Heavy steers sell to £1330 for 690k at Markethill Mart

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An entry of 800 cattle at Markethill on Saturday 8th October continued to sell in a very firm demand for all stock. Buyers from throughout Northern Ireland were in attendance.

BULLOCKS: The 290 store bullocks continued to sell in an excellent trade. Heavy steers to £1330 for 690k (193). A considerable numbers of bullocks sold from £1200 to £1325 each. All top quality lots sold from £200 to £213 for 560k at £1190. Good quality middleweight bullocks sold readily from £200 to £231 for 376k at £870 for a Loughgall farmer. Friesian bullocks sold to £1140 for 750k (152). Good quality friesians from £135 to £159 for 682k at £1085.

Forward bullocks: Hilltown farmer 560k, £1190, £213.00; Hilltown farmer 524k, £1100, £210.00; Tassagh farmer 570k, £1190, £209.00; Richhill farmer 554k, £1155, £208.00; Tynan farmer 546k, £1135, £208.00; Tynan farmer 544k, £1130, £208.00; Richhill farmer 566k, £1170, £207.00; Richhill farmer 552k, £1135, £206.00; Tandragee farmer 618k, £1270, £206.00; Tandragee farmer 628k, £1290, £205.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Loughgall farmer 376k, £870, £231.00; Loughgall farmer 380k, £845, £222.00; Loughgall farmer 382k, £845, £221.00; Loughgall farmer 364k, £800, £219.00; Portadown farmer 428k, £930, £217.00; Belleek farmer 454k, £985, £217.00; Loughgall farmer 430k, £925, £215.00; Belleek farmer 424k, £910, £215.00; Portadown farmer 438k, £935, £213.00.

HEIFERS: The 250 heifers sold in a steady trade with heavy heifers to £1220 for 614k (199). All good quality forward heifers from £188 to £210 for 510k at £1070. Middleweight heifers to £230 for 422k at £970. Main demand from £190 to £213 per 100 kilos. Second quality heifers from £170 to £180 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Newtownhamilton farmer 510k, £1070, £210.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 530k, £1095, £207.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 512k, £1040, £203.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 606k, £1225, £202.00; Richhill farmer 614k, £1220, £199.00; Dungannon farmer 542k, £1070, £197.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 574k, £1125, £196.00; Newry farmer 508k, £990, £195.00.

Middleweight heifers: Cullyhanna farmer 422k, £970, £230.00; Killylea farmer 472k, £1005, £213.00; Newry farmer 440k, £935, £213.00; Newry farmer 406k, £840, £207.00; Benburb farmer 446k, £910, £204.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 422k, £860, £204.00; Newry farmer 424k, £860, £203.00.

SUCKLERS: The 80 lots of sucklers sold readily with cows and calves to £1610 for a blue cow and bull calf. Several more from £1000 to £1300. An entry of in-calf cows sold to £1480 each. Others sold at £1400, £1220 and £1140.

An entry of 160 cull cows at Markethill on Tuesday 11th October sold in a firmer demand particularily the poor quality cows. Beef-bred cows sold to £1425 for 1018k Char (140). Main demand from £120 to £149 for 916k at £1360. Cow/heifers to £163 for 614k at £1000. Fleshed Friesian cows to £118 for 758k at £895. Main demand from £95 to £115 per 100 kilos. Second quality Friesians from £80 to £90 per 100 kilos and the poorest quality cows from £55 to £70 per 100 kilos.

Cull cows: Collone farmer 614k, £1000, £163.00; Mayobridge farmer 584k, £900, £154.00; Dungannon farmer 916k, £1360, £149.00; Cullyhanna farmer 668k, £940, £141.00; Newry farmer 548k, £770, £141.00; Dungannon farmer 1018k, £1425, £140.00; Cullyhanna farmer 720k, £1000, £139.00; Newry farmer 700k, £950, £136.00; Newry farmer 914k, £1200, £131.00; Newry farmer 790k, £1025, £130.00; Collone farmer 872k, £1120, £129.00.

Friesian cull cows: Keady farmer 758k, £895, £118.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 710k, £815, £115.00; Portadown farmer 706k, £795, £113.00; Donaghmore farmer 610k, £655, £107.00; Tandragee farmer 628k, £640, £102.00; Loughgilly farmer 736k, £730, £99.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 836k, £800, £96.00.

CALVES: Calf trade was steady for the 120 sold. Bulls to £395 for a two week old blue followed by £380 paid three times for Hereford. Main demand from £220 to £295 each. Heifer calves to £270 for an Angus. Main demand from £200 to £245.

Bull calves: BB £395; Her £380; Sim £380; Lim £295; Sim £290; Lim £285; Lim £275.

Heifer calves: AA £270; AA £245; AA £235; AA £225; Her £210.