At their weekly sale of primestock John Swan Limited had forward and sold 73 Hoggs and 40 Ewes. Fewer numbers available with less flesh on show.
Leading prices per head:- Tex.x:- £98.50 East Fleetham, £89 West Newbiggin Farm Cottages, £80 Kimmerston and Craigshouse (2) . Suff.x:- £94, £92 East Fleetham, £82 West Newbiggin Farm Cottages. Char:- £87.50 East Fleetham, £82 Craigshouse.
Ewes, strong show of ewes with similar returns achieved. Leading prices:- Suff.x:- £104 South Farm, Belford,100 East Fleetham, £99 South farm, Belford, £92 Fenham Hill, £89 West Newbiggin Farm Cottages. Suff.x:- £101 West Newbiggin Farm Cottages. Tex.x:- £96 Bewick Folly, £94 South Farm, Belford, £84 West Newbiggin Farm Cottages. Mule:- £87 Castlelaw, £83 Shotton, Chm:- £87 Bewick Folly. Chev:- £73, £72 Bewick Folly, Bf:- £60.50 Ladykirk
Rams:- BFL:- £96 Ladykirk<p/>
At their fortnightly store sale John Swan Ltd had forward and sold 147 Cattle
Cattle a slightly plainer show and with deflating beef market all classes a touch harder to cash.
Leading prices per head - Steers- Sim.x:- £1070 Alnham. Lim.x:- £1050 Ladykirk, £940, £930 Brockley Hall, £910 Wandon. A.A.x:- £1000, £990, £980 South Lyham, £960 Birchwood Hall, £950 Whitemire, £930, £900 (2) South Lyham.
Leading prices per head - Heifers- A.A.x:- £1080 South Lyham, £890 South Lyham and Doxford Dairy, £870 Birchwood Hall, £860 South Lyham. Char:- £950 Birchwood Hall, £950, £920, £900, £890, £860 Elilaw. Lim.x:- £930 Wandon, £870 Brockley Hall, £865 Birchwood Hall.
Leading prices per kilo - Steers- Lim.x:- 249.3p Brockley Hall and Wandon, 238.7p Shotton. Sim.x:- 249.3p, 246.8p Shotton. A.A.x:- 246.2p Wandon, 237p Birchwood Hall. Char.x:- 235.1p Fawdon Farms.
Leading prices per kilo - Heifers- Lim.x:- 238.5p Wandon, 232p Shotton, 223.5p Fawdon Farms. Char.x:- 229p, 223.8p Fawdon Farms, 226p, 223.3p 221.3p, 220p Elilaw.<p/>
At Borderway Mart, Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly sale of store and breeding sheep. The weekly sale of ewes and lambs saw a good show of 886 head, topping the day’s trade was Messrs JH & JE Taylor of The Harras, Ainstable with a black Texel hogg with a single at foot reaching £108 per life. Older ewes with lambs met a high demand and many more could have been sold to vendors advantage.
Hoggs with lambs at foot: Texel £108 The Harras, £84 Summerhill Farm, £82, £77 Peter House Farm, £74 Tedcastle, Suffolk £92, £89 The Harras, £82 Tedcastle Farm, Greyfaced £88, £82 The Harras, £77, £61 Tedcastle Farm, Jacob £40 Broomfield Farm.
Ewes with lambs at foot: Texel £76 Birks Head Farm, £70, £66 Summerhill Farm, £70, £63 (x2) Red House Farm, £69, £64, £61, £58 Hunley Farm, £66 High House, £62, £61 Glebelands, £62, £56 Croft House, £59.50 Broomfield Farm, £58 Burn House, Suffolk £69 Croft House, £60 Ghyll House Farm, Bluefaced Leicester £65 Ghyll House Farm, Greyfaced £62, £61, £55.50 Milton Mains, £56 Hill Farm, 355 Peter House Farm, £54.50, £51.50 Edge, £51 Ribton House, £51 Tedcastle Farm, Hill Cheviot £54.50 (x2), £53, £52 High House, Swaledale £34 Ribton House.
Shearling gimmers with lambs at foot: Greyfaced £72 Peter House Farm, £64 Croft House
Store sheep, leading prices - Greyfaced £72 Stanley Road.
With the UK dairy industry going through a somewhat settled period for the first time in almost 20 years it is not surprising then that this was the first dairy herd to be dispersed at Borderway in 2014.
The Aghavilly herd is owned and managed by Noel and Stephen McCarragher, they have farmed at Fernycleugh Farm for the past 14 years and in that short time have developed and wonderful herd of high-yielding Holsteins. The sale featured 88 animals giving over 40kgs and a further 24 producing 60kgs plus.
Topping the sale was a classy red factor Shottle daughter bred from the successful Copywood Integrity Sara family. She had classified Excellent in her third lactation and was sold dry due in June to Long P Red. She sold for 3,400gns to an undisclosed buyer.
A fancy red second calved cow sired by Ladino Park Talent sold for 2,900gns to Holehouse Farms, in Ayrshire. This perfect uddered cow gave over 11,500kgs as a yearling and was sold giving 54kg.
One of the genuine stars of the sale was Aghavilly Talent Esther Red EX90. She was warming to Goldenoaks Parma PP Red and had already produced over 60 ton lifetimes selling for 2,800gns to P Jones, Dumfries.
Mr Sanderson from Lanercost is always partial to a super udder cow and he selected Aghavilly Haden Joyce, a January calved cow giving 60kgs bred from two Very Good dams. Wal-Del Hayden sired the majority of the top animals in the herd, his daughters far exceeding his official type proof.
The first milking daughter of Lady-Manors Shamrock sold as the very last milker in the sale for 2,700gns. She was bred from the Brigeen Hanover Debra family from a Talent dam. The heifer was only a week fresh but displayed all the dairy characteristics to develop into a Very Good two year old she was purchased by Mr Stewart, Kirkubbin, Newtownards.
There was a nice group of in-calf heifers selling to a top of 1,950gns for Aghavilly Dazzle Jill Red to average £1759.
Borderway Mart would like to wish the McCarragher family all the best with the future plans and look forward to hearing about how well the Aghavilly animals are performing in their new homes.