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Farmers arrive at the auction for a Christmas sale

More than 200 sheep and 85 cattle will be auctioned off at tonight's Christmas sale, which begins at 5pm.

Farmers from all over the Scottish Borders have turned out to see if they can earn some extra money in the run up to Christmas.

"It's an education thing as well as a business business thing. It's good for people to see exactly where their meat comes from, and what they're eating and home. It's a chance for the whole family to come out and enjoy the sale- that's why we have it in the evening."

– Steven Wilson, John Swan Ltd, St Boswell's Auction Mart
Steven Wilson from John Swan Ltd, St Boswell's Auction Mart Credit: ITV Border News

Many local butchers also attend the auction and carry out the valuations on the stock ahead of the sale. They can then gauge the price on the meat ahead of the Christmas shopping rush.

The Christmas Cracker auction is back

The annual livestock event takes place at Newtown Street Boswells Credit: ITV Border News

One of the winter's few livestock events takes place at Newtown St Boswells today.

The annual Christmas Cracker auction is being held at St Boswells mart.

Some of the finest sheep and cattle in the Borders will be sold to the highest bidder.

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Full Report: Christmas livestock sale a success

Farmers from across the Scottish Borders were showing and selling their prime livestock at a special Christmas event last night. The St Boswell's Christmas cracker is the only sale of its kind in the area.

It's an opportunity for farmers to sell their premium cattle and sheep, and is a barometer of sales for the farming year.

Patrick Tyner reports:

Christmas Cracker a success

A special Christmas event saw farmers from across the Scottish Borders sell off their best live stock at the St Boswell's Christmas Cracker.

Farmers from across the Scottish Borders met for the event. Credit: ITV News
Children auditioned to be auctioneers Credit: ITV News
More than 300 cattle and sheep go up for sale Credit: ITV News

Farmers sell livestock at Christmas event

Farmers from across the Scottish Borders have been selling their best livestock at a special Christmas event.

Bumper crowds watched as more than 300 cattle and sheep were sold at the St Boswell's Christmas Cracker. Local children were given the chance to play auctioneer.

But farmers say it's a tough time to sell at premium prices.