Markethill Mart: Steady demand with good quality beef bullocks

An entry of 940 cattle at Markethill on Saturday 24th April brought the total throughout for the week ending the 24th April to 1340 cattle.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 10:15 am

Trade in all rings continued to be very firm.

Bullocks

The 220 bullocks sold in a steady demand with good quality beef bullocks from £208 to £220 per 100 kilos for 670k at £1475 from a Markethill farmer followed by £219 per 100 kilos for 660k at £1455 from a Newtownhamilton farmer.

Forward feeding bullocks sold to £243 per 100 kilos for 520k at £1265 from an Armagh producer followed by £242 per 100 kilos for 556k at £1345 from a Dromara farmer.

Main demand for good quality feeding bullocks from £210 to £230 per 100 kilos.

Good quality middleweight bullocks sold from £210 to £243 for 442k at £1075 from a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by £231 per 100 kilos for 426k at £985 for a Tandragee producer.

Friesian bullock trade was exceptionally strong to a top of £194 per 100 kilos for 610k at £1185 from a Katesbridge farmer.

Main demand for good quality Friesians from £175 to £193 per 100 kilos for 650k from a Katesbridge farmer.

Beef bullocks

Markethill farmer 670k £1475 £220.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 660k £1455 £219.00; Glenanne farmer 742k £1595 £215.00; Lurgan farmer 708k £1515 £214.00; Markethill farmer 698k £1475 £211.00; Dungannon farmer 714k £1505 £211.00 and Tandragee farmer 750k £1565 £209.

Forward bullocks

Armagh farmer 520k £1265 £243.00; Dromara farmer 556k £1345 £242.00; Dungannon farmer 524k £1255 £239.00; Dromara farmer 566k £1345 £238.00; Markethill farmer 512k £1175 £229.00; Dungannon farmer 566k £1295 £229.00; Dungannon farmer 572k £1305 £228.00; Markethill farmer 604k £1365 £226.00;

Middleweight bullocks

Newtownhamilton farmer 442k £1075 £243.00; Tandragee farmer 426k £985 £231.00; Tandragee farmer 446k £1015 £228.00; Tandragee farmer 500k £1135 £227.00; Keady farmer 432k £975 £226.00; Derrynoose farmer 430k £965 £224.00; Armagh farmer 458k £1025 £224.00 and Waringstown farmer 420k £935 £223.

Friesian bullocks

Katesbridge farmer 610k £1185 £194.00; Katesbridge farmer 654k £1265 £193.00; Katesbridge farmer 598k £1155 £193.00; Katesbridge farmer 632k £1205 £191.00; Hillsborough farmer 596k £1135 £191.00; Katesbridge farmer 616k £1155 £188.00 and Katesbridge farmer 616k £1155 £188.

Heifers

The 230 heifers included several pens of top quality beef heifers which sold to a top of £235 per 100 kilos for 710k Blonde d’Aquitaine at £1675 from a Dromara farmer followed by £234 per 100 kilos for 7160k Charolais at £1775 from a Killyleagh Downpatrick producer.

Main trade for top quality beef heifers from £220 to £233 per 100 kilos.

Good quality forward feeding heifers sold from £210 to £241 per 100 kilos for 640k Limousin at £1545 for a Poynzpass farmer followed by £240 per 100 kilos for 526k Aberdeen Angus at £1265 from a Derrynoose producer.

Beef heifers

Dromara farmer 710k £1675 £235.00; Downpatrick farmer 760k £1775 £234.00; Downpatrick farmer 672k £1565 £233.00; Downpatrick farmer 686k £1595 £233.00; Downpatrick farmer 714k £1655 £232.00; Downpatrick farmer 724k £1675 £231.00; Killyleagh farmer 750k £1725 £230.00 and Killyleagh farmer 746k £1715 £230.

Forward heifers

Poyntzpass farmer 640k £1545 £241.00; Derrynoose farmer 526k £1265 £240.00; Jerrettspass farmer 568k £1355 £239.00; Armagh farmer 662k £1575 £238.00; Katesbridge farmer 600k £1425 £238.00; Jerrettspass farmer 572k £1355 £237.00; Katesbridge farmer 618k £1445 £233.00 and Poyntzpass farmer 538k £1255 £233.

Middleweight heifers

Derrynoose farmer 498k £1275 £256.00; Keady farmer 406k £1000 £246.00; Keady farmer 388k £975 £251.00; Silverbridge farmer 408k 3945 £232.00; Keady farmer 492k £1125 £229.00; Keady farmer 414k £925 £223.00; Castlewellan farmer 476k £1055 £222.00 and Silverbridge farmer 452k £975 £216.

Weanlings

Another massive entry of 460 weanlings sold in an exceptionally strong trade with prices maintained throughout the sale and the large entry having no negative impact on trade.

Good quality light heifer weanlings sold steadily from £240 to £298 per 100 kilos for a top of £385 per 100 kilos for 390k blue at £1500 from a Keady farmer followed £322 per 100 kilos for 314k Limousin at £1010 from a Augher farmer.

Stronger heifer weanlings sold to £292 per 428k at £1250 from a Dungannon farmer followed by £286 for 434k at £1240 from a Newry producer.

Main demand from £220 to £270 per 100 kilos. Light male weanlings sold to £294 per 100 kilos for 360k at £1060 from a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by £292 per 100 kilos for 322k at £940 for a Jerrettspass farmer.

All good quality light males from £240 to £283 per 100 kilos.

Stronger male weanlings sold to £265 per 100 kilos for 408k at £1080 for a Newtownhamilton farmer followed by £254 per 100 kilos for 464k at 1180 for a Richhill farmer.

All good quality heavy males from £220 to £250 per 100 kilos.

Strong heifer weanlings

Dungannon farmer 428k £1250 £292.00; Newry farmer 434k £1240 £286.00; Belleeks farmer 406k £1100 £271.00; Keady farmer 410k £1090 £266.00; Keady farmer 404k £1070 £264.00; Keady farmer 410k £970 £237.00 and Keady farmer 436k £990 £227.

Light heifer weanlings

Keady farmer 390k £1500 £385.00; Augher farmer 314k £1010 £322.00; Keady farmer 356k £1060 £298.00; Armagh farmer 260k £770 £296.00; Armagh farmer 270k £780 £289.00; Markethill farmer 252k £720 £286.00; Keady farmer 266k £760 £286.00; Newry farmer 282k £800 £284.00 and Rathfriland farmer 268k £750 £280.

Strong male weanlings

Newtownhamilton farmer 408k £1080 £265.00; Richhill farmer 464k £1180 £254.00; Newry farmer 406k £1020 £251.00; Silverbridge farmer 416k £1040 £250.00; Keady farmer 462k £1150 £249.00; Armagh farmer 456k £1110 £243.00 and Cullyhanna farmer 416k £1000 £240.

Light male weanlings

Newtownhamilton farmer 360k £1060 £294.00; Jerrettspass farmer 322k £940 £292.00; Lisnaskea farmer 258k £760 £295.00; Armagh farmer 298k £870 £292.00; Belleek farmer 266k £770 £289.00; Markethill farmer 292k £840 £288.00; Portadown farmer 304k £860 £283.00 and Armagh farmer 300k £840 £280.

In the suckler ring cows and calves sold to £1700 for Limousin cow and heifer calf at foot followed by £1680 for a Aberdeen Angus heifer and bull calf at foot.

Several more outfits sold from £1300 to £1620 each.

Pedigree Aberdeen Angus bulls sold at £2060 and £1560.

A Charolais bull was sold at £1400.