MARTS: Markethill

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An entry of 900 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 1st July returned a slightly firmer trade for lambs with cull ewe trade remaining firm.

Heavy lambs sold from £64 to £69 each and from 258p per kilo for 24.1 kilos at £65.80 each.

Light lambs reached 333p per kilo for 21 kilos at £70 each. All good quality pens sold from 285p to 300p per kilo.

The first entries of store lambs sold in a very firm demand relative to fat lamb prices. Top rate of 354p per kilo was paid for 14 kilos at £49.50 each followed by 332p per kilo for 16.2 kilos at £54 each. All good stores sold from 300p per kilo.

The 240 cull ewes continued to sell in a strong demand with good quality pens from £75 to £97 each.

The final sale of ewes and lambs for this season returned a steady trade with singles from £115 to £150 each. Doubles sold to £162 each.

HEAVY LAMBS: Cullyhanna farmer : 24k £65.80 273p: Mullaghabawn farmer : 25.7k £69 268p : Poyntzpass farmer : 24.4k £65.50 268p : Caledon farmer : 24.7k £66 267p : Closkelt farmer : 24.7k £66 267p : Richhill farmer : 24.6k £65.50 266p : Belleeks farmer : 24.6k £65.50 266p.

LIGHT LAMBS: Armagh farmer : 21k £70 333p : Tullyvallen farmer : 20k £60 300p : Ballyargan farmer : 20.6k £61 296p : Portadown farmer : 21.7k £63.80 294p : Magheralin farmer : 21.5k £63.20 294p : Newtownhamilton farmer : 21.5k £63 293p: Newtownhamilton farmer : 20.9k £60.80 290p : Rathfriland farmer : 21.8k £63.20 290p : Armagh farmer : 22.7k £65.80 290p.

STORE LAMBS: Markethill farmer : 14k £49.50 354p : Bessbrook farmer : 16k £54 338p : Mayobridge farmer : 16.2k £54 332p: Newtownhamilton farmer : 19.5k £60.50 310p : Portadown farmer : 17.8k £54.50 306p.