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PRIMESTOCK REPORT

The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart held their weekly sale of Primestock in Dumfries. on Wednesday 14th December 2011.

66 Prime Cattle, trade steadier
Sale average 200.9 p kg or (358.8 p kg at 56% a/w)

Lightweight heifers – Limousin to 225.1/2 p kg from J Retson and Son, Gardrum to R Johnstone and Sons, Butchers, Annan.
215.5 Balgrayhill, Lockerbie to J Scott Meats (Paisley) Ltd
215.5 Gardrum, Eastriggs to Border Meats, Lockerbie
214.5 Balgrayhill, Lockerbie to Grierson Bros Butchers, Castle Douglas

Charolais to 207.5 Merrick, Portpatrick to Border Meats, Lockerbie
206.5 Meiklelarbrax Leswalt to Border Meats, Lockerbie

Heavyweight heifers Limousin to 215.5p kg from J&N Beattie, Woodfield to J Kerr and Son, Butchers, Gretna.
214.5 Balgrayhill, Lockerbie to J Scott Meats (Paisley) Ltd
214.5 Gall, Boreland to Border Meats, Lockerbie
Top Gross heifer £1292.70

Lightweight Bullocks Limousin to 213.5 p kg from A H Fisher, Merrick to R Johnstone and Sons, Butchers, Annan.
207.5 Upper Tinwald, Dumfries to J Hall and Son, Butchers, Kirkcudbright.

Heavyweight Bullocks Charolais to 212.5 p kg from A H Fisher, Merrick to J Scott Meats, (Paisley) Ltd.
Limousin to 209.5 Merrick, Portpatrick to P R Duff and Son, Wishiaw
207.5 (x 2) Trailflat, Lockmaben to M/s Hall, Smithfield
206.5 (x 2) Fauldingcleugh, Kirkpatrick to M/s Hall, Smithfield
Top Gross Bullock £1475.38 Raeburnfoot.

92 OTM Cattle, leaner cattle easier.

Per Head
Limousin £1109.70 Lairdlaugh, £1107 Nether Barr
Stabiliser £1044.20 South Mains
Hereford £1041.40 Eastside
Charolais £993.60 Woodcroft
Holstein £924.30 Outmains £877.40 Castle

Per Kilo
Hereford £165, £164 Eastside
Stabiliser £152, £142, £141, South Mains
Limousin £164, £150 Nether Barr, £143 Eastside, £137 Lairdlaugh
Blonde £155 Eastside, £129 Amberlaw
Angus £134 Edingham, £128 Marwhirn

Galloway £143 Threemark
Simmental £138 Gillesbie
Holstein £129 Guillelands, £127 Balker, £117 Outmains, £117 Longrigg
Montbelliard £129 Gillespie

The firm had forward 1622 prime lambs and 357 cast ewes and rams at their Annual Xmas Show and sale at Dumfries. The judge Mr C Anderson awarded the championship to Messrs D & D Aitken for a pen of five Beltex X lambs scaling and realising £135 per head to Messrs Bowood Farms.

Other prize winners:-
Texel X Lambs
1st A Mair, N Garrel
2nd D and D Aitken, Upper Cleugh

Beltex X Lambs
1st D & D Aitken, Upper Cleugh
2nd W Gribbon and Co, Waterside

Suffolk Lambs
1st A McMillan, Hastingshall

Mule Lambs
1st A Mundell, Lawesknowe

Any other breed lambs
1st Thomson, Roddick and Laurie, Shawhill
2nd Austin Hoggan, Maryholm

Blackface Lambs
1st J Wallace, Fingland
2nd J Renwick, Corsebank

Lambs were a better show for quality and whilst easier on the week trade was still firm. Overall average was 202.8p kg.

Top prices
Light lambs (25.5-32 kg) Top 213p Av 207.1p.
Texel: 55.5 Hastingshall
Blackface: 63.5 Mitchellslacks, 63.5 Merkland, 61.5 Hillend, 61 Brandleys.

Standard Lambs (32.1-39 kg) Top 241p Av 206.4p
Suffolk: 79 Hillend, 78.5 The Bush, 76 Newlands
Texel: 91.5 The Bush, 89 & 83 Shawhill, 81.5 Abington
Charollais: 80.5 & 76 Maryholm
Cross: 76 Ardoch, 73.5 Woodhouse, 72.5 Brandley
Chev Mule: 69.5 Springfield
Blackface: 79 & 76 Maryholm, 77.5 Archwood, 77 Corsebank, 73, 72.80 & 72 Nisbet
North Country Cheviot: 84 Whitecroft, 83 Archwood
Lleyn: 71 Summerhill

Medium Lambs (39.1- 45.5) Top 329 Av 200.8p
Suffolk: 88 West Skelston, 87 East Polquhirter, 85.5 Drumcruilton
Texel: 96 & 114 Shawhill, 112 N Garrel, 109 Upper Cleugh, 95 & 92 (x2) Drumcruilton
Cross: 81 Nisbett, 79 Corsencorn, 79, Guelt, 77 Lowesknowe
Chev Mule: 78 Springfield
Blackface: 88.5 & 86 Fingland, 79 Corsebank
Half Bred: 76 Marwhirn
North Country Chevio 84.5 Whitecroft, 84 & 81 Archwood
Beltex: 135 Upper Cleugh, 107 Waterside

Heavy Lambs (45.6-52 kg) Tup 230 Av 188.7p
Suffolk: 92 Drumburn, 89 Netherhall, 88.5 Lanarkland
Texel: 108 Waterside, 90 Shawsmuir, 88 Woodhouse
Chev Mule: 86.5 Springfield
Leicester: 78.5 Guelt

Super Heavy Lambs (52.1 + over)
Suffolk: 93.5 Netherhall, 90 Meikleholm
Texel: 90 Meikleholm
Cross: 80.5 Meikleholm
Lleyn: Summerhill

Cast Ewes and Rams 357 sold numbers scarcer, trade similar
Top prices
Heavy Ewes
Texel: 107.5 North Cowshaw, 93.5, 92.5 Cowshaw, 86.5 Carswadda, 83.5 Third
Cross: 96.5 92.5, Barshill, 87.5 North Cowshaw, 87 West Skelston 85.5 Newbank
North Country Cheviot: 78.5 Palaceknowe, 77.5 Newbank
Beulah: 78.5 Justinlees

Light Ewes
Cheviot: 58.5 Talla
Charollais: 72.5 Talla
Blackface: 77.5 Palaceknowe, 76.5, 74.5, 69.5, Drumbuie, 63.5 Merkland, 63.5 Talla

Cast Rams
Suffolk: 82.5 North Cowshaw
Texel: 104.5 Kirklea, 89.5 West Shelston

Overall Heavy Ewes averaged £74.64
Overall Light Ewes average £61.55

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