Weanling calves to £1110 at Rathfriland Co-Op

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An exceptionally dear sale on Friday saw weanling calves sell to £1,110, £1,100 and £1,000 from an Upperbrackney farmer.

This pen of five animals averaged £1,030 at 11 months of age.

Lighter weanlings cleared up to 274p/k.

There were more store heifers offered for sale with the top 10 heifers selling from £1,005 to £1,200.

Heifer prices were the dearest for several weeks.

Ch bullocks cleared up to £1,205 with the top 10 lots ranging from £1,040 to £1,205.

Fat cows sold to £990 for a 728k Ch from Castlewellan with suckler stock to £1150 from Cabra.

Dropped calves sold to £500 (twice) for Blue and Lim bulls from Donaghmore. A pen of eight Lim heifer calves from Hillsborough sold at £365 etc.

DROPPED CALVES: Donaghmore farmer: £500, £500 and £450. Castlewellan farmer: £375 for an Angus bull calf. Hillsborough farmer: 8 Lims, £370, £370, £365, £365, £360, £360 and £360. Warrenpoint farmer: EA bull at £325. Legananny farmer: Pen of Lim heifer calves, £355, £355, £320 etc. Downpatrick farmer: Pen of Lims, £250, £245, £240 and £240.

WEANLINGS: Upperbrackney farmer: 540k at £1,110, 502k at £1,100, 490k at £1,000, 448k at £970, 474k at £970 which averaged £1,030 at 11 months old. Leitrim farmer: 356k at £800, 360k at £790. Dromara farmer: 340k at £785, 312k at £715, 300k at £630. Corgary farmer: 360k at £755. Glenavy, Co Antrim farmer: 274k at £750, 340k at £740, 288k at £710, 314k at £670. Ballybrick farmer: 258k at £615, 272k at £575 etc.

HEIFERS: There was an excellent trade for heifers this week.

Rathfriland farmer: 554k at £1,165. Kilkeel farmer: 518k at £1,065, 538k at £1,065, 496k at £1,035, 494k at £1,020, 498k at £975, 492k at £990, 450k at £920 and 446k at £960. Warrenpoint farmer: 602k at £1,200 and 554k at £1,005. Dromore farmer: 418k at £850, 434k at £820 and 382k at £780.

FAT COWS: Castlewellan farmer: 728k at £990, 660k at £845. Moira farmer: 606k at £875. Leitrim farmer: 596k at £810 and 564k at £745. Suckler stock sold to £1,150.

BULLOCKS: Ballykeel farmer: 658k at £1,205, 626k at £1,190, 496k at £1,130. Rathfriland farmer: 548k at £1,150. Ballyroney farmer: 546k at £850, 606k at £1,100, 588k at £1,040 and 632k Friesian at £850. Banbridge farmer: 390k at £770, 404k at £775, 336k at £640. Warrenpoint farmer: 424k at £800, 430k at £800, 384k at £770 etc.

FRIESIAN BULLOCKS: 632k at £850, 592k at £815, 506k at £805, 600k at £850, 536k at £760, 466k at £730, 366k at £550, 420k at £690, 384k at £620, 486k at £780, 508k at £755, 440k at £710 and 410k at £605 etc.

The first of the season spring lambs (14) were presented on Tuesday evening which sold to £111 per head or 486p/k.

Breeding ewes with lambs at foot sold to £205 for one ewe and two lambs from Leapouges.

Hoggets sold in a good, consistent trade to £93 from a Ballinaskeagh farm with the top 10 lots from £90 up.

230 fat ewes sold to £95 per head with fewer choice ewes in entry.

HOGGETS: Ballinaskeagh farmer: 29k at £93. Rathfriland farmer: 31k at £92. Rostrevor farmer: 30k at £91. Kilcoo farmer: 26.5k at £91. Tullyglush farmer: 26k at £90. Leitrim farmer: 27.5k at £90. Dromara farmer: 27k at £90. Kilkeel farmer: 32 hoggets, 22k at £88.

FAT EWES: Newry farmer: £95. Ballymartin farmer: £93. Annalong farmer: £93. Tullyglush farmer: £92. Aughlisnafin farmer: £90 for 2 lots. Ballynafoy farmer: £90. Ballynahinch farmer: £90. Ballyroney farmer: £90. Armagh farmer: £90. Hilltown farmer: £90.

BREEDERS: Leapouges farmer: £205. Ballyward farmer: £190 and farmer £140 up. Ewes with singles to £140 each.