Very firm trade for cattle at Markethill

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An entry of 480 store cattle, weanlings and sucklers at Markethill on Saturday 23rd January continued to sell in a very firm trade. Buyers from throughout NI were present.

HEIFERS: The 130 store heifers sold in an excellent trade with forward heifers to £196 for 566k at £1110 for a Hillsborough farmer. Top price £1190 for 610k from a Belleeks farmer. All top quality forward heifers sold from £180 to £192 per 100 kilos. Middleweight heifers from £185 to £200 for 490k Angus at £980 for a Belleeks farmer. Good quality lightweights from £190 to £210 for 360k at £755. Second quality heifers sold in a strong demand from £165 to £175 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Hillsborough farmer 566k £1110 £196.00; Belleeks farmer 610k £1190 £195.00; Hillsborough farmer 542k £1040 £192.00; Hillsborough farmer 602k £1145 £190.00; Hillsborough farmer 568k £1080 £190.00; Annaghmore farmer 614k £1160 £189.00; Portadown farmer 552k £1040 £188.00; Hillsborough farmer 568k £1070 £188.00; Hillsborough farmer 566k £1065 £188.00; Milford farmer 508k £955 £188.00; Hillsborough farmer 572k £1075 £188.00; Annaghmore farmer 588k £1100 £187.00.

Middleweight heifers: Belleeks farmer 490k £980 £200.00; Milford farmer 464k £895 £193.00; Tyrone farmer 460k £880 £192.00; Newry farmer 490k £940 £192.00; Newry farmer 402k £770 £192.00; Derrynoose farmer 472k £900 £191.00; Armagh farmer 474k £895 £189.00; Bessbrook farmer 474k £890 £188.00.

Lightweight heifers: Belleeks farmer 360k £755 £210.00; Newry farmer 382k £795 £208.00; Belleeks farmer 334k £695 £208.00; Newry farmer 344k £710 £207.00; Newry farmer 356k £720 £202.00; Markethill farmer 400k £800 £200.00; Milford farmer 385k £770 £199.00; Tyrone farmer 345k £680 £196.00; Newry farmer 385k £740 £193.00.

BULLOCKS: The 205 store bullocks sold in an exceptionally firm trade for all lots, including friesians. Forward bullocks to £214 for 560k at £1200. Main demand from £180 to £204 for 540k at £1100. Good quality middleweight steers from £190 to £212 for 460k at £975. Forward Friesian steers sold in an excellent trade to £149 for 530k at £790 for a Moneymore farmer. All good quality lots from £130 to £139 per 100 kilos. Middleweight friesians from £130 to £144 for 480k at £680.

Forward bullocks: Belleeks farmer 560k £1200 £214.00; Belleeks farmer 540k £1100 £204.00; Belleeks farmer 545k £1060 £194.00; Hilltown farmer 570k £1095 £193.00; Hilltown farmer 530k £1020 £192.00; Newry farmer 530k £1010 £191.00; Loughgall farmer 595k £1125 £189.00; Loughgall farmer 572k £1080 £189.00; Belleeks farmer 536k £1010 £188.00.

Forward Friesian bullocks: Moneymore farmer 530k £790 £149.00; Kilkeel farmer 694k £965 £139.00; Tyrone farmer 525k £720 £137.00; Moneymore farmer 515k £700 £136.00; Kilkeel farmer 562k £740 £132.00; Collone farmer 500k £660 £132.00; Kilkeel farmer 665k £875 £131.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Belleeks farmer 460k £975 £212.00; Newry farmer 440k £910 £207.00; Dromore farmer 475k £970 £204.00; Richhill farmer 415k £840 £202.00; Belleeks farmer 412k £830 £202.00; Armagh farmer 418k £825 £197.00; Armagh farmer 495k £970 £196.00; Belleeks farmer 445k £865 £195.00; Richhill farmer 438k £850 £194.00; Derrynoose farmer 418k £810 £194.00.

Middleweight Friesian bullocks: Collone farmer 480k £690 £144.00; Derrynoose farmer 460k £660 £143.00; Moneymore farmer 456k £640 £140.00; Moneymore farmer 485k £655 £135.00; Jerrettspass farmer 470k £635 £135.00; Richhill farmer 435k £585 £134.00; Newry farmer 475k £635 £133.00; Jerrettspass farmer 480k £640 £133.00.

WEANLINGS: The 120 weanlings returned an outstanding trade. Top quality heifers to £278 for 320k at £890 for a Newtownhamilton farmer. Light male weanlings sold from £230 to £273 for 242k at £660. Stronger males to £253 for 334k at £845. Top price £870 for 364k (239). Main demand from £210 to £240 per 100 kilos.

Strong male weanlings: Aughnacloy farmer 334k £845 £253.00; Keady farmer 312k £750 £240.00; Tassagh farmer 364k £870 £239.00; Banbridge farmer 328k £770 £235.00; Portadown farmer 305k £710 £232.00; Portadown farmer 320k £740 £231.00; Markethill farmer 344k £795 £231.00.

Light male weanlings: Portadown farmer 242k £660 £273.00; Portadown farmer 198k £535 £270.00; Keady farmer 294k £785 £267.00; Loughbrickland farmer 218k £580 £266.00; Craigavon farmer 268k £700 £261.00; Keady farmer 248k £645 £206.00; Loughbrickland farmer 245k £630 £256.00; Craigavon farmer 285k £720 £253.00.

Heifer weanlings: Newtownhamilton farmer 320k £890 £278.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 292k £750 £257.00; Armagh farmer 300k £720 £240.00; Craigavon farmer 260k £580 £223.00; Newry farmer 256k £570 £223.00; Armagh farmer 292k £650 £223.00; Armagh farmer 354k £760 £215.00; Markethill farmer 314k £670 £213.00; Portadown farmer 375k £780 £208.00.

Suckler outfits to £1410 for a Sim cow and bull calf. Others sold at £1400, £1280 and £1240.