Entry of 640 store cattle and weanlings at Markethill

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An entry of 640 store cattle and weanlings at Markethill on Saturday 12th March continued to sell in a very firm demand for all stock, including Frieisan bullocks. Buyers from throughout Northern Ireland were in attendance.

BULLOCKS: The 220 store bullocks sold readily with good quality middleweight steers from £185 to £202 for 480k at £970. Lightweights from £190 to £218 for 316k at £690. Good quality forward steers sold from £175 to £187 for 528k at £985. Top price £1160 for 654k (177). Friesian bullocks sold in an excellent trade. Suitable forward Friesians sold from £135 to £153 for 528k at £810. Top price £860 for 598k (144). Middleweight friesians from £130 to £153 for 418k at £640.

Forward bullocks: Armagh farmer 528k £985 £187.00; Newry farmer 502k £910 £181.00; Gilford farmer 516k £935 £181.00; Armagh farmer 574k £1035 £180.00; Annaghmore farmer 538k £970 £180.00; Mowhan farmer 516k £930 £180.00; Annaghmore farmer 524k £940 £179.00; Annaghmore farmer 532k £950 £179.00; Armagh farmer 538k £960 £178.00; Annaghmore farmer 548k £975 £178.00.

Forward Friesian bullocks: Hamiltonsbawn farmer 528k £810 £153.00; Katesbridge farmer 578k £845 £146.00; Newry farmer 502k £730 £146.00; Hamiltonsbawn farmer 532k £770 £145.00; Tandragee farmer 586k £845 £144.00; Katesbridge farmer 598k £860 £144.00; Katesbridge farmer 584k £835 £143.00; Hamilton sbawn farmer 526k £745 £142.00.

Middleweight Friesian bullocks: Newry farmer 418k £640 £153.00; Mowhan farmer 484k £740 £153.00; Hamiltonsbawn farmer 458k £695 £152.00; Hamiltonsbawn farmer 482k £720 £149.00; Keady faremr 498k £730 £147.00; Newry farmer 462k £670 £145.00; Keady farmer 494k £695 £141.00; Newry farmer 464k £635 £137.00; Newry farmer 478k £650 £136.00.

Lightweight bullocks: Newry farmer 316k £690 £218.00; Keady farmer 344k £740 £215.00; Newry farmer 314k £670 £213.00; Moy farmer 344k £730 £212.00; Lisnaskea farmer 330k £685 £208.00; Lisnaskea farmer 370k £760 £205.00; Gilford farmer 332k £680 £205.00; Dungannon farmer 324k £655 £202.00.

HEIFERS: The 170 store heifers sold in another very good trade with good quality middleweights from £180 to £219 for 374k at £820 for an Enniskillen producer. Forward heifers sold from £175 to £187 for 500k at £935. Top price £1090 for 588k (185). Second quality heifers returned a firm demand from £160 to £170 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Dungannon farmer 500k £935 £187.00; Jerrettspass farmer 588k £1090 £185.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 504k £915 £182.00; Crossgar farmer 540k £980 £182.00; Loughgall farmer 522k £940 £180.00; Crossgar farmer 522k £940 £180.00; Keady farmer 504k £905 £180.00; Cullyhanna farmer 502k £895 £178.00; Armagh farmer 606k £1080 £178.00; Dungannon farmer 520k £925 £178.00.

Middleweight heifers: Enniskillen farmer 374k £820 £219.00; Armagh farmer 392k £820 £209.00; Enniskillen farmer 320k £655 £205.00; Cullyhanna farmer 480k £1000 £208.00; Richhill farmer 425k £855 £201.00; Aughnacloy farmer 374k £755 £202.00; Markethill farmer 360k £720 £200.00; Cullyhanna farmer 410k £820 £200.00; Tassagh farmer 408k £800 £196.00.

WEANLINGS: An increased entry of 225 weanlings continued to sell in an excellent demand particularly the top quality lots. Light heifer weanlings sold from £220 to £254 for 276k at £700. Stronger heifers from £195 to £220 for 356k at £760. Strong male weanlings from £195 to £252 for 334k at £840 top price £915 for 390k. Light males from £210 to £270 for 256k at £690.

Strong male weanlings: Armagh farmer 334k £840 £252.00; Tassagh farmer 308k £770 £250.00; Milford farmer 390k £915 £235.00; Milford farmer 334k £760 £228.00; Keady farmer 308k £665 £216.00; Tassagh farmer 334k £720 £216.00; Moy farmer 332k £690 £208.00; Dromore farmer 338k £700 £207.00.

Light male weanlings: Tassagh farmer 256k £690 £270.00; Tassagh farmer 278k £710 £255.00; Belleeks farmer 226k £550 £243.00; Keady farmer 216k £520 £241.00; Dungannon farmer 296k £700 £237.00; Armagh farmer 246k £580 £236.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 276k £620 £225.00; Dromore farmer 270k £600 £222.00.

Strong heifer weanlings: Milford farmer 306k £680 £222.00; Newry farmer 346k £760 £220.00; Tassagh farmer 322k £700 £217.00; Richhill farmer 326k £695 £213.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 384k £800 £208.00; Dromore farmer 354k £735 £208.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 334k £690 £207.00.

Light heifer weanlings: Newtownhamilton farmer 276k £700 £254.00; Tassagh farmer 226k £545 £241.00; Dromore farmer 242k £575 £238.00; Dromore farmer 230k £540 £235.00; Keady farmer 256k £600 £234.00; Belleeks farmer 284k £660 £232.00; Milford farmer 280k £640 £229.00.

Suckler outfits sold at £1190, £1160 and £1050.