Bullocks top price of £1240 for 640k at Markethill

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An entry of 700 store cattle, weanlings and sucklers at Markethill on Saturday 15th October continued to sell in a firm trade. Buyers and sellers from throughout Northern Ireland were in attendance.

BULLOCKS: The 270 store bullocks sold in a steady demand. Good quality forward bullocks from £195 to £219 for 524k at £1150. Top price £1240 for 640k. Good quality middleweight bullocks sold from £200 to £222 for 410k at £910. Friesians sold from £130 to £151 for 650k at £980.

Forward bullocks: Armagh farmer 524k, £1150, £219.00; Hilltown farmer 520k, £1030, £205.00; Armagh farmer 532k, £1090, £205.00; Keady farmer 516k, £1055, £204.00; Keady farmer 524k, £1070, £204.00; Keady farmer 542k, £1100, £203.00; Collone farmer 568k, £1150, £203.00; Keady farmer 566k, £1140, £210.00.

Friesian bullocks: arkethill farmer 650k, £980, £151.00; Glenanne farmer 544k, £795, £146.00; Crossmaglen farmer 534k, £770, £144.00; Dromara farmer 554k, £780, £141.00; Banbridge farmer 644k, £870, £135.00; Glenanne farmer 520k, £700, £135.00; Glenanne farmer 524k, £700, £134.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Armagh farmer 410k, £910, £222.00; Moy farmer 404k, £880, £218.00; Craigavon farmer 416k, £900, £216.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 490k, £1055, £215.00; Collone farmer 414k, £885, £213.00; Collone farmer 430k, £910, £211.00; Richhill farmer 426k, £900, £211.00.

HEIFERS: The 230 store heifers continued to sell in a strong trade. Heavy heifers to £1255 for 666k (189). Top sale of £216 for 550k at £1190 for a Keady farmer. Main demand from £188 to £205 for 584k at £1195. Good quality middleweight heifers from £195 to £225 for 352k at £790 from a Tassagh farmer. Second quality heifers sold steadily from £170 to £180 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Keady farmer 550k, £1190, £216.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 584k, £1195, £205.00; Poyntzpass farmer 528k, £1080, £205.00; Keady farmer 514k, £1050, £204.00; Keady farmer 524k, £1070, £204.00; Poyntzpass farmer 516k, £1045, £203.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 530k, £1065, £211.00; Portadown farmer 6342k, £1230, £195.00.

Middleweight heifers: Richhill farmer 444k, £1055, £238.00; Keady farmer 470k, £1065, £227.00; Armagh farmer 352k, £790, £225.00; Cullyhanna farmer 338k, £730, £216.00; Richhill farmer 392k, £845, £216.00; Keady farmer 458k, £1005, £219.00; Milford farmer 390k, £840, £215.00; Keady farmer 380k, £800, £211.00.

WEANLINGS: Male weanlings to £232 for 298k at £690. All suitable lots £210 to £222 per 100 kilos. Heifers from £200 to £232 for 284k at £660.

Male weanlings: Armagh farmer 298k, £690, £232.00; Crossmaglen farmer 344k, £780, £227.00; Moy farmer 356k, £790, £222.00; Donaghcloney farmer 298k, £660, £222.00; Armagh farmer 284k, £620, £218.00; Bessbrook farmer 302k, £665, £220.00; Donaghcloney farmer 298k, £650, £218.00.

Heifer weanlings: Markethill farmer 284k, £660, £232.00; Armagh farmer 294k, £640, £218.00; Keady farmer 288k, £590, £205.00; Armagh farmer 370k, £770, £208.00; Keady farmer 210k, £430, £205.00; Keady farmer 266k, £540, £203.00.

Another large entry of sucklers sold readily to £1560 for a Simm cow and heifer calf. Others sold at £1260, £1120 and £1100.