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Much stronger demand for lambs

A SMALLER entry of lambs sold in a much stronger demand at Markethill on Wednesday, July 31.

Heavy lambs (24kgs) averaged £88.50 each and peaked at £92 each. Top rate for heavy lambs at 375p per kilo for 24 kilos at £90 each. Main demand sold from 350p to 370p per kilo.

Middleweights sold to 393p per kilo for 21 kilos at £82.50 each. All good quality pens sold from 370p to 389p per kilo for 23 kilos at £89.50 each. The sale average for middleweight lambs was 379p per kilo.

Stores sold to 397p per kilo for 18 kilos at £71.50. Cull ewes sold from £55 to £70 each with 2nd quality ewes from £35 to £50 each.

The 1st sale of Breeding Ewes returned a firm trade for quality pens to a top of £152. Others sold at £140, £137 and £118 each.

Breeding Sales continue each week at  7.45 pm

HEAVY LAMBS

Markethill farmer : 24k £90 375p ; Armagh farmer : 24.5k £90.50 370p : Keady farmer : 24k £88.20 368p : Portadown farmer : 24k £85 354p : Banbridge farmer : 24.5k £86.50 353p : Mayobridge farmer : 24.5k £86.50 353p : Newtownhamilton farmer : 26k £91 350p

MIDDLEWEIGHT LAMBS

Lurgan farmer : 21k £82.80 393p : Newtownhamilton farmer : 23k £89.50 389p : Lurgan farmer : 22.5k £87 387p : Newry farmer : 23k £88.80 386p : Markethill farmer : 23k £88.50 385p : Markethill farmer : 22k £84.50 : Camlough farmer : 23k £88.20 383p ; Crossmaglen farmer : 22k £82.80 376p : Moy farmer : 21k £78.50 374p : Keady farmer : 22k £82 373p

STORES

Aghalee farmer : 18k £71.50 397p ; Crossmaglen farmer : 18k £61 340p : Rostrevor farmer : 13k £44 340p.

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