Exceptional trade and prices for cattle at Markethill

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An entry of 430 store cattle and weanlings at Markethill on Saturday 25th June sold in an exceptionally firm trade with prices at their highest level so far this year. Buyers from throughout Northern Ireland were in attendance.

The 220 store bullocks included several pens of top quality lots, which sold in the best trade so far this year.

Middleweights to £251 per 100kg for 386kg at £970 from a Loughgall farmer.

All top quality middleweights to £210 per 100kg to £235 per 100kg for 400kg at £940.

Forward bullocks reached £1285 for £660kg (194) and up to £320 per 100kg for 590kg Angus at £1200. All top quality lots from £185 per 100kg to £200 per 100kg.

Forward Friesian steers sold to £1090 for 774kg (141). Main demand from £130 per 100kg to £147 per 100kg for 660kgs at £970. Middleweight Friesian from £130 per 100kg to £143 per 100kg for 456kg at £650.

The 100 store heifers sold in the best trade for some time. Good quality lightweights from £200 to £239 for 352k at £840 from Rathfriland farmer. Middleweights from £188 to £212 for 472k at £1000 from a Rathfriland farmer. Forward heifers from £182 to £200 for 500k at £1000. Top price of £1125 for 598k (188) from a Tandragee farmer. Second quality heifers sold from £180 to £185 per 100 kilos.

Forward bullocks: Newtownhamilton farmer 590k £1200 £203.00; Tandragee farmer 540k £1080 £200.00; Annaclone farmer 534k £1055 £198.00; Tandragee farmer 552k £1090 £197.00; Moy farmer 598k £1180 £197.00; Banbridge farmer 536k £1055 £197.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 614k £1200 £195.00; Annaclone farmer 564k £1100 £195.00; Tandragee farmer 574k £1115 £194.00.

Forward Friesian bullocks: Newry farmer 660k £970 £147.00; Banbridge farmer 624k £880 £141,00; Keady farmer 774k £1090 £141.00; Banbridge farmer 652k £910 £140.00; Newry farmer 546k £740 £136.00; Banbridge farmer 562k £755 £134.00; Ballynahinch farmer 504k £675 £134.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Loughgall farmer 386k £970 £251.00; Loughgall farmer 400k £940 £235.00; Annaclone farmer 420k £935 £223.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 432k £960 £222.00; Loughgall farmer 402k £880 £219.00; Banbridge farmer 470k £1020 £217.00; Keady farmer 350k £765 £219.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 384k £830 £216.00; Loughgall farmer 438k £950 £217.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 420k £910 £217.00.

Middleweight Friesian bullocks: Cullyhanna farmer 456k £650 £143.00; Cullyhanna farmer 460k £640 £139.00; Keady farmer 402k £555 £138;.00; Armagh farmer 412k £560 £136.00; Armagh farmer 470k £630 £134.00; Benburb farmer 444k £585 £132.00.

Forward heifers: Tandragee farmer 500k £1000 £200.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 520k £1020 £196.15; Tandragee farmer 552k £1070 £194.00; Tandragee farmer 578k £1100 £190.00; Tandragee farmer 528k £1000 £189.00; Tandragee farmer 598k £1125 £188.00; Tandragee farmer 560k £1045 £187.00; Annaghmore farmer 544k £990 £182.00.

Middleweight heifers: Rathfriland farmer 472k £1000 £212.00; Keady farmer 404k £850 £210.00; Annaclone farmer 402k £820 £204.00; Keady farmer 402k £810 £202.00; Tandragee farmer 486k £960 £198.00; ,Annaghmore farmer 466k £910 £195.00; Milford farmer 446k £870 £195.00; Tandragee farmer 482k £940 £195.00.

Lightweight heifers: Rathfriland farmer 352k £840 £239.00; Keady farmer 378k £805 £213.00; Newry farmer 322k £685 £213.00; Annaclone farmer 378k £800 £212.00; Newry farmer 386k £810 £210.00; Milford farmer 388k £810 £209.00; Keady farmer 384k £795 £207.00; Keady farmer 388k £790 £204.00.

WEANLINGS: The 80 weanlings sold in an excellent demand particularly the better quality lots. Heifers from £200 to £263 for 228k at £600 and up to £760 for 322k (236). Males from £200 to £244 for 308k at £750.

Male weanlings: Milford farmer 308k £750 £244.00; Donacloney farmer 350k £830 £237.00; Milford farmer 352k £760 £216.00; Newry farmer 320k £690 £216.00; Newry farmer 312k £640 £205.00; Keady farmer 274k £560 £204.00.

Heifer weanlings: Lisburn farmer 228k £600 £263.00; Collone farmer 220k £560 £254.00; Collone farmer 300k £730 £243.00; Lisburn farmer 262k £635 £242.00; Lisburn farmer 244k £590 £242.00 Dromara farmer 250k £600 £240.00; Donacloney farmer 322k £760 £236.00; Armagh farmer 318k £705 £222.00; Donacloney farmer 298k £700 £235.00.

Another large selection of cows and calves sold in a very solid demand to a top of £1840 with others from £1680, £1460 and £1450. In all 19 turnouts sold in excess of £1000 each.