Excellent trade in the rings at Rathfriland Co-Op

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There was an excellent trade for sheep on Tuesday evening with 726 lambs selling consistently to £91 for farmers from Mayobridge and Rathfriland.

Heavy lambs to £4.00 per kilo for 22.4k @ £89.50 from Leitrim. 346 fat ewes cleared up to £94 for an Armagh farmer and to £92 for a Downpatrick farmer. Fat rams reached £96 for a farmer from Castlewellan.

726 LAMBS: Mayobridge farmer 23k @ £91. Rathfriland farmer 25k @ £91. Ballyward farmer 23.5k @ £90.50. Ballynahinch farmer 26k @ £90. Rathfriland farmer 23.5k @ £89.50. Leitrim farmer 22.4k @ £89.50. Drumturk farmer 24k @ £89. Rathfriland farmer 23k @ £89. Hilltown farmer 22k @ £86.50. Ballykinlar farmer 36 lambs 22.4k @ £88. Dromore farmer 22k @ £86.

FAT EWES: Co Armagh farmer £94. Downpatrick farmer £92. Crossmaglen farmer £90. Enagh farmer £88. Dromara farmer £87. Ballymorris farmer £87. Rathfriland farmer £87. Ballykinlar farmer 19 ewes @ £86. Fat rams to £96 with Breeding ewes to £182.

Another full yard of cattle on Friday saw a fabulous entry of 138 quality weanlings. This section was topped by a Mayobridge farmer with a Lim male @ £940 with some very high prices, e.g. 326k @ £800 etc. Store heifers sold to £960 from Ballynanny. Bullocks cleared up to £990 for a Katesbridge farmer. Sucklers cows to £1250 from Castlewellan while fat cows reached £950 for a 736k lot from Newcastle. 70 dropped calves sold to £375 for a Lim bull from Annaclone followed by £340, £335 and £330 etc.

DROPPED CALVES: Annaclone farmer £375, £330, £310, £310, £300 and £300. Bessbrook farmer £335. Glenside Farms £340, £320, £310 and £280. Derrylecka farmer £330, £295 and £290. Ballynahinch farmer £260, £250 and £250. Kilkeel farmer pen of Herefords to £200. Cabra farmer 2 Ch heifer calves £265 and £215.

138 WEANLINGS: Mayobridge farmer 450k @ ££820 and 568k @ £940. Dromara farmer 380k @ £805. Banbridge farmer 326k @ £800, 344k @ £800, 316k @ £800, 406k @ £770, 330k @ £750, 422k @ £790. Cullion farmer 414k @ £785. Downpatrick farmer 370k @ £825, 354k @ £740, 324k @ £685. Poyntzpass farmer 380k @ £745, 362k @ £700. Kilkeel farmer 386k @ £825. Kinallen farmer 530k @ £830, 484k @ £800, 320k @ £500.

HEIFERS: Ballynanny farmer 564k @ £960. Kilkeel farmer 536k @ £955, 522k @ £920. Ballywillwill farmer 524k @ £905. Shinn farmer 492k @ £900, 492k @ £885. Greencastle farmer 506k @ £945, 484k @ £890. Dysart farmer 476k @ £830. Moyadd farmer 298k @ £565 (twice) and 268k @ £490. Annaclone farmer 442k @ £815.

SUCKLERS: Castlewellan farmer £1250. Rathfriland farmer £1040. Dundrum farmer £1000. 4 Springers from Newcastle £920, £900, £740 and £720. AA bull from Belleeks sold @ £1000.

FAT COWS: Newcastle farmer 736k @ £950, 774k @ £900. Corbet farmer 694k @ £770. Rathfriland farmer 514k @ £620. Dysart farmer 560k @ £550.

BULLOCKS: Corbally farmer 548k @ £990. Ballymartin farmer 530k @ £990. Ballyholland farmer 468k @ £960, 436k @ £905, 418k @ £885, 388k @ £830. Ballynahinch farmer 338k @ £615, 352k @ £665, 384k @ £700, 356k @ £630.

FRIESIAN BULLOCKS: Dromara farmer 474k @ £770, 436k @ £705, 412k @ £620. Lisburn farmer 482k @ £645, 496k @ £660, 424k @ £560, 476k @ £600 etc.