Markethill Mart: Main sheep trade selling from £250 to £275 each
An entry of 1200 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 17th March continued to sell in a very firm trade for all classes of sheep.
Cull ewes trade was noticeably stronger on the week.
Good quality heavy hoggets sold steadily from 560p to 592p per kilo for 24.4k at £144.50 each from a Markethill farmer followed by 590p for 24.9k at £147 each from a Middletown producer.
A Ballynahinch producer received 589p per kilo for 24.2k at £142.50 each.
Several pens of overweight hoggets sold from £146 to £151 each.
Good quality middleweight hoggets sold from 570p to 614p per kilo for 19 hoggets 22k at £135 each from a Banbridge farmer followed by 605p per kilo for 21k at £127 each from a Keady producer.
Good quality cull ewes sold from £120 to £185 each.
Plainer ewes from £80 to £100 each.
Another very large entry of ewes and lambs sold in a very firm demand.
Good quality doubles reached £315 each with others at £300, £290 and £280 each.
Main trade from £250 to £275 each.
Singles sold to a top of £270 each with others at £265, £255 and £250 each.
All good quality doubles from £220 to £240 each.
Several pens of spring lambs sold from 620p to 690p per kilo for 20 kilos at £138 from a Benburb farmer.
An Armagh farmer received 686p per kilo for 21kilos at £144 each.
A special entry next week 24th March: 100 top quality ewes with lambs at foot from a Co Antrim farmer.
Markethill farmer : 24.4k £144.50 592p : Armagh seller : 24.9k £147 590p : B’hinch farmer : 24.4k £142.50 589p : Caledon producer ; 24k £141 588p : Ballygawley producer : 24k £140 583p : Dungannon seller : 24.7k £142.50 577p : Newry seller : 25.7k £147 572p : Portadown farmer : 24.5k £140 572p and Newtownhamilton farmer : 25.7k £144.50 562p.
Banbridge seller : 22k £135 614p : Keady farmer : 21k £127 605p : Keady farmer : 23k £139 604p : Richhill producer : 23.4k £140.50 600p : Whitecross farmer : 23.3k £138 592p : Armagh farmer : 21.4k £125 584p : Armagh seller : 23.8k £138.50 582p and Keady seller : 21.5k £124 577p.
Benburb seller : 21k £144 686p : Keady farmer : 20.2k £134 663p : Tynan producer : 22.6k £144 637p : Kilkeel producer : 22.8k £144 632p : Aghalee farmer : 22.4k £140 625p and Armagh farmer : 21k £144 686p.