AN entry of 1705 sheep at Markethill on Wednesday returned a very firm demand both for hoggets and cull ewes.
Heavy hoggets returned the strongest trade so far this season, with 20 producers receiving over £100 per head, with a top of £105 each. Top rate of 402p per kilo was paid for 24 kilos @ £96.50 each. All top quality pens sold from 385p to 396p per kilo. In all, 590 heavy hoggets average 26.3 kilos @ £99 each (376p)
Middleweight hoggets peaked @ 419p per kilo for 22kilos @ £92.20. All good quality pens sold from 385p to 411p per kilo. In all, 420 middleweights average 22 kilos @ £85.80 each (385)
Stores sold from £70 to £94 each with 2nds from £50 to £65 each.
Another full yard in the Breeding ring sold in a steady demand. Doubles sold to £190 with several more from £150 to £182 each.
Singles sold to £150 with suitable outfits from £120 to £142 each.
Markethill farmer : 24k £96.50 402p : Glenanne farmer : 26k £103 396p : Portadown farmer : 24k £95 396p : Whitecross farmer : 25k £98.50 394p : Loughgilly farmer : 25.5k £100 392p : Armagh farmer : 24.5k £96 392p : Portadown farmer : 24k £94 392p : Armagh farmer : 25.5k £99.50 390p : Armagh farmer : 25.5k £99.50 390p : Tynan farmer : 26.5k £103 389p : Portadown farmer : 26.5k £103 389p : Portadown farmer : 25k £97 388p : Portadown farmer : 25k £97 388p : Whitecross farmer : 25k £97 388p
Loughgall farmer : 22k £92.20 419p : Armagh farmer : 23k £94.50 411p ; Markethill farmer : 23.5k £95 404p : Portadown farmer : 23.5k £95 404p : Armagh farmer : 23k £92.50 402p : Glenanne farmer : 22.5k £89.80 399p : Scarva farmer ; 22k £87 396p : markethill farmer : 22k £86.50 393p : Scarva farmer : 23k £90 391p : Aughnacloy farmer : 22k £86 391p : Killylea farmer : 23.5k £91.50 389p : Bellaghy farmer : 21.5k £83.50 388p
Newry farmer : 19.5k £70.50 361p : Cookstown farmer : 19.5k £69 353p : Portadown farmer : 19k £66 347p : Armagh farmer : 14.5k £49.20 339p : Newmills farmer : 17k £57 335p : Keady farmer : 18k £60 333p : Loughgall farmer : 17.5k £57 325p ; Newtownbutler farmer : 18.5k £59.50 321p : Portadown farmer : 17k £54.50 320p.