Heifers sell to £1,395 for 590k at Markethill Mart

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Another large entry of cattle at Markethill on Saturday 6th May continued to sell in an exceptionally strong demand with buyers at sellers from throughout Northern Ireland in attendance.

HEIFERS: 150 store heifers included several pens of top quality forward heifers sold to a top of £235 per 100 kilos for 590k at £1,395 for a Lim heifer from a Belleeks farmer.

The same owner received £229 per 100 kilos for a 598k at £1,370. All good quality forward heifers from £200 to £228 per 100 kilos.

Middleweight heifers sold from £200 to £230 per 100 kilos for a 400k BB at £940 from a Downpatrick farmer.

Good quality lightweight heifers sold from £210 to £240 per 100 kilos for a 350k Lim heifer at £850 for a Whitecross farmer.

Good quality AA heifers sold steadily from £200 to £222 per 100 kilos for a 588k AA £1305 for a Portadown farmer.

Forward heifers: Belleeks farmer 594k, £1,395 £235.00; Belleeks farmer 598k, £1,370, £229.00; Belleeks farmer 544k, £1,245, £229.00; Belleeks farmer 540k, £1,230, £228.00; Belleeks farmer 566k, £1,280, £226.00; Belleeks farmer 590k, £1,325, £225.00; Belleeks farmer 596k, £1,330, £223.00; Belleeks farmer 572k, £1,270, £222.00; Portadown farmer AA 588k, £1,305, £222.00.

Middleweight heifers: Downpatrick farmer 408k, £940, £230.00; Rathfriland farmer 480k, £1,070, £223.00; Keady farmer 418k, £930, £223.00; Markethill farmer 402k, £890, £221.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 480k, £1,050, £219.00; Gilford farmer 410k, £895, £218.00; Markethill farmer 444k, £960, £216.00; Rathfriland farmer 466k, £1,000 £215.00.

Lightweight heifers: Whitecross farmer 354k, £850, £240.00; Tassagh farmer 346k, £800, £231.00; Markethill farmer 330k, £760, £230.00; Downpatrick farmer 370k, £845, £228.00; Whitecross farmer 370k, £845, £228.00; Whitecross farmer 316k, £700, £222.00; Downpatrick farmer 386k, £855, £222.00; Whitecross farmer 358k, £770, £215.00.

BULLOCKS: 150 bullocks continued to sell in a very firm demand with prices edging upwards on the week.

Forward bullocks sold to £228 per 100 kilos for a 500k Lim at £1,145.

Main demand from £210 to £225 per 100 kilos.

Good quality AA bullocks sold to a top of £227 per 100 kilos for 610k at £1390 and to a top of £1,425 for 660k Angus (£214 per 100 kilos).

Forward bullocks: Collone farmer 502k, £1,145, £228.00; Mowhan farmer AA 616k, £1,390, £227.00; Collone farmer 524k, £1,180, £225.00; Jerrettspass farmer 510k, £1,140, £224.00; Collone farmer 524k, £1,165, £222.00; Collone farmer 520k, £1,150, £221.00; Collone farmer 534k, £1,175, £220.00; Collone farmer 524k, £1,150, £219.00; Collone farmer 594k, £1,290, £217.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Jerrettspass farmer 452k, £1,110, £246.00; Lisburn farmer 490k, £1,185 £242.00; Jerrettspass farmer 484k, £1,150, £238.00; Portadown farmer 358k, £860, £240.00; Jerrettspass farmer 484k, £1,140, £236.00; Portadown farmer 424k, £980, £231.00; Keady farmer 360k, £830, £231.00.

WEANLINGS: Over 200 lots in the weanling ring sold in a steady trade.

Good quality heifer weanlings from £220 to £257 per 100 kilos for 230k at £595 followed by £253 per 100 kilos 290k Angus at £740.

Good quality male weanlings sold from £240 to £295 per 100 kilos for 288k Sim at £850 for a Cullyhanna farmer followed by £286 per 100 kilos for 280k at £800 from a Dungannon producer.

Male weanlings: Cullyhanna farmer 288k, £850, £295.00; Dungannon farmer 280k, £800, £286.00; Derrynoose farmer 332k, £945, £285.00; Dungannon farmer 278k, £750, £270.00; Cullyhanna farmer 350k, £940, £269.00; Cullyhanna farmer 334k, £885, £265.00; Keady farmer 272k, £720, £265.00; Derrynoose farmer 228k, £600, £263.00; Tassagh farmer 302k, £780, £258.00.

Heifer weanlings: Poyntzpass farmer 232k, £595, £257.00; Armagh farmer 292k, £740, £253.00; Derrynoose farmer 246k, £595, £242.00; Banbridge farmer 236k, £570, £242.00; Dungannon farmer 344k, £815, £237.00; Newry farmer 332k, £785, £237.00; Donacloney farmer 342k, £800, £234.00; Poyntzpass farmer 328k, £755, £230.00.

A very large entry of cows and calves sold in an excellent demand with outfits selling to a top of £1,850 others sold at £1,800, £1,780, £1,750, £1,720 with several more outfits from £1,300 to £1,650 each.