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Record numbers at Longtown

Record numbers of sheep were forward for Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart's New Year sale of prime sheep and cattle at Longtown, last week, with the event attracting just shy of 14,400 sheep comprising no fewer than 6851 prime old season lambs and 7526 cast ewes and rams.

In addition, the sale saw 42 prime cattle, 16 young bulls and 44 OTM cattle change hands.

Despite the increased entry and the decline in sheep prices at most centres, trade held up well with the sale cashing in at 150.4p while the SQQ levelled at 152.2p. Good export lambs and quality lambs were easily sold and at high rates.

Another massive show of 7526 cast ewes and rams saw the best selling ewes short of requirements and similar on the week, while Blackface and Cheviot export ewes remained similar with plainer ewes harder to cash.

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