Steady trade for cattle at Markethill

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Dairy stock sold in a steady trade at Markethill on Tuesday 9th February with a top of £1240 for a calved heifer from a Mountnorris farmer.

A Newry farmer received £1170 for a calved heifer. A calved heifer from a Loughgall farmer sold at £1030.

CULL COWS: The 150 cull cows returned another very strong trade. Beef-bred cows from £115 to £141 for 698k at £980. Fleshed Friesian cows to £112 for 900k at £1005. Main demand from £94 to £108 per 100 kilos. Second quality friesians from £80 to £90 per 100 kilos. The poorest types sold in a firmer demand from £60 to £75 per 100 kilos.

Cull cows: Hilltown farmer 698k £980 £141.00; Newtownhamilton farmer 556k £775 £139.00; Banbridge farmer 664k £900 £136.00; Armagh farmer 716k £925 £129.00; Tassagh farmer 644k £735 £114.00; Newry farmer 842k £950 £113.00.

Friesian cull cows: Newry farmer 900k £1005 £112.00; Newry farmer 648k £700 £108.00; Newry farmer 696k £750 £108.00; Camlough farmer 918k £970 £106.00; Keady farmer 754k £785 £104.00; Loughbrickland farmer 716k £730 £102.00; Newry farmer 638k £650 £102.00; Armagh farmer 690k £700 £102.00; Newry farmer 665k £675 £101.00; Armagh farmer 670k £675 £101.00.

CALVES: The 160 lots in the calf ring sold in an excellent trade. Bull claves to £400 for a six week old blue. All top quality bulls from £270 to £370 each. Strong Friesian bulls (three to four months old) from £110 to £175 each. Young Friesian bulls from £50 to £85 each. Good quality heifer calves to £305 paid twice for blues. Main demand from £200 to £300 each.

Bull calves: Ch £400; AA £370; AA £370; Her £365; BB £330; BB £320; Her £310; AA £05; AA £290; Her £280.

Heifer calves: BB £305; BB £300; Lim £290; BB £280; BB £265; FKV £265; Her £235; BB £230; AA £225.