Steady trade for cull cows at Markethill

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An entry of 130 cull cows at Markethill on Tuesday 23rd February sold in a steady trade.

Beef bred cows from £120 to £133 for 768k at £1020. Top price £1040 for 798k (130). Fleshed Friesians (including IE and non FQA) sold from £90 to £100 per 100 kilos and up to £830 for 850k (98). Second quality friesians from £80 to £87 per 100 kilos and the poorest cows from £55 to £75 per 100 kilos. Aged bulls sold from £95 to £124 for 928k Hereford at £1150.

Cull cows: Whitecross farmer 752k £1000 £133.00; Newry farmer 768k £1020 £133.00; Whitecross farmer 798k £1040 £130.00; Newry farmer 618k £790 £128.00; Hilltown farmer 734k £920 £125.00; Warrenpoint farmer 552k £690 £125.00; Keady farmer 646k £800 £124.00; Hilltown farmer 684k £840 £123.00; Warrenpoint farmer 668k £810 £121.00.

Friesian cull cows: Dromara farmer 580k £580 £100.00; Dungannon farmer 576k £570 £99.00; Gilford farmer 700k £690 £99.00; Portadown farmer 650k £640 £98.00; Newry farmer 716k £700 £98.00; Dromara farmer 850k £830 £98.00; Collone farmer 718k £700 £98.00; Newry farmer 596k £580 £97.00; Tynan farmer 790k £765 £97.00; Dromara farmer 712k £685 £96.00.

CALVES: The 150 lots in the calf ring sold in a very firm trade. Good quality bulls to £375 for a three week old blue. Main demand from £240 to £330. Heifer calves to £310 for a four week old Lim. All suitable heifers from £180 to £300 each. Young Friesian bulls from £35 to £95 each.

Bull calves: BB £375; BB £330; Ch £300; BB £300; Lim £295; AA £280; Her £275; Lim £275; Lim £265; Lim £260.

Heifer calves: Lim £310; Lim £300; Lim £295; Lim £290; Lim £250; Ch £240; AA £235.