An entry of 1,591 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 16th December sold in a steady trade.
The 1,450 lambs sold readily with heavy lambs reaching from £70 to £75 each with a top of £76 each. Top rate of 309p per kilo was paid for 24 kilos at £74.20, followed by 298p per kilo for 25.1 kilos at £75 each. All top quality pens sold from 280p to 295p per kilo. In all, 670 heavy lambs averaged 25.6 kilos at £72.50 each (283p)
Middleweight lambs sold to 314p for 22 kilos at £69 each. All good quality pens sold from 290p to 312p per kilo.
Stores sold readily from 310p to 351p per kilo for 16.6 kilos at £58.50 each. Stronger pens sold to 345p per kilo for 18 kilos at £62 each.
The 125 cull ewes sold to £85 each. Main demand sold from £60 to £71 each. Plainer ewes sold from £35 to £50 each.
HEAVY LAMBS: Richhill farmer: 24k £74.20 309p: Portadown farmer: 25k £75 298p: Armagh farmer: 24.4k £72 295p: Richhill farmer: 24k £71 294p: Armagh farmer: 24.8k £73 294p: Augher farmer: 24.4k £71.50 292p: Aughnacloy farmer: 24.6k £72 292p: Jerrettspass farmer: 24.5k £71.50 292p.
MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS: Richhill farmer: 22k £69 314p: Armagh farmer: 22k £68.50 312p: Loughgilly farmer: 22.4k £68.80 307p: Silverbridge farmer: 21k £63.20 301p: Tandragee farmer: 23k £69 300p: Annaghmore farmer: 23k £69 299p: Claymore farmer: 20.6k £61.50 298p: Donacloney farmer: 22.7k £67 295p.
STORES: Pomeroy farmer: 16.6k £58.50 351p: Silverbridge farmer: 13.2k £46.50 351p: Castlewellan farmer: 18k £62 345p: Castlewellan farmer: 16.4k £56 342p; Portadown farmer: 14.5k £49 338p: Pomeroy farmer: 15k £51 337p: Castlewellan farmer: 15k £50.50 337p: Gortin farmer: 18.6k £62 333p.