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Firm demand remains at Markethill Cattle Sale

AN entry of 530 cattle at Markethill continued to sell in a firm demand throughout the rings yesterday (Tuesday), May 21.

Highlight of the sale was in the dairy ring where a Craigavon farmer received £2020 for a calved heifer.  The same owner received £1600 for a calved heifer.  A Loughgall farmer sold a calved heifer at £1380.

In the suckler ring top price of £1250 for a blue cow and bull calf from a Killinchy farmer.  The same owner received £1060 for a blue cow and bull calf.  A Portadown farmer sold a Lim cow and bull calf at £1140.  Several more outfits from £850 to £1000.

CULL COWS

The 120 cull cows maintained their recent prices.  Non quality assured cows sold readily.  Cow/heifers to £200 for 490k at £980.  Several more from £150 to £175 per 100 kilos.  Cows from £130 to £151 for 650k at £980.  Young friesians from £128 to £142 per 100 kilos with cows from £110 to £127 for 620k at £790.  Second quality from £90 to £105 per 100 kilos and the poorest lots from £65 to £80 per 100 kilos.  Clean cattle sold from £175 to £205 for 660k at £1350.

Cull cows

Crossmaglen farmer 650k £980 £150.80; Poyntzpass farmer 560k £810 £144.65; Newry farmer 550k £795 £144.50; Crossmaglen farmer 700k £1005 £143.60; Poyntzpass farmer 590k £830 £140.70; Lurgan farmer 720k £1005 £139.60; Poyntzpass farmer 630k £875 £138.90; Dungannon farmer 600k £790 £131.70; Dromore farmer 650k £855 £131.55;

Clean cattle

Killylea farmer 660k £1350 £204.55; Keady farmer 640k £1300 £203.15; Armagh farmer 580k £1070 £184.50; Armagh farmer 530k £975 £184.00; Armagh farmer 570k £1045 £183.35; Killylea farmer 540k £980 £181.50;

Friesian cull cows

Newry farmer 590k £840 £142.40; Newry farmer 590k £820 £139.00; Tassagh farmer 520k £700 £134.65; Newry farmer 780k £1025 £131.40; Kilkeel farmer 770k £1010 £131.20; Newry farmer 670k £860 £128.35; Kilkeel farmer 620k £790 £127.45; Armagh farmer 740k £940 £127.05; Kilkeel farmer 610k £770 £126.25; Armagh farmer 630k £790 £125.40;

BULLOCKS

Bullock trade was exceptionally firm.  Forward lots to £234 for 560k at £1310 followed by £225 for 550k at £1235.  Main demand from £185 to £217 for a 600k Angus at £1300.  Middleweights sold from £175 to £213 for 400k at £850.  Friesian bullocks in excellent demand with good quality lots from £140 to £166 for 490k at £815.

Forward bullocks

Tandragee farmer 560k £1310 £233.95; Newtownhamilton farmer 550k £1235 £224.55; Newtownhamilton farmer 600k £1300 £216.70; Tandragee farmer 530k £1050 £198.10; Tandragee farmer 520k £1010 £194.25; Armagh farmer 580k £1120 £193.10; Tandragee farmer 570k £1090 £191.25; Tandragee farmer 530k £1000 £188.70; Tandragee farmer 560k £1040 £185.70;

Middleweight bullocks

Markethill farmer 400k £850 £212.50; Fermanagh farmer 370k £780 £210.80; Newry farmer 380k £765 £201.35; Fermanagh farmer 400k £795 £198.75; Fermanagh farmer 390k £775 £198.75; Markethill farmer 420k £820 £195.25; Markethill farmer 390k £760 £194.90;

Middleweight Friesian bullocks

Newry farmer 490k £815 £166.35; Newry farmer 430k £660 £153.50; Newry farmer 500k £765 £153.00; Newry farmer 500k £750 £150.00; Annaghmore farmer 430k £640 £148.85; Newry farmer 460k £670 £145.65; Newry farmer 450k £645 £143.35; Newry farmer 470k £665 £141.50;

HEIFERS

Forward heifers to £242 for 590k at £1190.  Middleweights to £213 for 480k at £1020.  Lightweights to £204 for 370k at £755.  Generally 1st quality heifers sold from £185 to £200 and 2nd quality from £155 to £175 per 100 kilos.

Store heifers

Dromara farmer 480k £1020 £212.50; Dromara farmer 450k £905 £210.10; Dromara farmer 590k £1190 £210.70; Glenanne farmer 370k £755 £204.05; Glenanne farmer 400k £805 £201.25; Dromara farmer 440k £870 £197.75; Dromara farmer 430k £850 £197.70; Poyntzpass farmer 450k £875 £194.45; Dromara farmer 490k £950 £193.90; Dromara farmer 460k £890 £193.50; Poyntzpass farmer 450k £870 £193.35; Dromara farmer 440k £850 £193.20;

CALVES

The 140 dropped calves sold readily with bulls to £310.  Several more from £200 to £300.  Heifer calves sold from £150 to £258 for a Char.

The 130 reared calves sold in a firm trade with bulls to £800.  Several more from £530 to £700.  Heifers to £530 each.

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