Prices for cattle remains firm at Markethill

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An entry of 190 cull cows at Markethill on Tuesday 26th January continued to sell in a very firm trade for all classes of cows.

Beef-bred cows sold to £155 for 710k at £1100, followed by £144 for 750k at £1080.

Main demand from £124 to £137 per 100 kilos.

Fleshed Friesian cows sold from £94 to £112 per 100 kilos with a top of £117 for 684k at £800.

Second quality Friesians from £75 to £85 per 100 kilos and the poorest cows from £50 to £70 per 100 kilos.

Cull cows: Newry farmer 710k £1100 £155.00; Newry farmer 750k £1080 £144.00; Markethill farmer 658k £900 £137.00; Richhill farmer 645k £855 £133.00; Richhill farmer 800k £1060 £132.00; Markethill farmer 715k £940 £131.00; Craigavon farmer 635k £830 £131.00; Richhill farmer 650k £840 £130.00; Richhill farmer 760k £970 £128.00; Portadown farmer 670k £840 £125.00; Tandragee farmer 650k £810 £125.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 750k £930 £124.00.

Friesian cull cows: Banbridge farmer 684k £800 £117.00; Kilkeel farmer 540k £625 £116.00; Gilford farmer 656k £750 £114.00; Banbridge farmer 654k £730 £112.00; Newry farmer 640k £705 £111.00; Markethill farmer 664k £730 £110.00; Portadown farmer 515k £565 £110.00; Dromara farmer 554k £595 £107.00; Markethill farmer 618k £650 £105.00; Dromore farmer 620k £640 £103.00.

Dairy stock to £1200 for a calved heifer from a Kilkeel farmer. A Loughgall farmer sold 2 calved heifers at £1130 and £1050. An Armagh farmer received £1040 for a calved heifer.

CALVES: The 215 calves sold in a steady trade. Good quality bull calves (under 6 weeks old) sold to £350 for a blue. Main demand from £240 to £300 each. Heifer calves to £310 for a Char with good quality lots from £190 to £305 each. Second quality heifers from £140 to £180 each. Strong Friesian bulls (up to 3 months) from £100 to £145 each. Young Friesian bulls from £40 to £70 each.

Bull calves: BB £350; Lim £300; Lim £275; Her £270; BB £270; Her £265; BB £250; Her £250; AA £245; BB £245.

Heifer calves: Ch £310; Lim £305; Lim £260; BB £210; Lim £190; Lim £190; BB £190; BB £182.