Firm trade at Markethill

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An entry of 505 store cattle and weanlings at Markethill on Saturday 21st March returned another very firm trade in all sections.

HEIFERS

The 140 store heifers sold readily with good quality middleweights from £190 to £211 per 100 kilos with a top of £230 for 440k at £1020. Lightweights sold to £241 for 320k at £775. Main demand from £200 to £235 per 100 kilos. Good quality forward heifers sold from £190 to £208 per 100 kilos with a top of £219 for 580k at £1275. Second quality heifers sold in a firm trade from £170 to £185 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Tassagh farmer 580k £1275 £219.00; Loughgall farmer 500k £1040 £208.00; Tandragee farmer 560k £1165 £207.00; Loughgall farmer 510k £1055 £206.00; Tassagh farmer 600k £1215 £203.00; Tassagh farmer 510k £1020 £200.00; Tandragee farmer 570k £1135 £198.00; Loughgall farmer 550k £1095 £199.00

Middleweight heifers: Newtownhamilton farmer 440k £1020 £230.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 425k £895 £211.10; Newtownhamilton farmer 430k £890 £208.00; Newry farmer 500k £1030 £206.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 405k £825 £203.20; Tassagh farmer 490k £995 £203.00; Loughgall farmer 475k £965 £203.00.

Lightweight heifers: Newtownhamilton farmer 320k £775 £241.00; Milford farmer 305k £720 £235.30; Moy farmer 320k £730 £229.60; Keady farmer 370k £800 £215.05; Killylea farmer 385k £840 £211.05; Newtownhamilton farmer 375k £790 £210.10; Newtownhamilton farmer 375k £790 £209.00.

BULLOCKS

The 170 store bullocks sold in an excellent demand. Forward bullocks to £219 for 530k at £1160. Top price £1240 for 608k (204). Main demand from £188 to £218 per 100 kilos. Middleweights from £200 to £232 for 400k at £930. Suitable lightweights from £200 to £251 for 310k at £780. Friesian bullocks sold from £135 to £158 for 430k at £680.

Forward bullocks: Newtownhamilton farmr 530k £1160 £219.00; Keady farmr 525k £1145 £218.50; Keady farmer 535k £1115 £208.80; Keady farmer 545k £1140 £208.80; Newry farmer 505k £1050 £207.50; Keady farmer 545k £1125 £205.05; Keady farmer 525k £1080 £205.30.

Middleweight bullocks: Newtownhamilton farmer 400k £930 £232.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 408k £910 £223.05; Lisnaskea farmer 465k £1030 £211.05; Newtownhamilton farmer 415k £915 £219.95; Sixmilecross farmer 440k £950 £215.90; Newtownhamilton farmer 405k £875 £215.50; Belleek farmer 500k £1065 £213.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 420k £885 £210.70; Keady farmer 480k £1015 £210.60.

Middleweight Friesian bullocks: Keady farmer 430k £680 £158.00; Bessbrook farmer 455k £645 £142.10; Milford farmer 415k £580 £140.00; Keady farmer 460k £625 £136.00; Armagh farmer 420k £565 £134.00;

Lightweight bullocks: Tullyvallen farmer 310k £780 £251.60; Tullyvallen farmer 325k £795 £245.40; Tullyvallen farmer 350k £840 £238.65; Keady farmer 350k £810 £231.45; Newtownhamilton farmer 385k £890 £230.60; Tullyvallen farmer 380k £870 £228.95; Gilford farmer 380k £835 £220.90; Gilford farmer 335k £725 £215.80; Newry farmer 325k £700 £214.70.

WEANLINGS

The 190 weanlings continued to sell in a very strong trade to a packed ringside of buyers. Light heifers to £274 for 208k at £570. Middleweight lots to £250 for 320k at £800. All good quality heifer weanlings from £220 to £260 per 100 kilos. Middleweight male weanlings to £277 for 318k at £880 and up to £970 for 396k (245). Main demand from £225 to £274 per 100 kilos. Light males from £240 to £321 for 218k at £700.

Middleweight male weanlings: Moy farmer 318k £880 £277.00; Portadown farmer 330k £910 £274.10; Portadown farmer 330k £885 £266.60; Dungannon farmer 335k £870 £260.50; Dungannon farmer 310k £800 £258.05; Armaghbreague farmer 350k £890 £255.75; Craigavon farmer 325k £835 £254.60; Moy farmer 362k £920 £254.15; Armaghbreague farmer 340k £865 £242.90; Mullabawn farmer 395k £970 £244.95.

Lightweight male weanlings: Markethill farmer 218k £700 £321.10; Lisnaskea farmer 210k £620 £295.25; Markethill farmer 255k £725 £285.45; Moy farmer 275k £785 £284.40; Lisnaskea farmer 300k £850 £283.35; Dungannon farmer 275k £780 £282.60; Portadown farmer 260k £730 £280.80; Loughgall farmer 280k £740 £266.20; Dungannon farmer 275k £730 £264.50.

Middleweight heifer weanlings: Newry farmer 320k £800 £250.00; Newry farmer 305k £760 £250.00; Newry farmer 305k £755 £248.35; Newry farmer 320k £780 £245.30; Newry farmer 305k £745 £243.50; Newry farmer 315k £750 £237.35; Newry farmer 320k £730 £226.70.

Lightweight heifer weanlings: Keady farmer 210k £570 £274.00; Loughgall farmer 255k £680 £267.70; Fivemiletown 275k £730 £264.50; Collone farmer 250k £640 £256.00; Newry farmer 295k £730 £248.30; Markethill farmer 285k £700 £246.50; Armaghbreague farmer 270k £665 £246.30; Newry farmer 256k £630 £246.10.

Suckler outfits reached £1240 paid twice. In-calf heifers to £900 each.