Suckler calves to 305 pence per kilo at Rathfriland Co-Op

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The first sizeable entry of suckler calves of the season at Friday’s weekly sale sold in a blistering trade.

A Ballyroney farmer reached 305p/k for a 274k Ch male at £835 and a 256k lot at £770 or 301p/k. A Clough farmer sold a 216k Ch at £590 or 273p/k. An Edenagarry farmer sold 10 Lims to 258p/k for 294k at £760 with 328k at £800 etc. A Ballinaskeagh farmer sold six strong Lim and Ch to £1040, £1030 and £1000 etc. A Castlewellan farmer sold a 298k Lim at £750 or 252p/k. Store heifers sold to £1045 for a 566k Ch from Begney. A good entry of bullocks easily cleared up to £1170 for a 574k Angus from Dromara. A Lessize farmer reached £1120 for a 640k Fck. Many more bullocks at over the £1000 mark. Fat cows to £1005 and springers to £1040 for a Clough farmer. Dropped calf numbers were reduced on the week with a top of £370 for a Sim from Newry.

DROPPED CALVES: Newry farmer: Sim bull at £370. Lisburn farmer: Fck bull at £355. Dromara farmer: Her bull £340. Creevyargon farmer: 2 Angus bulls at £300 each. Cargrcreevy farmer: Mbe bulls £275, £250, £240 and £240. Glenmills farmer: Ch heifers £260, £230 and £220. Warringsford farmer: BB heifer £245. Garvaghy farmer: Her heifers £230.

WEANLINGS: Ballinaskeagh farmer: 544k at £1040, 552k at £1030, 512k at £1000, 514k at £980, 488k at £950, 470k at £925. Ballyroney farmer: 274k at £835 or 305p/k, 256k at £770 or 301p/k, 288k at £700 or 243p/k and 306k at £690 or 225p/k. Edenagarry farmer: 10 Lims, 326k at £815 or 250p/k, 328k at £800 or 244p/k, 336k at £800 or 238p/k 346k at £800 or 231p/k, 338k at £795 or 235p/k, 332k at £745 or 224p/k etc. Clough farmer: 216k at £590 or 273p/k. Castlewellan farmer: 284k at £680, 266k at £630 and 298k at £750 or 251p/k.

HEIFERS: Begney farmer: 566k at £1045 and 550k at £1015. Lisduff farmer: 534k at £900. Lacken farmer: 416k at £890, 474k at £885. Carginagh farmer: 432k at £880 and 378k at £770. Scarva farmer: 510k at £875. Lisnacreevy farmer: 476k at £875 and 440k at £850.

FAT & SUCKLER COWS: Fat cows to £1005 for a 848k Lim from Artana with 124p/k for a 674k Lim at £835. Springing sucklers to £1040 for an Angus from Clough.

BULLOCKS: Artana farmer: 574k at £1170, 634k at £1050. Lessize farmer: 640k at £1120, 662k at £1130, 618k at £1050, 614k at £1070, 688k at £1020. Scarva farmer: 560k at £1050 and 544k at £1030. Dromara farmer: 524k at £1000 and 502k at £1000. Kilkeel farmer: 550k at £990, 530k at £910, 430k at £850, 430k at £800, 398k at £750 and 436k at £790. Ballymartin farmer: 8 Ch 528k at £990, 510k at £950, 498k at £920, 440k at £910 and 450k at £900 and 442k at £880. Cullion farmer: 478k at £915, 488k at £875 and 420k at £845.

Suckler Calf sales commence on Monday 26th September at 7.00pm with a special entry of Charolais and Limousins from Ballyward Estates. Photographs are available for viewing on Facebook.

A large entry of breeding ewes and rams on Monday evening sold in a very strong trade. Over 40 multi breed rams cleared up to £610 for a Texel Shearling with others at £480, £310, £310 and £300 several times. Hoggets sold to £150 per head with main trade from £132 up with ewe lambs to £100 each. Fat lambs were a better trade on Tuesday evening with £89 paid twice for 25k from Kilkeel and 26k from Backaderry. Fat ewes to £85.

LAMBS: Kilkeel farmer: 25k at £89. Backaderry farmer: 26k at £89. Tullyniskey farmer: 26k at £87. Hilltown farmer: 25k at £87. Katesbridge farmer: 24k at £86.50. Donaghcloney farmer: 23.5k at £86.50. Dromore farmer: 24k at £86 and 24k at £85.50. Castlewellan and Downpatrick farmers: 24k at £84.50. Store lambs to 397p/k.

FAT EWES: Bryansford farmer: £83 and £79. Katebridge farmer: £75. Rathfriland farmer: £75 and £73. Leitrim farmer: £73 etc.

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