Heavy bullocks sell to £1400 for 750k at Markethill

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An entry of 890 cattle at Markethill on Saturday 17th September included stock from a wide area.

A packed ringside of buyers from all parts of Northern Ireland and several export agents were in attendance. Trade in all rings was very firm and remained steady throughout the sale.

BULLOCKS: The 420 bullocks returned a very firm trade from start to finish. Heavy bullocks sold to £1400 for 750k (186). Top rate of £200 for 660k at £1320. Main demand from £187 to £199 per 100 kilos. Good quality middleweight steers to £224 for 410k at £900 from a Sixmilecross farmer. Main demand from £190 to £214 for 404k at £850. Lightweight steers sold from £190 to £250 for 330k at £825. Forward Friesian steers sold to £155 for 538k at £835. Main demand from £135 to £149 per 100 kilos. Top price £1040 for 698k (149).

Heavy bullocks: Lisburn farmer 660k, £1320, £200.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 510k, £1020, £200.00; Armagh farmer 548k, £1095, £200.00; Portadown farmer 502k, £1000, £199.00; Richhill farmer 584k, £1155, £198.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 596k, £1175, £197.00; Armagh farmer 538k, £1060, £197.00; Armagh farmer 656k, £1290, £197.00.

Forward Friesian bullocks: Tandragee farmer 538k, £835, £155.00; Markethill farmer 698k, £1040, £149.00; Richhill farmer 574k, £855, £149.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 558k, £820, £147.00; Keady farmer 610k, £890, £146.00; Tandragee farmer 576k, £830, £144.00; Tandragee farmer 578k, £820, £142.00; Killylea farmer 544k, £760, £140.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Sixmilecross farmer 410k, £900, £220.00; Keady farmer 404k, £850, £210.00; Armagh farmer 440k, £910, £207.00; Tandragee farmer 414k, £850, £205.00; Sixmilecross farmer 414k, £845, £204.00; Markethill farmer 434k, £885, £204.00; Sixmilecross farmer 414k, £840, £203.00; Tandragee farmer 418k, £840, £201.00.

Lightweight bullocks: Armagh farmer 330k, £825, £250.00; Markethill farmer 316k, £725, £229.00; Keady farmer 340k, £780, £229.00; Markethill farmer 352k, £750, £213.00; Armagh farmer 370k, £775, £209.00; Glenanne farmer 330k, £690, £209.00; Tassagh farmer 394k, £810, £206.00.

HEIFERS

The 300 heifers sold in a very strong trade. Heavy heifers sold to £1380 for 706k from a Newtownhamilton farmer (195). Several heifers sold from £1150 to £1280 each. All good quality lots from £190 to £209 for 614k at £1280 from a Poyntzpass farmer. Middleweight heifers to £215 for 500k at £1075 from a Loughgall farmer. Good quality lightweights sold from £200 to £243 for 350k at £850. Second quality heifers sold from £170 to £185 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Portadown farmer 614k, £1280, £209.00; Loughgbrickland farmer 596k, £1230, £206.00; Killylea farmer 576k, £1185, £206.00; Poyntzpass farmer 614k, £1245, £203.00; Newry farmer 584k, £1170, £200.00; Poyntzpass farmer 602k, £1200, £199.00; Newry farmer 634k, £1260, £199.00; Killylea farmer 548k, £1085, £198.00.

Middleweight heifers: Loughgall farmer 500k, £1075, £215.00; Loughgall farmr 498k, £1065, £214.00; Loughgall farmer 490k, £1040, £212.00; Keady farmer 454k, £960, £211.00; Newry farmer 456k, £945, £207.00; Newry farmer 460k, £950, £206.00; Tandragee farmer 402k, £830, £207.00; Armagh farmer 486k, £1000, £206.00.

Lightweight heifers: Keady farmer 350k, £850, £243.00; Keady farmer 346k, £790, £228.00; Keady farmer 376k, £850, £226.00; Keady farmer 368k, £810, £220.00; Lisburn farmer 400k, £840, £210.00; Keady farmer 322k, £655, £203.00.

WEANLINGS: The 160 weanlings sold readily with light males from £210 to £286 for 290k at £830. Light heifer weanlings from £230 to £284 for 162k at £460.

Male weanlings: Dungannon farmer 290k, £830, £286.00; Lurgan farmer 236k, £600, £254.00; Lurgan farmer 210k, £505, £240.00; Lurgan farmer 218k, £505, £232.00; Benburb farmer 236k, £540, £229.00; Lurgan farmer 238k, £540, £227.00; Keady farmer 344k, £770, £224.00; Keady farmer 358k, £800, £223.00; Moy farmer 388k, £850, £219.00.

Heifer weanlings: Lurgan farmer 162k, £460, £284.00; Lurgan farmer 154k, £420, £273.00; Lurgan farmer 176k, £465, £264.00; Lurgan farmer 188k, £490, £261.00; Lurgan farmer 190k, £480, £253; Lurgan farmer 222k, £550, £248.00; Markethill farmer 294k, £710, £241.00; Lurgan farmer 162k, £390, £241.00.

Suckler outfits sold in a very good trade to £1450 each. Others sold at £1440, £1320 and £1300.

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