Heifers selling to £1795 and bullocks to £1595 at Markethill Mart

An entry of 550 cattle at Markethill on Saturday 21st January sold easily the best ever trade for both store cattle and weanlings.

Heifers

170 heifers included several pens of top quality forward heifers sold to a top of £298 for 500k at £1495 from a Lurgan farmer.

A Killeavy producer received £296 for 606k at £1795 and £284 for 590k at £1685.

Livestock Markets

All good quality forward heifers sold steadily from £240 to £280 per 100 kilos.

Good quality middleweight heifers sold to £292 for 470k at £1385 from a Ballyward farmer followed by £286 for 404k at £1155 from a Newry farmer.

All good quality middleweight heifers sold from £235 to £275 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers

Lurgan farmer 502k £1495 £298.00; Killeavy farmer 606k £1795 £296.00; Killeavy farmer 594k £1685 £284.00; Lurgan farmer 530k £1495 £282.00; Poyntzpass farmer 514k £1445 £281.00; Killeavy farmer 600k £1655 £276.00; Tandragee farmer 560k £1525 £272.00 and Killeavy farmer 592k £1605 £271.

Middleweight heifers

Ballyward farmer 474k £1385 £292.00; Newry farmer 404k £1155 £286.00; Lurgan farmer 406k £1145 £282.00; Killeavey farmer 460k £1255 £273.00; Tassagh farmer 492k £1325 £269.00; Killeavey farmer 460k £1225 £266.00; Lurgan farmer 466k £1225 £263.00 and Lurgan farmer 434k £1125 £259.

Bullocks

140 bullocks sold in an exceptionally strong trade.

Good quality forward bullocks to £307 for 520k at £1595 from a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by £291 for 504k at £1465 from a Keady producer.

A Warrenpoint farmer received £283 for 546k at £1545.

All good quality forward bullocks sold from £240 to £280 per 100 kilos.

Middleweight bullocks sold to £306 for 450k at £1375 from a Tandragee farmer.

The same owner received £301 for 460k at £1385.

All good quality middleweights sold steadily from £240 to £292 per 100 kilos.

Friesian bullocks sold to £212 for 602k at £1275 from a Poyntzpass farmer followed by £202 for 550k at £1115 from a Tandragee farmer.

All good quality Friesians sold from £185 to £200 per 100 kilos.

Forward bullocks

Newtownhamilton farmer 520k £1595 £307.00; Armagh farmer 504k £1465 £291.00; Warrenpoint farmer 546k £1545 £283.00; Armagh farmer 514k £1435 £279.00; Warrenpoint farmer 640k £1775 £277.00; Warrenpoint farmer 550k £1515 £276.00; Armagh farmer 506k £1375 £272.00 and Warrenpoint farmer 654k £1770 £271.

Middleweight bullocks

Tandragee farmer 450k £1375 £306.00; Tandragee farmer 460k £1385 £301.00; Tandragee farmer 468k £1375 £294.00; Tandragee farmer 402k £1175 £292.00; Belfast farmer 448k £1245 £278.00; Tandragee farmer 498k £1355 £272.00; Belfast farmer 462k £1235 £267.00 and Belfast farmer 486k £1275 £262.

Friesian bullocks

Poyntzpass farmer 602k £1275 £212.00; Tandragee farmer 552k £1115 £202.00; Newry farmer 566k £1125 £199.00; Tandragee farmer 518k £975 £188.00 and Poyntzpass farmer 572k £1075 £188.

Weanlings

210 weanlings sold in a very firm demand with light males to £340 for 312k at £1060 from a Banbridge farmer followed by £333 for 336k at £1120 from a Rathfriland farmer.

Top price of £1150 was paid for 360k £320 from a Kilkeel producer.

All good quality light males sold from £250 to £320 per 100 kilos.

Stronger males sold from £240 to £288 for 458k at £1320 from a Ballyward farmer followed by £282 for 454k at £1250 from a Poyntzpass farmer.

All good quality lots sold from £240 to £280 per 100 kilos.

Heifer weanlings reached £313 for 348k at £1090 from a Kilkeel farmer followed by £312 per 100 kilos for 282k at £880 from a Ballyward farmer.

All good quality light heifers sold from £230 to £288 per 100 kilos.

Stronger heifer weanlings sold to £282 for 408k at £1150 from a Crossmaglen farmer followed by £277 for 404k at £1120 from a Rostrevor producer.

Strong male weanlings

Ballyward farmer 458k £1320 £288.00; Poyntzpass farmer 454k £1280 £282.00; Keady farmer 434k £1210 £279.00; Ballyward farmer 404k £1100 £272.00; Markethill farmer 446k £1210 £271.00; Markethill farmer 456k £1235 £271.00; Tynan farmer 408k £1100 £270.00 and Markethill farmer 430k £1140 £265.

Light male weanlings

Banbridge farmer 312k £1060 £340.00; Rathfriland farmer 336k £1120 £333.00; Poyntzpass farmer 396k £1270 £321.00; Kilkeel farmer 360k £1150 £320.00; Rathfriland farmer 310k £990 £319.00; Hilltown farmer 302k £950 £315.00; Rathfriland farmer 286k £920 £322.00; Rathfriland farmer 296k £900 £304.00; Hilltown farmer 302k £950 £313.00; Tassagh farmer 276k £820 £297.00 and Ballyward farmer 350k £1050 £298.

Strong heifer weanlings

Crossmaglen farmer 408k £1150 £282.00; Rostrevor farmer 404k £1120 £277.00 and Armagh farmer 422k £1090 £258.

Light heifer weanlings

Kilkeel farmer 348k £1090 £313.00; Ballyward farmer 282k £880 £312.00; Ballyward farmer 332k £970 £292.00; Newry farmer 320k £920 £288.00; Ballyward farmer 356k £1000 £281.00; Rostrevor farmer 340k £920 £271.00; Tassagh farmer 366k £990 £271.00; Ballyward farmer 312k £830 £266.00 and Newtownhamilton farmer 384k £1010 £263.

In the suckler ring outfits sold to £1895 for a Limousin cow and heifer calf from a Keady farmer followed by £1800 for a Limousin cow and bull calf from a Crossmaglen producer.

In calf cows sold to £1900 for a Charolais cow from a Moira farmer.

The same owner received £1680 for in calf Limousin cow.

A Keady producer sold a in calf blue cow at £1760 and a Crossmaglen producer received £1520, £1460 for £1400 for in calf cows.

An entry of 430 hoggets at Markethill on Monday 23rd January sold in a noticeably firmer trade.

Good quality middleweight hoggets sold from 490p to 524p for 22k at £114.50 from a Markethill farmer followed by 498p for 23.4k at £116.50 from a Kilkeel producer. A Dungannon farmer received 496p for 23k at £114.

Heavy hoggets sold from £118 to £124 per head with top quality lots selling from 470p to 494p per kg for 24.2k £119.50 for Newtownhamilton farmer, followed by 482p for 24.3k £117 from a Glenanne farmer.

Cull ewes sold to £154 each.

Heavy hoggets

Newtownhamilton farmer 24.2k £119.50 494p; Glenanne farmer 24.3k £117 282p; Portadown farmer 24.9k £118.50 476p; Portadown farmer 24.9k £118.50 476p; Portadown farmer 24.5k £116.50 476p and Poyntzpass farmer 26.2k £122.50 468p.

Middleweight hoggets

Markethill farmer 22k £114.50 521p; Kilkeel farmer 23.4k £116.50 498p; Dungannon farmer 23k £114 £296p; Newtownhamilton farmer 23.3k £115 £494p; Tandragee farmer 23.9k £117.50 492p; Kilkeel farmer 23.9k £117.50 492p; Glenanne farmer 23.9k £117 490p and Portadown farmer 23.8k £116.50 490p.