Excellent trade for cattle at Rathfriland

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There was an excellent trade in all sorts of cattle on Friday but the weanling section really excelled.

These sold to 291p/k for three Red Lim steers, 240k each and £700 each. A further 2 lots from the same Banbridge herd sold at £600 for 214k each or 280p/k. An Edenagarry farmer sold a 286k Ch male at £785 or 275p/k. Male weanlings sold to £885 for a Ballinaskeagh farmer and to £860 for females from Warringstown.

In the bullock section £1165 was paid to a Shanrod farmer for a 30 month old Lim 670k.

A top per kilo of 214 pence was recorded from the same farm for a 350k lot at £750. A Katesbridge farmer topped the heifer section at £910 for a 540k Angus. Fat cows sold to £950 for a 804k Ch from Kilkeel.

Dropped calves cleared up to £400 for a Lim bull from Ballyward. Sim and Ch bull calves each to £390 for farmers from Edentrillick and Downpatrick. Lim heifer calves to £375 for a Katesbridge farmer.

DROPPED CALVES: Ballyward farmer: Lim bull £400. Edentrillick farmer: £390, £370 and £300. Katesbridge farmer: £375. Newry farmer: £345. Glenside farms: Lim heifers, £370, £345, £340, £325, £325 and £305. Ringsend farmer: £370. Kilwarlin farmer: £360, £330 and £300. Drumlough farmer: 2 Her bulls £290 each. Sim bull £285. Castlewellan farmer: £310. Hilltown farmer: £290 (twice). Newtownhamilton farmer: £275.

WEANLINGS: Banbridge farmer: 3 red Lims 240k at £700 each, (291p/k), 2 Lims 214k at £600, 245k at £640, 298k at £735, 336k at £745 and 370k at £750. Edenagarry farmer: 286k at £785, 266k at £710 and 250k at £655. Maghergall farmer: 260k at £665, 276k at £630, 210k at £530. Burren farmer: 312k at £690 and 262k at £550. Dromara farmer: 444k at £810 and 388k at £770. Kilkeel farmer: 460k at £805, 408k at £760 and 382k at £740. Castlewellan farmer: 294k at £620.

HEIFERS: Katesbridge farmer: 540k at £910. Ballycoulter farmer: 454k at £865, 406k at £765 and 412k at £735. Poyntzpass farmer: 466k at £820, 436k at £790 and 376k at £640. Cullyhanna farmer: 3 Her 432k at £765, 406k at £755 and 548k at £720. Dromore farmer: 410k at £730. Jerrettspass farmer: 508k Hol heifer at £875. Ballydrummond farmer: 474k at £860 and 442k at £830.

FAT & SUCKLER COWS: Fat cows sold to £950 for a 804k Ch from Kilkeel. Holstein cows cleared up to £590 from a Shanrod farm. Springing heifers to £1010 for a Legananny farmer, with several springing cows from £820 to £970.

BULLOCKS: Shanrod farmer: 676k at £1165, 530k at £920, 450k at £910, 454k at £900, 436k at £895, 478k at £890, 406k at £860, 410k at £850 and 350k at £750. Ballynafoy farmer: 690k at £1080, 550k at £960. Mayobridge farmer: 586k at £1020, 442k at £890, 500k at £860, 490k at £835 and 490k at £820. Hillsborough farmer: 388k at £760, 386k at £750, 376k at £735, 388k at £730 and 386k at £730. Warrenpoint farmer: 514k at £880, 470k at £825 and 390k at £690.

FRIESIAN BULLOCKS: 516k at £770, 478k at £765, 502k at £760, 560k at £750, 510k at £740, 508k at £725, 512k at £755, 430k at £575, 484k at £625 etc.

1045 sheep were sold on Tuesday evening with hoggets selling to £97.50 for a Kilkeel farmer. The top 10 lots of hoggets sold from £93.50 to £97.50. Fat rams sold to £115 for an Annalong farmer with fat ewes to £109 for a Banbridge farmer.

HOGGETS: Kilkeel farmer: 29k at £97.50. Ballyroney farmer: 31k at £96.50. Annaghbane farmer: 28k at £95.50. Ballinaskeagh farmer: 31.5k at £95.50. Cascum farmer: 30k at £94.50. Kilkeel farmer: 24.5k at £94. Rathfriland farmer: 27k at £94. Crosskeys farmer: 26.5k at £94. Corcreaghan farmer: 25k at £93.50. Downpatrick farmer: 23k at £88.50.

FAT EWES & RAMS: Annalong farmer: £115. Downpatrick farmer: £114. Ballynanny farmer: £109. Ringclare farmer: £108 and £107. Kilkeel farmer: £101 and £99. Markethill farmer: £94. Annaclone farmer: £94. Kilcoo farmer: £93. Newcastle farmer: £93.

BREEDERS: Ballynahinch farmer: 1 ewe with 2 lambs at £170. Annaclone farmer: 1 ewe with 1 lamb at £158. A pen of ewes from Ballyward all with single lambs at £136 each.