Calf heifers selling to £1880 at Markethill Mart

An entry of 850 cattle at Markethill on Saturday 20th March included the largest ever sale of weanlings with a total of 390 lots sold.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:25 pm

HEIFERS

The 250 heifers maintained a very strong trade with good quality beef heifers from £210 to £243 per 100 kilos for 650k at £1585 from a Castlecaulfield farmer followed by £223 per 100 kilos for 630k at £1405 from a Tassagh producer.

Good quality feeding heifers sold from £215 to £254 per 100 kilos for 540k at £1375 from a Keady farmer followed by £240 per 100 kilos for 610k at £1465 from a Moira producer.

A Loughgall producer received £236 per 100 kilos for 580k at £1375.

Good quality middleweight heifers sold from £200 to £233 per 100 kilos for 482k at £1125 from a Keady farmer followed by £233 per 100 kilos 480k Aberdeen Angus at £1125 for a Derrynoose producer.

Beef heifers

Castlecaulfield farmer 650k £1585 £243.00; Tassagh farmer 630k £1405 £223.00; Moira farmer 650k £1425 £219.00; Loughgall farmer 616k £1345 £218.00; Loughgall farmer 642k £1395 £217.00; Katesbridge farmer 630k £1365 £217.00; Keady farmer 626k £1355 £217.00 and Moira farmer 662k £1425 £215.

Forward heifers

Keady farmer 542k £1375 £254.00; Moira farmer 610k £1465 £240.00; Loughgall farmer 582k £1375 £236.00; Rathfriland farmer 524k £1235 £236.00; Castlecaulfield farmer 614k £1435 £234.00; Loughgall farmer 614k £1435 £234.00; Hilltown farmer 568k £1325 £233.00 and Loughgall farmer 538k £1245 £231.

Middleweight heifers

Keady farmer 482k £1125 £233.00; Derrynoose farmer 482k £1125 £233.00; Portadown farmer 478k £1115 £233.00; Loughgall farmer 500k £1165 £233.00; Keady farmer 494k £1135 £230.00; Keady farmer 478k £1095 £229.00 and Derrynoose farmer 484k £1105 £228.

BULLOCKS

180 bullocks sold in an exceptionally strong demand particularly for middleweights and forward feeding bullocks.

Good quality forward feeding steers sold from £220 to £234 per 100 kilos for 528k at £1235 from a Glenanne producer followed by £233 per 100 kilos for 564k Aberdeen Angus at £1315 from a Kilkeel farmer.

Good quality beef bullocks sold to a top of £229 per 100 kilos for 688k at £1575 from an Armagh farmer followed by £221 per 100 kilos for 700k at £1545 from a Kilkeel producer.

Good quality middleweight bullocks sold from £220 to £277 per 100 kilos for 456k at £1265 from a Portadown farmer.

The same owner received £270 per 100 kilos for 384k at £1035 and £268 per 100 kilos for 460k at £1235.

Good quality Friesian bullocks sold from £160 to £188 per 100 kilos for 704k at £1325 from a Glenanne farmer followed by 580k at £1065 from a Keady producer.

Beef bullocks

Armagh farmer 688k £1575 £229.00; Kilkeel farmer 700k £1545 £221.00; Armagh farmer 666k £1435 £215.00; Armagh farmer 710k £1505 £212.00 and Armagh farmer 734k £1555 £212.

Forward bullocks

Markethill farmer 528k £1235 £234.00; Kilkeel farmer 564k £1315 £233.00; Armagh farmer 516k £1195 £232.00; Armagh farmer 514k £1175 £229.00; Armagh farmer 510k £1165 £228.00; Kilkeel farmer 598k £1365 £228.00; Armagh farmer 520k £1185 £228.00 and Crossmaglen farmer 564k £1275 £226.

Middleweight bullocks

Portadown farmer 456k £1265 £277.00; Portadown farmer 384k £1035 £270.00; Portadown farmer 460k £1235 £268.00; Portadown farmer 450k £1195 £266.00; Portadown farmer 404k £1065 £264.00; Portadown farmer 402k £1025 £255.00; Portadown farmer 484k £1225 £253.00 and Portadown farmer 432k £1075 £249.

Friesian bullocks

Glenanne farmer 704k £1325 £188.00; Keady farmer 580k £1065 £184.00; Keady farmer 504k £855 £170.00 and Glenanne farmer 698k £1175 £168.

WEANLINGS

A very large entry of 390 weanlings sold in an exceptionally strong trade from start to finish with prices on a par to previous weeks.

Good quality light male weanlings sold from £240 to £312 per 100 kilos for 260k at £810 from a Newtownbutler the same owner received £304 per 100 kilos for 250k at £760.

Top price for light males £1090 for 390k £275 from a Markethill farmer.

Stronger male weanlings sold from £220 to £265 for 404k at £1070 from a Camlough farmer.

The same owner received £261 per 100 kilos for 414k at £1080.

Top price £1110 for 440k Lim £251 from a Dromore farmer.

Good quality heifer weanlings sold steadily from £230 to £310 per 100 kilos for 250k at £780 for a Sixmilecross farmer. The same owner received £308 per 100 kilos for 250k at £770.

Top price of £970 was paid for 368k at £263 for a Kilkeel producer.

Strong heifer weanlings sold steadily from £210 to £240 for 412k at £990 and up to £1040 for 470k.

Strong male weanlings

Camlough farmer 404k £1070 £265.00; Camlough farmer 414k £1080 £261.00; Camlough farmer 412k £1070 £260.00; Dromore farmer 442k £1110 £251.00; Camlough farmer 424k £1060 £250.00; Camlough farmer 462k £1110 £240.00; Camlough farmer 450k £1080 £240.00 and Banbridge farmer 440k £1040 £236.

Light male weanlings

Newtownbutler farmer 260k £810 £312.00; Newtownbutler farmer 250k £760 £304.00; Newtownbutler farmer 268k £780 £291.00; Newtownbutler farmer 278k £800 £288.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 276k £790 £286.00; Camlough farmer 356k £980 £275.00; Markethill farmer 396k £1090 £275.00; Lisnaskea farmer 328k £900 £274.00 and Markethill farmer 322k £880 £273.

Strong heifer weanlings

Markethill farmer 412k £990 £240.00; Forkhill farmer 418k £980 £234.00; Donacloney farmer 426k £990 £232.00; Portadown farmer 470k £1040 £221.00; Keady farmer 432k £940 £218.00 and Portadown farmer 456k £980 £215.

Light heifer weanlings

Sixmilecross farmer 252k £780 £310.00; Sixmilecross farmer 250k £770 £308.00; Newtownbutler farmer 312k £880 £282.00; Newtownbutler farmer 314k £870 £277.00; Sixmilecross farmer 298k £840 £282.00; Lisnaskea farmer 298k £820 £275.00; Lisburn farmer 298k £820 £275.00; Hilltown farmer 318k £870 £274.00 and Newtownbutler farmer 312k £850 £273.

A large entry of cows and calves sold in a very firm trade with good quality outfits selling to £1780 for a Belgian Blue cow and bull calf from a Banbridge farmer followed by £1720 and Char cow and bull calf from a Keady farmer.

The same owner received £1640 for Sim cow and bull calf.

A special entry of in calf heifers for a Warrenpoint farmer sold to a top of £1880, £1800 and £1780 with others from £1250 to £1660 each.