Heavy hoggets sell to £87 at Markethill Mart

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An entry of 1180 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 15th February sold in an improved trade for fat hoggets and an exceptionally strong trade for breeding sheep.

Heavy hoggets sold to £87 each with most pens selling from £83 to £86.80 each.

Top rate of 352p per kilo was paid for 24 kilos at £84.50 each.

All good quality pens sold from 330p to 345p per kilo.

Middleweights sold to 374p per kilo for 20.2 kilos at £75.50 each followed by 361p for 22.8 kilos at £82.20 each. All good quality pens sold from 345p to 357p per kilo.

Good quality store lambs sold from 340p to 376p per kilo for 19 kilos at £71.50 each.

Cull ewe trade was significantly firmer. Top price of £103 with all good ewes from £75 to £95 each.

In the breeding ring doubles sold to £260 with several more outfits from £200 to £258 each. Singles sold to £192 with several more from £140 to £185 each.

HEAVY HOGGETS: Portadown farmer: 24k, £84.50, 352p; Armagh farmer: 24.6k, £84.80, 345p; Banbridge farmer: 24.7k, £84.80, 343p; Mowhan farmer: 24.5k, £84, 343p; Moira farmer: 24.8k, £84.80, 342p; Richhill farmer: 24.3k, £83, 342p; Whitecross farmer: 24.6k, £84, 341p; Markethill farmer: 24.6k, £83.50, 339p; Belleeks farmer: 25.6k, £86.80, 339p.

MIDDLEWEIGHT HOGGETS: Poyntzpass farmer: 20.2k, £75.50, 374p; Markethill farmer: 22.8k, £82.20, 360p; Loughgall farmer: 23k, £82.20, 357p; Katesbridge farmer: 23k, £82, 356pp; Tandragee farmer: 23.2k, £82, 353p; Newtownhamilton farmer: 23.5k, £82.80, 352p; Tandragee farmer: 22.3k, £78.50, 352p.

STORES: Loughgall farmer: 19k, £71.50, 376p; Moira farmer: 18.5k, £69, 372p; Tandragee farmer: 17.7k, £66, 372p; Markethill farmer: 18.7k, £68, 363p; Armagh farmer: 19.8k, £71, 358p; Portadown farmer: 19.2k, £68.50, 356p; Markethill farmer: 17.8k, £63, 353p.