Suckler calf sales get off to a great start at Rathfriland

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The first weekly suckler calf sale on Monday evening got off to a great start.

A top price of £980 for males and £960 for females from Ballyward estate. A Shinn farmer reached £970 and a Portaferry farmer sold at £850. A South Armagh farmer reached 287.6p/k for a pen of April 2016 born Lims e.g., 226k @ £650 or 287.6p/k, 240k @ £650 or 270.8p/k. A Clanmaghery farmer reached 280 pence per kilo for 288k @ £805 and 248k @ £700 or 282p/k and over 260 pence per kilo for 18.

Next weekly suckler sale Monday 3rd October 2016 at 7.00

pm.

The first sizable entry of suckler calves of the season at Friday’s weekly sale sold in a blistering trade.

A Ballyroney farmer reached 305p/k for a 274k Ch male @ £835 and a 256k lot @ £770 or 301p/k. A Clough farmer sold a 216k Ch @ £590 or 273p/k. An Edenagarry farmer sold 10 Lims to 258p/k for 294k @ £760 with 328k @ £800 etc. A Ballinaskeagh farmer sold 6 strong Lim and Ch to £1040, £1030 and £1000 etc. A Castlewellan farmer sold a 298k Lim @ £750 or 252p/k. Store heifers sold to £1045 for a 566k Ch from Begney. A good entry of bullocks easily cleared up to £1170 for a 574k Angus from Dromara. A Lessize farmer reached £1120 for a 640k FCK. Many more bullocks at over the £1000 mark. Fat cows to £1005 and springers to £1040 for a Clough farmer. Dropped calf numbers were reduced on the week with a top of £370 for a Sim from Newry.

DROPPED CALVES: Newry farmer Sim bull @ £370. Lisburn farmer FCK bull @ £355. Dromara farmer Her bull £340. Creevyargon farmer 2 Angus bulls @ £300 each. Cargrcreevy farmer MBE bulls £275, £250, £240 and £240. Glenmills farmer Ch heifers £260, £230 and £220. Waringsford farmer BB heifer £245. Garvaghy farmer Her heifers £230.

WEANLINGS: Ballinaskeagh farmer 544k @ £1040, 552k @ £1030, 512k @ £1000, 514k @ £980, 488k @ £950, 470k @ £925. Ballyroney farmer 274k @ £835 or 305p/k, 256k @ £770 or 301p/k, 288k @ £700 o 243p/k and 306k @ £690 or 225p/k. Edenagarry farmer 10 Lims, 326k @ £815 or 250p/k, 328k @ £800 or 244p/k, 336k @ £800 or 238p/k 346k @ £800 or 231p/k, 338k @ £795 or 235p/k, 332k @ £745 or 224p/k etc. Clough farmer 216k @ £590 or 273p/k. Castlewellan farmer: 284k @ £680, 266k @ £630 and 298k @ £750 or 251p/k.

HEIFERS: Begney farmer 566k @ £1045 and 550k @ £1015. Lisduff farmer 534k @ £900. Lacken farmer 416k @ £890, 474k @ £885. Carginagh farmer 432k @ £880 and 378k @ £770. Scarva farmer 510k @ £875. Lisnacreevy farmer 476k @ £875 and 440k @ £850.

FAT & SUCKLER COWS: Fat cows to £1005 for a 848k Lim from Artana with 124p/k for a 674k Lim @ £835. Springing sucklers to £1040 for an Angus from Clough.

BULLOCKS: Artana farmer 574k @ £1170, 634k @ £1050. Lessize farmer 640k @ £1120, 662k @ £1130, 618k @ £1050, 614k @ £1070, 688k @ £1020. Scarva farmer 560k @ £1050 and 544k @ £1030. Dromara farmer 524k @ £1000 and 502k @ £1000. Kilkeel farmer 550k @ £990, 530k @ £910, 430k @ £850, 430k @ £800, 398k @ £750 and 436k @ £790. Ballymartin farmer 8 Ch 528k @ £990, 510k @ £950, 498k @ £920, 440k @ £910 and 450k @ £900 and 442k @ £880. Cullion farmer: 478k @ £915, 488k @ £875 and 420k @ £845.

Lambs trade tended to be easier on Tuesday evening with a top of £81 for 25k from Bryansford. Several pens of 26k to 27k sold at £80 per head for Castlewellan, Poyntzpass and Hilltown farmers. Ballyroney, Downpatrick and Hilltown farmers all sold 24k to 25k at £79. Fat ewes sold to £80 with several lots at £76 with the main trade for the night from £60 to £70.