MARTS: Markethill

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An entry of 870 store cattle, weanlings and sucklers at Markethill on Saturday 31st October sold in a steady demand for good quality stock, however plainer cattle eased slightly.

HEIFERS: The 300 store heifers sold readily with good quality forward store heifers from £190 to £205 for 508k at £1040. Suitable middleweights from £190 to £205 for 442k at £905. Lightweights from £195 to £222 for 340k at £755. Second quality heifers sold from £175 to £185 per 100 kilos. Several pens of beef heifers sold from £170 to £189 for 582k at £1100 and up to £1270 for 720k.

Forward heifers: Armagh farmer 508k £1040 £205.00; Castlewellan farmer 560k £1105 £197.00; Dungannon farmer 538k £1055 £196.00; Armagh farmer 510k £1000 £196.00; Banbridge farmer 528k £1030 £195.00; Annaghmore farmer 592k £1150 £194.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 544k £1050 £193.00; Armagh farmer 514k £990 £192.00; Banbridge farmer 564k £1080 £191.00.

Middleweight heifers: Armagh farmer 442k £905 £205.00; Armagh farmer 494k £1000 £203.00; Armagh farmer 490k £985 £201.00; Armagh farmer 426k £850 £200.00; Keady farmer 412k £820 £199.00; Newry farmer 424k £825 £194.00; Keady farmer 412k £800 £194.00; Armagh farmer 456k £885 £194.00.

Lightweight heifers: Newry farmer 340k £755 £222.00; Keady farmer 360k £775 £215.00; Armagh farmer 308k £650 £211.00; Newry farmer 330k £690 £209.00; Keady farmer 360k £750 £208.00; Keady farmer 372k £750 £202.00; Keady farmer 392k £790 £202.00; Belleeks farmer 330k £665 £202.00.

BULLOCKS: The 300 bullocks returned a steady trade for good quality lots. Second quality types and friesians eased slightly. Good quality middleweights sold from £190 to £213 for 418k at £890. Forward steers from £180 to £193 for 502k at £970 and up to £1200 for 650k (195). Lightweight steers from £200 to £226 for 346k at £780. Forward Friesians to £145 for 548k at £795. All good types from £128 to £140 per 100 kilos. Middleweight friesians from £120 to £138 for 406k at £560.

Forward bullocks: Tynan farmer 502k £970 £193.00; Armagh farmer 538k £1020 £189.00; Armagh farmer 588k £1100 £187.00; Mowhan farmer 576k £1070 £186.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 650k £1200 £185.00; Glenanne farmer 534k £980 £184.00; Armagh farmer 546k £1000 £183.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 584k £1065 £182.00; Tassagh farmer 538k £980 £182.00.

Forward Friesian bullocks: Richhill farmer 548k £795 £145.00; Newry farmer 504k £705 £140.00; Poyntzpass farmer 618k £830 £134.00; Poyntzpass farmer 606k £800 £132.00; Tandragee farmer 520k £680 £131.00; Tynan farmer 570k £740 £130.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Lisburn farmer 418k £890 £213.00; Portadown farmer 406k £850 £209.00; Loughbrickland farmer 448k £905 £202.00; Belleek farmer 408k £820 £201.00; Derrynoose farmer 424k £850 £200.00; Cashel farmer 452k £905 £200.00; Glenanne farmer 476k £950 £200.00; Portadown farmer 406k £810 £200.00.

Middleweight Friesian bullocks: Castlewellan farmer 406k £560 £138.00; Newry farmer 484k £640 £132.00; Annaghmore farmer 418k £540 £129.00; Glenanne farmer 462k £570 £123.00; Glenanne farmer 484k £590 £122.00.

Lightweight bullocks: Lisburn farmer 346k £780 £226.00; Portadown farmer 366k £825 £225.00; Lisburn farmer 382k £860 £225.00; Portadown farmer 400k £890 £223.00; Belleek farmer 398k £870 £219.00; Sixmilecross farmer 364k £795 £218.00; Dromore farmer 354k £760 £215.00.

Number of suckler cows and calves continue to increase each week with over 80 lots on offer this week having 100% clearance. Top price of £1610 for a blue cow and two calves. Others sold at £1480, £1460 and £1450 with several more from £1000 to £1420 each. In-calf cows to £1000 each with several more from £750 to £960 each.

WEANLINGS: The 205 weanlings sold in an excellent trade. Good quality heifer weanlings from £210 to £245 for 216k at £530. Strong males from £200 to £250 for 308k at £770 from a Lisburn farmer. Light males from £250 to £318 for 170k at £540.

Strong male weanlings: Lisburn farmer 308k £770 £250.00; Lisburn farmer 304k £740 £243.00; Lisburn farmer 302k £720 £238.00; Lisburn farmer 310k £720 £232.00; Hillsborough farmer 302k £690 £228.00; Rathfriland farmer 310k £690 £222.00.

Light male weanlings: Forkhill farmer 170k £540 £318.00; Crossmaglen farmer 178k £505 £284.00; Crossmaglen farmer 174k £485 £279.00; Mayobridge farmer 176k £490 £278.00; Hilltown farmer 188k £520 £277.00; Hilltown farmer 198k £545 £275.00.

Heifer weanlings: Lisburn farmer 216k £530 £245.00; Lisburn farmer 202k £480 £237.00; Collone farmer 232k £550 £237.00; Lisburn farmer 212k £490 £231.00; Milford farmer 238k £550 £231.00; Lisburn farmer 232k £535 £230.00; Milford farmer 240k £550 £229.00; Milford farmer 255k £580 £228.00.