MARTS: Hilltown

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An excellent  turnout of sheep in Hilltown on Monday evening at the breeding sale and on Thursday evening also. There was a further improved trade for store lambs, cull ewes and breeding sheep.

BREEDERS -  Breeding ewes sold to £120 from Banbridge farmer, ewes lambs to £92.50 from Castlewellan farmer and rams to £400 from Newcastle farmer.

Thursday sheep sale: Top price of £75 was paid for 25k from Hilltown farmer. Top rate off 394ppk for 17k making £67, coming from same home.

Cull ewes sold to £78.

SAMPLE PRICES

Rathfriland farmer: 16k at £60 [375ppk] Hilltown farmer: 13.4k at £50 [373ppk], 12.2k at £45.50 [373ppk], 16.8k at £56 [333ppk], 15.7k at £52 [331ppk], 17.7k at £58 [327ppk]. Rostrevor farmer: 19k at £68 [357ppk], 20.5k at £71.50 [348ppk], Cabra farmer: 16.5k at £58 [351ppk], 13k at £45.50 [350ppk], 14.5k at £50.50, Castlewellan farmer: 14.8k at £49 [331ppk], 21.3k at £63.50 [298ppk].

Saturday: Another great entry of cattle at Hilltown on Saturday 19th September, resulted in a very firm trade for all stock.Bullocks sold to £638 over at 712k making £1350, from Kilkeel farmer. Heifers to £660 over at 590k making £1250, coming from same home.

Cull cows -  Cull cows continued to sell in a very good trade, with top price cow making £1065 at 592k from Kilkeel farmer.

Cows and calves - Top price cow with calve at foot sold at £1470 from Rostrevor farmer.

Heifers - There was over 70 heifers on show which included several pens of top quality stock. Top rate of 230ppk at 530k making £1220 Kilkeel farmer. Warrenpoint farmer: 494k at £1045. Kilkeel farmer: 582k at £1240, 530k at £1120, 512k at £1090, 372k at £755, 442k at £935. Annalong famer: 390k at £680.

Bullocks - The bullocks sold in a good trade throughout the sale. Top rate of 248ppk at 322k making £800 from Rostrevor farmer. Mayobridge farmer: 530k at £1035, 400k at £920. Kilkeel farmer: 380k at £855,514k at £1120, 414k at £900,442k at £935. Annalong farmer: 390k at £680. Kilcoo farmer: 414k at £845. Hilltown farmer: 274k at £680. Banbridge farmer: 252k at £475. Rathfriland farmer: 604k at £1230. Ballynahinch farmer: 508k at £1025.