Steady trade for sheep at Markethill

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An entry of 1100 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 17th February sold in a steady trade for hoggets with cull ewes and breeding sheep trade slightly firmer.

Heavy hoggets sold from £90 to £95 each with the entire entry of 350 heavy hoggets averaging £92.40 each for 27 kilos (340p). Top rate of 373p was paid for 24.4 kilos at £91 each, followed by 372p for 24.3 kilos at £90.50 each. All good quality pens sold from 340p to 369p per kilo.

Middleweight hoggets sold to 387p for 22.5 kilos at £87 each. Good quality pens sold steadily from 360p to 383p per kilo.

Stores sold to 390p per kilo for 19.1 kilos at £74.50 each. All good quality stores sold from 350p to 378p per kilo.

The 120 cull ewes sold to £108 each. Main demand sold from £70 to £89 each. Plainer ewes sold from £50 to £65 each.

A full yard of ewes plus lambs met with a firmer demand. Doubles sold to £265 each with several more from £190 to £240 each. Singles sold to £170 each. Main demand sold from £130 to £168 each.

HEAVY HOGGETS: Newtownhamilton farmer: 24.4k £91 373p: Portadown farmer: 24.3k £90.50 372p: Mullabawn farmer: 24.9k £369p: Richhill farmer: 25k £91.50 366p: Newtownhamilton farmer: 24.4k £88.80 363p: Hamiltonsbawn farmer: 25.7k £93 361p: Lurgan farmer: 26k £93 358p: Whitecross farmer: 25k £90 356p: Portadown farmer: 25.8k £91.50 355p: Lisnadill farmer: 25.8k £91.50 355p.

MIDDLEWEIGHT HOGGETS: Keady farmer: 22.5k £87 387p: Keady farmer: 20k £76.50 383p: Loughgilly farmer: 23k £86.50 376p: Portadown farmer: 22.7k £85.20 375p: Scarva farmer: 21.3k £79.80 374p: Loughbrickland farmer: 22.9k £85 371p: Markethill farmer: 22k £81.50 371p: Armagh farmer: 23.2k £86 370p: Hamiltonsbawn farmer: 23.2k £86 370p: Belleeks farmer: 21k £77.50 368p: Glenanne farmer: 21.7k £79.80 367p.