Store cattle trade remains buoyant at Markethill

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Store cattle trade remained very buoyant at Markethill on Saturday 19th December with a full ringside of buyers very keen to secure stock. The 140 store cattle sold in an excellent trade.

HEIFERS: Middleweight heifers to £196 per 100k for 496k at £970. All good quality middleweights from £180 per 100k to £194 per 100k. Forward heifers to £181 per 100k for 556k at £1005 and up to £1030 for 608k (170). Main demand from £170 per 100k to £180 per 100k. Second quality heifers from £150 per 100k to £160 per 100k.

Forward heifers: Gilford farmer 556k £1005 £181; Cullyhanna farmer 530k £955 £180; Collone farmer 528k £935 £177; Armagh farmer 508k £895 £176; Collone farmer 566k £985 £174; Cullyhanna farmer 530k £920 £174; Collone farmer 518k £890 £172; Aghalee farmer 520k £890 £171; Richhill farmer 572k £970 £170; Richhill farmer 608k £1030 £170.

Middleweight heifers: Hillsborough farmer 496k £970 £196; Cullyhanna farmer 460k £890 £194; Cullyhanna farmer 470k £900 £192; Hillsborough farmer 494k £940 £190; Cullyhanna farmer 474k £900 £190; Hillsborough farmer 478k £900 £188; Armagh farmer 402k £750 £187; Hillsborough farmer 496k £920 £186; Hillsborough farmer; 480k £890 £185.

BULLOCKS: Middleweight steers sold to £220 per 100k for 384k at £845. Main demand from £175 per 100k £207 per 100k. Forward steers to £186 per 100k for 526k at £980. Top price £1140 for 656k (174). Main demand from £170 per 100k to £180 per 100k. Friesian bullocks from £120 per 100k to £128 per 100k.

Middleweight bullocks: Newry farmer 384k £845 £220; Keady farmer 350k £725 £207; Armagh farmer 474k £900 £190; Belleek farmer 478k £840 £176; Belleek farmer 484k £850 £176; Belleek farmer 490k £860 £176; Belleek farmer 434k £760 £175.

Forward steers: Dromara farmer 526k £980 £186; Tullynavall farmer 508k £920 £181; Loughgilly farmer 504k £905 £180; Tullynavall farmer 594k £1060 £179; Loughgilly farmer 508k £895 £176; Dromara farmer 612k £1070 £175; Dromara farmer 656k £1140 £174; Dromore farmer 518k £900 £174; Newtownhamilton farmer 542k £930 £172; Dromara farmer 590k £1010 £171; Tullynavall farmer 620k £1060 £171.

Friesian bullocks: Belleek farmer 508k £650 £128; Poyntzpass farmer 702k £880 £125; Dromara farmer 588k £725 £123; Poyntzpass farmer 672k £820 £122; Poyntzpass farmer 678k £815 £120; Poyntzpass farmer 602k £700 £116.

WEANLINGS: The 110 weanlings sold in a firm trade. Good quality heifers from £200 per 100k to £235 per 100k for 274k at £645. Male weanlings sold from £200 per 100k to £259 per 100k for 226k at £585.

Male weanlings: Middletown farmer 226k £585 £259; Castlewellan farmer 216k £535 £248; Markethill farmer 274k £660 £241; Ballinran farmer 278 £660 £238; Middletown farmer 254k £600 £236; Drumilly farmer 244k £570 £234; Cladybeg farmer 296k £655 £221; Armagh farmer 228k £500 £219.

Heifer weanlings: Drumilly farmer 190k £465 £245; Middletown farmer 274k £645 £235; Milford farmer 248k £570 £230; Middletown farmer 282k £630 £224; Drumilly farmer 272k £600 £227; Drumilly farmer 258k £565 £219; Milford farmer 276k £580 £210; Aghalee farmer 212k £440 £208; Cladybeg farmer 290k £610 £207.

Suckler outfits sold at £1270 and £1180.