A firmer trade in sheep at Markethill

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An entry of 1270 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 9th December sold in a slightly firmer trade.

Heavy lambs sold to £81each with most pens selling from £71 to £77 each. Top rate of 304p per kilo was paid for 24 kilos at £73 each. All suitable pens sold from 285p to 302p per kilo. In all, 605 heavy lambs averaged 25.2 kilos at £72.50 each (288p).

Middleweight lambs sold from 290p to 323p per kilo for 20 kilos at £64.50 each, followed by 309p per kilo for 23 kilos at £71 each.

Store lambs sold in an exceptionally strong demand. A Ballinahinch farmer received 395p for 16.4 kilos at £65 each. Stronger stores sold to 343p per kilo for 19.2 kilos at £66 each from the same owner. All good quality stores sold from 320p to 364p per kilo for 17.6k at £64 each.

Cull ewes sold to £108 each with all suitable pens from £65 to £88 each.

An entry of In-lamb ewes sold to £140 each with other pens at £135, £130 and £105 each.

HEAVY LAMBS: Armagh farmer: 24k £73 304p: Poyntzpass farmer: 24k £73 302p: Armagh farmer: 24.4k £73.20 299p: Mayobridge farmer: 24k £71.80 297p: Newtownbutler farmer: 24k £71.50 296p: Katesbridge farmer: 24.8k £72.20 290p: Armagh farmer: 25k £72.50 290p.

MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS: Armagh farmer: 20k £64.50 323p; Cullyhanna farmer: 23k £71 309p; Killylea farmer: 23k £70.80 308p: Silverbridge farmer: 21k £64.50 307p; Armagh farmer: 22.5k £68.80 306p; Dromara farmer: 22.3k £67.50 302p: Richhill farmer: 21.4k £64.50 301p: Armagh farmer: 21.6k £65 301p: Kilcoo farmer: 21.5k £64.50 300p; Dungannon farmer: 22.9k £68.50 299p.

STORES: Armagh farmer: 16.4k £65 395p: Drumlough farmer: 16.4k £65 395p: Armagh farmer: 17.6k £64 364p: Drumlough farmer: 18.5k £64 353p: Drumlough farmer: 19.2k £66 343p: Caledon farmer: 16.6k £57 342p; Newtownhamilton farmer: 14k £47.50 339p, Newtownhamilton farmer: 18k £61 339p: Drumlough farmer: 19.2k £65 338p.