Markethill Mart: Top price of £1,340 for 640kg Charolais

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Cattle trade continued to be very firm at Markethill on Saturday 25th November with a very pleasing entry in each ring.

Over 250 store and beef cattle continued to sell in an improving trade, particularly to good quality lots.

HEIFERS

Good quality heavy heifers sold steadily from £195 to £220 per 100kg with a top of £232 per 100kg for 512kg at £1,190 for Tassagh farmer, followed by £222 per 100kg for a 580kg Hereford heifer at £1,300.

Top price of £1,340 for 640kg Charolais for Loughgall farmer.

Good quality mid-weight heifers sold from £200 to £226 per 100kg for 490kg at £1,125 from a Tullyvallan farmer.

Second quality heifers sold steadily from £175 to £190 per 100kg.

Forward heifers

Tassagh farmer 512k, £1,190, £232; Tullyvallan farmer 586k, £1,300, £222; Loughgall farmer 558k, £1,235, £221; 562k, £1,235, £220; Tullyvallan farmer 560k, £1,210, £216; 586k, £1,250, £213; Loughgall farmer 588k, £1,240, £211; Tullyvallan farmer 524k, £1,100, £210; Loughgall farmer 642k, £1,340, £209; 624k, £1,300, £208; Armagh farmer 514k, £1,065, £207.

Middleweight heifers

Tullyvallan farmer 498k, £1,125, £226; Derrynoose farmer 408k, £875, £214; Keady farmer 392k, £840, £214; Armagh farmer 422k, £870, £206; Keady farmer 492k, £1,000, £203; Portadown farmer 460k, £930, £202; Banbridge farmer 400k, £805, £201

BULLOCKS

An increased entry of bullocks sold readily with heavy bullocks to a top of £1,480 for 670kg Charolais at £221 per 100kg for a Tandragee farmer.

Main demand from £195 to £211 per 100kg.

Mid weights from £195 to £211 per 100kg for 450kg at £960 for Hillsborough producer.

Good quality Friesians sold steadily from £140 to £162 per 100kg for 530kg at £870 for a Middletown farmer.

Heavy bullocks

Tandragee farmer 670k, £1,480, £221; Madden farmer 596k, £1,260, £211; Richhill farmer 572k, £1,205, £211; Loughbrickland farmer 548k, £1,145, £209; Tandragee farmer 684k, £1,420, £208; Hillsborough farmer 554k, £1,140, £206; Gilford farmer 628k, £1,290, £205; Newtownhamilton farmer 522k £1,065, £204; Richhill farmer 650k, £1,320, £203.

Middleweight bullocks

Hillsborough farmer 454k, £960, £211; Keady farmer 470k, £980, £209; 484k, £1,000, £206; Hillsborough farmer 486k, £995, £204; Warrenpoint farmer 430k, £875, £203; Tandragee 480k, £970, £202; 482k, £970, £201; Derrynoose farmer 480k, £965, £201.

Friesian bullocks

Madden farmer 536k, £870, £162; Magherafelt farmer 578k, £840, £145; Tassagh farmer 520k, £750, £144; 584k, £840, £144; 612k, £880, £144; Portadown farmer 512k, £735, £144; Magherafelt farmer 570k, £810, £142; Tassagh farmer 528k, £750, £142.

WEANLINGS

Over 160 weanlings returned a very firm trade for quality stock.

Top quality males sold from £220 to £283 per 100kg for 302kg at £855 for Poyntzpass farmer, followed by £281 for 270kg at £770 from a Keady producer.

Good quality heifers sold from £200 to £257 for 298kg Belgian Blue at £765 for Newry producer.

Heifer weanlings

Newry farmer 298k, £765, £257; Moy farmer 336k, £765, £228; Crossmaglen farmer 260k, £590, £227; Moy farmer 300k, £670, £223; Crossmaglen 322k, £705, £219; Markethill farmer 314k, £660, £210; 340k, £710, £209; Beragh farmer 302k, £630, £209.

Male weanlings

Poyntzpass farmer 302k, £855, £283; Armagh farmer 274k, £770, £281; 248k, £680, £274; 212k, £560, £264; Newry farmer 372k, £905, £243; Lurgan farmer 350k, £835, £239; Newry farmer 346k, £820, £237; Lurgan farmer 356k, £840, £236.

SUCKLERS

Cows and calves were in very good demand selling to a top of £1,700 for Simmental cow and bull calf.

Others £1,560, £1,510 and £1,400.

Simmental £1,700; Limousin £1,560; Blonde D’Aquitaine £1,510; Simmental £1,400.