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.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 2:00 pm

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.

HEAVY HOGGETS

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.

MIDDLEWEIGHT HOGGETS

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.

SPRING LAMBS

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.