Markethill Mart: Well fleshed beef cows sell to up to £1,300

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An entry of 160 cull cows at Markethill on Tuesday 23rd May returned the best trade so far this year particularly the well fleshed beef cows which sold steadily from £140 to £184 per 100 kilos for 626k at £1,150 and up to £1,300 paid for 710k (182 per 100 kilos).

Fleshed Friesian cows were in exceptionally good demand from £120 to £140 per 100 kilos for 690k at £970.

Main demand from £120 to £137 per 100 kilos with several cows from £1,000 to £1,115 paid for 830k (134 per 100 kilos).

Second quality Friesians from £90 to £105 and the poorest types from £85 per 100 kilos.

Cull cows: Cullyhanna farmer 626k, £1,150, £184.00; Newry farmer 714k, £1,300, £182.00; Cullyhanna farmer 608k, £1,100, £181.00; Armagh farmer 634k, £1,140, £180.00; Armagh farmer 710k, £1,205, £170.00; Collone farmer 706k, £1,185, £168.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 664k, £1,100, £166.00; Keady farmer 606k, £990, £163.00; Richhill farmer 670k, £1,080, £161.00; Markethill farmer 622k, £1,000 £161.00.

Friesian cull cows: Newry farmer 694k, £970, £140.00; Newry farmer 628k, £860, £137.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 750k, £1,025, £137.00; Richhill farmer 694k, £945, £136.00; Dungannon farmer 562k, £760, £135.00; Markethill farmer 614k, £830, £135.00; Newry farmer 682k, £920, £135.00; Scarva farmer 790k, £1,065, £135.00; Caledon farmer 780k, £1,050, £135.00; Keady farmer 830k, £1,115, £134.00.

CALVES: 170 calves sold in a very good demand with good quality bull calves from £250 to £410 paid for a five week old Char.

Angus bulls sold to £320 each.

Good quality heifer calves reached £365 paid for a Lim.

Main demand from £220 to £340 with Angus heifers to £290 each.

Bull calves: Ch £410; Lim £380; Fkv £355; Fkv £340; Fkv £325; AA £320; Sim £320; Lim £320.

Heifer calves: Lim £365; Her £340; BB £330; Lim £315; Ch £300; BB £270; BB £270.