Markethill Mart: In calf cows and heifers to £1560

An entry of 750 cattle at Markethill on Saturday 27th February sold in another outstanding trade with store beef heifers and weanlings in particularly strong demand.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 4:04 pm

Heifers: The 200 heifers sold in exceptionally strong trade with beef heifers selling to £282 per 100 kilos for 650k Belgian Blue at £1845 for a Banbridge farmer followed by £253 per 100 kilos for 640k Charolais at £1625 from a Downpatrick farmer.

The same owner received £244 per 100 kilos for 696k Charolais at £1695.

All good quality beef heifers from £210 to £238 per 100 kilos.

Forward feeding heifers sold to £270 per 100 kilos for 546k Limousin at £1475 from a Tandragee farmer followed by £238 per 100 kilos for 616k Charolais at £1465 from a Downpatrick producer.

Main demand from £200 to £235 per 100 kilos. In total 30 heifers sold in excess of £1400 each with a further 20 selling from £1300 to £1400 each.

Good quality middleweight heifers sold from £200 to £241 per 100 kilos for 476k at £1145 from an Armagh farmer followed by £240 per 100 kilos for 432k Limousin £1035 from a Bessbrook producer.

Forward heifers: Tandragee farmer 546k £1475 £270.00; Downpatrick farmer 616k £1465 £238.00; Armagh farmer 538k £1255 £233.00; Cullyhanna farmer 502k £1155 £230.00; Killylea farmer 602k £1385 £230.00; Armagh farmer 550k £1265 £230.00; Armagh farmer 546k £1255 £230.00 and Armagh farmer 582k £1335 £229.

Beef heifers: Banbridge farmer 654k £1845 £282.00; Downpatrick farmer 642k £1625 £253.00; Downpatrick farmer 696k £1695 £244.00; Downpatrick farmer 674k £1635 £243.00; Downpatrick farmer 650k £1545 £238.00; Keady farmer 674k £1585 £235.00; Killylea farmer 700k £1645 £235.00; Armagh farmer 650k £1525 £235.00; Downpatrick farmer 716k £1675 £234.00 and Killylea farmer 714k £1665 £233.

Middleweight heifers: Armagh farmer 476k £1145 £241.00; Bessbrook farmer 432k £1035 £240.00; Poyntzpass farmer 476k £1135 £239.00; Armagh farmer 472k £1105 £234.00; Keady farmer 474k £1105 £233.00; Poyntzpass farmer 482k £1115 £231.00; Cullyhanna farmer 378k £875 £232.00; Cullyhanna farmer 500k £1145 £229.00 and Newry farmer 438k £995 £227.

Bullocks: 180 bullocks sold in a steady demand.

Good quality forward bullocks from £200 to £241 per 100 kilos for 524k at £1265 from a Derrynoose farmer followed by £235 per 100 kilos for 516k at £1215 from an Armagh producer.

Good quality middleweight steers from £210 to £271 per 100 kilos for 386k at £1045 from a Tassagh farmer followed by £251 per 100 kilos for 476k at £1195 from a Tassagh producer.

Good quality Friesian bullocks from £155 to £184 for 502k at £925 from a Cullyhanna producer.

Forward bullocks: Derrynoose farmer 524k £1265 £241.00; Armagh farmer 516k £1215 £235.00; Armagh farmer 508k £1195 £235.00; Armagh farmer 544k £1275 £234.00; Tassagh farmer 564k £1315 £233.00; Portadown farmer 620k £1445 £233.00; Portadown farmer 598k £1375 £230.00; Armagh farmer 546k £1245 £228.00 and Newry farmer 602k £1365 £227.

Middleweight bullocks: Tassagh farmer 386k £1045 £271.00; Tassagh farmer 476k £1195 £251.00; Keady farmer 468k £1115 £238.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 500k £1185 £237.00; Tandragee farmer 402k £935 £233.00; Armagh farmer 498k £1155 £232.00; Crossgar farmer 452k £1045 £231.00; Portadown farmer 478k £1095 £229.00 and Keady farmer 488k £1115 £228.

Friesian bullocks: Cullyhanna farmer 502k £925 £184.00; Stewartstown farmer 584k £975 £167.00; Portadown farmer 508k £845 £166.00; Keady farmer 504k £815 £162.00; Stewartstown farmer 516k £825 £160.00; Stewartstown farmer 544k £865 £159.00; Cullyhanna farmer 526k £835 £159.00 and Portadown farmer 522k £815 £156.

Weanlings: One of largest ever entries of weanlings totally 330 lots sold in an exceptionally strong demand resulting in a 98% clearance.

Good quality light males sold from £250 to £305 per 100 kilos for 266k Limousin at £810 for a Lurgan farmer followed by £304 per 100 kilos for 290k Limousin at £880 for a Hillsborough producer.

Top price for light males £1050 for 380k £271 per 100 kilos from a Banbridge farmer.

Stronger males sold from £210 to £248 per 100 kilos for 420k at £1050 from a Newry farmer.

Good quality heifer weanlings from £240 to £314 per 100 kilos for 270k Sim at £860 for a Markethill farmer followed by £309 per 100 kilos for 356k blonde at £1100 from an Armagh farmer.

A Banbridge producer received £279 per 100 kilos for 308k Limousin at £860.

Strong male weanlings: Newry farmer 424k £1050 £248.00; Blackwatertown farmer 412k £990 £240.00; Downpatrick farmer 418k £985 £236.00; Downpatrick farmer 420k £975 £232.00; Keady farmer 416k £960 £231.00; Derrynoose farmer 430k £990 £230.00 and Downpatrick farmer 448k £1020 £228.

Light male weanlings: Lurgan farmer 266k £810 £305.00; Hillsborough farmer 290k £880 £304.00; Sixmilecross farmer 266k £800 £301.00; Newry farmer 286k £830 £290.00; Rathfriland farmer 314k £900 £286.00; Rathfriland farmer 304k £860 £282.00; Sixmilecross farmer 310k £850 £274.00; Banbridge farmer 388k £1050 £270.00 and Banbridge farmer 350k £930 £265.

Heifer weanlings: Markethill farmer 274k £860 £314.00; Armagh farmer 356k £1100 £309.00; Newry farmer 292k £820 £280.00; Newry farmer 300k £840 £280.00; Banbridge farmer 308k £860 £279.00; Newry farmer 326k £900 £276.00; Newry farmer 392k £1060 £270.00; Lurgan farmer 290k £810 £279.00 and Cullyhanna farmer 316k £850 £268.

In the suckler ring outfits sold to a top of £1800, £1750 and £1480.

In calf cows and heifers to £1560, £1340, £1310 each.