Firm trade for cull cows at Markethill

An entry of 110 cull cows at Markethill on Tuesday 31st May continued to sell in a very firm trade.

Beef bred cows sold to £247 per 100 kilos for 2009 born Lim cow 700k at £1725 from a Lurgan producer followed by £235 for 610k at £1445 from a Glenanne farmer. A Loughgilly farmer received £234 for 720k at £1695. All good quality beef cows sold from £200 to £230 per 100 kilos. Fleshed Friesian cows sold to a top of £205 for 770k at £1575 from a Markethill farmer followed by £195 for 690k at £1345 from a Tandragee farmer. Main demand for fleshed cows from £170 to £186 per 100 kilos. Second quality sold from £140 to £160 and the poorest quality friesians from £100 to £120 per 100 kilos.

Cull cows: Lurgan farmer 700k £1725 £247.00; Markethill farmer 614k £1445 £235.00; Loughgilly farmer 726k £1695 £234.00; Armagh farmer 668k £1545 £231.00; Cullyhanna farmer 704k £1575 £224.00; Armagh farmer 674k £1495 £222.00; Craigavon farmer 890k £1935 £218.00; Armagh farmer 716k £1535 £214.00.

Friesian cull cows: Markethill farmer 770k £1575 £205.00; Tandragee farmer 690k £1345 £195.00; Armagh farmer 712k £1355 £190.00; Tandragee farmer 648k £1205 £186.00; Portadown farmer 672k £1225 £182.00; Kilkeel farmer 758k £1325 £175.00.

CALVES

160 calves sold in a steady demand. Bull calves sold to a high of £520 for 6 week old Lim. Main demand for good quality bulls from £220 to £345 for a 3 week old BB followed by £340 for a 3 week old AA. Heifer calves reached £350 for 6 week old Lim followed by £340 for 4 week old BB. All good quality heifer calves from £180 to £290 each.

Bull calves: Lim £520; BB £345; Aa £340; Sim 310; Lim 3280; BB £270; Her £260.

Heifer calves: BB £350; BB £340; AA £290; BB £290; BB £255; BB £240; AA £215; Lim £210.