Poorer trade for hoggets at Markethill

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An entry of 1260 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday returned a very poor trade for hoggets with prices back approx £20 per head in two weeks.

Heavy hoggets sold to 300p per kilo for 24 kilos @ £72 each. Main demand sold from 270p to 290p per kilo. Overweight pens sold from £72 to £76.50 each.

Middleweight hoggets sold to 290p per kilo for 23 kilos at £67 each.

Spring lambs sold to £81 each with others from £74 to £79.50 each and up to 354p per kilo for 22.5 kilos at £79.50.

Cull ewe trade was also easier but prices were still good with 1st quality ewes selling from £80 to £110 each.

A full yard of ewes and lambs sold in a good demand. Doubles sold to £218 each with several more from £160 to £208 each. Singles sold to £200 each. Main demand sold from £130 to £178 each.

HEAVY HOGGETS: Portadown farmer 24k £72 300p; Loughgilly farmer 25k £72.50 290p; Armagh farmer 25k £72 286p; Scarva farmer 24k £68.50 285p; Kilmore farmer 24.9k £71 285p; Loughgall farmer 26.2k £74 281p; Markethill farmer 26.8k £75 280p; Loughgilly farmer 24k £67 279p; Madden farmer 24.2k £67.50 278p

SPRING LAMBS: Newry farmer 22.5k £79.50 354p; Newry farmer 22.8k £79.50 349p; Whitecross farmer 23k £81 347p; Keady farmer 22.9k £79 345p; Gawleysgate farmer 22k £74 336p; Poyntzpass farmer 22.3k £75 337p.