Entry of 1180 sheep at Markethill

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An entry of 1180 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday sold in an easier trade for lambs with cull ewes and breeding sheep maintaining a firm trade.

The 680 lambs returned a complete clearance. Light lambs sold to 352p per kilo for 21kilos @ £74 each. Main demand sold from 335p to 343p per kilo.

Heavy lambs sold from £77 to £82 each with a top of £89.50 each. Top rate of 344p was paid for 26kilos @ £89 each. Main demand sold from 310p to 321p per kilo.

The 270 cull ewes sold readily with good quality pens selling from £70 to £99 each with plainer ewes from £50 to £65 each.

Another large turnout of ewes & lambs sold in a strong trade. Doubles sold from £150 to £170 each. Good quality singles sold from £130 to £168 each.

LIGHT LAMBS: Dromore farmer 21k £74 352p. Armagh farmer 22.3k £76.50 343p. Crossmaglen farmer 21k £72 343p. Armagh farmer 21.7k £74.70 343p. Belleeks farmer 22.4k £76.50 342p. Loughbrickland farmer 21.4k £73 341p. Markethill farmer 21.7k £74 341p. Mountnorris farmer 21.7k £74 341p.

HEAVY LAMBS: Banbridge farmer 26k £89.50 344p. Newtownhamilton farmer 24k £77 321p. Glenanne farmer 24k £77 320p. Portadown farmer 25k £80 318p. Armagh farmer 24.2k £77 317p. Armagh farmer 24.4k £76 311p. Killeavy farmer 25.8k £80 310p.