Firmer trade for fat lambs at Markethill

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An entry of 1390 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday, 18th November sold in a noticeably firmer trade for fat lambs, stores and cull sheep.

Heavy lambs sold to £80 each with several pens from £73 to £77.80 each. Top rate of 300p per kilo was paid for 24 kilos @ £72 each, followed by 299p per kilo for 24.5 kilos @ £73.20 each. All top quality pens sold from 285p to 296p per kilo. The entire entry of heavy lambs average 25 kilos @ £72.50 (290).

Middleweight lambs sold to 321p per kilo for 22 kilos @ £70.50 each. All good quality pens sold from 303p to 316p per kilo. The entire entry of middleweight lambs averaged 22 kilos @ £66.50 each (302p).

Store lamb trade was exceptionally strong with light stores selling to 372p per kilo for 14.8 kilos @ £55 each. Main demand sold from 330p to 369p per kilo. Stronger stores sold from 300p to 344p per kilo for 18.4 kilos @ £63.50 each.

Cull ewes sold to £105 with all fleshed ewes from £70 to £93 each. Plainer ewes sold from £40 to £60 each.

HEAVY LAMBS: Armagh farmer 24k £72 300p. Richhill farmer 24.5k £73.20 299p. Armagh farmer 24k £72 299p. Portadown farmer 24k £71.20 296p. Armagh farmer 24.4k £72 295p. Armagh farmer 24.8k £73 294p. Armagh farmer 24k £71 294p. Loughgall farmer 24.2k £71 293p. Armagh farmer 24.2k £71 293p. Cullyhanna farmer 26k £76 292p.

MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS: Armagh farmer 22k £70.50 321p. Forkhill farmer 22k £70 316p. Forkhill farmer 21.4k £67 313p. Kilcoo farmer 21k £66 313p. Glenanne farmer 21.5k £66.20 308p. Dungannon farmer 20k £61.50 308p. Markethill farmer 23.4k £71.50 306p. Poyntzpass farmer 21.4k £65.50 305p. Gortin farmer 20.6k £63 305p

STORES: Aughnacloy farmer 14.8k £55 372p. Glenanne farmer 16k £59 368p. Forkhill farmer 15.6k £54 345p. Roslea farmer 16.2k £56 345p. Newry farmer 18.4k £63.50 344p. Draperstown farmer 18.3k £62 338p. Fivemiletown farmer 17.6k £59.50 337p. Draperstown farmer 16.4k £54.50 332p. Aughnacloy farmer 14k £47 332p.