Newton Stewart

Some 536 prime hoggs sold to average 251.9p per kg with a SQQ of 269.7p at Craig Wilson Marts’ weekly sale, with prices peaking at £138 for a Texel from H and J McCulloch, Dunkeld, and to 301.3p for Roussins from N Gillon, Lanes.

The cast sheep topped at £133 for a Zwartble tup from G McCornick and Co, Stewarton, while Genoch Mains Farming Co, led the ewe trade at £110 for Suffolk and Texel crosses.


All classes were dearer on the week at Harrison and Hetherington’s sale of 504 prime sheep which averaged 286p per kg with an SQQ of 312p.

Texel from Lilburn Estates, led the hoggs at £160 or to 400p for Beltex from New Heaton, while cast ewes sold to £167 for Texels from JS and P Fleming, Lochside.


Penrith and District Farmers’ Mart’s weekly sale of 2943 prime sheep enjoyed a similar trade on the corresponding week with 1487 hoggs cashing in at 305p per kg.

Topping at 426p for 43kg Texels from R and JM Ridley, Ranbeck, and to £176 for 43kg Beltex from Messrs Lightfoot, Gillside.

Cast sheep balanced out at £102.27 and reached £190 for a Texel ewe from S Armstrong and Sons, Moorriggs.


On Tuesday, a large show of 755 prime hoggs were on offer at Hope’s Auction Mart, where Beltex were the star attraction when selling to £208 for Elm House, while Snade topped the pence per kg at 466.7p.

The trade for cast ewes fell on the week, topping at £148 for a Beltex from Chloe Hunter, Cape Farm, Berrier.

A 843kg Charolais cow lead the cast cows at £1614.35 and 191.5p from Messrs Bowe, Mechi, while black and white types peaked at 137.5p for a 812kg Holstein from Messrs Bowman, Skiprigg.


Prices soared at Mitchells Livestock Centre’s weekly sale of primestock, where the firm held it’s Easter show and sale of prime cattle.

Judge, Andrew Willis of Wilson Willis Butchers, Cleator Moor awarded the champion to a Limousin heifer from Messrs Bowe, Hunday, Workington, which later sold for 282p or £1793.52.

Clinching the reserve honours was another of the same this time from Messrs Miller, Allerby Hall, Aspatria.

Topping the bullocks at 241p was a Limousin bull from TA Byers, Ellenbank, Boltongate, and to£1546.33 for a British Blue from Bowness Farms, Threapland Lees, Aspatria.

The firm also held their Easter show of prime hoggs with the day’s judge, David Walker, finding his champion in the form of a pair of 55kg Texels from A and D Smith, Kelmore Hills, Workington which were knocked down at £205.

Standing as reserve champion was a pair of 55kg Beltex from WS Jackson, Nook Farm, Borrowdale with a pair of 55kg Beltex.

Outwith the show, more Beltex hoggs realised 388.5p and £200 for I Powley, Green Marsh, Carlisle.

The sale of cast ewes witnessed a top of £188 for Texels from FA and J Stockdale, Crosshow, Dearham, while rams sold to £152 for more of the same from GS and B Barwise, Bell House, Whitehaven.


Limousins led the trade at Lawrie and Symington’s sale of 25 cattle, where bullocks (10) and heifers (15) balanced out at 238p per kg and 251.5p respectively.

Bullocks were topped at 266p and £1659.84 for a 624kg Limousin from Nethermyres, while heifers made 278p for a 536kg continental cross from the same home or £1585.98 for a 594kg Limousin from the Gask.

Topping the 528 hoggs at 388.6p and £171 were Beltex from Balbrydie, to average 276p with a SQQ of 280p.


United Auctions sold 2371 prime sheep, where old season lambs sold to 316p per kg for 37kg Beltex from Conval Street, Dufftown, and to £138 for 47.5kg Beltex from Daies, Wardhouse.

Ewes sold to £196 for Texels from Messrs Blackhall, The Green, Raemoir.

Stirling (Cale)

All classes met a firm trade at Caledonian Marts’ sale of 59 prime cattle, where bullocks sold to 262p per kg for a Limousin from Rathillet Farms, Cupar ,and to £1771 for a Limousin from T Wight and Son, Whitrighill, St Boswells, to level at 230p.

Heifers peaked at 265p for Limousins on three occasions, firstly from M Orr and Son, Penston, Macmerry, and twice from Rathillet Farms, Cupar, or £1735 for more of the same from J Collier and Sons, Dullomuir, Fife.

The firm also sold 1247 prime sheep, with hoggs balancing out at 280p with a SQQ of 283p and peaking at 353p for Beltex from Scott Lambie, Braco Castle, Braco, or to £165 for a Texel from WB Buchanan and Son, Wester Kepdowrie, Buchlyvie.

The 203 cast sheep averaged £117.86 and reached £165 on two occasions, firstly for Suffolks from Bankhead Farming Partners, Bankhead, Crook of Devon, and again for Texels from G Whyte, Lintibert, Crieff.

Stirling (UA)

At United Auctions’ sale of 5626 sheep, Langside, led the new season lamb trade at £160 for Charollais and to 322p per kg for more of the same from Whitehouse.

Old season lambs witnessed Doune Farms, top at £161 for Beltex, and to 355p for Texels from Sheep Park.

Texels proved popular among the cast sheep, realising a top of £178 from Allanfauld.


Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ sale of 21 prime cattle witnessed bullocks average 204.9p per kg and topped at 224p for a 645kg Hereford and to £1456.35 for a 665kg Hereford from Easter Craigie, Whitecairns.

Heifers cashed in at 236.8p and attained 257p for a 580kg Limousin from Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud, and to £1502.80 for a 680kg Limousin from Hillocks, Whiterashes.

The firm also sold 141 cast cattle to average £1214.08 and top at £1870 for a 918kg Limousin from Inchbruich, Cornhill.

On the flip side, the 4090 old season lambs balanced out at 269.4p and sold to 339.5p for 43kg Beltex from Bridgeton, Muir of Fowlis, and to £150 for 52kg Texels from East Sandend, Cruden Bay.

The 485 feeding ewes and rams achieved a top price of £187 for pure Texels from Broomhead, Durris.


At C and D Auction Marts’ sale, some 3808 hoggs balanced out at 282.3p per kg with a SQQ of 289.2p having sold to 428p and £186 for Beltex hoggs from J Guthrie, Cuiltburn, Crieff.

The 3131 ewes were topped at £207 for Texels from RL and AR Phillips, Fir Trees, Harrogate.


Lawrie and Symington’s sale of 232 cattle saw bullocks sell to 246p per kg on two occasions from Messrs Cook, Kinneil Mill, Linlithgow, and to £1756 from Messrs Dickinson, Brockwoodlees, Canonbie.

Heifers peaked at 262p and £1752 again from Messrs Dickinson, Brockwoodlees.

Prime hoggs were topped at £170 for Beltex from Messrs Johnstone, West Montgarswood, and to 384p on two occasions for Beltex from same home and again from Messrs Baillie, Broomfield to average 280.6p with a SQQ of 283.4p.

The 1380 cast ewes peaked at £198 for Texels from Messrs Phillips, Fir Tree.


Craig Wilson’s sale of 2674 prime sheep topped at £160 for Texels from Donald M Walker and Son, Laigh Alticane, and to 362.5p per kg for Beltex from AB Young, Girvan Mains, to average 280.3p with a SQQ of 289.6p.

Spring lambs were led by a 47kg Charollais from R and J Andrew, Rowanston, which made £172 or 366p.

The 323 cast sheep were topped at £170 for Texels from Blairbowie.

On Tuesday, 102 prime and cast cattle saw heifers and bullocks average 241.5p and 255.6p respectively.

Bullocks realised 273p and £1583.40 for a Limousin cross from Messrs Smith, North Boig, while heifers peaked at 266p for a Limousin from North Boig, and to £1584 for more of the same from Lanemark.

St Boswells

Bullocks (23) and heifers (51) averaged 235p per kg and 240p respectively, at Harrison and Hetherington’s sale on Monday, where prices peaked at £1617.20 from Wester Middleton, and to 266p from Bee Edge.

Cast entries topped at £1440.14 and 191p from Birkenside, while the same home also dominated the cast bulls at £1403.52.

Suffolks from Boghall led the way among the 937 prime hoggs at £166 or 340p for Beltex from Faughhill, to level at 280p, while cast sheep averaged £96.09 and topped at £139 for Texels from Birkenside.

Texels also dominated the rams at £155 from The Lee.


A small entry of only 30 steers and heifers were forward at Harrison and Hetherington’s primestock sale, where Limousin crosses proved popular with bullocks topping at £1797.08 from Messrs Wilson, Petteril Hill, Carlisle, and to 244.5p per kg from Messrs Studholme, Nealhouse, Carlisle.

It was a similar story amongst the heifers, with a Limousin cross from Messrs Studholme, Nealhouse topping the trade at £1659.39 and 260.5p.

Some 1529 prime sheep met a flying trade with Beltex cross Texel hoggs from Anderson brothers, Nether Stenries, Carrutherstown, topping the trade at £174 or to 402.8p for more of the same from Messrs Skelton, New Hall, Dearham.

A small entry of spring lambs sold to £152 from Messrs Moffatt, West Shaftoe, Hexham.

Cast sheep topped at £156 for Texels from High House, while rams attained £170 for more of the same from Southwaite Green Mill.


All classes of prime cattle were in demand at Dingwall and Highland Marts sale, where bullocks cashed in at 221.5p per kg and sold to 229p for a 580kg Limousin cross or to £1459.20 for a 640kg Charolais cross both from Easter Sheeppark, Balblair.

Heifers made 233p for a 560kg Limousin cross from the same home and to £1368.75 for a 625kg Aberdeen Angus cross from Bridgend Farm, Dingwall, to balance out at 227.7p.

The firm also sold 1122 prime lambs to average 286.4p, with trade peaking at 306p for a pen of 42kg Cheviots from Redfield, North Kessock, and to £139 for 48kg Texel crosses from Balnabeen, Conon Bridge.

Amongst the ewes, Suffolk crosses from Kilcoy, Killearnan, led the way at £162, whilst feeding sheep matched that price for a Texel ram from Kinchyle, Scaniport.

Castle Douglas

On Tuesday, Wallets Marts enjoyed a buoyant trade where 967 prime hoggs sold to average 270.7p per kg and top at 306.2p for Texels from Messrs McMorran, Miefield, and to £153.50 for more of the same from Galtway, Kirkcudbright.

A smaller show of 132 cast ewes welcomed a cracking trade with a Texel ewe from Messrs Smith, Low Arkland, topping the trade at £200, while cast tups attained a top of £177 for a Texel from Messrs Milligan, High Glasnick.