Good entry of store cattle, weanlings and sucklers at Markethill

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An entry of 600 store cattle, weanlings and sucklers at Markethill on Saturday 2nd July continued to sell in a very firm demand for all types. Buyers from throughtout Northern Ireland were in attendance.

BULLOCKS: The 210 store bullocks sold in a steady trade. Forward steers to £1220 for 616k from a Hilltown farmer (198). Main demand from £180 to £207 for 502k at £1040. Middleweight steers from £190 to £203 for 436k at £885 from a Dungannon farmer. Forward Friesian bullocks sold to £157 for 588k at £920. Main demand from £130 to £146 per 100 kilos. Middleweight friesians from £130 to £138 for 458k at £630 from a Crumlin farmer.

Forward bullocks: Hilltown farmer 520k £1040 £207.00; Hilltown farmer 616k £1220 £298.00; Tandragee farmer 606k £1160 £191.00; Belleeks farmer 614k £1175 £191.00; Tandragee farmer 550k £1050 £191.00; Belleeks farmer 628k £1195 £190.00; Tandragee farmer 610k £1160 £190.00; Benburb farmer 580k £1095 £189.00; Portadown farmer 514k £970 £189.00.

Forward Friesian bullocks: Keady farmer 588k £920 £157.00; Caledon farmer 594k £865 £146.00; Caledon farmer 602k £865 £144.00; Caledon farmer 570k £815 £143.00; Derrynoose farmer 590k £840 £142.00; Kilkeel farmer 584k £795 £136.00; Kilkeel farmer 534k £720 £135.00.

Middleweight bullocks: Dungannon farmer 436k £885 £203.00; Annaghmore farmer 454k £900 £198.00; Rathfriland farmer 440k £870 £198.00; Annaghmore farmer 476k £940 £198.00; Annaghmore farmer 420k £820 £195.00; Annaghmore farmer 468k £895 £191.00.

Middleweight Friesian bullocks: Crumlin farmer 458k £630 £138.00; Crumlin farmer 472k £645 £137.00; Newry farmer 482k £640 £133.00; Crumlin farmer 410k £540 £132.00; Newry farmer 456k £600 £132.00; Newry farmer 434k £570 £131.00; Portadown farmer 480k £630 £131.00.

HEIFERS: The 200 store heifers continued to sell in an exceptionally strong demand. The forward heifers included several pens of finished heifers which returned very strong prices, well ahead of current deadweight. Top quality lots from £190 to £207 per 100 kilos with a top of £225 for 510k at 1145. Average good quality lots from £175 to £185 per 100 kilos. Top price £1190 for 578k (205). Over 50 heifers sold in excess of £1000 each. Good quality middleweight heifers sold to £249 for 390k at £870 from a Crumlin farmer. Main demand from £190 to £233 per 100 kilos. Second quality lots in good demand from £165 to £180 per 100 kilos.

Forward heifers: Armagh farmer 510k £1145 £225.00; Dungannon farmer 510k £1055 £207.00; Poyntzpass farmer 578k £1190 £206.00; Poyntzpass farmer 572k £1150 £201.00; Rathfriland farmer 590k £1185 £201.00; Poyntzpass farmer 518k £1035 £200.00; Gilford farmer 542k £1080 £199.00; Gilford farmer 502k £990 £197.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 600k £1180 £197.00.

Middleweight heifers: Crumlin farmer 350k £870 £249.00; Rathfriland farmer 352k £820 £233.00; Dungannon farmer 408k £920 £226.00; Armagh farmer 446k £990 £222.00; Rathfriland farmer 452k £975 £216.00; Milford farmer 364k £780 £214.00; Dungannon farmer 482k £1035 £215.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 462k £985 £213.00; Rathfriland farmer 316k £670 £212.00.

WEANLINGS: The 140 weanlings sold in a steady demand. Good quality males sold from £200 to £230 per 100 kilos with top quality lots from £240 to £296 for 250k at £740. Heifer weanlings from £200 to £236 for 294k at £695. Top price £840 for 372k (226).

Male weanlings: Collone farmer 250k £740 £296.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 190k £535 £282.00; Culyhanna farmer 194k £545 £281.00; Portadown farmer 322k £870 £270.00; Banbridge farmer 320k £760 £238.00; Portadown farmer 282k £680 £241.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 256k £610 £238.00; Armagh farmer 310k £725 £234.00.

Heifer weanlings: Collone farmer 294k £695 £236.00; Collone farmer 294k £690 £235.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 210k £475 £226.00; Portadown farmer 372k £840 £226.00; Portadown farmer 318k £700 £220.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 250k £550 £220.00; Portadown farmer 356k £760 £214.00.

Sucklers sold in a very solid trade. Outifts to £1680 with a further 15 turnouts selling from £1000 to £1360. In-calf cows sold at £1200, £1140 and £1000.

A pedigree Lim bull sold at £2000.