Dropped calves to £510 at Rathfriland

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Dropped calves were exceptionally dear on Friday with a really good entry selling to £510 for a Lim bull two months old from a Castlewellan farmer.

A Hilltown farmer sold two Ch bull calves at £500 and £400. Two Her bulls from Castlewellan sold at £340 each. Her heifers sold to £300 for a Kilkeel farmer.

A big entry of weanlings sold to £850 for males and £735 for heifers from Millford. A top pence per kilo of 238.5p was paid to a Dunturk farmer for a 260k Ch at £620. In the heifer section, £1130 was paid for a 630k BB from Rathfriland with others to 214p/k for a 356k BB at £700.

Bullocks cleared up to 225 pence per kilo for a 325k Sim at £800 from Banbridge. A top price of £1095 to a Ringsend farmer for a 562k OTM MBE.

DROPPED CALVES: Castlewellan farmer: Lim bull £510, 2 Her bulls at £340 each. Hilltown farmer: £500 and £400 for 2 Ch bulls. Glenside farms: £315, £285, £280 and £270. Kilkeel farmer: Her bull £300 and £275. Warringstown farmer: £275. Annalong farmer: £260, £225 and £220 for Heifer calves. Strong Friesians cleared up to £125.

WEANLINGS: Millford farmer: 440k at £850, 400k at £755, 352k at £705, 322k at £690 (twice) etc. Cullyhanna farmer: 362k at £750, 320k at £660. Castlewellan farmer: 326k at £720, 340k at £705 and 302k at £595. Kilcoo farmer: 370k at £645. Banbridge farmer: 352k at £705, 300k at £650, 302k at £630 and 314k at £625.

HEIFERS: Rathfriland farmer: 638k at £1130, 592k at £1090, 598k at £1050, 552k at £990. Dysart farmer: 536k at £985, 486k at £935, 458k at £920, 450k at £905 and 462k at £880. Donacloney farmer: 440k at £800 and 490k at £855. Banbridge farmer: 374k at £740, 424k at £740, 376k at £750 and 326k at £700. Kilkeel farmer: 450k at £855, 464k at £855, 414k £830 and 462k at £800 and 424k at £700.

BULLOCKS: Dromara farmer: OTM 582k at £1095, 450k at £865. Katesbridge farmer: 538k at £965, 520k at £940, 474k at £925, 464k at £910, 548k at £875, 498k at £855, 488k at £840, 424k at £730, 450k at £760 etc. Warringstown farmer: 532k at £970, 528k at £950, 500k at £945, 550k at £935 and 458k at £885. Banbridge farmer: 356k at £800, 388k at £800, 332k at £745. Dromara farmer: Pen of Angus: 346k at £640 and 287k at £575. Warrenpoint farmer: 408k at £700 etc.

The first breeding sheep sale of the season on Monday night saw over 300 breeders clear up to £152 each with other lots reaching £150 for 10 and £148, £148 for 6, £142 for 6. Most lots sold from £132 to £148 each.

On Tuesday evening a smaller entry cleared up to £91 for a lot of 3 weighing 32k from Dromara. A Mayobridge farmer reached £82 for 25k. Dromore farmer: 32k at £80. Lisnadill farmer: 23.8k at £79. Mulladun farmer: 23.7k at £76.50. Ballynahinch farmer: 24.5k at £76.50. Ringsend farmer: 23.6k at £76.

FAT EWES

Kilkeel farmer: £115. Hilltown farmer: £97 and £84. Ballyward farmer: £81. Hilltown farmer: £80. Annaclone farmer: £80 and Dromore farmer: £80.