Large entry of suckler cows at Markethill, very strong demand with a top price of £2980

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An entry of 450 cattle in Markethill on Saturday 20th May sold in an exceptionally strong trade with prices showing no sign of easing.

The 120 heifers included several pens of top quality forward heifers which sold steadily from £260 to £292 per 100k with a top of £310 per 100k for 600k at £1865 from a Katesbridge farmer followed by £301 for 550k at £1655 from an Annalong producer. An Armagh farmer received £299 for 648k at £1935.

Forward heifers

Katesbridge farmer : 602k £1865 £310 : Annalong farmer : 550k £1655 £301 : Armagh farmer : 648k £1935 £299 : Armagh farmer : 590k £1725 £292 : Collone farmer : 614k £1775 £289 : Newtownhamilton farmer : 586k £1685 £288 : Crossmaglen farmer : 510k £1465 £287 : Newtownhamilton farmer : 594k £1695 £285 : Armagh farmer : 672k £1895 £282 : Katesbridge farmer : 584k £1645 £282 and Armagh farmer : 620k £1745 £282.

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Good quality middleweight heifers sold steadily from £260 to £320 for 464k at £1485 from a Dungannon producer followed by £300 for 430k at £1295 from a Newtownhamilton farmer.

Middleweight heifers

Dungannon farmer : 464k £1485 £320 : Newtownhamilton farmer : 430k £1295 £300 : Bessbrook farmer : 456k £1335 £293 : Bessbrook farmer : 430k £1195 £278 : Loughgall farmer : 386k £1075 : Dromore farmer : 464k £1265 £273 : Lisnaskea farmer : 368k £995 £270 : Newtownhamilton farmer : 478k £1285 £269 and Crossmaglen farmer : 482k £1265 £263.

The 120 bullocks included several pens of top quality beef bullocks sold to a top of £300 per 100k for 690k at £2085 from a Dromara farmer followed by £299 for 648k at £1935 from a Ballynahinch farmer.

A Portadown producer received £298 for 710k at £2155.

Top price beef bullock was £2145 for 750k £285 from a Dromara producer.

Main demand for beef bullocks from £270 to £295 per 100k.

Beef bullocks

Dromara farmer : 694k £2085 £300 : Ballynahinch farmer : 648k £1935 £299 : Portadown farmer : 710k £2115 £298 : Armagh farmer : 656k £1925 £294 : Dromara farmer : 708k £2075 £293 : Drumintee farmer : 698k £2045 £293 : Crossmaglen farmer : 674k £1955 £290 : Drumintee farmer : 720k £2085 £290 : Drumintee farmer : 726k £2085 £287 : Dromara farmer : 754k £2145 £285p : Portadown farmer : 730k £2055 £281 : Newry farmer : 718k £1995 £277 and Poyntzpass farmer : 728k £2015 £276.

Forward feeding bullocks sold to £302 for 630k at £1915 from a Portadown farmer followed by £297 for 608k at £1805 from a Newry producer.

All good quality forward bullocks sold from £250 to £290 per 100k.

Forward bullocks

Portadown farmer : 634k £1915 £302 : Newry farmer : 608k £1805 £297 : Ballynahinch farmer : 590k £1745 £296 : Newry farmer : 602k £1735 £288 : Waringstown farmer : 594k £1695 £285 : Newry farmer : 614k £1745 £284 : Newry farmer : 644k £1815 £282 and Portadown farmer : 552k £1555 £282.

Middleweight bullocks sold in easily the firmest trade this spring. To a top of £343 per 100k for 436k at £1495 from a Ballywalter farmer followed by £328 for 456k at £1495 from a Newtownards producer.

A Ballywalter farmer sold 11 Charolais bullocks to average 459k at £1410 each £307 per 100k.

A Newtownards farmer sold 8 bullocks averaging 462k at £1413 £305.60 per 100k.

Middleweight bullocks

Ballywalter farmer : 436k £1495 £343 : Newtownards farmer : 456k £1495 £328 : Ballywalter farmer : 420k £1375 £327 : Ballywalter Farmer : 462k £1505 £326 : Newtownards farmer : 456k £1485 £326 : Ballywalter farmer : 476k £1535 £323 : Ballywalter farmer : 464k £1495 £322 : Newtownards farmer : 440k £1385 £317 : Newtownards farmer : 488k £1545 £317 : Ballywalter farmer : 458k £1425 £311 and Newtownards farmer : 488k £1515 £311.

The 200 weanlings maintained a very firm trade with good quality light males selling from £270 to £344 per 100k for 378k at £1300 from an Ardglass farmer.

The same owner received £339 per 100k for 360k at £1220 and £337 per 100k for 356k at £1200.

Light male weanlings

Ardglass farmer : 378k £1300 £344 : Ardglass farmer : 360k £1220 £339 : Ardglass farmer : 356k £1200 £337 : Ardglass farmer : 350k £1170 £334 : Ardglass farmer : 362k £1210 £334 : Kilkeel farmer : 266k £890 £335 : Ardglass farmer : 362k £1190 £329 : Keady farmer : 258k £840 £325 : Loughgall farmer : 384k £1250 £326 and Ardglass farmer : 394k £1240 £315.

Strong male weanlings sold to a top of £297 per 100k for 570k at £1690 from an Armagh producer followed by £291 for 508k at £1480 from a Dromara producer.

Main demand from £260 to £288 per 100k.

Strong male weanlings

Ardglass farmer : 412k £1350 £328 : Ardglass farmer : 446k £1440 £322 : Ardglass farmer : 404k £1290 £319 : Ardglass farmer : 442k : £1380 £312 : Ardglass farmer : 408k £1270 £311 : Ardglass farmer : 434k £1330 £307 : Armagh farmer : 570k £1690 £297 : Dromara farmer : 508k £1480 £291 : Armagh farmer : 514k £1480 £288 and Ardglass farmer : 418k £1250 £299.

Light heifer weanlings sold to a top of £556 for 324k at £1800 from a Kilkeel farmer.

The same owner received £420 per 100k for 314k at £1320.

A Dungannon farmer received £419 for 310k at £1300 and £361 per 100k for 310k at £1120.

All top quality heifer weanlings sold from £270 to £340 per 100k.

Heifer weanlings

Kilkeel farmer : 324k £1800 £556 : Kilkeel farmer : 314k £1320 £420 : Dungannon farmer : 310k £1300 £419 : Dungannon farmer : 310k £1120 £361 : Tassagh farmer : 332k £1130 £340 : Tassagh farmer : 324k £1090 £336 : Annalong farmer : 284k £940 £331 : Kilkeel farmer : 236k £780 £331 : Mullaghbawn farmer : 390k £1260 £323 and Kilkeel farmer : 236k £760 £322.

A large entry of suckler cows sold in a very strong demand with a top price of £2980 for a Limousin heifer and heifer calf from a Killeavey farmer.

The same owner received £2900 for a Charolais heifer and heifer calf.

A Dungannon farmer sold a Charolais heifer and a bull calf at £2000.

A Loughgall farmer sold two outfits at £1910 and £1830 each and an Aghalee farmer received £1600 for an Aberdeen Angus heifer with an Aberdeen Angus bull calf at foot.

Several more outfits sold from £1150 to £1570 each.

Breeding bulls sold to a top of £3100 for a Simmental from a Banbridge farmer.

An entry of 1450 sheep in Markethill on Monday 22nd May sold in a steady demand for spring lambs and cull ewes

The 600 lambs sold to a top of 655p per kilo for 21.6k at £141.50 from a Newry farmer followed by 654p for 20.5k at £134 from a Richhill farmer.

Main demand for good quality Light lambs sold from 610p to 650p per kilo.

Heavy lambs sold to 604p for 25k at £151 from a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by 589p for 25.3k at £149 from an Armagh producer.

Main demand for all good quality heavy lambs from £140 to £149 each and from 530 to 580p per kilo.

The 510 cull ewes sold in a steady trade.

Top price of £230 for 17 ewes from a Katesbridge farmer.

Main demand for fleshed ewes from £130 to £198.

Plainer ewes sold from £80 to £120 each.

A full yard of breeding sheep were generally of very good quality and prices were very firm.

Top price for doubles was £405 with several more from £250 to £340 each.

Good quality singles sold from £180 to £225 each.

Others from £140 to £160 each.

Heavy lambs

Newtownhamilton farmer : 25k £151 604p : Armagh farmer : 25.3k £149 589p : Moira farmer : 24.4k £142 582p : Armagh farmer : 24.8k £144 581p : Keady producer : 24.9k £144 578p : Poyntzpass farmer : 26.5k £143 540k : Portadown farmer : 26k £140 539p : Caledon seller : 26k £138 531p and Richhill seller : 26.5k £140 528p.

Light spring lambs

Newry seller : 21.6k £141.50 655p : Richhill producer : 20.5k £134 654p : Scarva farmer : 20k £130 650p : Poyntzpass seller : 21k £136 648p : Richhill farmer : 20k £129 645p : Dungannon farmer : 22.2k £142 640p : Gilford seller : 21.9k £140 639p : Benburb farmer : 22.7k £144 634p : Dungannon producer : 23.7k £150 633p and Markethill farmer : 20.5k £129 629p.