Roaring trade at Hilltown spring show and sale

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A fantastic entry of 500 store cattle and weanlings met a roaring trade at Hilltown’s Spring Show and Sale on Saturday 18th April, where trade peaked £1920.

It was a suckler cow that led the trade, from breeder C.Boylan of Newry made £1920.

Snapping up closely on this was a Bullock at 744k making £1380, from D.Harmon of Kilcoo.

The Supreme champion a male weanling, also led the trade in this class from F.Russell of Rostrevor, made £1135 at 440k. Second prize went to M.Fitzpatrick of Hilltown, making £965 at 348k. Third prize in this class went to Brian Morgan of Kilkeel, making £1090 at 490k.

First prize in the bullocks went to P.Farnon of Hilltown, which made £1110 at 544k. Second in this class was S.McPolin also from Hilltown, with a bullock at 494k making £1000. Mr Curtis of Newry came third in this class, making £1035 at 420k.

Reserve champion a heifer weanling made £740 at 300k, coming from T.Fitzpatrick of Hilltown. M Lively of Mayobridge led the trade in the heifer weanlings, making £850 at 416k. Second prize in this class went to M. Doyle also from Mayobridge, selling at £750 at 340k. Following up closely behind was G.Grant coming third, with a heifer at 406k making £800.

P.McGinn of Rostrevor achieved the top price in the heifers and also achieved first in this class. Top priced heifer made £1200 at 642k and came third in this class. First prize heifer of Pascal’s made £1150 at 584k. D.Harmon came second with a heifer at 498k making £1060.

Cull Cows – Cull cow trade was a lot firmer, with top price cow selling at £1000 at 650k from Hilltown farmer. Top rate was 155ppk for a 638k making £990 from Newry farmer. Sample prices: Kilkeel farmer- 678k at £910, 712k at £835, 610k at £800. Hilltown farmer – 584k at £730.

Sample prices:

Male weanlings: Top rate of 276ppk at 282k making £780 from Cabra farmer. Rostrevor farmer: 478k at £1130, 458k at £1060, 318k at £865. Hilltown farmer: 466k at £950, 328k at £885. Newry farmer: 464k at £990, 538k at £1005. Dromore farmer: 542k at £1015. Mayobridge farmer: 274k at £755.

Bullocks: Top rate of 299ppk at 370k making £1105 from Hilltown farmer. Kilkeel farmer: 606k at £1270. Hilltown farmer: 370k at £1105. Kilcoo farmer: 578k at £1100. Newry farmer: 466k at £1075, 576k at £1190. Downpatrick farmer: 610k at £1295, 606k at £1270, 672k at £1145.

Heifer Weanlings –Top rate of 251ppk at 258k making £650 from Rostrevor farmer. Kilkeel farmer: 400k at £830, 368k at £825, 400k at £800, 270k at £665. Rostrevor farmer: 388k at £805. Hilltown farmer: 216k at £520. Newry farmer: 390k at £760, 298k at £700.

Heifer: Top rate of 226ppk at 398k making £900 from Newry farmer. Kilkeel farmer: 606k at £1150, 558k at £1060, 500k at £1000 Mayobridge farmer: 460k at £920, 452k at £895. Dromore farmer: 592k at £1100. Newry farmer: 500k at £1015. Ballyhinch farmer: 522k at £1020.