Latest prices from Rathfriland mart

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Just short of 800 sheep on Tuesday evening at Rathfriland including over 500 spring lambs sold in a good trade.

Lambs sold to £91 for a Kilkeel famer and to 415p/k for a lot of 20k @ £83 from Katebridge. These weighed 21k and sold @ £86.50. A lot of 14 weighing 21k from Altnadue sold @ £86 or 409p/k. 200 fat ewes sold to £115 for a Bryansford farmer. The top 10 lots sold from £104 to £115. Ewe hoggets sold to £101 for a Downpatrick farmer. Ewe hoggets from Kilkeel sold @ £100 with £90 paid to a Moybrick farmer.

LAMBS: Kilkeel farmer: 28k @ £91. Katesbridge farmer: £88. Ardarragh farmer: 25.5k @ £88. Ballynanny farmer: 22k @ £87.50. Glenburn farmer: 23k @ £87.50. Cullion farmer: 23k @ £87. Kilkeel farmer: 23k @ £87. Moneyslane farmer: 22k @ £87. Bryansford farmer: 26k @ £87. Loughbrickland farmer: 21k @ £86.50 or 412p/k. Altnadue farmer: 21k @ £86 or 409p/k. Ballynahinch farmer: 21.5k @ £86 or 400p/k. Tullyglush farmer: 21.5k @ £86.50 or 402p/k. Aughnacloy farmer: 20.5k @ £84. Cabra farmer: 21k @ £84. Katesbridge farmer: 20k @ £83 or 415p/k.

FAT EWES: Bryansford farmer: £115. Newcastle farmer: £111. Mayobridge farmer: 20 ewes @ £111 each. Rathfriland farmer: £110. Aughnacloy farmer: £108. Ballynahinch farmer: £106. Attical farmer: £106. Hilltown farmer: £105. Whitehill farmer: £104. Tullybrannigan farmer: £103. Downpatrick farmer: £103.

Balmoral show week has always been a smaller entry and this year was no different.

Bullocks sold to £1130 for a 600k Lim from Annalong. A Kilkeel farmer reached £1100 for a 620k AA bullock. AA heifers topped the heifer section with £955 for a 570k lot from Ballynamagna. Weanlings sold to £735 for a 324k Lim male. Fat cows to £940 for a 906k AA from Tory Brae. A top pence per kilo of 122 was paid for a 590k Ch cow @ £720 from Castlewellan. Dropped calves sold to £385 for a BB from Hillsborough. An AA bull from Banbridge sold @ £375. Suckler cows sold to £1140 for a Hillsborough farmer. 4 Pedigree breeding bulls sold to 1000Gns (twice) for two Sim from Rathfriland.

DROPPED CALVES: Hillsborough farmer: 2 BB bulls @ £385 and £290. Banbridge farmer: AA bull £375 and heifer £250. Ballyroney farmer: pen of AA bulls and heifers £280, £200, £200 and £190. Dromara farmer: 6 Her heifers £250, £245, £240, £200 etc. Newry farmer: Sim bull £240 and Sim heifer £190. Markethill farmer: 5 AA heifer £160 each.

WEANLINGS: Banbridge farmer: 324k @ £735, 322k @ £715, 268k @ £680, 272k @ £580. Rathfriland farmer: 214k @ £490. Ballykeel farmer: 288k @ £610 and 130k @ £320. Lisburn farmer: pen of Hol bullocks, 4 weighing 287k @ £370 and 312k @ £350.

HEIFERS: Ballynamagna farmer: 4 AA 570k @ £955, 550k @ £855, 532k @ £820, 510k @ £805. Dromore farmer: 582k @ £880, 550k @ £850, 504k @ £850, 556k @ £850.

FAT COWS: Tory Brae farmer: 906k @ £940. Castlewellan farmer: 658k @ £750 and 592k @ £720. Ballyveamore farmer: 576k @ £660. Suckler cows to £1140 for a Hillsborough farmer.

BREEDING BULLS: Rathfriland farmer: 2 Sim @ £1000 each. Saintfield farmer: 2 Welsh blacks £840 and £700.

BULLOCKS: Annalong farmer: 600k @ £1130, 650k @ £1050. Kilkeel farmer: 628k @ £1100 and 600k @ £975. Ballyward farmer: 554k @ £900. Seapatrick farmer: 420k @ £890, 464k @ £840, 498k @ £820, 460k @ £785 and 434k @ £740. Ballymagappog farmer: 522k @ £835, 540k @ £825, 466k @ £785, 470k @ £760 and 398k @ £735.