Large entry of 2300 sheep at Markethill

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A very large entry of 2300 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 19th August sold in a slightly slower trade for fat lambs.

Store lamb prices remained steady.

Heavy lambs sold from £64 to £67 each with several pens from £68 to £71 each. Top rate of 276p per kilo was paid for 24.4 kilos @ £67.50 each. Main demand sold from 263p to 272p per kilo.

Good quality middleweight lambs sold from 275p to 294p per kilo for 20.1 kilos at £59 each.

Light stores sold to 359p per kilo for 14.3 kilos at £51.10 each. All good quality pens sold from 320p to 346p per kilo. Stronger stores sold from 290p to 312p per kilo for 18.2 kilos at £57 each.

The 350 cull ewes sold readily to a top of £102. Main demand sold from £60 to £82 each. Plainer ewes sold from £40 to £55 each.

A full yard of breeding sheep returned a firm demand. Ewe – hoggets sold to £150 each with several pens from £120 to £145 each with others from £95 to £110 each.

Rams sold to £340 with several more from £200 to £300 each.

HEAVY LAMBS: Armagh farmer 24.4k £67.50 276p; Tandragee farmer 24.1k £65.50 272p; Richhill farmer 24k £65 271p; Richhill farmer 24k £65 271p; Killylea farmer 25.5k £69 271p; Armagh farmer 24.5k £65.80 269p; Clogher farmer 24.4k £65.50 268p; Tullyglush farmer 24.2k £64.80 267p; Poyntzpass farmer 24k £64 266p; Jerrettspass farmer 24.6k £65.50 266p

MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS

Warrenpoint farmer 20.1k £59 294p; Richhill farmer 20.5k £59.50 290p; Belleeks farmer 20k £58 289p; Caledon farmer 20.25k £58 286p; Newtownhamilton farmer 23k £65.80 286p; Derrynoose farmer 21.65k £61.80 285p; Draperstown farmer 20k £57 285p; Portadown farmer 22k £62 282p; Whitecross farmer 22k £62.20 281p

STORES: Bessbrook farmer 14.35k £51.50 359p; Markethill farmer 13k £45 346p; Lislea farmer 13k £45.50 346p; Markethill farmer 13.6k £47 344p; Markethill farmer; 15.8k £53.50 339p; Lislea farmer 14.3k £48 336p; Markethill farmer 15.3k £51 333p; Markethill farmer 14.75k £49 332p; Richhill farmer 14.65k £48.50 331p.