Markethill Auction Mart, County Armagh, NI Cull cows continued to attract very strong demand at Tuesday’s (26 February) sale, with 100 head going under the hammer in rapid succession. Well-fleshed cows fetched from 135p/kg to 161p/kg, and peaked at 196p/kg for a 570kg animal. Young Friesians sold to 145p/kg, with Friesian cows ranging from 115-134p/kg, second quality Friesians at 90-105p/kg and poor sorts from 65-85p/kg. Aged bulls sold from 130-144p/kg, with over-30-month clean cattle selling to 181p/kg.

In other trade, calved heifers topped at £1,750, with a Limousin cow and calf selling for £1,520. In-calf cows fetched between £650 and £800 apiece. Young bull calves generally ranged from £230 to £290, with heifers at £140-230 and reared calves fetching £460-740.