Best cattle trade of the year at Markethill

An entry of 550 cattle at Markethill on Saturday 25th June sold in easily the best trade to date this year especially for forward cattle and beef cattle.

HEIFERS

160 heifers included several pens of top quality beef heifers and forward heifers. Beef heifers sold to £330 per 100 kilos for 650k at £2145 from a Crossgar farmer. The same owner received £321 for 660k at £2125. Top price of £2425 was paid for 760k £317 for a Crossgar farmer. Main demand for good quality beef heifers from £250 to £300 per 100 kilos. A Crossgar farmer sold 7 heifers to average 690k at £2115 £306 per 100 kilos. A Dungannon farmer sold 10 heifers to average 660k at £1874 £284 per 100 kilos. The entire entry of forward and beef heifers weighing over 500k averaged 598k at £1495 £250 per 100 kilos. Good quality forward heifers sold to £336 for 610k at £2055 from a Crossgar farmer followed by £296 for 530k at £1575 from a Benburb producer. A Dungannon farmer received £293 for 590k at £1735. Good quality middleweight heifers sold steadily from £240 to £304 for 420k at £1295 from a Loughbrickland farmer.

Beef heifers: Crossgar farmer 650k £2145 £330.00; Crossgar farmer 662k £2125 £321.00; Crossgar farmer 764k £2425 £317.00; Crossgar farmer 738k £2245 £304.00; Dungannon farmer 650k £1965 £302.00; Dungannon farmer 696k £2045 £294.00; Dungannon farmer 662k £1935 £292.00; Portadown farmer 664k £1935 £291.00; Dungannon farmer 704k £2025 £288.00.

Forward heifers: Crossgar farmer 612k £2055 £336.00; Benburb farmer 532k £1575 £296.00; Dungannon farmer 592k £1735 £293.00; Poyntzpass farmer 562k £1645 £293.00; Ballyward farmer 594k £1615 £272.00; Katesbridge farmer 616k £1665 £270.00; Gilford farmer 598k £1605 £268.00; Gilford farmer 568k £1515 £267.00.

Middleweight heifers: Loughbrickland farmer 426k £1295 £304.00; Banbridge farmer 500k £1375 £275.00; Enniskillen farmer 386k £1015 £263.00; Armagh farmer 400k £1035 £259.00; Ballyward farmer 466k £1215 £261.00; Ballyward farmer 500k £1265 £253.00; Ballyward farmer 422k £1055 £250.00; Keady farmer 400k £1025 £256.00.

BULLOCKS

120 bullocks included several pens of top quality beef bullocks which sold to a top of £299 for 720k at £2155 from a Tandragee farmer. The several owner received £295 for 690k at £2055. The best top price of £2345 was paid for 850k £275 from a Dromara farmer. The same owner received £2325 for 820k £284. All good quality beef bullocks sold from £240 to £290 per 100 kilos. Forward feeding bullocks sold to £305 for 630k at £1935 from a Tandragee farmer followed by £287 for 630k at £1815 from a Tandragee producer. This producer sold 15 bullocks to average 660k at £1829 per head £277 per 100 kilos. Main trade for forward bullocks £240 to £270 per 100 kilos. Good quality middleweights sold from £230 to £274 for 498k at £1365 from a Dromara farmer followed by £271 for 490k at £1345 from a Kilkeel producer.

Beef bullocks: Tandragee farmer 722k £2155 £299.00; Tandragee farmer 696k £2055 £295.00; Tandragee farmer 660k £1935 £293.00; Dromara farmer 820k £2325 £284.00; Tandragee farmer 736k £2075 £282.00; Dromara farmer 854k £2345 £275.00; Tandragee farmer 704k £1875 £266.00.

Forward bullocks: Tandragee farmer 634k £1935 £305.00; Tandragee farmer 632k £1815 £287.00; Dromore farmer 570k £1535 £269.00; Tandragee farmer 568k £1525 £269.00; Dromara farmer 516k £1385 £268.00; Tandragee farmer 626k £1655 £264.00; Dromore farmer 524k £1375 £262.00; Tandragee farmer 592k £1545 £261.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Dromara farmer 498k £1365 £274.00; Kilkeel farmer 496k £1345 £271.00; Dromore farmer 460k £1195 £260.00; Benburb farmer 466k £1195 £256.00; Benburb farmer 498k £1265 £254.00; Dromara farmer 496k £1255 £253.00; Dromore farmer 434k £1095 £252.00; Kilkeel farmer 498k £1245 £250.00; Dromora farmer 498k £1245 £250.00.

WEANLINGS

210 weanlings maintained a very firm trade with good quality heifer weanlings from £230 to £295 300k at £890 from a Warrenpoint farmer followed by £275 for 302k at £830 from a Markethill farmer. An Armagh producer received £265 for 370k at £890. Light male weanlings sold steadily from £230 to £316 for 270k at £860 from a Sixmilecross farmer followed by £277 for 280k at £780 from an Armagh farmer. Top price £1040 for 360k £284 from a Hilltown farmer. Strong male weanlings sold readily from £240 to £281 for 410k at £1150. Angus male weanlings were in excellent demand from £230 to £260 for 440k at £1150 from a Castlewellan farmer.

Strong male weanlings: Newtownhamilton farmer 410k £1150 £281.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 414k £1130 £273.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 448k £1220 £272.00; Hilltown farmer 424k £1140 £269.00; Keady farmer 412k £1100 £267.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 496k £1300 £262.00; Castlewellan farmer 442k £1150 £260.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 444k £1150 £259.00; Castlewellan farmer 428k £1090 £255.00.

Light male weanlings: Sixmilecross farmer 272k £860 £316.00; Hilltown farmer 366k £1040 £284.00; Warrenpoint farmer 310k £880 £283.00; Hilltown farmer 332k £940 £283.00; Armagh farmer 358k £1010 £282.00; Armagh farmer 282k £780 £277.00; Hilltown farmer 308k £840 £272.00.

Heifer weanlings: Warrenpoint farmer 302k £890 £295.00; Markethill farmer 302k £830 £275.00; Armagh farmer 374k £990 £265.00; Markethill farmer 376k £980 £261.00; Markethill farmer 308k £800 £260.00; Newry farmer 314k £810 £258.00; Markethill farmer 322k £820 £255.00; Keady farmer 352k £890 £253.00; Newry farmer 392k £990 £253.00.

The 70 lots of sucklers maintained a very firm trade with good quality outfits selling to a top of £2000 for a 2014 Lim and bull calf from a Newry farmer. A Belleek producer sold a 2105 Lim cow and bull calf at £1920. An Armagh farmer received £1900 for a Sim cow and bull calf. A Katesbridge farmer received £1820, £1800 for a young cows with heifer calves at foot. Breeding bulls sold to £2100 for a Lim. Other Lim bulls sold at £1990 and £1880.