An entry of 1800 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 9th September returned a firmer trade for fat lambs and stores. Breeding sheep were slower to sell.
Heavy lambs sold to £74 each paid three times with several pens selling from £68 to £71 each. Main demand sold from 265p to 282p per kilo.
Middleweight lambs sold to 334p per kilo for 23.5 kilos at £78.50 each. Main demand sold from 280p to 325p per kilo for 26lambs weighing 20 kilos at £65 each.
Light store lambs sold to 408p per kilo for 12.2 kilos at £50 each (22 lambs). All good quality pens sold from 330p to 375p per kilo for 15 kilos at £56.50 each. Stronger stores sold from 300p to 334p per kilo for 18.4 kilos at £61.50 each.
The 200 cull ewes sold to £108 each. All heavy ewes sold from £65 to £85 each.
A full yard of breeding sheep sold in an easier trade. Top price was £130 with others from £105 to £128 each.
HEAVY LAMBS: Castewellan farmer : 25k £71 284p : Loughgall farmer : 24.4k £69 282p : Hilltown farmer : 24k £67.50 281p : Portadown farmer : 24.9k £69 277p : Crossmaglen farmer : 24k £66 275p : Belleeks farmer : 24.4k £67 275p : Armagh farmer : 24.6k £67.50 274p: Armagh farmer : 25k £68.50 273p : Markethill farmer : 26k £71 272p.
MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS: Markethill farmer : 23.5k £78.50 334p : Newry farmer: 20k £65 325p : Middletown farmer : 20.1k £60.50 300p : Portadown farmer : 21.7k £63 290p : Lurgan farmer : 21.8k £63 289p: Magheralin farmer : 23.2k £67 289p: Markethill farmer : 22.4k £64.80 289p.
STORES: Markethill farmer : 12.2k £50 408p : Castlewellan farmer : 15k £56.50 375p : Markethill farmer : 14.9k £54 362p : Draperstown farmer : 16.2k £58.50 360p : Camlough farmer : 14.5k £52 358p : Draperstown farmer : 16.3k £58 355p : Draperstown farmer : 16.9k £60 355p : Belleeks farmer: 17.9k £62 346p : Caledon farmer : 16.6k £57.50 345p.