Top price of £825 paid for suckler calves at Downpatrick Mart

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At the suckler calf sale on the night of Friday, October 11 there was strong demand for quality lots.

On the night calves sold to a top price of £825 and as far as 255ppk for a Charolais calf 278kgs.

Leading prices as follows:

BULLOCKS

Saintfield farmer 414kg Limousin £825 (1.99ppk), Kilkeel farmer 336kg Limousin £810 (2.41ppk), Strangford farmer 372kg Charolais £810 (2.18ppk), Saintfield farmer 400kg Limousin £770 (1.93ppk), Raholp farmer 416kg Aberdeen Angus £745 (1.80ppk), Clough farmer 328kg Charolais £745 (2.27ppk), Raholp farmer 364kg Charolais £735 (2.02ppk) and 292kg Limousin £715 (2.45ppk) and 302kg Limousin 710 (2.35ppk), Newcastle farmer 334kg Limousin £730 (2.19ppk) and 360kg Limousin £715 (1.99ppk) and 278kg Limousin £710 (2.55ppk), Castlewellan farmer 406kg Charolais £725 (1.80ppk) and 320kg Charolais £720 (2.25ppk), Castlewellan farmer 302kg Limousin £720 (2.38ppk), Saintfield farmer 360kg Limousin £715 (1.99ppk) and 300kg Limousin £655 (2.18ppk), Saul farmer 296kg Blonde d’Aquitaine £715 (2.42ppk) and 252kg Blonde d’Aquitaine £635 (2.52ppk) and 260kg Limousin £630 (2.42ppk) and 292kg Blonde d’Aquitaine £620 (2.12ppk), Clough farmer 278kg Charolais £710 (2.55ppk) and 302kg Charolais £700 (2.32ppk), Ballynahinch farmer 324kg Simmental £695 (2.15ppk) and 290kg Simmental £685 (2.36ppk) and 286kg Simmental £600 (2.10ppk), Rahalp farmer 278kg Limousin £675 (2.43ppk), Kilkeel farmer 284kg Hereford £670 (2.36ppk), Castlewellan farmer 278kg Simmental £655 (2.36ppk) and Raholp farmer 274kg Limousin £655 (2.40ppk).

HEIFERS

Comber farmer 286kg Limousin £705 (2.47ppk), Ballynahinch farmer 272kg Simmental £700 (2.57ppk), Castlewellan farmer 208kg Simmental £515 (2.48ppk), Fivemiletown farmer 206kg Charolais £500 (2.43ppk) and 228kg Limousin £500 (2.19ppk) and 288kg Limousin £615 (2.14ppk) and 330kg Charolais £665 (2.02ppk), Castlewellan farmer 252kg Limousin £580 (2.30ppk) and 260kg Limousin £550 (2.12ppk), Saintfield farmer 356kg Limousin £700 (1.97ppk) and 320kg Limousin £645 (2.02ppk) and 290kg Limousin £580 (2.00ppk), Newcastle farmer 270kg Limousin £610 (2.26ppk) and 260kg Limousin £580 (2.23ppk) and 278kg Limousin £615 (2.21pk), Drumaness farmer 256kg Limousin £570 (2.23ppk), Nutts Corner farmer 238kg Charolais £530 (2.23ppk) and 338kg Hereford £580 (1.72ppk), Kilkeel farmer 304kg Charolais £670 (2.20ppk), Raholp farmer 312kg Charolais £610 (1.96ppk) and Clough farmer 276kg Charolais £580 (2.10ppk).

At the sheep sale on Saturday, October 12 there was steady trade of good quality lambs.

Fat lambs sold to £78.50, fat ewes sold to £76.00 and light weight lambs to £3.86ppk.

Leading prices as follows:

FAT LAMBS

Ballyclander farmer 26kg £78.50 and 26kg £77.50, Ballyculter farmer 31kg £78.00, Ardglass farmer 29kg £77.00 and 24kg £76.00 and 24kg £74.50, Crossgar farmer 25kg £76.50, Legamaddy farmer 24kg £76.00, Killough farmer 25kg £76.00, Castlewellan farmer 24kg £75.50, Ballynahinch farmer 23kg £75.00, Bright farmer 22kg £74.50, Annacloy farmer 21kg £70.00, Ardglass farmer 21kg £69.50 and 19kg £65.00, Woodgrange farmer 16kg £59.50 and Annacloy farmer 15kg £58.00.

At the Monday night cattle sale on October 14, 2019 there was a good entry of quality cattle.

In the heavy weight category bullocks peaked at £2.20ppk for a 500kg Limousin £1100.

Light weight bullocks sold to £2.21ppk and heifers to £1.89ppk.

Leading prices in all categories as follows:

Bullocks 500kg plus

Ballygallum farmer 640kg Charolais £1160 (1.81ppk) and 530kg Charolais £960 (1.81ppk), Seaforde farmer 572kg Limousin £1110 (1.94ppk), 500kg Limousin £1100 (2.20ppk), 542kg Charolais £1100 (2.03ppk), 570kg Aberdeen Angus £1040 (1.82ppk), 542kg Charolais £1040 (1.92ppk), 544kg Aberdeen Angus £1000 (1.84ppk), 508kg Limousin £965 (1.90ppk), 540kg Aberdeen Angus £950 (1.76ppk),526kg Aberdeen Angus £920 (1.75ppk), Ballylucas farmer 670kg Speckled Park £1095 (1.63ppk), 596kg Speckled Park £950 (1.60ppk), Dromore farmer 622kg Friesian £965 (1.55ppk), Ballygallum farmer 516kg Charolais £950 (1.81ppk), 590kg Charolais £940 (1.59ppk), Castlewellan farmer 594kg Aberdeen Angus £940 (1.58ppk), 556kg Limousin £940 (1.69ppk), Ballylucas farmer 562kg Belgian Blue £935 (1.58ppk), Castlewellan farmer 536kg Aberdeen Angus £925 (1.72ppk), Castlewellan farmer 572kg Aberdeen Angus £920 (1.61ppk), Castlewellan farmer 506kg Blonde d’Aquitaine £910 (1.80ppk) and Downpatrick farmer 506kg Charolais £890 (1.76ppk),510kg Charolais £890 (1.75ppk).

Bullocks 200-499kg

Seaforde farmer 492kg Limousin £950 (1.93ppk), Strangford farmer 378kg Charolais £835 (2.21ppk), 386kg Charolais £850 (2.20ppk), 388kg Charolais £840 (2.17ppk), Ballynoe farmer 366kg Charolais £785 (2.15ppk), 398kg Charolais £785 (1.97ppk), Newcastle farmer 272kg Charolais £835 (2.00ppk), 310kg Charolais £610 (1.97ppk), Castlewellan farmer 400kg Blonde d’Aquitaine £785 (1.96ppk), Ballygallum farmer 400kg Charolais £865 (1.96ppk), Newastle farmer 300kg Charolais £585 (1.95ppk), Seaforde farmer 412kg Charolais £800 (1.94ppk), 460kg Aberdeen Angus £875 (1.90ppk) and Newcastle farmer 286kg Charolais £540 (1.89ppk) and 426kg Charolais £600 (1.84ppk).

Heifers

Ballylucas farmer 558kg Limousin £870 (1.56ppk), 508kg Blonde d’Aquitaine £800 (1.56ppk), Drumaness farmer 532kg Charolais £855 (1.61ppk), Crossgar farmer 526g Charolais £820 (1.56ppk), Castlewellan farmer 480kg Simmental £790 (1.65ppk), 470kg Simmental £780 (1.66ppk), 404kg Blonde d’Aquitaine £665 (1.65ppk), Dundrum farmer 422kg Charolais £725 (1.72ppk), 452kg Charolais £725 (1.60ppk), 436kg Charolais £705 (1.62ppk), 414kg Charolais £700 (1.70ppk), Ballynoe farmer 280kg Charolais £530 (1.89ppk), 320kg Charolais £565 (1.77ppk), 342kg Charolais £600 (1.75ppk), 322kg Charolais £545 (1.69ppk), Castlewellan farmer 336kg Blonde d’Aquitaine £620 (1.85ppk) and Castlewellan farmer 366kg Charolais £665 (1.79ppk).