Another strong entry of quality cattle at Swatragh

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Cattle: Another strong entry of quality cattle on Monday 15th February sold to a very sharp trade with some exceptional prices, more quality stock required to meet demand.

Heifers selling to £810 for 410kg with bullocks selling to £710 for 310kgs.

Sample prices: Heifers: Limavady producer; 410kg £810; 430kg, £800; 440kg, £800; Swatragh producer 390kg, £790; 340kg, £740; 270kg, £670; Kilrea producer 350kg, £690.

Bullocks: Kilrea producer 310kg, £710; Swatragh producer 300kg, £675; 270kg, £610; Maghera producer 258kg, £565, 308kg, £600; 218kg,£400; 292kg, £500; 256kg, £540; 290kg, £625; 276kg, £500; Limavady producer (all Friesian) 482kg, £600; 436kg, £550; 556kg, £735.

Sheep: A very strong entry of 985 sheep at Swatragh on Saturday 13th February witnessed a good solid lamb trade. Several pens of heavy lambs sold well in excess of £88.50 each to a top rate of £92.00, middleweight lambs sold to £78.00 for 21kg while store lambs were strong and sold to £64.00 for 16kg, ewes sold to £85.00 while ewes and lambs sold to £175.00.

Sample prices: Heavyweight lambs: Portglenone producer 2 lambs 29kg at 92.00 = 317p; Swatragh producer 10 lambs 27kg at 90.50 = 335p; Garavgh producer 14 lambs 26kg at 89.00 = 342p; Swatragh producer 3 lambs 24.25kg at 88.50 = 365p; Coleraine producer 2 lambs 25.5kg at 88.50 = 347p.

Middleweight lambs: Garvagh producer 16 lambs 21kg at 78.00 = 371p; Rasharkin producer 6 lambs 23.5kg at 84.50 = 360p; Limavady producer 3 lambs 21.25kg at 76.00 = 358p; Draperstown producer 6 lambs 23.75kg at 80.00 = 337p.

Store lambs: Maghera producer 16 lambs 16kg at 64.00 = 400p, Maghera producer 8 lambs 19kg at 71.00 = 374p; Draperstown producer 1 lamb 19kg at 68.50 = 361p.

Ewes; Swatragh producer 3 Texels at 85.00; Coagh producer 1 Texel at 83.00.