Big entry for cattle at Rathfriland with over 100 bullocks

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There was a big entry of cattle on Friday with over 100 bullocks and over 70 heifers.

Suckler cows sold to £1400 for an Aughlisnafin farmer with fat cows to £1145 for 796k from Ballynahinch.

The bullocks topped at £1325 for a 752k lot from Corbet with others at £1300 and £1180.

Over 70 heifers sold to £970 for 504k from Ballyardle.

A big entry of weanlings cleared up to £830 with many over the £2.00 per kilo mark, eg 252k at £610 or 242p/k. Dropped calves to £470, £425 and £400 etc.

DROPPED CALVES: Loughbrickland farmer: Ch bull £470. Hillhall farmer: BB bull £425. Scarva farmer: Heifer calves £410, £385, £365, £355, £350, £330, £330, £320 and £300. Rathfriland farmer: £400. Ballynahinch farmer: £300. Loughbrickland farmer: £300. Dromara farmer: £320. Katesbridge farmer: £400.

WEANLINGS: Banbridge farmer: 424k at £830, 400k at £735, 314k at £730, 330k at £730. Dromara farmer: 404k at £780, 350k at £715. Second Dromara farmer: 400k at £735, 380k at £695, 320k at £640. Millford farmer: 326k at £725, 292k at £670, 252k at £610. Ballyward farmer: 366k at £720. Poyntzpass farmer: 364k at £760, 308k at £705, 336k at £705.

HEIFERS: Ballyardle farmer: 504k at £970. Ballyward farmer: 532k at £940. Forkhill farmer: 502k at £925, 448k at £860, 472k at £855, 462k at £855, 460k at £835, 460k at £800. Castlewellan farmer: 440k at £800, 452k at £810, 540k at £905, 472k at £855, 410k at £760. Banbridge farmer: 406k at £845, 334k at £795, 436k at £795, 358k at £740, 352k at £745. Dromore farmer: 532k at £940, 494k at £915, 480k at £855 and 442k at £810. Drim farmer: 440k at £880, 452k at £810, 472k at £855, 490k at £860, 410k at £805, 450k at £800, 416k at £775, 422k at £750 etc. Shinn farmer: 380k at £650 etc.

SUCKLERS AND FAT COWS: £1400 was paid for a BB cow and calf from Aughlisnafin with others at £1140, £1110 and £1040 etc. Fat cows to £1145 for 796k from Ballynahinch. A Castlewellan farmer sold a 682k Lim cow at £950 or 139p/k.

BULLOCKS: Corbet farmer: 752k at £1325, 694k at £1300, 678k at £1180. Castlewellan farmer: 732k at £1135, 562k at £920, 568k at £960. Dundrum farmer: 496k at £1005, 486k at £880. Banbridge farmer: 444k at £860, 448k at £855, 438k at £850, 428k at £850. Ballinaskeagh farmer: 418k at £845, 504k at £870, 486k at £850, 406k at £740. Downpatrick farmer: 424k at £800, 436k at £800, 416k at £700, 418k at £785, 350k at £600. Ballynahinch farmer: 474k at £870, 494k at £900, 438k at £840 and 416k at £800.

Monday evening’s breeding sheep sale saw prices for breeding ewes up by £10 per head on the week. A Cabra farmer sold three lots of six suffolks cheviot cross at £155, £152 and £148. A Castlewellan farmer sold 11 hoggets at £150 each. Fedney farmer: 3 lots at £148, £145 and £142. Hilltown farmer: 3 lots at £145 each and one lot at £148. Full mouth ewes sold to £115 each. Next breeding sheep sale is Monday 5th September at 7.00pm.

1500 sheep on Tuesday evening sold again in a better trade. A pen of 25k lambs from Rathfriland sold at £90 followed by 25.5k from Dromore at £88. Longstone farmer: 23.5k at £87. Annaclone farmer: 24k at £86.50. Hilltown farmer: 24.5k at £86 for three lots. The top 10 lots sold from £84 to £90. Balynanny farmer: 22k at £80. Hilltown farmer: 15.5k at £60.50. Ballynahinch farmer: 17.5k at £70.50. Fedney farmer: 14.5k at £58. Rostrevor farmer: 12.5k at £51 or 408 pence per kilo.