Latest prices from Rathfriland Co-Op

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An entry of 1000 sheep on Tuesday evening saw 281 fat ewes continue a good trade to £117 with fat rams to £127.

719 spring lambs sold in a much reduced trade. The average fell by around 40p/k with a top price of £78 paid for four lots.

LAMBS: Farmers from Ballinran, Clough, Dundrum and Rathfriland all sold lambs at £78 per head. A Corbet farmer reached £77. Armagh farmer: £75.50 and Kilkeel farmer: £75. The lighter 21k lots sold to a top of £71 or 338p/k. The 20k lot to £66 or 230p/k. Heavy lambs mostly sold from 310 to 325p/k.

281 FAT EWES AND RAMS: 281 Fat ewes and Rams sold to £127 for a Ram from Downpatrick. Ewes to £117 from a Rathfriland farmer. Other prices: Portaferry farmer: £115 and £103. Kilkeel farmer: £105 and £103. Altnadue farmer: £104. Ballinaskeagh farmer: £106. Ballykinlar farmer: £102. Warrenpoint farmer: £103 and £95. Poyntzpass farmer: 37 ewes @ £98 each.

Cattle numbers trebled on the week with weanlings and dropped calves an exceptional trade.

Over 200 head in this section saw the weanlings sell to 294.4p/k for a 270k Ch @ £795, 290k Ch @ £800 or 276p/k and 280k @ £770 or 275p/k. Weanling heifers sold to 258.3p/k for 240k Lim @ £620 from Seagahan, Armagh. In the calf section, a pen of strong BB from Castlewellan sold to £525 followed by £500. A Crossmaglen farmer sold a BB heifer @ £490. A pen of 15 Lims and Her from Dromore sold to £430 for bulls and £365 twice for 2 Her heifers. In the heifer section, an Annalong farmer reached £980 for a 520k Lim. A 440k Lim from Banbridge sold @ £865 and a 390k Ch from Mayobridge sold @ £805. 61 bullocks sold to a top of £1170 for a Kilkeel farmer with a pen of BB from Edenagarry selling to £1095 for 508k or 215.6p/k. Suckler cows to £1500 for a Ballyward farmer and fat cows to £855 for a 628p/k Lim from Katesbridge.

DROPPED CALVES: Castlewellan farmer: BB bulls £525 and £500, AA heifers, £440, £420, £385, £380, £375 and £355. Crossmaglen farmer: BB heifer £490. Braque farmer: BB bull £445. Dromore farmer: 15 Lim and Her £430, £405, £400, £365, £365 etc. Dromara farmer: 12 mostly Her £405, £355, £305, £300, £290, £265 and £350 etc. Carnew farmer: Lim bull £405. Drumdreenagh farmer: pen of MBE calves, £300, £300, £285 and £230. Warrenpoint farmer: Sim bull £290, heifer £215. Ballyward farmer: Her bull £335, heifer £270.

WEANLINGS: Moyadd farmer: 470k @ £880, 450k @ £830, 284k @ £635. Ballykeel farmer: 2 Salers, 440k @ £870 and 356k @ £800. Hilltown farmers: pen of Ch, 440k @ £870, 460k @ £850, 414k @ £825. Banbridge farmer: 3 Ch bulls, 290k @ £800 or 276p/k, 270k @ £795 or 294.4p/k and 280k @ £770 or 275p/k. Tanvalley farmer: 348k Ch heifers @ £790, 330k @ £780 and 366k @ £680. Kilkeel farmer: 332k @ £735, 340k @ £725. Rathfriland farmer: 348k @ £705, 314k @ £640, 270k @ £590, 262k @ £545 and 230k @ £540. Dundrum farmer: 334k @ £775, 380k @ £745, 332k @ £685 and 294k @ £620. Seaghan farmer: 258k @ £640, 240k @ £620 and 234k @ £600.

HEIFERS: Annalong farmer: 524k @ £980, 506k @ £970, 472k @ £805. Banbridge farmer: 440k @ £865. Mayobridge farmer: 390k @ £805, 370k @ £780, 376k @ £740 and 346k @ £710. Kilkeel farmer: 374k @ £725, 372k @ £675, 290k @ £575, 300k @ £570, 282k @ £560. Doughery farmer: 428k @ £760, 440k @ £760 and 418k @ £730.

FAT AND SUCKLER COWS

A Ballyward farmer sold a Belgium Blue Cow and Calf @ £1500. Ballyroney farmer: Welsh Black cow and calf @ £1060. Fat cows sold to £855 for a 628k Lim from Katesbridge. A Ch cow from the same herd sold @ £760 for 618k. A Kilkeel farmer sold a 688k Lim @ £795.

BULLOCKS: Leitrim farmer: 700k @ £1170. Edenagarry farmer: BB 508k @ £1095, 494k @ £1000, 508k @ £985, 484k @ £970, 530k @ £935, 498k @ £925, 482k @ £890. Crossmaglen farmer: 346k @ £740, 338k @ £595. Braque farmer: 510k @ £1005 and 470k @ £845. Moyadd farmer: 630k @ £1030. Jerrettspass farmer: 426k @ £820, 406k @ £845, 376k @ £800, 372k @ £790, 394k @ £780. Kilkeel farmer: 570k @ £930, 390k @ £670, 420k @ £760. Maghery farmer: 500k @ £995, 524k @ £960, 490k @ £945, 520k @ £945, 470k @ £915, 490k @ £885 and 490k @ £840. Katesbridge farmer: 480k @ £885, 474k @ £895, 430k @ £850, 380k @ £725 etc. Banbridge farmer: 526k @ £960. Emdale farmer: 408k @ £770.