Beef prices increase further at Markethill

An entry of 510 cattle at Markethill on Saturday 18th June continued to sell in an exceptionally strong trade with beef prices further increased.

By Ruth Rodgers
Monday, 20th June 2022, 2:25 pm

BULLOCKS

A very good entry of beef bullocks included a pen of exceptional Char bullocks from a Richhill farmer which sold to a top of £2495 for 910k £272 with a top rate of £286 for 720k at £2075 followed by 770k at £2105. The load average was 790k £2140 per head £270 per 100 kilos. Main demand for beef bullocks from £250 to £286 with good quality forward feeding bullocks selling from £240 to £278 for 620k at £1375 from an Armagh farmer followed by £272 for 510k at £1405 for a Milford farmer. Good quality middleweight bullocks sold from £230 to £259 for 488k at £1265 from a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by £245 for 400k at £985 from a Newry producer.

Forward bullocks: Armagh farmer 624k £1735 £278.00; Milford farmer 516k £1405 £272.00; Milford farmer 502k £1365 £272.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 552k £1465 £265.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 566k £1495 £264.00; Armagh farmer 632l £1615 £256.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 570k £1455 £255.00; Benburb farmer 550k £1365 £248.00.

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Beef bullocks: Armagh farmer 726k £2075 £286.00; Armagh farmer 772k £2105 £273.00; Armagh farmer 916k £2495 £272.00; Armagh farmer 774k £2105 £272.00; Armagh farmer 834k £2235 £268.00; Armagh farmer 664k £1775 £267.00; Armagh farmer 766k £2035 £266.00; Armagh farmer 688k £1815 £264.00; Armagh farmer 860 £2255 £262.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Newtownhamilton farmer 488k £1265 £259.00; Newry farmer 402k £985 £245.00; Newry farmer 488k £1195 £245.00; Newry farmer 420k £1025 £244.00; Portadown farmer 480k £1165 £243.00; Crumlin farmer 498k £1095 £220.00.

HEIFERS

170 heifers sold in another exceptionally strong trade with forward feeding heifers from £240 to £300 per 100 kilos for 610k at £1835 from an Armagh farmer followed by £283 for 590k at £1695 from a Newtownhamilton producer. Beef heifers sold to £286 for 660k at £1895 from a Newtownhamilton producer followed by £271 for 650k at £1765 from a Katesbridge producer. A Loughgilly producer received £265 for 710k at £1895. Good quality middleweight heifers sold to a top of £286 for 414k at £1195 from a Rathfriland farmer. The same owner received £282 for 440k at £1245 and £275 for 450k at £1255. Main demand for good quality middleweights from £240 to £270 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Armagh farmer 610k £1835 £300.00; Newtownhamiton farmer 598k £1695 £283.00; Keady farmer 612k £1725 £282.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 582k £1625 £279.00; Annaghmore farmer 536k £1495 £279.00; Armagh farmer 520k £1435 £276.00; Armagh farmer 558k £1525 £273.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 644k £1745 £271.00.

Beef heifers: Newtownhamilton farmer 662k £1895 £286.00; Katesbridge farmer 652k £1765 £271.00; Loughgilly farmer 714k £1895 £265.00; Katesbridge farmer 648k £1695 £262.00; Armagh farmer 656k £1705 £260.00; Armagh farmer 730k £1815 £249.00; Armagh farmer 746k £1845 £247.00.

Middleweight heifers: Rathfriland farmer 414k £1185 £286.00; Rathfriland farmer 442k £1245 £282.00; Ballygawley farmer 412k £1135 £275.00; Rathfriland farmer 456k £1255 £275.00; Rathfriland farmer 446k £1195 £268.00; Ballygawley farmer 400k £1055 £264.00; Armagh farmer 398k £1045 £263.00; Rathfriland farmer 480k £1255 £262.00.

WEANLINGS

180 weanlings sold in an excellent trade with good quality light males selling from £250 to £304 for 270k at £820 from a Silverbridge farmer followed by £293 for 290k at £860 from a Keady producer. Top price of £1110 was paid for 400k at £278 from a Milford producer. Stronger male weanlings sold to £293 for 420k at £1240 from a Dungannon farmer followed by £271 for 406k at £1100 from a Castlewellan producer. Main demand for strong males from £230 to £260. Good quality heifer weanlings sold from £230 to £268 for 284k at £760 for a Camlough farmer followed by £257 for 370k at £950 for an Ardglass producer. The same owner received £256 for 390k at £1010. Stronger heifer weanlings sold to £323 for 452k at £1460 from an Ardglass farmer followed by £306 for 430k at £1320 from a Loughgilly producer. Several more sold from £230 to £243 per 100 kilos.

Strong male weanlings: Dungannon farmer 424k £1240 £293.00; Castlewellan farmer 406k £1100 £271.00; Castlewellan farmer 478k £1270 £266.00; Milford farmer 432k £1120 £259.00; Milford farmer 426k £1090 £256.00; Markethill farmer 488k £1240 £254.00; Castlewellan farmer 426k £1080 £254.00.

Light male weanlings: Silverbridge farmer 270k £820 £304.00; Keady farmer 294k £860 £293.00; Portadown farmer 370k £1060 £287.00; Castlewellan farmer 338k £950 £281.00; Milford farmer 400k £1110 £278.00; Milford farmer 356k £980 £275.00; Rathfriland farmer 320k £870 £272.00; Newry farmer 312k £830 £266.00.

Strong heifer weanlings: Ardglass farmer 452k £1460 £323.00; Loughgilly farmer 432k £1320 £306.00; Newry farmer 444k £1200 £270.00; Ardglass farmer 420k £1020 £242.00; Loughgilly farmer 434k £1040 £239.00; Loughgilly farmer 460k £1100 £239.00; Camlough farmer 428k £1020 £238.00.

Light heifer weanlings: Camlough farmer 284k £760 £268.00; Ardglass farmer 370k £950 £257.00; Ardglass farmer 394k £1010 £256.00; Ardglass farmer 332k £850 £256.00; Ardglass farmer 396k £1010 £255.00; Cullyhanna farmer 308k £770 £250.00; Ardglass farmer 354k £870 £246.00; Camlough farmer 368k £900 £245.00.

Over 90 sucklers maintained a very firm trade with good quality outfits selling from £2100 for Char cow and bull calf from a Richhill farmer and for a BB cow and bull calf from a Crossmaglen farmer. An Armagh producer sold AA cow and bull calf at £2080. A Kilkeel producer sold a blonde cow and heifer calf at £2000. A Markethill farmer received £2000 for a Lim heifer and bull calf. Main demand for good outfits from £1400 to £1800 per head.