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Significant increase in sheep prices

SHEEP prices took another significant increase at Markethill yesterday (Wednesday), with heavy hoggets selling to £92.50 each.

Several pens sold in excess of £90 each. In all, 370 heavy hoggets averaged 25.1 kilos @ £89.30 each (355). All suitable pens sold from 350p to 378p per kilo with a top of 384p per kilo for 24 kilos @ £92.20 each.

Suitable Middleweights reached 372p per kilo for 23 kilos @ £85.50 each. Main demand sold from 350p to 364p per kilo for 19.5 kilos @ £71 each.

Good quality Cull Ewes sold from £70 to £89 each with 2nds from £50 to £65 each.

In the Breeding ring, top quality doubles sold to £252 with several more from £190 to £242 each. Singles sold to £186 with others from £140 to £177 each.

HEAVY HOGGETS

Keady farmer : 24k £92.20 384p ; Moy farmer : 24k £90.80 378p : Loughgall farmer : 25k £93 372p : Keady farmer : 24.5k £91 372p : Markethill farmer : 24k £89 371p : Portadown farmer : 24.5k £90.50 369p : Glenanne farmer : 24.5k £89 363p : Gilford farmer : 24k £87 362p : Mountnorris farmer : 24.5k £87.50 357p

MIDDLEWEIGHT  HOGGETS

Cullyhanna farmer : 23k £85.50 372p : Tandragee farmer : 21k £76.50 364p : Middletown farmer : 20k £72.50 363p : Poyntzpass farmer : 22.5k £81.50 362p : Tynan farmer : 23k £82 357p : Newtownhamilton farmer : 22k £78 355p : Jerrettspass farmer : 21.5k £76 354p : Lislea farmer : 22.5k £79.50 353p : Tynan farmer : 23k £81 352p ;

STORES

Madden farmer : 19.5k £71 364p : Kilkeel farmer : 17.5k £62 354p : Tynan farmer : 19.5k £69 353p ; Portadown farmer : 16k £55.50 346p : Madden farmer : 17k £58 341p : Armagh farmer : 18k £60 333p.

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