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Improved trade in store cattle

STORE cattle sold in an improved trade at Markethill yesterday (Tuesday), May 7.

Good quality suckler outfits were also in stronger demand.  Cull cow trade was also improved with non FQA cows keenly sought after.

Dairy stock sold to £1380 for a calved heifer from a Loughgall farmer.  Kilkeel farmer calved heifer £1280 and £1240.

Suckler outfits in very good demand to £1360 for a char cow and heifer calf from a Keady farmer.  A Newry farmer sold a Lim cow and heifer calf at £1230.  Derrynoose farmer Lim and bull calf at £1125.  In-calf heifer to £850 each.

CULL COWS

The 90 cull cows sold in a very firm demand.  Cow/heifers to £194 for 550k at £1065.  Cows from £130 to £141 for 650k at £980 and up to £1120 for a 750k Angus (149).  Fleshed Friesian cows sold from £120 to £142 for 640k at £905.  Second quality from £95 to £110 per 100 kilos and the poorest types from £70 to £85 per 100 kilos.  Clean cattle to £201 for 730k at £1470.  Aged bulls from £125 to £145 for 830k Friesians at £1200.  Young bulls to £1610 for 930k (173).

Cull cows

Newtownhamilton farmer 550k £1065 £193.65; Newry farmer 560k £940 £167.85; Newry farmer 650k £980 £150.80; Glenanne farmer 750k £1120 £149.35; Glenanne farmer 650k £955 £146.95; Tassagh farmer 630k £920 £146.00; Cladymore farmer 620k £880 £141.95;

Friesian cull cows

Glenanne farmer 640k £905 £141.40; Caledon farmer 720k £970 £134.75; Madden farmer 620k £815 £131.45; Caledon farmer 760k £990 £130.25; Portadown farmer 760k £980 £128.95; Newry farmer 700k £875 £125.00; Madden farmer 660k £810 £122.75; Newry farmer 670k £820 £122.40; Mayobridge farmer 630k £770 £122.25;

BULLOCKS

The 100 store bullocks sold in an exceptionally firm trade.  Forward steers to £235 for 510k at £1200 followed by £229 for 520k at £1190.  Main demand from £185 to £224 per 100 kilos and up to £1430 for 740k (193).  Forward friesians to £166 for 580k at £965.  Middleweight steers from £180 to £235 for 460k at £1080 followed by £231 for 500k at £1155.  Good quality friesians from £135 to £161 for 490k at £790.

Forward bullocks

Loughgilly farmer 510k £1200 £235.30; Loughgilly farmer 520k £1190 £228.85; Keady farmer 560k £1255 £224.10; Banbridge farmer 590k £1270 £215.25; Tandragee farmer 530k £1135 £214.15; Whitecross farmer 530k £1130 £213.20; Banbridge farmer 540k £1140 £211.10; Tandragee farmer 560k £1160 £207.15; Banbridge farmer 610k £1240 £203.30; Tandragee farmer 740k £1430 £193.25; Newtownhamilton farmer 520k £990 £190.40; Banbridge farmer 540k £1020 £188.90;

Middleweight bullocks

Keady farmer 460k £1080 £234.80; Keady farmer 500k £1155 £231.00; Loughgilly farmer 430k £849 £195.35; Madden farmer 480k £910 £189.60; Whitecross farmer 460k £865 £188.05; Tandragee farmer 500k £930 £186.00; Banbridge farmer 490k £885 £180.60;

Middleweight Friesian bullocks

Annaghmore farmer 490k £790 £161.25; Banbridge farmer 460k £700 £152.20; Banbridge farmer 500k £750 £150.00; Annaghmore farmer 470k £705 £150.00; Madden farmer 470k £700 £148.95; Banbridge farmer 460k £680 £147.85; Annaghmore farmer 500k £730 £146.00; Banbridge farmer 470k £650 £138.30;

HEIFERS

Forward heifers sold to £218 for 480k at £1045 and up to£1235 for 570k (217).  Main demand from £180 to £208 per 100 kilos.  Middleweights sold from £175 to £204 for 350k at £715.

Forward heifers

Loughgilly farmer 480k £1045 £217.70; Tandragee farmer 570k £1235 £216.70; Loughgilly farmer 510k £1065 £208.80; Loughgilly farmer 560k £1090 £194.65; Markethill farmer 450k £820 £182.25; Madden farmer 490k £890 £181.65; Loughgilly farmer 550k £1000 £181.80;

Middleweight heifers

Newry farmer 350k £715 £204.30; Newry farmer 390k £790 £202.60; Portadown farmer 230k £425 £184.80; Madden farmer 310k £565 £182.30; Markethill farmer 320k £555 £173.45;

CALVES

The 102 dropped calves sold readily.  Bulls to £480 for a 6 week old Lim.  Several more from £270 to £395.  The top 10 bulls averaged £327 each.  Heifer calves from £170 to £252 for a Lim.

The 130 reared calves sold in an excellent demand.  Bulls sold at £730, £720 and £700.  Heifers at £700, £630 and £620 each.

Bull calves

Lim £480; Lim £395; Lim £390; Lim £340; Lim £300; Her £300; Ch £290; BB £282; Sal £250; Lim £245;

Heifer calves

Lim £252; Her £245; Her £245; Her £245; BB £240; Ch £240; BB £232; Lim £220; BB £205.

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