Cattle prices remain firm at Markethill

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Cattle prices remained very firm at Markethill on Saturday 8th August for a reduced entry of stock.

BULLOCKS

The 170 store bullocks sold readily. Forward lots to £218 for 504k at £1100. All good quality steers from £185 to £202 per 100 kilos. Top price £1235 for 640k (191). Good quality middleweights sold from £185 to £212 for 480k at £1020. Suitable Friesian bullocks sold from£140 to £166 for 546k at £905.

Forward bullocks: Collone farmer 505k £1100 £218.25; Newry farmer 568k £1150 £202.45; Newry farmer 520k £1050 £210.95; Armagh farmer 590k £1180 £201.40; Newry farmer 560k £1120 £200.75; Stewartstown farmer 560k £1115 £199.10; Portadown farmer 568k £1130 £198.95; Collone farmer 580k £1150 £198.30; Newry farmer 525k £1040 £197.75.

Forward Friesian bullocks: Portadown farmer 546k £905 £166.00; Portadown farmer 536k £840 £157.00; Newry farmer 550k £815 £148.00; Derrynoose farmer 585k £830 £142.00; Scarva farmer 640k £905 £141.00; Bessbrook farmer 616k £870 £141.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Benburb farmer 480k £1020 £212.50; Tassagh farmer 385k £790 £205.75; Derrynoose farmer 428k £875 £204.45; Newtownhamilton farmer 450k £905 £201.10; Newtownhamilton farmer 468k £940 £200.85; Stewartstown farmer 498k £1000 3200.80; Armagh farmer 400k £795 £198.75; Portadown farmer 475k £940 £198.30; Loughbrickland farmer 425k £840 £197.20.

HEIFERS

The 110 store heifers maintained a firm demand with top quality forward heifers from £188 to £214 for 554k at £1185. Top price £1345 for 628k (208). Middleweight heifers from £180 to £196 for 380k at £750. Second quality heifers sold from £160 to £175 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Belleeks farmer 554k £1185 £214.00; Mullabawn farmer 595k £1260 3212.10; Poyntzpass farmer 550k £1155 £210.75; Poyhntzpass farmer 630k £1305 £207.80; Newtownhamilton farmer 530k £1085 £205.50; Mullabawn farmer 565k £1150 £203.90; Belleeks farmer 556k £1080 £194.25.

Middleweight heifers: Forkhill farmer 302k £620 £205.30; Birches farmer 380k £750 £196.00; Newry farmer 370k £715 £194.30; Tassagh farmer 490k £960 £194.00; Newry farmer 356k £690 £193.80; Portadown farmer 375k £705 £187.50.

WEANLINGS

Male weanlings sold to £278 for 208k at £580. Main demand from £200 to £245 per 100 kilos. Heifer weanlings to £209 for 270k at £565.

Suckler outfits sold to £3120 each with others at £1300, £1200 and £1150.