1730 under the hammer at Markethill

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An entry of 1730 sheep in Markethill on Wednesday, 7th December sold in a steady demand.

Heavy lambs sold to £85.80 each with a further ten pens from £82 to £85 each. Top rate 341p per kilo for 24.1 @ £82.20 each. All good quality heavy lambs sold from 325p to 335p per kilo.

Good quality middleweights sold from 335p to 360p per kilo paid for 22.8kilos @ £82 each.

Store lamb trade was exceptionally good with top quality lots selling from 375p to a top of 410p per kilo for 16.6kilos @ £68 each. Stronger stores sold to 379p per kilo for 18.6 kilos @ £70 .50 each.

200 cull ewes sold to £76 each. Main demand sold from £58 to £74 with poor quality ewes from £35 to £50 each.

STORES: Middletown farmer 16.6k £68 410p; Middletown farmer 17.7k £70.50 398p; Draperstown farmer 17.1k £67 392p; Tandragee farmer 14.6k £57 390p; Loughgilly farmer 16.8k £64 380p; Armagh farmer 16.3k £62 380p; Keady farmer 16.2k £61.50 380p

MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS: Loughbrickland farmer 22.8k £82 360p; Loughbrickland farmer 22k £79 358p; Rathfriland farmer 23k £81 352p; Dromore farmer 21.4k £74.50 348p; Dromore farmer 22.4k £77.50 346p; Glenanne farmer 21.1k £73 346p; Armagh farmer 23.5k £81.20 346p; Armagh farmer 23.5k £81 345p; Kilcoo farmer 21.4k £73.50 343p; Dromore farmer 23.3k £80 343p

HEAVY LAMBS: Armagh farmer 24.1k £82.20 341p; Armagh farmer 24.4k £81.50 334p; Armagh farmer 24.6k £81.80 333p; Magherafelt farmer 24.1k £80 332p; Hamiltonsbawn farmer 24.8k £82 331p; Armagh farmer 24.5k £81 331p; Caledon farmer 25.3k £83 328p; Hamiltonsbawn farmer 24.8k £81 327p