Improved trade for fat hoggets at Markethill

An entry of 1800 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 30st March returned an improved trade for both fat hoggets and ewes and lambs.

Cull ewe trade remained steady.

Over 500 heavy hoggets sold to a top of 550p per kilo for 24k at £132, followed by 546p for 24k at £131 each.

Several top quality pens sold from 500p to 540p per kilo with overweight hoggets selling from £128 to £135 per head.

The entire entry of heavy hoggets averaged 27.5k at £130.60 per head.

Good quality middleweights sold from 520p to 570p per kilo with a top of 600p for 21k at £126 each followed by 578p for 23k at £133 each.

The 450 cull ewes sold in a very firm demand with heavy fleshed ewes to £260, £256 each. Main demand from £150 to £190 each with plainer ewes from £90 to £140 each.

The 150 lots of ewes and lambs had a complete clearance with good quality doubles reaching £305, £300 and £285 each.

Several more good quality doubles sold from £240 to £280 each.

Singles reached £230 each with all good single outfits from £170 to £220 each.

Heavy hoggets

Dungannon farmer : 24k £132 550p : Dungannon seller : 24k £131 546p : Dungannon producer : 24k £131 546p : Crossmaglen farmer : 25k £135 540p : Armagh farmer : 24k £128 533p : Portadown producer : 24.5k £130 531p : Armagh seller : 24k £125 521p : Newry farmer : 24.8k £129 520p : Armagh seller : 25k £130 520p and Tandragee producer : 24k £124 517p.

Middleweight hoggets

Crossmaglen farmer : 21k £126 600p : Lisseraw farmer : 23k £133 578p : Newry farmer : 20k £114 570p : Portadown producer : 21k £117 557p : Newtownhamilton farmer : 23k £128 557p : Dungannon seller : 21k £116 552p : Warrenpoint producer : 20k £110 550p and Crossmaglen farmer : 23k £126 548p.