MARTS: Markethill

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Despite adverse weather conditions an excellent entry of 490 cattle were presented at Markethill this week.

Dairy stock sold to £1550 for a calved 2nd calver from a local producer. A Dungannon farmer received £1360 for a calved heifer. Kilkeel farmer 2 calved heifers at £1320 each. Others sold from £960 to £1160 each.

CULL COWS

Cull cow trade was noticeably firmer with 1st quality cows from £130 to £173 for 630k at £1090 and up to£1330 for 840k (159). Fleshed Friesian cows from £100 to £116 for 660k at £760. Younger Friesians to £140 for 560k at £785. Second quality lots in noticeably stronger demand from £80 to £95 per 100 kilos and the poorest types from £65 to £75 per 100 kilos.

Cull cows

Armagh farmer 630k £1090 £173.00; Cullyhanna farmer 840k £1330 £159.00; Lisburn farmer 600k £925 £154.00; Cullyhanna farmer 790k £1180 £150.00; Armagh farmer 700k £1050 £150.00; Gilford farmer 1020k £1480 £145.00; Tassagh farmer 790k £1060 £135.00; Keady farmer 630k £820 £130.00.

Friesian cull cows

Tassagh farmer 560k £870 £140.00; Keady farmer 640k £870 £136.00; Sandholes farmer 660k £760 £116.00; Donaghmore farmer 640k £710 £111.00; Armagh farmer 530k £585 £110.00; Sandholes farmer 720k £775 £108.00; Sandholes farmer 730k £720 £99.00; Milford farmer 640k £630 £99.00; Milford farmer 660k £640 £97.00.

CALVES

The 140 lots in the calf ring sold in an exceptionally firm demand. Bulls to £365 for a blue. Main demand from £250 to £340. Good Friesian bulls from £80 to £115 each. Heifer calves to £350 for a 3 week old Lim. Main demand from £170 to £305.

Bull calves

BB £365; BB £365; Lim £340; Lim £340; Lim £310; Sim £285; Her £268; AA £268; BB £265; Her £260.

Heifer calves

Lim £350; BB £305; AA £275; Her £252; Her £252; BB £250; Lim £235; Lim £225; BB £215; BB £210.

STORE CATTLE

An entry of 240 store cattle and weanlings continued to sell in a very strong trade to a packed ringside of buyers from throughout NI. Middleweight heifers to £249 for 450k at £1125 for a Jonesborough farmer. Main demand from £200 to £243 for 480k at £1170. Forward heifers from £190 to £218 for 550k at £1200.

Forward heifers

Newtownhamilton farmer 550k £1200 £218.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 530k £1150 £217.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 535k £1150 £215.00; Benburb farmer 505k £1070 £212.00; Jonesborough farmer 505k £1050 £208.00; Jonesborough farmer 530k £1105 £208.00; Cullyhanna farmer 510k £1055 £208.00; Mowhan farmer 570k £1170 £206.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 590k £1215 £206.00.

Middleweight heifers

Jonesborough farmer 450k £1125 £249.00; Jonesborough farmer 480k £1170 £243.00; Keady farmer 400k £930 £233.00; Keady farmer 325k £740 £229.00; Mowhan farmer 370k £850 £228.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 490k £1090 £222.00; Jonesborough farmer 450k £1005 £223.00; Keady farmer 350k £795 £227.00; Keady farmer 350k £805 £226.00.

Forward bullocks to £221 for 550k at £1215. Main demand from £200 to £217 per 100 kilos and up to £1335 for 630k (211). Middleweights from £200 to £220 for 440k at £880. Good quality Friesian bullocks sold from £150 to £162 per 100 kilos with a top of £193 for 470k at £905.

Forward bullocks

Collone farmer 550k £1215 £221.00; Collone farmer 515k £1120 £217.00; Tandragee farmer 610k £1310 £215.45; Collone farmer 540k £1150 £213.00; Mountnorris farmer 630k £1335 £211.25; Collone farmer 525k £1110 £211.00; Cullyhanna farmer 510k £1075 £211.00; Newry farmer 525k £1100 £209.15; Collone farmer 605k £1260 £208.60.

Middleweight bullocks

Markethill farmer 400k £880 £220.00; Crossmaglen farmer 440k £965 £217.00; Newry farmer 500k £1065 £213.00; Markethill farmer 410k £880 £215.00; Cullyhanna farmer 490k £1035 £211.00; Markethill farmer 400k £845 £211.00; Cullyhanna farmer 450k £950 £211.00; Crossmaglen farmer 440k £920 £210.00; Crossmaglen farmer 470k £970 £207.00.

Middleweight Friesian bullocks

Collone farmer 470k £905 £193.40; Newry farmer 495k £800 £161.30; Collone farmer 500k £780 £156.00; Newry farmer 480k £745 £155.90; Newry farmer 445k £665 £149.80; Newry farmer 450k £655 £146.20.

Weanling males sold from £220 to £274 per 100 kilos. Heifer weanlings from £200 to £268 per 100 kilos.

Suckler outfits were in very good demand to reach £1590 for a Lim cow and bull calf. Others sold at £1510, £1330 and £1300.