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High prices recorded at Markethill cattle sale

AN entry of 500 cattle at Markethill sold in a very firm demand in all rings yesterday (Tuesday), May 14, with several high prices recorded in all sections.

Dairy stock sold to a top of £1680 for a calved heifer from a Loughgall farmer.  A Craigavon farmer sold a calved heifer at £1620.  Others sold from £1180 to £1320.

A large entry of top quality cows and calves returned an excellent demand. A Local farmer sold 7 salers 2nd and 3rd calvers with mostly bull calves at foot to a top of £1480 others sold at £1390, £1340 and £1300.

The 110 cull cows sold in another very strong demand with non-FQA cows selling exceptionally well.  Cow/heifers from £150 to £186 for 440k at £820.  Cows sold from £135 to £162 for 730k at £1180.  Fleshed friesians in exceptionally good demand from £124 to £141.50 for 630k at £890.  Second quality friesians from £100 to £115 per 100 kilos and the poorest lots from £70 to £90 per 100 kilos.  Young Friesian bulls to £186 for 720k at £1340.  Aged bulls to £1510 for 1130k WHD (134).  Clean cattle from £170 to £189 for 600k at £1135.

Cull cows

Newry farmer 730k £1180 £161.65; Milford farmer 710k £1140 £160.60; Madden farmer 530k £840 £158.50; Crumlin farmer 580k £890 £153.45; Richhill farmer 510k £745 £146.10; Loughbrickland farmer 620k £890 £143.55; Madden farmer 530k £750 £141.50; Markethill farmer 580k 810k £139.70; Newry farmer 690k £960 £139.15; Milford farmer 700k £960 £137.15;

Friesian cull cows

Dromore farmer 630k £890 £141.30; Tandragee farmer 710k £950 £133.80; Markethill farmer 780k £1040 £133.35; Dromore farmer 630k £835 £132.55; Armagh farmer 660k £850 £128.80; Armagh farmer 730k £940 £128.80; Armagh farmer 780k £1000 £128.20; Rathfriland farmer 680k £870 £127.95; Dromore farmer 620k £780 £125.80; Banbridge farmer 620k £770 £124.20;

STORE CATTLE

Demand for store cattle continued to be firm.  Forward bullocks sold to£225 for 510k at £1156.  Main demand from £192 to £221 for 510k at £1125.  Angus bullocks to £212 for 530k at £1120.  Middleweights sold to£231 for 460k at £1065.  All suitable types from £180 to £225 for 390k at £880.  Good quality friesians from £135 to £169 for 460k at £775.

Forward heifers sold to £203 for 550k at £1115.  Main demand from £180 to £195 per 100 kilos.  Middleweights from £180 to £203 for 340k at £690.  Second quality heifers sold readily from £160 to £175 per 100 kilos.  Hereford heifers in excellent demand from £170 to £192 for 510k at £980.

Forward bullocks

Benburb farmer 510k £1145 £224.50; Benburb farmer 510k £1125 £220.60; Benburb farmer 540k £1170 £216.70; Poyntzpass farmer 530k £1120 £211.35; Benburb farmer 600k £1260 £210.00; Markethill farmer 550k £1150 £209.10; Benburb farmer 530k £1080 £203.80; Benburb farmer 560k £1140 £203.60; Poyntzpass farmer 560k £1125 £200.90;

Middleweight bullocks

Markethill farmer 460k £1065 £231.50; Glenanne farmer 390k £880 £225.65; Benburb farmer 480k £950 £197.95; Newry farmer 460k £870 £189.15; Newry farmer 460k £860 £186.95; Newry farmer 370k £685 £185.15; Newry farmer 480k £885 £184.40; Mowhan farmer 420k £770 £183.35; Glenanne farmer 400k £735 £183.75; Banbridge farmer 490k £895 £182.65;

Middleweight friesian bullocks

Tandragee farmer 460k £775 £168.50; Tandragee farmer 440k £740 £168.20; Newry farmer 500k £820 £164.00; Keady farmer 450k £720 £160.00; Keady farmer 490k £740 £151.00; Newry farmer 480k £680 £141.70; Newry farmer 450k 3620 £137.80;

Forward heifers

Tandragee farmer 550k £1115 £203.00; Tandragee farmer 580k £1130 £295.00; Gilford farmer 510k £980 £192.00; Loughgilly farmer 560k £1000 £178.50;

Middleweight heifers

Middletown farmer 340k £690 £203.00; Middletown farmer 350k £685 £195.70; Middletown farmer 340k £665 £195.60; Markethill farmr 330k £625 £189.40; Newry farmer 340k £640 £188.25; Newry farmer 470k £880 £187.25; Markethill farmer 500k £930 £186.00; Gilford farmer 420k £770 £183.35; Middletown farmer 320k £590 £184.40; Armagh farmer 390k £700 £179.50;

CALVES

A large entry of 155 dropped calves maintained an excellent trade.  Bull calves to £405 for 2 week old Char.  The top 10 bulls averaged £304 each.  Heifer calves to £242 paid twice for Angus calves.  Main demand from £170 to £240.

The 100 reared calves sold readily.  Bulls sold to £695.  Heifers to £590 each.

Bull calves

Ch £405; Lim £370; Sim £320; DAQ £310; Her £310; Her £310; Sim £270; Ch £250; BB £250; Sim £245;

Heifer calves

AA £242; AA £242; Her £240; AA £230; CH £225; Her £208; Her £195; BB £180; BB £180; BGA £175.

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