Doubles selling to a top of £300 at Markethill Mart sheep sale
An entry of 1540 sheep in Markethill on Wednesday 3rd March saw a further increase in the price of fat hoggets which returned probably the best trade ever seen at the mart.
Cull ewe trade was also improved and a full yard of breeding stock sold in a steady demand.
Good quality heavy hoggets sold steadily from 550p to 558p per kilo for 24k at £141 from a Tandragee farmer, followed by 587p per kilo for 24.2k at £142 each from a Belleeks producer.
In all, a total of 24 pens of heavy hoggets sold in excess of £140 each to a top of £144.50 each for 26 hoggets 26.3k from a Middletown producer.
Heavy horned hoggets sold to a top of 548p per kilo for 25.2k at £138 each.
Good quality middleweight hoggets sold from 560p to 627p per kilo for 22k at £138 each from a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by 598p per kilo for 22.4k at £134 each from a Hilltown producer.
Middleweight horned hoggets sold to a top of 576p per kilo 22.5k at £129.50 each.
Good quality stores sold to 592p per kilo for 19.1k at £113 each from a Hilltown farmer.
Main demand from 520p to 583p per kilo.
The 200 cull ewes sold in an improved trade with good quality ewes from £90 to and £140 each.
Plainer ewes from £70 to £85 each.
A very large entry of ewes and lambs sold in a steady demand with good quality Doubles selling to a top of £300 each followed by £295, £298, and £285 each.
Main demand for good quality doubles sold from £230 to £280 each.
Singles sold to a top of £290 each followed by £255 and £250 each.
All good quality singles from £180 to £235 each.
Tandragee producer : 24k £141 588p : Belleeks farmer : 24.2k £142 587p : Portadown seller : 24k £138 575p : Tandragee producer : 24.3k £139 572p : Poyntzpass farmer : 25.6k £144 563p : Portadown seller : 25k £140 560p : Poyntzpass farmer : 24.3k £136 560p : Markethill producer : 24.8k £138 556p and Newry seller : 24.6k £136.50 555p.
Tullyvallen farmer : 22k £138 627p : Hilltown seller : 22.4k £134 598p : Portadown producer : 23.4k £139.50 596p : Keady farmer : 23k £136 591p : Tullyglush farmer : 22.8k £134.50 589p : Belleeks farmer : 21.8k £126 578p : Richhill seller : 23.2k £134 578p : Lisburn producer : 22.7k £131 577p and Portadown producer : 22.5k £129.50 576p.
Hilltown producer : 19.1k £113 592p : Rathfriland farmer : 17.8k £102 573p : Lisburn producer : 17.9k £97 542p : Warrenpoint seller : 19.8k £106 535p : Portadown seller : 19.8k £106 535p : Rathfriland farmer : 19.9k £103 518p and Warrenpoint producer : 19.3k £100 517p.