Beef bred cows sell to £1445 at Markethill

An entry of 100 cull cows at Markethill on Tuesday 8th February maintained a very firm trade with good quality beef bred cows selling to £205 per 100 kilos for 704k at £1445 from a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by £188 for 900k at £1695 from a Portadown producer.

Main trade from £155 to £179 per 100 kilos. Fleshed Friesian cows sold from £130 to £150 for 670k at £1005 with a top price of £1175 for 830k £141. Second quality friesians sold from £100 to £120 and the poorest types from £80 to £95 per 100 kilos.

Cull cows: Newtownhamilton farmer 704k £1445 £205.00; Portadown farmer 902k £1695 £188.00; Armagh farmer 722k £1355 £188.00; Portadown farmer 742k £1325 £178.00; Dungannon farmer 712k £1265 £177.00; Keady farmer 754k £1255 £166.00; Armagh farmer 670k £1075 £160.00; Belleeks farmer 644k £1015 £157.00.

Friesian cull cows: Banbridge farmer 672k £1005 £150.00; Middletown farmer 756k £1075 £142.00; Armagh farmer 832k £1175 £141.00; Dungannon farmer 714k £995 £139.00; Markethill farmer 630k £865 £137.00; Armagh farmer 836k £1135 £136.00; Dungannon farmer 734k £995 £136.00; Gilford farmer 710k £955 £135.00.

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CALVES

130 calves sold in a steady demand. Good quality bulls under 6 weeks to £400 for a 3 week old Char followed by £380 for a 4 week old BB. All good quality bulls from £250 to £335. Heifer calves to £365 for a 4 week old FKV followed by £340 for a 3 week old BB. Main demand for good quality heifers from £220 to £330 each.

Bull calves: Ch £400; BB £380; Ch £335; FKV £335; AA £325; Lim £315; Ch £310.

Heifer calves: FKV £365; BB £340; Ch £335; Ch £330; Lim £310; Lim £300; BB £290; Lim £280.