Bullock prices top £1070 for 730k at Markethill

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An entry of 850 store cattle, weanlings, and sucklers at Markethill on 22nd October continued to sell in a very strong demand. Buyers and sellers from throughout Northern Ireland were in attendance.

BULLOCKS: The 305 bullocks continued to sell in a very strong trade for all classes. Good quality forward steers from £190 to £214 for 504k at £1080 followed by £209 for 614k Angus at £1280. Suitable middleweight steers from£200 to £224 for 402k at £900. Lightweight steers in exceptionally strong demand to £253 for 324k at £820 followed by £246 for 344k at £845. Main demand from £200 to £239 per 100 kilos. Friesian steers in excellent demand from £140 to £167 for 580k at £970. Top price £1070 for 730k (147).

Forward bullocks: Armagh farmer 504k, £1080, £214.00; Collone farmer 614k, £1280, £209.00; Collone farmer 574k, £1180, £206.00; Belleek farmer 530k, £1070, £202.00; Poyntzpass farmer 536k, £1075, £201.00; Newry farmer 502k, £1002, £199.00; Tynan farmer 528k, £1050, £199.00; Poyntzpass farmer 566k, £1125, £199.00; Moy farmer 504k, £1000, £198.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 636k, £1260, £198.00.

Friesian bullocks: Lurgan farmer 580k, £970, £167.00; Dromara farmer 556k, £875, £157.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 606k, £940, £155.00; Dromara farmer 580k, £890, £153.00; Dromara farmer 528k, £810, £153.00; Tandragee farmer 644k, £985, £153.00; Dromara farmer 576k, £870, £151.00; Dromara farmer 518k, £775, £150.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Newtownhamilton farmer 402k, £900, £224.00; Portadown farmer 420k, £925, £220.00; Portadown farmer 406k, £885, £218.00; Portadown farmer 414k, £900, £217.00; Madden farmer 402k, £870, £216.00; Armagh farmer 500k, £1080, £216.00; Armagh farmer 446k, £960, £215.00.

Lightweight bullocks: Annaghmore farmer 324k, £820, £253.00; Dungannon farmer 344k, £845, £246.00; Annaghmore farmer 374k, £895, £239.00; Portadown farmer 400k, £930, £233.00; Scarva farmer 380k, £880, £232.00; Banbridge farmer 384k, £875, £228.00; Annaghmore farmer 374k, £845 £226.00.

HEIFERS: The 310 store heifers sold in an excellent trade with demand steady throughout the sale. Good quality forward heifers to £1225 for 602k (203) and from £190 to £208 for 532k at £1105. Good quality middleweights from £195 to £222 for 380k at £805 from a Killeavy farmer. Second quality heifers sold from £170 to £180 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Loughgall farmer 532k, £1105, £208.00; Poyntzpass farmer 506k, £1050, £207.00; Loughgall farmer 522k, £1080, £207.00; Lurgan farmer 522k, £1080, £207.00; Newry farmer 514k, £1060, £206.00; Loughgall farmer 518k, £1060, £205.00; Keady farmer 602k, £1225, £203.00; Whitecross farmer 578k, £1175, £203.00.

Middleweight heifers: Killeavy farmer 380k, £845, £222.00; Armagh farmer 386k, £850, £220.00; Killeavy farmer 394k, £860, £218.00; Killeavy farmer 358k, £770, £215.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 496k, £1075, £217.00; Newry farmer 444k, £930, £209.00; Killeavy farmer 404k, £830, £205.00; Armagh farmer 492k, £1010, £205.00; Markethill farmer 382k, £820, £214.00.

WEANLINGS: The 185 weanlings returned a very good trade. Good quality males from £200 to £273 for 216k at £590. Heifer weanlings from £200 to 3257 for 216k at £555.

Male weanlings: Lisburn farmer 216k, £590, £273.00; Newry farmer 298k, £760, £255.00; Belleek farmer 274k, £655, £239.00; Lisburn farmer 268k, £630, £235.00; Markethill farmer 258k, £605, £234.00; Newry farmer 204k, £470, £230.00; Annahilt farmer 284k, £640, £225.00.

Heifer weanlings: Lisburn farmer 216k, £555, £257.00; Lisburn farmer 204k, £495, £243.00; Lisburn farmer 254k, £595, £234.00; Lisburn farmer 240k, £560, £233.00; Markethill farmer 276k, £640, £232.00; Lisburn farmer 230k, £490, £213.00.

A large entry of sucklers sold £1960 for a Lim cow and bull calf. Others sold at £1400, £1380 and £1250.

Dairy stock sold to £130 at Markethill on Tuesday 25th October for a calved heifer from a Loughbrickland farmer. The same owner received £1240 for a calved heifer. An entry of 20 maiden heifers sold to £900 each with several more from £800 to £890. The average price for the 20 heifers was £804 each.

CULL COWS: The 200 cull cows sold in a steady trade with fleshed cows from £120 to £135 for 710k at £955. Friesian cows from £100 to 3113 for 714k at £810. Second quality friesians sold from £80 to £90 per 100 kilos with the poorest types from £50 to £70 per 100 kilos.

Cull cows: Newry farmer 710k, £955, £135.00; Newry farmer 608k, £815, £134.00; Derrynoose farmer 766k, £1010, £132.00; Mountnorris farmer 658k, £860, £131.00; Newry farmer 854, £1115, £131.00; Warrenpoint farmer 728k, £950, £131.00; Warrenpoint farmer 638k, £830, £130.00; Newry farmr 846k, £1100, £130.00; Killylea farmer 756k, £955, £126.00; Cullyhanna farmer 762k, £960, £126.00.

Friesian cull cows: Newtownhamilton farmer 714k, £810, £113.00; Annalong farmer 750k, £845, £113.00; Bessbrook farmer 812k, £910, £112.00; Portadown farmer 730k, £790, £108.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 700k, £750, £107.00; Belleeks farmer 714k, £755, £106.00; Dromore farmer 626k, £655, £105.00; Armagh farmer 590k, £610, £103.00.

CALVES: The 180 lots in the calf ring sold in a steady trade. Good quality bulls from £250 to £355 each. Suitable heifers calves from £180 to £280 each.

Bull calves: Ch £355; BB £350; Lim £345; BB £310; Her £300; AA £280; Lim £275; Lim £270.

Heifer calves: BB £280; BB £270; Ch £255; Her £250; Her £230; Her £225; Lim £215.