Improved trade for fat lambs at Markethill

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An entry of 1850 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday, 3rd August returned a noticeably improved trade for fat lambs with prices improved by £4 to £5 per head on the week.

Cull ewes and breeders sold in a steady trade.

Heavy lambs sold from £80 to £85.50 each paid for 24.8kgs (345p). Main demand for good quality pens sold from 330p to 339p per kilo. The entire entry of heavy lambs average 25.5 kgs @ £82.80 each (325p)

Middleweight lambs sold to 371p per kilo for 22.4kgs @ £83 each. Main demand sold from 340p to 363p per kilo.

Light stores sold in an excellent trade to reach 405p per kilo for 11.3kgs @ £46 each. All good quality pens sold from 350p to 4021p per kilo. Stronger stores sold from 335p to 359p per kilo for 17.2kgs @ £60 each.

Cull ewes sold to £95 each. All good quality pens sold from £70 to £87 each with plainer ewes from £45 to £65 each.

A full yard of breeding ewes & hoggets sold in a firm trade. Ewe – hoggets reached £162 each. Several pens sold from £140 to £160 each.

On Wednesday 10th August there is a Special Entry of 80 Texel x ewe hoggets and young ewes.

LIGHT STORES: Hilltown farmer 11.3k £46 405p. Hilltown farmer 15.6k £62.50 401p. Hilltown farmer 10.9k £42 385p. Mullaghbawn farmer 14k £53 379p. Hilltown farmer 11k £42 378p. Hilltown farmer 16.2k £59.50 367p. Mayobridge farmer 14.5k £53 366p

STRONG STORE LAMBS: Middletown farmer 17.2k £60 349p. Mayobridge farmer 17.5k £61 348p. Mullaghbawn farmer 17.3k £60 347p. Belleeks farmer 18.3k £63 344p. Camlough farmer 18.3k £62.50 341p. Kilkeel farmer 18.9k £64.50 341p. Mayobridge farmer 17.9k £61 341p

MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS: Markethill farmer 22.4k £83 371p. Armagh farmer 21.5k £78 363p. Rostrevor farmer 21.1k £75.20 356p. Aughnacloy farmer 21.5k £76.50 355p. Silverbridge farmer 21k £75 355p. Keady farmer 21k £74 352p. Tassagh farmer 21.3k £75 352p. Magheralin farmer 22.5k £79 351p

HEAVY LAMBS: Jerrettspass farmer 24.8k £85.50 345p. Scarva farmer 24.2k £82 339p. Tassagh farmer 24k £81 338p. Jerrettspass farmer 25.4k £85.50 337p. Portadown farmer 24k £80 333p. Poyntzpass farmer 24k £80 333p. Newtownhamilton farmer 24.7k £82 332p