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An entry of 720 store cattle, weanlings and sucklers at Markethill on Saturday 25th April sold in a very firm trade for all stock.

Buyers from throughout N.I. and export agents were in attendance.

HEIFERS

The 251 store heifers sold in a firmer trade, particularly the top quality lots. Forward heifers to £233 for 516k at £1200. Main demand from £200 to £227 for 502k at £1140. Middleweight heifers to £229 for 480k Hereford at £1100. All good quality lots from £1905 to £227 for 412k at £935. Lightweight heifers from £205 to £252 for 318k at £800. Second quality heifers in excellent demand from £180 to £190 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Newtownhamilton farmer 516k £1200 £233.00; Jerrettspass farmer 502k £1140 £227.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 542k £1200 £222.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 546k £1205 £221.00; Eglish farmer 542k £1140 £210.00; Richhill farmer 566k £1180 £208.00; Jerrettspass farmer 574k £1195 £208.00; Dromore farmer 534k £1110 £208.00; Fermanagh farmer 570k £1180 £207.00

Middleweight heifers: Newtownhamilton farmer 480k £1100 £229.00; Eglish farmer 412k £935 £227.00; Jerrettspass farmer 482k £1080 £224.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 402k £900 £224.00; Newry farmer 480k £1070 £223.00; Whitecross farmer 442k £965 £218.00; Cladymore farmer 434k £945 £218.00; Cladymore farmer 422k £915 £217.00; Jerrettspass farmer 420k £905 £215.00

Lightweight heifers: Lisburn farmer 318k £800 £252.00; Newry farmer 344k £850 £247.00; Dromore farmer 310k £720 £232.00; Dungannon farmer 370k £850 £230.00; Jerrettspass farmer 382k £875 £229.00; Derrynoose farmer 372k £850 £229.00; Derrynoose farmer 368k £840 £228.00; Jerrettspass farmer 388k £865 £223.00

BULLOCKS

The 240 store bullocks sold in a steady trade. Forward bullocks to £220 for 500k at £1100. Main demand from £195 to £212 per 100 kilos. Good quality middleweights sold from £200 to £243 for 434k at £1055. Lightweights to £254 for 370k at £940 with all good types from £210 to £250 per 100 kilos. Forward Friesian bullcoks from £140 to £156 for 530k at £830. Suitable middleweight friesians from £150 to £171 for 450k at £775.

Forward bullocks: Armagh farmer 500k £1100 £220.00; Armagh farmer 510k £1080 £212.00; Richhill farmer 506k £1065 £211.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 542k £1140 £210.00; Armagh farmer 546k £1145 £210.00; Markethill farmer 570k £1195 £210.00; Poyntzpass farmer 506k £1060 £209.00; Belleeks farmer 628k £1310 £209.00; Newry farmer 502k £1045 £208.00; Poyntzpass farmer 526k £1090 £207.00

Forward Friesian bullocks: Newry farmer 532k £830 £156.02; Keady farmer 520k £800 £254.00; Ballintemple farmer 550k £850 £154.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 510k £775 £151.95; Ballintemple farmer 520k £795 £152.00; Ballintemple farmer 520k £780 £150.00; Richhill farmer 520k £780 £150.00; Banbridge farmer 610k £905 £149.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Newtownhamilton farmer 434k £1055 £243.10; Armagh farmer 462k £1055 £228.35; Richhill farmer 442k £1000 £226.25; Armagh farmer 418k £935 £223.70; Poyntzpass farmer 500k £1115 £223.00; Dungannon farmer 434k £960 £221.20; Loughgilly farmer 402k £880 £218.90; Moy farmer 472k £1030 £218.20; Newtownhamilton farmer 424k £915 £215.80.

Middleweight Friesian bullocks: Lurgan farmer 450k £775 £171.00; Newry farmer 470k £785 £166.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 460k £740 £161.00; Annaghmore farmer 440k £690 £157.00; Donaghmore farmer 470k £725 £154.00; Ballintemple farmer 492k £755 £153.00; Donaghmore farmer 420k £645 £153.00; Ballintemple farmer 480k £730 £152.00; Ballintemple farmer 500k £750 £150.00.

Lightweight bullocks: Drumilly farmer 370k £940 £154.05; Dungannon farmer 386k £965 £250.00; Belleeks farmer 348k £850 £244.25; Newtownhamilton farmer 368k £870 £236.40; Camlough farmer 375k £880 £234.05; Keady farmer 310k £720 £232.25; Keady farmer 310k £720 £232.25; Newtownhamilton farmer 385k £890 £231.80; Gilford farmer 325k £750 £231.50.

WEANLINGS

The 140 weanlings sold in a very firm trade. Top quality heifers from £230 to £293 for 260k at £605. Stronger lots to £258 for 302k at £780. Good quality males to £279 for 280k at £780. Main demand from £225 to £269 per 100 kilos.

Male weanlings: Mayobridge farmer 280k £780 £229.00; Keady farmer 262k £705 £269.00; Derrynoose farmer 236k £620 £263.00; Banbridge farmer 212k £555 £262.00; Keady farmer 290k £740 £255.00; Collone farmer 300k £740 £247.00; Armagh farmer 256k £625 £244.00; Aghalee farmer 236k £575 £244.00; Tassagh farmer 286k £695 £243.00.

Heifer weanlings: Banbridge farmer 206k £605 £293.70; Mayobridge farmer 278k £780 £280.60; Newry farmer 280k £750 £267.90; Derrynoose farmer 255k £675 £265.75; Newry farmer 292k £775 £265.40; Mayobridge farmer 290k £760 £260.30; Mayobridge farmer 302k £780 £258.30; Moy farmer 320k £820 £256.25; Banbridge farmer 218k £565 £259.20.

An entry of nearly 200 calves at Markethill on Tuesday 28th April sold in an exceptionally strong trade with heifer calves selling in probably the best trade to date with a top price of £470 for a 4 week old Sim heifer from a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by £375 for an Angus. Main demand from £270 to £350 each. Bull calves to £410 for a whitehead. Main demand from £250 to £325 each. Friesian bulls sold to a very high of £300 for a superb six week old Friesian from a local farmer. Main demand from £50 to £100 each with stronger friesians from £110 to £155 each.

Heifer calves: Sim £470; AA £375; AA £350; BB £330; BB £320; BB £315; BB £310; Lim £305; Her £300; Lim £290.

CULL COWS

The 120 cull cows returned another excellent trade for all classes. Beef bred cows to £158 for 690k at £1095. Main demand from £125 to £151 per 100 kilos. Fleshed Friesian cows to £123 for 710k at £875. Top price Friesian cow £960 for 800k (120). Main demand from £110 to £121 per 100 kilos. Second quality friesians from £90 to £105 per 100 kilos and the poorest lots from £65 to £80 per 100 kilos. Young Friesian cows sold to £147 for 690k at £1015 followed by £137 for 570k at £785.

Dairy stock sold to £1660 for a calved heifer from a Loughgall farmer.

Cull cows: Armagh farmer 690k £1095 £158.00; Keady farmer 530k £805 £151.00; Armagh farmer 820k £1180 £144.00; Mountnorris farmer 580k £835 £144.00; Newry farmer 580k £810 £140.00; Gilford farmer 810k £1095 £135.00; Markethill farmer 620k £840 £136.00; Armagh farmer 720k £960 £133.00; Crossmaglen farmer 560k £720 £128.00; Mountnorris farmer 610k £760 £125.00.

Friesian cull cows: Caledon farmer 690k £1015 £147.00; Loughbrickland farmer 570k £785 £137.00; Markethill farmer 560k £700 £125.00; Bessbrook farmer 710k £875 £123.00; Markethill farmer 660k £800 £121.00; Newry farmer 800k £960 £120.00; Newry farmer 780k £935 £120.00; Newry farmer 740k £855 £115.00; Newry farmer 670k £770 £115.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 580k £660 £114.00.