Easier trade for sheep at Markethill

An entry of 1260 sheep in Markethill on Wednesday 22nd June returned an easier trade in all sections.

Good quality Middleweight lambs sold from 540p to 578p per kilo for 22.5k at £130 each from a Newtownhamilton farmer, followed by 572p per kilo for 20.1k @ £115 each from a Killylea producer.

Good quality Heavy lambs sold steadily from £130 to £136 per head and from 520p to 557p per kilo for 24.4k at £136 each from a Poyntzpass farmer, followed by 550p for 24k at £132 each from a Banbridge producer.

The first of the new seasons Store lambs sold in a firm demand with good quality pens from 530p to 567p per kilo for 15k at £85 each, followed by 560p for 16.8 kilos at £94 each. Stronger stores sold to £107 each for 19.7k at 543p per kilo.

The 380 Cull ewes eased in price. Well fleshed ewes sold from £130 to £186 each with a top of £220 each. Plainer ewes from £80 to £110 each.

STORES: Armagh producer 15k £85 567p; Dungannon seller 16.8k £94 560p; Dungannon seller 17k £93 547p; Middletown farmer 16.5k £90 545p; Portadown farmer 19.7k £107 543p; Newtownhamilton farmer 19.2k £104 542p; Armagh farmer 18.5k £100 541p; Tassagh producer 19.5k £105 539p; Caledon producer 19.5k £105 539p.

MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS: Newtownhamilton farmer 22.5k £130 578p; Killylea producer 20.1k £115 572p; Rathfriland farmer 21k £119.50 569p; Kilkeel seller 22.5k £128 569p; Armagh farmer 22k £125 568p; Hamiltonsbawn producer 20.6k £117 568p; Jerrettspass seller 22.1k £125 566p; Keady producer 22k £124 564p.

HEAVY LAMBS: Poyntzpass farmer 24.4k £136 557p; Banbridge seller 24k £132 550p; Markethill farmer 24.4k £131 537p; Tandragee producer 24k £128 533p; Markethill farmer 25k £133 532p; Armagh seller 25.7k £136 529p; Killylea farmer 24.6k £130 529p; Whitecross farmer 24.4k £128 525p.