Suckler cows to £1800 at Rathfriland

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A full yard of cattle saw suckler cows and calves to £1800, £1480, £1420 and £1300 from a Drumnascamph farmer.

Two young breeding bulls sold at £1400 each. Fat cows cleared up to £900 for a 748k Her from Magheragall farmer.

Bullocks cleared up to £1285 for a 680k Lim from Katesbridge with a further lot at £1225.

Store heifers to £870 for 480k from Crieve. A great entry of 109 quality weanlings sold to £860 for a Dromara farmer.

Weanling heifers were particularly dear. Eg, A top per kilo, 243p/k for a 292k Ch at £710 and 318k at £735. Still good numbers of dropped calves selling to £420 for a Lisburn and £310 for a Mayobridge farmer.

DROPPED CALVES: Lisburn farmer: Sim bull £420, Her heifer £390. Derrylecka farmer: Sim bull £360, Heifers £290. Dollingstown farmer: Sim bull £350. Banbridge farmer: Sim bulls £390, heifers £375, £360, £300 etc. Dromore farmer: FCK bulls £240, £240 and £200. Warrenpoint farmer: FCK bull, £310, Heifers £290. HIlltown farmer: Saler bull £255. Loughbrickland farmer: AA bulls £330.

WEANLINGS: Aughnaskeagh farmer: 460k at £860, 400k at £855. Ballycoulter farmer: 368k at £830, 366k at £815, 354k at £800, 336k at £720, 330k at £710, 292k at £710. Armagh farmer: 370k at £835. Dromore farmer: 380k at £815. Ballyveamore farmer: 387k at £795, 332k at £710. Millford farmer: 304k at £655. Killconnell farmer: 384k at £815, 368k at £760, 360k at £765. South Armagh farmer: 362k at £785, 340k at £740, 338k at £745.

HEIFERS: Crieve farmer: 480k at £870, 400k at £785. Dromore farmer: 446k at £850, 410k at £780, 426k at £765. Corgycreevy farmer: 406k at £800, 406k at £795, 420k at £750 and 430k at £740.

FAT & SUCKLER COWS: Drumnascamph farmer: £1800, £1480, £1420 and £1300. Cargycreevy farmer: £1160. 18 months old Sim bull £1400, 16 months old Lim bull £1400. Fat cows 748k at £900, 596k at £775, 656k at £770, 650k at £700, 538k at £630, 510k at £610 etc.

BULLOCKS: Katesbridge farmer: 682k at £1285, 684k at £1225, 558k at £1090. Moneyslane farmer: 590k at £1050. Banbridge farmer: 622k at £1100. Ballyward farmer: 590k at £1050, 558k at £1090 and 524k at £900. Ballymartin farmer: 430k at £850. Crossmaglen farmer: 462k at £840, 414k at £790.

Friesian bullocks: 590k at £790, 600k at £780, 584k at £780, 530k at £710, 470k at £610, 480k at £625, 532k at £660, 460k at £620, 350k at £550, 460k at £600 and 346k at £525.

An exceptional sheep trade on Tuesday evening with several extra buyers in attendance. Lambs easily reached £4.00 per kilo with heavy lambs to £96.50. 236 fat ewes sold to £124 per head for 4 texels.

LAMBS: Rathfriland farmer: 25k at £96.50. Katesbridge farmer: 25k at £93.50. Rathfriland farmer: 26.4k at £92.50. Poyntzpass farmer: 26k at £91.50. Moyadd farmer: 25.5k at £90.50. Dromore farmer: 24k at £90. Corbet farmer: 24k at £90. Store lambs to £82.50 for 20.5k. other lots of 20k lambs sold to £77.50. The 22k lots sold to £88 with 23k to £89.

FAT EWES: Rathfriland farmer: £124. Crossmaglen farmer: £99. Kilkeel farmer: £97. Rathfriland farmer: £96. Newry farmer: £92. Banbridge farmer: £88. Rathfriland farmer: £87 and £86.