Store cattle and weanlings continue to confident trade at Markethill

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Store cattle and weanlings continued to sell in a confident trade at Markethill on Saturday 12th December.

The 200 store cattle attracted very good competition from buyers from throughtout NI and export agents.

HEIFERS: Good quality middleweight heifers sold to £205 for 374k at £765 from a Ballyward farmer. Main demand from £180 to £202 per 100 kilos. Second quality middleweights sold in a firm demand from £155 to £175 per 100 kilos. Forward heifers to £180 for 572k at £1030. Main demand from £170 to £177 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Glenanne farmer 572k £1030 £180.00; Portadown farmer 540k £955 £177.00; Armagh farmer 576k £1010 £175.00; Collone farmer 528k £920 £174.00; Glenanne farmer 595k £1025 £172.00; Portadown farmer 520k £890 £171.00; Glenanne farmer 505k £860 £171.00; Portadown farmer 540k £920 £170.00.

Middleweight heifers: Newry farmer 375k £765 £205.00; Armagh farmer 370k £750 £202.00; Keady farmer 370k £725 £196.00; Newry farmer 465k £910 £196.00; Richhill farmer 448k £845 £189.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 496k £920 £186.00; Jonesborough farmer 472k £870 £185.00.

BULLOCKS: Middleweight steers to £205 for 440k at £900 followed by £202 for 440k at £890. Main demand from £185 to £198 per 100 kilos. Forward bullocks to £186 for 584k at £1085. Friesian bullocks from £115 to £131 for 630k at £825.

Middleweight bullocks: Gilford farmer 440k £900 £205.00; Keady farmer 440k £890 £202.00; Collone farmer 465k £920 £198.00; Gilford farmer 472k £935 £198.00; Keady farmer 446k £880 £197.00; Armagh farmer 452k £850 £188.00; Keady farmer 465k £860 £185.00; Dungannon farmer 470k £870 £185.00; Gilford farmer 450k £835 £185.00; Armagh farmer 470k £870 £185.00.

WEANLINGS: The 110 weanlings sold in a steady trade with good quality lots in excellent demand. Heifers to £245 for 316k at £775. All good quality heifers from £200 to £233 per 100 kilos. Male weanlings to £264 for 320k at £845 followed by £246 for 258k at £635. All good quality males from £200 to £234 per 100 kilos.

Male weanlings: Lisburn farmer 320k £845 £264.00; Lurgan farmer 258k £635 £246.00; Lisburn farmer 342k £800 £234.00; Lisburn farmer 302k £680 £225.00; Loughgilly farmer 292k £670 £229.00; Tassagh farmer 238k £520 £218.00; Gilford farmer 302k £650 £215.00; Lisburn farmer 302k £650 £215.00; Forkhill farmer 346k £740 £214.00.

Heifer weanlings: Newry farmer 316k £775 £245.25; Jonesborough farmer 270k £630 £233.30; Jonesborough farmer 285k £645 £225.50; Keady farmer 285k £640 £224.35; Tandragee farmer 258k £570 £220.95; Keady farmer 225k £490 £218.75; Newry farmer 300k £650 £216.65; Jonesborough farmer 330k £705 £212.35.

The 140 cull cows at Markethill on Tuesday 15th December sold in a firmer trade particularly all classes of Friesian cows. Beef-bred cows to £140 for 790k Char at £1110 for 634k Char at £885. Main demand from £118 to £135 per 100 kilos. Fleshed friesians from £93 to £107 per 100 kilos with a top of £108 for 646k at £700. Highest priced friesians £820 for 764k (107). Second quality friesians from £75 to £85 per 100 kilos and the poorest types from £55 to £70 per 100 kilos. Import cows and non FQA cows sold readily.

Cull cows: Collone farmer 634k £885 £140.00; Collone farmer 790k £1110 £140.00; Collone farmer 680k £920 £135.00; Coalisland farmer 540k £700 £130.00; Collone farmer 676k £840 £124.00; Coalisland farmer 595k £735 £124.00; Cullyhanna farmer 665k £790 £119.00; Glenanne farmer 710k £835 £118.00.

Friesian cull cows: Jerrettspass farmer 645k £700 £108.00; Scarva farmer 765k £820 £107.00; Armagh farmer 638k £680 £107.00; Armagh farmer 630k £630 £100.00; Lisburn farmer 745k £740 £99.00; Newry farmer 690k £670 397.00; Armagh farmer 800k £770 £96.00; Newmills farmer 705k £675 £96.00; Tynan farmer 660k £625 £95.00; Dromore farmer 656k £610 £93.00.

Dairy stock sold to £1190 for a calved heifer from a Glenanne farmer. A Banbridge farmer sold calved heifers at £1110, £990 and £980 each.

CALVES: The 210 lots in the calf ring sold in a steady demand. Good quality bulls (under four weeks old) sold to £380 for a Sim followed by £370 for a Char. Main demand from £240 to £355 each. Heifer calves (under four week olds) sold to £275 for a Sim. All good heifers from £190 to £260 each. Strong Friesian bulls (three to four months old) sold from £140 to £185 each. Young Friesian bulls sold from £50 to £98 each with plainer types from £15 to £35 each.

Bull calves: Sim £380; Ch £370; Her £355; Her £345; BB £335; BB £330; Lim £320; Lim £320; BB £295.

Heifer calves: Sim £375; BB £260; Sim £260; Lim £250; BB £245; Ch £240; BB £235; Her £225; Lim £205; AA £200.