An entry 1,400 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday 15th March returned a steady trade for fat hoggets.
Cull ewe trade was firmer and breeding sheep returned a strong demand, 900 hoggets sold readily with heavy hoggets selling from £88 to £93.50 each.
Top rate of 368p per kilo was paid for 24.3 kilos at £89.50 each. All good quality heavies from 335p to 359p per kilo.
Middleweight hoggets sold to 370p per kilo for 21.9 kilos at £81 each. Main demand sold from 340p to 368p per kilo.
A large entry of ewes and lambs sold in an excellent trade.
Doubles reached £235 with several outfits from £180 to £222 each.
Singles sold to £162 each.
Several more sold from £140 to £155 each.
200 cull ewes sold to a top of £119 with all heavy ewes from £80 to £117 each.
Second quality ewes sold from £60 to £75 each.
MIDDLEWEIGHT HOGGETS: Richhill farmer: 21.9k, £81, 370p; Armagh farmer: 21.4k, £78.80, 368p; Tobermore farmer: 23.1k, £83.50, 361p; Galbally farmer: 23.3k, £83.50, 358p; Markethill farmer: 22.5k, £79, 351p; Newry farmer: 23k, £80, 348p; Poyntzpass farmer: 21.4k, £73.50, 343p.
HEAVY HOGGETS: Richhill farmer: 24.3k, £89.50, 368p; Armagh farmer: 24.1k, £86.50, 359p; Kilkeel farmer: 25.1k, £90, 359p; Tandragee farmer: 24.6k, £88, 358p; Whitecross farmer: 24.2k, £86.50, 357p; Tandragee farmer: 25.4k, £90.50, 356p; Portadown farmer: 25.6k, £91, 356p; Tandragee farmer: 24k, £85, 354p; Loughgilly farmer: 24.1k, £85, 353p; Markethill farmer: 24.9k, £87.80, 353p.