £72.50 Southernby Hall, £67 Low House, £64 Paddigill, £60 Fellside Farm, Suffolk £71.50 Greenquarries, £69.50, £68, £59 Fellside Farm, Swaledale £45.50 Paddigill.

Breeding Sheep: Ewes with lambs at foot: Suffolk £70 Midtown Farm, £67 Green Close, Texel £69 Midtown Farm, £63, £58, £57.50 Dockray Hall, £54 Midtown Farm. Shearling Gimmers with lambs at foot: Greyfaced £61 Midtown Farm, £60 Dockray Hall.

CROP

Barley straw in mini heston sold at £92 per tonne and £31 per bale. Mini heston bales of wheat straw sold at £91 per tonne. Round bales of haylage sold at £25 each and at £61 per tonne. Mini hestons of hay sold at £24 per bale and round bales at £34 and £24.

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