Cattle prices edging upwards at Markethill

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An entry of 660 cattle at Markethill on Saturday, 14th May sold in an excellent trade with prices again edging upwards.

HEIFERS

The 180 heifers included several pens of top quality stock and prices were firmer. Lightweight heifers to £224 for 360k at £805 for a Cullyhanna producer followed by £223 for 334k at £745 from a Castlewellan farmer. Main demand for good quality lightweights from £200 to £221 per 100 kilos. Middleweight heifers from £190 to £209 for 416k at £870 for a Castlewellan producer. Good quality forward heifers from £180 to £195 per 100 kilos with a top of £205 for 572k at £1170 from a Newtownhamiton producer. Top price £1185 for 646k (183). Second quality heifers from £165 to £175 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Newtownhamilton farmer 572k £1170 £205.00; Poyntzpass farmer 562k £1115 £198.00; Tandragee farmer 552k £1045 £189.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 506k £950 £188.00; Crossmaglen farmer 506k £945 £187.00; Hillsborough farmer 532k £990 £186.00; Armagh farmer 516k £955 £185.00; Newry farmer 508k £940 £185.00; Newry farmer 528k £970 £184.00; Poyntzpass farmer 646k £1185 £183.00; Newry farmer 642k £1165 £181.00.

Middleweight heifers: Castlewellan farmer 416k £870 £209.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 452k £940 £207.00; Markethill farmer 442k £900 £203.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 416k £845 £203.00; Keady farmer 414k £835 £201.00; Hillsborough farmer 492k £990 £210.00; Tandragee farmer 450k £900 £200.00; Castlewellan farmer 402k £800 £199.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 442k £875 £198.00.

Lightweight heifers: Cullyhanna farmer 360k £805 £224.00; Castlewellan farmer 334k £745 £223.00; Keady farmer 398k £880 £221.00; Castlewellan farmer 326k £715 £219.00; Keady farmer 334k £730 £219.00; Castlewellan farmer 342k £730 £213.00; Keady farmer 326k £690 £212.00; Moy farmer 352k £745 £212.00; Milford farmer 364k £765 £210.00.

BULLOCKS

The 180 bullocks sold in an excellent demand with good quality middleweights from £190 to £213 for 418k at £890 from a Belleeks producer. Forward bullocks from £180 to £193 for 572k at £1105 and up to £1150 for 620k (184). Suitable Friesian bullocks from £130 to £145 for 538k at £780.

Forward bullocks: Collone farmer 572k £1105 £193.00; Belleeks farmer 560k £1070 £191.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 558k £1060 £190.00; Belleeks farmer 532k £1010 £190.00; Mayobridge farmer 580k £1100 £190.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 576k £1090 £189.00; Collone farmer 542k £1025 £189.00; Belleeks farmer 508k £960 £189.00; Collone farmer 552k £1035 £188.00; Poyntzpass farmr 624k £1150 £184.00.

Friesian bullocks: Dungannon farmer 538k £780 £145.00; Rathfriland farmer 502k £690 £137.00; Rathfriland farmer 520k £700 £135.00; Rathfriland farmer 502k £670 £133.00; Rathfriland farmer 522k £695 £133.00; Kilkeel farmer 530k £700 £132.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Belleeks farmer 418k £890 £213.00; Newry farmer 402k £855 £213.00; Crossmaglen farmer 410k £865 £211.00; Belleeks farmer 402k £830 £206.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 402k £830 £206.00; Belleeks farmer 490k £1005 £205.00; Crossmaglen farmer 428k £875 £204.00; Keady farmer 402k £800 £199.00.

WEANLINGS

The 245 weanlings sold in a very good trade particularly the good quality types. Lightweight heifers from £200 to £241 for 212k at £510. Stronger heifers to £211 for 334k at £705. Good quality lightweight male weanlings sold from £230 to £291 for 234k at £680 from a Keady farmer. Stronger lots from £200 to £234 for 342k at £800 from a Tassagh farmer.

Middleweight male weanlings: Tassagh farmer 342k £800 £234.00; Keady farmer 304k £700 £230.00;Cullyhanna farmer 330k £745 £226.00; Portadown farmer 308k £685 £223.00; Kilmore farmer 362k 3805 £222.00; Newry faremr 352k £780 £222.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 330k 3730 £221.00; Hamiltonsbawn farmer 334k £735 £220.00.

Lightweight male weanlings: Collone farmer 234k £680 £291.00; Collone farmer 260k £720 £277.00; Collone farmer 264k £730 £276.00; Collone farmer 260k £700 £269.00; Newry farmer 224k £585 £261.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 278k £720 £259.00; Moy farmer 224k £580 £259.00; Cullyhanna farmer 286k £715 £250.00.

Heifer weanlings: Newry farmer 212k £510 £241.00; Keady farmer 280k £665 £238.00; Moy farmer 190k £440 £232.00; Derrynoose farmer 254k £575 £226.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 272k £600 £221.00; Newry farmer 228k £495 £217.00; Belleeks farmer 302k £655 £217.00; Belleeks farmer 334k £705 £211.00; Portadown farmer 340k £700 £206.00; Belleeks farmer 358k £730 £204.00.

The 55 lots of sucklers sold in a very strong trade to a top of £1690 for a red/white sim heifer and heifer calf from a Hamiltonsbawn farmer. Others sold at £1240, £1220 and £1210 each.