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355 head of cattle sold on Friday in an excellent trade in all categories.

Dropped calves were exceptionally dear to a top of £475 for a Hereford bull from Donaghmore. The same vendor sold a Sim bull at £435 and an Angus bull at £425. A Castlewellan farmer sold a Hereford heifer at £420 and a Lim heifer at £405. A large percentage sold at over £300 each.

152 weanlings cleared up to £965 for a Waringstown farmer with a further 3 Herefords at £960 and £905. A Crumlin farmer topped the weanlings per kilo at 258pence for a 244k Char male at £630.

A bigger entry of heifers cleared up to £1020 for 590k Angus from Upper Ballinderry. Mountnorris farmer 570k Char at £970 and Scarva farmer 536k Char at £965. Heifer topped per kilo at 201pence for a 450k Lim at £905 from Dromore.

A Ballinaskeagh farmer topped the bullock section at £1325 with others at £1310, £1295 and £1165. A Warrenpoint farmer sold a 670k AA at £2195 and a 624k AA at £1170. Bullocks reached 220 pence per kilo for a 350k Char at £770 from Dromara.

Sucklers to £1080 for a Crumlin farmer and fat cows to £900 for a 728k Daq from Lisduff.

DROPPED CALVES

Donaghmore farmer £475, £435 and £425: Castlewellan farmer £420 and £405 for heifers and £395 and £320 for 2 bulls. Newry farmer Her heifer at £395, Sim bull at £355 and Sim heifer at £310. A pair of BB bulls from Ballyward to £355. Blue heifer calves from Newcstle to £290. Friesian and Holstein bull calves were much dearer on the week with 5 from Ballyward at £180, £175, £175, £145 and £135.

WEANLINGS

Waringstownfarmer £965, £960, £905, £880 for 410k. £835 for 370k and £815 for 408k: 3 BB from Armagh, 332k at £855 each, Ballyveamore farmer 364k at £825 and 360k at £665 for heifers. Drumaness farmer 340k at £775, Ballymagarrett farmer at Char heifer: 270k: 270k at £660, 240k at £600: 264k at £590 at 258k at £325 at 250k at £530 and 204k at £500: Ballymartin farmer390k £865, 364k at £825 and 360k at £665: Crumlin farmer 244k at £630: Cullion farmer 294k at £740, 258k at £555 and 266k at £550: Poyntzpass farmer 324k at £725: Edenagarry farmer 286k at £755, 322k at £735, 322k at £730 and 294k at £630.

HEIFERS

Upper Ballinderry farmer 596k at £1020: Mountnorris farmer 570k at £970 and 536k at £915: Dromara farmer 450k at £905: Cullyhanna farmer 500k at £915, 426k at £810: Dromore farmer 420k at £755, 514k at £920, 480k at £840: Scarva farmer 476k at £895, 530k at £965: Cullyhanna farmer 390k at £700, 397k at £700 and 380k at £690: Drumaness farmer 428k at £830, 432k at £800, 396k at £730 and 364k at £670.

BULLOCKS

Ballinaskeagh farmer 716k at £1325, 734k at £1310, 698k at £1295, 604k at £1165, 602k at £1115, 658k at £1140, 588k at £1090: Banbridge farmer 556k at £990, 483k at £930, 444k at £895 and 414k at £765: Dromara farmer 574k at £1060, 490k at £970, 516k at £970, 438k at £935 and 350k at £720: Kilkeel farmer 698k at £1265: Dromore farmer 442k at £865, 416k at £806 and 400k at £775: Hilltown farmer 612k at £1095: Mullaghdrin farmer 528k at £1020, 612k at £1095, 588k at £1060, 650k at £1160, 560k at £920:

Friesian bullocks were a flying trade e.g. 460k at £615, 462k at £615, 400k at £540, 490k at £620 and 420k at £560 etc.

Suckler calf sales commence on Monday evening 28th September at 7pm.

Another big entry of sheep on Tuesday evening saw a similar trade with the exception of store lambs which met an improved trade. A Jerrettspass farmer sold 14k at £52. A Castlewellan farmer sold 16k @ £54. A Ballynahinch farmer: 15k at £50 etc. The light stores averaged 342 pence per kilo. Fat lambs sold to £73 per head for 27k at £73 for a Jerrettspass farmer. Several pens of 25k sold at £70 per head. Fat ewes cleared up to £94 for texels from Banbridge with £90 paid to a Dromara farmer. A Comber farmer sold 4 ewes at £86 and a Ballykinlar farmer £81. Main trade was from £60 to £76.